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Join IOGA Academy on their 200-hour yoga teacher training, in magic Koh Phangan, a TTC only dedicated to 15 students. The TTC is focused on the pure practice & learning, of Transformational Hatha Yoga. We invite you, to understand, the influence of asanas on our body, practicing with intimacy and repetition, getting into the flow of body, mind, and spirit.
For this TTC, Ioga Academy is collaborating with Santosha Yoga and Patchara Boutique Hotel that offers beautiful single rooms with aircon, just across the road from our great yoga shala. We are in Thongsala, the main town, in Koh Phangan, conveniently situated very near to access the best places around the island, and walking distance from the city center.
The aim of IOGA academy, for the TTC's, is helping you to become a confident and good Hatha yoga teacher. The program is designed and sequenced starting from learning and practicing the asanas. You need to make a trip through your body and discover the sequence of movements and alignments. Breath is the key to a good practice of yoga, no breathing no yoga, whether you practice yoga in a more athletic way or a more meditative style, the breath will always be the vehicle to travel, to your inner understanding of the subtle energies, within you and around you. Movement amplifies the further away than the limits of our body, just imagine that when you do yoga you become a powerful energetical transmission, which creates positive energies towards earth, people, and cosmic world.
Movement is our dynamo and breath is the channel. Both amplify and recharge our energetic field. Just imagine that when you do Yoga you become a powerful antenna, which creates positive energies, towards earth, people, and cosmic world.
Yoga is about experiencing movement, so that is why IOGA academy wants to keep the TTC focused and simple so that you really learn and experience. We don't want to blunt you, with a heavy programme full of amazing subjects, because the reality is that you need to truly focus on what is important, and you only have 27 days. Off course we are in for adventure and playful activities, this is why during our free time we offer with different adventure companies of the island experiences such as Paddle surf, Diving, Free Diving, Snorkelling, Kayaking, Trekking, Cycling, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing.
Learning how to teach, for us teaching is more about Facilitating, so we call ourselves Yoga Facilitators because we believe that, learning is about connecting with your wise man/women and bringing out the best in you. How we connect with others and create empathy is the key opener to engage a group in experiencing a learning process. We bring some icebreakers games, which you can use, to connect quicker and faster, to any group, whether they are, adults or children. Gaining confidence, as a Yoga Facilitator is just been yourself be authentic, connecting from heart to heart. Experience and finding your own teaching style comes with practice, more than being perfect in the teaching is about being caring, listening and observing.
The educational timeline of our program during the next 27 days will flow into a very creative program, where we invite you to be a very active participant, we will go in and out different scenarios, investigating and learning the nearly 100 asanas, to debating and learning about the most, important aspects of Yoga, always taking yoga to the practical aspect, that will help you for your teachings.
For the first two weeks specialty, you will focus on the practical teaching and alignment, learning around 100 Hatha yoga postures. We will repeat sequences and go through all the asanas in a very comprehensible way, which for sure you won't forget. During this time we will also go through, different pranayama breathing and the main Bandhas. There are 80 hours of yoga practice, two practices a day, of two hours each from Monday to Friday, and one practice on Saturday mornings.
The last 2 weeks, once we have learned the different asanas, we will then enter the therapeutic application of yoga. Thai massage, Thai yoga, and Hatha yoga belong to the same family and are deeply related. We will use the Thai massage or assisted yoga, as I called it to understand, how the asanas works, from an energetical point of view, how are they related to the chakras, to the energetical body (energy lines, marma points).
There will be another 80 hours of different subjects such as anatomy, Thai massage stretching techniques, philosophy, debate talks, films, were, we will bring the ancient, but at the same time actual knowledge into our own life experiences so we can inspire ourselves. On our theory talks, you will learn about Vedanta. “Vedanta” is a combination of two words: “Veda,” which means “knowledge,” and “anta,” which means “the end of” or “the goal of.” In this context, the goal of knowledge isn’t intellectual, the limited knowledge you acquire by reading books. “Knowledge” here means the knowledge of God as well as the knowledge of the own divine nature. Vedanta, then, is the search for self-knowledge as well as the search for God
Yoga philosophy, It’s a kind of self-guided book, where you will find a whole range of ethical ways of life. Like (Yamas), lifestyle observances (Niyamas), postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), withdrawal of the senses (pratyahara), concentration (Dharana), meditation (dhyana), and absorption into the divine (samadhi).
We will also learn about anatomy applied to yoga and Thai massage. Our teacher in this area will be Monika Karsai a Holistic Healer and teacher of Thai massage and Natural Healing Methods for adult training in university level since 2001 in Hungary and other countries. We will go over the Clinical Aspects and the Functional Holistic Anatomy in a very special, practical way, from the hand of Monika. She will share her 20 years of experience of treating patients with spinal injuries to paralyzed, coma patients and many other different diseases.
Her teachings based on practical experiences in recreation and rehabilitation to avoid any damage to the muscular tissues by overtraining or overstretching as many times happens with yoga teachers. As Yoga teachers we need to observe our participants, to make them understand their bodies, and especially know and what is safe for them. If they have any special muscular, joints, ligaments or spinal injuries that may affect their practice.
It’s important to know, how the body works with the movements in relation to the energy lines and the chakras. Thai Massage is known as “the lazy people yoga” and was developed from the ancient yoga, for the royal family. The two methods merge together in a perfect alignment and help to overcome the blockages of the body-mind-spirit. Monika will introduce us to her stretching techniques developed after many years of experience. Chi massage is based on her safe healing Thai massage methods. It’s a unique way to improve the flexibility and mobility for our students and to learn from the start a safe way of practice.
For the anatomy and alignment, we will use different sources like the videos of Paul Grilley or the anatomy book of Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. Anatomy, as you may imagine, is a very profound and knowledgeable subject.
Of the total of the 200h of the TTC, 40 hours will be dedicated for you to practice teaching and have a first-hand experience and feedback on how is your teaching style and especially picking up confidence. This will be our general curriculum for the TTC and our guideline, we are open and flexible to time proposals regarding themes that you may be interested in or that you may find interesting to go deeper.
A final exam will be mandatory, as well as a preparing a 20 minutes class for the group. Although not mandatory for the final certification we recommend taking a course in functional anatomy for yoga.
Once you finish your teacher training, you can apply for your official certification. The certification process has an extra cost of 350 EUR, this is a lifetime fee, that will make you a member of our organization and a recognized professional yoga teacher. This official certification is emitted by Yoga Alliance of India and Thailand, you will officially be on our international list of yoga of teachers, on both websites, Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance Thailand.
Yoga Alliance Thailand is a very Young organization, just starting this year, we belong to the main branch Yoga Alliance International of India, which is the only organization recognized by the Indian government, and the only one related to an Indian Yoga University.
YAI is proud to partner with Annamalai University to offer certificate, foundation, and diploma programmes in yoga across the globe.
Saturday afternoon will be free time and Sunday will be the whole day free.
In IOGA academy, they will be fully dedicated to you the 27 days of the TTC. They want to make your stay and experience unforgettable and beautiful, so they will propose on your free time, Saturdays afternoon and Sunday, different activities ranging from, SUP, kayak, diving, kite surfing, trekking, island hopping, adventure park, steam sauna, market nights, tattoo experience, etc. Some of this activities have an extra cost, but others don't. %They will offer the group different options every weekend, and you can decide what to do. In any case, they will organize everything for you. They will just need to know and plan in advance.
The retreat will take in Koh Phangan, Thailand, we will hold this retreat in the beautiful space created by Satosha Yoga, in the main town of Thongsala, the shala is surrounded by a beautiful and inspiring garden. Accommodation will be in Phatchara Boutique Hotel, just across the road, in a single room occupancy
During this training, you will enjoy a daily vegetarian breakfast. The Hotel serves different kind of menus that will be adapted to your requirements.For dinner they recommend you to go out to the night market or enjoy some of the great Thai food. There are also available organic restaurants, or organic food shop to meet your dietary requirements. Whatever your diet requirement is, they will surely do whatever is in their hands to fulfill your health requirements.
You will have free time on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. IOGA Academy always proposes the group different excursions or activities, this will be announced on Fridays. Some have an extra cost, but they can definitely organize for you different options such as snorkeling, diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, trekking, and kayaking. The island offers amazing possibilities to enjoy after the intensive learning day. You can escape to the lively night market in Thongsala and enjoy nice dinner, or at midday, you can pop down to the private beach and go snorkeling, or just have a great swim and enjoy the sun. Alternatively, you can complete your yoga days with some beautiful Thai massage treatments at very reasonable prices. It is recommended that at the end of every week you take a beautiful Thai massage and Thai sauna.
In the Island, there are great traditional Thai saunas, which they can recommend you to go. Very inexpensive, and great natural beauty treatments.
Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Samui Airport (USM). From Bangkok you can take night train to Suratthani, and from Suratthani a bus will take you to a boat ferry direct to Koh Phangan. When you book your flight directly to Koh Samui, make sure you arrive before 4:30 p.m. The last Boat Ferry to Koh Phangan leaves at that precise time.