RAM VAKKALANKA 500 ERYT was born and brought up in India, steeped in the Yogic tradition. He studied Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy and Nada Yoga from a very young age and imbibed the essence of Yoga. Ram's breadth and depth of knowledge of Yogic philosophy and Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda and Vedic astrology are considered extra-ordinary and he is described as 'a blessing to the global Yoga community'. His works have been published in print as well as on-line. His talks have been broadcast on Radio as well as TV. So far, 20 CDs, one DVD as well as an online video course...www.aksharayoga.com
TANIA was introduced to yoga by her Grandma when she was 16 yrs old, she hasn’t left her mat since. Now, a master of Hatha Yoga, Tania is a 500 E-RYT, based in Canada, who has been leading Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga classes for over 18 years. Tania is known for her powerful practice & engaging teaching style. Tania began focusing on Teacher Training in 2010 and has lead over 30 successful 200, 300 & 500 YTT Programs across the world. Her style is deeply practical and inspiring. Tania challenges her students, to push through perceived limitations, encouraging them to be their absolute best.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Lizza is a Certified Yoga Teacher from Russia, made with love in Saint Petersburg City. "In my lifestyle, sports take an important part. In Russia, I had always been very active and enjoyed extreme sports. With the move to Koh Samui, yoga has become the central part of my life. In 2015, I completed one week of intensive Vipassana Meditation experience in Meditation Retreat Center Dipabhāvan here on Koh Samui. In May 2017, I completed a certified 200 Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in India, Rishikesh. Enjoy to teaching Yin Yoga, Nidra, Adjustment, Hatha Yoga
SAMANTHA CRONIN 500 E RYT is very grateful to be a part of The Yoga Mat Team. Samantha is blessed to be trained in various styles of yoga. She has been teaching yoga in the GTA and the United Kingdom over the past 10 years. Samantha is thrilled to be a part of the faculty delivering the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program at The Yoga Mat in Markham. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great,
from France, September 2018
"Amazing course, highly knowledgeable team, paradise location"
Tania is a truly gifted yoga teacher who pours her heart and soul into her work. Her energy and enthusiasm for yoga really go beyond the ordinary. She inspires, instills confidence and leads her students through an incredible journey of believing in themselves and achieving the levels of greatness they never thought possible or incapable of, just a few weeks before.
Ram brought the weighty scholarly substance to the theoretical basis of understanding yoga as a thousand years old tradition that has been studied by generations of yogis in India and eventually in the West. His in-depth, multi-faceted learning and understanding of the ancient vedic texts in their original Sanskrit language and sharing that knowledge with us has been a great gift and an eye-opening experience for all of us in the program.
This training took place on the beautiful Ko Samui, and the island is known for its really strong yogic culture. It was felt everywhere we went. There is really a lot to do and see there. We stayed in a fantastic yoga hotel on the beach and enjoyed morning yoga classes by the tropical waterfalls or on the beach itself. The food was fresh and delicious.
Overall, to say that this was a life-changing experience would probably be an understatement. Everyone whom I met on this one-month journey of self-discovery, would be a person I'd remember for the rest of my life.
Thank you again to all of you.
Tania, Lizza, Ram, Dima and everyone at Satva!
Best of luck in the future!
Olga Perez Martinez
from Spain, August 2018
"Life changing experience!! "
Loved the energy of the teachers, specially with Tania. She gives her heart and soul to this training. After these 25 days in this beautiful island not only I feel confident enough to go out and teach, but I also feel stronger and healthier, both physically and mentally :) From the first week you'll be practicing teaching each other so when the course comes to an end you feel fully prepared to teach a class in real life.
Yoga philosophy classes with Ram were incredibly mind opening as well. This training provides not only important knowledge on proper and safe asana practice, but it is a great immersion to the Easter yogic lifestyle overall.
Furthermore, Koh Samui is an incredibly beautiful island with sunny tropical weather and you are always surrounded by nature and the sounds of birds and other animals. The energy of this place is special and perfect for the training :)
Tania and Lizza make you feel like at home and cared after from day one.
As I said, life changing experience!
from Hong Kong, August 2018
Had a very great time here. Learned a lot form different teachers, who are all very positive and nice. After the course I become more confident in teaching.
Mozhdeh Faridi Canada
Very inspiring and professional yoga studio for anyone who is interested to be a yoga instructor! I have a great experience with the yoga mat!
Teresa Wang Canada
I had an amazing experience in the teacher training program. The teachers there are knowledgeable, patient and supportive. The people I met there are really friendly, I’d recommend to anyone. Lots of positive energy at The Yoga Mat.
Anya Reshetnikova Saint Petersburg
I joined 200 hours of Yoga Teacher program at The Yoga Mat School in Koh Samui,which was quite amazing!!! The lessons were great and our days ,spend in school, were amazing!!)))I suggest for all enthusiasts to come out of the daily routine and see the different shades of life. NAMASTE