The Yoga Mat School

We offer authentic 200 and 300-hour Yoga Alliance Certification in Koh Samui. We ensure excellent training with a maximum of 10 students and amazing teachers.

Videos (6)

Yoga Teacher Training (3)

Instructors (3)

Ram Vakkalanka

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

Tania Winstanley

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500

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.

Lizza Khudiakova

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

Reviews (5)

Stacey Goodale-DeGagne

from United States, November 2018

"I had the time of my life."

I felt nervous about booking this in all honestly, because with all the selection we have, how do we know we are making the right choice? I decided to go for it, and made that click! Tania reached out to me right away, making me feel much more at ease with my decision. As the day to leave for Thailand approached, I started emailing questions regularly about what to bring, where I would be staying, and I always received a warm hearted welcoming email. The first time I met Tania and Lizza at the resort, I immediately felt at home with their spirits. Every teacher I had on my training was a 10/10 in experience, knowledge, kindness, and professionalism.

The accommodation was unbelievable. Absolutely perfect. The resort was beautiful, with a stunning view for us to enjoy during our yoga practice every day. Amazing food! I never got sick of it! The staff were amazing. Always wanted to help, with a smile on their faces. I would love to go back!

It was a group full of magical people. The program was intensive and well rounded. I cannot reccomend enough! If youre thinking about booking, do it!


from United States, November 2018


This was a truly amazing experience. Highly recommended🤩 I felt safe and comfortable. Made great friends. Learned lots starting from a beginner in yoga. Tania is great! I went in October- weather was nice, plenty sunny days. Make sure you book a few extra days on your plane ticket so you can see more of Thailand- it’s safe to travel alone.

Tatyana Grablevsky

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 Pérez Martínez

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

"J wong"

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.

Testimonials (3)

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

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