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If yoga is your passion, maybe now is the time to grow from student to teacher. The advanced training course takes the yoga teacher or advanced yoga student to the next level and is suitable for both the existing teachers or just serious practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their practice.
Vikasa Yoga Retreat features different styles of accommodation making it easy to find the style that fits you best. If you're looking for absolute comfort, wake up in a king size bed of our Ocean rooms. If you're traveling alone, you can enjoy the sweeping views from our single yoga caves. Our eco-friendly Zen bungalows offer a unique experience. Most units enjoy views of the ocean. All our rooms are modern, clean, and comfortable.
Zen bungalows are built from eco bamboo materials offering cozy environment with a small ensuite bathroom (hot shower). Bed comes with a twin-size mattress suitable for one person only. Bungalows are air conditioned, there's a mosquito net over bed, and a safe box.
Suitable for single occupancy only the room is quite small but warm and homelike with stunning sea views. All rooms feature a twin-size bed, A/C, and a safety box. The yoga caves use common bathroom and shower shared by 7 rooms. Facilities are located just around the corner.
Simple yet cozy beach bungalows offer unique waterfront living experience. Footsteps away from a private beach with crystal waters each bungalow is equipped with a queen size bed while five bungalows also have additional single bed. Bungalows come with ensuite bathroom with hot shower, A/C, mini fridge, and a safety box. Theres also a small balcony that comes with unobstructed sea view in most rooms. Superior beach bungalows are more spacious with a homelike feeling.
Ocean rooms are located on a higher level of Vikasa property hence the sea views are spectacular. Each room has a spacious balcony, A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, mini fridge, coffee/tea making, safe box. Beds are equipped with high quality mattress and linen. Superior ocean rooms offer unobstructed sea view right from the bed!
The five weeks or 300 hours course consists of three modules, which are 100 hours each, or two weeks in duration and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Trainees can obtain a RYT-500 certification upon successful completion of the course. In order, to obtain the RYS-500 certificate, trainees are required to complete all three modules, or five weeks of training. However, you do not have to complete all three modules at once, you have an option to take all modules separately and complete them over a longer period of time.
The advanced training modules will be led by Vikasa Yoga founder, Konstantin Miachin. An experienced and dedicated teacher from India, Yogi Amitram, will join him. Majority of the practice sessions will be led by Kosta, while major of theory and some meditation sessions will be covered by Yogi Amitram. There will be one more assistant teacher for asana, who will assist and lead some practice sessions.
The first module will focus on asana and the art of sequencing, and is an absolute must for any existing teachers willing to truly understand how and why asanas should be arranged for a balanced outcome, and how to teach different sub-styles of Hatha yoga. The foundation course and the first module of the advanced course is the absolute minimum requirement set by Vikasa Yoga for asana teachers.
Second module will focus on Pranayama and energetic body, which is an essential part of Hatha yoga practice and should be learnt and practiced by each serious practitioner of yoga. Here the trainees will have a chance to establish a steady daily pranayama routine, learn and practice control of energy through breathing techniques correctly, including breath retentions and the energetic locks, or the bandhas.
The third module is called meditation - the soul and spirit, and of course, as the name implies, will focus on more subtle mental practices, such as concentration, working with attention and awareness. Also, during this course, the practice of mudras will be introduced. Mudras are complete forms of asanas, where breath retentions, bandhas and internal orbits are used all together, therefore uniting all elements of practice and making it complete.
As you can see, the focus progressively shifts from practicing on more physical levels (asana), to more subtle levels, such as energetic (pranayama), and mental (concentration and meditation), therefore following the method. The courses are taught in the Vikasa Yoga method, which is briefly described above, and you can refer to the training matrix to see an overview of the topics covered, or proceed to a dedicated page with a full description of the course and each of the modules in detail.
Asana - the art of sequencing
In level 1, you will be taught to deepen the practice of asanas and shat-karma kriyas, as proposed by the ancient texts of Hatha yoga Pradipika and practices in the current environment. You will focus on the proper sequencing of asanas and achieving a balanced distribution of energy in your physical body as a result of correct sequencing of asanas in your yoga practice. The result of such balanced energy distribution in your physical body is a balanced emotional and mental state as well.
Trainees are to understand there are no styles in yoga, but only a method, based on universal rules and principles of yoga. The goal of this training is for the trainees to understand such principles and finally be able to evolve into creative Vinyasa sequencing that brings yoga on cross mat, drawing mandalas in the three dimensional space with the body, thus achieving the ultimate freedom and balance, or intelligent freestyle.
Practice, what will it be like
The aim is to understand correct sequencing, effects of sequences on different aspects of the body, and how to correctly distribute the energy within the body through correct asana practice. Sessions will vary to introduce and practice different sub-styles of yoga as well, such as Yin. Trainees will learn and practice Vinyasa to transition to 4 directions, rather than just facing forward on 1 mat. For this two mats will be used in a cross formation. Various levels of Vinyasas will be taught to interlink all directions. Various complexity of Vinyasas will be introduced, from simple stepping, to transitions through handstands. Students will need to perfect their sequencing abilities and create unique sequences based on the principles of energetic balancing learned in the first part of the course.
They will be given all the tools to do it, and also a chance to practice their sequences later in self-practice classes and also in some teaching sessions.
Topics of level 1 module
Understanding energetic effects of training sequences of asanas
How to create multidimensional models of sequences
Balancing of the energetic effect on your physical, mental and emotional levels
Introduction to Mandala - yoga sequencing and methodology, based on universal
Principle of time minimization: minimal time - maximum effectiveness
Principle of super compensation - understanding and applying it to practice
Practical demonstration of multi-dimensional models of training sequences
Simplification and modification of standard asanas, working with multi-level groups
Training sequence creation, practical examples and student sequence creation
Deepening study of varieties of training sequences and practice sub-styles and their strengthening, active stretching, passive stretching, partner stretching
Understanding the methodology and moving towards intelligent freestyle
Balancing the Ha and Tha aspects in practice. (Yin/Yang, active/passive)
Creation of personal programs for students and individual yoga style development.
Teaching workshops - how to prepare content and get international invitations
Using physical adjustments to help students with alignment and progress in asana.
Shatkarma kriyas, ancient yogic cleansing and purifying techniques.
Pranayama - the energetic body
In the second session of the advanced teacher training, you will explore the meaning of prana, the life force energy, and how to control and manipulate the prana to preserve it and keep our energy in balance. From understanding the breathing mechanics, we can experience the main techniques of pranayama and bandhas as taught by the ancient texts and yogis, preparing the respiratory channels with proper kriyas, training the body to let prana flow in full balance that will still the mind for meditation.
This course is based on the second chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika manual, in which you are also reminded that Hatha yoga and Raja yoga are mutually dependent on each other in order to bring about the highest result. No success can be attained in either without the proper practice of both.
Great care should be taken when one engages in pranayama practice. First and foremost, a good grounding in the practice of postures is expected. Instruction from a proper teacher is essential to the practice of pranayama. During the course, they will explain how disturbance in the mind may be related to disturbances in the breath and how learning to restrain the latter may bring about greater steadiness of mind. The practice of pranayama is geared towards purifying the nadis - all the nerve patterns - so that the prana can ultimately pass through the central channel of sushumna, and then awaken the practitioner to his/her true identity - which is beyond name and form.
Practice, how it will feel
In the practice sessions we will continue strong asana practice, while shifting the focus to more daily pranayama practice. Major pranayama techniques introduced in previous courses will be practiced, however the emphasis will be on self-practice and correct execution of techniques with proper ratios, bandhas and breath retentions.
In foundation course and the first 100 hours of advanced course the techniques were introduced, with some practice. During this module the techniques will be practiced more seriously and for longer periods of time. Expect sitting times for pranayama practice to build up to 1 hour per session by the end of the course. Overall practice time will be up to 3 hours per session.
Topics of level 2 module
Mechanics of breathing
Pranayama in ancient texts
Yogic Subtle Anatomy Part 1
Yogic Subtle Anatomy Part 2
Pranayama Practice Part 1
Pranayama Practice Part 2
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Pranayama: Daily practice and future progression
Meditation - the soul and the spirit
The aim of all yogic practices is to awaken the dormant Kundalini power. It is said to be the support of all the tantra and yoga practices. When it is awakened - through the grace of a guru (which can be your own internal guru, rather than an external teacher, at that point), all the centers and knots (the different charkas) are pierced through by prana. When the middle channel (sushumna) becomes the main pathway for prana, it is said that the mind becomes free from all the connections with its objects of enjoyment, which results in complete awareness of the self, or self-realization.
The third session will focus on the processes of attention and concentration to reach the state of meditation and finally of samadhi, the ultimate bliss. A physical, psychological and philosophical understanding of the mind structure will lead the students to the ability of managing the minds activities to attain the state of yoga.
Different techniques will be proposed an explored: focusing on the breath, an object, a mantra or silence students will be gradually able to improve the concentration abilities and to train the mind into stillness. Traditional techniques and rituals combined with the unique and peculiar experience proposed by the teachers will let the student explore meditation as taught by ancient text to transversal contaminations with other disciplines as proposed by the Taoist meditation. To complete the meditative gesture we will propose the practice of mudras, the energetic seals, which stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of Prana in the body.
The final goal of yoga is therefore not enjoyment of this world or even the world to come but to achieve complete self-realization and karmic freedom. What is to be awakened is the inner receptivity to a life force within. This force is not simply mere association with the senses but an internalized refinement, which may bring about an awakening to this mystic power.
Practice, what it will be like
The practice, which starts from the gross with asanas and Pranayama, now moves to the subtle realm of sealing or locking (Mudra) the energy from within. The ancient text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika states clearly that the main purpose of all the 10 Mudras is solely to awaken the Kundalini. Therefore, although we will still practice strong asana, and the pranayama techniques from the previous course, concentration and other mental techniques will be the primary focus of the training, and also we will finally combine all of the elements that we studied previously to achieve mudras. Students need to be familiar with all of the previous elements to be able to follow.
Expect asanas be practiced with breath retentions, locks, and mental practices such as internal orbits. This is very powerful as it might and will be different from your typical asana practice, and will make it more complete. When the bandhas become strong and ones energy is no longer dissipated towards external objects, the practice of Bastrkas is said to be the quickest way to awaken this dormant power. Once Kundalinni enters, Prana will follow and success is sure to follow for the Yogi. However, great care must still be taken to avoid a fall from grace. Consistent practice is to be followed until the final goal of Raja yoga is reached. Expect extended seated meditation sessions, building up to 1 hour or more per session. Overall length of practice sessions will be up to 3 hours per session.
Topics of level 3 module
Meditation (what, why and How?)
The nature of mind and its functioning
Managing the Mind to create a Personal Sadhana
From Concentration to Meditation
Mudras and It`s Hidden Mysteries
Meditation and Visualization
Meditation and Sound
Vikasa means evolution when translated from Sanskrit. The Vikasa method is based on personal evolution and spiritual development. The concept of evolution of yoga is centered on the notion that everything in the world evolves constantly, including human beings. The primary goal as a human race and that of any living organism is evolution.
Yoga can be seen as a tool to facilitate such evolution in any given individual. The practice of yoga changes with time and place. New techniques are constantly being introduced and the approach is becoming more technical, precise and scientific. Therefore, the Evolution of Yoga approaches has to be seen as an ever evolving process, which anyone can be a part of, rather than a complete static system. Everyone can contribute to the overall evolution of the species by evolving him/herself first.
The Vikasa Yoga method is an integral system of yoga based predominantly on classical Hatha yoga, with some influence from Himalayan Vinyasa and higher Taoism practices. A fusion of the three lineages allows for a very effective and complete system resulting in personal evolution, and adapted for the modern life in western society. The techniques and understandings are to be collected and processed through self-practice with an emphasis on personal interpretation and contribution. It is an honest system with self-realization, self-development, self-actualization, and individuality at its core. The method is a set of rules and principles that ultimately allow the practitioner complete freedom from any particular routine. However, there is a very organized structure in terms of building daily practice sessions based on universal rules of yoga.
The method is based on a principle of realizing and controlling external layers of vibrations that we all perceive as physical reality. The focus is then shifted to the internal, or subtler layers of vibrations, such as energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. The practitioner will learn to control a certain aspect, starting with the easiest to understand - the physical body. This is mainly done through asana and physical practice. The method progresses to a more internal and subtle energetic layer, where control of energy flow is achieved through control of breath. After this practitioner is ready to move on to mental layer of practice, where concentration becomes the emphasis. Mastery of all of the above techniques will give the key to unlock the Kundalini awakening.
This method will produce maximum results in the minimum amount of time, bringing your awareness and focus from external to internal level, leading to meditative states and awakening of consciousness and creativity. The practice is designed for maximum effectiveness and efficiency on the physical level, with safety being a top priority. The Vikasa Yoga method balance all aspects of a person, such as physical, energetic, emotional, intellectual and karmic through systematic practice. The ultimate goal of this yoga system is about realizing your maximum potential.
Emphasis is placed on the journey, or evolution of an individual. Encouraging evolution leads to a natural progression of individuality where uniqueness is celebrated as a natural piece of the oneness we are all part of. This opposes is often found in the dissolution of identity and ego which can inspire conformity and unnecessary isolation. A careful distinction is drawn between oneness and conformity. Oneness being the acceptance of what is, including all that is around you and inside you. Conformity is referenced to include unimportant religious practices and dogmatic systems.
The system encourages function within an existing society, rather than against it or apart from it. This allows for deeper connections with the spiritual and physical beings that surround us on a daily basis. Key principles and rules of yoga are taught, allowing the teachers of Vikasa Yoga and dedicated practitioners to become free from any routines by gaining understanding, knowledge and insight into the methodology and the effects of practice. It is possible to reach your personal goals using principles of energy conservation, transformation and Taoist circulations. When individuality is inspired and oneness within community is celebrated, the teachings become inclusive of infinite possibilities.
Kosta’s journey into yoga has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in Thailand. His passion has lead him to search out for his own personal development throughout the world. Kosta's years of worldly experience have led to deeper understanding of yoga as a personal journey and spiritual evolution.
Yogi Amitram has been raised in a traditional Indian Brahman family in Varanasi where his grandfather, Yogi Ramswaroop (Guruji), was his first yoga master who sowed the seed of yogic lifestyle in his soil of consciousness in his childhood. His present vision is to offer the ashram he is building as a sacred place for spiritual seekers to practice yoga meditation and Ayurveda in an eco environment ideal for inner contemplation and self-understanding.
Will is a duo-lineage holder for two influential yoga systems for modern day yoga practitioners, Universal yoga 500-hour RYT, graduated from Andrey Lappa, and Jivamukti yoga advance certification, graduated from David Life and Sharon Gannon. Will passionately serves yogis especially in Asia, where he teaches in Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, and Taiwan. Will was the teacher training mentor (2010-2011) alongside David Life and Sharon Gannon for Jivamukti yoga 350-hour training in New York, and facilitator for Universal yoga 200-hour teacher training (2011-2013) alongside Andrey Lappa.
Jason immersed himself in the study and teaching of the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the science of yoga. He has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and he has been teaching yoga professionally for over ten years. With comprehensive training in various lineages, three 500 hour certifications and dedication to continued study of the subject of yoga, Jason brings his wealth of knowledge in both theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy to this course. Jason is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Koh Samui is an ideal place for exploring yoga due to the outstanding natural beauty of the island. Most of Koh Samui is still considered unspoiled and unpolluted. Time on Koh Samui is an opportunity to relax, unwind, explore and focus on yourself. Enjoy the natural energy of palm trees, white sand, purple sunsets, turquoise waters, dense jungle, and exotic waterfalls. Despite being so easily accessible, Samui remains an idyllic island in the sun.
The yoga teacher training takes place in this perfect setting. There is a beautiful open-air and ocean in front of the yoga shala offer a serene setting against a soothing ocean backdrop. Its a special place for completing a yoga teacher training. The retreat offers many spaces to socialize as well as many hidden natural surroundings that offer solitude and peace. Koh Samuis wellness-centric vibe is the perfect place to recover, revive and grow. The peaceful Thai culture, quiet island life and Buddhist surroundings all add to this ideal space to grow and become inspired for years to come.
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Vikasa Life Cafe serves wholesome health-conscious meals in buffet style. Kick-start your day to an amazing brunch. A freshly squeezed juice, tea and coffee, a sunny side up or vegetable omelet, wholegrain toasts, oatmeal/muesli with yoghurt, or chia seeds pudding, super foods, barely boiled veggies with specialty in-house organic dips, vegetarian sandwiches or pancakes, and of course a variety of fresh-cut tropical fruits. Dinner includes a hot soup, typical local dishes with tofu, brown rice, two or three vegetarian dishes, fresh salad, dahl, and always has a seafood dish. For dessert you will be served with fruits, occasional delectable mango sticky rice or other uniquely Thai dishes. Their signature tea is a perfect finish to your meal. They will also serve light snacks during afternoon breaks.
If you ask ten different locals which beach is their favorite, you would get ten different answers. The truth is, Samui has such a diverse selection of beaches youre bound to find your own favorite. Although completely secluded and private, Vikasa is just minutes away from beautiful beaches such as Chaweng Noi, Coral Cove and Silver Beach, and also just a short drive from the most popular and busy shopping and dining areas of Chaweng, Lamai and Bo Phut.
In the traditional heart of Bo Phut, is a fisherman village on the east side of the beach. Enjoy walking the street bazaar every Friday for local shopping. If you want to try the local seafood, your fresh catch is prepared before your eyes.
This is another nearby area, situated along the second biggest beach after Chaweng. It also has a shopping street with many shops and restaurants. The main road is closed for a walking street festival every Sunday evening. Lamai is home to the lady Muai Thai boxing ring and a variety of local food stalls.
Central as the locals call it, is the largest shopping mall, movie theater and restaurant complex on Koh Samui. Large chain stores as well as local designer boutiques can be found here. Central boasts some of the best western food on the island. So, feel free to get your fix of comforts here including sushi, pizza or even Belgian beer.
Koh Samui is loaded with fun activities to keep you entertained during your stay. Take a break from the yoga and health oasis of Vikasa, and venture out into the wild of Koh Samui. Youll find everything from bungee jumping to jet packs to remote jungle hikes or the infamous lady boy drag queen shows. Dont miss the two walking street street market festivals, every Friday and Sunday in Chaweng and Lamai areas respectively.
Muay Thai lessons
Night life party experience
Koh Samui is home to many wild animals and insects. Sighting wild animals can be fun and exciting. Always be sure to use caution, respect and common sense if you should encounter wildlife. At Vikasa, we have the utmost respect for our local flora and fauna. Koh Samui has a unique ecosystem full of exotic creatures.
Some of the animals you may see during your stay include:
Green garden snakes
Scorpions and centipedes
The Vikasa Spa offers a range of comforting services that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. They specialize in authentic Thai massage, as well as, offering Swedish and Indian styles as well. They use quality organic and locally manufactured products for our scrubs, facials and skin treatments. The spa is open-air and constructed on a stunning ocean cliff-side. For a unique experience, enjoy one of their special treatments such as Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage or a detoxifying Herbal Thai Compress treatment. Their signature Thai yoga massage emphasizes the assisted stretching that is a smaller part of most Thai massage and enhances your yoga training by increasing flexibility.
Koh Samui is easily reached via an increasing number of direct international flights and over a dozen daily 1-hour flights from Bangkok. Arrive easily with a direct flight from any Asian hub on Bangkok Airways. The award-winning airport will receive you with a selection of shopping and eating options making flying in or out of Samui a breeze.
If you're traveling on a budget, and feeling brave, you can also reach the island via ferry from the mainland Thai city of Surat Thani. Be sure to check ferry times, as the schedules are sometimes limited.