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Yoga Gita was established by Sri Vijay Gopala, to teach the real subject of yoga at its deepest state. Training courses are inspired by the contributions of sages over thousands of years and their sadhana approach. They consist of giving individual guidance to the students so that they will have access to their unlimited potential. Students will be trained to teach yoga classes by themselves, have a deep understanding of the self, and develop a strong self-practice.
You will be staying for 27 nights at the Wonderland Healing Center. It consists of 37 rooms, dorms, and private villas, nestled among beautiful gardens with stunning mountain views. It is fully equipped to handle all of your dining and relaxation needs. The property maintains a private swimming pool, herbal steam sauna, two yoga halls, and massage and treatment areas.
The deluxe pool view rooms are spacious, with king size bed, outside seating area or balcony, and private bathroom. They face the swimming pool and beautiful, landscaped gardens to the front, and stunning jungle landscape to the rear. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, optional Colema boards, safe box, Wi-Fi, king size or two single beds with superior mattresses, personal care products, towels, and bed linen.
To enroll in this 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher training course, a basic level of fitness is necessary, along with an open, flexible mind able to meditate, a commitment to learning, and motivation to become a yoga teacher (even if you do not have plans to teach in the near future). Additionally, self-discipline is required during the course. It is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding.
This course is open and useful for all beginners, advanced practitioners, yoga students, as well as yoga teachers. Students practicing different styles of yoga are more than welcome. The course will be conducted in English. Hence, the ability to read, speak, and comprehend English with a satisfactory degree of fluency is required.
The program of human nature always tries to bring people into a particularity. People have a particular body, a particular way of breathing, particular state of the mind, and they occupy particular space, eat particular food, and talk to talk to particular people. Similarly, there are also particular patterns in people's life approach.
Yoga is a practice to dissolve all such kinds of particularities and to break all kinds of patterns in life. The branding of any practice into a particular style itself indicates a restricted approach. Yoga is not at all a practice to which one can bring the concept of particularity. The practice of yoga is not to restrict your awareness into a particularity through any means.
Yoga is a journey to move from particularity to infiniteness. "Beyond style" is an approach where any kind of limitation, any kind of particularity, any kind of conditionings, whether it is at body, breath, or mind level, is harmonized with the existential infinite happening to experience oneness through wisdom beyond the state of mind. "Beyond style" is a practical path which brings this metaphysical state into a practical possibility in your day to day life.
The courses will be conducted from Monday to Saturday, with Sundays as free time.
Sri Vijay Gopala is a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance in the United Kingdom with 20 years of experience. Born in Mysore, India, Vijay Gopala studied all the branches of yoga. He has two master's degrees in philosophy and yoga, with a specialization in the Bhagavadgita. He regularly travels to the west to impart yoga methodology, discovering the finer qualities of both eastern and western life skills.
This yoga teacher training will be held at Wonderland Healing Center. It is located in the heart of Ko Pha Ngan, an island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. The resort is nestled among a lush, tropical forest with stunning mountain views, and is a ten-minute drive to several pristine beaches and local attractions; the perfect, serene location to embark on a study program of yoga. Wonderland also boasts a beautiful outdoor pool, herbal steam sauna, juice bar, and vegan restaurant.
A light breakfast of fruit and herbal teas will be served daily, followed by a delicious vegan lunch buffet. Utilizing the abundant local and organic produce, Wonderland's nutritionally-balanced vegan buffet contains no MSG, refined sugar, artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives. The menu has been created with the influence of many different cultures and is constantly evolving with the input from visiting expert vegan chefs.
Smoothies, juices, and fresh coconuts are available throughout the day to help you cool down and refresh. Vegan and raw food workshops can also be organized so that you may take your healthy habits home with you!
Students are expected to eat a vegetarian diet during the tenure of the course. Students are also expected to refrain from alcohol and smoking during their course. Please inform Wonderland Healing Center beforehand if you have any health issues.
Wonderland Healing Center is located in an area with easy access to the island’s most popular tourist attractions: many pristine, beautiful beaches, Pheang Waterfall, Slip’n’Fly Waterpark, the Chinese temple, Paradise Waterfall, Khoa Ra Mountain, as well as options to great day trips offered by the guest services desk.
Aside from the the daily program, Wonderland Healing Center offers other classes, treatments, and occasional workshops and events for guests. They offer an extensive range of holistic healing treatments at a very reasonable additional cost. Options available are acupuncture, chakra balancing, oil massage, Reiki, lymphatic drainage massage, Chi Nei Tsang, energy wash, and Thai massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui International Airporti (USM). There are frequent flights from Bangkok International Airport (BKK) and Phuket, and daily flights from Pattaya (U-Tapao), Singapore to Koh Samui. The next closest airport on the mainland is Surat Thani Airport (URT) where you may find low-cost operators (AirAsia and Thai Airways). From there, you would need a bus and boat ticket to arrive at Koh Phangan. This would take several hours.
The least expensive way to travel is to take one of the overnight buses. The bus leaves Khaosan Road at 06:00 p.m. and arrives at Surat Thani the following morning. From there, you can arrive at Koh Phangan's shores by boat. The bus and boat combo ticket may be arranged by travel agencies on Khaosan Road and costs about 700 to 900 THB all the way to Koh Phangan.
Transportation to the ferry pier is easy to find at the airport. Ferries depart several times daily with the last one at around 05:30 p.m.
Taking an overnight train with a proper bed from Bangkok is yet another conducive way to get Koh Phangan. Trains arrive at Surat Thani early in the morning. From here, you would need a bus and boat ticket to arrive at Koh Phangan. This would take several hours. Train tickets from Surat Thani back to Bangkok should be reserved in advance, particularly during high season.
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