AYP 29-Day Yoga Teacher Training Course, Koh Tao, Thailand
10th September - 8th October 2024
The course will be held on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand. The centre is located by the ocean with beautiful views on three sides.
There is a nearby beach and corals for snorkelling. There is wifi available at the centre, and filtered water.
About the Course
During September/ October 2024, we will be running a 29-day Yoga Teacher Training Course on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand.
The focus of the training is on qualifying teachers to be able to teach asanas (postures), Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation practice, Samyama and the mudras and bandhas.
The course will also cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices, and from yoga philosophy to Self-inquiry (advaita vedanta). The yoga will be full-scope, covering all eight limbs of yoga.
The course covers both practice and theory and is run as a residential retreat. Practice classes will include asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama. The course will be taught in the English language.
The in-person training in Thailand includes around 162 hours of classes, over 29-days
Many aspects of yoga will be covered, including some of the most subtle and effective aspects of yoga practice.
The curriculum will include:
- Asana practice and teaching
- Deep Meditation practice and teaching
- Spinal Breathing Pranayama practice and teaching
- Samyama practice and teaching
- Mudras and Bandhas
- The history of the philosophy of yoga
- Subtle anatomy
- Karma Yoga
- Bhakti Yoga
- Kundalini awakening
- Jnana Yoga
- The production of amrita
- Diet and fasting
- Practicalities of teaching yoga
The full course curriculum can be found here.
The daily class schedule for students taking the course at the centre in Thailand can be viewed here:
Tristan began the practice of yoga in 1985 at school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 19 he travelled to the Himalayas to live in a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. This was really his first introduction to the higher teachings and to the spiritual life.
He had his first awakening experience a year later, after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand. He experienced the awakening of kundalini the following year, in 1991….
Devrim first came to yoga in 1999 through Free Diving. Learning how to control the breath, with pranayama exercises, for longer dives soon lead him to yoga asanas and eventually to the other limbs of Yoga. He was always fascinated by the yogic myths and colorful stories and as he lives in Thailand, he was always just a short step away from India where he received most of his formal yoga training. He returned many times to India and completed his Teacher Training qualification at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India in 2004. He has been teaching yoga since then….
Take the course in-person in Thailand, or online at home.
This course can be taken either in-person at the centre on Koh Tao in Thailand, or online. Practice classes and lectures will be live-streamed for students taking the course online. For online students, around 10 classes will be pre-recorded videos, but all the rest of the classes will be live-streamed. The curriculum for online students will therefore be slightly different than the one for students taking the course at the centre.
The classes that are live-streamed will be recorded and available with replay, so you can follow the course in whatever time-zone you are living in. Recordings of classes will be available for three days after they have finished.
Students taking the course online will take all modules from the curriculum except for the last one, teaching practice, which they can do at any point at home, with friends and family. People taking the course online will take around 140 hours of live-streamed classes during the 29-days of the course.
The daily class schedule for students taking the course online is here.
It won’t be possible to take the course partly online and partly at the centre in Thailand. The course must be taken either in-person, or online.
The food on the course will be vegetarian. There will be two meals served each day: brunch and dinner.
The food served will support a yoga and meditation practice.
We can also support special diets such as vegan, gluten free, sugar free etc.
Fish or meat may be served occasionally, but there will always be a vegetarian option.
Snorkelling is available right at the lower end of the resort with beautiful fish and corals visible as soon as you enter the water.
During the course we will also be running two boat trips, to go snorkelling at different locations around the island.
During the course there will be regular optional bhajan sessions. This is the practice of playing music and singing spiritual songs. We will be singing in the Sanskrit language, but it is very easy to pick up, if you do not know any Sanskrit.
Take a look at both the rooms and tents that are available on our teacher training courses.
Cost for in-person training in Thailand
- Ocean Cottage Bungalow AC (en suite): £3,650 (available)
- Ocean Cottage Bungalow AC (en suite) double occupancy: £3,300 per person (available)
- Single Seaview hut with AC (en suite): £3,300 (available)
- Seaview hut with AC (en suite) double occupancy: £3,045 per person (available)
- Single Jungle bungalow with AC (en suite): £3,090 (available)
- Jungle bungalow with AC (en suite) double occupancy: £2,880 per person (available)
- Luxury Single tent with AC: £2,950 (available)
- Luxury shared twin tent with AC – double occupancy: £2,780 per person (available)
- One bed in a Luxury shared 4-person tent with AC (male): £2,750 per person (available)
- One bed in a Luxury shared 4-person tent (female) with AC: £2,750 per person (available)
Prices are in British Pounds.
The cost includes accommodation, food and the course fee. It also includes 2 boat trips during the course to visit other parts of the island and to go snorkelling.
A £300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on the course. The balance will then be due two-months before the course starts.
If you are sharing a tent and coming on you own, you will be sharing with people of the same gender.
The luxury tents are already set up with beds, electricity, lights and air conditioning.
There is one day off, and one evening off, each week.
Cost for taking the course online
The cost for taking the course online is £1,299 (British pounds). There is a non-refundable deposit of £300 to secure a place. The balance will then be due two-months before the course starts.
Frequently asked questions
This course is suitable for anyone who would like to train as a yoga teacher, with the skills to teach meditation, spinal breathing pranayama, samyama, mudras, bandhas and asana practice. It is also suitable for people who would simply like to deepen their own knowledge of yoga.
Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will become qualified as a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT).
Many Yoga Teacher Training Courses only train teachers to teach asana (posture) practice, which is just one of the eight limbs of yoga. On this course, as well as learning how to teach asana practice, teachers will be trained to teach Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation, Samyama practice and the mudras and bandhas. The course will cover the teaching of all eight limbs of yoga and will be full-scope.
Assessment is carried out through class participation. Students need to attend at least 90% of the classes over the month, to qualify at the end of the course. This will be the same for students attending in-person and students taking part online.
Yes, all of the training is completed during the 29-day course, with students graduating at the end of the course. There is a recommended reading list, so students can begin their study before the course starts if they wish.
Yes, the recommended reading list can be found here. It is only a recommended list, not compulsory, so you can take a look at whatever books you are drawn to. All of the books on the list are relevant to the material covered on the course.
The nearest airport is on Koh Samui. From there, it is a 2.5 hour ferry ride to the island of Koh Tao. Taxis waiting at the pier can bring you up to the retreat centre. Full travel instructions will be sent to you after registering.
Yes, yoga mats and cushions are provided on the course at the centre. The mats are high quality. People taking part online, will need their own yoga mat and cushion.
No. Some people who take the course take part simply because they want to deepen their knowledge of yoga. Others are planning to teach once they complete the course. So, we get people with a wide range of different experience levels. For this reason, no previous experience is necessary.
Yes, students on the course attending in Thailand will need to have travel insurance to cover their travel to and from the retreat centre, and health insurance in Thailand.
Typical daily schedule
Note: There is one day off plus one evening off, each week
10th September 2024 (arrival day)
14:00 – 16:00 Arrival
16:00 – 17:30 Practice session- asana, pranayama, meditation
18:30 Welcome meeting
11th September – 7th October 2024
06:00 – 07:40 Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama
08:00 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
09:00 – 10:00 Morning lecture/ workshop
12:15 to 13:15 Occasional activities (not every day)
13:30 – 14:45 Afternoon lecture / workshop
15:15 – 17:00 Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama
19:00 Evening lecture
8th October 2024 (last day)
06:00 – 07:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
10:00 – 11:00 Farewells and departure
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