Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) 200-hour Teacher Training Course, Koh Tao, Thailand
Meditation – Pranayama – Asana
12th September - 10th October 2021
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 and October 2021, we will be running a 29-day Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) 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.
Many aspects of yoga will be covered, including some of the most subtle and effective aspects of yoga practice. The curriculum for the course has been approved by the Yoga Alliance.
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
- Practicalities of teaching yoga
The full course curriculum can be found here.
Upon completion of the course, participants will become qualified as a yoga teacher and will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). The Yoga Alliance are an internationally recognised registration body.
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….
Sometimes when people ask me what I do in life, I like to answer “researcher”. “Ah that’s good!” they say. Then follows invariably: “In what?” “in Yoga.” Some look disappointed, others laugh out loud… Yet this is a noble path and a fairly accurate definition of what a yogi is, who, driven by an invisible force, searches relentlessly (or almost!) through their practices, to capture the essence of life in its purest form….
The food on the course will be Thai vegetarian. There will be two meals served each day: brunch and dinner.
The food served will support a yoga and meditation practice.
- Single seaview hut with AC: £2,950
- Double seaview hut with AC: £2,550 (per person)
- Luxury twin tent with AC: £2,220 (per person)
- Luxury 3/4 person tent with AC: £1,999 (per person)
Prices are in British Pounds.
The cost includes accommodation, food and the course fee. It also includes 3 day 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 will be a maximum of 20 people on this course.
If the course has to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation, you will be entitled to a full refund or the opportunity to transfer your booking to another TTC with Tristan. If you are unable to travel due to the coronavirus restrictions, then you will also be entitled to a full refund, or to transfer your place to another date.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will become qualified as a yoga teacher. AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices) is registered as a Teacher Training School with the Yoga Alliance (YA). This means that the training we provide to teachers, meets their standards of training provision.
Once qualified you will be eligible to register as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. You will qualify to register as an RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher who has completed 200 hours of training).
The Yoga Alliance is an internationally recognised registration body, so the qualification will allow you to teach in any country in the world.
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 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 and with a final written exam. The written examination will not cover the full course curriculum, but will only cover the material that students need to know to effectively teach yoga.
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. You will be picked up from the ferry pier on Koh Tao when you arrive.
12th September 2021 (arrival day)
14:00 – 16:00 Arrival
16:00 – 17:30 Introduction followed by practice session
19:30 Welcome meeting
September 13th – October 9th 2021
06:00 – 07:35 Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama
07:50 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
09:00 – 10:00 Morning lecture/ workshop
13:00 – 14:00 Afternoon lecture / workshop
14:15 – 16:00 Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama
16:10 – 17:00 Pranayama, meditation and samyama/ grounding/ jnana yoga
19:30 Evening lecture
10th October 2021 (last day)
07:50 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
12:00 – 13:00 Farewells and departure