Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) 200-hour Teacher Training Course, Koh Tao, Thailand

1st - 29th March 2022

Note: This course is currently in progress. The next course will take place in September/ October 2022. For details click the button. 

The Venue

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.

AYP class in Thailand

About the Course

During March 2022, 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.

The curriculum

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.

Yoga Teacher Training
TTC in Thailand

Qualifications

Yoga Alliance RYS 200 logo

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.

Lead Teachers

Tristan Dorling

Tristan Dorling

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 Zahir

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….

Food

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. 

Accommodation

Take a look at both the rooms and tents that are available on our teacher training courses. 

Cost

  • Single seaview hut with AC (en suite):   £2,950  (fully booked)
  • Double seaview hut with AC (en suite): £2,550 per person (fully booked)
  • Luxury shared twin tent with AC:   £2,220 per person (fully booked)
  • Luxury shared 4-person tent with AC:   £1,999 per person (available)

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 on a boat trip.

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 23 people on this course

Covid-19 update

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.

Payments

Once your place on the course has been approved, you can make payments by debit or credit card  here  or by bank transfer

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. 

Koh Tao Yoga TTC

Daily schedule

1st March 2022 (arrival day)

14:00 – 16:00 Arrival

16:00 – 17:30 Short introduction followed by practice session

17:30 Dinner

2nd – 28th March 2022

06:00 – 07:35 Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama

07:50 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama

09:00 – 10:00 Morning lecture/ workshop

10:30 Brunch

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

17:30 Dinner

19:00 Evening lecture

29th March 2022 (last day)

07:50 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama

10:30 Brunch

12:00 – 13:00 Farewells and departure

Eco-Tourism

Learn how to support the local ecosystem during your visit to the islands. 

Alain
“Thanks to the instructors, staff, and fellow students on the AYP Teacher Training Course 2017. It was a privilege to know you all. You have made it possible for me to enjoy this course and I felt at home amongst people I could trust.”
Amandine
“AYP has changed my life. I don't think another yoga teaching would have. This Yoga system focuses on meditation, not only mainly on asanas. Thus it is full-scope and covers the eight limbs of Yoga. It teaches us how to become autonomous in our practice and to transmit that in return to our students. This yoga system has been wonderfully designed, nothing has been left over. The teachers have been passionate, kind, open-minded, funny and very knowledgeable. The atmosphere within the group was like a loving family. This AYP TTC has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. I definitely recommend it, thank you so much!”
Cody Rickett
This was a superb training program. I've been studying, practicing, and informally teaching AYP for 7 years now, so this TTC was a major benchmark for me in deepening my devotion to spreading the magic of this open-source system. Great job by Tristan in leading the full month of practices, academics, karma yoga, and other activities. My fellow students from across the world were a joy to learn and bond with. Our last night was full of stillness and ecstasy as we danced our hearts away in the spirit of bhakti, celebration, and divine love. I would highly recommend this certification course to anyone who has a passion for bringing AYP to the community. It's well worth it.
Helen Clowes
A wonderful experience; a superb venue with true tranquillity and space to grow; excellent teaching from knowledgeable, passionate teachers who gave us a sense of confidence in our ability to take our new knowledge out into the world to share with others; a fascinating, friendly international cohort from many backgrounds united in our common goals and love of yoga. I would thoroughly recommend this course.
Isabelle
“Excellent teachers and teaching. I would certainly highly recommend this AYP teacher training.”
Jack Waspe
A high quality and strongly led training course, exploring all eight limbs of yoga in depth. The teachers were hardworking, knowledgeable, relatable and clearly passionate.
Joel
"Over our journey on the AYP TTC we deeply explored all eight limbs of yoga. Not just as an academic exercise but as powerful practices that bring about as much purification and spiritual evolution as anyone could want. Our teachers gave clear instructions on how to practice in a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable way. The environment was very supportive, friendly, fun, and lighthearted while remaining professional. Each of our instructors taught from considerable experience and deep inner silence. There were no questions that our teachers couldn't answer; no difficulties they couldn't help us overcome. I greatly deepened my personal practice, met my yoga family, and had the time of my life."
Louise Kristensen
I had a wonderful experience in Moulin De Chaves during my AYP course. The training was placed in a safe learning environment, and the teachers are highly skilled. Being an academically educated teacher myself, I was happy to see how the overall programme fit together, form the practical and theoretical content to the precision of the classes. This was more than a retreat and teachers training, it was also a wonderful social experience with ambitious and intelligent people from all over the world.
Nathalie
“Passed with distinction the yoga teacher training course. The level of individual attention given to us by enlightened teachers is beyond words. We are all grateful and full of joy for such teachers. Even people who are already yoga teachers and did this training say it is like no other. I can highly recommend the Advanced Yoga Practices Teacher Training. It is so much more than a teacher training course, it was also a retreat and a means to connect with colleagues from around the world. And above all to learn from great teachers who know ...and make dear life long friends and begin changing ourselves fundamentally.”
Renee Michelle Demill
I could not be happier with my experience studying under the guidance of Tristan, Devrim, Alex and Blanche. Through the AYP teachings I was able to deepen my love and appreciation not only for asana, but also the mental, spiritual, cultural and philosophical realms of this traditional practice. I would highly recommend AYP TTC to anyone interested in learning to teach full-scope yoga.
Richard
“This course was everything I had hoped and more. Full-scope yoga training taught by true yogis who were both available and approachable. Despite having studied yoga for many years prior to the course, I still learned a tremendous amount. It drew a diverse array of students from all over the world, a group that came to feel more like family than mere friends. My only regret was that it all had to end. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning to teach about all of the limbs of yoga.”
Sujata Mathur
The course curriculum covered all eight limbs of yoga and more. The teachers were experienced and giving. The course was very well designed and imparted knowledge and confidence to enable students to teach independently.
Wolfi
“Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP)’s 200-hour teacher-training prepares its trainees to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently.”
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