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

Note: This course is planned, but not yet open for registrations. 

13th September - 11th October 2022

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.

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About the Course

During September/ October 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


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.

Course 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….


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 (en suite):   £2,950  (available)
  • Double seaview hut with AC (en suite): £2,550 per person (available)
  • Luxury shared twin tent with AC:   £2,220 per person (available)
  • 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 21 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.


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

13th September 2022 (arrival day)

14:00 – 16:00 Arrival

16:00 – 17:30 Introduction followed by practice session

17:30 Dinner

19:30 Welcome meeting

14th September – 10th October 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

19:30 Evening lecture

11th October 2022 (last day)

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

10:30 Brunch

12:00 – 13:00 Farewells and departure


Reviews from past AYP Teacher Training Courses.

 "Over our month-long journey together on the AYP Teacher Training Course we deeply explored all eight limbs of yoga, not just as an academic exercise but as a set of powerful practices that bring about as much purification and spiritual evolution as any person could want. Our teachers gave us clear instructions on how to apply these practices for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable yogic journey.      The retreat environment was very supportive, friendly, fun, and often lighthearted while still remaining professional. It was quite evident that each of our instructors taught us from the perspective of considerable experience and deep inner silence. There were no questions about yoga that our teachers couldn't answer, and no difficulties in practices that they couldn't help us overcome. I greatly deepened my own personal practice, met my yoga family, and had the time of my life."
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“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.”
Nathalie Ishizuka
“Advanced Yoga Practices have changed my life. I don't think that just any other yoga teaching would have. It is because this Yoga system focuses on meditation (and other sitting practices) and 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 to transmit that in return to our students. This yoga system has been wonderfully designed and nothing has been left over. It deserves to be well-known, and I believe it will be. The teachers have been fantastic. Passionate, kind, open-minded, funny, very knowledgeable and receptive. And the list could go on and on. The atmosphere within the group was incredible. Like a loving family. This AYP TTC has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. So yes, I definitely recommend it! Thank you so much guys... Lots of love.!”
Amandine Perrin
 “Excellent teachers and teaching. I would certainly highly recommend this AYP teacher training.”
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 “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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  “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.”
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“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.”
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