AYP 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course, Koh Tao, Thailand
5th September - 3rd October 2023
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 2023, 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.
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
- 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.
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….
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.
We can also support special diets such as vegan, gluten free, sugar free etc.
Take a look at both the rooms and tents that are available on our teacher training courses.
- Ocean Cottage Bungalow AC (en suite): £3,390 (fully booked)
- Ocean Cottage Bungalow AC (en suite) double occupancy: £3,040 per person (fully booked)
- Single Seaview hut with AC (en suite): £3,040 (fully booked)
- Seaview hut with AC (en suite) double occupancy: £2,780 per person (fully booked)
- Single Jungle bungalow with AC (en suite): £2,830 (1 still available)
- Jungle bungalow with AC (en suite) double occupancy: £2,620 per person (1 still available)
- Luxury Single tent with AC: £2,690 (1 still available)
- Luxury shared twin tent with AC – double occupancy: £2,520 per person (1 still available)
- One bed in a Luxury shared 4-person tent with AC (male): £2,480 per person (available)
- One bed in a Luxury shared 4-person tent (female) with AC: £2,480 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.
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.
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 and with a final written exam. The written examination will be based on the course curriculum.
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.
Yes, yoga mats and cushions are provided on the course
No. Some people who take the course come on it simply because they want to deepen their knowledge of yoga. 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 will need to have travel insurance to cover their travel to and from the retreat centre, and health insurance in Thailand.
Note: There is one day off plus one evening off, each week
5th September 2022 (arrival day)
14:00 – 16:00 Arrival
16:00 – 17:30 Practice session- asana, pranayama, meditation
18:30 Welcome meeting
6th September – 2nd October 2022
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
3rd October 2022 (last day)
06:00 – 07:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
10:00 – 11:00 Farewells and departure
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