Becoming a Global Yogi

Thailand based yoga teacher Lisa Kerry reviews the Becoming a Global Yogi Guide: A How-To Guide to Building an International Yoga Teaching Career by Michelle Taffe, founder of Wow. This book was not what I expected…. Whew, am I glad.   I’ll admit it, there was some hesitation in picking up this book because I expected it be playing some of the same things that go through my head everyday:   ‘Lisa, you should be practicing 1.5 hours each day, 6 days a week; you should be studying in India for several years with the best teachers available, and should have gone there already.” Really, though, who do you think you are thinking about being a traveling yoga teacher? You just don’t have what it takes. You’re not good enough! And you aren’t going to be able to make a living at it.’ Ok, so I admit it, that…

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Rising with the sun – magic sunrise meditation

This blog is about enjoying a magic sunrise meditation; rising with the sun, barefoot on the soft sandy beach and swimming in the warm tropical ocean.
In order to meditate and really enjoy and feel this wonderful feeling of peace harmony unity and ‘oneness’ with all it helps massively when you connect nature and the 5 Elements of Earth, Fire, Sky, Water and Air.
All of these are abundantly available in very pure form AND all at the same time at Vikasa and our nearby beaches, for sure another awesome Vikasa Magic Moment!
It is so easy and such a wonderful feeling to really connect to any of the base 5 elements here; for the active ‘A’ types amongst you that want to go the extra mile come and join me on the sunrise beach walk, jog or run!!
Whatever your preference is and enjoy this delightful experience as part…

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Yoga and the sun

Magic Moments: The rising sun and element of Fire.
One of the many thing amazing things I love about Vikasa is the absolutely sensational location!
Nestled on the steep tropical cliffs and beautiful rugged coastline and within easy walking reach to the beautiful popular beaches, it is one of those very rare and special places where you can also very easily get away and disappear into the delightful presence of only pure undisturbed nature.
This really is an experience and feeling far beyond any words and I strongly encourage any guest or student with us to take full advantage of this very special gift and blessing.
Especially on Samui with significant land and building development places where you can find undisturbed nature are now very hard to find, and here at Vikasa it is literally just a walk away from your room or bungalow!
You can easily find a beautiful,…

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Vikasa in KASA

Vikasa Yoga Retreat featured in Samui KASA edition.…

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Evolution Contest Voting

We are taking our Evolution Contest to the next stage and are delighted to present the yoga pictures of our now 20 finalists. At the beginning of our contest we asked you to send us your favourite yoga picture and tell us what yoga means to you. Evolution or Revolution? The response was awesome. We received so many beautiful yoga pictures and many of you really opened up and shared your personal thoughts with us. Thank you for that.
And now it’s time for you to participate in our contest by voting for the picture you find most compelling. Therefore we published a photo album on our facebook page with all 20 yoga pictures. The picture with the most „likes“ wins our Yoga Teacher Training at Vikasa. The voting will be on till Sunday the 19th of January. The following day we’ll announce the lucky winner.
So please take some…

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Meditation Tips from Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training

Meditation can seem like a daunting practice, but it can actually be quite simple when correct techniques are applied…here I will tell you the key elements that will lead you to your own successful meditative process.

With regular enough practice to build up a connection within, you might feel the benefit and natural desire to have a regular practice, even if it’s just a few minutes morning or evening and cultivating a meditative state of mind throughout your daily life.

Sitting Up Right
First and foremost is the upright spine. Extending the spine to feel tall physiologically creates a feeling of wakefulness. It is also the best action for reducing inbalances in the curvature of the spine and promotes balanced 3-dimensional actions of breath. Sitting upright is initiated by many muscles but focusing to the deepest abdominal muscle, the tranverse abdominis, will improve your posture and increase your endurance…

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My Yoga Journey (Part 1): Tears for Progress ~ Sebla Kaplan

Deep sleep. Eyes opened. Wake Up.
I walk down to Vikasa’s Yoga Shala on the Sea and the Gayatri Mantra is playing. So wonderful! The chant alters my state and I begin my practice.
We start the day with pranayama and meditation followed by asana class with our Teacher Training Instructor George. Abdominal exercises, Warrior I and Warrior III. We prepare ourselves for handstand, camel pose, shoulder stand, halasana, head stand, chaturanga, updog, downdog series… Align, activate and contract Uddijana Bandha. Lengthen your spine…



I am a Turkish Yogi from Istanbul who is passionate about music, signing and songwriting. I studied Media at the University of Bedfordshire UK and am certified in Digital Filmmaking, Web & Graphic Design and Human Resources Management. I am proud to be a member of Vikasa’s worldwide yoga community. Vikasa gave me wings, now it is my time to fly.…

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The Healing of Touch and Yoga

While you have probably been keeping an eye open for different super foods, detox theories, or other healing magic bullet that might be out there, hopefully you haven’t over looked one of the most powerful, and available methods of healing: Touch.

Touch is an intimate phenomenon. When enough pressure to the skin stimulates the sense organs underneath, they send a signal to the central nervous system which is experienced as “touching” with something. The sensation can be read as having different qualities; soft, hard, smooth, hard, delicate, clumsy, and so on. Of course it’s not just tactile information that is experienced. The qualities of touch cue emotional and physiological response as well. Human touch takes it to a whole new level. All objects carry a “current” or charge to them but there is none so beneficially powerful in affect as the welcome touch of another human being. There is the…

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Yoga and Raw Food

So your curiosity has brought you to read my article about raw food here today. In gratitude, I’ll do my best to make it a little different than other  articles you may have read about raw food. Everyone pretty much agrees that some amount of raw food in our diet is basically essential for optimum health, but why? I’ll also give some useful tips to for bringing a healthy serving of living goodness into yourself.
Increasing awareness of self… through Yoga… and raw food. Know that this article isn’t going to be very much about nutrition.  While that is a very useful area of knowledge I would rather make this more interesting than just saying such and such raw food item has such and such nutrients good for x.
In fact, let’s just briefly get a little bit of debate regarding nutrition of raw oand cooked food  out of the…

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My Take on Yoga Therapy

Let me first tell you that the applications of Yoga for therapy are limitless really. Look at any kind of yoga practice; poses, breathing, or meditation. What is really happening there? You are practicing being consciously aware of yourself and choosing how to be in that environment. The general therapeutic affect of any of these practices is that you become skilled at perceiving yourself presently, perhaps curious to discover if there is still yet some broader capacity for that perception, and empowered by realizing that you can  choose how to be in yourself with any situation, at any moment, and in a way that is genuinely healing to your whole body-mind system more and more often. This healing increases your senses and energy which creates a feedback loop increasing your ability to perceive yourself and the inter connectivity of life. You can choose to be calm. You can choose to…

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