Are you ready to take your practice to the next level?

Do you feel like you need the desire to learn more than just the basics?

Do you need to take some time for yourself?

Then this course is for you…
 

The Advanced training course takes the yoga teacher or advanced yoga student to the next level and is suitable for both the existing teachers or just serious practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their practice. The six week or 300 hour course consists of three modules, which are 100 hours each, or two weeks in duration and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Trainees can obtain an RYT-500 certification upon successful completion of the course. In order to obtain the RYT-500 certificate, trainees are required to complete all three modules, or five weeks of training.

 
 
 
 

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Why choose Vikasa Yoga?

Vikasa means evolution when translated from Sanskrit. The Vikasa Method is based on individual evolution and spiritual development.

The concept of “evolution of yoga” is centered on the notion that everything in the world evolves constantly. Our primary goal is evolution, and yoga can be seen as a tool to facilitate that.

The Vikasa Yoga Method is an integral system of yoga based predominantly on classical Hatha yoga, with some influence from Himalayan Vinyasa and higher Taoism practices. A fusion of the three lineages allows for a very effective and complete system resulting in personal evolution.

The method is based on universal rules of yoga that ultimately allow the practitioner complete freedom from any particular routine leading to an “intelligent freestyle” of practice.

Emphasis is placed on the journey, or evolution of an individual. Encouraging evolution leads to a natural progression of individuality where uniqueness is celebrated as a natural piece of the oneness we are all  part of. This opposes the often found dissolution of identity and ego which can inspire conformity and unnecessary isolation.

A careful distinction is drawn between oneness and conformity. Oneness being the acceptance of what is, including all that is around you and inside you. Conformity is referenced to include unimportant religious practices and dogmatic systems..

The Vikasa system encourages function within an existing society, rather than against it or apart from it. This allows for deeper connections with the spiritual and physical beings that surround us on a daily basis.

Key principles and rules of yoga are taught, allowing the teachers of Vikasa Yoga and dedicated practitioners to become free from any routines by gaining understanding, knowledge and insight into the methodology and the effects of practice.

When individuality is inspired and oneness within community is celebrated,
the teachings become inclusive of infinite possibilities.

“You can not do yoga – yoga is your natural state…”

“A good teacher can never be stuck in a routine…”

“I am not teaching you anything. I just help you explore yourself…”

Why choose Vikasa Yoga?

Vikasa means evolution when translated from Sanskrit. The Vikasa Method is based on individual evolution and spiritual development.

The concept of “evolution of yoga” is centered on the notion that everything in the world evolves constantly. Our primary goal is evolution, and yoga can be seen as a tool to facilitate that.

The Vikasa Yoga Method is an integral system of yoga based predominantly on classical Hatha yoga, with some influence from Himalayan Vinyasa and higher Taoism practices. A fusion of the three lineages allows for a very effective and complete system resulting in personal evolution.

The method is based on universal rules of yoga that ultimately allows the practitioner complete freedom from any particular routine leading to an “intelligent freestyle” of practice.

Emphasis is placed on the journey, or evolution of an individual. Encouraging evolution leads to a natural progression of individuality where uniqueness is celebrated as a natural piece of the oneness we are all  part of. This opposes the often found dissolution of identity and ego which can inspire conformity and unnecessary isolation.

A careful distinction is drawn between oneness and conformity. Oneness being the acceptance of what is, including all that is around you and inside you. Conformity is referenced to include unimportant religious practices and dogmatic systems.

The Vikasa system encourages function within an existing society, rather than against it or apart from it. This allows for deeper connections with the spiritual and physical beings that surround us on a daily basis.

Key principles and rules of yoga are taught, allowing the teachers of Vikasa Yoga and dedicated practitioners to become free from any routines by gaining understanding, knowledge and insight into the methodology and the effects of practice.

When individuality is inspired and oneness within community is celebrated, the teachings become inclusive of infinite possibilities.

 

“You can not do yoga – yoga is your natural state…”

“A good teacher can never be stuck in a routine…”

“I am not teaching you anything. I just help you explore yourself…”

 
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Advanced Module 1


 

Asana – The Art of Sequencing | 100 hours


In this session, we will deepen the the practice of asanas and shatkarma kriyas, as proposed by the ancient texts of Hatha Yoga Pradipika and practices in the current environment. The training will focus specifically on the proper sequencing of asanas, and achieving a balanced distribution of energy within your physical body as a result of correct sequencing of asanas in your yoga practice.

The result of such balanced energy distribution in your physical body at the end of your yoga practice is a balanced emotional and mental state as well. Trainees are to understand there are no styles in yoga, but only a method, based on universal rules and principles of yoga. The goal of this training is for the trainees to understand such principles and finally be able to evolve into creative vinyasa sequencing that brings yoga on cross mat, drawing mandalas in the three dimensional space with the body, thus achieving the ultimate freedom and balance, which I call – intelligent freestyle.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN MODULE 1


ૐ Understanding energetic effects of training sequences of asanas.
ૐ How to create multidimensional models of sequences.
ૐ Balancing of the energetic effect on your physical, mental and emotional levels.
ૐ Understanding energetic effects of training sequences of asanas.How to create multidimensional models of sequences.
ૐ Balancing of the energetic effect on your physical, mental and emotional levels.
ૐ Result of your physical effort on your mental and emotional states.
ૐ Introduction to Mandala – Yoga sequencing and methodology, based on Universal principles of yoga.
ૐ Practical demonstration of multi-dimensional models of training sequences.
ૐ Principle of super compensation – understanding and applying it to practice.
ૐ Simplification and modification of standard asanas, working with multi-level groups.
ૐ Training sequence creation, practical examples and student sequence creation.
ૐ Deepening study of varieties of training sequences and practice sub-styles and their combinations:

ૐ Balancing the Ha and Tha aspects in practice. (Yin/Yang, Active/Passive)
ૐ How yoga practice affects different shells of our bodies and perception.
ૐ Principle of time minimization: minimal time – maximum effectiveness.
ૐ Creation of personal programs for your students and individual yoga style development.
ૐ Teaching workshops – how to prepare content and get studios around the world to invite you
ૐ Organizing yoga retreats – how to organize and find new students to join you.
ૐ Using physical adjustments to help students with alignment and progress in asana.
ૐ How to teach a multi-level class, suitable for all levels of students from beginners to advanced.
ૐ Shatkarma kriyas, ancient yogis cleansing and purifying techniques: Dhauti, Neti, Trataka, Nauli, Kapalabhati
ૐ The first chapter (Asana) and parts of second chapter (Pranayama and Shatkarma) of Hatha Yoga Pradipika text, original manual on hatha yoga explored and explained, cross referenced with other ancient haha yoga manuals, such as Gheranda Samhita and Shiva Samhita

 

Advanced Module 2


 

Pranayama – The Energy Body | 100 hours


In the second session of the advanced teacher training, we explore the meaning of prana, the lifeforce energy, and how to control and manipulate the prana to preserve it in our life keeping thie energy in balance. From understanding the breathing mechanics, we can experience the main tecniques of pranayama and bandhas as taught by the ancient texts and yogis, preparing the respiratory channels with proper kriyas, training the body to let prana flow in full balance that will still the mind for meditation. This course is based on the second chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika manual, in which we are also reminded that Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are mutually dependent on each other in order to bring about the highest result. No success can be attained in either without the proper practice of both.

The sign of progress in Hatha Yoga is defined as: “When the body becomes lean, the face glows with delight, the inner sound is manifest and the eyes are bright, there is freedom from disease, bindu is under control and the digestive fire is strong, then one should know that the Nadis are purified and success in Hatha Yoga is approaching.”

Great care should therefore be taken when one engages in Pranayama practice. First and foremost a good grounding in the practice of postures is expected. Instruction from a proper teacher is essential to the practice of Pranayama. During the course we will explain how disturbance in the mind may be related to disturbances in the breath and how learning to restrain the latter may bring about greater steadiness of mind. The practice of Pranayama is geared towards purifying the Nadis – all the nerve patterns, so that the Prana can ultimately pass through the central channel of Sushumna, and then awaken the practitioner to his/her true identity – which is beyond name and form.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN MODULE 2


PRANA

ૐ Prana and pranayama
ૐ Benefits of pranayama
ૐ Guidelines for pranayama
ૐ Prana awakening
ૐ Research on breath and pranayama

PRANA VAYU

ૐ Pancha vayu, major and minor
ૐ How to practice yoga to balance the 5 vayus
ૐ Secrets of the five prana
ૐ Practice: developing awareness of pancha prana 

THE MECHANICS OF BREATHING

ૐ The physiology and the mechanics of breathing
ૐ The respiratory structure, three types of breathing
ૐ Practice: abdominal, thoracic, collarbone breathings, full yogic breathing
ૐ Nasal function/nostril dominance
ૐ Breathing habits and patterns
ૐ Practice: conscious breathing exercises 

PRANAYAMA IN ANCIENT TEXTS

ૐ Pranayama in yoga sutra
ૐ Pranayama in hatha yoga pradipika
ૐ Pranayama in shiva samhita
ૐ Pranayama in gheranda samhita
ૐ Practice: awareness of the subtle breath 

YOGIC SUBTLE ANATOMY part 1

ૐ Chakra
ૐ Group work on chakra

YOGIC SUBTLE ANATOMY part 2

ૐ Ha/Tha
ૐ Nadi
ૐ Ida pingala sushumna
ૐ Kundalini awakening
ૐ Practice: developing awareness of chakra 

KOSHA

ૐ 5 kosha theory
ૐ Practice: developing awareness of pranamaya kosha 

BANDHAS

ૐ The concept and the mechanics of locks
ૐ Physical and pranic effects of bandhas
ૐ Jalandara bandha
ૐ Uddiyana bandha
ૐ Moola bandha
ૐ Maha bandha
ૐ Bandhas and pranayama
ૐ Practice1 : locating mooladhara chakra
ૐ Practice 2: performing moola bandha, in man and woman 

PRANAYAMA PRACTICE part 1

ૐ The pranic body: pranamaya kosha
ૐ Good rules for pranayama practice
ૐ Asanas for pranayama
ૐ Mudras for pranayama
ૐ Practice: ujjayi
ૐ Practice: bramharee

PRANAYAMA PRACTICE part 2

ૐ Practice: shitali
ૐ Practice: shitkari
ૐ Practice: chandra bheda
ૐ Practice: surya bheda
ૐ Practice: bhastrika
ૐ Practice: khapalabhati 

ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING

ૐ Khumbaka
ૐ Practice: anuloma viloma
ૐ Practice: nadi shodana 

PRANAYAMA: DAILY PRACTICE AND FUTURE PROGRESSION

HEALING SOUNDS

ૐ Mantra
ૐ Mantra and prana
ૐ Kirtan and bhajan
ૐ Singing bowls

 

Advanced Module 3


 

Meditation – The Soul and Spirit | 100 hours


The aim of all Yogic practices is to awaken the dormant Kundalini power. It is said to be the support of all the Tantra and Yoga practices. When it is awakened – through the grace of a Guru (which can be your own internal Guru, rather than an external teacher, at that point) – all the centers and knots (the different charkas) are pierced through by Prana. When the middle channel (Sushumna) becomes the main pathway for Prana it is said that the mind becomes free from all the connections with its objects of enjoyment which results in complete awareness of the self, or self-realization.

The third session will focus on the processes of attention and concentration to reach the state of meditation and finally of samadhi, the ultimate bliss. A physical, psychological and philosophical understanding of the mind structure will lead the students to the ability of managing the mind’s activities to attain the state of yoga. Different tecniques will be proposed an explored: focusing on the breathe, an object, a mantra or silence students will be gradually able to improve the concentration abilities and to train the mind into stillness. Traditional tecniques and rituals combined with the unique and peculiar experience proposed by the teachers will let the student explore meditation as tought by ancient text to transversal contaminations with other disciplines as proposed by the daoist meditation. To complete the meditative gesture we will propose the practice of mudras, the energetic seals, that stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana in the body.

The final goal of Yoga is therefore not enjoyment of this world or even the world to come but to achieve complete self-realization and karmic freedom. What is to be awakened is the inner receptivity to a life force within. This force is not simply mere association with the senses but an internalized refinement which may bring about an awakening to this mystic power.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN MODULE 3


MEDITATION (WHAT, WHY AND HOW?)

ૐ What is meditation really?
ૐ Why do we need to practice it?
ૐ Who needs to practice it?
ૐ How can we practice it?

THE NATURE OF MIND AND ITS FUNCTIONING

ૐ The structure of the mind
ૐ The mind according to Yoga Sutra
ૐ Meditation in Ancient Text as Patanjali`s Yoga Sutra and Hata Yoga Pradipika

MANAGING THE MIND TO CREATE A PERSONAL SADHANA

ૐ How to manage the Mind according to Yoga Sutra and Hatah Yoga Pradipka
ૐ Mahat, The Total Mind
ૐ The process and the functioning of mind
ૐ The association with the mind and the Gunas
ૐ Two ways of managing the mind: Abhyasa and Vairagya
ૐ Raja Yoga as a complete path to manage the mind

FROM CONCENTRATION TO MEDITATION

ૐ Prathyahara
ૐ Prathyahara techniques
ૐ Dharana
ૐ Dharana techniques
ૐ Dhyana
ૐ Samadhi

Mudras and It`s Hidden Mysteries

ૐ Definition of mudra and there important role in Meditation
ૐ Mudras From Hatha Yoga pradipika
ૐ Maha mudra
ૐ Maha bandha
ૐ Maha vedha
ૐ Kechari mudra
ૐ Uddiyana bandha
ૐ Mula bandha
ૐ Jalandhara bandha
ૐ Viparita karani
ૐ Vajroli mudra
ૐ Shakticalana
ૐ Hasta mudra 

MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION

ૐ Inner visualization
ૐ Chidakasha dharana
ૐ Trataka and Antar Trataka
ૐ Theory and Practice

MEDITATION AND SOUND

ૐ Japa yoga
ૐ Ajapa japa
ૐ Nada yoga
ૐ Antar mouna
ૐ Practice

 YOGA NIDRA

ૐ Sleep, dreams and yoga nidra
ૐ Yoga nidra and the brain
ૐ Stress and relaxation
ૐ Outline for the practice
ૐ General suggestions for the practice

KUNDALINI KRIYA

ૐ Kundalini kriya that induce Prathyahara
ૐ Viparita Karani mudra
ૐ Chakranusandhana
ૐ Nada sanchalana
ૐ Pawan sanchalan
ૐ Shabda sanchalana
ૐ Maha mudra
ૐ Maha bheda mudra
ૐ Manduki kriya
ૐ Tadan kriya
ૐ Kundalini kriya that induce Dharana
ૐ Naumukhi mudra
ૐ Shakti chalini
ૐ Shambavi
ૐ Amrit pan
ૐ Chakra bhedan
ૐ Sushumna darshan
ૐ Prana ahuti
ૐ Utthan
ૐ Svarupa darshan
ૐ Linga sanchalana
ૐ Kriya that induce Dhyana
ૐ Dhyana

KUNDALINI AWAKENING

ૐ Experiences in meditation:
ૐ Anahata sounds
ૐ Lights in meditation
ૐ Vision of god
ૐ Feeling of separation from the body
ૐ Astral journey
ૐ Materialisation
ૐ Cosmic consciousness
ૐ Bliss
ૐ Mind moves
ૐ Bhuta ganas
ૐ Glimpses of the self
ૐ Jyotirmaya darshan

What will practice be like

There will be two practices per day, obviously with a strong emphasis on asana. You can expect strong practices with lots of new variations both in terms of individual asanas, but more so in terms of sequencing. That does not necessarily mean that you have to be able to do all poses, so do not be discouraged if you can not do some of that advanced poses yet. Not so much explanation of the individual poses will be given, not to distract you from practice, as we are assuming you know your basic alignments and fundamentals of asana from the foundation training. The focus of this training is to understand correct sequencing and effects of sequences on different aspects of your body, and how to correctly distribute the energy within the body through correct asana practice. Practice sessions will vary to introduce and practice different sub-styles of yoga as well, such as yin. Trainees will learn and practice vinyasas to transition to 4 directions, rather than just facing forward on 1 mat. For this two mats will be used in a cross formation. Various levels of vinyasas will be taught to interlink all directions. Various complexity of vinyasas will be introduced, from simple stepping, to transitions through handstands. Students will need to perfect their sequencing abilities and create unique sequences based on the principles of energetic balancing learned in the first part of the course. They will be given all the tools to do it, and also a chance to practice their sequences later in self-practice classes and also in some teaching sessions.
In the practice sessions we will continue strong asana practice, while shifting the focus to more daily pranayama practice. Major pranayama techniques introduced in previous courses will be practiced, however the emphasis will be on self-practice and correct execution of techniques with proper ratios, bandhas and breath retentions. In foundation course and the first 100 hours of advanced course the techniques were introduced, with some practice. During this module the techniques will be practiced more seriously and for longer periods of time. Expect sitting times for pranayama practice to build up to 1 hour per session by the end of the course. Overall practice time can be up to 3 hours per session.
The practice, which starts from the gross with Asanas and Pranayama, now moves to the subtle realm of sealing or locking (Mudra) the energy from within. The ancient text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika states clearly that the main purpose of all the mudras is solely to awaken the Kundalini. Therefore, although we will still practice strong asana, and the pranayama techniques from the previous course, concentration and other mental techniques will be the primary focus of the training, and also we will finally combine all of the elements that we studied previously to achieve mudras. Students need to be familiar with all of the previous elements to be able to follow. Expect asanas be practiced with breath retentions, locks, and mental practices such as internal orbits. This very powerful practice might and will be different from your typical asana practice, and will make it more complete. When the bandhas become strong and one’s energy is no longer dissipated towards external objects, the practice of Bastrkas is said to be the quickest way to awaken this dormant power. Once Kundalinni enters, Prana will follow and success is sure to follow for the Yogi. However, great care must still be taken to avoid a fall from grace. Consistent practice is to be followed until the final goal of Raja Yoga is reached. Expect extended seated meditation sessions, building up to 1 hour or more per session. Overall length of practice sessions will be up to 3 hours per session.
Imagine waking up to this every morning…

 

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Who is this immersion for?

 

This Training Is Not For Everyone.

The depth of the spiritual and physical practice of Vikasa Yoga is for yoga practitioners who yearn for a more profound balance and closeness to their true essence.

We invite you to apply for this training if you:

  • Are a serious student committed to the study of yoga.
  • Wish to become a yoga teacher, differentiate and add to your yoga instruction skill set, or if you just want to dive into a deeper inquiry with yoga.
  • Have a longing for immersion, in a 4 week all encompassing educational and spiritual guided program.
  • Feel a connection or pull to experience the beautiful energy of Thailand.

Our teaching program includes, daily yoga practice, lectures, experiential personal and spiritual development activities, lessons and time to practice yoga teaching skills and techniques, and adequate rest and relaxation.

Unlike a local Yoga Teacher Training, where you go to classes and otherwise live in your normal surroundings [with the stress and responsibilities that come with it], this course is designed to be all-inclusive and immersive, so you can focus purely on your growth for the life changing weeks you are in Thailand.

 
 
 

WHO ARE THE TEACHERS?

Training will be led by a team of expert teachers, each sharing their specialist knowledge to help you become a skilful and teacher

Konstantin Miachin

Course director, founder of Vikasa Yoga Academy

Kosta’s journey into yoga has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in Thailand. Kosta has undergone extensive training and was certified with five different schools: Yoga 23, Sivananda Yoga, Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Andiappan Yoga and Universal Yoga and maintains close ties to many other yoga schools around the world. The vision for Vikasa Yoga was born upon realization that the deeper dimension of yoga is a spiritual journey and a conscious evolution of the individual. Seeing this as the ultimate human endeavor, he committed his life to supporting others on this path.

Jason Milne

Senior Teacher, All Courses

Jason Milne was first introduced to yoga as a way to relieve chronic low-back pain.  After experiencing the tremendous physical benefits of practicing yoga Jason immersed himself in the study and teaching of the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the science of yoga.  He has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and he has been teaching yoga professionally for over ten years. With comprehensive training in various lineages, three 500 hour certifications and dedication to continued study of the subject of yoga, Jason brings his wealth of knowledge in both theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy to this course. Jason is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

Jason Milne

Senior Teacher, All Courses

Jason Milne was first introduced to yoga as a way to relieve chronic low-back pain.  After experiencing the tremendous physical benefits of practicing yoga Jason immersed himself in the study and teaching of the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the science of yoga.  He has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and he has been teaching yoga professionally for over ten years. With comprehensive training in various lineages, three 500 hour certifications and dedication to continued study of the subject of yoga, Jason brings his wealth of knowledge in both theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy to this course. Jason is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

WILL LAU

Universal Yoga, Theory and Practice of Mandala Vinyasa

Will is a duo-lineage holder for two influential yoga systems for modern day yoga practitioners: UNIVERSAL® YOGA 500-hour RYT, graduated from Andrey Lappa and JIVAMUKTI® YOGA Advance Certification graduated from David Life & Sharon Gannon. Will passionately serves yogis especially in Asia where he teaches in Hong Kong, Shanghai China and Taiwan. Will was the Teacher Training Mentor (2010 & 2011) alongside David Life and Sharon Gannon for Jivamukti Yoga 350-hour Training in New York, and Teacher Training facilitator for Universal® Yoga 200-hour TT (2011-2013) alongside Andrey Lappa in PURE YOGA Hong Kong and China. Vigorous in his style, tender in his words – Will offers a class that pushes students to their limits, freeing their hearts and ultimately stilling their minds.

Simon Low

Yin Yoga

Simon Low, BWY, SYT & Yoga Alliance US (E-RYT 500) teacher is the Principal of the Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. Simon was a founder and the original director of yoga at London’s Triyoga. Simon’s teachings reflect his ongoing studies in many forms of yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology, macrobiotics and physical therapy.  Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a broad spectrum approach he loosely labels Yin and Yang Yoga, offering fresh vitality to yoga practice, innovative and intelligent asana, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind – the space for peace and tranquility.

Simon Low

Yin Yoga

Simon Low, BWY, SYT & Yoga Alliance US (E-RYT 500) teacher is the Principal of the Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. Simon was a founder and the original director of yoga at London’s Triyoga. Simon’s teachings reflect his ongoing studies in many forms of yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology, macrobiotics and physical therapy.  Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a broad spectrum approach he loosely labels Yin and Yang Yoga, offering fresh vitality to yoga practice, innovative and intelligent asana, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind – the space for peace and tranquility.

What will my day be like?

 
  • 07:00 – 09:15  Asana and Pranayama practice
  • 09:30 – 11:30  Brunch buffet at Life Café Group
  • 13:00 – 14:00  Dynamics / Self-study
  • 14:00 – 16:00  Theory / Methodology
  • 16:00 – 18:15  Yoga practice
  • 18:30 – 20:30  Dinner buffet at Life Café
 

        * this is a sample schedule and may vary from day to day. Some days additional activities may be added. Classes are on 6 days a week, one day is off.

 
Daily schedule will look as follows:

07:00 – 09:15  Morning practice
09:30 – 11:30  Healthy brunch buffet
13:00 – 14:00  Group Dynamics / Self-study
14:00 – 16:00  Theory / Methodology
16:00 – 18:15  Evening practice
18:30 – 20:30  Healthy dinner buffet

1 day off per week (Saturday)
* schedule may vary   

 

 

 

Graduation

The best yoga teacher training graduation ceremony on the entire planet.

We don’t like to brag but this is special…

We leave Vikasa around 4pm and hop aboard this incredible sailing boat and set sail for Koh Som Island!

Delicious food and drinks are served before everyone jumps off to swim in the warm, crystal clear waters of the bay… the sound of chilled out beats filling the air.

Music and dancing on the boat as the sun sets before the emotional and joyful graduation ceremony itself.

A truly magical experience shared with special new friends….

A fitting conclusion to what will have been a life changing few weeks.

 

What will I eat?

 

Vikasa serves wholesome health-conscious meals in buffet style as part of your all-inclusive package price. Vegans and vegetarians are catered for with love.

Your day begins with a healthful and energizing brunch. A freshly squeezed juice, tea and coffee, a sunny side up or vegetable omelette, wholegrain toasts, oatmeal muesli with yoghurt or chia seed pudding, super foods, boiled veggies with specialty in-house organic dips, vegetarian sandwiches or pancakes, and of course a variety of fresh-cut tropical fruits.

Dinner includes a hot soup, typical local dishes with tofu, brown rice, two or three vegetarian dishes, fresh salad, dahl, and always one seafood dish. For dessert we serve fruits, occasional delectable mango sticky rice or other uniquely Thai savouring.

Our homemade signature tea is a perfect finish to your meal. We also serve light snacks during afternoon breaks; however many students prefer to eat out while exploring nearby beaches or famous shopping areas.

 

What’s the resort like?

 
 
 

A Place you can call home.

Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training takes place in Vikasa Yoga Retreat. Vikasa is the creation of yoga pioneer Konstantin Miachin, who created this unique place for personal evolution. It’s the ideal place to practice yoga, find like-minded people, eat healthy food or just chill-out in an amazing natural environment. The retreat is located in Koh Samui, Thailand. Koh Samui enjoys perfect weather almost year round and offers a culturally rich environment to further inspire you.

 

Where will I be staying?

Yoga Cave

Bridging the gap between a hotel room and an authentic Thai experience, our Yoga Caves are small but very comfortable rooms that offer sweeping views over the sea and rocks below. Relax on your comfy bed facing out over the ocean and take in one of the best panoramas on Koh Samui. Sleep, read or meditate in peace. Modest in terms of size but still to our high standards, the air-conditioned Yoga Caves offer a quiet, personal place to stay for individual travelers.
The yoga caves do not have bathrooms en-suite. There is a large shared and public restroom and shower facility located just behind the block of Yoga Caves. The showers have hot water and shampoo provided. A bathrobe is provided in each cave for your comfort.

Single bed (single occupancy only)
Spectacular ocean view
Air conditioning
Shared bathroom and shower (with hot water)
Electronic safe
Fee WiFi

Zen Bungalow

  • Zen Bungalow bathroom
  • Details
  • Zen Bungalow Interior
  • Zen Bungalow Interior1

The Zen Bungalows are perfectly named, being traditional huts built with local, natural materials. They provide an opportunity to leave contemporary hotels behind and feel yourself become totally at-one with Koh Samui’s natural surroundings, with the stunning views from our cli -top location right outside your door.
A truly authentic experience. Please note that the Zen Bungalows are designed for solo travelers.

Twin bed (single occupancy only) • Garden View
Air Conditioning
Cooling Fan
Moskito nets
Small private bathroom with hot water
Mini fridge
Electronic safe

Beach Bungalow Standard

  • Balcony
  • Bathroom
  • Beach
  • Exterior

The Standard Beach Bungalows bring guests close to Nature while providing every convenience. The rooms are quite modest, rustic both inside and out, yet clean and comfortable they feature a queen-sized bed, and direct beach access. A private terrace allows you to take in one of Samui’s spectacular sunrises. Bungalows come with simple interior bathroom with hot shower, AC, mini fridge, and a safety box.

Private beach
Sea views or partial sea views
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Mini fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Beach Bungalow Superior

  • BB superior bathroom
  • BB Superior
  • interior

The Superior Beach Bungalows provide the same features as the Standard, but are substantially bigger, more spacious, have better finishings, upgraded king-sized bed (or request two twins) and our most spectacular unobstructed sea views from its terraces. It’s a truly unique waterfront living experience.

Private beach
Sea views
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Mini fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Ocean Room Standard

  • bathroom
  • Balcony
  • Bed
  • Interior

The Standard Ocean Rooms o er every convenience. Rest and recharge in a king- sized bed (or request two twins) and awaken to a sea view that will energize you for the day ahead. Step out onto your private balcony to enjoy the fresh island air, relax and read a book or meditate and feel at one with the natural surroundings. A stay in one of our Ocean Rooms is restful, relaxing and inspiring. Please note all the ocean rooms are slightly different, you can see in the pictures interiors vary from room to room, but they are all of the same standard. Also some have better views, while the other ones are better decorated and furnished. Either way they are conveniently located and are our best room category.

King size bed (by default) or 2 single beds (by request)
Sea view or partial sea view
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with shower
Large terrace
Mini-fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Where will I be staying?

Yoga Cave

Bridging the gap between a hotel room and an authentic Thai experience, our Yoga Caves are small but very comfortable rooms that offer sweeping views over the sea and rocks below. Relax on your comfy bed facing out over the ocean and take in one of the best panoramas on Koh Samui. Sleep, read or meditate in peace. Modest in terms of size but still to our high standards, the air-conditioned Yoga Caves offer a quiet, personal place to stay for individual travelers.
The yoga caves do not have bathrooms en-suite. There is a large shared and public restroom and shower facility located just behind the block of Yoga Caves. The showers have hot water and shampoo provided. A bathrobe is provided in each cave for your comfort.

Single bed (single occupancy only)
Spectacular ocean view
Air conditioning
Shared bathroom and shower (with hot water)
Electronic safe
Fee WiFi

Zen Bungalow

  • Zen Bungalow bathroom
  • Details
  • Zen Bungalow Interior
  • Zen Bungalow Interior1

The Zen Bungalows are perfectly named, being traditional huts built with local, natural materials. They provide an opportunity to leave contemporary hotels behind and feel yourself become totally at-one with Koh Samui’s natural surroundings, with the stunning views from our cli -top location right outside your door.
A truly authentic experience. Please note that the Zen Bungalows are designed for solo travelers.

Twin bed (single occupancy only) • Garden View
Air Conditioning
Cooling Fan
Moskito nets
Small private bathroom with hot water
Mini fridge
Electronic safe

Beach Bungalow Standard

  • Balcony
  • Bathroom
  • Beach
  • Exterior

The Standard Beach Bungalows bring guests close to Nature while providing every convenience. The rooms are quite modest, rustic both inside and out, yet clean and comfortable they feature a queen-sized bed, and direct beach access. A private terrace allows you to take in one of Samui’s spectacular sunrises. Bungalows come with simple interior bathroom with hot shower, AC, mini fridge, and a safety box.

Private beach
Sea views or partial sea views
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Mini fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Beach Bungalow Superior

  • BB superior bathroom
  • BB Superior
  • interior

The Superior Beach Bungalows provide the same features as the Standard, but are substantially bigger, more spacious, have better finishings, upgraded king-sized bed (or request two twins) and our most spectacular unobstructed sea views from its terraces. It’s a truly unique waterfront living experience.

Private beach
Sea views
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Mini fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Ocean Room Standard

  • bathroom
  • Balcony
  • Bed
  • Interior

The Standard Ocean Rooms o er every convenience. Rest and recharge in a king- sized bed (or request two twins) and awaken to a sea view that will energize you for the day ahead. Step out onto your private balcony to enjoy the fresh island air, relax and read a book or meditate and feel at one with the natural surroundings. A stay in one of our Ocean Rooms is restful, relaxing and inspiring. Please note all the ocean rooms are slightly different, you can see in the pictures interiors vary from room to room, but they are all of the same standard. Also some have better views, while the other ones are better decorated and furnished. Either way they are conveniently located and are our best room category.

King size bed (by default) or 2 single beds (by request)
Sea view or partial sea view
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with shower
Large terrace
Mini-fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Where will I be staying?

Yoga Cave

Bridging the gap between a hotel room and an authentic Thai experience, our Yoga Caves are small but very comfortable rooms that offer sweeping views over the sea and rocks below. Relax on your comfy bed facing out over the ocean and take in one of the best panoramas on Koh Samui. Sleep, read or meditate in peace. Modest in terms of size but still to our high standards, the air-conditioned Yoga Caves offer a quiet, personal place to stay for individual travelers.
The yoga caves do not have bathrooms en-suite. There is a large shared and public restroom and shower facility located just behind the block of Yoga Caves. The showers have hot water and shampoo provided. A bathrobe is provided in each cave for your comfort.

Single bed (single occupancy only)
Spectacular ocean view
Air conditioning
Shared bathroom and shower (with hot water)
Electronic safe
Fee WiFi

Zen Bungalow

  • Zen Bungalow bathroom
  • Details
  • Zen Bungalow Interior
  • Zen Bungalow Interior1

The Zen Bungalows are perfectly named, being traditional huts built with local, natural materials. They provide an opportunity to leave contemporary hotels behind and feel yourself become totally at-one with Koh Samui’s natural surroundings, with the stunning views from our cli -top location right outside your door.
A truly authentic experience. Please note that the Zen Bungalows are designed for solo travelers.

Twin bed (single occupancy only) • Garden View
Air Conditioning
Cooling Fan
Moskito nets
Small private bathroom with hot water
Mini fridge
Electronic safe

Beach Bungalow Standard

  • Balcony
  • Bathroom
  • Beach
  • Exterior

The Standard Beach Bungalows bring guests close to Nature while providing every convenience. The rooms are quite modest, rustic both inside and out, yet clean and comfortable they feature a queen-sized bed, and direct beach access. A private terrace allows you to take in one of Samui’s spectacular sunrises. Bungalows come with simple interior bathroom with hot shower, AC, mini fridge, and a safety box.

Private beach
Sea views or partial sea views
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Mini fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Beach Bungalow Superior

  • BB superior bathroom
  • BB Superior
  • interior

The Superior Beach Bungalows provide the same features as the Standard, but are substantially bigger, more spacious, have better finishings, upgraded king-sized bed (or request two twins) and our most spectacular unobstructed sea views from its terraces. It’s a truly unique waterfront living experience.

Private beach
Sea views
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Mini fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

Ocean Room Standard

  • bathroom
  • Balcony
  • Bed
  • Interior

The Standard Ocean Rooms o er every convenience. Rest and recharge in a king- sized bed (or request two twins) and awaken to a sea view that will energize you for the day ahead. Step out onto your private balcony to enjoy the fresh island air, relax and read a book or meditate and feel at one with the natural surroundings. A stay in one of our Ocean Rooms is restful, relaxing and inspiring. Please note all the ocean rooms are slightly different, you can see in the pictures interiors vary from room to room, but they are all of the same standard. Also some have better views, while the other ones are better decorated and furnished. Either way they are conveniently located and are our best room category.

King size bed (by default) or 2 single beds (by request)
Sea view or partial sea view
Air conditioning
En-suite bathroom with shower
Large terrace
Mini-fridge
Coffee / tea making facilities
Electronic safe
Free WiFi

 

INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE
$5000

Course price including meals (accommodation not included)

 
 
 

ALL COURSE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED
    All educational classes, academic fees and learning materials such as workbooks and charts for you to keep
  • FULL ACCESS
    Full access to Vikasa Yoga Retreat facilities such as WIFI, infinity pool, massage spa, chill out lounge and gym
  • ALL MEALS PROVIDED
    A special meal plan designed to maximize your training potential including vegetarian and Thai food options
  • AIPORT PICK UP
    Friendly airport pick-up by the Vikasa car from the Koh Samui airport. (Available for any flight time)
  • GRADUATION
    A graduation ceremony and celebration with your classmates, including your RYS Vikasa Yoga certification
  • CERTIFICATION
    Yoga Alliance standard RYS – 500 certificate upon successful completion
  • FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
    Access to create your own individual yoga franchise using the Vikasa Yoga Method and Vikasa Yoga name
  • HAPPINESS
    Ultimately you will get much more than you paid for. Safe and inspiring environment. New friends for life. Unlimited love and care. Beautiful memories. Things money can’t buy.

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  • ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED
    All educational classes, academic fees and learning materials such as workbooks and charts for you to keep
  • FULL ACCESS
    Full access to Vikasa Yoga Retreat facilities such as WIFI, infinity pool, massage spa, chill out lounge and gym
  • ALL MEALS PROVIDED
    A special meal plan designed to maximize your training potential including vegetarian and Thai food options *Terms & conditions apply
  • AIPORT PICK UP
    Friendly airport pick-up by the Vikasa car from the Koh Samui airport. (Available for any flight time)
  • GRADUATION
    A graduation ceremony and celebration with your classmates, including your RYS Vikasa Yoga certification
  • CERTIFICATION
    Yoga Alliance standard RYS – 200 certificate upon successful completion
  • FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
    Access to create your own individual yoga franchise using the Vikasa Yoga Method and Vikasa Yoga name
  • HAPPINESS
    Ultimately you will get much more than you paid for. Safe and inspiring environment. New friends for life. Unlimited love and care. Beautiful memories. Things money can’t buy.
 
 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Vikasa is located by the ocean side on the ring road between Lamai and Chaweng Noi beaches. Right next is Samui Cliff View Hotel, and opposite there’s a Muay Thai boxing school and Sky Gym. We are 20 minutes drive away from Koh Samui International airport, and 35 minutes drive from both Nathon and Lipa Noi ferry terminals.

vikasa map

Vikasa premises are sprayed against mosquitos once a week so you shouldn’t expect to be bothered by it. Just remember to close your room door during sunrise and sunset hours when the mosquitos are usually active. If anything mosquito repellants are available in any pharmacy which are many on the island.
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You can get to Koh Samui international airport via .

2 direct flights from Singapore daily (Silkair and Bangkok Air)
2 direct flights from Kuala Lumpur daily (Firefly and Bangkok Air)
1 direct flight from Penang every second day (Firefly)
2 direct flights from Hong Kong daily (Bangkok Air)
at least 10 daily frights from Bangkok (Bangkok Air, and Thai Airlines)
see flights via Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Pattaya as these are often cheaper (Bangkok Air)
Alternatively there’s an option to fly cheap with AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Suratthani International Airport located on mainland. From where you will need to take a bus to Donsak pier, then a ferry or speedboat to Koh Samui, and finally a taxi to Vikasa.

Koh Samui climate is tropical and high in both temperature and humidity. Most people find it pleasant. The average temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius, or 86 degrees Fahrenheit. When it is getting too hot, just enter an air conditioned room and you will “recharge your batteries”. A dip in a pool can also be very refreshing. Remember to drink a lot of water so you don’t become dehydrated. You will experience “summer temperatures” here year round. On some days you might find yourself in a refreshing tropical shower for a moment. The rain showers are often short and as island’s water supplies are finite, the rain is needed and important.
Yoga mats and other supplies are available on the spot. Unless your yoga mat is really wicked with a Batman logo on it there’s no need to bring it along. We use Manduka mats at Vikasa. Daily fresh towels are also provided both in your rooms and in yoga spaces.
Let’s start with what you don’t need to bring first. There will be towels available in each room including one beach towel. We also provide with a set of shampoos and soaps that are refilled regularly. We might not have your favourite brand though! Please bring your required set of personal hygiene items but don’t worry in case you forget something. There are plenty of shops you can buy practically anything on Koh Samui. Please note that there are no hairdryers in the rooms so please bring one if necessary. A lot of comfortable clothes that is easy to wash and dry will come handy for your daily yoga practice. Otherwise you won’t actually need a lot of garment other than t-shirts and shorts, light dresses, and of course flip flops. The temperature rarely drops below 24 Celsius, or 75 Fahrenheit, even at night, so no sweaters or jackets please. Don’t forget about sunblock and bikinis!
The course is recommended for those who have already successfully completed a foundation teacher training course. The completed foundation does not have to be from Vikasa, it can be from another yoga school. On a physical level, ability to sit still comfortably for at least 30 minutes is required. Full padmasana or lotus pose is recommended, and so is headstand, however do not worry if you cannot do them, they might just open up to you during the course. Students should be able to hold chaturanga dandasana for at least 30 seconds (for ladies with support of knees on the floor). Ability to perform the foundation series of Vikasa Yoga.
• All educational classes, academic fees and learning materials
• Full access to Vikasa Yoga Retreat facilities (infinity pool, massage spa, chill out lounge and gym)
• Friendly airport pick-up by the Vikasa car from the Koh Samui airport (available for any flight time)
• A graduation ceremony and celebration with your classmates
• Access to create your own yoga franchise using the Vikasa Yoga Method and Vikasa Yoga name
• RYS – 500 certificate upon successful completion
• A special meal plan designed to maximise your training potential
• Accommodation for the duration of training (course and meal only also possible without lodging)
• Safe environment
• New friends for life
• Unlimited love and care
Accommodation is also provided, but is charged separately at a special discounted rate for the entire duration of the course. Price varies from $700 up to $1,400 depending on room type. Click here to view available room types.
08:00 – 10:20 Asana and Pranayama practice
10:30 – 11:30 Healthy brunch buffet at Vikasa Life Café
11:30 – 13:00 Group Dynamics / Self-inquiry
15:00 – 17:00 Theory / Methodology
17:00 – 19:15 Yoga practice
07:15 – 08:15 Healthy dinner buffet at Vikasa Life Café

* this is a sample schedule, it may vary from day to day.

Standard tourist visa upon arrival is normally valid for 30 days upon arrival to Thailand without prior application for the most of passport holders. Please consult a Thai embassy representative in your home country just to double-check. To extend your visa duration you have several options:

• 30 day extension of stay. You can apply at the local Samui Immigration office for a 1 week extension. This normally takes a few hours at the office and cots 1.900 Baht.

• Overstay and pay fine at departure. You can just pay a small fee of 500 Baht / per day of overstay when you are leaving the country. This procedure is pretty straightforward, and only requires a small amount of cash on hand. There is a special counter for that in every airport as it is a very common practice, so do not worry about it at all. Just save enough and have the cash ready at airport for the amount of days you have overstayed.• Apply for 90 day visa prior your departure. If you want to be totally flexible and stay longer the best option is to apply for this type of visa in your home country before you leave. Cost and processing times vary so please check in advance and follow procedures of your local Thai embassy.

• Fly out, Fly in. Arrange a flight out of Thailand and return, you will be granted another standard visa upon arrival valid for 30 days. Please note that flights form Samui can be expensive if booked last minute so for this option check and book well in advance.

Local currency in Thailand is Thai Baht. You don’t need to bring a lot of cash with you. Banking infrastructure is well-developed on Koh Samui. There are save and reliable ATMs on very corner that accept all types of cards, VISA and Masercard preferred. You can also exchange your home currency at any bank easily.
Prices on your typical groceries including tropical fruits are most likely to be lot cheaper than back home. There are 7/11s and Family Marts that are open 24 hours on every corner in Koh Samui. Sometimes 2 or 3 on one corner! There’s also an awesome open-air shopping mall Central Festival where you can buy anything from beach clothes to electronics and cameras. It is located 15 minutes drive from Vikasa. Not to mention plenty of cute little shops along Chaweng and Lamai beaches, which are the two most busiest areas in Koh Samui just 10 minutes drive from Vikasa. Finally each Friday there’s a laid back night market in Fisherman’s Village that is an absolute must-visit.
Absolutely. Koh Samui is a safe place in general, and Vikasa in particular. This is a very popular upscale tourist destination, and also an island, so you do not need to worry about safety away from home. Vikasa will be like home, the staff are very helpful and warm, and also students become like a family.
You can easily acquire prepaid local SIM card at any 7-11 or Family mart. We recommend AIS One- Two-Call or DTAC Happy. All SIM cards are 3G ready allowing you to browse Internet at very reasonable speed and rates. Don’t forget that there’s a free WiFi throughout Vikasa resort.
Laundry service is outsourced with a next day delivery in most of the cases. Rates for doing laundry are very cheap so don’t worry about maintaining your hygiene requirements. However as we are using outside service providers please try to avoid bringing expensive clothes just to be on a safe side.


REQUIREMENTS / BACKGROUND CHECK.

The course is recommended for those who have already successfully completed a foundation teacher training course. The completed foundation does not have to be from Vikasa, it can be from another yoga school. On a physical level, ability to sit still comfortably for at least 30 minutes is required. Full padmasana or lotus pose is recommended, and so is headstand, however do not worry if you cannot do them, they might just open up to you during the course. Students should be able to hold chaturanga dandasana for at least 30 seconds (for ladies with support of knees on the floor). Ability to perform the foundation series of Vikasa Yoga.