28-Day Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Thailand

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Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners
Yoga asanas, relaxation, and yoga-Nidra techniques
Daily guided exercises of breathing and pranayama practices
Ancient Buddhist temples visit and sightseeing on Thailand's highest mountain range
Three daily nutritious vegetarian meals
300-hours yoga TTC Certificate from Yoga Alliance, USA
Sankhya and yoga philosophies and instructions to teach and guide others
Traditional Northern Thai dinner with Thai cultural performance
Give yourself the opportunities to learn and have a magical life-changing experience of yoga with this 300-hour yoga teacher training program in Chiangmai, Thailand. This training mainly consists of the traditional Hatha yoga, Patanjali's philosophy and eight elements of yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga styles. The special highly intensive yoga teacher training program is dedicated to many students who desire to step into the path of yoga and meditation but are still caught up in the midst of the modern lifestyle that allows only so much time one can take off from the fast-moving life. The teachers have been brought up and spent their lives in traditional ashrams and gurukulams with yoga and meditation as their sole purpose in life. On this special occasion, they are traveling to Thailand with the pure intention of transmitting authentic knowledge of yoga and meditation from the ancient Vedic scriptures. The mission is to spread peace, health, and joy, which can be achieved through yoga. All walks of life are welcome to learn how yoga leads an individual to a healthy body and lifestyle! 

Accommodation

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Yoga Vidya Mandiram will be holding this unique training at MaeWin Guesthouse & Resort in Chiangmai, Thailand. The mountain ranges of Chiangmai are part of the system of hills extending through Laos, Burma, and China. It is here that begins to rise the chain of the Himalayas and the place includes the highest peak in the country, Doi Inthanon. The fertile region of mountains, valleys and rivers, the North and its provinces are a paradise for nature lovers. 

Maewin Guesthouse is a peaceful and quiet country resort located in one of the most beautiful parts of our valley, Mae Wang. Chiang Mai is 55 kilometres from Maewin Guest House and Resort, while Mae Rim is 43 kilometres from the property. Chiang Mai International Airport is 36 km away. Offering you the most relaxed and tranquil stay possible is their primary target. Their rooms vary from a number of private bungalows with terraces to a big Thai-Lanna style teak wood house. Due to our convenient situation in the unspoiled Karen village Mae Sapok, located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, they are able to provide you with numerous adventures. Beautiful waterfalls, the king's royal project, elephant sanctuaries and Thailand's highest mountain are only a few of the places that can be easily visited from here. With a breathtaking landscape and nature, we also provide a number of trekking and hiking tours.

Furthermore, professional Thai massages can be arranged privately in the room. The Mae-Win valley offers the perfect mix of unspoiled natural beauty and insights into the charming culture and lifestyle of the local people. We at the Maewin guesthouse await you to experience our unique hospitality and an unforgettable stay.

The venue
You will be accommodated for 21 nights at Maewin Guesthouse & Resort. The accommodation for the training is a traditional Thai-style wooden bungalow house. Maewin Guesthouse & Resort has a private single room, shared twin room and triplet dorm room options available for individual preferences. All rooms are non-AC with a fan provided and an attached bathroom with a hot shower in each room. 

Food
Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
During this yoga training, you will be served a healthy vegetarian (no eggs) breakfast, lunch and dinner along with seasonal tropical fruits. The food is carefully prepared with organic vegetables and ingredients.

Filtered water and herbal tea are also available. The menu is creative and balanced with proteins so you feel full and satisfied. If you are planning to have a fast on any day, please inform us to help us avoid food waste.

No consumption of non-vegetarian (i.e. meat, poultry, eggs, etc.), including eggs (Yoga Vidya Mandiram follow Indian vegetarian rules), within accommodation or school/resort premise. They realize that not everyone interested in the course is pure vegetarian. However, by signing up and booking for this course, you have agreed to their disciplines and diet requirements. Students are responsible for bringing dietary supplements that they required during the duration of the course. If you really need non-vegetarian from time to time, you may discreetly plan your meals outside the school. Please do not request Yoga Vidya Mandiram staff to prepare non-vegetarian meals, including eggs.

Yoga Vidya Mandiram School has rented out 90% of the resort during the training. There will be guests from tour groups, not attending the training, who take their usual non-vegetarian diet and occasional beer within the resort. Yoga Vidya Mandiram does not impose its discipline on them as they are not their students. They also do not force the resort to omit these options from the menu. However, they expect their students to follow school rules and discipline while staying on the premises.

As mentioned earlier, by signing up and booking for this course, you have agreed to the disciplines and diet requirements.​ The school holds the right to ask a student to leave the training without certification if he or she does not follow or violate the school discipline.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

This teacher training is a multi-style course for intermediate and advanced-level students, with more than just basic knowledge of yoga. After the completion of the course, the students will be given a yoga alliance certification for the 300-hour yoga training course, from Yoga Vidya Mandiram School. This 300-hour yoga teacher training will be held by experienced reputed meditation guides and a team of accomplished yoga teachers. 

The teachers and guides include an Ayurvedic doctor who feels privileged to share his/her knowledge and practice of ancient traditions with modern elements of medical sciences (yoga anatomy and physiology). 

This training course aims to provide a solid foundation in different aspects of yogic disciplines that prepare them to adopt yoga as their life profession. In addition, this 300-hour yoga training course includes mantra recitation (mantra - Japa), daily joints and glands practices (granthi - vimochana - kriya), yoga postures (yoga asanas), meditative steps of doing asanas, six cleansing exercises (shat karma), science of breath (pranayama), yoga energy locks (Bandha) and yoga gestures (Mudra), meditation (Dhyana), yogic sleep (yoga Nidra), history and philosophy of yoga (yoga Darshana), yogic anatomy and physiology of human body, basic principles of Ayurveda, asana alignment practicum classes, yoga teaching practice, and teaching methodology. Yoga psychology enhances the students' learning at various levels; mentally and emotionally by which they learn to adopt the yogic disciplines in daily life. This intensive course helps the students to establish a harmonious lifestyle. 


Course curriculum 

Mantra chanting 
  • Intro to Mantra science 
  • Basic mantras: aum, gayatri, trayambakam, guru, shanti, etc.
  • Morning prayers and evening prayers 
  • Meal prayers 
  • Study prayers 
  • Health prayers 
  • Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras 
  • 1-20 Sanskrit counting 
  • Names of the asanas 
  • Selected yoga-sutras recitation 

Hatha Yoga & Ashtanga Yoga
  • Meditative steps of performing the hatha yoga; centring, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection 
  • Astanga vinyasa flow - series 1 & 2 
  • Surya namaskar (sun salutations) - dynamic surya namaskar, surya namaskar with breath awareness, surya namaskar with bija-mantra chanting 
  • Modifications of yoga asanas 
  • Types of yoga asanas - standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, shavasana, etc. 
  • Alignment and art of adjustment 
  • Preventing common injuries 
  • Counter pose 
  • Contraindications 
  • Yoga asanas benefits 

Pranayama (the science of breath) 
  • Introduction to the science of breath 
  • Physiology of pranayama 
  • Postures for pranayama 
  • Establishment of diaphragmatic breathing 
  • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices 
  • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma, suryabhedi, and various types of kumbhaka pranayama and others 
  • Benefits of pranayama practices 
  • Guidelines for regular pranayama

Bandhas (lock) 
  • Jalandhara-bandha (chin lock) 
  • Uddiyana-bandha (abdominal lock) 
  • Moola-bandha (root lock) 
  • Maha-bandha (great lock) 

Mudra Vijnana (Science of Graceful Gestures) 
  • Intro to mudras and their importance in yoga practices 
  • Mudra and its psychology 
  • The elements residing in the fingers and five mudras: akasha-mudra, jnana-mudra, agni-mudra, varuna-mudra, and prithvi-mudra 
  • Other important mudras: dhyan-mudra, prana-mudra, apana-mudra, linga-mudra, shunya-mudra, vishnu-mudra, bhairava-mudra, and hridaya-mudra 

Satkarma or cleansing exercises 
  • Jala-neti 
  • Sutra-neti 
  • Kunjala 
  • Trataka 
  • Agnisara 
  • Nauli 

Practice Relaxation and Yoga Nidra 
  • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation 
  • Relaxation in daily life 
  • Sequence of relaxation
  • Tension and relaxation exercises 
  • Systematic relaxation exercises 
  • 31 points relaxation exercise 
  • 61 points relaxation exercise 
  •  Preparation for yoga-Nidra 
  • 61 blue star relaxation 

Meditation 
  • What is meditation and what is not? 
  • Meditation in daily life 
  • Yoga asanas for meditation 2-5 minutes meditations 
  • Steps into basic meditation 
  • So-ham mediation 
  • Mantra and meditation
  • Spinal breath Sushumna breathe through chakras 

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Introduction to Yoga anatomy and physiology 
  • Systems: Digestive system, Circulatory system, Respiratory system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Skeletal system, Excretory system, Lymphatic system, Homeostasis 
  • Stress: Introduction 
  • Humoral theory (in ancient Indian medicine, Greek medicine, and modern medical science) 
  • The Brain and its subcortical centres 
  • Stress and Neuro-endocrinal changes 
  • Therapy principles for stress disorders 
  • Stress management through yoga: Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing practices), Dhyan (meditation) 
  • Effect of yoga posture on muscles and systems 
  • Nadis (energy channels) 
  • Chakras (energy plexus) 
  • Pancha tattva (five great elements) 
  • Panchakosha (five sheaths) 
  • Pancha pranas (five vital energy)

Yoga philosophy, Lifestyle and Yoga Ethics 
  • General introduction: six schools of Indian philosophy 
  • Philosophy in daily life 
  • Elementary intro to Samkhya and Yoga philosophies 
  • The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali 
  • History of Yogic science 
  • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi 
  • Introduction to Vedanta (Yoga of the Upanishads) 
  • The yoga of the Bhagavad-gita 
  • The tantric yoga 
  • Yoga Ethics: Yamas and Niyamas, More on the ethics of a teacher 
  • Daily lifestyle of a sadhaka 

Yoga and Ayurveda (Science of Life) 
  • Intro to Ayurveda 
  • Philosophy of Ayurveda 
  • The concept of tri-dosha 
  • The concept of tri-gunas 
  • Ayurveda and the balanced diet 
  • Balance of the mind and body through proper diet as prescribed in Ayurveda 

Teaching Methodology 
  • Learning to instruct and guide 
  • Main points: Teaching to what you observe, timing a class, greeting/centering, sequence in teaching 
  • Theme-ing a specific posture 
  • Classroom Organization 
  • Demonstration 
  • Health Concerns 
  • Language 
  • Modification in Posture 
  • The role of a teacher 
  • The practice and service of teaching yoga 

Yoga Practicum 
  • Class sequences 
  • Develop intention for classes 
  • Self-evaluation 
  • Assignments 
  • Practice teaching 
  • Feedback 
  • Group discussion 
  • Questions and answers 
  • Homework 

Typical Daily Schedule 
  • 05:00 Wake up! 
  • 06:00 - 06:30 Mantra chanting, and shat karma 
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Warm-up exercises, joints, and glands following hatha yoga asanas 
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Pranayama and breathing practices, mudras, bandhas, meditation 
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast and free time 
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Yoga Philosophy 
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch and free time 
  • 14:00 - 15:15 Anatomy and physiology workshop, and Ayurveda 
  • 15:15 - 16:00 Tea break 
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Astanga Vinyasa and Practice teaching 
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner and free time 
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Guest lectures, Satsanga, meditation, audio and videos, self-study, inner dialogue 
  • 21:00 Go sleep! 
The schedule is subjected to shifts and changes without prior notice. 

It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.

Mobile / communication information
During the classes, mobile phones, cameras, and recording equipment are strictly forbidden.

Important information
Students have to present in the whole of the scheduled program in order to successfully get a registered yoga school (RYS) certification from the Yoga Vidya Mandriam yoga school. The yoga school may contact graduates in the future about upcoming events and opportunities. This will require the use of trainee contact details. If trainees are uncomfortable with this please make this explicitly known to the staff via email. Alcohol, tobacco, smoking and other drugs are not allowed during the course. Unnecessary food like non-vegetarian is not allowed during the course, the food in the yoga school is purely vegetarian, to experience a holistic and Ayurvedic lifestyle. Please don’t bring any outside food to eat.

School Disciplines/Rules
Yoga Vidya Mandiram mentioned some rules that are most commonly violated. Students are expected to follow rules and disciplines during the course. Complete school rules are mentioned on their official website. 

  • 1. No alcohol, drugs or any addictive substance is allowed during the course. This applies no matter inside or outside of school premises, including during any extra nights before or after the course if students are staying at their accommodation. Any alcohol/drug consumption will lead to being asked to leave without certification. 
  • 2. No smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes, is allowed on-premise. Yoga Vidya Mandiram promotes physical and emotional purification during the training. If you have a strong habit of smoking, please try to keep it to a minimum and smoke only outside of accommodation/resort premises. Please dispose of your cigarette buds in safe and appropriate disposal.
  • 3. No consumption of non-vegetarian (i.e. meat, poultry, eggs, etc.), including eggs, within accommodation or school/resort premise. Yoga Vidya Mandiram realizes that not everyone interested in the course is a pure vegetarian. However, by signing up and booking for this course, you have agreed to the disciplines and diet requirements. Students are responsible for bringing dietary supplements that they required during the duration of the course. If you really need non-vegetarian from time to time, you may discreetly plan your meals outside the school. Please do not request the staff to prepare non-vegetarian meals, including eggs.
  • 4. No verbal or behavioural aggression, including passive aggression, towards classmates, school management team, teachers and resort staff at any time.
  • 5. Students are required to attend 90% of the training hours. Participating in only half the class will not be counted as a full class and one should not sign the daily attendance sheet as if for full class participation. 
  • 6. No mobile phones are used for external communication or social media in class during an ongoing class. This is considered disrespectful to teachers and classmates who may require a positive and focused class environment.
Yoga Vidya Mandiram School has rented out 90% of the resort during the training. There will be guests from tour groups, not attending the training, who take their usual non-vegetarian diet and an occasional beer. Yoga Vidya Mandiram does not impose discipline on them as they are not their students. They also do not force the resort to omit these options from the menu. However, they expect their students to follow school rules and discipline while staying on the premises. 

You should remember that School holds the right to ask a student to leave the training without certification if he or she does not follow or violates the school discipline. 

Excursions
  • Temples and Thai ancient sites 
  • Old city excursion 
  • Thai fresh market 

Optional activities
  • Bamboo rafting 
  • Buddhist monastery visit 
  • Mountain hiking 
  • Waterfalls 
  • Thai cooking course 

Instructors

Archarya Chandramani
Archarya
Acharya Chandramani was born in a traditional spiritual family. When he was 8 years old, he became a serious practitioner of the yogic principles of Swetambara Jaina tradition. Later, he was initiated into the Vedic Sanskrit tradition by Swami Vivekananda at the age of 10 in Prabhat Ashram, UP, India. He was fully dedicated to the teachings and daily discipline of the traditional Sanskrit gurukulam from childhood to adulthood. He has been guiding worldwide yoga students into the Vedic Sanskrit literature and its philosophy and holding yoga retreats and teacher trainings for over 25 years.
Subhash Petwal
Subhash
Subhash Petwal is an asana yoga instructor who is experienced teaching internationally and locally in the styles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. He has undergone his training in Mysore and Kaivalyadhama Lonavala and has been undergoing continuous practices for several extended years at Kishore Yoga Kendra Bangalore. Subhash is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and takes great care in layout a strong foundation for his students to further their practices.

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