29-Day Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Thailand

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Thailand – a tropical paradise teeming with lush islands, succulent fruits and transformative teacher training retreats, just like this one. Along the resort-studded island of Koh Phangan, both beginners and experienced practitioners can dive deeper into various yoga practices. During your stay, you’ll learn key techniques, methodologies as well as the physical anatomy and physiology behind yoga. Food is also a major focus, with delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes taking your taste buds on a tasty journey. 
Suitable for intermediate and beginner practitioners
200-hour yoga teacher training
Professional instructors and amazing materials
Delicious meals and drinks
Breathwork and meditation teaching
Immersive yoga experience atmosphere
If you are longing to take the first step into a deeper journey of inner discovery, this course is a leap into that journey. Our program is truly special, not only for its content and practice but also for the loving intention that we put into every part of it as we live in a community where you will be sharing this whole process with volunteers and team that become a family. The place is based in a permaculture project so you can reconnect with yourself through the understanding of nature and how we can empower ourselves through it .

Accommodation

Caters for gluten-free, vegan, raw, lactose-free, organic, and vegetarian diets
Spa
Garden
Luggage room / storage
Multilingual staff
Yoga deck
Free parking
Tour assistance
Environmentally friendly
Kitchen
Meditation garden
Special menu request
Yoga shala
Free Wi-Fi
La Casa Shambala is located in the village of Wok Tum on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. The home is very secluded, tucked away, and surrounded by gardens and lush jungle to offer a real retreat experience and the silence to give you the chance to listen to your heart.

Based on a permaculture -community project la casa Shambala offers a simple but nature-rich experience with the powerful energy of the jungle.

We want to show you not only what you can practice on the mat, but also how to bring that light off the mat manifesting a world where we relate and create on a different level.

Located on the so-called "vegan island" with lots of paradise beaches and like-minded people, Koh Phangan is the perfect place to reset and reconnect.

Nearby places
  • Koh Phangan Government Hospital, 350 meters
  • The main town of Thong Sala - 10 minutes

The venue
For this training, you will sleep in cosy eco bungalows. Each hut is shared between 2 people. If you do not have a partner, you will be paired with another student. There are shared bathrooms (some of them are compost-based!) and shower facilities on-site, where you will be able to get a shower with the sounds of the jungle. Included in the accommodation is a fan, a comfortable mattress, pillows, and fresh linens (changed weekly). Each unit has its electrical socket for the ease of charging devices and, of course, free Wi-Fi. Electricity and water are included and toilet paper will be provided.

Food
As quoted by Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," activate your body's vitality with a raw and cooked plant-based diet. La Casa Shambala uses locally sourced produces to bring your body and mind to life through eating healthy, delicious, living food the way nature intended. The food is created with the utmost love and respect, give your taste buds the permission to embark on this tasty journey. 

La Casa Shambala provides an excellent western chef to cook vegan and vegetarian food for you. The menu will vary day by day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included each day (except on the arrival day where you will get dinner only and breakfast on the day of your departure).

 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 curriculum and philosophy are focused on traditional Hatha yoga. As you will learn during the course, Hatha yoga is a way of approaching life, and the asana practice is only one of the eight limbs of the Hatha philosophy. You will learn how to integrate the empathetic and spiritual practice of Hatha into your life, learning how to exist in the spiritual world and the modern-day world we are all accustomed to. Vinyasa is a more modern form of yoga that comes from the Hatha Asana practice. Vinyasa focuses on using breath with movement, harmonizing each movement in the yoga flow with an inhale or an exhale. No two vinyasa classes are the same and we will teach you how to sequence beautiful Vinyasa flows that will embody your unique teaching style.

Besides teaching the Hatha philosophy: this course also puts a focuses on teaching traditional Ayurveda; the Ayurvedic diet, learning about your Ayurvedic profile (the doshas), using Ayurveda for preventative health and wellness. As a yoga teacher, it’s important to understand the human anatomy and how yoga influences our bodies on an anatomical level, our course teaches anatomy from its more traditional biological standpoint as well as the conjunction between yogic philosophy and biological principles.

This training is a great mix of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga to teach unification, strong foundations, good alignment as well as moving through posture and breathing.

Not only that, this teacher training includes teaching breathwork and meditation. You can add massages, acupuncture, Tibetan bells, and other healing experiences in your free time at an additional cost and La Casa Shambala encourages you to bring instruments to play during evening Kirtan. Upon completion of this program, you will be a certified yoga instructor.

La Casa Shambala's methods of teaching are interactive, focusing on a fully immersive yoga experience, teaching, and group dynamics. This course includes methods of reflective self-analysis as well as a proper diet. All in a lovely, private Thai-style home.

This will allow you to enjoy and evolve in the perfect environment for your study. Whether you are just starting your journey or if you are a student who is already teaching and wants to deepen your knowledge, this course is perfect. La Casa Shambala prides itself on teaching strong foundations. This course will cover:


Techniques, training, and practice: 100 hours
The topics in this category include chanting mantras, pranayamas, asanas, kriyas, relaxation, concentration, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. You will discover guided practices, how to teach, and how to practice those techniques.


Teaching methodology: 25 hours
The topics in this category include communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries of the body, speech, and mind as well as how to address the specific needs of individuals with difficulties and/or health issues. You will also cover principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting teaching styles. You will perfect your Hatha and Vinyasa Flow yoga qualities and go over the behaviour of a teacher and the student learning process. You will also include instruction on the business aspects of teaching yoga.


Anatomy and physiology: 20 hours
The topics in this category include human physical anatomy and physiology, organs, energy system, chakras, and nadis along with their application to yoga practice. You will cover the benefits, contraindications as well as healthy and safe movement.


Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers: 30 hours
The topics in this category include the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Bhagavad Gita yogic lifestyle following the 8 limbs. You will cover proper diet and be understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service as well as being of service to others.


Practicum: 10 hours
This category covers the practice of teaching as the lead instructor. You will learn how to receive and give feedback and observe others' teaching. You will assist other students while someone else is teaching.

Things to note about Thai culture
  • Do not put your feet on furniture or show the bottoms of your feet to another person.
  • Wear appropriate attire (no showing lots of skin, cover your shoulders, nothing too short) when in temples and around local (at the beach is okay).
  • Do not touch people's heads (even children)
  • Speak in a quiet tone and be respectful

Schedule
  • 06:00-06:30 Chanting and pranayama
  • 06:30-08:00 Hatha yoga, asana, and meditation
  • 08:00-09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00-10:00 Lecture
  • 10:00-12:00 Teaching methodology and practice the teachings
  • 12:00-16:00 Lunch and free time
  • 16:00-17:00 Student teaching practice
  • 17:00-18:30 Vinyasa Flow yoga
  • 18:30-19:00 Kirtans
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Optional activities
You will be quite busy with this program, but if you still have energy left, Koh Phangan has many beautiful beaches, amazing temples, and adventurous activities such as zip-lining, hiking, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and scuba diving, and more. 

Also, there are no spa treatments included but La Casa Shambala offers a wide variety of choices to add on. They can organize various types of massage, body scrubs, facials, pedicures/manicures, acupuncture, Tibetan ball, acupuncture, and more. Please ask La Casa Shambala for more details.

Instructors

Sara Ramalho
Sara
Sara was introduced to the yoga and Reiki path in 2008 by a friend. Very quickly yoga became a way of life. In 2013, she became a yoga teacher, training in the wisdom of the Himalayas, and then completed Reiki. Since then, she has been studying and exploring yoga philosophy. She is currently leading yoga teacher training and doing regular sessions as Reiki, chakra balancing, crystal healing, and massages. She teaches yoga classes, focusing on prana, strength, relaxation, body awareness, groundedness, and heart-centering, offered in an accessible and playful way, with devotion and love.

Karen Lumi Tanaka
Karen
Karen has been teaching yoga for over 3 years, after leaving her corporate job in the UK. She has practiced and taught in places like Thailand, India, Malaysia and London. She has co-led and assisted in various Teacher Training courses and led yoga alignment workshops and wellness retreats. There is a holistic approach to her practice, where breath work, body awareness and mindfulness are always encouraged. Her classes are alignment based, with variations and modifications to suit all levels. Karen currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha/Alignment and Yin Yoga. 

Adam Phillips
Adam
Adam has been practising Kalari for almost 20 years, first encountering the practice as an actor in training. In 2001, he visited India and became a student of Gurukkal CM Sherif at Kerala Kalarippayattu Academy (KKA) in Kerala. Alongside his practice of Kalarippayat and the healing art Kalari Chikitsa, he has trained as both an actor and physiotherapist and has used Kalari in both disciplines to gain deeper understanding of the psyche-physical process involved in body conditioning and re-education. In 2016 he moved to Thailand and founded KalariLAB on the tropical island of Koh Phangan.
Warren Buttery
Warren
Warren’s yogic path has been formed through two decades of supporting communities living and loving in unimaginable circumstances, with their lives disrupted by war or natural disaster. Without realising it, he had become a teacher & ‘healer’ on a large scale within his 22-year humanitarian career. Having spent years with his teacher in Nepal, Dr Chintamani Gautam, PhD (Yogic Science & Sanskrit, Warren reached RYT500 certification. His yogic leadership style challenges beginners & intermediate practitioners with a sense of fun & deep feeling for the effects of breathwork, bodywork and healing.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

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Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

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Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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