200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand (4 weeks)

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Parimukti Ethos

Parimukti Yoga is the path to freedom through the realization of who we are. Using the teachings and practices of the yoga tradition we go on an explorative journey to understanding the nature of our body, mind, and investigate the relationship between us and others. Gaining clarity about our conditioned beliefs allows us to live in freedom and joy.  

Teaching yoga is an art fuelled by authenticity and creativity. Your personal practice and understandings that follow from that spark your inner teacher and sharing with others will come naturally and spontaneously. 

Parimukti acknowledges and emphasizes that every student and teacher has his or her own unique presence, energy, and teaching style. We provide an environment for your learning and practice process, where yoga will be presented and practiced in depth.

In our teacher training programs, we proceed from investigating the physical and energetic body to the mind.  We gain clarity about how we perceive ourselves, others and the world around us by doing asana, pranayama, meditation, contemplation, and sharing. The Parimukti 200 hours Teacher Training, together with the Parimukti 300 hours Teacher Training is what gives you the foundational ground, connection, and steadiness, enabling you to explore the endless possibilities of life. In our Yoga Therapy Training, you will learn how to use yoga and meditation in an individual therapeutical setting. 

Philosophy of 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training 

Our 200hrs training is a hatha yoga teacher training, which means that we teach yoga as a philosophy to gain greater inside in ourselves. Above all we regard the training as a unique opportunity to make a transformative journey and learn about yoga ánd yourself deeply. Meditation is an important part of the training and at the end of the training we invite you to lead both an asana and a meditation class on your own.

At Parimukti we teach hatha yoga and support each teacher to create authentic sequences that fit the moment. We find it important that you learn the correct alignment of the postures and learn which sequence is appropriate at a given moment.  This can be influenced by the time of the day, the group of students, and off course your own experience. In the training the morning asana classes have more focus on alignment, strength, endurance and flexibility with a great sense of body and mind awareness. Sometimes the classes have a more dynamic character. The afternoons are more restorative with yin yoga and yoga nidra, or for example focus on a particular chakra. In terms of meditation we offer a variety of meditations such as silent sitting, movement meditations, heart meditations, and buddhist meditations. Besides asana and meditation, practices like breath awareness, basic pranayamas, kriyas (cleansing techniques), and mantras will be presented and practiced within the course from the very beginning. Also we acknowledge the different bodily and mental constitutions, by giving a brief introduction to Ayurveda.

An inspiration for us is TKV Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, who cannot be identified by one style of yoga and indeed was a great proponent of doing what is right for the individual. The historical development of yoga will be studied and reflected upon. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will be discussed and related to our daily lives. This foundation will give you experience and understanding of the yogic path.

In this phase you will undergo a profound realignment and purification of the physical body, experiencing the results in your own energy. Starting from the most tangible in this 200 hours training we will proceed to the most subtle in the 300 hours training: from the physical body to the mind.

When you have accomplished this training with commitment and dedication, you will feel confident to share with others what you have learned through self-investigation and self-practice.

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya - the father of modern yoga
the father of the modern yoga

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989)

Registered Yoga School 200 yoga alliance
Registered Yoga School 300 yoga alliance

Course Curriculum

The curriculum presented in the 200 hours training will give you a clear insight into the most relevant aspects of a hatha yoga practice in its broader approach.

PRACTICE – Your practice is your foundation, your real teacher. In the training, you will commit to daily practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation. Your practice will allow you to experience the effects on your body and mind. What you experience, you will understand. What you understand, you will be able to share with others.

ASANA – You’ll practice asana, pranayama techniques, and different meditations 2-6 hours every day. Since a Parimukti training is demanding and challenging physically and mentally, we find it important to have a good balance between more dynamic physical practice and classes to restore and rejuvenate (yin, yoga nidra, restorative).

PRANAYAMA – A variation of different pranayama techniques is integrated into our your daily practice. Consequently, you will become familiar with key verbal instructions, function, benefits and contra-indications of the most important pranayamas. At the end of the program you will have integrated these practices and, thus, will be able to incorporate pranayama into your teaching, as well.

MEDITATION – Meditation is a very important element of Parimukti trainings. In this 200 hours training you’ll develop an understanding of what meditation is and how it helps to gain insight into ourselves and our relationship with the world. You will be introduced to meditation techniques like silent sitting, movement meditations, heart meditations, and buddhist meditations. Also, every student can choose to have a day in silence. This day you will receive teachings and practices silently, allowing yourself to observe your beliefs and thoughts more closely.

MANTRA – You will be introduced to chanting mantras in a more classical setting (start/end of the class) as well as a more joyous setting in a kirtan evening. You will be chanting some of the most important mantras and understand by experience how sound can positively charge oneself and the environment.

ALlGNMENT – You will have a daily alignment class, in which you learn the most important asana postures addressing their alignment. These classes include Sanskrit and English names, key verbal cues, function of the postures, basic hands-on adjustments, benefits and contra-indications. All types of asana are covered: standing, standing balancing, sitting poses (forward bends and twists) forward bends, supine, back bending, core awakening, arm balance and inversions.

PHYSICAL ANATOMY – Proper understanding of anatomy is crucial for a yoga (asana) teacher. During this course you will study the functional applied anatomy of the major joints (knee joint, hip joint, shoulder joint, and spine), fundamental bones and basic muscles throughout the course. This will help you to understand and identify differences in students and corresponding needs.

YOGIC ANATOMY – We will introduce you to different models of how the body is being perceived by the yoga tradition. Therefore we will discuss the chakras, nadis, kriyas, mudras, bandhas and koshas. This will help you to more fully understand the process and benefits of yoga.

YOGIC PHILOSOPHY – You will gain insight into the evolution of yoga from the vedic to these modern times. We guide you in how to apply yoga philosophy in your yoga practice, your teachings, and most importantly, in your everyday life. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with a particular focus on the 8 limbs of yoga, will be studied in depth.

AYURVEDA – You will receive an introduction to the pillars of the science of Ayurveda. Yoga and Ayurveda are like inseparable siblings. The combination of these two sciences bring forth a system of healing, for physical and mental health and happiness.

ART OF TEACHING – Teaching is a great medium to learn about yourself and others.  Therefore, you will be asked to work with the other students, in groups, on teaching assignments from the very beginning. Our teachers will give you practical tools and constructive feedback that will help you grow rapidly and confidently. The Art of Teaching classes are a great platform where you can integrate what you have learned in the alignment, anatomy and philosophy classes. Above all you will be invited and challenged to find yóur unique way of teaching a class.

EXTRA’S – An intensive yoga teacher training is a deeply transforming experience for each individual student. Therefore, we offer in-depth guidance and equip you with many skills for the journey of discovering your own innate nature and truth. For students with special interests we offer a mentor program which gives you personal guidance throughout the training. Also, after the training we can help you to set up your own center and mentor you on your further growth. And last but not least. Studying and spending almost a month with like-minded people will certainly will support you in a sense of community, camaraderie, and friendship.

The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
The training is intense with six full days per week, Sundays are your day off. The timings might slightly change depending on the particular location and weather conditions. The day is scheduled in such a way that it allows enough time for rest and self-study.
Manjeet Mathur - philosophy
Manjeet Mathur Philosophy  Manjeet is born and brought up in India and has been travelling since seven years through the country seeking inspiration from different teachers. He has been a professional dancer, fitness enthusiast and intuitive since an early age. After a serious accident in the gym he suffered from a slipped disc. Through physiotherapy...
Yoga Teacher Atalia Galina
Atalia Galina Lead Trainer 300 teacher training, adjustment – alignment & anatomy Growing up in an open minded house in Israel, Atalia was exposed from a very young age to different holistic treatments, yoga, and different ways to live life. She was always curious to understand how things work, and to and explore herself in...
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The course fee includes the following facilities:

Accommodation:

Clean, cozy, comfortable and secure shared (2 or 3 persons) accommodations

Single rooms with private balcony, and private attached bathroom with individual toilet and shower available for an additional 200 euros

Meals:

Specially prepared delicious vegetarian meals during training days

Dinner on Saturdays and all meals on Sundays are excluded so that you can explore the richness of Goa’s restaurants

Facilities:

Wifi and internet (though in Thailand it is not always reliable or steady due to factors outside our control)

A chauffeured pickup from the airport

And…:

A sightseeing trip around the location

A massage by one of our experienced teachers

Two complete printed manuals: one full special Parimukti manual dedicated to the alignment of asanas and one Parimukti manual of the course with background information to the lessons, including diagrams and useful reminders. Many of our ex students consider this manual a cherished invaluable and yet a practical possession

A bag with handy ‘yogic tools’ such as a neti pot, tongue scraper and T-shirt to practice in

Sponsoring a Student or gift a Yoga Scholarship

Participants can sponsor a student by paying full fees for the sponsored student.

Please write to us to know more.If you wish to sponsor poor Indian students (especially women) we will sponsor half of the tuition ourselves and also pay for their accommodation and meals.

If you cannot afford the full tuition

Write to us if you cannot afford a full tuition and we can arrange a internship for a select few students depending on the fullness of the batch. As an intern you will be expected to contribute to the workload of running the course and be one of the staff or helpers of the course. This will be in addition to being a full participant in the course and all the activities.

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This 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training will prepare you to introduce people to yoga with confidence. You’ll have a solid foundation in asana, a feel confident to guide people using breath awareness, pranayama, mantras, meditation and relaxation. Most of all you’ll have an understanding of what the Yoga path really is. Successfully graduated students are aware of their own unique presence, energy, message and teaching style. This program is registered with the American Yoga Alliance (YA), and meets the established standards. Completing our program will allow you to register with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200.

During the course

You will study with highly qualified and experienced teachers coming from different schools and backgrounds, providing students a unique learning ground. Qualification is provided after successful completion of a written test and one practical exam (teaching one full class). We offer a multi-style program including and you will be qualified to teach traditional Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga classes.
During the training, you will be encouraged to find that style which fits with you as a person and teacher best. Your practical exam will comprise of you teaching one full class and this asana class will be in your chosen style.
The program starts off with a strong focus on your own practice of pranayama, meditation, asana and chanting. The physical classes are alternated with philosophical approaches that will open an understanding of the nature of our minds, and how we can make our lives more purposeful. In order to better understand the profound meaning of these practices, we will also learn about the effects of silence immersion throughout the day. Only in silence can we go deep within and start to listen, and observe, our body, mind, and actions. This period is devoted to purifying our physical and mental bodies.

Depth and understanding

The focus of the second half of the training consists in a deep studying and understanding of the Yoga practice which we ultimately want to share. Deep understanding and awareness both enriches your own daily practice and will create a fertile soil for your own unique teaching foundations and ensure a successful and enriching process.

Practice your way to perfection

Every morning will be dedicated to meditation, pranayama, and asana. The rest of the day we will study the asanas, pranayama, meditation, and chanting. We will also learn mantras from the Vedas, with a focus on their meaning, application, and proper pronunciation. During this training, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will also be introduced as one of the pillars of Hatha yoga, and we will introduce the science of Ayurveda to understand more deeply how to lead a healthy life according to one's dosha (bodily constitution)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

With a meaningful theoretical and practical approach, the training features:

  • Daily practice of meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Study of the asanas and their musculoskeletal alignment
  • Verbal and hands-on adjustments and their benefits and contraindications
  • Scientific background of the hands-on adjustments
  • Study of the Vedic and Upanishadic mantras
  • Chanting and meditation studies
  • Anatomy classes

• Preferably you have practiced yoga steadily for a minimum of 1 year with a teacher
• If you are an absolute beginner we recommend you to join the yoga teacher training course for a longer period of time, sometimes even repeating the course at nominal cost so that you pickup a strong foundation and in depth knowledge of yoga and understanding meditation as it works for yourself. It is our understanding that you will gain a deep understanding and knowledge, and even a certificate to teach, but the true body wisdom, empathy and experience can only come from a sustained practice. A longer leisurely course will create a powerful physical, mental and spiritual transformation in yourself
• You are willing to make a commitment of 4 weeks of studying and practicing yoga in depth
• You have a serious interest in both practicing and teaching yoga and meditation. You might discover your love for teaching after doing this in-depth study
• You are looking for a life transforming experience and ready to work hard on self-growth
• You are interested in understanding your body, your mind and your self and are willing to pay the price in discipline, sweat, and facing your own fears
• You are willing to learn from fellow teachers and students as well as share your own wisdom
• You want to study in a small group (max 15 students per class) to get maximum feedback from every teacher and make the training a personal journey above all.
• We welcome students who are in reasonable physical health and no suffering form any major disease (no major conditions or allergies and not recovering from any serious surgeries or medical conditions

Surat Thani is a province in the lower southern Gulf of Thailand. There are many big and small islands around the province. Surat Thani means "city of good people” but Surat Thani is also known as “the province of a thousand islands” -- many of which lay off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand, including the archipelago that contains Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and the Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine National Park.

How to get to us

By Air
There are two international airports located in the Surat Thani province: Surat Thani International Airport in Phunphin and Samui Airport on Ko Samui.
Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia have daily flights connecting Bangkok and Surat Thani. The flight time is approximately 70 minutes. Many consider the budget flight on AirAsia to Surat Thani a money saving alternative to more expensive flights directly to Koh Samui.

By Train
Trains leave Bangkok's Hua Lumphong Railway Station 10 times daily from 12 p.m. until 10.50 p.m. The trip takes approximately 12-13 hours. Ask for the train from Bangkok to Phun Phin, the closest station to Surat Thani City, located 13 km away. A bus service between the station and the town is available as are tuk tuks and songthaews that service the ferry piers. For further details visit www.railway.co.th

By Bus
Air-conditioned busses depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal to Surat Thani Province everyday. For more information visit www.transport.co.th

We are working on relocating this training to a more suitable location within Surat Thani, please contact us for further details and updates.

Check-in and Check-out

Your room is booked from the date of the Welcome Meeting at the official first day of the course, you can check in from 11.00am - 12.00 noon, we meet at 12.00 noon that day
• The official checkout time is one day after the official last day of the course before 10:00 am in the morning

If you like to arrive before the start of the course – which we recommend highly, in order to adjust to the climate and recover from the trip you can book a place in advance through the internet. Or you can find any small guesthouses or hotels near by or maybe you would like to explore other beaches and islands of Surat Thani province of Thailand.
Please contact us regarding this in case you are arriving in advance.

During this training, you will be served a daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Saturday dinner and all meals on Sundays are excluded. This way you can explore all the nice restaurants in the area. Our meals are vegetarian, but we do serve eggs and dairy, no meat and no fish.
Please feel free to buy your own snacks and food to add on to our meals. We provide the three meals and nothing in between, you can get some bananas or other snacks in case you get hungry in between.
Please inform Parimukti of any special diet needs and allergies so that we can cater to you accordingly.

Visa

Everyone visiting Thailand requires a visa to enter the country. We recommend you to get a simple tourist visa prior the arrival, or ask for an information about visa on arrival by visiting the nearest Thai Embassy or consulate in your area, as these vary for each country.
Normaly the visa on arrival is given upon arrival. if you arrive in Thailand through an international airport, you will be stamped a 30 or 60-day permission of stay depending whether your country made a bilateral agreement on visa exemption with Thailand.
The validity of a tourist visa ranges from 3 months to 6 months, depending on the number of entries you make across the land border, or from the airport. Each country has different visa rules and regulations - so please look up the information on Thai Embassy in your country
Please find more details here http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailand-tourist-visa.php and inquire for the process, rules and regulations from your country.
Be extra aware if you are applying for a visa if you are not in your country of origin as there may be special rules and regulations in that case.

Welcome Meeting and When to Arrive

There is a welcome meeting in our hall at 11.00 noon on the official first day of the course to give you general information and instruction about the course, completing the balance course fee and finalize some other administrative formalities. We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce each other.

This meeting will take about an hour. After that we have lunch together and our first classes in the afternoon (philosophy, asana and a meditation class). Please come to this meeting dressed in white.

Please try to get to this welcome meeting. We advice to plan your arrival before midday so that you have time to settle yourself and take a shower. However we understand that traveling depends on many things (connections, ticket prices, etc.), so don’t feel stressed up if you are delayed. We will give you all necessary information and guidance when you arrive.

Useful Things to Carry

• A paper notebook and pen - to take notes at any time during any class
Laptop, tablet or a USB Stick - to collect video or audio files related to yoga and meditations
Passport size pictures and a copy of your passport and visa – Generally it is handy to carry a couple of pictures and copies for other purposes (e.g. to obtain a local sim card, which we recommend)
One set of white clothes – for the ceremonies
Flashlight – in Thailand and general while traveling it is always useful