Take the next step in your yoga and your life with these incredible Yoga Teacher Training courses located on the small, tropical island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. We’re collaborating with Yoga with Odona and Frontline Yoga to make these beautiful experiences possible.

Thailand Yoga Teacher Training

Find Yourself in Thailand.

We will have two 12 day yoga teacher training courses running concurrently to suit every yogi level – Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, and Level 2 300hr Yoga Teacher Training. With Byron Yoga Centre’s teaching team on site, you can be assured of a rich, varied and holistic experience of yoga while at the same time enjoying the exotic surroundings of Koh Phangan.

Thailand Level 1 200hr YTT

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Thailand Level 2 300hr YTT

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What’s Included?

  • All training including pre and post course support
  • Teacher Training Manuals
  • Practical training with real teaching experience
  • Small class sizes – restricted to 12 per class
  • Incredible line up of senior yoga teachers
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Exotic location
  • Boat trip to neighbouring islands

Travel and insurance are not included in costs.

The On-Site Training consists of an intensive program covering a broad range of fascinating subjects all aimed at deepening your understanding of not just the postures, but also pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga philosophy and lifestyle.

Practical and lecture sessions have an average of 12 students and, they will include the following:

  • Asana Techniques and Alignment
  • Teaching Methodology and Language
  • Adjusting and correcting students
  • Sequencing for classes and private students
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Modifications and variations of poses
  • Yoga Philosophy, focus on the 8 Limbs
  • Lifestyle & Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  • Meditation and pranayama practices
  • Teaching Practice with feedback from senior teachers

A big focus for us is teaching you to teach and making sure that both your practice and your teaching is safe and aware. All teacher trainees get the opportunity to develop their teaching skills in a real-life context in yoga classes for the public.

Over a relatively short time, you’ll emerge with the practical skills and confidence to launch your yoga teaching career.

In this 12 day course option you complete the pre-residential intensive preparation hours in your own time and can start this pre-prep 6 weeks before the residential course.

The 12 day residential course in Thailand is an all inclusive experience. While the timetable is intensive, you will be mentored by experienced trainers and benefit from the tranquility and community of the eco haven along the beautiful coast of Thailand.

As the residential intensive is just 12 days you will still need to complete further practical and online elements in your own time with the direction of our trainers when needed. You will gain your 200 hour RYT certificate on successful completion of the final correspondence component.

Price from $4,310 (includes all meals and 11 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)

Earlybird Price $4,110* – offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.

Pre-Course Preparation (approx. 30-40 hours)
Includes online study, practicing asana. It is recommended you allow 4-6 weeks to complete this pre-course preparation.

12 day On-Site Training
This 12 day course is for those with limited time for the residential intensive component. You will undertake the pre-course preparation and so arrive for the intensive fully prepared. 

Post Course Training (practical and online study: approx. 80 hours)
Post residential course work including online study, attending classes and journaling your practice teaching experience. N.B. the post course work must be completed within 2 years of commencing your 12-day intensive.

This course is suitable for those who are either currently teaching informally, have access to practical teaching experience opportunities or who are perhaps teaching other modalities such as Pilates or personal training.

If you choose to do the 12 day residential course you can always come back to Byron Yoga Retreat Centre and join the 8 day of a future Level 1 course. This is the ideal way to complete the Post Course Training component as you have peer group support, access to teachers and additional opportunities to teach public classes plus extra workshops to further your skills and knowledge. To join an 8 day residential please email admin@byronyoga.com

12 Day Residential – Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training (First 200 hours)

This Thailand intensive forms the core of Byron Yoga Centre’s 300-hour course. After completing online pre-course preparation, you will undertake a 12-day deep dive into yoga and the art of teaching. Further online materials will support you to consolidate and further develop your knowledge and skills. During this course you will gain:

  • The knowledge and skills to break down yoga asanas in detail.
  • An extensive understanding of the anatomical principles that underpin asanas.
  • The ability to teach various meditation and pranayama techniques.
  • An in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy, with the ability to make it meaningful and relevant to your students.
  • Knowledge of the energetic and subtle body (including chakras, nadis and vayus) and how to apply this to your teaching.
  • An understanding of various sequencing methodologies so you can sequence classes to meet a wide range of outcomes.
  • Advanced teaching skills with a focus on effective cueing and inclusive language.
  • The ability to teach a mixed-level class with confidence.
  • Knowledge of how to adapt for common injuries and concerns.
  • A deeper self-practice.

Format:

  • Pre-residential online preparation (30 hours)
  • 12-day Face-to-Face Residential (120 hours)
  • Post-residential online component (50 hours)

Investment: Price from $4,650 (includes all meals and 11 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)

Earlybird Price from $4,450* – offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.

Prerequisite: 200-hour RYT course accredited by Yoga Alliance.

Remaining 100 Hours: Specialised Courses & Immersions

The remaining 100 hours of your 300-hour qualification can be made up of any combination of the following specialised courses and immersions.

After registering for your 12-day level 2 Residential, you will receive a discount code enabling you to sign up for the specialty modules at half price.

The 12-day residential and specialised courses can be undertaken in any order but must be completed within 3 years.

Total investment for the 12-day Level 2 Residential plus two 50-hour specialty courses starts from $6980 (depending on room type).

Yoga is a lot about giving and receiving. It has been proposed that we only keep what we have by giving it away, which is one of the main motivations for teaching and training others to teach.

The yoga we teach at Byron Yoga Centre and on this Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand is called Purna, meaning integrated or complete. Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, pranayama breath control and the yogic personal and social code of ethics. The postural instruction is alignment focused. Sequences range from gentle restorative to dynamic. Blocks, belts and bolsters are available to be used to support and modify postures safely.

You can read more about Purna Yoga here. 

Byron Centre’s 200 hour Level 1 is accredited with Yoga Alliance and graduates also have the capacity to join the AUSactive Register of Professionals as a Yoga Instructor if they meet the requirements (Completion of a current First Aid (Unit HLTAID011) and CPR (Unit HLTAID009 or HLTAID001) certifications).

Example of daily timetable 12 day residential

6:00am- 8:00amAsanas class with senior teachers / practical teaching classes
8:00am- 9:00amBreakfast
9:00am-10:30amPractical and Lectures
10:30am-11:00amMorning Tea
11:00am-12:30amPractical and Lectures
12:30pm- 2:00pmLunch and free time
2:00pm- 3:30pmPractical and Lectures
3:30pm- 4:00pmAfternoon Tea
4:00pm- 6:00pmPractical and Lectures
6:00pm- 7:00pmDinner
7:00pm- 8:00pmPractical and Lectures

Example of daily timetable for the additional 8 day residential (Premier Course)

6:00am- 7:30amPractice teaching or participating in public yoga classes
7:30am- 8:00amPranayama and Meditation
8:00am-9:00amBreakfast
9:00am-12:00pmAttend Special Yoga Teaching Clinics/Workshops and Complete assignments
12:00pm- 2:00pmLunch and free time
2:00pm- 4:00pmAttend Special Yoga Teaching Clinics/Workshops and Complete assignments
4:00pm- 6:00pmPractice teaching or participating in public yoga classes
6:00pm- 7:00pmDinner
7:00pm- 8:00pmPractical and Lectures

The Location

The Sanctuary Thailand is located on the small, beautiful tropical island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, a sister island to Koh Samui.  The retreat centre is situated in the middle of Haad Tied – one of three bays on the island.

Haad Tien Bay is situated on the east coast of Koh Phangan – an island known for its Thai friendliness. Experience the peace and tranquility of an unspoiled island bay with excellent swimming, snorkelling and relaxation facilities.

Accommodation

The Sanctuary Thailand accommodation rises on the hill behind their beachfront restaurant. Accommodation options are unique sanctuary style villas and houses, all with stunning views. Many of these villas and houses are open plan to allow you to get the feeling of living under the stars. All options have your comfort in mind with lounge chairs and hammocks, king size beds and hot water showers. Budget options also available.

Your Hosts

Our facilitators have a combined teaching experience of over 100 years offering a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with participants. Click on the links below to learn more about each teacher.

John Ogilvie is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced teachers and founder of Byron Yoga Centre. John has been practising yoga for more than 45 years and teaching for over 40. John developed his signature style of yoga, Purna Yoga, after 20 years of disciplined yoga training including both the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages. Purna integrates asanas, breathing techniques, meditation and philosophical principles.

The Purna method John teaches focuses on safety through intelligent sequencing, individual attention including hands-on assists, and the use of props to support optimal alignment. John’s teaching style is entertaining and accessible. His instructions are clear and simple, always encouraging students to listen to their own body’s needs and only work at a level appropriate to the individual, at any given time.

John encourages students at all levels to build flexibility, strength and stamina of body, mind and spirit. Many students discover, as a consequence, that yoga becomes a way of life.

Odona Farska is a certified yoga teacher, and the founder of Flow Yoga Dubai, Flow Yoga Canberra and Yoga with Odona. She discovered yoga in Sydney in 2000 and fell in love with the daily practice of yoga and its benefits. Since then, Odona has travelled extensively and has practiced different styles of yoga in numerous locations worldwide – from Australia to the Czech Republic, and from the Maldives to Bali. She set up Flow Yoga Dubai and taught at her outdoor garden yoga studio between 2004 – 2014. She then spent next decade in Australia where she founded Flow Yoga Canberra. She has recently moved to Amsterdam and set up Flow Yoga with Odona. She is RYT 500 certified, with over 15 years of teaching experience, having completed 5 global yoga teacher training courses.

Odona has completed Purna yoga teacher training in Goa, pre-natal teacher training in Koh Samui, advanced Purna yoga teacher training in Pondicherry, Mother and Baby yoga teacher training with Birthlight in London, Rainbow Kids Yoga training and Viniyoga Yoga Therapy teacher training in Australia.

Odona’s gentle and compassionate personality allows her to create a friendly atmosphere in her classes, where everyone feels welcome and all standards are accepted. Despite her extensive knowledge and experience, Odona keeps a light-hearted approach to yoga, rather than taking things too seriously. Her classes are open to people of all ages, fitness levels and health conditions.

Odona teaches private yoga classes in Amsterdam and group yoga classes at the Niewe Yogaschool BV as well as yoga retreats in Australia, Europe and Asia. Her clients come from all walks of life, including children, students, adults, various professionals, artists and teachers as well as companies companies like Ernst and Young, the Australian Department of Communication and the Arts, Austrade and Arena. She has volunteered her time to teach complimentary weekly classes to primary school children, organised fundraisers. Odona has also taught at yoga and art festivals around the world.

Having run the Flow Yoga studio at Nishi Gallery in New Acton in Canberra for 7 years, Odona has collaborated with Molonglo Group and Johnathan Efkarpidis and opened new Flow Yoga studio at Dairy Road in February 2021. Studio has become a hub for yoga, meditation, connection with like minded people and various wellness events. Studio won an Australian Institute of Architects 2022 Award for Interior Architecture.

Odona’s special interests include the therapeutic effects of yoga, yoga nidra and aromatherapy.

Chris started practicing yoga asana while he served in the Military. It reduced stress and was particularly helpful in processing traumatic experiences from his time deployed to Afghanistan.

After 14 years service, he left the Military and went straight into yoga teacher training, completing his Level 1 in Bali and then Level 2 and the Certificate IV with Byron Yoga Centre. He has also studied with Trauma-Sensitive Australia, Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and completed the Byron Yoga Centre Remedial Yoga course with Maria Kirsten.

He currently balances his time between family, working with Byron Yoga Centre to deliver Trauma-Aware Yoga Teacher Trainings and running Frontline Yoga which provides Trauma-aware Yoga to the Military, First Responder and Emergency Services community.

As a gymnast from a young age, Marita realised early on that she’s happiest upside-down – and when she found yoga, it was love at first Downward Dog.

She began teaching Iyengar-influenced yoga in 2002 after apprenticing with her first teacher. A few years later, Marita discovered vinyasa yoga, and relished the freedom of flowing through movement and connecting with breath – her yoga practice became a moving meditation. Marita’s teaching can now be described as alignment-based vinyasa.

When teaching, Marita aims to instill the peace and happiness that she experiences through yoga within her students. By both challenging and nurturing, she teaches people to stretch and strengthen their muscles, but also to breathe, to stand tall, and to live with compassion.

Frequently Asked Questions

By Plane:

The most direct way to get to Koh Phangan is to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui Island with Bangkok Air. Note that Bangkok Air has a very flexible ‘change your ticket’ policy and they have 20 flights a day to and from the islands.

From Koh Samui Airport:

The easiest option once you have collected your luggage is to ask at one of the travel desks upon leaving the airport for a taxi & ferry ticket to Haad Rin (for Haad Rin Queen Ferry), Koh Phangan.  You will then be transported from the airport with your luggage straight to the ferry port. 

 Alternatively, you can catch a taxi to Big Buddha Pier, Koh Samui to purchase a ferry ticket to Haad Rin, Koh Phangan (please see below). 

Private Speedboat to and from The Sanctuary 

We can organise a ‘Private Speedboat’ booking for you at 7,500 thb one way.  

The driver can collect you from Koh Samui airport, take you to the boat and bring you directly to The Sanctuary.  We can also arrange a return journey when leaving The Sanctuary.  

For safety purposes, the driver will not operate after dark.  

Please book at least one week prior to your arrival with us via Reservations (holidayasiabookings@gmail.com) and at least one day prior to your departure from The Sanctuary with Reception.

By Ferry:

Haad Rin Queen ferry 

The ferry departs from Big Buddha Pier Koh Samui to Haad Rin (Koh Phangan) daily at 

 10.30am 

3pm (fast boat) &  

5pm daily. 

** Please double check it is the correct pier for the HAAD RIN QUEEN FERRY, as there are 2 Big Buddha Piers. 

Koh Phangan island is easily accessible by ferry from one of two towns, Thong Sala or Haad Rin.  If you are travelling to us from Koh Tao, please catch the fast ferry (Lomprayah) to Thong Sala Pier.

At Thong Sala, please catch a taxi truck (20 minutes, approx. 150 baht per person) to Haad Rin town. 

From Haad Rin, Koh Phangan:

When you arrive at Haad Rin Pier, Koh Phangan, there will be boat / taxi drivers waiting for customers bound for Haad Tien (where The Sanctuary is located).  

Please ensure you ask the taxi boat driver to transport you to Haad Tien. 

To improve your chances of getting a boat / taxi quickly with other passengers, head to the ferry port when the boats from Koh Samui arrive at: – 

11.20am, 3.30pm & 5.50pm 

The ferry port is just a 5 minutes walk from Sunrise Beach, Haad Rin. 

 The cost of a boat / taxi is approx. 500 baht depending on how many customers are taking the boat with you.  If the waves are high or there are few customers, the boat drivers may charge a higher price. 

If the waves are too high for a boat / taxi, there will be a taxi jeep waiting.  This journey is quite an adventure!  It takes about 40 minutes over mostly rough jungle track.  The taxi truck journey costs approx. 500 thb per person. 

**Please note**  

For our arrivals after dark, we suggest that you stay overnight somewhere local in Koh Phangan.  As it may feel a bit daunting catching a boat / taxi in the dark for the first time, or by road truck as it can be a bumpy ride! 

Depending on the strength of the waves, the boat / taxi may drop you at the end of Haad Tien beach, requiring you to walk across the beach to The Sanctuary.   

If this is the case, you are more than welcome to contact us via our WhatsApp general enquiries number for assistance with your suitcase: – 

WhatsApp message us on: – +66 (0) 95-027-2163 GMT+7 (Available between 8am – 9pm). 

From the city of Surat Thani:

Many ferry companies offer boats directly to Koh Phangan, or via Koh Samui. The journey from Surat Thani/Donsak to Thong Sala takes around 2.5 hours. The boats land at Thong Sala town on Koh Phangan and you can get a taxi truck to Haad Rin, where you then catch a boat / taxi or taxi jeep to The Sanctuary.

On Foot:

If the weather prevents the boats from running, or if you are feeling particularly energetic, we recommend the beautiful walk from Haad Rin to The Sanctuary. The walk starts at ‘Thai House Bungalow’ just up the street from ‘Yogurt Home Restaurant’ and brings you up through coconut palms and then on through secondary tropical rainforest.  Just follow the yellow/green dots on rocks and trees.  This route will take you uphill with steps, so please take this into consideration. We would not recommend you undertake this for your first time unsupervised. 

Don’t forget to bring some water! Pay attention to the sights and sounds on the amazing walk. When you arrive in paradise at The Sanctuary, we will be waiting to welcome you… 

Returning Home:

The ferry times back from Haad Rin (Koh Phangan) to Koh Samui take 50 minutes and run daily at:- 

9.30am 

 12.30pm (fast boat)  

4pm. 

If your flight out of Koh Samui is before midday, you will need to either spend your last night in Koh Samui or travel by private speedboat. 

 

May offers plenty of sunshine with temperatures ranging between 27°C and 33°C.

Most travellers are issued a one month tourist visa upon arrival in Thailand at one of the country’s international airports.  Most passport holders can obtain a further 30 days at the local Koh Samui Immigration office – However it is recommended you visit your own countries Thai embassy for specifics, as countries do differ.

If you think you will want to spend more than 1 month in Thailand, we recommend getting a tourist visa in your own country.

If you cross the Thai border by road you will only be given a 15 day visa.

Bring comfortable clothing suitable for yoga.
Other than that bring your usual toiletries and creature comforts.

We recommend purchasing a DTAC sim card when you arrive in Thailand as this works well on Haad Tien.  We do have good WIFI here, however you may be required to reconnect to The Sanctuary WIFI every time we change our generators (3 times a day).