200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Chiang Mai
Set in northern Thailand’s premier Buddhist yoga retreat center and permaculture community, this retreat offers a unique chance to both learn and practice yoga and Thai Buddhism together. Because of the emphasis on twice-daily meditation, participants have the opportunity to actually live the lifestyle of dedicated practice and immersion into the ancient wisdom teachings.
- Daily yoga classes
- 2 daily meditation sessions
- Asana, alignment, pranayama, and chanting practices
- Afternoon lecture covering anatomy, philosophy, and teaching methodology
- Three-day silent meditation retreats on the third week
- 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification
- 3 daily organic vegetarian meals
- 34 nights accommodation
The maximum participants in the group is 14.
Accommodation at Suan Sati is simple yet comfortable, perfect for yogis. The bamboo construction connects you to the local building style with this environmentally friendly material. You have the choice of either a longhouse dorm or a shared bungalow for two. Both have shared toilets and hot water showers located conveniently in the center of the mini village.
The bamboo bungalows feature high ceilings, wall fans, stylish mosquito nets, rattan bedside tables, spacious balconies, and lush beds to rest your body after those challenging yoga sessions. These are the perfect retreat after a long day of training the body and mind. The bungalows are shared between two guests grouped together by gender whenever possible. Private bungalows are sometimes available upon request.
The dormitory sleeps eight comfortably with storage for your bags and items under the custom-built wooden bed frames. Fans keep things cool from the high ceilings, bedside tables provide a place for your personal items, and electrical sockets and reading lights for each bed invite you to read that next chapter. All this and the most comfortable mattresses around.
Suan Sati Chiang Mai Yoga Teacher Training Thailand Program
By extending the course to five weeks, Buddho Yoga can make the daily schedule a bit less study-intensive and more focused on living in the space of practice and supportive community. Not only that, this course also features a silent three-day meditation retreat on the third week, which will still include a morning yoga class. The daily schedule will consist of two three-hour sessions that are devoted to fulfilling the requirements for Yoga Alliance.
Instead of just offering yoga classes that are similar to what you might find in a yoga studio or drop-in class, the morning yoga sessions will be longer and more focused, similar to a workshop. These three-hour morning yoga sessions will include asanas, pranayama, chanting, and alignment. Each session will include clear demonstrations, partner exercises, detailed explorations of alignment principles, and progressive sequences that will carry on throughout the entire course.
Those who may be concerned about practicing yoga for three continuous hours need not worry as there will be many opportunities to take breaks while watching a demo, helping a partner, or even sitting down for a quick whiteboard session.
The afternoon sessions will generally be divided into two separate classes with a break in the middle. The topics will include philosophy, anatomy, and teaching methodology. Unlike other teacher training course programs, this program has its own methodology that encapsulates everything Buddho Yoga teachers do. That means all different aspects of the practice will be explored and held within the container they’ve created, which they call the Unified Vision Theory (UVT).
This theory invites you to get clear about what you have to offer and how you can pursue an avenue in life that both utilizes your purpose and fulfills your intention to make the world a better place.
Buddho Yoga sees yoga as a tool for transformation. When you work hard, you will end up facing inevitable resistance to the challenge and if you can soften your resistance to the way things are, you open up into a whole world of space, clarity, and poise.
When you focus on detailed alignment, you systematically develop awareness. By working with progressive sequences, you carefully step into your potential and the result is that you become empowered to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.
Buddho Yoga believes that being a good yoga teacher starts with being a good student, and this is largely about cultivating an attitude of humility, openness, and willingness to follow the instructions and practice according to the teachings. In this way, humility becomes the key to empowerment. If you think you already know, you actually close yourself down to the teachings and you don’t have a chance to realize what the teachings have to offer.
If you can humble yourself to realize that there may be something to new to learn, you can practice wholeheartedly in accordance with the teachings and realize the transformative power they hold.
Inspired by Anusara yoga, this course will explore the practice of yoga in a very detailed way. The instructor will use the Universal Principles of Alignment (UPAs) as a basis for the exploration, which offers a chance to understand how certain actions in the body create a safer, more supported way to find space in the body in any pose.
Once you understand the principles, you can feel empowered to apply them to different poses. In this way, you don’t have to learn the alignment for every pose, but rather focus on learning these five principles and then realize their universality.
According to the Universal Vision Theory, an action is the way in which you actually express what is most important to you. It’s not enough to conceptualize, study, or talk about something, but you must actually do it, and therein lies the hardest part. It’s all about being the change you wish to see, both on and off the mat.
In fact, the spiritual practices just help you to steer your life in a more wholesome direction so that you feel empowered to bring more clarity and purpose into your daily life, into your relationships, into the workplace and family, and wherever else you find yourself. It’s all about engaging yourself in this world, through clear actions in the body, informed by your deepest conviction that you have a unique gift to offer others through your life.
Twice daily meditation sessions
Your daily schedule begins and ends with an hour-long session of chanting and silent meditation. The chanting, which will be in the tradition of Thai Buddhism, both calms the mind and opens the heart, and then clear and progressive instructions will provide participants with a real educative and immersive experience that will empower graduates to continue their practice on their own.
This course will feature meditation as the primary tool for personal transformation and awakening. The two main meditation styles you will explore are Samatha and Vipassana. Samatha meditation is all about using concentration or single-pointedness of mind to achieve a state of calmness and stillness, and Vipassana meditation ultimately about understanding the true nature of all physical and mental phenomena in order to find freedom from suffering and lasting happiness.
Rather than choosing one style, you will develop your ability to concentrate on a single object before opening your awareness up to include more objects. Through repeated observation of different objects, you slowly develop wisdom and the path of purification and awakening.
Since the course focuses on empowerment, Buddho Yoga realizes the importance of providing all participants enough time to get comfortable with sharing their vision through teaching. Whether or not you plan to teach yoga, this part of the course helps in many facets of life including public speaking and learning to inhabit the body while practicing mindful speech.
Areas of focus will be on giving demonstrations, teaching a pose, teaching a sequence, giving clear instructions and finding power in the voice, and preparing and teaching an entire class.
- 05:30 Wake up bell
- 06:00 Morning chanting (Pali language) and insight meditation
- 07:00 Breakfast
- 08:00 Shower and rest
- 09:00 Morning yoga session (asana, alignment, pranayama, and Sanskrit chanting)
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Rest and study time
- 15:00 Afternoon classroom session (anatomy, philosophy, and teaching methodology)
- 18:00 Dinner
- 19:00 Evening chanting (Pali language) and insight meditation
- 05:30 Wake up bell
- 06:00 Morning chanting and insight meditation
- 07:00 Breakfast
- 08:00 Shower and rest
- 09:00 Morning yoga session
- Days off
The daily schedule may be adjusted to accommodate additional course content such as practice teaching, group activities, and testing.
Suan Sati and Buddho Yoga want to maintain a high quality and high level of yoga so that those who are intending to teach yoga don’t miss out on getting what they need. That being said, they also know that not everyone does a teacher training course with the intention of teaching. Ideally, all of the participants have at least three to five years of regular yoga practice, and no less than one year.
You should be in good physical shape and able to keep up with the demanding program. Of course, certain considerations can be made for people with injuries or who lack strength or flexibility. If you’re not sure if you should join, just let Suan Sati know about your concerns and they can give you their opinion. If you are a beginner but have a strong background in something like dance or martial arts, you might do fine.
Dali Dhamma was born in Alaska in 1985 and has been exploring eastern traditions of yoga and Buddhist meditation since 2006. He graduated with a degree in Media and Theatre Arts from Montana State University in 2008 and moved to Thailand in 2010. Since then, he has spent most of his time between India, China, and Thailand. He teaches workshops, teacher training courses, and workshops internationally, and now calls Suan Sati his home-base. A dedicated Buddhist practitioner, Dali has participated in numerous silent retreats and keeps up a strong daily practice.
This yoga teacher training will take place in Suan Sati, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Suan Sati is a meditation, yoga, and permaculture retreat community located just outside the ancient city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. They offer guests the opportunity to come and join their family for a few days or a few weeks to study with them. They welcome those who are new to yoga and meditation and also those who have an established practice and want to deepen their understanding.
They never use MSG, palm oil, processed white sugar, or high fructose corn syrup. They minimize the use of processed foods, preferring to make their own curry pastes, peanut butter, and organic soy milk. This takes a little bit more time, but it adds a lot of extra love to the food that they prepare, and you can taste the difference.
The Thai master chef has over 30 years of cooking experience, including 10 years teaching Thai cooking. She prides herself on simple, clean, home-style Thai cooking with authentic taste, while remaining committed to keeping the kitchen organic and healthy.
Suan Sati’s menu is always changing, but you can expect a typical breakfast to include a “make your own” breakfast bowl of local fresh cut fruit, oatmeal, muesli, coconut and soy milk, and an assortment of nutrient dense superfoods like chia seeds, cashews, homemade peanut butter, goji berries, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, sesame seeds, raisins, and psyllium husk. Healthy raw green smoothies are available upon request.
All this and locally grown gourmet coffee and tea are to make sure that you’re wide awake after that deep svasana. Lunch at Suan Sati is a light affair, with raw green or Thai salads, soups, and fresh seasonal fruit. Dinners feature plenty of Thai food like stir fry and curry, but also include Indian dal, veggie burgers, soft tacos, falafel and hummus, pasta, or even ratatouille. A constantly rotating menu ensures that you never want to miss what the chef is whipping up.
Suan Sati’s garden is over half an acre and completely organic. That means no chemicals and no genetically modified organism (GMOs). The crops are always rotating, but they regularly grow a variety of salad greens, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, chilies, galangal, turmeric, beans, sprouts, and pumpkins in the garden, which is only two meters from the kitchen. Farm to table has a very literal meaning at Suan Sati.
If you have any specific food allergies or concerns, please contact Suan Sati and they will do their best to accommodate you. They are familiar with common food allergies and gluten intolerance, so book with confidence knowing that their chef knows how to cook for you.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
- Gluten Free
- Other dietary requirements on request
- Whole food
(If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
Things to do (optional)
Depending on the personnel on site, Suan Sati can offer private one-on-one yoga classes, private or group Thai cooking lessons from the master chef, fermentation workshops, introduction to permaculture gardening techniques, visits to the nearby Lahu minority village, shopping trips to the local market, art workshops, and more!
Thai massage and physiotherapy treatments are available on request at an extra cost.