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Find the BEST Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

[wp_ad_camp_1] A fun way to start the process of choosing a teacher training, is to create a vision for your experience. Brainstorming the ideal, yoga teacher training scene is a perfect way to find what you’re looking for in a place like Thailand where countless options abound. To start your process, sit down with your journal and go through the who, what, when, where and why of your vision.

 Who

People from all over the world are drawn to Thailand for yoga related travel and trainings. What kind of people do you want to be surrounded by? Decide what kind of people you want your teachers to be and the motivation and energetic vibration of the other students. Decide if you want to be in a co-ed environment or train with only women. Consider your age and decide if the age range of the teachers or attendees matters to you. Get recommendations from people you know, or their friends, who you could see yourself immersed with. Chances are someone in your yoga circle or community knows someone who knows someone who has gone to Thailand for a training or retreat and can give you some advice or tips. If not, read some reviews to get a feel for the types of people that attend a given training and their experience at the training you are considering.

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 What

Decide what discipline of yoga you’d like to learn and whether you are looking to get your 200-hour, 500-hour training or do a therapy or pre-natal certification. This is the information from the Yoga Alliance website on 200 vs. 500 hour certification:

Teachers can register as an RYT 200 if they have successfully completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. All training hours must come from the same school and multiple trainings cannot be combined to meet the 200-hour requirement. Teaching hours are not required for this designation.

Teachers can register as an RYT 500 if they have successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program that is registered with Yoga Alliance. The 500 hours of training can either come from one school or can be a combination of a 200-hour program plus 300 hours of advanced training from a different school. Advanced training is defined as training that requires participants to have completed a 200-hour training. Applicants must submit 100 teaching hours for this designation which must be completed after graduating from a RYS 200 or 500. Once registered, a RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers.  

Here is a list of some popular types of training courses:

  •  Hatha
  • Ashtanga
  • Iyengar
  • Anusara
  • Kriya
  • Sivananda
  • Vinyassa
  • Ananda
  • Kundalini
  • Therapy
  • Pre-Natal
  •  Restorative
  • Yin

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When

Trainings can be anywhere from a week-long, 50 hour training during your already planned vacation to a month or more of intensive, in-depth training. Decide how many crediting hours you’re looking to get and how long you want to be in Thailand. Once you decide how long of a program you want to attend, start looking at your dates and narrow down your search options based on training availability.

 Where

Thailand offers a diverse culture, landscape and set of experiences for the traveling yogi. Here is a breakdown of the different regional hotspots:

Bangkok – In this urban and geographical center of Thailand, you’ll experience the bazaar-like street markets and soak in the city’s history as an urban and spiritual place which now combines modern tourism with ancient culture.

Chiang Mai - Surrounded by mountains in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is said to be the cultural heart of Thailand. It is a place deeply rooted in Thai culture and spirituality.

Phuket - Phuket is the perfect place to take in the well-rounded Thailand experience that includes beaches, culture, nightlife, shopping and spiritual shrines and temples.

Krabi - Krabi is known for its coastal and inland cave systems and as a world class climbing destination.

Koh Samui - Thailand’s third largest island is a place travelers can enjoy a wide range of nightlife, sunbathing, live music, hiking and water sports like diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Koh Samui has grown from its roots as a small fishing village into a popular tourist destination.

Phi Phi Islands – The most popular of the Thai Islands is said to be one of the most beautiful chains of islands in the world.

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 Why

What is it you are looking to learn, gain or return home with? Setting the scene and your intentions for your journey and the education you will receive sets the tone early for a special and perfect experience. Are you looking to take on a new type of clientele by offering yoga therapy or pre-natal yoga? Are you looking to build on your own practice, taking your fitness-centric practice to a new, spiritual level? Are you looking to fulfill requirements for continuing education in a meaningful and relevant way? Decide this before doing your research so you can eliminate options that don’t fit your vision.

There are many, many options for teacher trainings in Thailand. The daunting number of programs can make it seem impossible to narrow down the field unless you have a good idea about what you are looking to experience. Close your eyes, clear your mind and imagine your ideal, yoga teacher training vision.

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4 Steps to Choosing the Most Kickass Yoga Retreat in Thailand

Thailand is a country rich in culture, natural beauty and spiritual history. As you begin planning your retreat, make sure to consider the following to get the most out of your experience.  

1. Determine what’s out there

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Do an open search, checking out all the options. This is how you’ll start to get a feel for the different kinds of programs offered throughout the country. Don’t limit your search, rather, start comparing and checking prices so you know what costs will be and how the different programs compare. As you discover your options, start making a list of your must haves and the things that will knock certain retreats out of the running.

 

2. Set Intention

Decide what you want to come away with. Do you want to come home zen’d out and relaxed, rejuvenated or inspired, or do you want an invigorating experience that will leave you energized and on fire? Start reading the retreat program descriptions and reviews to get a sense for the type of people who have attended your potential retreat and the experiences they've had.

 

3. Align Your Dates and Timeline

The next most important step is to start narrowing down your selections based on time frame. You’ll need to rule out any programs that do not fit your time frame or dates.

 

4. Decide Where You Want to Be

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Think about why you’ve chosen Thailand and what part of the culture most appeals to you. Are you drawn to the island culture, the spiritual essence that is strongly felt in Chiang Mai or would you rather spend time experiencing the more exotic city culture and nightlife of Bangkok?

 

Other Considerations

Think about what kind of people and teachers you want to be surrounded by and do your research to find out the demographic of the retreat you've chosen. Also, Make sure they speak your language or one you are very familiar with.

  • Are you looking to spend your time in the lap of luxury or live a simpler existence in a more rustic environment? Make sure to look for pictures of the retreat center and read the reviews from previous attendees. If  you can find their contact information, reach out and ask about their experience. If it was positive, they’ll be happy to give you the details.
  • Compare costs and outline what is included in each program. Things to look for are meals, accommodations, transportation and group outings.
  • Look at what kind of food program is being offered. Some retreat centers are strictly vegan or vegetarian and won’t allow meat in the facility. Others will have no regulations around diet, so make sure you opt for a center that is in line with your personal preferences.
  • Research what kind of extracurricular activities and day trips are in the vicinity of your retreat options. You will likely have ample free time for exploring the region and you’ll want to be somewhere that offers activities and outings you will enjoy.
  • Determine what kind of retreat schedule appeals to you. As you read the different itineraries, think about how you want to spend your precious time away. Do you revel in personal free time or intensive training? Decide if you are looking for a structured program or a loose daily agenda.

 

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Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, the first yoga studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged, Pacific Northwest coast.  You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.

 

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The Yogi and the Lover: Top Romantic Vacation Spots

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There are places in the world renowned for their yoga culture and there are places in the world known for romance. But where is a yogini to go when she wants the best of both? Whether you’re traveling solo or with your sweetie, here are some places you can find peace, love and yoga.

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica for Couples

Romance is synonymous with adventure and Costa Rica draws thrill seekers from all over the world. Meet and connect people who share your interest in zip lining, climbing, wind surfing, ecotourism and of course, yoga. Costa Rica is a top ten yoga retreat destination for good reason. Situated between the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans, there are a wide variety of beach-front retreat locations along the coasts. After your yoga retreat, head out for out for a horseback ride through the mountains and rain forests or along the beach and don’t miss an opportunity to stop for waterfalls along the way. Explore the forest canopy habitat by tram looking down or by strapping in and pulling yourself along suspended cables to a series of small wooden platforms built in the tops of trees. Create your own romantic travel story from among the many opportunities for adventure in this exotic locale.

 

Bali

Bali for Couples

Arguably one of the best known yoga retreat destinations, Bali is also a well known honeymoon paradise. Couples travel to Bali from all over to treat themselves to a little post-ceremonial bliss in this tropical island getaway. Couples who travel to Bali, whether they choose the cultural capital of Ubud, the sandy beach town of Sanur, party town Kuta or special little islands like Nusa Lembongan, will find ample opportunities for yoga and romance. The island’s natural and pristine beauty can be seen from hikes through the serene rice paddies or to the top of the Mt. Agung volcano, leisurely strolls through town or botanical gardens or from the crystal waters, surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving.

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Mexico

Mexico for Couples

Not much complements yoga like love, sand, surf and sunshine. Spice up your romance with a spontaneous trip to Mexico for yoga, surfing, pool-side margaritas and spectacular sunsets. Go all out and stay at one of many all-inclusive resorts or get cozy in a private casita and roll out your mat right onto the beach. During or after your retreat, spend some time exploring the country’s rich history of Mayan and Aztec culture.

 

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Thailand for Couples

It’s been said that you can never feel alone in Thailand. As a popular tourist destination worldwide, there is much potential for new friendships and travel companionship. Island hop with that handsome surfer you met at the dance club or rent a motorbike to cruise around Bangkok with your significant other. When you’re ready to relax, make your way to Phuket to lounge at the beach clubs, watch the sunset or have a romantic dinner after a long day in the sand. At the close of a special evening, send your wishes for love and luck into the stars during floating sky lantern ceremonies. Because Thailand is steeped in a rich spiritual history, you will feel connected to your yoga throughout your stay. Magnificent temples and statues of Buddha along with a wide selection of yoga classes and retreats for travelers will make it easy to maintain and enjoy your practice while spending time on warm beaches with your latest love interest or longtime lover.

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 Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, a new studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast.  You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.

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Explore the Islands and Discover Yoga in Thailand

In the previous article, we talked about why Thailand is the perfect place for a peace seeking mission and yoga retreat. We explored Thailand’s main attractions, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. In this article, we will zoom into the map a little closer and discover the islands. These spots with their idealic beaches and turquoise waters are ideal for hosting yoga retreats and contributing to your dynamic sense of zen and adventure. Come discover yoga in Thailand!  

Phi Phi Islands

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Said to be some of the most beautiful chains of islands in the world, you’ll find it well worth your trip despite the throngs of tourists. Koh Phi Phi is made up of six smaller islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh which are the most well known islands (though aside form tourist day trips Phi Phi Leh is uninhabited), Koh Mai Phai, Koh Yung, Bida Nok and Bida Nai. In Phi Phi Leh, visit the popular Maya Bay for its warm turquoise water and stunning views. On the islands of Koh Phi Phi you’ll enjoy white sand beaches, caves, sheer cliffs and beach front jungles.

 

Koh Chang

Koh Chang is Thailand’s second largest island, smaller than Phuket and larger than Koh Samui. It is quieter than Koh Samui, but still a busy island, heavy with tourism in the high season. Tourists aside, however, white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and stunning waterfalls abound and provide yet another pristine look at Thailand’s beautiful nature culture. On this island you’ll find accessible wildlife including elephant sightings, yoga and a lively nightlife and party scene. Head to the less touristy, eastern side of the island for a quiet day trip of jungle hiking and waterfalls.

 

Koh Phangan

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Famous for its full moon parties on sunset beach, this spiritually energetic place also features secluded northern beaches and bays, an inland jungle as well as more beautiful waterfalls and exotic wildlife. Be sure to visit Nai Wok Beach in a quiet Bay on a long white sandbar. Nai Wok Beach is said to be perfect for kayaking, sailing and windsurfing and also plays host to the Monte Vista Yoga & Self-Healing Retreat Center.

 

Koh Yao Noi

If you’re looking for more secluded beaches and less tourist traffic, you’ll find it here among the peaceful rice paddies, mangroves, mountains and rainforests. From Koh Yao Noi, you can kayak out or hire a boat to discover even more remote and smaller islands. You’ll find beach hut accommodations and hang out at laid back bars and cafes. There is less heckling here and only one little village.

 

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 Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, a new studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast.  You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.

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Travel to Thailand: The Main Attractions

Why We Retreat

To retreat means to withdraw, remove, get away or retract. When things get chaotic, we retreat into the sanctuary of our bedrooms and close the door so we can go within and quiet the outside world. As yogis, we know that the practice of yoga also offers retreat from the constant chatter of the mind and the noise around us. We find refuge on our mats, the four sides acting as walls to anything not serving us spiritually so we can tune into the breath and go within.

These days, we have the option of retreating even farther from home, to serene places all over the world where yoga retreats are held for those who need to reconnect and find clarity on a much deeper level. By attending these yoga getaways, we get to escape the distractions of home to immerse ourselves in peace. When attending one of these faraway retreats, we are forced to leave behind everything, everyone and every thought that doesn't contribute to the peace and clarity we seek so we are light enough to travel.

 

Why Thailand?

Because we are seeking clarity, stillness and peace with our decision to retreat, we are drawn to places like Thailand, Mexico or Bali because of the popular images of crystal waters and clear, unobstructed views of sunsets and oceans. These seem obvious choices when our intentions are silence, serenity, clear thoughts and relaxation.

During the planning stages of a trip, it can be difficult to remember what tips we've heard or get a handle on the region because the names of places are foreign and we have absolutely no context of knowledge about the country to draw from. In this two part article, I will break down some of the most popular destinations in Thailand so you can get a general understanding for what the main attractions offer and start to research and sketch out your itinerary; both places to visit and those to avoid based on the intention for your trip or retreat.

 

Bangkok

This urban hub is in the geographical center of Thailand. The antithesis of retreat but a large part of the essence of the country, it offers Buddhist temples, spicy street food, vibrant culture and world renowned nightlife making it one of the world’s most notorious cities that never sleep. Experience the bazaar-like street markets and soak in the city’s history as an urban and spiritual place which now combines modern tourism with ancient culture.  Connect with travelers from all over the world and live the full experience of big city Thailand….before you retreat into peace and serenity.

Chiang Mai

Surrounded by mountains in Northern Thailand, lies what is said to be the cultural heart of Thailand. Chiang Mai is deeply rooted in Thai culture and spirituality. Travelers will enjoy the night bazaar and walking street as well as an eclectic array of food and more than 300 magnificent and sacred Buddhist temples. Things to do include wandering the markets, getting a massage, visiting an orchid farm or getting to know the well treated elephants at the Elephant Nature Park.

 

Phuket

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Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand. Travelers can surf, take cruises around the island, sunbathe on white sand beaches, play golf, enjoy nightlife or visit historic, Old Phuket Town with its eclectic mix of cafes, museums and shops. The large Big Buddha statue, this one dwarfing the shrine on Koh Samui, is a recent arrival to the island. It stands 45 meters high and 25 meters wide and sits on a spot well-known for its spectacular views of the island. Take in a stunning sunset from here or one of many other viewpoints on the island. Phuket is the perfect place to take in a the well-rounded Thailand experience that includes beaches, culture, nightlife, shopping and spiritual shrines and temples.

 

Krabi

In Krabi Town you’ll find more white sand beaches, more crystal blue waters and more saturated tourism. However, Krabi is also known for its coastal and inland cave systems and as a world class climbing destination. Inside the caves you’ll find cavernous lagoons and prehistoric paintings and carvings depicting spiritual Buddhist art. Half-day, full-day and three-day climbing classes are offered in this locale which draws climbers from all over the world. Also in Krabi are regular ferries to other islands, including Koh Yao Noi, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.

 

Koh Samui

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In the middle and to the east coast of the arm that extends to Southern Thailand, this island resort town offers picturesque views of clear blue water and white sand beaches. Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island and travelers can enjoy a wide range of nightlife, sunbathing, live music, hiking and water sports like diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Starting from Koh Samui, travel can be arranged to other, smaller islands. Koh Samui’s signature landmark, The Big Buddha Temple, sits atop a tall climb of outdoor stairs leading up to the 12 meter high gold statue of Buddha. There are many resorts and other types of lodging on Koh Samui, which has grown from its roots as a small fishing village into a popular tourist destination. Koh Samui is your dream of everything an island vacation or yoga retreat should be.

 

Have you ever been to Thailand? What's was your favorite experience, or what would you most like to see while visiting?

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 Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, a new studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast.  You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.

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