YOUR DREAM JOB DOES NOT EXIST. YOU MUST CREATE IT.
➼ Do you dream of becoming a yoga teacher and turning your passion into a thriving career?
➼ Are you searching for an authentic yoga practice in a space designed for transformation?
➼ Has your imagination ever drifted to practicing yoga over the ocean in a tropical paradise?
We dare you to dream. We understand that reality is created first with a thought, an intention or a vision. Whether you’re new to yoga or you’ve been practicing a while, it's time to ask yourself if you are ready for your next step in your yoga journey? Delve deeper into the art of sequencing, grasp an understanding of ancient and modern philosophy and connect with a group of like-minded students. Spend 28 days on a journey stripping off your protective layers, strengthening your core practice and reaching inwards to your authentic self. Become a globally-certified yoga teacher and take your practice to the next level. Live the dream and share your truth with the world.
WHEN IS THE TRAINING?
200 HOUR FOUNDATION YTT @ VIKASA YOGA RETREAT 2020
5 APR - 3 MAY l 13 SEPT - 11 OCT l 18 OCT - 15 NOV
ONLY AS HIGH AS I REACH, WILL I GROW.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Our world-famous Foundation Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) starts with a strong physical foundation, evolving into energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual practice. Key principles and rules of yoga are taught, allowing the teachers and dedicated practitioners to gain in-depth understanding, knowledge and insight into the methodology and the effects of yoga practice. Our approach encourages function within an existing society, rather than against it or apart from it. This unique curriculum has been tried and tested over the years, ever-evolving with lasting results.
Our teaching modules each represent a pillar of the VIKASA Yoga Method, of which there are 3 - MIND, BODY, ENERGY. These three pillars, when taught together, create a well-rounded yoga education with emphasis on the development of the individual. The VIKASA Yoga Method is based on the 5 shells (also known as koshas). In this foundation training we do practices for each of the shells: physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual.
You will learn and practice hundreds of asanas in this 200 hour foundation course with the help of our handy asana catalogue and complete sequences for your future reference. We'll dive into the geometry and fundamental rules and principles of asana alignment with techniques to practice safely and effectively. You'll learn anatomy from an experienced registered physiotherapist with her revolutionary hands-on approach as well as philosophy from a seasoned scholar, wise in the ways of the world.
Immerse your curiosity in the ancient texts of Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita, giving understanding of the roots of yogic philosophy. Breathe in the teachings of panayama techniques such as kapalabhati, nadi shodhana, bhastrika and others, will be taught. Gain new mantras in Sanskrit and practice chanting with the teacher, plus kriyas - ancient purification techniques. With self-inquiry, you will learn to get in touch with your true self, realise your true potential, awaken your intuition, stimulate your creativity, feel love and create peace.
In addition to all this, we also offer a unique course entitled “The Business of Yoga” which will guide you in sharing your passion with the world in a practical and profitable way. This unique course is taught by Kosta Miachin and aims to reconcile the divide between the humility of yoga and the necessity of capital. Many of our students go on to open yoga studios of their own, while others opt to teach at festivals around the world. Some of our 200 hour students don't follow a teaching path at all, instead enjoying the training as an exotic opportunity for deep personal growth.
THE VIKASA YOGA METHOD
Vikasa means evolution when translated from Sanskrit. The Vikasa Yoga Method is based on individual evolution and development. Nature is in a constant state of change. Our primary goal is evolution, and yoga can be seen as a tool to facilitate that. The Vikasa Yoga Method is an integral system of yoga based on classical Hatha yoga lineages, with some influence from Himalayan Buddhism and Taoism practices. The method is based on universal rules of yoga that ultimately allow the practitioner to develop highly intelligent and mindful practice. Our training starts with a physical foundation, evolving into energetic, mental, and emotional development.
The VIKASA Method is the system at the heart of the 200 Hour Teacher Training. It is based on the science of Hatha Yoga and is rooted in ancient yogic tradition. Alongside this, you will learn various sub-styles, such as yin and dynamic, which are all part of Hatha Yoga and the VIKASA Yoga Method. You will learn about lifestyle habits to keep your mind, body and energy in tune and help you be the best yoga teacher you can be.
IMAGINE WAKING UP TO THIS
WHO WILL TEACH ME?
The 200 hour Refresh Retreat is taught by Kosta Miachin, the founder of VIKASA along with his team of senior level yoga teachers. Our team is an eclectic group of international yogis with a variety of strengths and styles. All VIKASA teachers have graduated from teacher trainings with a minimum of 200 hour teaching certification recognized by the global yoga alliance.
The 200 HR YTT takes place at VIKASA Yoga Retreat on the tropical island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand. This location is easily accessible with direct flights from all major hubs in SEA such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, KL & Singapore. VIKASA was specially selected as a place for transformation due to its ideal balance of secluded island paradise, healthy, freshly-prepared food and 4 world class yoga salas constructed in a beautiful setting and designed to get results. Each week, you’ll also be able to fully explore the stunning, green, natural surroundings of Koh Samui, with its abundance of waterfalls, white-sand beaches and dense jungle, on your day off. Plus, you’ll have full access to all resort facilities including Wi-Fi, infinity pool, spa, Sky Gym and acclaimed VIKASA Life Café. Our team will pick you up at USM Samui international airport.
WHAT WILL MY TYPICAL DAY BE LIKE?
07:00 – 10:00
ASANA & PRANAYAMA
10:30 – 11:30
HEALTHY BRUNCH @
VIKASA LIFE CAFE
11:30 – 14:00
group dynamics or SELF STUDY
14:00 – 16:00
THEORY & methodology
16:00 – 18:30
18:30 – 20:30
HEALTHY DINNER @
VIKASA LIFE CAFE
WHERE WILL I STAY?
VIKASA offers several types of accommodation ranging from simple eco-friendly bamboo bungalows to full-sized hotel style rooms. We are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place. We believe this range of accommodation allows for a wider range of students to attend the course. Our rooms celebrate simplicity, with minimal decorations. There are no TVs or fancy mini bars filled with chocolate and alcohol, but hopefully that’s not what you want to come here for. We are a relaxed establishment where you can unplug and reconnect to something deeper in a meaninful way. You will notice some of our room options have a "+" which means they are a little bit bigger and / or nicer than the standard category.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS & PRICING
WHAT'S THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT?
Luck favors those who work hard and plan ahead. Save $500 when you book your Foundation YTT 90 days in advance! The bird symbol next to your room rate means you're getting the early bird, our absolute best discount for those who plan. Get it or you might regret it!
WHAT WILL I EAT?
Eating wholesome and healthy food is part of our lifestyle philosophy at the beautiful VIKASA Life Cafe. We’ve formulated a signature cuisine, combining healthy ingredients with pure indulgence for you to savor. Vikasa serves a wide variety of food styles to suit different dietary needs; we offer vegan-friendly, international, fusion, western, raw and non-vegetarian dishes. Enjoy the evolution of food at Vikasa and join us whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You'll have access to all the wonderful VIKASA facilities which are designed to facilitate a holistic healthy lifestyle. Our world-class yoga salas are some of the best in Asia. The VIKASA Bliss Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments to return your body to a natural state of bliss. Vitox offers a non-invasive approach to detox. Students have access to the SKY GYM located across the street. VIKASA Voyage offers meaningful adventure with eco-friendly and socially-conscious experiences. Our amazing staff are prepared to guide you in exploring the VIKASA facilities or explore the island paradise of Koh Samui during your training.
WHO WILL I MEET?
VIKASA trainings draw people from all walks of life, all ages, all experiences of yoga and from all corners of the globe. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are a cosmopolitan hub for yogis and conscious travellers and you can expect to meet people on a very similar life journey of self-improvement and learning. Yoga attracts positive, friendly, tolerant and open people, keen to expand their knowledge and become the greatest version of themselves. Therefore, it’s no surprise that groups on teacher trainings tend to bond very strongly and very quickly. You can expect to make friendships that last a lifetime and be part of a support network that will always have your back, no matter what life throws a you.If you come into this training with the attitude that you will meet an inspiring, inclusive and interesting variety of personalities, then that is exactly what you will get. Yoga teacher trainings are not just about getting a certificate – they can be literally life-changing and memorable experiences - and that’s all down to the beautiful souls they attract.
WHAT KIND OF CERTIFICATE WILL I EARN?
Upon completion of a 200 Hour VIKASA Teacher Training, eligible students will receive a fully accredited Yoga Alliance RYS 200 certificate. It will be registered with the international standard of The Yoga Alliance. The certificate you’ll receive on graduation day will allow you to teach yoga anywhere in the world, with an officially certified and universally recognised qualification. Students also qualify for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education contact hours, which can be added onto any hours you may gain in the future.
AT A GLANCE
GET $500 OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
ENJOY ALL THE RESORT AMENITIES SUCH AS WIFI, SPA,GYM, POOL & CAFE
ALL YOUR CLASSES, MATERIALS & BOOKS ARE INCLUDED IN TUITION
YOU'LL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS
& RECEIVE VIP PRICING
CHOOSE FROM 6 OPTIONS!
FIND YOUR PERFECT PAD TO
REST AND RECHARGE
YOU'LL EAT AN ABUNDANCE OF HEALTHY FOOD FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
We think our yoga trainings are pretty special, but don't take our word for it. Check out these testimonials from our past students to get a sense of the transformation they experienced. For a more detailed review, you might consider reaching out to our alumni network to ask them first-hand about their experience at VIKASA. Our graduates love to help other yogis on their path.