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YOGA TEACHER TRAINING KOH PHANGAN

Hatha Vinyasa Yoga


Why choose Sunny Yoga?

“Hello everyone, I’m Sunny! I’m a lead trainer and director of Sunny Yoga.

My yoga teacher trainings at Sunny Yoga are built on the ancient form of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga focuses on meditative postures and balancing your Yin and Yang through long holds and various breathwork exercises. In my training’s I combine the knowledge, postures, and science of Hatha yoga with the dynamic elements of Vinyasa, challenging my students with stillness and movement. These two styles of Yoga can be brought to almost all studios, as they are the basis for all other styles of Yoga.
 
In this all-inclusive Hatha & Vinyasa based YTT you will not only gain a solid understanding of the Art and Science of Yoga and how to integrate it into your daily life on and off the mat, but you will also leave with the skills to create your own sequences to teach all levels of students.
 
Along with food, lodging, and a 200hr TTC you will also have ample opportunities to explore the beautiful island of Koh Phangan during your breaks”

Sunny McGill (ERYT-500)

Our yoga school and training are certified and recognized internationally by Yoga Alliance.

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How to choose the right Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) for you?

Finding a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) that is right for you can be an overwhelming and quite intimidating experience. With Yoga Alliance approving online YTT Schools due to COVID, YTT’s have become abundant and mainstream. However, because of this the quality of the teacher training courses have reduced. The main objective of a YTT is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to deepen your own practice so that you can show up for your students as a well-rounded, authentic yoga instructor. Make sure to look at testimonials before you sign up with a school, to ensure that this objective has been met for previous students.

YTT’s are offered for various styles of yoga, and when you choose a YTT it is important to choose a style that resonates with you! The styles that Sunny Yoga offers are Hatha and Vinyasa. Other schools may offer Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Yin.

Highlights of this training

Besides learning the 200h Yoga Teacher Training standard curriculum from one of the best yoga teachers on the island.  This training also includes 10 hours of Ayurveda (some training on the island only includes 1.5 hours), and Self-Experience Modules to enhance your experience. So what are these and why are we learning this?


What is Ayurveda

Nancy Huettig

Nancy Huettig

Nancy Huettig is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach & Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Founder of AyuForLife and full-time (unshakable) optimist. Here to awaken the holistic version in all human beings, she teaches body-mind awareness with AyuForLife one-on-one coachings, consultations, therapies, online courses, masterclasses and Wholistic Island Retreats.

“The path of Ayurveda truly changed my life.”

When Ayurveda came to her, it felt like meeting a long-lost friend who happened to be the greatest healer she has ever known. Her Pitta/Vata constitution drives her zest for life, which she leads with a passionate, structured and honest heart.

Through 8 years of extensive travels around Asia, personal practice, study and training with Ayurvedic doctors in India, she developed a natural blend of ancient wisdom with modern wellbeing to support her clients in living harmoniously with Nature. Her greatest joy is to meet them in their unique mind-body constitution and design lifestyle plans for long-lasting health and happiness.

Her qualifications include: Ayurveda Therapist Training Level 1 (with Dr. Arun Sharma at Ayuskama Clinic and Institute), Panchkarma Training (with Dr. Indru at Amala Hospital), Ayurveda Training (with Dr. Ratan at Singh Ayurvedic Clinic Gokarna), RYT-500 (Yoga Alliance Training).

What is SE Modules

SE modules are self-experience modules, where we learn all together in the group about ourselves. Please read more about it here below.

To put it in simple words, I would say, it’s about:

  • Practicing, sharing, living on mindfulness.
  • Discovering, unleashing (even more) beauty.
  • Gaining, empowering, enhancing self-control.
  • Facing, conquering, transcending inner fears (and surprisingly love them, too).
  • Finding, discovering, gaining your own choices.
  • Living, letting, experiencing transformation.
  • Receiving, preserving, maintaining confidence.
  • Unleashing your strength.

To all of this, I would like to invite you.

More about SE Modules

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Despite yoga naturally being an encompassing philosophy for itself, Sunny and I were thinking for quite some time about how we could broaden a professional 200h and 300h TTCs by bringing holistic elements of mental healthcare to the training. We ended up with the idea of implementing systemic self-experience modules (SE) for one’s personal development in an upcoming yoga teacher training. We believe this will enhance your personal growth and add a positive effect to your life and help you to become a better yoga teacher. Therefore, we set up our 200h TTC + SE modules that are run by Systemic body-integrated Therapy and Gestalt Therapy interventions.

As a certified and experienced (body-integrated) Systemic Therapist *, I have been working for 9 years meanwhile in Berlin Germany. I will be the one guiding you through SE modules. Our modules are meant to enhance and envelop your personal self-knowledge, self-confidence and allow overall personal growth – to help you become a great yoga teacher.” – Boris

*Systemic Therapy” is from the German stateside, officially accepted psychotherapy method, since July 2020.

Just to be sure: What it is not about

Important to know: This is not psychotherapy practice. You are not meant to become a SE trainer/conductor yourself by undergoing this 200hs Yoga TTC, but a yoga teacher. This means, our SE modules are not meant for teaching, later on – they are meant for your personal growth within our TTC – we would love to invite you to work together on your personal stories, experiences and “emotional setups” that everyone has – and let us grow together, transform, envelop… I’m quite sure you will enjoy it.

Let’s GROW together

If you would like to know more about the SE modules and what we’re going to do there, simply contact us and ask, we love to give you more info about it.

Otherwise just take your chance of a left-free space, sign in and join us. It will perfectly enhance your spiritual growth, we will experience, discover, and unfold (playfully, open-hearted & caring) ourselves, individually, and as a group.

…Imanuel Carrere says, everything we do with passion and serosity, is Yoga. Remembering this, we now decided (after years of just envisioning it) to broaden this Sunny Yoga TTC with these special SE modules, as described above – to help you be the best and well-balanced (idol and) yoga teacher you can be.

Quality over Quantity

Sunny Yoga, a boutique Yoga school founded by native Thai Sunny (Sunsanee), is one of the most successful Yoga schools on Koh Phangan and is the only Yoga school in South Thailand led by a Thai woman. Sunny’s unique personality and life experience make each of her TTCs a special experience as she puts a lot of thought and love into her training and sweetens challenging sessions with her playful yet sincere humor. Her approach is very grounded and less about ‘chasing enlightenment’ with a quick fix but rather guiding individuals to become the best version of themselves through sincere self-work, discipline, and practice as well as fun and play.

A Yoga Teacher Training is not only a course to learn a new professional skill, it is a consciously chosen life-transforming period of time with ups and downs as your body and mind go through the stages of self-reflection, shedding, and growth. This can be an intimidating and exhausting process, especially if you are new to Yoga and/or aiming to do some serious personal development and healing work for yourself. With an average class size of only 10-18 students, Sunny’s TTCs have a pleasantly intimate feel and high-quality care for each student. It is a beautiful safe space to learn, share, listen, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and make deep live-long connections with your classmates.

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‘Work Hard, Play Hard’

While Sunny’s style challenges the students physically and mentally, she balances the hard work with fun extracurricular activities for the students, such as taking them to Thai cultural places/events*, nature sights, dancing, ecstatic dance, etc.

In addition to the standard TTC curriculum (Asanas, Pranayama, Anatomy, Philosophy, etc), her loyal and highly qualified TTC teachers and lecturers offer special elements, including Ayurveda, breathwork, and acro yoga etc. to round up the training.

*varies throughout the year

‘Work Hard, Play Hard’

While Sunny’s style challenges the students physically and mentally, she balances the hard work with fun extracurricular activities for the students, such as taking them to Thai cultural places/events*, nature sights, dancing, ecstatic dance, etc.

In addition to the standard TTC curriculum (Asanas, Pranayama, Anatomy, Philosophy, etc), her loyal and highly qualified TTC teachers and lecturers offer special elements, including Ayurveda, breathwork, and acro yoga etc. to round up the training.

*varies throughout the year

LOCATION

The training takes place at Serenity Residence on Haad Yao beach. Located on the Northwest Coast of the beautiful island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand.

Haad Yao is a small village with small shops, convenience stores, restaurants (international and Thai), and cafés. These are walking distance from Serenity. This beach is famous for its beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water where you can swim and snorkel and watch the sunset at the end of the day. “What is striking when arriving at Serenity is the beauty of the place: the flowers of multiple colors covering Serenity all the way up to the roofs of the houses which are themselves covered with multicolored flowers, the view due west on the sea allows to admire magnificent sunsets from your private terrace and all the places of serenity and what also strikes is the quietness of the place, vibrations, beneficial waves eminent from the place.” – Serenity Residence

Haad Yao is 20 minutes away from Thongsala (the island’s small ‘capital town’) with ferry piers, banks, post office, hospitals, stores, etc. is only 10min away. Scooters and open-air taxis are easily available.

GETTING HERE

The closest airports are Koh Samui (USM) and Suratthani (URT), as well as Krabi (KBV) and Phuket (HKT). The ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan is only 30min, from the mainland (Donsak/Suratthani) 2-2.5 hours.

We’ll pick you up from Thong Sala pier to Serenity Residence on Haad Yao.

ACCOMMODATION

Spacious shared double room (2 beds) with bathroom, kitchen, AC, WiFi, and sea view balcony in every room.

COURSE INVESTMENT

SEAVIEW SHARED DOUBLE ROOM 

Early bird price
Until June 20th
 1,900 EUR


Regular price
From June 21st
2,600 EUR

*price per person
ACCEPTING 18 STUDENTS PER TRAINING

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodations – 27 nights in a shared room with AC, WiFi, kitchen, balcony with sea view, and natural saltwater swimming pool. Private room available. Please send us an inquiry
  • Food – We serve food 2 meals breakfast and dinner buffet (vegetarian/vegan) on training days (no food provided on Sunday). Plus seasonal tropical fruits in the afternoon. On our day off (Sunday) you can explore food options around the area. Koh Phangan is full of healthy food options!
  • A morning lemon ginger tea.
  • Free drinking water.
  • Neti pot (for nasal irrigation – clears air passages to improve breathing through the nose).
  • 1 Ecstatic dance.
  • 2 Thai massages.
  • Japa mala necklace.
  • Pickup from Thongsala pier to Serenity on the first day of training and drop off at the pier on check-out day. 
  • We provide the yoga mats but feel free to bring your own 🙂

FOOD

Each day your training includes morning ginger lemon tea, ayurvedic vegan-friendly breakfast, dinner, and fresh seasonal fruits at early afternoon break.

For any more food needs (vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian) are available in the area, and of course local Thai food restaurants.

Most of the local Thai restaurants here can also cook vegetarian on your demand.  We won’t prescribe your diet but we suggest vegetarian and no alcohol or drugs to optimist your concentration and energy levels during your yoga teacher training.

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DAILY SCHEDULE

The first day of the training we dedicated to your arrival. Check-in starting from 1:00pm. The opening ceremony starts at 5:00 pm

We wake up early to feel the serenity of the island. This will ease your mind for early morning meditation and help you to get in touch with nature before rush hour. Sundays are your day off! (except first Sunday)

The last day of the training is your checkout day. Checkout time at 11:00 am.

Silent morning

7:00 – 7:30 am Morning meditation

7:30 – 9:00 am Asana and pranayama practice

9:00 – 10:30 am Breakfast break

10:30 am – 1:00 pm Theory subjects

1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch Break

2:30 – 6:00 pm Theory/ Asana Lab / Teaching Practicum

Activities you can enjoy on your day off and free time

  • Ecstatic and conscious dance
  • Ice bath and sauna
  • Freedive and scuba diving
  • Kitesurfing
  • SUP
  • Fishing trip and island tour
  • National parks and waterfalls
  • Spa treatment and shopping
  • Watching magnificent sunset and meeting awesome people from all around the world at Zen Beach.
  • And many more!
  • Cars, motorbikes, and bicycles are available to rent to give you the freedom to move around. 

COURSE OUTLINE

This 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training on Koh Phangan covers all the necessary techniques, skills and foundations to get started on sharing your practical knowledge of yoga – both physical & intellectual – and to continue advancing well in your own ongoing studies. Practices led by our experienced team of teachers include Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Neti, Meditation, and Chanting Mantras.

  • Teaching Workshops:
    • Demonstration of Asanas and their variations including alignments, modifications of the asanas, and how to use the props and how to assisting in deepening the poses.
    • Learn how to cue the asanas – getting in and out and adjustments of the positions verbally.
    • You’ll also learn the classification and sequencing of yoga asanas based on Chakras systems for beginners, intermediate to mixed level.
    • Adjustments of common mistakes and hands-on techniques.
  • Yoga Anatomy: Therapeutic benefits of Asanas and Pranayamas, precautions, and contraindications. Anatomy and Physiology of 7 systems of the body including chakra anatomy.
  • Philosophy & Ethics: Introduction to Yogic Lifestyle in modern times, Historical Evolution of Yoga, Paths of Yoga, Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
  • Teaching Practice (Practicum): During the 3rd and 4th weeks, you will lead two 90 minute and two 60 minute classes.
  • Career: Yoga marketing, Business/Career of a yoga teacher, communication skills, safety norms, and how to plan your sessions.

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CURRICULUM

  • Techniques Training / Practice —  Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques.
  • Teaching Methodology — Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting /correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.
  • Yoga Anatomy & Ayurveda — Includes human anatomy and physiology of bodily systems, organs, etc. Anatomy of Pranic body: chakras, nadis, bandhas, etc. Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc). A basic introduction to Ayurvedic three doshas, diet, and lifestyle based on seasons and constitution.
  • Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics — Includes the study of Yoga Sutras, Yoga in a Big Picture, historical evolution of yoga, four paths, and various techniques for Self-Realization, yogic lifestyle in modern society, and ethics for yoga teachers.
  • Practicum — Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching, and hearing/giving feedback.

You may apply for RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance on completion of this training

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