Updated April 19th, 2018.
– Currently awaiting new dates –
This course combines Buddhist meditation with alignment-based Hatha Yoga over five weeks in a peaceful resort in northern Chiang Mai province, Thailand.
The yoga will emphasize strength and intelligence in order to develop awareness, reach our potential, and become empowered to pursue a life and a practice with purpose and meaning. Yes, this course is certified by Yoga Alliance, and participants will be able to teach internationally upon completion.
The price is ‘all inclusive’ and includes… Three meals a day, every day, plus transportation from Chiang Mai city and back again on the last day.
Alignment-based Hatha Yoga
More Teaching Practice
Focus on Transformation & Empowerment
Daily Meditation & Chanting
3-day Silent Meditation Retreat on Week 3
Comparative Studies of the Ancient Traditions from India
Max 16 Students
Yoga Experience Required
Set in the idyllic valley of Phrao at Doi Farang Resort, Buddho Yoga 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.
By extending the course to five weeks, we 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, but this course also features a silent 3-day meditation retreat on the third week, which will still include a morning yoga class.
The daily schedule will consist of two 3-hour sessions that are devoted to fulfilling the requirements for Yoga Alliance.
Premise: The premise for this course is that being a good teacher starts with being a good student. Of course, not all who attend this course are interested in becoming yoga teachers, but we will also connect this to being a good person in general, and inclining ourselves towards leadership by way of example. Whether you’re interested in teaching yoga or just improving your life, this premise promises to bring about a major transformation.
So what does it mean to be a good student?
We will spend much of the course exploring this question from different perspectives. Of course, what it means to be a good student depends on the individual, but there exists a certain way to approach the yoga practice, from a place of openness and humility, that sparks the flame of learning and it is from this place that one can experience a true personal transformation. There may be other ways to approach studentship, but not all of them lead to transformation.
Having a clear vision: When we cultivate a skilful attitude for learning and transformation, we can then develop our vision for life and discover the special place that yoga holds in our personal vision. This process entails considering what we already believe and also leaves enough space for the inspiration that comes from the transformation of our practice.
This is a way of recognizing the importance of our practice and also helps us to refine our offering. Even if we don’t teach, the invitation will be to see our life as an offering in itself. In this way, the way we live and the choices we make reflect our vision and we can find stability by aligning with our purpose. From this place of stability, we can lend a helping hand to others, and others can turn to us in times of need.
When we have a clear vision, it becomes obvious what fits and what doesn’t, and we can start to streamline our life and direct our efforts towards whatever means the most to us, be it career, family, or spiritual awakening.
If you do plan to go on to teach after the course, this process will prove to be most effective. When you know what it all means to you, you can find practical ways of sharing your vision with your students. If you’re not clear yourself, your students surely won’t see it either.
Instead of just offering yoga classes that are similar to what you might find in a yoga studio or drop-in class, our morning yoga sessions will be longer and more focused, similar to a workshop. These 3-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 3 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 TTC programs, our program has its own methodology that encapsulates everything we do. That means all different aspects of the practice will be explored and held within the container we’ve created, which we call the Unified Vision Theory (UVT). This theory invites us to get clear about what we have to offer and how we can pursue an avenue in life that both utilizes our purpose and fulfills our intention to make the world a better place.
Twice-Daily Meditation Sessions:
Our 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 our 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. Please note that attendance at these sessions is compulsory.
Since our course focuses on empowerment, we realize 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 practising 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.
About the Yoga:
We see yoga as a tool for transformation. When we work hard, we will end up facing inevitable resistance to the challenge and if we can soften our resistance to the way things are, we open up into a whole world of space, clarity, and poise. When we focus on detailed alignment, we systematically develop awareness. By working with progressive sequences, we carefully step into our potential and the result is that we become empowered to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.
We believe 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 we think we already know, we actually close ourselves down to the teachings and we don’t have a chance to realize what the teachings have to offer. If we can humble ourselves to realize that there may be something to new to learn, we can practice wholeheartedly in accordance with the teachings and realize the transformative power they hold.
Inspired by Anusara Yoga and informed by a modern understanding of anatomy, this course will explore the practice of yoga in a very detailed way. We will use the Universal Principles of Alignment (UPAs) as a basis for our exploration, which offer 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 we understand the principles, we can feel empowered to apply them to different poses. In this way, we don’t have to learn the alignment for every pose, but rather focus on learning these 5 principles and then realize their universality.
According to our Universal Vision Theory, Action is the way in which we actually express what is most important to us. It’s not enough to conceptualize, study, or talk about something, but we must actually do it, and therein lies the hardest part. It’s all about being the change we wish to see, both on and off the mat. In fact, the spiritual practices just help us to steer our lives in a more wholesome direction so that we feel empowered to bring more clarity and purpose into our daily lives, into our relationships, into the workplace and family, and wherever else we find ourselves. It’s all about engaging ourselves in this world, through clear actions in the body, informed by our deepest conviction that we have a unique gift to offer others through our lives.
About the Meditation:
This course will feature meditation as the primary tool for personal transformation and awakening. The two main meditation styles we 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 is about understanding the true nature of all physical and mental phenomena in order to find freedom from suffering and lasting happiness. Rather than choosing between one style, we will develop our ability to concentrate on a single object before opening our awareness up to include more objects. Through repeated observation of different objects, we slowly develop wisdom. It is wisdom that will help us to find the end of suffering. This is the path of purification and awakening.
Daily Schedule Monday – Friday:
5:30 am – Wake up Bell
6:00-7:00 am – Morning Chanting (Pali Language) & Insight Meditation
7:00-8:00 am – Breakfast
8:00-9:00 am – Shower/Rest
9:00-12:00 am – Morning Yoga Session (Asana, Alignment, Pranayama, Sanskrit Chanting)
12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm – Rest/Study Time
3:00-6:15 pm – Afternoon Classroom Session (Anatomy, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology)
6:15-7:15 pm – Dinner
7:30-8:30pm – Evening Chanting (Pali Language) & Insight Meditation
5:30 am – Wake up Bell
6:00-7:00 am – Morning Chanting & Insight Meditation
7:00-8:00 am – Breakfast
8:00-9:00 am – Shower/Rest
9:00-12:00 pm – Morning Yoga Session
**The daily schedule may be adjusted to accommodate additional course content such as practice teaching, group activities, and testing.