Welcome Packet - Thailand
200 hr Yoga Teacher Training!
Operations Contact Information:
Operations Director: Johana Stark
200hr YTT Required Books & Readings:
(200hr) The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope -This is required pre-reading, you do not need to bring it with you although it is also a useful reference for the course content, but please read it before the program begins.
(200hr) Yoga Sutras - any translation is fine, we recommend the commentary by Chip Hartranft or Nischala Joy Devi. Please bring a copy with you to the course.
(200hr) Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (second edition). The first five chapters are required pre-reading for the course. You can either leave it at home after that or bring it with you for reference during the course.
Course Books: Yoga Teacher Training Manual: The Kula Collective Manuals are included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.
We reserve the right to certify only students who pass the practicum for safe teaching, and demonstrate an ability to facilitate and communicate effectively with a group in a class setting. In the case that you do not receive the certificate directly, we offer a coaching program to help students achieve certification. More details on our Homework & Certification Requirements page.
We will assign various reading assignments from the manual throughout the course.
You will also be asked to answer some questions for reflection at the end of each of the three cycles, ideally the first session on the last day of each cycle. This helps you and the facilitators know whether you are spending enough time reviewing the concepts learned in the course, or whether you need to increase the intensity of your study and class participation.
During each day’s Art of Teaching class time, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching their peers each pose or mini sequence in the class. This will progress towards ‘Group Teaching’ in the Review time each day - teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole class, to help you find your voice and prepare you for the two practicums.
We will have two individual teaching practicums of 75-90 minute classes:
The Kula Basic Flow will be taught to a peer.
Your Unique Creative Sequence you will develop will be taught to a peer.
Please let us know us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do best to accommodate.
If you don’t already have a regular practice, please take some time prior to the beginning of the training to start practicing yoga and meditation 3-5 times per week if possible. This will help your body and mind more quickly adapt to the schedule once we begin the course. Please review the Kula Basic Flow.
We recommend you begin the process of preparing your body by eating fresh foods that are organic and alkaline-forming such as fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients. You may also want to begin limiting your consumption of meat, dairy products, salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine in the months leading up to the training. Drink water as often as possible and begin to listen to and notice any changes in your body’s responses to this purification process. As we are cleansing the body from the inside out, you may also want to consider the effects of cleansing from the outside-in. This is a perfect opportunity to look at the products you are using on your skin, hair and scalp to determine the safety or toxicity of them.
A helpful website you can consult for products (such as sunscreen or bug spray) that you may be packing for this trip, is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. The cleansing and fasting is not a required part of this training. It is only offered as an additional way in which you can create more space for more light in your life and in your practice. If you are taking medication or have any personal or physical conditions that may be a contraindication to cleansing, please let us know.
A neti pot and a tongue scraper are encouraged to be used as a part of the course curriculum. You can purchase both of these on your own at any health food store or on Amazon.
We encourage daily journaling before, during and after the training. Please bring a journal, as well as any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.
Please bring with you any sacred objects you work with such as crystals, tarot cards, mala, stones etc.
This form must be filled out prior to the course.
Please join the Kula Community Page:
This group is for all Kula alumni of all programs. This is a good place to share thoughts and ideas, questions and revelations, poetry, art, music... or if you're on the road and looking for a place to stay, your Kula has got your back, just ask.
Venue Contact Info:
Name: The Sanctuary Thailand
Location: Haad Tien Bay, Thailand
Phone: 081 271 3614
Primary Contact: Nolan Dalby
Internet: Wifi is available
Water: Clean drinking water is accessible
Laundry: Available just outside of the Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is FAMOUS for their restaurant, spa and detox center!
The most direct way to get Ko Phangan is to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui Island with Bangkok Air. Thai Air also flies to Koh Samui so check out their offers too. Note that Bangkok Air has a very flexible ‘change your ticket’ policy and they have 20 flights a day to and from the islands.
The easiest way to get to The Sanctuary, between mid January to late October, is on the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat. This ferry departs from Mae Nam town (not the pier) on Koh Samui every day at 12 noon and brings you directly to Had Tien Bay (get off at the second stop Had Tien Bay). The journey is approx one hour. Mae Nam is about 15 minutes by taxi from Samui Airport.
Please note however that if the waves are big this boat doesn’t run. If you are unsure, you can phone our reception anytime from 8am on 081 271 3614 to find out if the boat is running that day.
There are also 4 ferry boats a day from the Haad Rin Queen Ferry Pier at Big Buddha Pier to Had Rin: 10:30, 13:00, 16:00 and 18:30.
This ferry takes about 50 minutes, and it runs in all weathers!
Big Buddha Pier is about 10 minutes drive by taxi from Samui Airport.
When you arrive in Had Rin on Koh Phangan, there will be taxi boat drivers waiting for customers bound for Had Tien. Please note that if the waves are high or there are few customers, the boat drivers may charge a higher price.
If the waves are too high for boat travel, there will be a taxi jeep waiting. This journey is quite an adventure! It takes about 40 minutes over mostly rough jungle track.
Both the taxi truck and the taxi boat journeys cost around 200-300 bt per person.
If you wish to have a private charter speedboat to whiz you off to paradise this can also be organized (6,000B to 6,500B depending on weather and time). This gets you directly on to the beach less than an hour after you touch down at Koh Samui airport.
Book Extra Days If Desired:
The Sanctuary offers a special rate for Yoga Teacher Training students who would like to extend their stay at the beginning or end of their trip. For rates and reservations, contact Mike at Relax@thesanctuarythailand.com. A special offer includes 3 days before and 3 days after FREE if you stay in Zorba dorm!
What to Bring:
- Lightweight loose clothing (long sleeves and pants recommended for bugs and to protect you from the sun)
- One white outfit
- Bathing suit
- Yoga mat (Mats are provided by the sanctuary, but feel free to bring your own!)
- Head torch
- Natural bug repellent and natural sunscreen
- Hiking shoes & Flip flops/sandals
- Thermos or thermal mug
- Biodegradable body products (bug repellent & sunscreen), natural washing detergent
- Required texts (above)
- Notebook & writing materials
- Activated charcoal
- Cloth bag
- Arnica & tea tree oil
- Tongue scraper.
- Your passport and passport copy
Please also bring a journal and any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.. You also may want to consider taking and bringing Probiotics to prime your digestive flora with some probiotics before you leave for Mexico and tuck some away in your luggage to have with you while you travel.
Immigration and Visas:
If you think you will want to spend more than 1 month in Thailand, we strongly recommend getting a tourist visa in your own country. Most travelers are issued a one month tourist visa upon arrival in Thailand at one of the country’s international airports. If you cross the Thai border by road you will only be given a 15 day visa.
No Vaccinations Necessary.
The currency used in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB).
1 CAD = 24.40 THB
1 USD = 31.23 THB
1 AUD = 23.98 THB