500 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

51 Days | Beginner – Advance

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The 500 Hours Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Vidya Mandiran in Chiangmai, Thailand centre is held over a period of 51 days and 50 nights, which is a combination of 22 days of 200 hours Yoga TTC and 28 days of 300 hours Yoga TTC with a full day rest in between the trainings.  The training lays out a strong foundation for deepening the understanding and practices of yoga in a holistic approach.   Yoga has become popular in this modern age for its physical practices (“asana”) and other aspect that are essential parts of yoga has been largely looked over.  In our TTC, we make sure to integrate well-rounded studies of yoga and bringing spirituality into the teachings and practices to support personal and spiritual growth of our students.

The curriculum integrates the essential subjects consisting of pranayama, shat kriya, asana practices, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and meditation.  For asana practices, our school focus on Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga styles of asana.  Students will go through 6 days of training with 1 rest day per week.  On the rest days, our school organizes excursions for students that may involve cultural activities, temples and nature visits in the local area.  The rest day is one of the weekdays to avoid tourists and traffic during the weekends.

Accommodations, meals and excursions during the training are inclusive in the course fee as mentioned in more detail below.

Course Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advance

Language of Instruction:

  • English

500 Hours Yoga TTC is suitable for those who...

  • Are interested in understanding and studying yoga in a holistic approach from a solid foundation
  • Are interested in a balance in lifestyle through health in both body and mind
  • Are interested in self-discovery through yoga philosophy, meditation and its practices.
  • Wants to deepen their understanding and practice in a structured course after years of casually studying and practicing yoga as a hobby.
  • Wants to build a solid foundation in yoga, not only in asana but its philosophy and other essential practices, as a based to deepen their future practices and studies of yoga.
  • Aspires to share your experience by become an internationally recognized yoga teacher.

Course Completion Requirements

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Students are required to complete and meet the following criteria during the course:

  • Weekly Assignments
  • Final Teaching Exam
  • Final Written Exam
  • Required 100% attendance
  • No violation of Code of Conduct and School Policy

Yoga Alliance Certification- RYS500

Once you completed your 500 Hours of training, plus collect teaching hours after your training required by Yoga Alliance, you would be eligible to register as RYT500 under Yoga Alliance USA and be internationally recognized as a yoga teacher.   Read more…

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training : Course Curriculum

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      • Meditative steps of performing the hatha yoga; centering, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection
      • Astanga vinyasa flow – series 1 & 2
      • Surya namaskar (sun salutations I,II & III) – dynamic surya namaskar, surya namaskar with breathe awareness, surya namaskar with 12 mantras with their bija-mantra chanting and their understanding
      • Modifications of yoga asanas
      • Types of yoga asanas – standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, shavasana etc.
      • Alignment & art of adjustment
      • Preventing common injuries
      • Counter pose
      • Contraindications
      • Yoga asanas benefits

      • Introduction to science of breath
      • Physiology of pranayama
      • Beginning and advance postures for pranayama
      • Perfect establishment of diaphragmatic breath
      • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices
      • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma, suryabhedi, and various types of kumbhaka pranayama and others
      • Breathing for the advance yoga practices, such as chakra and kundalini
      • Benefits or pranayama practices
      • Guidelines for regular pranayama

      • Jalandhara-bandha (chin lock)
      • Uddiyana-bandha (abdominal lock)
      • Moola-bandha (root lock)
      • Maha-bandha (great lock)

      • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation
      • Relaxation in daily life
      • Philosophy of yoga-nidra
      • Sequence of beginning and advance relaxation practices
      • Tension & relaxation exercises
      • Systematic relaxation exercises
      • 31 points relaxation exercise
      • 61 points relaxation exercise
      • Preparation for yoga-nidra
      • 61 blue star- yoga-nidra

      • What is meditation & what is not?
      • Meditation in daily life
      • Yoga asanas for meditation
      • 2-5 minutes meditations
      • Steps into basic meditation
      • So-ham mediation
      • Mantra & meditation
      • Spinal breath
      • Sushumna breath through chakras

      • Introduction about Yoga anatomy and physiology
      • Systems: Digestive system, Circulatory system, Respiratory system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Skeletal system, Excretory system, Lymphatic system, Homeostasis
      • Systems within the personality: A deeper understaning of human personality which contains physical and subtler bodies, such as; 10 senses, mind, intellect, and ego.
      • Stress: Introduction
      • Humoral theory (in ancient Indian medicine, Greek medicine & modern medical science)
      • The Brain and its sub cortical centers
      • Stress and Neuro-endocrinal changes
      • Therapy principles for stress disorders
      • Stress management through yoga:
        • Asana (physical postures)
        • Pranayama (breathing practices)
        • Dhyana (meditation)
      • Effect of yoga posture on muscles and systems
      • Nadis (energy channels)
      • Chakras (energy plexus)
      • Pancha tattva (five great elements)
      • Panchakosha (five sheaths)
      • Pancha pranas (five vital energy)

      • General introduction: six schools of Indian philosophy
      • Philosophy in daily life
      • Elementary intro to Samkhya and Yoga philosophies
      • The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali
      • History of Yogic science
      • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
      • Introduction to Vedanta (Yoga of the Upanishads)
      • The yoga of the Bhagavad-gita
      • The tantric yoga
      • Yoga Ethics
        • Yamas and Niyamas
        • More on the ethics of a teacher
      • Daily life style of a sadhaka

      • Intro to mudras and their importance in yoga practices
      • Mudra and its psychology
      • The elements residing in the fingers and five mudras: akasha-mudra, jnana-mudra, agni-mudra, varuna-mudra, and prithvi-mudra
      • Note: Other important mudras: dhyan-mudra, prana-mudra, apana-mudra, linga-mudra, shunya-mudra, vishnu-mudra, bhairava-mudra, and hridaya-mudra

      • Intro to mantra science
      • Basic mantras: aum, gayatri, trayambakam, guru, shanti etc.
      • Morning prayers & Evening prayers
      • Meal prayers
      • Study prayers
      • Health prayers
      • Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras & their understanding
      • 1-20 Sanskrit counting
      • Names of the beginning and advance levels of the yoga asanas
      • Selected yoga-sutras recitation

      • Jala-neti
      • Sutra-neti
      • Kunjala
      • Trataka
      • Agnisara
      • Nauli

      • Learning to instruct & guide
      • Main points: Teaching to what you observe, Timing a class, Greeting/Centering, Sequence in teaching,
      • Themeing a specific posture
      • Classroom Organization
      • Demonstration
      • Health Concerns
      • Language
      • Modification in Posture
      • The role of a teacher
      • The practice and service of teaching yoga

      • Class sequences
      • Develop intention for classes
      • Self-evaluation
      • Assignments
      • Practice teaching
      • Feed back
      • Group discussion
      • Question & answer
      • Home work

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Daily Schedule

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This 500 Hour Yoga Training will be schedule on 6 days per week for the intensive study and practices and on the rest day there will be excursions organized by school as mentioned above. During this yoga teacher training, you will be provided with three yoga vegetarian meals (no eggs), including afternoon tea or herbal drink.

We encourage students to go to sleep early around 9pm or before 10pm as that is conducive to the yoga training. Here it is the typical daily schedule for 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Chiangmai, Thailand:

Typical Daily Schedule

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Time Activity
05:00 – 06:00 : Wake Up!
06:15 – 06:30 : Mantra Chanting
06:30 – 07:30 : Shat-kriyas & Pranayama Practices
07:30 – 09:00 : Hatha Yoga (Classical)
09:00 – 10:00 : Breakfast & Free Time
10:00 – 11:00 : Yoga Philosophy
11:00 – 12:00 : Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
12:30 – 13:00 : Karma Yoga (Seva)
13:00 – 14:30 : Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 : Self-Study / Self-Practice / Extra Alignment Session (2x per week)
16:00 – 16:15 : Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00 : Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
18:00 – 19:00 : Relaxation & Meditation
19:00 – 20:00 : Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 : Self-Study / Free-Time
21:00 : Go to Sleep!
* Schedule is subjected to slight changes.

Note: The first day of the course will start with an opening fire ceremony at 10.30am.

How to Reach our Venue

Venue Address: 47 Moo 5, Mae Win Sub-District, Mae Wang District, Chiangmai, Thailand 50360

 

1. GETTING TO CHIANGMAI, THAILAND

ARRIVAL BY PLANE:
You could opt for a direct flight to Chiangmai International Airport (CNX). If there are no direct flights from your city, there are certainly connections you could make from your city to Chiangmai.
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN:
If you are traveling from within Thailand, you could take the train from the city you are into Chiangmai province. From Bangkok, the journey takes about 12 hours but evening trains feature comfortable bunks with or without air-con. Train tickets from Bangkok are between 600-1,000 THB for a train ticket depending on the level of
comfort you want.
ARRIVAL BY BUS:
Buses run roughly every hour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, departing from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Station and arriving at Chiang Mai’s Eastern (main) Bus Terminal. The first departure of the day is at 05:30 and the last is at 22:00. From Bangkok, the journey takes about 10 hours and there are a variety of busses available, with the VIP busses being the by far the most comfortable. Bus prices range from 12 USD to 25 USD per trip from Bangkok to Chiangmai.

2. GETTING TO THE TRAINING VENUE

ARRIVAL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
“Maewin Guesthouse & Resort is 53 km in the southern direction from Chiangmai city and 55 km from Chiangmai International Airport (CNX).  The bus for Mae Wang district leaves from the corner of Wualay Rd. and Chang Lor Rd., opposite the Chiangmai Gate (1 of the 4 city gates) on the south side of the moat that surrounds the old city. Look for a bus that goes to บ้านกาด (Baan Kaad), it’s a yellow pick up truck with seats at the back and a sign on the roof, the route stops in Mae Wang.  Sit to the end of the line which is 5km passed Baan Kaad fresh market.  The ride costs only 35 baht per passenger.  From there, you have to pay extra fee of around 250-300 baht to reach the guesthouse.”

Public Transport

ARRIVAL BY TAXI:
Yoga Vidya Mandiram is  happy to assist you in arranging a taxi pick up once you arrive in Chiangmai. The taxi fee and travel time will depend on your pick up location and traffic.  It is an average of 1.20 hours from Chiangmai International Airport (CNX) to the guesthouse by taxi and costing around 1,500-2,000 baht per trip.

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Course Dates

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Here are few upcoming course dates for our 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training:

Course Date Course Name Book Now
3rd October – 22nd November, 2020 500 Hour YTTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
3rd October – 22nd November, 2021 500 Hour YTTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
3rd January – 22nd February, 2022 500 Hour YTTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
3rd October – 22nd November, 2022 500 Hour YTTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
3rd January – 22nd February, 2023 500 Hour YTTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
3rd October – 22nd November, 2023 500 Hour YTTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

500 hour Yoga TTC in Chaing Mai, Thailand: Course Fee

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Accommodation Type Price Per Person
Budget Female Dorm (3-4 mins walking distance) US$ 4,350  US$ 4,000
Standard Female Dorm US$ 4,650 US$4,300
Shared Twin Room US$ 5,250 US$ 4,900
Private Single Room US$ 6,150 US$ 5,800
Note: Yoga Vidya Mandiram is currently offering US$ 350 discount for 500 Hours Yoga TTC commencing in 2020 and 2021.

Book Your Seat: A minimum of US$ 500 advance deposit is required to secure your seat for the course. The remaining course fee is due on arrival at our school reception.

Course Fees INCLUDE:
  • 50 nights non-AC Accommodation
  • Three vegetarian (no eggs) meals per day
  • Afternoon Tea or Herbal Juice
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Yoga materials during class (i.e. yoga mat, block, belt, etc.)
  • Excursion on rest day
  • Textbooks, printed study handouts and study manual
  • Course Certification
Course Fees DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Airport Transfer (available at additional charges)
  • Travel expenses (i.e. airfare, train, bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Laundry services (available at additional charges)
  • Extra nights beyond course dates
  • Extra excursion not organized by school
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Expenses
  • Other Personal Expenses

Refund Policy

Advance deposit is strictly non-refundable. However, your advance deposit amount can be retained for rescheduling, only if applicant makes a request 7 days before the program start date. Please read details under Refund Policy.

School Policy & Code of Conduct

By signing and booking for your course at Yoga Vidya Mandiram, you are acknowledging that you have read, agree and accept our School Policy and Code of Conduct. Please go through our School Policy and Code of Conduct thoroughly.

Xenia Rehm / October 2019500 Hour Yoga TTC in Chiang Mai, Thailand
I took the 500h course and lived for 52 days together with the teachers and all the other students at the resort. The Training surpassed my expectations by far! The organization and support was amazing! The team took care of all my wishes and concerns and made me feel like home! 🙂 The accommodation was beautiful. I stayed in a shared room with a beautiful view! The room was always clean and the stuff always meet all our demands. The owner is such a nice & caring woman, and the food was delicious and fresh. For breakfast we had fruits from the own organic garden, that tasted amazing. You can also take some nice walks & hikes around the resort. The Teachers were amazing. Everyone teached his expertise and had his unique way to teach. They had a lot of patience and awareness towards the students of all age. The schedule was well organised and provided enough time for self-studying in between lectures & classes. The classes contain: Pranayama, Ashtanga, Hatha, Philosophy, Anatomy and Meditation & Relaxation. Once a week we went on an excursion to different places around the resort. We visited several waterfalls, went for an amazing hike on doi inthanon, a trip to the city and did some other exciting trips! All excursion had been organised so well.