200 Hour Foundations of Swara Yoga

About us

The Swara Yoga Academy offers comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training Programs, Online Study Modules & Retreats. It is our mission to dramatically improve the depth and quality of Yoga being shared in the world by truly meeting the learning needs of aspiring Yoga Teachers. 

We offer a detailed, holistic curriculum, long term study options and ongoing mentorship to our worldwide community of Swara Yoga Teachers. As a collective, we share practices which are deeply rooted in traditional Hatha Yoga, and also embrace Tantra, Taoism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, modern science and nature-based shamanic lineages. 

We specialize in Pranayama and subtle energetic practices, and we believe that the practices of Yoga serve as tools which teach us how to flow within the waves of life with grace and strength.

"Swara Yoga is more than a Teacher Training. It's a total reset for the Soul!" Andrei, a Swara Yoga Student

Event Highlights

  • Daily Practice of Hatha Yoga Asana in Slow Vinyasa Flow style
  • Daily Practice of Our Unique and Powerful Approach to Pranayama called Swara Yoga
  • In Depth Study of all Pranayama Techniques, Pranic Cultivation, Mechanics of Breath and the Yogic Energetic System
  • Regular Teaching Practice, Including 1 to 1 Teaching, Small Group Practices and 1 Large Group Teaching Practice
  • Study of Yoga Philosophy including Yoga Sutra, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Foundations of Tantric PhilosophyDeep Personal Connection to Teachers and Other Students in a Fun and Open Learning Environment
  • A Time of Profound Inner Growth, A Life Changing Experience

Venue Highlights

Enjoy a real jungle experience staying in one of our unique rooms, bungalows or houses. The Sanctuary offer one-of-a-kind houses and bungalows; each original and quirky in design. The Sanctuary has long been known for our incredible beachfront vegetarian and seafood restaurant, organically and artfully blended into a rockfall that flows from the hillside to the ocean.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Schedule

07:00-08:00: Pranayama & Meditation
08:15-10:00: Asana Class
10:00-11:00: Breakfast break
11:00-12.30: Yoga Theory and Philosophy Discussion
12:30-16.00: Lunch and Beach Break
16:00-18.00: Asana Workshop and Teaching Practice
18:00-19.00: Meditation, Yoga Nidra or Yin Yoga

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Our Training includes a healthy breakfast buffet served at the Sanctuary beachside restaurant. Tropical fruit platters are served as well as home made toast, eggs, steamed veggie platters, peanut butter, rice and much more.

Accommodations

The price of trainings include a dorm bed in the Sanctuary Zorba Dorm. The Twin bed comes with a towel, fresh sheets, daily cleaning service and a lock box for your valuables. The hall is a beautiful wooden structure overlooking the Haad Tien Bay and surrounding national park.
The 3 Bathrooms and showers are shared between all the residents of the Zorba hall.

Directions

BUS & FERRY TO THONG SALA, KOH PHANGAN
Surat Thani is located on the Thai mainland, about a 1.5hour bus ride away from the Donsak Pier. When you get off your flight, you can buy a combined bus & ferry ticket to Koh Phangan in the airport. Busses leave for the ferry after each flight, so collect your baggage and buy a ticket straight away.
Try to take one of the high speed catamarans such as the Lomprayah Ferry which bring you in to Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan in under 2 hours. If you buy a ticket for the large Raja Ferry, this will take you more than 4 hours to arrive into Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan.

TAXI FROM THONG SALA TO HAAD RIN BEACH
From the Thong Sala Pier, take a shared taxi to Haad Rin. This should cost you 200 baht.

LONG TAIL BOAT TO HAAD TIEN
As you get off the taxi in Haad Rin, people with taxi boat signs will ask you where you are going and you tell them you are coming to The Sanctuary. The price for these long-tail boats is usually 300 baht per person for a shared boat, but they may ask for more if you are alone, depending on the time of day. Don’t pay more than 600 baht to take the boat alone. It is a 10 minute ride and will drop you in front of The Sanctuary.

The closest airport to Koh Phangan is Koh Samui Airport (USM).

THE THONG NAI PAN SUPPLY BOAT
The fastest way to The Sanctuary on Haad Tien is to take the Thong Nai Pan Supply Boat from the beach in front of Hotel Anjali which is near to the Maenam Chinese Temple in Mae Nam Beach. This boat leaves once daily at 11:45am and you may buy your ticket on the boat itself, or from any of the street vendors nearby. The price is 300 baht to Haad Tien.
The Thong Nai Pan Supply Boat arrives directly into Haad Tien beach in front of The Sanctuary at 1:30pm.
PLEASE NOTE: The Thong Nai Pan Supply Boat DOES NOT LEAVE FROM MAENAM PIER. It leaves from the beach in front of Hotel Anjali. You can take the shared taxi from the Samui Airport and just tell your driver you are going to Hotel Anjali. Do not tell them you are taking a ferry as most drivers do not know about this very convenient little boat and will take you to a different pier.

THE HAAD RIN QUEEN FERRY
If your flight does not arrive in time to catch the Thong Nai Pan Boat, you should take the Shared Taxi from the airport to Big Buddha Pier where you will take The Haad Rin Queen which will take you to Haad Rin Beach.

As you get off the boat in Haad Rin, people with taxi boat signs will ask you where you are going and you tell them you are coming to The Sanctuary. The price for these long-tail boats is usually 300 baht per person for a shared boat, but they may ask for more if you are alone, depending on the time of day. Don’t pay more than 600 baht to take the boat alone. It is a 10 minute ride and will drop you in front of The Sanctuary.

PRIVATE SPEED BOAT
Your third option from Koh Samui is to arrange a private speed boat direct from Koh Samui to Haad Tien. To arrange a private boat please contact The Sanctuary

Tags: breath meditaiton pranayama swara yoga tantra vinyasa yoga

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