About the Course
Choose to follow your passion!
Ananda Pure Yoga 200 hour yoga teacher training at Ananda Wellness Resort is the beginning of your new path. This certification is recognized by Yoga Alliance. In the tranquil and beautiful setting of Koh Phangan, Thailand, your transformation awaits.
Our Alignment based Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification will allow you to teach globally. Under the professional guidance of our experienced international instructors, you will learn the theory and practice of yoga, the art of teaching, yoga philosophy, and much more!
Trainees may register with Yoga Alliance at its RYT-200 level upon successful completion of this training.
We ensure the quality of our yoga teacher training program by providing personalized guidance with the lead teacher to a small group of students.
Dates and Times
This yoga teacher training is a 28 day immersion, and includes 28 days of accommodation. Upcoming opportunities:
- April 30 to May 28, 2017 – Limited Availability
- July 9 to August 6, 2017
- October 22 to November 19, 2017
- January 7 to February 4, 2018
- March 4 to April 1, 2018
- April 29 to May 27, 2018
Ananda Pure Yoga Teacher Training Course Curriculum
In this training, you will develop the skills to teach yoga to others. You will study the form and function of asana (yoga poses), the foundations of pranayama (breath work), and the basics of meditation. Plus, yoga theory & practice, yoga history & philosophy, basic Sanskrit, and yoga teacher ethics & boundaries.
Additional topics will include:
- How to teach a yoga pose
- Proper alignment
- Anatomy and physiology as it relates to yoga
- Purpose and use of props
- Observing and understanding bodies
- When and how to modify yoga poses
- How or whether to touch students and when to use adjustments
- Restorative poses
- How to skillfully sequence a class
- Practice Teaching
- General history of Yoga
- Yoga Texts: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Light on Yoga
- Bandhas integration (muscular contractions)
- How to teach headstand and shoulderstand
- Arm balance progressions
- Find your inner teaching voice (your uniqueness)
- Learn the three main teaching methods: verbal (audio), visual, and physical (kinetic)
- The business of Yoga: how to market yourself in the yoga community
- Vinyasa flow and hatha techniques
- Private Rooms are single occupancy
- Shared Rooms 2 students per room – same gender
- Dorm Rooms are mixed gender
All rates with or without accommodation include 3 healthy vegetarian yogi meals per day plus herbal tea.
Early Bird Rate: Receive $300 off the cost above when we receive your deposit at least 30 days prior to the start of your yoga teacher training.
- No prior teaching experience required
- All body types and physical abilities accepted
- Willingness to participate in group study
- Ability to give and receive feedback skillfully
- Read, speak, and comprehend English
- Dedication to the studentship of yoga
Memories of Past Teacher Trainings
The beautiful tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Receive your yoga teacher training in stress free paradise!
Ananda Wellness Resort is located along Hin Kong beach, with a stunning view over the Gulf of Thailand. People come from all over the island every evening to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
Our facilities are clean, cared for with love, and very serene and peaceful.
We offer several room types for your comfort level and budget.
- 2 Thai massages during your yoga teacher training program
- Use of our salt water pool
- Use of our herbal steam sauna
- Free WiFi
- Free filtered drinking water
- Laundry service available
- Assistance with motorbike and bicycle rental
- 15% off a Detox Retreat within one year of your yoga teacher training
Healthy Yogi Food
Included in your yoga teacher training are 3 vegetarian meals per day for the 28 days of the training, in our Ananda Love Kitchen.
- 3 vegetarian buffet meals per day
- Herbal tea included with each meal
Available for purchase through our restaurant are our full range of menu items including: shakes, juices, coconuts, and vegan desserts.
The Yoga Halls
Main Yoga Hall
Ananda’s main Yoga Studio is 15m x 10m (150m2 of clear space), making it one of the biggest in Thailand. It is fully equipped with mats and props. Two walls are mesh, and open to the outside air so that we feel included with the island while we practice.
We have a smaller air conditioned class room for philosophy and theory discussions, and small group work.
Born in the United States, Johnny Nasello is an e-200, 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, and internationally recognized expert group fitness instructor. He specializes in alignment based yoga, and has a vast experience working with different body types, abilities, and ranges of motion. He is known for precise instruction queues, and relating larger concepts of yoga with practical inner guidance.
Johnny has studied mostly with master yoga teacher trainer, Noah Mazé, but has also studied and workshopped with many great teachers including: Douglas Brooks, Rocky Heron, Christina Sell, and Jill Knouse.
I recently completed an intensive month of Ananda’s Yoga Teacher Training. It was a life changing experience! I learned a lot about yoga and life, spending a month with amazing people from all around the world. Unlike other YTT, Ananda provides all meals during the day (breakfast, lunch & dinner), which is very convenient and tasty, especially after intensive training and studying.
Johnny is the heart of the YTT, He is a very special person, a true yogi that really lives the principles of yoga, respect and sensitive to others, and of-course a VERY professional yoga teacher with 11 years of experience. If you are looking for a non-commercial, non-synthetic template YTT, but something professional AND with a personal touch, this is the place for you!
I met Johnny back in May 2016 during a short visit to the island of Koh Phangan. I experienced one of the best yoga classes I have ever had with Johnny and secondly I was kindly invited to join in the lesson Johnny was giving to my friend on teaching, cueing and sequencing methods.
The idea of doing my yoga teacher training at that point had been somewhat of a pipe dream. It wasn’t until I so thoroughly enjoyed Johnny’s incredible yoga classes and was able to experience a sample of his actual teaching strategy that I was certain I had to do my Yoga teacher training.
The yoga TTC was down to earth, practical, professional and unprejudiced. Johnny’s grounded, level-headed manner and perspective provided our group with the support and stability we needed during such an intense and life changing experience. The lessons we learned and subjects covered were practical and useful. Though a lot of what we learned was transferrable to many aspects of life and personal growth, the core intention was always – to teach yoga and become yoga teachers.
Johnny is professional and respectful always. The course is Alignment Hatha, Vinyasa focused. We also covered a number of other styles and I found it to be very unbiased, which I really appreciated. It is unlimited to one specific school of yoga and Johnny encourages learning in all aspects and styles of yoga.
The course has given me a really firm and broad base from which I am excited to grow my lifetime of learning from. It was a truly life changing experience. I feel I have grown and developed in all directions and uncovered so much about myself. There is no more perfect quote to describe my experience of Johnny’s yoga TTC at Ananda than that in the Bhagavad Gita – ” Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
I encourage everyone who is considering yoga teacher training to take the jump! It is the greatest gift you will ever give yourself.
I decided to complete this year my Yoga Teacher Training as I really loved Johnny’s class. This experience was one of the best experience I have done in a very long time. Ananda Resort is a gorgeous place. The people there are amazing and I felt like home for a month. This training overtook my expectations and I am very happy and grateful to Johnny for his knowledge, experience, openness, empathy and adaptability. I not only have a certification now, I have friends for life after my training, and I wish you the same great experience! Namaste
I am inspired with Johnny’s simplicity and integrity in bringing a good lifestyle change in people. His Yoga has motivated me both spiritually, mentally and physically, that I come out of the training very energized.
I am so impressed with their program that I have introduced my family and recommend it to anyone. Thank you so much Johnny for what you do!
I recently got to experience Johnny’s yoga class. Not only is Johnny an amazing human being with the highest of integrity, motivation and drive, he is also an inspirational yoga teacher with creative sequencing. Something about his presence, something in his being, just encourages you to offer your very best!
I’ve learned so much thanks to Johnny, and will forever be grateful our paths crossed! I strongly recommend this place. It is to me definitely the best place to do a Yoga retreat and Teacher Training. Johnny has a strong background of teaching. His alignment focused way of teaching clear, thorough, and mindful of security cues to protect the body from injury while deepening your practice.
I gained so much awareness of the body and understanding of the functioning of even the tinier muscles involved by following his teaching, and I also learned a lot about life in general as Johnny has a true gift when it comes to draw parallels between the practice on your mat and Life.
I definitely recommend the place as a resort, the staff is very friendly (special mention to the kitchen staff who were cooking for us very healthy food full of love), the room was simple but very clean, the sea-salt pool amazing! Thanks to the training, I gained so much more discipline, but I also made new friends that are like a new family to me now.
Johnny, was absolutely outstanding. Not only did he have clear, precise direction, but he also had a way of relating the yoga principles to everyday life, which I really liked. He was very patient, encouraging, and had a great positive energy about him. Just the best!
- Ananda Pure Yoga Teacher Training Manual (Provided)
- Required books: Light on Yoga, Bhagavad Gita
- Suggested books (list provided prior to start)
- Journal for daily entries
- Laptops, and audio/visual recording devices will be allowed, but are not required.
Kindle or electronic versions of books are acceptable if available.
Teach Yoga In Thailand
All Ananda Pure Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training graduates will receive first consideration for available teaching positions at Ananda Wellness Resort.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I secure my spot and early bird rate?
A non-refundable deposit of $650 (≈22,700 Baht) is required to secure your spot. The early bird rate is secured if your deposit is received at least 30 days prior to your program start date.
Do we have any days off?
Yes, you have Sundays off! Go to the beach, plan a diving trip, go snorkeling, explore a temple, hike through the jungle. It’s your day to adventure or relax.
How long are we in session on other days?
Plan on being in training 8 to 10 hours each day. You will get breaks throughout the day to study, eat, and process.
Do I need to have an advanced yoga practice before joining?
No. We prefer a year of consistent yoga practice, but we are happy to introduce you to yoga. There is no need to know advanced poses such as headstand, handstand or other arm balances and inversions. It does not matter if you are not flexible.
What if I paid for the course and cannot come? Do I get a refund?
- The Deposit is Non-Refundable – If a student opts to withdraw from the program at any point, the Deposit will not be refunded.
- No refunds are offered within 7 days of the yoga teacher training program start date.
- An emailed request for refund must be received 8 days before the start date of the YTT program.
- Any refunds will be issued in the same format that they were received.
You may transfer amounts paid towards future trainings. See our complete Yoga Refund Policies for all of the details.