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200hr Yoga Alliance & ACE Certification
1-29 October 2016 or 1 Feb - 1 March 2017
Koh Samui Island, Thailand

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Imagine if you loved your job, enjoyed a flexible schedule,
had the freedom to travel, and helped people transform
their lives every day through your yoga teaching?

If you’re a passionate Hot Yoga student and fed up with the conventional 9-to-5 jobs; if your yoga practice is one of the most important things in your life; and if you’re excited by the extraordinary growth of the yoga market...

... then perhaps you’re ready to take the next step and become a certified teacher.

Absolute Yoga Academy is the leading educator of Hot Yoga professionals internationally. Since 2006, our training programs have transformed passionate yoga students into highly-qualified teachers, and the success of our graduates speaks for itself.

To understand why Absolute Yoga Academy is different and why our graduates have such an advantage in the market, you need to understand our school’s history. Back in 2005, our studio group was growing so quickly we were unable to find enough qualified teachers to meet the demand.

To solve this problem, we created our first course to train our own staff. Our first two courses were invite-only and were a huge success from day one. The trainees loved it and became amazing teachers, many of whom continue as teachers, studio owners, and trainers over a decade later. Our program was completely different than any other course because our graduates had to able to start working immediately after graduation.

This meant we trained them with the exact skills they needed to be successful in the real world.

Here's my story. When I first discovered Hot Yoga, I was living in New York City, and I literally crawled out of my first class on my hands and knees. I blacked out in the lobby on my back, and once I was able to get back up to my feet, I decided, "This is the yoga for me!"

I purchased and unlimited yoga pass that same day and practiced every single day for 380 days straight. When I couldn't make it to the studio, I practiced to audio recordings. When I was traveling, I'd drive as much as 2 hours to get to a class. If you're not a Hot Yoga junkie, you probably think I'm crazy. But if you too have felt what I felt, you know exactly why I did it.

I'd caught the "yoga bug," and I realized that life as I knew it was changing, and there was no point in fighting it. During the work week, I’d sneak out of the office early just to catch my favorite teacher’s classes. I'd spend most of my days at the office secretly hanging out on yoga websites, and almost every book I owned was now a yoga book.

Within a few short months, I'd lost 41 lbs, my entire lifestyle and social circle and changed, and yoga became the most important focus in my life. As crazy as it seemed at the time, I quit my corporate job, became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, and the rest is history. It's been a whirlwind ride ever since that has taken me to five different countries. I've owned 4 different studios, helped open 8 more, and I now run the most-respected training in the world. It's all been a dream come true.

If you'd told me back in 2002 what my future had in store, I would have laughed out loud because it sounds so crazy, but when you start to transform yourself from the inside out, the changes that can happen in your life are truly remarkable.

That's easy for me to say now, but I remember how nervous I was when I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training. I'd given up a "good" corporate job in publishing, and I’d only been practicing yoga for a short period time. My practice was still very much at the beginner level, so I had real doubts.

Could I really make this work as a career?

My body was so stiff, and I didn’t know if I was going to make it. But you know what? Training to become a teacher actually made me a much better student, and with true passion and hard work, it’s amazing how quickly you can transform your body and your life. Today, stories like mine are common for students coming out of our training academy. Yoga is booming, and there’s a huge demand for skilled and passionate teachers worldwide.

I didn’t think it was possible, but after one month of studying and living yoga so intensely, I felt stronger and healthier than ever before; and most importantly, I was ready to teach and had the skills needed to make me very employable.

So if you love yoga and are excited to share your passion with the world, if you like the idea of earning a full-time salary working part-time hours, and if you love to travel in the company of health-conscious, open-minded people...

... then today might just be the beginning of a whole new lifestyle for you. Maybe it’s time for you to become a certified Hot Yoga teacher.


Top 5 Reasons to Become a Hot Yoga Teacher...

#1 - Inspire Students & Change Lives – There are very few jobs that provide you with the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people on a daily basis. Every time you get up in front of a class of yoga students, you’ll have the opportunity to truly inspire people. That’s an amazing gift and a rare and rewarding job to have.

#2 - Deepen Your Practice – Students come to class looking for guidance, but they also give back to you (as the teacher) an incredible amount of energy and insight. You’ll be amazed how much you learn from teaching yoga. Teaching is a powerful way to deepen your own practice and understanding of yoga.

#3 - Enjoy a Flexible Schedule – Most yoga teachers I know only work three-to-four hours each day, and the rest of their time is theirs to do as they please. If you’re like me, you have tons of other interests in life that you haven’t had time to pursue because you’ve been working full-time, often in a job that you’re not passionate about. After I started teaching yoga, I finally had time to do freelance writing for magazines, play guitar, and I even wrote a novel during my first year as a teacher.

#4 - Earn a Good Salary – Years ago, most yoga teachers hardly earned enough to get by; but today, Absolute Yoga Academy certified yoga teachers are highly specialized and highly valued employees who are paid very well for their work. While yoga teaching is not likely to make you rich, you can live a financially comfortable and exciting life as a teacher. For me, I never imagined the personal and financial freedom I’ve realized today, much more so than I had in my former life.

#5 - Live and Breathe Yoga – Let’s face it, living a healthy lifestyle is not easy. When I started down the path of yoga, all my old friends were living very toxic lifestyles. When I became a yoga teacher, that all changed. My new friends and co-workers loved yoga, and just like me, they were committed to healthy living. There’s nothing more powerful than having a positive peer group, and for many teachers, this often leads to a revolution in your personal health and lifestyle.


Watch Real Videos from Graduates Here...


This is Not Your Typical Teacher Training Course

The Absolute Yoga teacher training program was originally developed to meet the staffing needs of our own rapidly expanding, international studio group. We needed more teachers, and the graduates from the other training programs on the market were simply not at the level we required.

Most studios are constantly looking for great teachers to add to their team, and from this need, the Absolute Yoga teacher training program was born.

Our first courses were invitation only, and the sole purpose was to turn our most dedicated students into full-time working teachers to serve their communities. Even now, years later, 70 percent of Absolute Yoga’s teaching team comes directly from our own training programs.

Here’s why this is important for you...

Many courses do a great a job of creating a fun yoga holiday experiences where students deepen their practice and make friends, but the Absolute Yoga teacher training takes it to a whole new level professionally. This is our history and our tradition, so we attract and support a very different kind of student.

This course consists of a strategically-planned curriculum that turns yoga students into yoga teachers in just four weeks’ time—every time—and our successful graduates and our successful studios are proof of the program’s efficacy.

Absolute Yoga´s teachers work in studios, gyms, health resorts, and many even open their own studios all over the world. Today, there are more than 1,000 Absolute Yoga teachers in 48 countries and counting.

From the United States and Canada, to Australia and the United Kingdom, to Europe, Asia, and Africa, Absolute Yoga has claimed its place as the fastest-growing style of Hot Yoga in the world.


But Will I Really Learn How to Teach?

The yoga training industry is very strange in that most teacher training courses do not actually teach you how to teach. If you talk to any yoga studio owner, you’ll find they rarely hire new graduates because, in most cases, new grads from most schools are just not ready to teach a class yet.

With Absolute Yoga, we take a completely different approach—100 percent practical and career focused. Our graduates are qualified, competent, and employable from the day they leave our school.

Studios all over the world come to us to recruit our graduates to teach in their studios, and at the end of each course, we get calls and emails from studios wanting to hire our teachers. Many people don’t realize this, but Absolute Yoga continues to recruit our own teachers directly from our own graduating classes as well.

Remember, Absolute Yoga Academy started as a professional training school for our own staffing needs—and that hasn’t changed. Our course is 100 percent practical and our graduates are ready and able to teach the moment they leave the course.

But there is a catch...

You need to be prepared to work and study hard during the course. It would be a mistake to come to an Absolute Yoga Academy course thinking it’s a month-long holiday. Our courses are vigorous and challenging, both mentally and emotionally; and many people say our training is one of the most challenging things they’ve ever done.

You’ll experience a complete transformational journey. From day one, when you’re unable to teach at all, to the last day of the course when you’ve mastered our 50-pose sequence, its anatomy, instructions and modifications; and you can literally stand up and teach a full class. That’s a huge accomplishment, one that would normally take at least six months, and this is a lifelong skill you’ll carry with you forever.

From the United States and Canada, to Australia and the United Kingdom, to Europe, Asia, and Africa, Absolute Yoga has claimed its place as the fastest-growing style of Hot Yoga in the world.


About the Absolute Hot Yoga Series

Let’s get sweaty! Absolute Hot Yoga is a high-energy series of 50 classic yoga poses in a fixed sequence that promotes balance, strength, flexibility, and overall wellness. The heat allows you to stretch deeply, cleanse your body, and calm your mind.

One of the unique things about the Absolute Hot Series is that it’s great for beginners, intermediate, and even advanced students. The series can be adapted to all levels, so it doesn’t get boring.


Absolute Hot Yoga Sequence – Get the Video & Pose Chart Here

As a teacher, one of the big challenges with some classic Hot Yoga sequences is that students “outgrow” the series and stop coming to class after 6-12 months. Absolute Hot Yoga is different. It was designed with the lifetime student in mind, so we see that students remain engaged and excited about Absolute Hot Yoga 2-3x’s as long as with most other Hot Yoga series.

Plus, there are very logical and easy-to-apply advanced variations so even the most senior students will love this sequence.

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Meet the Teachers

At Absolute Yoga Academy, the difference is in our trainers. Our Master Trainers have completed over 3,000 hours of teaching, and are working professionals. Our team is positive, supportive, and they'll help you push right up to your personal limits—and then break through. We maintain of the lowest teacher to student ratios in the industry, and the level of our trainer qualifications is something just not available elsewhere. In short, our team rocks.

JULIE SCEENY
| Head Trainer, Master Trainer

Julie was first introduced to yoga by a golf professional at her local golf club who told her that she was not very flexible and should try yoga to increase her flexibility. Like most yogis, Julie was hooked after the first 10 minutes of that first class she attended. Soon after, Julie took her first yoga teaching qualification and two years later she enrolled in the Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Absolute Yoga Academy.

Julie is now a senior member of the Absolute Yoga teaching team, a certified Pilates instructor, and her particular passion is functional anatomy and alignment.

 

HARRESON MARTELL
| Master Trainer

Thailand’s premier Hot Yoga instructor and teacher trainer, Harreson graduated top of his yoga teacher training class and has had a very long career teaching and training in SE Asia. A former Canadian professional triathlete champion and coach, Harreson’s yogic journey has led him from personal growth workshop assistant to coaching peak performance seminars for an organic health food company; but it was his interest in Bhakti (devotional yoga) that brought him full circle when his mentor introduced him to the life changing and healing benefits of Hot Yoga.

Harreson is best known for his playful sense of humor, his patience, and cultural sensitivity while training teachers.

 

LUCAS ROCKWOOD
| Academy Founder & Director

Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher trainer, studio owner, and serial entrepreneur. With a formal yoga training background in Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Gravity Yoga, and the Yoga Trapeze, Lucas has studied with some of the most well-respected teachers on the planet. His most influential teachers (all of whom he studied with personally) include Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Paul Dallaghan, Alex Medin, Gabriel Cousens MD, and SN Goenka.

Lucas founded Absolute Yoga Academy in 2006, one of the top 10 yoga teacher training schools in the world with 2,000 certified teachers (and counting) and courses in Thailand, Holland, United Kingdom, and The Philippines.

In class, Lucas encourages students to achieve their full potential through sequences that are challenging, fun, and athletic. Often dubbed the “Yoga Mogul,” Lucas is particularly passionate about helping yoga teachers achieve financial success so they can enjoy a career (not just a sabbatical) teaching what they love.

 

MICHELLE LAM
| Anatomy

Michelle is a physiotherapist specialized in sports injuries and prevention. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998; and now, after working in the sports rehabilitation for nearly 10 years, Michelle has developed a unique way of incorporating physiotherapy with exercise training and performance enhancement. Michelle is also a Personal Trainer, Group X instructor, and a part-time lecturer in the Chinese University Adult Learning Center in Hong Kong.

Michelle is a senior trainer at Absolute Yoga Academy and an integral part of the learning experience. She’s hands-on and high energy, and she has a brilliant way of making yoga anatomy come to life.

 

MARIEL REYES
| Teaching Apprentice

Mariel found yoga while she was halfway through a Bachelor of Arts Musical Theatre degree. She realized that practicing yoga helped her with flexibility, focus and strength and added so much to her confidence and presence as a performer. With a background in musical theatre and acting, Mariel was trained to see the power of being in the moment, the importance of breath and creative self-expression. She realized that all these aspects crossed over to her yoga practice and that both her passions complimented each other.

A dedicated hot yoga practitioner, she completed the 200 Hour Absolute Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand in 2010 and started teaching right after her training. Not long after, she visited India and immersed herself in the Sivananda Yoga Tradition at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India. Mariel has studied with some of the best teachers in the world, such as Kino McGregor, Seane Corne and Shiva Rea. She currently teaches all around the NYC area in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester and Jersey City. Her classes are challenging yet compassionate, and tailored to each person’s individual needs. Mariel loves that the path of yoga is one of constant learning, exploration, possibility and community.

 

CHALOEMSRI “BEE” RUNGROT
| Course Assistant

Chaloemsri Rungrot (Khru Bee), a native of Koh Samui, first started practicing yoga in 2009.

Upon graduating from Absolute Yoga Academy’s Hot Yoga Teacher Training she co-founded a Charity Project teaching yoga classes to the children at the Temple Schools on Koh Samui.

Since relocating to Bangkok, she completed the Y.E.S. “The Art of Teaching” Teacher Training. A former competitive track and field athlete, Bee likes the challenge, discipline and focus of practicing yoga asanas. She is inspired to improve her postures in yoga and thereby better her self in life. Bee encourages her students to cultivate a consistent daily practice, give their best effort and try to practice the postures the correct way and all the benefits will come.

Bee is proud to join the Absolute Yoga Academy Hot Yoga Training Team. She teaches a strong, high energy class while taking care of new students and helping them to improve their postures.


Our Graduates Are Amazing (watch the video)


Course Curriculum - 80/20 Approach

During your training course, 80% of your time is spent practice teaching. This means learning posture names, working in pairs, small groups, assisting, and eventually leading the entire group through classes. The remaining 20% of your studies are spent learning theory: anatomy of yoga, history, adjustments, modifications, tips, tricks and teaching methodology. Our commitment is to turn passionate students into highly-qualified teachers, so everything we do, including the theory aspects of the course, are in service of you becoming a confident, leader.

Practice Teaching Drills & Exercises Include:

  • Verbal instruction & pose queuing dialogue
  • Pose names (English & Sanskrit)
  • Physical actions queues / vocabulary of yoga movement
  • Verbal-only teaching
  • Body language-only teaching
  • Demonstration / no-demo teaching
  • Voice projection drills

Theory Modules in the Course Include:

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Teaching methodology
  • The new student experience
  • Room management / time management
  • Sequencing 101
  • Ethics of teaching
  • Business of yoga
  • Yoga for weight loss
  • How to teach/modify for non-heated room

About Your Certification

Yoga Alliance RYS (Registered Yoga School) 200-hour
As a graduate, you’ll be certified by Absolute Yoga, one of the largest and most-trusted names in yoga training internationally. On top of that, your Absolute Yoga certification qualifies you for Yoga Alliance Registration. Yoga Alliance is the largest teacher training registry in the world and is known internationally. We use this third party accreditation for Absolute Yoga to ensure our quality and international standards.

American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Our Hot Yoga Teacher Training course is approved by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) which is a nonprofit fitness certification, education and training provider with more than 58,000 certified professionals who hold more than 64,000 ACE certifications. ACE is a organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. The organization’s mission is to protect all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through independent, third-party research, education and outreach.

CPR for Yoga Teachers (level I)
Most teachers work with hundreds of students per month and thousands of students per year. Yoga is extremely safe, but simply due to the sheer number of people you come in contact with, someday, you’ll likely experience a health emergency situation of some kind, and you’ll want to be prepared.

What happens if someone slips-and-falls? What about a heart attack? How do you handle dehydration or loss of consciousness? As a yoga teacher, you’re not trained to treat or diagnose any kind of medical condition, but you need to be able to handle an emergency situation swiftly and appropriately.

During this hands-on module, you’ll learn the fundamentals of resuscitation, treating wounds, defibrillation, and much much more. Through “mock” emergency run-throughs, you’ll gain the confidence and real-world practice needed to help you handle potential situations in the best possible way.


About Our Training Facilities

Absolute Sanctuary is literally a yoga dream-come-true. The idea was to build a tropical island destination training center specifically for Hot Yoga training programs. While many other courses are conducted in hotel conference rooms or outdoor platforms, Absolute Yoga recognized early on that the training environment is an extremely important factor to facilitate effective learning.


The Facilities Include

The resort is big enough to support the course, but small enough so it feels cozy. The infinity pool is the “hub” of the resort during non-yoga practice times, and there is also a juice bar, a steam room, a full spa, exercise facilities, and a lounge.

After a long day practicing and learning, nothing feels better than a healthy meal and a dip in the pool. We’ve discovered that if you eat well, sleep well and are well taken care of, you have a better time—and you learn more too.

Facilities features:

  • 2 Huge Yoga Studios (60 pax capacity) with sea and jungle views, natural light, mirrored walls, custom heaters and air conditioning.
  • A healthy, yoga-student-friendly restaurant and lounge
  • Infinity Swimming Pool
  • Juice Bar
  • Steam Room
  • Full Spa
  • Exercise/Fitness Center

The Accommodation

The rooms at Absolute Sanctuary are simple and lovely. Most students share a room (very economical option) and a limited number of private rooms are available as well.

All Rooms Have:

  • Air conditioners
  • Hot water
  • Flat-screen televisions
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Small terrace
  • Telephone
  • Free Wi-Fi (throughout resort)


The Food at The Resort

The food at Absolute Sanctuary is homemade, and during you course, you’ll enjoy three buffet-style meals daily. The food is Thaiinfluenced, but also includes European and American flavors, Indian and even Moroccan dishes. Common breakfasts include: fresh tropical fruit, homemade porridge, eggs, toast, juices, coffees, teas, and vegetables. Lunches and dinners are more savory with Thai noodles, curries, soups, wraps and stir fries.

Vegetarian options are always available (and clearly marked), and for lactose or gluten sensitive people, Asia is an easy place to eat as milk and wheat are not very common here. Aside from the meals included in your package, you can always order a la carte juices, smoothies and coconuts at the juice bar, or any extra food items from our restaurant’s award-winning menu.


A Day in the Life of a Trainee...

Want to know exactly what’s going to happen during the course? Let us walk you through a typical day. You’ll start each morning with for your first yoga class at 7:30 a.m. (we practice before breakfast as its much better for Hot Yoga).

We’ll begin the day at the Jungle Yoga Studio (aptly named because you can see the jungle and the sea in the distance). The sun is just coming up, and the view is spectacular. The morning class is the most structured class of the day. This class is very much “by the books” and is designed to help you learn by experiencing the series and practicing as a student.

The first 30 minutes, we practice meditation or breathing practices, and then we go right into the 90-minute class.

After class, you’ll have an hour and a half for a breakfast break. Meals are served buffet-style, and there’s always fresh fruit, toast, yogurt, coffee, teas, and cereals.

The first workshop begins at 11:00 a.m. and the focus is on fundamentals. You’ll need to get grounded in the basics before we dive deep into hands-on teaching skills. Topics covered include: yoga history and anatomy, philosophy and methodology.

Once you understand the big picture of yoga, then we can focus specifically on Hot Yoga, the style of yoga in which you’re going to become an expert in. Lunch is at 1:00 p.m. and the menu changes daily, but common selections include homemade soups and breads, fresh salads (locally-grown greens), stir fries, local fish and chicken, Thai favorites, and wraps.

NOTE: There are always selections for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

At 2:00 p.m., the second workshop of the day starts with a focus on teaching skills. Your voice is your greatest teaching tool in Hot Yoga, so that’s where we put the most emphasis. From the first day, you’ll be practicing teaching, and that continuous practice is what leads to such great results.

Your second class of the day is in the afternoon, after your lunch is settled. This class is often less structured and more workshop-like in nature, and the twice a day repetition is invaluable to muscle memory and “learning by doing.”

After class, we have a long dinner break, and most evenings, we gather for an hour after dinner for group meetings, yoga films, specialty lectures, or just to share and review the learning from that day. Some evenings you’ll have free time for self-study, but for the most part, from 7:30 in the morning until 10:00 at night, you’re in “yoga training mode” so your days are very full.

You’ll practice six days on, and one day off—so you’ll have three completely free days during the course which is a great time to explore the island, get a Thai massage, and just relax. Because the days are so full, the time really flies, but you’ll find yourself making great friends and having life-changing experiences along the way. It truly is a journey from start to finish, and it’s one that you’ll never forget.


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Tuition Investment

When you invest in an education with Absolute Yoga Academy, you’re investing in a world-renowned, professional certification that will serve you for a lifetime. Since 2006, Absolute Yoga Academy’s mission is to turn passionate students into highly-qualified teachers. With over 2,000 graduates teaching in 41 countries, our alumni represent yoga leaders at the local and international levels.

Investing in your yoga education is a big decision, and it’s important that you’ll walk away with the value, experience, and credentials you’re looking for—not just a hard drive full of photos. Our courses are known for their real-world, professional focus, expert teaching teams, and professional focus. Most Absolute Yoga graduates can earn back their education investment in as little as three-to-six months, and some even faster. Many graduates go on to immediately open their own studios and the financial opportunities can be very exciting when you’re doing what you love with a strong foundation in teaching skills.

Tuition Investment: 4,795 USD
Includes: all course fees, materials, mats and daily towels for yoga practice

Room and Meals: 2,995 USD (standard shared room – limited privates available)
Includes: 3 daily meals, airport transfer to/from hotel and a 500 THB SPA Gift Voucher. No surprise fees or extra expenses aside from pocket money you’ll need.

Tax deduction?
Check with your local tax advisor, but in most jurisdictions, professional yoga training can be deducted as a business expense resulting in a considerably lower course cost due to tax credits/refunds received. If you need an official tax invoice, just ask. We’re happy to help!

How much is it worth?
Before making a decision, we always recommend you ask yourself “How much is a good education worth?” According to CNN, senior yoga teachers with 7 years of experience, earn an average of $62K/year, and yoga teaching is ranked as the #10 most desirable job in the United States. Starting yoga teachers earn an average of $30-65 per class depending on the studio and location, so many graduates are able to earn back their tuition in three-to-six months of teaching and then have a skill set that serve them for life.

Note: yoga teachers earn an average of $30-65 per class depending on the studio and location. Many graduates are able to earn back their tuition in three-to-six months of teaching.


FREE! Tuition Deposit Bonuses

Once you’re accepted into the course and make your tuition deposit, you’ll get immediate access to three of our popular online courses to help you with your yoga career.

Class #1:
How to Find Your Dream Job

In this class, you’ll learn about opportunities in studios, gyms, fitness centers, health resorts and more. It’s an amazing time to be a yoga teacher, and this class will teach you how to take full advantage of all the teaching opportunities available to qualified teachers.

Class #2:
How to Write Your Yoga Resume

Many new teachers are unsure how to present their yoga and professional experience in a way that is appealing to potential employers. In this class, you’ll learn how to craft a winning resume/CV and cover letter, and we’ll provide you with templates you can use to fill in your own information.

Class #3:
Studio Ownership 101

Have you always dreamed of opening your own studio? In this video class, you’ll learn how big, how much, how long, and all the basic considerations you need to know before taking the plunge into studio ownership. This short class could make all the difference in the future of your business.


Frequently Asked Questions

The truth is, you’ll probably never “feel” completely ready. We always advice that the best time to train is when you’re most passionate about learning. The recommended minimum practice experience is 6-12 months.
No, Bikram Yoga is a trademarked brand, like Nike or Coca-Cola, and it’s also the name of a yoga teacher. We are not affiliated or associated in any way with either the brand or the man, Bikram.
Classic Hot Yoga sequences usually contain 26 yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises. Absolute Hot Yoga contains 50 postures and was designed to add in some missing elements from classic sequences specifically: pose variety, core work, upper body strength, and hip openers. Even though the class sequence is different, the truth is that most Hot Yoga classes are more similar than different. Poses are practiced one-at-a-time, you look in the mirror when you practice, and the teacher uses her voice (more than her body or demonstrations) to lead you through the class safely and effectively. Most of our students come from classic Hot Yoga style studios—and that’s great! If you have a classic Hot Yoga background, you’ll love the Absolute Yoga series and you’ll do great.
No! Your career is up to you. Most of our graduates end up teaching multiple styles of yoga including classic: Hot Yoga, vinyasa yoga, and yin yoga—many within their first year of graduating. The most important thing is to establish a firm base in a fixed series, in our case, Absolute Hot Yoga; and from there, it’s quite simple to learn additional series.
It’s important to remember that getting teaching jobs is like getting any job. It depends on you, your interview, your experiences, and your character. Absolute Yoga regularly hires and helps others hire from our graduating classes, but we cannot possibly guarantee employment in the same way a university cannot guarantee employment. That said, we have not had one single graduate who was serious about teaching professionally who was not able to find work. In some cases, teachers wish they had more classes or would prefer to teach in a different location or different facility, but those who want to teach are finding jobs. Right now, there are more opportunities available than teachers so our graduates do very well for themselves in the job market.
Most professional, fulltime courses are four weeks long (like ours). There are some 7-21 day courses out there, but for a Yoga Alliance course, it’s not possible to complete your required training hours in less than 4 weeks. With thousands of graduates, we have tried various formats, and the four-week period seems to be the perfect amount of time. The extremely long courses (two-to-three months, for example) usually have hundreds of students per course, so the added time is not added study or training, it's just extra time needed logistically to make the practice teaching happen for such a large group. The best courses in the world have less than 50 students and consist of 200 hours of in person training.
No, we’re very strict about our student-to-teacher ratio. We have a maximum of 15 students for each teacher, and often as few as 10 students for each teacher. In those huge courses, the students are “lost in the crowd” and no one even knows your name. Our courses vary in size, but are typically 30-45 people with a huge teaching team and assistants to support you.
No, we do not have any kind of forced renewal fees or “dues” with Absolute Yoga Academy. Many of our students do return for future courses, but it’s not in any way required.
We have had students from literally all over the world. A typical course will represent 15 or more countries. It’s truly and international environment, and everyone is open and excited to learn from each other and share their unique background.
Yes, the course instruction is in English, and everyone who joins the course speaks English. Some people are native English speakers, but usually at least 50 percent of the course is speaking English as a second language. Our teaching team and staff are also international, so we welcome people of all levels of language ability, and we are very used to working with people from many different cultures.
Yes, Thailand is extremely safe and extremely easy for travel. Thai people are absolutely wonderful. It’s the “land of smiles,” and you’ll experience that from the moment you arrive. Even most women travelers traveling alone report that they feel safer in Thailand than they would in any other country. We’ve been hosting international students for years, so we also have systems and support in place to help you with anything you might need whether it be a prescription from the pharmacy or a call back home.
Yes, Koh Samui is a well-developed island. There are two big department stores with everything from toiletries to t-shirts, there are hundreds of pharmacies, internet cafés, clothing stores, and restaurants. ATM’s are everywhere, and you can use credit card and debit cards most places.
Yes, Absolute Yoga Academy has an excellent reputation internationally, but more importantly, your Yoga Alliance registration is the international standard for teachers everywhere. Whether you live in New York, London, Sydney or Bangkok, everyone knows Yoga Alliance.


The Next Steps is Yours!

Joining a yoga teacher training course is a big decision, I know, but let’s just review the opportunity in full. If you join this course, you’ll spend one month on the tropical island of Koh Samui with an incredible group of yoga students from all over the world. You’ll eat healthy food every day, practice yoga, swim in the sea, and gain an internationally recognized, Yoga Alliance accredited Hot Yoga teaching certificate.

Yoga is a lifelong journey. It started with your first class, and unfolds from there. Along the way, there are very few opportunities like this where you’ll get to spend an entire month practicing and studying; and for me, this is what makes our teacher training course so valuable.

I can hardly believe how much my life has changed since I became a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, and I know that the same can happen for you. While yoga is a lifelong practice, life is short, so why wait?

Congratulations on your decision to become a yoga teacher, and I look forward to training with you on Koh Samui Island!

Keep practicing,

Lucas
Founder & Managing Director
Absolute Yoga Academy

p.s. Our courses generally fill very quickly, often with a waiting list. So even if you’re just considering the course now, I’d encourage you to put in your application or join the waiting list so you don’t miss out.


Student Reviews

Absolute Yoga Academy is an amazing program. They covered so many details and prepared me for teaching. I am a confident teacher and would recommend this school. Best decision I’ve ever made!

Shannon Miller

The Hot Yoga TT at Absolute Yoga on Koh Samui was an incredibly inspiring and comprehensive journey, where I have seen myself, and each and every one of my training colleagues grow in terms of self-confidence, the depth of our practice, practical knowledge, communication skills and compassion. I found exactly what I was looking for from this training program and probably much more - I feel even more motivated to spread yoga to the world o completing this program. The trainers and assisting staff are well-equipped to nurture yoga teachers; they are very knowledgeable, passionate, and supportive in every way possible. I especially found this program’s emphasis on yoga labs, and posture alignment in light of injury prevention extremely interesting and useful and I feel confident that I am able to teach with integrity and responsibility towards the health and safety of my students.

Sonali Thakrar

A life-changing experience, very profond training, very qualified trainers.

Charlotte Declercq

Absolute Yoga Academy has a highly professional team and service. Their method, schedules and staff were a perfect fit for my journey in yoga. Their teachers are true yogis and are always ready to explain, share their knowledge and also pushing you through all your limits in the best possible way.

Veronika Regos

It was highly intensive and challenging, yet the trainers made it fun and enjoyable. I learned so much about yoga and about myself. I particularly liked their focus on business management and not just teaching yoga.

Karina Pupo


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1-29 October 2016 or 1 Feb - 1 March 2017
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