Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes, this course is designed to give you all the tools you need so you can go out and begin teaching-right away!
A: Everyone has their own style and their own pace for learning. The month-long intensive gives you the opportunity to dig deep and learn at your own pace. The training always covers the required topics, but we also leave plenty of “open sessions” where we can address the teaching topics that are most challenging or most interesting to you.
A: Over half our students speak English as a 2nd language—including the instructors! So don’t worry, we’re an international group and we’ll help you learn your way.
A: If you can, try to start practicing at a studio or even at home to a DVD (David Swenson or John Scott’s DVDs are great). You do not need to have the series memorized, but for sure it’s helpful if you have practiced it to the best of your ability many times prior to the course.
A: No, in this course, most students are working with the 1st half of the Primary Series, meaning they practice up until Navasana/boat pose. There are always advanced students too, some practicing 2nd series, but remember, this is not a competition, and as a teacher, your students are mostly beginners. You need a dedicated practice, but not an advanced one to be a great teacher.
What Will My Days Be Like
Repetition is the mother of skill. The more you do yoga, the more you’ll know it inside and out. This is a yoga teacher training course not a “yoga camp.” Instead, it’s a very systematic process that will transform you from a student of yoga into a teacher of yoga.
Our strategically designed schedule is formulated to maximize your learning experience.
*The course is 6 days on/1 day off repeated 4 weeks in a row
07:00-09:00 – Yoga Class, Breath, Work & Kriyas (cleansing exercises)
09-15-10:15 – Breakfast (buffet style Western and Thai Food)
10:15-12:15 – Workshop
12:15-13:15 – Lunch (at the Love Kitchen)
15:30-17:00 – Yoga Class Practicum
18:30-19:30 – Dinner (at the Love Kitchen)
20:00-21:00 – Meditation ( group gathering, questions or Yoga Films)
Facilities, Rooms & Food
If you’ve never been to Koh Samui in Thailand, you’re in for a wonderful experience. Absolute Sanctuary is located on a quiet hillside overlooking the sea. We have a health food restaurant called, The Love Kitchen, 2 huge practice rooms, a detox center, a spa, an infinity swimming pool, and really great views throughout the resort.
After a long day, you’ll sleep like a baby. Your room is just up the hill from the studio with air conditioning, hot water, and flat-screen televisions. Accommodations are simple and comfortable, designed for affordability and convenience. We encourage trainees to enjoy Absolute Sanctuary’s swimming pool, steam room, and spa which are all a great way to unwind after practice.
The Yoga Studio
Your primary “home” for practice will be our “Ocean Studio” given its name because you can see the sea while you practice. The studio has great light, even in the early hours of the morning, it has state of the art cooling during the daytime lectures, and a projector for films and presentations.
- Lovely hardwood floor studio
- State-of-the-art cooling system
- Blocks, straps, bolsters all provided
- Cool, breezy space
- Excellent natural light and green hillside views
We serve simple, healthy meals every day in buffet style. To keep your training costs as low as possible, the food is self-serve (no waiters) and family-style. Don’t expect fine dining, but our Thai and international chefs do a great job preparing tasty, healthy meals made from scratch for you to enjoy.
- 3 group meals daily (included in tuition)
- Group menu includes : fruits, homemade breads, burritos, stir fries, rice, noodles, Italian, Thai, American, and Mexican food
- Additional food, snacks, and beverages can be purchased at any time from The Love Kitchen
All trainees will stay at Absolute Sanctuary, a 3-star facility set in a Moroccan-style resort. The facility is located on a quiet hillside over-looking the Gulf of Thailand, and the cool evening breezes are spectacular.
Rooms are simple, private and comfortable – ideal for yoga students who need a place to study and escape. Most students share a room, but a limited number of private rooms are available (surcharge applies).
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.
- Award-winning health restaurant
- Poolside juice bar
- Exercise room
- Steam room
- Detoxification spa
- Free Wifi throughout the resort
THE BASICS: Weeks I & II – Jump right into the deep end! The first two weeks are where you learn all the basics, from yoga history to teaching techniques. Yoga is a vast subject, so we’ll primarily focus on the knowledge that you’ll find useful every day in class.
- Yoga philosophy & history
- Practice of asana, pranayama & kriyas
- Sequencing & pose names
- Safety & alignment
TEACHING PRACTICUM: Weeks III & IV – During weeks 3 and 4, we’ll start learning the more advanced teaching techniques that separate good teachers from great ones. Here you’ll learn the more subtle and high-level skills needed to create really exceptional class experiences for your students.
- Hands-on adjustments
- Pranayama & meditation
- Creating your own sequence
- Teaching intermediate postures
What Students Are Saying
“I Can Go Further Than I Think”
I am very fortunate to have Michel Besnard as my teacher for the past five years. He is always very generous about sharing his knowledge and experience. His comments and suggestions about my asana practice are always spot-on, and his hands-on adjustments show me I can go further than I think. As a teacher of yoga asana myself, I am grateful for his example in the art of teaching and his advice about what it means to teach.
“A Teacher Who Really Transforms His Students”
Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced student, Michel’s devoted study, practice, and knowledge of yoga, his love of teaching, and his endless capacity to give make him a teacher who really transforms his students. I apprenticed with Michel for almost two years and practiced with him for almost five. Now, as a teacher, I constantly find myself drawing upon the many things Michel taught me, and I continue to seek-out his trusted guidance.
“It Was Truly A Month Of Awakening…”
I had my doubts of what I would learn and accomplish… Michel was quick to put my mind at ease and also open the door to so much more… it’s easy to understand why every student cannot help but feel interconnected and affected. Every day was a new experience of the body, of the mind, and of the spirit. Michel is full of compassion in his teaching, always pressing us to gain that much more out of ourselves, pushing through our own limitations, and awakening so much within ourselves that has been lying dormant.
He has a way of telling you exactly what you need to hear whether in giving adjustments to perfect a pose or in giving the right sort of encouragement when you feel like you’ve reached a wall… I’ve gained more than a practical knowledge of how to become a Yoga teacher. I’ve gained an understanding of my own body and mind and have now developed my own practice that I carry on to this day. I would suggest this course to a truly devoted practitioner or a spirited beginner. Be ready to learn, be ready to listen, and be ready to sweat.
“Since The Course I Have Become A Yoga Teacher.”
What an awesome experience! Excellent and entertaining teachers-all experts in their field. A wonderful and upbeat group of fellow students. Since the course I have become a yoga teacher.
I am able to pass the valuable knowledge and love for yoga that I have learnt from Michel & his team, over to my students. I highly recommend this course!
“… They Always Made Individual Time For Our Own Body Types and Limitations…”
It was such an amazing life changing experience. Initially, I was a little afraid because I didn’t know what to expect and wasn’t sure I was fit enough for the challenge. I am so happy I went. The way the class was taught, it didn’t matter what level you were on, we were always kept together as a team.
The more advanced students could advance further still and so could beginners because they always made individual time for our own body types and limitations. Guest teachers were great. I learned so much from the Anatomy class and how it relates to yoga, Philosophy, Public speaking and Meditation. I plan to return for the 500 hrs course because no one else will compare to Michel and his teaching.
“I Understand That It’s 99% Practice And 1% Theory…”
The teacher training was everything I hoped for. It change my life I let go of my ego when the teachers, Michel and Roslyn told me about DISCIPLINE (Attitude, Respect and Practice) and TRUST in the process. It was amazing-I did it!
I’ve started to become confident after the teacher training course. You should come into the course with an open mind, support your peers, laugh and cry while practicing together!
I feel like I have a passion for yoga and amazing energy to share. For anyone interested in teaching yoga or exploring yourself, I highly recommend the course. After the course, I understand that it’s 99% practice and 1% theory to have amazing energy for my body, mind, soul and spiritual life.
“…I Feel Absolutely Safe And Inspired To Start Teaching …”
The training has been my life’s best investment in personal development! I’ve got so much in the bargain, besides lots of joy and energy and life-long friends. I have gained excellent knowledge of anatomy, communication, philosophy and history of yoga, which I can apply to both everyday life and yoga.
A whole new world of yoga opened up for me, I was filled with joy, harmony and love. The teacher’s team is awesome, professional, knowledgeable, experienced, fun and understanding. With their help and support every student in the group could see changes in their body, mind and soul along the way.
I feel absolutely safe and inspired to start teaching.
So don’t doubt, just do it!
“No One Has Touched My Life The Way Michel Has!”
Being a practitioner for 7 years has taught me that having a good teacher is essential to the journey of Yoga.
No one has touched my life the way Michel has.
He is the kind of teacher who can see your light even when you yourself didn’t know it even existed. Michele taught me the most important thing about being a teacher – that the responsibility you have to your students is your own practice. I would encourage anyone to study under Michel.
“…My Fear Had Slowly Vanished Away…”
The first day of the training I had no idea whether I had come to the right place and right time. It was tough for the first week because other students are much better than me. I was really scared whether I could go through the course in such conditions for a month.
English is not my first language. By the third day, I realized that it was not as difficult as I thought, so maybe because I was thinking too much and felt fear I couldn’t go forward. But I decided to go forward anyway.
After a week passed, I had lost 8 kg which was really amazing. I just followed what Michel and Roslyn told me to change my eating style and of course, keep practicing yoga everyday by doing the right poses during the course. It really works without any doubt!
My fear had slowly vanished away and my courage had grown too. I managed to complete the course without any absences and my health got better too. And I am no longer ‘the worst among the students’.
“Yoga Is About The Journey, Not The Destination!”
Very insightful course which has given me the confidence to go out and teach yoga classes, knowing I have received fantastic training from an outstanding teacher. Michel is a kind and compassionate teacher, whilst ensuring we all tested our boundaries and discovered our own potential.
The phrase that now sticks in my mind is ‘Yoga is about the journey, not the destination.’ Thanks Michel and the team for the wonderful experience.
“…It Will Change Your Life, And Then You Will Change Others!!”
I thoroughly recommend the teachers training course led by Michel and Roslyn. I began yoga at the age of 51 and two years later I attended and successfully completed the 200 hour training program. The course is very comprehensive and complete. You will learn everything you need to go home and become a confident and successful yoga teacher.
This is on top of the intense Ashtanga practice you will receive during your time on the course – a practice that will increase your fitness, develop your Asanas, and help you to be more aware of how to assist others with their own practice. If you wish to become a strong yoga practitioner with a strong practice to support you and your teaching then this course is for you. It will change your life and empower you to go fort and change the lives of others.
“Enjoy Every Moment Of Our Practice!”
The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Michel was very challenging, but very rewarding. Even I don’t have a strong desire to become a teacher before the training, this is a great training to deepen my practice. Michel’s teaching is highly emphasized on the body awareness by applying alignment through asana, Kriya and meditation to observe your breath/mind.
Michel makes me understand my own practice and difficulties – we are all unique with different bodies – we must listen to your body while practicing!Michel always says “Yoga is a journey not a destination! Enjoy every moment of our practice!
Michel always says “Yoga is a journey not a destination! Enjoy every moment of our practice!”
“Michel Is An Extraordinary Teacher…”
The one month that I spent in Koh Samui doing the teacher training with Michel Besnard was the most challenging, enriching, uplifting feat that I have done in my life as a committed yoga student.
The content of the training was expansive and well presented by brilliant, energetic faculty of teachers. This training gave my asana practice the extra push that I so badly needed and came out of it alive and super strong!
Michel is an extraordinary teacher, and his candor, charm and decades of yoga experience and his generosity to share what he knows makes him connect more easily to his students. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to deepen their yoga practice or to students who aspires to be yoga teachers. It’s sooooo worth it!
“I Had High Expectations And The Training Exceeded Them All.”
The Teacher Training with Michel Besnard and his team was one of the best experiences of my life. I had high expectations and the training exceeded them all. I found Michel to be an extremely knowledgeable teacher whose passion for Yoga inspired me tremendously, who taught me to think outside of the box and try different approaches to postures I had done many times before.
Above all, I felt completely safe in his classes as he would take into account every student’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and always stressed the importance of respecting our body limits. It was a very inspiring and at the same time very enjoyable month. Thanks to Michel and the other lecturers for the wonderful experience.
“To Say Michel Is An Amazing Teacher Is Truly An Understatement…”
He is deeply understanding, observant, funny, and inspirational. He draws upon a deep well of experience and allows his students to drink freely from it; he opens himself to his students wholeheartedly, and dedicates himself completely in each hour he spends with his students. He is real, he is honest, and he gains your trust from the first time you step on a mat next to him.
The one month I spent in Koh Samui has had a profound impact on me. Taking the 200-hr vinyasa course with Michel has catapulted me on my journey as a yoga teacher, and more importantly, as a life-time yoga practitioner. The course is intricately designed, and well thought out. Aside from giving us a complete course with asana practice, anatomy, philosophy and ayurveda, Michel expertly wove in theory with practical application, techniques to help us improve our practice on the mat, and ideas to stretch and enrich our minds.
Of all of the great things I learned during my 200-hr training with Michel, I take away three major lessons for myself: humility and diligence as a yoga student; detachment and evenness as a yoga practitioner; confidence and inspiration as a yoga teacher.
Since I’ve been back to the States, I’ve begun teaching right away and am loving it every day. Michel’s voice and wisdom guides me through my daily practice and through each class I teach.
“I am So Grateful for All That I Learned…”
It is really strange now to be back in the real life after being surrounded by so many like-minded yogis. I learned so much and want to thank Michel and Rosyln, who are impressive personalities and great teachers.
I really thank the teachers for the patience they have with the students. In the four weeks they are like a doctor, psychologist, teacher, life coach and a friend. I am so grateful for all that I learned and their support.
“A Spark Has Been Ignited in Me”
As “cliché” as it sounds I feel like I found my purpose in life. I think a spark has been ignited in me that was always there, but hidden. Michel and Roslyn have left a footprint in my heart. I now have the tools to develop a strong self-practice. Thank you so much for assisting me in my life journey.
“One Month Was Definitely Not Long Enough”
Completing the 200-hour Vinyasa training is not for the light hearted. It’s not a vacation even though it’s Koh Samui. It requires hard work and dedication!
You are among amazing teachers—Michel Besnard and Roslyn Ying—knowledgeable and insightful lecturers—as well as Akash Karia, Carlos Pomeda, Michelle Lam and the entire team of instructors. One month was definitely not long enough for between them they have so much to give and teach.
“This is the Kind of Course That is So Sad to Leave”
This is the kind of course that is so sad to leave as there is so much to offer and explore. The curriculum is tailored to the student so that they can easily transition into teaching immediately after the course.
I personally would like to thank the Absolute Yoga Academy team and the teachers for their continuous support and compassion
“Studying with Michel and Roslyn Exceeded My Hopes and Dreams”
After doing yoga for the past ten years it was my dream to become a teacher so that I could bring happiness and inspire people. Michel and Roslyn are two of the most amazing and inspiring teachers I have ever been lucky enough to meet, and studying with them exceeded my hopes and dreams! I will be forever grateful for this experience.
“I Feel Like I Have Grown in More Ways Than One”
Coming into the 200-hour training I was very nervous. Not only about my skills and abilities but also about who would be teaching me for the next four weeks. Roslyn and Michel have an amazing ability to know when to push people to their maximum potential and when to provide love and support. I feel like I have grown in more ways than one and in ways I cannot even describe. I leave this course with a renewed passion for seeking more yoga knowledge and a passion to share all that I have learnt with whomever will benefit from it.
“I Didn’t Want it to End”
What an amazing teacher training course. I actually didn’t want it to end. From the amazing teachers to the wonderful and fun fellow students I have met. This course has offered us and taught us so much more than yoga teacher training. You’ll have to embark on the course to find out for yourself—you won’t regret it!
“One of the Best Things I Have Done for Myself”
One of the best things I have ever done for myself. I learned so much because of the incredible teachers. I learned from the best instructors and now I will further pass on the wisdom they passed to me.
“I am Forever Grateful for This Experience”
I have been thinking of doing teacher training for a long time and when I heard about the Vinyasa 200-hour course, I knew this was the training for me. I am forever grateful for this experience and I learned so much. If I had to do it all over again I would not change a thing.
“I Learned So Much More Than I Ever Thought”
Absolutely amazing course with amazing teachers. I learned so much more than I ever thought I would. Michel and Roslyn are the absolute best and have so much knowledge and patience with their students. I appreciate everything I was taught by the instructors.
“They are the People to Change Your Life…”
Where to begin…Roslyn is an angel sent from the heavens and Michel is the ultimate yoga teacher. As a team they are the people to change your life. Thank you to the teachers for making this an adventure I never want to end.
“I’m So Lucky to be Part of This Course”
I’m so lucky to be part of this course and I learned so much about yoga in just one month. I liked the morning part of the program for practice, and the knowledge imparted from the philosophy and public speaking sessions.
“”I Never Felt Overwhelmed…”
This course was amazing. Michel and Roslyn are truly amazing people…kind compassionate, patient. The 200-hours flew by and the content of the course was well paced. I never felt overwhelmed and the instructors made sure the postures were being taught in a safe manner, which gives me the confidence to go out and be a safe teacher. I am so grateful to Michel for passing down his knowledge to us, an experience that I will truly never forget.
“I am Truly Confident I Can Run My Own Studio Someday”
What a life-changing course, where you take the road and journey to a healthier and more conscious way of living each day. Just knowing our teachers were internationally recognized, fully qualified and mostly so experienced, put me at total ease with a confidence to trust and believe in them. I thank Roslyn and Michel for their teachings, the knowledge they imparted, and for making me believe that I could do it despite my fears of being inflexible and not having the “right” body. I left the course so healthy, so fit, so flexible and truly confident I can run my own studio someday.
“I Got Strong Mentally and Physically”
My experience in the 200-hour course with Michel and Roslyn was amazing. I feel confident with myself and I have found what I was looking for. I got strong mentally and physically, now I see with my own eyes the clarity of my path. I was always searching and now I know the love within me and what I can do with that.
“Michel and Roslyn Make a Formidable Teaching Team”
Michel and Roslyn make a formidable teaching team. He brings years of intense and varied practice, and she contributes understanding and enthusiasm. They both teach with kindness, wisdom and discipline—tough love! I am grateful that I found them and they shared so much with me.
“I Learned So Much About My Body and Mind”
The teachers are truly fantastic, helpful and patient. I learned so much about my body and mind, now each pose is much clearer. I now have the perfect base for my practice and I will never forget this amazing experience!
“Beyond My Expectations”
This whole course has been beyond my expectations. It has given me so much, not only for my yoga practice and my future teaching endeavors, but I have also learned so much about myself and I take so much with me for my everyday life. Thank you so much for everything!
“I Have Grown So Much Over the Past Month”
I feel so full of gratitude towards Michel and Roslyn. I have learned and grown so much over the past month. Your patience, guidance and teachings have been the pillar of my journey at Absolute Yoga Academy. Thank you so much to the teachers and the Absolute Yoga Academy team who have done so much for me!
“One of the Best Investments of Time and Money I Made…”
The month spent with Roslyn and Michel was a magnificent experience where I expanded my knowledge about Yoga as coherent art of living, but also about body, my mind, and myself and got deeper in touch within my spirit.
The entire course of RYT-200 Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Absolute Yoga Academy with Michel Besnard as a lead teacher has been one of the best investments of time and money I made in self-development. All supporting teachers including Carlos Pomeda, one of the few accomplished Sanskritists, a scientist in ancient Eastern philosophy, established scholar and practitioner of art of meditation, Akash Karia a great public speaker, Michelle Lam, anatomy, were amazing.
The entire experience has been life enriching and one never remains the same. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious either about starting a journey as a Yoga teacher, expanding awareness and self-practice, deepening own knowledge on the subject or all of the above. Needless to say that the setting of the course in a beautiful resort with a professional spacious yoga studio on Samui Island in Thailand is value added to the whole experience. Plus making new friends and yoga buddies – life gets only better!
“I Feel Stronger and Ready to Practice Every Day”
I feel stronger and ready to practice every day. The teachers make the course and they are the perfect balance. I feel so blessed to have met them and studied underneath them. Michel is the perfect balance of strict and loving. He pushed me hard but was also compassionate, encouraging and kind when I needed it. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to deepen their practice or discover Ashtanga.
Want to See Photos from Past Courses?
Each course, we welcome students from over 12 different countries, and the exciting thing is that everyone comes together for the shared love and passion for yoga. To get a better idea about what the experience “looks” like, please browse our past course photo albums.
This teacher training will change your life, but luckily, it won’t cost you nearly as much as you thought. Our training facility is located on the beautiful but affordable island of Koh Samui so accommodation, food, and transportation costs are lower than most parts of the world—and we pass those savings on to you.
COURSE: Vinyasa “Flow” 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification Course
DATES: 5 March – 2 April, 2016
LOCATION: Absolute Yoga Academy, Koh Samui, Thailand
4,795 USD 4,295 USD Save 500 USD, EARLY DISCOUNT!*
ROOM & BOARD: 2,995 USD
7,790 USD 7,290 USD Save 500 USD, EARLY DISCOUNT!*
*Early Discount ends December 15, 2015
YOUR TUITION INCLUDES
- All classes & materials
- 3 daily meals
- Airport transfer to/from hotel
- Fresh towels daily (for practice & room)
- Yoga mat
- Spa voucher (500THB)
NOTE: yoga teachers earn an average of 30-65 USD per class depending on the studio and location, so many graduates are able to earn back their tuition in 3-6 months of teaching.