Finally… a Yoga Teacher Training Course
for Students who prefer life upside down!

200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training

5-29 July 2015 | Koh Samui, Thailand

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Dear Yoga Student,

If you’re looking for a fun and challenging yoga teacher training program that will help you turn your passion for yoga into an exciting career…

… then I’d like to introduce you to the BRYCE YOGA 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification course in Thailand.

Bryce is Unlike Any Course Offered

  • Learn to teach a 60, 75 and 90 minute class so you can work in any type of studio
  • Be trained by Briohny & Dice, two of the most sought-after trainers in the world right now
  • Enjoy the sun and sea of beautiful Thailand with a group of like-minded trainees from all over the world
  • Spend a full month living and breathing yoga

Perks of a 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.

#6 – Travel & Work Anywhere in the World – Yoga came from India, spread to the western world, and then looped full circle back to the East. Today, yoga is everywhere, and as a teacher and student, you’ll find it almost impossible not to teach and study all over the globe. And the best part is, yoga teachers travel with a purpose, and ultimately, live with that same purpose as their guiding light!

#7 – Enjoy a Flexible Schedule – A big part of the yoga tradition is discipline, but true discipline can only come from the freedom to choose. Yoga teachers are able to set their own working schedule to accommodate the needs of their personal lives and personal practice. This is both a luxury and a necessity for growth and fulfillment (plus, it just feels great not to have to be anywhere at 09:00 a.m. every Monday morning!).

#8 – Do What You Love – 83% of people worldwide do NOT like their jobs. This is a tragedy! We live in a world where you really can craft your own lifestyle, your own reality; and if yoga is what you love, why not teach and share it with others? Very few people follow their passion in life, but for those that do, the opportunities that await you are amazing!

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“I learned a lot”
I had a chance to practice with Briohny and Dice in July and I learned quite a lot from them, particularly with alignment and different principles on how to go up into inversions and balances, which are some of my more challenging postures.
- Dean Miya (CA, USA)

About the Course: “Day in the Life”



This yoga teacher training course is a lot of fun, but it would be a mistake to think of it like a holiday. Your days will be filled with yoga practice, posture clinics, practice teaching, and training drills. There are guest lectures, yoga films, anatomy sessions, and so much more.

Here’s a Sample Daily Schedule (subject to small changes)

Sample Schedule

07:00-09:00 Yoga Practice w. Briohny & Dice
09:15-10:00 Breakfast (buffet style Western & Thai food)
10:15-12:15 Workshop II
12:15-13:15 Lunch (at The Love Kitchen)
15:30-17:00 Yoga Class Practicum, Practice Teaching, Guest Lecture
18:30-19:30 Dinner (at The Love Kitchen)
20:00-21:00 Group Gathering, Questions, Yoga Films & Self Study

Here’s what your day will look like…

Wake up to the beautiful sunrise and sea view before meeting at the yoga studi. On training days, you’ll practice yoga first thing each morning at 7 a.m. The yoga practice sessions are for you to learn and experiences the poses in your body (not just your mind), and it is an essential part of the course.

With 2 course leaders, you get the added benefit of 2 perspectives, 2 different approaches and styles to optimize your teaching knowledge.

After the morning class, you’ll have a lovely breakfast with fresh fruit, homemade toast, tea, and juice. Shortly thereafter, you’ll have a morning workshop held either indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Here, you’ll learn all the fundamentals: safety in class, how to set up the mats, where to stand, and how to speak.

Lunch is at 1 p.m. The food is healthy and delicious, prepared by our exceptional team of cooks who have now been keeping yoga students healthy and fit for nearly 6 years straight!

After lunch, you’ll have some time to relax by the pool, get a massage, or take a nap before it’s back to work with presentations and hands-on practice sessions that address the more advanced teaching skills you’ll need to be an outstanding teacher.

The training day finishes after dinner with an evening gathering just before 9 p.m.—and then it’s bedtime. Trust me, you’ll be tired. Now that’s a day well spent!

Learn Skills That Top Teachers Use Every Day!
Know More Than Yoga Poses

This training course follows Yoga Alliance comprehensive guidelines for training curriculum which means you’ll become a well-rounded teacher who knows more than just yoga poses.

What You’ll Learn

Absolute Yoga is a Yoga Alliance accredited school, meaning we meet (and actually exceed) the rigorous international curriculum standards. This means you’re going to be a well-rounded teacher who knows more than just yoga poses. You’ll Learn:


  • Teaching, leadership & confidence skills
  • How to teach a 60, 75 or 90-minute class
  • Yoga anatomy & physiology
  • History & philosophy of yoga
  • Safe alignment, sequencing, and class structure
  • How to empower students with inversions and upside down poses
  • How to overcome injuries
  • How to become a professional teacher

Here’s the best part: This course is designed to give you all the tools you need so you can go out and begin teaching-right away!

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“It Will Help You On So Many Different Levels”
I had a chance to practice with Briohny and Dice in July and I learned quite a lot from them, particularly with alignment. This is my first Vinyasa retreat. I’ve been a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner for about eight years. And I know it’s outside my comfort zone, but I’ve been really happy with how I approach my yoga practice now. The most challenging pose that I learned handstand scorpion. There was a voice inside of me saying: No, I can’t, it’s impossible! But, yes, it is possible. It takes teachers like Dice & Briohny who know what you’re capable of and tell you that, yes, you are ready, you can be ready, it just takes practice and you just have to face it. I would recommend taking this course because it will help you in so many different levels, it will give you a better approach on how to do yoga on a daily basis and how to listen to your body and practice safely.
- Allen (Philippines)

How Do I Know if I’m Ready to Teach?

Each course, there are students who have been practicing for just 6 months and others who have practice d for years. What’s more important than your level of practice is your desire to learn and your passion for yoga. The energy, your inner drive, is what makes all the difference.

Truthfully, you’ll always be learning and growing as a student. That never changes. So the best time to train to teach is when you are most excited to do it—and for many students, that time is now!

What if I Can’t Do All the Poses?

If you’ve seen Briohny & Dice practice, you may feel a little nervous about some of the poses they do. What is important to understand is that they are highly skilled teachers who practice very challenging poses. The best way to get to that level is learn from them! It’s not about where you’re at, but the potential of where you can be. Surround yourself with the best and the best will exude.

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

The Food

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

Room

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).

Facilities

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
  • Lounge
  • Free Wifi throughout the resort

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The Curriculum

The focus of the course is two-fold: to improve your personal practice, and to give you the tools, confidence, and knowledge to become an effective teacher. The series you’ll learn is BRYCE Yoga Fit, Flow, Fly. It’s a fun and dynamic sequence that integrates class Vinyasa Yoga “flow” with playful inversions, core strength, and upper body balancing poses.

If you’re new to BRYCE Yoga, don’t worry! Students come to the course from all different yoga backgrounds, and the most important thing is that you’re excited and eager to learn.

IMPORTANT NOTE: while you’ll see photos of the teachers doing advanced asanas, this course is not focused on advanced or level II/III postures. This is a level I course designed for new teachers of all levels.

CPR Training for Yoga Teachers – New Module!

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 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.

Master What’s Important

  • Teaching, leadership & confidence skills
  • How to teach a 60, 75 or 90-minute class
  • Yoga anatomy & physiology
  • History & philosophy of yoga
  • Safe alignment, sequencing, and class structure
  • How to empower students with inversions and upside down poses
  • How to overcome injuries
  • How to become a professional teacher

Your Certification

“They Are Very Warmhearted, Very Caring People”
I had seen a few videos about their teachings so I was very excited to sign up. After the course I was very happy and learned a lot for my own practice. The most important thing is Dice and Briohny’s personalities – how they are as people in the classroom. They are very warmhearted, very caring people, and that really impressed me a lot. They took care of the whole group, going around helping everyone with the very difficult postures. If someone decides to join their course, they should expect to practice strongly – lots of core-strengthening, arm-strengthening portures and a lot of acro-yoga, which is tons of fun and really beautiful.
- Jana (Germany)

Meet the Teachers

Briohny Smyth
Briohny Smyth

I’ve lived in and loved so many places in my life that it’s hard to identify one place that I am from. Sydney, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Tokyo, and Los Angeles… all of these places have shaped me into the person that I am today.

I was always searching for something to ground me as a child pop star and help me find my roots. That search ended at just 15-years-old in India when yoga found me, and I finally felt I had discovered not only a physical practice, but a way of life.

Yoga helps me stay present in a fast paced and changing world. When I am present, I appreciate the beautiful things around me rather than worrying about the past or future. This is the true joy of yoga for me and the catalyst for continuing my journey not just as a practitioner, but as a teacher.

I received my 200-hour teacher training certification, which marked a huge shift in perspective for me. The ability to teach and guide others through their own discovery of yoga provides me pure joy. Seeing the growth of my students from the beginning of the course and the transformation that takes hold as their minds begin to open and they start to see themselves in the purest form is extremely gratifying.

I have seen so many people leave high-paid jobs to teach yoga full-or-part-time over the past couple of years. I won’t say that teaching yoga is easy, as with any entrepreneurial role, a strong business sense is helpful…but not required. All you need is the passion and will to change your life and the lives of others. And, the rewards of investing in your yoga education and deepening your practice are limitless whether you plan to teach or not!

Teaching reminds me every day that we are always students of yoga and of life. Yoga has provided me the opportunity to share my passion with so many different people, to travel the world and change lives. It is the most challenging and gratifying job I’ve ever had besides being a mother.

Dice Iida-Klein
Dice Iida-Klein

I’ve always been physically active, playing many different sports like hockey, baseball and wrestling throughout childhood into adulthood. I found yoga in August 2007. My entrance into yoga was completely a physical thing, although now that has changed. I was looking for a new physical endeavor…one that would constantly hold my attention and continuously change. Little did I know that it would be me who would be continuously changing and becoming more self-aware. That’s what I LOVE about yoga.

I practice yoga now because it always puts me back into a place of less reaction and more self-introspection. It helps me ask the toughest questions about myself. It helps me to see my place in every situation I encounter, instead of blaming others for the way I feel and act. If I can be calm and relaxed in Warrior 2 for two minutes, then I can be calm while driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Yoga has changed my life and it will continue to do so till the day I die. Yoga makes me happy…period.

The most rewarding thing for me as a teacher is to be able to watch students grow and change. Whether it’s being able to hold an inversion or sitting still with ease, helping someone become more aware of their own habits so that they can change the situations around them is amazing to witness. And, I get to share what I’ve learned from others and pass it along to other passionate yogis.

Teacher training is such a great platform to learn and advance one’s own practice, as well as further one’s teaching skills. Taking the step to become an instructor is about sharing knowledge and learning from as many people as possible. The best advice I have for students considering teaching or deepening their practice is to continue to have a passion for what you’re doing. Remember the reason why you are doing a teacher training…because you LOVE yoga. The more diverse your knowledge of yoga is the better you will be able to serve your students. So, try to take from as many different teachers as possible and always make the time to practice so your teaching is up-to-date and fresh.

The more people that practice yoga, the more new styles and forms will be created to meet the demands and needs of all these new yogis. I think it’s the natural progression for things to evolve and change. Even yoga needs to adapt and mold itself to the modern day. That being said, it is also important to respect the classics, or the oldest forms. Whatever form you practice, whatever limb of yoga you practice, yoga will hopefully make you a better person and in turn, will make the world a better place.

Michelle Lam
Michelle Lam

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.

Chanya 'Jackie' Sodsiri
Chanya 'Jackie' Sodsiri

Jackie thrives on seeing the trainees’ physical, emotional, and mental transformations throughout their journey to become a certified teacher. She is originally from Bangkok, Thailand and knows what it feels like to go through this journey. Before teaching, she worked in the fashion industry and hospitality. Through yoga, she discovered the power of improving health, wellness, and overall happiness. Yoga became an outlet to overcome hardship in her life and seeing students come to that point makes the process that much more special.

Today, her life as a yoga teacher has enabled her to live a healthier life – physically and mentally. Yoga teachers have the liberating ability to choose their schedule. “There is a lot of free time in a day, so I can fully enjoy life and spend time with the people I love.”

Jackie’s dedication to yoga and mindful living is contagious amongst her students.

Carlos Pomeda
Carlos Pomeda

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during 36 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, which included 9 years in India, at the Siddha Yoga ashram, studying and practicing under Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.

During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation on the Krama school of Kashmiri Tantrism.

Carlos currently lives in Austin, Texas, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects.

As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.

Jesse Godin
Jesse Godin

At the young age of 9, Jesse began his yoga journey after reading books on Power and Ashtanga yoga. Through his desire to learn he evolved from his teachers who offered him a new, creative outlook with different styles of practice.

Yoga has benefited him in more ways than he imagined it could, and because of this he became a personal trainer in 2007, sharing yoga with his clients. In 2014 he attended at 200hr teacher training with Dice Iida Klein and Briohny Smyth, where he discovered a new level of connection to his practice and the rest of his life. Today he is a personal trainer, yoga teacher, life coach, nutritional consultant, and enjoys sharing the power of positive psychology.

Jesse believes that yoga is not only a valuable part of a healthy and happy lifestyle, but essential to personal growth.

Tuition Investment

Tuition: 7,790 USD

Payment options: Bank Transfer and Online Purchase


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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.


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 per class depending on the studio and location. Many graduates are able to earn back their tuition in 3-6 months of teaching.

Now Accepting Applications

We’re now accepting applications for this course. Your applicaiton is submitted online along with a photo and recommendation letter. Ideally, your recommendation letter should be from your yoga teacher, but if that’s not possible, a personal or professional reference is acceptable. Most applications will receive a response within 1 week.

Space is limited,
so please do apply early.


Apply Now!

You know that feeling you get when you’re about to do something that will change your life forever? For me, that’s what’s so exciting about training to become a yoga teacher.

I’ve participated in 3 teacher training programs and about 16 yoga workshops—so I know from experience that this course could be the start of an exciting new chapter of your life.

Congratulations on your decision to become a yoga teacher, and I hope you’re able to join us for this year’s course.

Keep practicing,

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Lucas Rockwood
Managing Director
Absolute Yoga Academy

p.s.500 THB Spa Gift Certificate – this spa credit can be used for massage, facial, or any spa treatment (min purchase 1500 THB) during your stay with us at Absolute Sanctuary.

QUESTIONS? Please email info@absoluteyogaacademy.com or call +13102943550 (USA).

Student Reviews

“I Learned Quite A Lot From Them…”
I had a chance to practice with Briohny and Dice in July and I learned quite a lot from them, particularly with alignment and different principles on how to go up into inversions and balances, which are some of my more challenging postures or more challenging aspects of my Asana practice.
- Bruce, Canada

“Briohny and Dice Are Both Gifted Teachers…”
Briohny and Dice’s Thailand retreat was a lifetime experience. The yoga was sweaty, hot, mindful and challenging. The accommodations were incredible and we felt so taken care of by Briohny and Dice. We practiced two times a day with inversion, back-bend, arm balance and Acro-Yoga workshops sprinkled in. It was a delight and my Asana elevated to a new level. Briohny and Dice are both gifted teachers and have the patience and insight to teach all levels of practitioners.
- Dean Miya, C.A. in United States

“Briohny Went Out of Her Way to Make Sure Everyone Had an Incredible Time…”
Their intelligence and knowledge of the yoga practice is exemplary in their accomplishments and success worldwide. During the retreat to Thailand, Briohny went out of her way to make sure everyone had an incredible time visiting her native country. The trip was amazing, filled with a ton of great yoga, people and unforgettable memories. You don’t want to pass up the opportunity to practice with them, and if you happen to find yourself in a class with them together then you’re in for a treat! They will take your practice to the next level and keep you inspired along the way!
- Ali Owens, C.A. in United States

“It Will Help You In So Many Different Levels…”
This is my first Vinyasa retreat. I’ve been a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner for about eight years and I know it’s outside my practice, it’s outside my comfort zone, but I’ve been really happy with how I approach my yoga practice now. The most challenging pose that was given to me was a Handstand Scorpion. There was a voice inside of me saying: No, I can’t, it’s impossible! But, yes, it is possible. It takes teachers like Dice and Briohny who know what you’re capable of and tell you that, yes, you are ready, you can be ready, it just takes practice and you just have to face it. I would recommend taking this course because it will help you in so many different levels –it will give you a better approach on how to do yoga on a daily basis and how to listen to your body and practice safely
- Allen, Philippines

“They Are Very Warmhearted, Very Caring People…”
I had seen a few videos about their teachings so I was very excited and after the course I was very happy and learned a lot for my own practice. The most important thing is Dice and Brihony’s personalities –how they are as people in the classroom. They are very warmhearted, very caring people, and that really impressed me a lot. They took care of the whole group, going around helping everyone with the very difficult postures. If someone decides to join their course, they should expect to practice strongly –lots of core-strengthening, arm-strengthening postures and a lot of Acro-Yoga, which is tons of fun and really beautiful. Briohny and Dice guide you in a way that you just trust them and you go out and do it!
- Jana, Germany

Now Accepting Applications

We’re now accepting applications for this course. Your applicaiton is submitted online along with a photo and recommendation letter. Ideally, your recommendation letter should be from your yoga teacher, but if that’s not possible, a personal or professional reference is acceptable. Most applications will receive a response within 1 week.

Space is limited,
so please do apply early.


Apply Now!