Thailand Travel Guide

for Yoga Teacher Training Students

Koh Samui is a small island located in the Gulf of Thailand that has served as the home base for Absolute Yoga Academy since 2006. The island is extremely well connected with direct flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and many other destinations throughout Asia. Traveling in Thailand, and particularly in Koh Samui, is hassle-free, fun, safe, and easy.

Most people never want to leave.

The island itself measures 25 km at its widest point, and you can drive around the circumference on the “ring road” in just over an hour. Nearby, there are two other tourist islands, Koh Tao (a popular diving destination) and Koh Phangan (known for its Full Moon Party). There are also over sixty other tiny islands including Ang Thong Marine National Park in the area making the waterways very beautiful and diverse.

Historically, the island was home to coconut farmers and fisherman. Today, it’s also become a natural health destination known throughout the world. The island has an interesting mix of international development and culture juxtaposed with traditional Thai island life, local villages, and fresh air markets. In many ways, you get the best of both the old and new worlds.


How to Get to Koh Samui?

While there are train, bus, and finally boat options, flying is the most popular way to get to Koh Samui—and these days, it tends to be the most affordable and convenient option as well.

From Bangkok, there are over 10 flights daily (it’s just 1 hr) to Samui, so most students book their long haul flight to Bangkok, and then book their Bangkok to Samui flight directly with Bangkok Air (we recommend this).

If your coming from Australia or other parts of Asia, it can sometimes be easier to fly through Singapore, Hong Kong, or Kuala Lumpur, all of which also offer direct flights to Koh Samui daily as well, again with Bangkok Air.

NOTE: if you use a travel site to book your airline tickets (we recommend this), it’s usually best to book your long-haul flight only, for example, your flight to Bangkok. For flights to Koh Samui, you’re usually better off (better rates, more options) booking directly from Bangkok Air (see video below for explanation why).


“How Do I Get There?”
from Samui Airport to Absolute Sanctuary

Absolute Sanctuary has a very unique location on the north of the island. It’s extremely close to all the modern restaurants and development but it’s hidden out at the end of a quiet peninsula so you feel completely at peace in nature. Just 5 minutes down the road, you’ll find modern pharmacies, banks, cafes, world-famous beaches, and shopping. The airport is an easy 10 minute drive from the resort, and we’ll be waiting for you with a car and driver when you arrive.

NOTE: please email your flight number, flight arrival time and date to info@absoluteyogaacademy.com so we can schedule your airport pickup (no cost).


PHOTO: from the moment you arrive, island life begins!


Money, Banks & Exchange Rates

Generally speaking, Thailand is very inexpensive and if you’re staying at the resort with our meal plan (nearly all students choose this option), you’ll find most days you won’t spend anything. Typically, students report spending $200-400 during the course on miscellaneous personal expenses, shopping, extra food items, massage, and transportation rentals.

Overview of Money & Banks:

  • Cash or credit? At Absolute Sanctuary, we welcome all major credit cards, so for any on-site payments, it’s no problem at all. Outside of the resort, many places will accept credit cards, but they always prefer cash and will often charge you 2-3% to use a credit card. If you are negotiating a discount on any purchase, it’s always easier with cash as well.

  • Exchanging money. If you bring cash with you to Thailand, you can exchange your local currency into Thai Baht (THB) at the airport or at the banks on the island. It makes sense to travel with some cash, but the best option to is travel with a debit card.

  • Debit card. To get the best exchange rates and to not worry about carrying so much cash, we recommend debit cards as the best way to have money during your travels. ATMs are literally everywhere with English language options. They are safe, secure, and highly regulated, so you’ll usually get the most competitive rates—much better than exchanging cash—and you don’t have to plan so much in advance.

  • Traveler’s Checks. While in theory these are usable, it will be a big hassle and we don’t recommend them.

  • Exchange rates. To see the latest exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com. Do keep in mind this site shows “ideal” rates while real rates are never as good (banks have to charge some fees for the exchange). The THB is relatively stable, so if you check your exchange rate today, it will most-likely be very similar during your visit.


Is Koh Samui Safe for Travel?

Koh Samui is a quiet, peaceful island and completely unaffected by anything that happens in Asia. The island consistently ranks among one of the safest destinations for all types of travelers including women traveling on their own. Thai culture is open and respectful, so people from all over the world feel warmly welcomed.

Women travelers often tell us they feel more respected and safer in Thailand than they do in their own country, and single women travelers are extremely common.

The majority of Thailand is very similar, quiet beach-side towns or rural villages—the only exception being Bangkok. Bangkok is a huge city and might as well be a completely different country when compared with Koh Samui where there are just 3 traffic lights on the entire island.

Just like New York, London, or Paris, Bangkok occasionally has political and social unrest. There are traffic jams, noise and big-city concerns; but even still, Bangkok has a wonderful charm all of its own, and many students love to spend some time there before or after their courses. For students who would rather not bother with big-cities and potential complications, you can simply connect through Bangkok airport to our quiet little island with no problems at all.


Do I Need to Arrive Early?

All our course dates listed include two “travel days,” the first and last published days of the course. On these days, you can arrive or depart whatever time is convenient. Some people arrive early or leave later, but 90% of our students, come on the “start date” and leave on the “end date” – but it’s completely up to you.

NOTE: late arrival or early departure (meaning you’ll miss some of the course itself) are highly discouraged and you must request permission in advance if you need an exception. Please contact us when you have your flights booked, and we’ll schedule your airport pickup (there is no cost).


What Kind of Visa Do I Need?

Most nationalities are given a free, 30-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport. For some countries (China and India for example), you’ll want to call your local embassy to check the current visa regulations. In some cases, you may need to apply for a visa in your home country, but it’s simple and we’ll help you through the process.

To check your visa rules, please visit: VISA RULES

NOTE: If you will stay in Thailand longer than 30 days, you can add up to one week onto your visa in Koh Samui for 1,900 THB (about $60). You can also apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you arrive, from you home country (charges vary).

Need help or have questions about your visa? Contact us


What is the Weather Like?

Thailand is warm all year round, and while there are “cooler” and “wetter” times of the year, for the most part, it’s warm with some rain showers now and again. November and December are the official “rainy season” months in Koh Samui (note: it’s different in different parts of Thailand, most websites get it wrong) and we do not have courses during those months.

Being the tropics, rain is very common. In a typical day, it’s usually very warm, you might have some afternoon showers, and then it will clear up and be sunny again.

A very cool day in Koh Samui is about 71°F/22°C, but that hardly ever happens, it’s normally much warmer. January and February are the coolest months on Koh Samui, and temperatures average a pleasant 79°F / 26°C. March, April and May are the hottest months with daytime highs of 104°F/40°C. June through October are consistently warm and fairly dry (but still with regular sun showers). November and December are generally the rainy months.


Do I Need Health Insurance? Vaccines?

We recommend purchasing travel health insurance, just in case, since it’s so inexpensive and easy to get. Travel health insurance can often be obtained from your local bank, health insurance provider, or credit card company. While you’ll probably never need it, it’s a very inexpensive way to have peace of mind.

In the case of illness or injury during your travels, there are three international hospitals on Koh Samui. They provide great care and the staff speak English. In case of an emergency, we would immediately get in touch with your emergency contact to make sure your loved ones are updated, and we’ll of course be at your side for any and all needs that might arise.

Over the years, with thousands of students, we’ve had many minor incidents such as broken toes, migraines, stomach aches, and the flu. One student even discovered she was pregnant after arriving at the course. In all cases, there has never been a problem with the medical care available, and our support team will take care of you.

Vaccines are not needed for travel to Thailand. Malaria is not present on Koh Samui, and the vaccines and medicines for Malaria are horrible and can make you very ill, so please do not take them. You might consider Hepatitis A and B vaccines. These are smart vaccines for anyone traveling anywhere, but particularly in Asia, so try to get them before you come if you can.


What is the Resort Like?

Absolute Sanctuary is a purpose-built resort, designed specifically for yoga students. Here’s what the New York Times had to say about it:

  • “…the 95-square-mile tropical gem in the southern Gulf of Thailand, whose white sand beaches, abundant coral reefs and seas of palm trees were once a backpackers’ secret, has emerged as the stylish luxury alternative to crowded Phuket… It is burnishing Koh Samui’s reputation as one of Thailand’s top wellness destinations, along with the yoga and detox center at the Moroccan-inspired boutique resort Absolute Sanctuary…”

The resort is located just minutes from Choeng Mon and Chaweng Beaches, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. The resort is extremely quiet, safe and peaceful. Inspired by the architecture of Morocco, Absolute Sanctuary has 38 simple, lovely rooms, each featuring vibrant yet soothing color themes, unique decorative details and modern amenities.

Rooms feature comfortable beds and linens, air conditioning and ceiling fans, desk, safe, mini-fridge, hair dryers, telephone and a small terrace where you can relax and enjoy the view. Our facilities are very modern with hot water, air conditioning and televisions in all rooms. There’s a swimming pool, a juice bar, a full spa, and a steam room.

Will I Have a Roommate?

Yes, most students have roommates. We do have a limited number of private rooms available (there is an additional charge), but most students share a room with one of their fellow trainees. Students are grouped by gender for their room assignments, and we do our best to partner you with someone of a similar age and background.

Many students end up developing lifelong friendships with their roommates, and it is often a highlight of the experience. If you are coming with a friend or a partner, please let us know in advance so we can pair you up as roommates.


Can I Bring My Kids to the Resort?

Unfortunately, the hotel does not accept children under the age of 12 because we have an open pool and steep stairways that are dangerous for kids. We have had parents with children attend our courses in the past, and they stayed offsite. To learn more about this option, please contact us directly at info@absoluteyogaacademy.com


Can I Stay Offsite & Still Attend the Course?

Yes. You are free to stay offsite if you’d prefer. We are unable to help with booking or negotiating rates at other hotels, but there are hundreds of hotels and accommodation options on the island—just do be sure you’re close by as you don’t want to commute to yoga class. If you decide to stay offsite, you would only have to pay tuition, and you can opt in or out of the meal plan. Just let us know in advance, and we’ll adjust your fees accordingly.


Is There Internet?

There is free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. At the pool, studios and restaurant, the signal is always available and most reliable. In most cases, you can also get a signal in your room as well, but since it is an island, sometimes it can go in and out. It is highly recommended that you bring a wifi-enabled mobile phone, tablet, or laptop computer. It’s very helpful to be able to connected to the internet daily.


Do You Offer Laundry Service?

Yes, full laundry service is inexpensive and available 2-3x’s per week. If you have specialty items, keep in mind, the laundry service is “at your own risk” and you might consider hand-washing. We generally have no problems, but it is not a specialty laundry service, so delicate or high-priced items might be best serviced elsewhere. A typical load of laundry will cost $2-5, so it’s very affordable.


Are there Stores Nearby?

There is a 7-11 convenience store within walking distance frequented by students for snacks, toiletries, and beverages. Within 2km, you’ll find pharmacies, massage, dozens of restaurants, and banks. If you go 5km, you’ll find large grocery stores, hair salons, clothing stores, and everything else you might need.


What to Bring

You can find just about anything you’d need on the island, so if you forget something, don’t worry—you’ll be fine. The most important things to bring are specialty items or unique items that might be unavailable such as your favorite multi-vitamin, a bathing suit, your preferred yoga clothing, and skin care items.

Here is a list of items you’ll most-likely need:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Wrist watch (digital is best)
  • Yoga clothes (5-7 sets)
  • Natural mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Alarm clock
  • Light blanket or sarong
  • Flip flops

Thailand’s climate is generally warm and humid, so flip-flops are the best option for getting around the resort during the training course. However, if you plan on doing outside excursions or running, you can bring a pair of sneakers.

Comfort is the key. Any clothing that requires extra care can be a hassle, so don’t bring anything too delicate. Pack mostly light cotton or cotton shirts, linen, dresses, shorts, and simple footwear. Avoid heavy garments, denim, shoes, boots, and socks. Footwear is removed before entering most homes and many shops, so you want something you can slip on and off quickly and easily.


What About Mobile Phones?

Mobile phone coverage is excellent throughout Thailand, and on Koh Samui as well. You’ll want to avoid using your existing phone plan in Thailand, unless you have an extensive international calling plan, otherwise you’ll end up with a large bill.

At the airport in Koh Samui and Bangkok, they give away free SIM card, so if your phone is “unlocked” (or if you have an unlocked phone), this is a great option. With a Thai SIM card, you can call internationally very cheaply, including text messages, and you can receive calls as well. You can “top up” you card at any convenience store on the island (there are over 100), and alternatively, you can use free services like Skype, WhatsApp or Viber to stay in touch with people via the internet.


What Types of Electrical Sockets?

Thai electrical outlets are designed for either two-straight prongs (USA style) or two-round prongs (Thai & European style) in the same outlet as shown in the image below. At the training center, the outlets also have a 3rd prong option, the grounding prong, but not all outlets in Thailand have them – so if you plan to travel elsewhere, it might be an issue.

Power in Thailand is 220 volts, and most modern computers and cell phones do not need a power transformer, just an adapter (see below right). Adapters are very inexpensive and can be purchased in most shopping centers and airports. You can also find them easily on the island.

ABOVE LEFT: wall outlet at Absolute Sanctuary. You’ll notice it can take 2-prong flat (N. America style) or 2-prong round (Thai and some European style), and 3-prong plugs (such as image in the middle).

ABOVE RIGHT: an inexpensive and versatile adapter can make most any plug adaptable to Thailand outlets. These cost a few dollars and can be purchased on the island.


Can I Drink The Tap Water?

No, we do not recommend you to drink tap water. Bottled water is always the best choice for water on the island. You’ll have unlimited access to filtered drinking water throughout the duration of the course. If you have a favorite reusable water bottle, bring it with you to the course.


What About the Food?

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. There are always selections for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. All meals are served buffet style at The Love Kitchen, Absolute Yoga’s all-natural, health food restaurant. Food is simple and wholesome. Whenever possible, you’ll be served locally-grown foods prepared from scratch.

NOTE: food allergies and special requests cannot always be catered to. The menu is buffet style and catered to group meals, so there is not much flexibility with individual food preferences. That said, the Love Kitchen’s food tends to be very simple and well-labeled, so the majority of people with special needs do just fine. For example, there is very little wheat used at all. Soy, eggs, and meat can be avoided without a problem. If you have a specific question, please do get in touch and we can help you understand how easy or challenging it might be. In many cases, we do suggest students purchase some snacks or supplemental foods based on their dietary needs.


How Do I Apply?

We accept applications in batches, and we do not accept everyone. Each application is reviewed thoroughly. We want to make sure the course is right for you and that you are right for the course. Please be mindful of our deadlines, and whenever possible, apply early to ensure there is room in the course for which you are applying (courses regularly fill with a waiting list). Please visit the webpage for the course you’re interested in to apply.

How the Application Process Works :

  • Step 1: Fill out the application form
  • Step 2: Pay the $25 USD application fee
  • Step 3: Send us a photo (yoga or non-yoga photo is fine)
  • Step 4: Send a recommendation from your teacher or a friend/colleague (to demonstrate your sincere interest in training)
  • email to info@absoluteyogaacademy.com
  • Step 5: Wait 5-7 days for your response, often we’ll call you for a short interview

Tuition, Payment & Financial Terms

Our courses are more expensive than some and less expensive than others found elsewhere in the market; but when you compare based on value (meaning what you learn, your teaching team, your facilities), we are the clear choice and win every time. We turn passionate students into qualified teachers, and our track record speaks for itself.

Our graduates often report that their training experience was a great investment, providing real-world skills that are easily turned into work opportunities.

To see exact pricing currently, please visit the course page of the training program you’re interested in or email us directly at info@absoluteyogaacademy.com. Tuition and room and food packages (most common option) include all materials, mat, towels, three meals daily, airport transfer to/from hotel and everything else. There are no surprise fees or extra expenses aside from pocket money you would like to bring with you.

NOTE: students are responsible for booking and paying for their own airfare.

When is payment due?
All course payments must be received at least one month before the course starts. Exceptions can be made in some cases, please get in touch if you’d like to request an exception.

Do you offer a payment plan?
Payment can be made in 2 or 3 installments for your training, just keep in mind the final payment must be made 1 month prior to your course start date.

What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment can be made with Visa, Mastercard, Paypal or bank transfers. All payments are taken in USD. All bank charges or transfer fees are your responsibility, and please make sure to read or payment policy before submitting payment.

Are payments refundable?
Your $25 application fee is non-refundable, and your course deposit (to reserve your spot) is also non-refundable. All remaining fees are 100% refundable up until 60 days before the course begins. With less than 60 days before course start date, all payments are non-refundable for any reason.

Do you offer a graduate discount?
Yes, Absolute Yoga Academy graduates are entitled to a 20% tuition discount on all future trainings. If you’re a past graduate, please e-mail us at info@AbsoluteYogaAcademy.com to receive a special payment link to receive your discount.

Do you offer student loans?
Yes, to qualified students, we offer a 50% loan for course fees. You pay 50% today, and the remaining balance over the 12 months following your course end date (so your first payment for the loan is after you graduate).

Do you offer scholarships?
We offer a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need for each course. To be considered for one of the scholarships, please complete your application in full and send a letter of request to info@absoluteyogaacademy.com.


Yoga Experience Requirements

We recommend 6-12 months regular practice experience before enrolling in any course. We always have some trainees with many years of experience, and some that are very new to the practice. We’ve learned that while it’s important to have practice experience, even more important is your attitude. The most passionate and committed students are always the most successful both during and after the course, so the best time to train is when you are most excited to learn. Your personal practice is a lifetime “work in progress”.

What if I don’t want to teach—but I still want to train?
That’s fine. If you don’t want to become a teacher but want to join the course, just keep in mind the course is very professionally-oriented, and we’d still expect you to show up and be 100% committed to the process. We have had many students come for personal development in the past, and many surprised themselves when they discovered they had a real passion for teaching—and many are now working professionally. So you never know;)

But I can’t do _____ pose, is it ok?
Many trainees are worried that they can’t do this or that pose to its full expression. Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter. Perfect postures are beautiful but they don’t translate into great teaching. Teacher training is about learning to teach, and all of us (including the trainers) have “trouble poses” that we struggle with—no one is a master. Also, students really appreciate it when their teacher can relate to where they are with their practice and their body.

I have a ____ injury, is it ok?
Please check with your doctor, but if your doctor is ok with it, we’re ok with it. In the past, we’ve have trained students with knee replacements, hip replacements, herniated disks and every other common injury you can imagine. Many of your future students will come to yoga to overcome their own injuries, so your experiences are very valuable. Do let all your teachers know about your limitations, and please do not over-extend yourself during the course. It’s perfectly fine to sit out some postures, and we can help you modify the practice to your needs.


Brand Name & Brand Use Agreements

Absolute Yoga and Absolute Yoga Academy are registered trademarks. As a graduate, you can use the appropriate brand name “In the style of” or as a class name on a schedule, but you cannot use the trademarked names in your studio name or on any products without permission. In the same way you can sell Lululemon yoga clothes in your studio, but you’re not allowed to call your studio Lululemon.

Do you impose rules & restrictions on teachers?
No. Many yoga schools restrict the styles and types of classes their graduates teach. Many also force graduates to take future courses in order to keep their certification. We do not believe in restrictions or forced matriculation. We want to empower our graduates to make their own choices and design their own future. Your certification is yours, your teaching style is yours, and we’re here to support your success.

Is Absolute Yoga a franchise?
Yes and no. We do have a franchise program, but most studios are owned by a teacher and operator who is part of the original Absolute Yoga team. Franchising is not something we promote heavily since it only makes sense for a select few. Ultimately, we want what is best for you. We do not have a “world domination” goal with our brand, we have an “empower teachers and see what happens” goal. If you think a franchise might be the route you’d like to go, please get in touch and we’ll discuss details.

NOTE: franchises are only available to graduates from our courses.


Hot Yoga Common Questions

Absolute Hot Yoga in one of the fastest-growing styles of yoga in the world, and the #1 fastest-growing styles of Hot Yoga. It consists of 50 classic hatha yoga poses practiced in a heated room, and includes more variations and variety of postures including hip openers, core poses, and upper body strengthening poses that many classic Hot Yoga students found missing from their classes.

Is Absolute Hot Yoga Bikram Yoga?
No, we are not associated or affiliated with Bikram the man or Bikram the brand in any way.

Is Hot Yoga copyrighted?
No, this is just a rumor. It’s not true. Over the years, a few outspoken individuals have attempted to lay copyright claims to yoga styles and sequences, and it has always been unsuccessful. You cannot “own” a yoga pose or sequence of poses any more than you can “own” a series of dance moves. A brand name, like Nike or Coca-Cola, is trademark protected, and it is something you can own. That is a real concern and should be respected in any business. Absolute Yoga is a trademark, for example, but we don’t “own” our sequence of yoga any more than anyone else.

NOTE: there is lots of misinformation circulating about “copyrighted sequences”. Copyrights of yoga poses or sequences do not and will never exists. You can teach whatever you like, yoga is open course owned by everyone.

How is Absolute Hot Yoga different?
Like most Hot Yoga styles, Absolute Hot Yoga is a static practice where poses are done one at a time in the mirror. Postures are done slowly, with long holds and extensive instruction to help all levels of students go deeper with safety and proper alignment. The big difference with Absolute Hot Yoga is we offer more variations, a more well-rounded sequence, and we are warm and kind to our students. Hot Yoga has a reputation for militant teachers, we are the opposite. We make classes light and fun while still hot, sweaty, and challenging.


About Your Certification & Teaching

All our courses are registered with Yoga Alliance, the largest yoga school registry in the world and recognized as the most significant organization for training courses. Our Level I courses are all at the 200hr level.

Can I verify our school’s credentials?
Yes, of course. Yoga Alliance’s website is not very intuitive, so we’ve put together a series of videos to help you find our registration. Watch here

Do you also offer ACE (American Council on Exercise) certification?
Yes, we are now registered with ACE for all our course at the 200hr level. This is to further add to the value of your certification and give your more options for work as a yoga professional.

Do you also offer CPR for yoga teachers certification?
Yes, all our courses include a CPR for yoga teachers module, far exceeding any other course certifications offered.

Is my certification recognized in _____ country?
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.

Will I be restricted to only one style of yoga?
No, your career is up to you. Most of our graduates end up teaching multiple styles of yoga, many within their first year of graduating. The most important thing is to establish a firm base in a fixed series through the course of your choice (Hot Yoga, Ashtanga); and from there, it’s quite simple to learn additional series.

Do I have to pay “dues” or fees to stay certified?
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.

How much money does a yoga teacher make?
Your teaching salary will depend on the studio where you teach, the class size, and your level of experience. Starting teachers usually make between $25-$50 per class, while senior teachers make two-to-three times that much. For most people, teaching yoga is not a way to get rich, but it is an excellent way to earn a living, enjoy a flexible schedule, and receive full-time pay for part-time work. It’s not easy—but it is an amazing job. When you teach what you love, it’s a pleasure to go to work.

Will your help me find a teacher job?
A good way to judge a teacher training is to ask the instructor how many of the graduates actually go on to become teachers. You’ll be surprised to learn that most training programs produce very few real-world teachers. But at great schools like Absolute Yoga, at least half of the trainees will go on to teach. The other half are usually either not interested in teaching (they just wanted to learn more about yoga) or already have other jobs that take up their time.

A good course also offers assistance to graduates to help them find jobs. At Absolute Yoga, our graduates are recruited right from the training program, and our graduates group on Facebook is active with exciting opportunities from employers all over the world specifically targeting our school because they trust the quality of our graduates.


After Graduation – Then What?

How long does it take to “earn back” my tuition as a teacher?
The length of time needed varies from person to person, mostly based on how much you work. Teachers who work fulltime might earn back their tuition in as little as 2-3 months, but 6 months or more is common.

Will I be able to teach internationally?
All of our courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance, the largest accreditation board in the world. This means your certification is recognized worldwide and gives you the greatest freedom. You will also be certified by Absolute Yoga, one of the largest studio groups in the world. You’ll also receive an ACE certificate and CPR certificate. All around, it’s a very comprehensive credential that will serve you well in your teaching career.

After I graduate, can I only teach at Absolute Yoga studios?
No. Your career is up to you. Our graduates teach in gyms, fitness centers, health resorts, schools, companies, and everywhere else you could imagine. The opportunities in and out of yoga studios are too numerous to name, and it’s exciting to see our graduates creating new teaching platforms each year.


Choosing The Right Course

How many students are there per course?
Our course sizes varies from 20-45 students, but our teacher-to-student ratio always remains high. We maintain 1 teacher for every 15 students (or less) so you get plenty of personal attention. Your teachers know your name and your history, and it’s a very personal experience. In the teacher training industry, we are unmatched with our huge teaching teams, often double the team size of similar courses.

What if my English is not my first language?
English is not the first language of at least half our students, so no need to worry. The instructors will accommodate you if you need extra explanations or help. All of Absolute Yoga’s teachers are happy to share their knowledge through whatever means necessary, and since our inception, we’ve always been a very international team and school.

What is the daily schedule like?
You’ll have 2 yoga classes and 2 workshops each day. Your first yoga class is before breakfast, you’ll eat, and then you’ll have your first workshop. After lunch, you’ll have a workshop, a second class, and then a dinner break. Some evenings, there are yoga films, meditations, group lectures, and private meetings with your teachers. You’ll have at least 1 day off per week, sometimes more. Your days are very full, so you should plan to be fully immersed in the course during your studies.

Is there homework? Quizzes? Assessments?
Yes. This is a professional training program, so you’ll have pre-course reading and practice requirements, quizzes and tests—but please don’t be concerned. If you’re excited about learning and committed to the process, you’ll do just fine. It’s never been a problem for students who treated the course seriously.

When I complete the course, what do I receive?
You will get a beautiful teaching certificate. You will also be registered on our graduate list so anyone (your students and future employers) can verify your certification at any time. In addition, you will have the vast network our alumni at your fingertips through our membership site and graduate’s list. You’ll also receive 20% off all future trainings as an Absolute Yoga alumni so you may continue your education and journey as a student.

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