If you’re looking to advance your Hot Yoga teaching and your career, then I’d like to introduce you to the first-ever Level II, Hot Yoga Teacher Training.
This course helps you go beyond basics, beyond scripted classes, and allows you to find your true teaching voice and unique style.
Your first yoga teacher training is mostly about learning to get up and teach a class, from start to finish, without forgetting a pose or getting too nervous. In your first teacher training course, you probably did learn some anatomy and philosophy—and probably some more advanced teaching skills too. But for most students, much of what you learn doesn’t "stick" during their first course because the main focus is getting the basics down.
But here’s the thing…
After you’ve mastered the basics; after you can go out and teach good public class, that’s when you really begin to learn the art of teaching. The art of teaching is when you move beyond your foundational, scripted class, and start to bring your own experiences and your own personality into your teaching.
This is not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight—but it does happen! And a good teacher and a strong peer group will dramatically accelerate your learning.
If you are able to teach a good class now—that’s great. The truth is, you don’t need a decade of practice and thousands of hours of experience to teach a good class. Many of our recent grads teach fantastic classes…
… but there comes a point very quickly when you ask yourself, “What’s next?”
As they say, “When you’re green your grow and when you’re ripe you rot!” And many, many Hot Yoga teachers reach a point where they’re not learning anything new at all. They’ve lost the enthusiasm they had when they first started teaching, but they still love the practice and want to reignite the fire.
So what do you do?
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 what your day will look like…
Wake up early, take in the sunrise and the sea view, and then meet at the yoga studio. 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).
If you’ve been teaching a lot, it’s such a nice feeling to get up and just go to class and be a student again.
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 in our airy and naturally lit studios overlooking the pool or the sea.
The schedule varies dramatically day-to-day, but you’ll have yoga anatomy sessions, public speaking, yoga business, and sequences sessions.
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.
Most days, there is a second class, and then it’s back
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!
Tomasz is well-known for his passionate, inspirational approach, and the light-hearted sense of humor. On top of that, he has a strong, personal yoga practice and freely shares his abilities.
Tomasz is a people person and loves to connect 1-on-1 with each student. His Hot Yoga classes are infused with classic Hot Yoga poses, vinyasa movements, variations and modifications for all levels, beginners through advanced.
Through various training programs, workshops, and personal coaching, he shares his unique insight into the art of teaching yoga. The teacher trainings and workshops are centered around Tomasz’s own unique methodology, the ‘Modern Yogi’ development and improvement: body language, communication skills, developing attention, empathy, social skills, self-awareness and self-regulation. Since 2005, Tomasz has been helping Yoga Teachers further their confidence and broaden their methodology.
Tomasz has mostly been his own best teacher, but when inspiration is needed, he looks up to Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, Eckhart Tolle, G.I. Gurdjieff, and the ancient Persian poet, Rumi.
As a teacher trainer, Chris finds it most rewarding to see teachers achieve their own health goals first, and then to bring their increased knowledge out in to the world through their teaching.
As a teacher trainer, Chris loves to help teachers add a depth of understanding to their teaching by incorporating applied anatomical principles to their classes.
For teachers, Chris sees the biggest challenge is to balance the science of body and the teachings of yoga; listening to the body to prevent injuries but at the same time believing in what the body can do to maximize its potential.
Yoga teachers have to play many roles—the coach, the spiritual guide, the counselor—and the fundamental skill needed for ALL your roles as a yoga teacher is the ability to lead and speak with authority.
Yoga teachers often fall into patterns that distract students… maybe you wring your hands while you’re speaking, maybe you repeat the same words over and over, or maybe you need to work on your projection or articulation.
In this module, you’ll work with Akash Karia who is an award-winning speaker and public speaking and leadership trainer. Through mock classes, practice drills, and peer evaluation, Akash will help you become a more powerful teacher, almost immediately.
She completed her studies of Ayurveda and Yoga (Therapy) with Wellpark College of Natural Therapies. Rachel has done extensive internship in herbal studies in Vrindaban, India with Dr Liladhar Gupta, a forth generation Ayurvedic physician, at the Dhanvatari Dham Herbal Research CeRachel teaches courses and workshops in yoga practice & philosophy, Ayuveda and Sanskrit.
She completed her studies of Ayurveda and Yoga (Therapy) with Wellpark College of Natural Therapies. Rachel has done extensive internship in herbal studies in Vrindaban, India with Dr Liladhar Gupta, a forth generation Ayurvedic physician, at the Dhanvatari Dham Herbal Research Centre.
Rachel has an ongoing advanced Sanskrit study with her teacher Ms Barbara Cook. She also seeks teachers privately to deepen her knowledge in Vedic and Hellenistic astrology.
She has made multiple trips to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with the late great teacher Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy. Rachel studies with her principal teacher Richard Freeman yearly and has completed the teacher intensive in Boulder Colorado.
Prof Qualifications: Dip. Ayurveda Lifestyle Management (NZQA), Dip. Yoga (Therapy) (NZQA), M.B.A. The Claremont Graduate School, California, USA, B.A. Taiwan
There are some teachers who have just completed their level I course, and others who have been teaching for over 10 years. To answer the question, “Are you ready?” you need only ask yourself how passionate and excited you are about yoga.
Truthfully, you’ll always be learning and growing as a teacher. That never changes. 5 years from now, you’ll be a stronger teacher—no doubt. But the best time to learn and grow as a teacher is when you are most passionate and excited to do so. In many cases, if you try to wait until you feel 100% ready, you’ll never feel 100% ready—so if you’re excited and eager to join now, now is probably the best time.
This course is about advanced teaching, not about advanced yoga. There will be intermediate and advanced poses and sequences introduced so you can add that to your teaching portfolio if and when you’re ready, but advanced poses is not in any way the of this course.
90% of your students will always be beginners, this is true of every yoga teacher all over the world. So the important thing is that you
If you’ve never been to Koh Samui in Thailand, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. Absolute Sanctuary is located on a quiet hillside overlooking the sea. We have a health food restaurant called, The Love Kitchen, a DVD lecture room, a detox center, a spa, and a 2 bright practice studios with hardwood floors.
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 a flat-screen TV. We encourage trainees to enjoy Absolute Sanctuary’s swimming pool, steam room, and spa which are all a great way to unwind after practice.
Let’s take a closer look…
The day-to-day focus chagnes dramatically. Unliked your level I teacher training where you built up toward your final exam and your final test teaching, this course is modular and focuses on one specific skill set at a time, and then you move on, and add on to what you’ve learned.
Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a Yoga Alliance 100hr teaching certificate. Yoga Alliance is the largest accreditation board in the world, and the 200hr level is the standard level of certification for 98% of teachers. Your certificaiton is your own and you are free to teach in studios, health center, gyms, and privately.
NOTE: if you are a RYT-200, this course counts as your required 100hr continuing education credits.
~ Edan, Thailand
~ Amy, The United Kingdom
~ Yahnee, Singapore
~ Corinne, USA
~ Anna, Sweden
Once you’re working as a professional yoga teacher, one of the most difficult things in the world is to simply stop, refocus, and invest some time in your own education. In the short term, there is no question it’ll be challenging, but in the longer term, continued education is the hindge that swings open the door to so many opportunities.
Thanks for your interest, and we hope you can join us!
Absolute Yoga Academy
p.s. This course is designed for a maximum of 25 students, so if you are interested, please do apply early to reserve your spot. APPLY NOW!