Yoga Retreats Chiang Mai Thailand

Yoga Teacher Training Chiang Mai Thailand

Set at Suan Sati, Northern Thailand’s premier Buddhist yoga retreat center and permaculture community, Buddho Yoga offers a unique chance to both learn and practice yoga and Thai Buddhism together. Because of the emphasis on twice-daily meditation, participants have the opportunity to actually live the lifestyle of dedicated practice and immersion into the ancient wisdom teachings.

By extending the course to five weeks, we can make the daily schedule a bit less study-intensive and more focused on living in the space of practice and supportive community. Not only that, but this course also features a silent 3-day meditation retreat on the third week, which will still include a morning yoga class.

The daily schedule will consist of two 3-hour sessions that are devoted to fulfilling the requirements for Yoga Alliance.

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Morning Session: Instead of just offering yoga classes that are similar to what you might find in a yoga studio or drop-in class, our morning yoga sessions will be longer and more focused, similar to a workshop. These 3-hour morning yoga sessions will include asanas, pranayama, chanting, and alignment. Each session will include clear demonstrations, partner exercises, detailed explorations of alignment principles, and progressive sequences that will carry on throughout the entire course. Those who may be concerned about practicing yoga for 3 continuous hours need not worry as there will be many opportunities to take breaks while watching a demo, helping a partner, or even sitting down for a quick whiteboard session.

Afternoon Session: The afternoon sessions will generally be divided into two separate classes with a break in the middle. The topics will include Philosophy, Anatomy, and Teaching Methodology. Unlike other TTC programs, our program has its own methodology that encapsulates everything we do. That means all different aspects of the practice will be explored and held within the container we’ve created, which we call the Unified Vision Theory (UVT). This theory, which invites us to get clear about what we have to offer and how we can pursue an avenue in life that both utilizes our purpose and fulfills our intention to make the world a better place.

chiang mai yoga retreatTwice-Daily Meditation Sessions: Our daily schedule begins and ends with an hour-long session of chanting and silent meditation. The chanting, which will be in the tradition of Thai Buddhism, both calms the mind and opens the heart, and then our clear and progressive instructions will provide participants with a real educative and immersive experience that will empower graduates to continue their practice on their own.

Teaching Practice: Since our course focuses on empowerment, we realize the importance of providing all participants enough time to get comfortable with sharing their vision through teaching. Whether or not you plan to teach yoga, this part of the course helps in many facets of life including public speaking and learning to inhabit the body while practicing mindful speech. Areas of focus will be on giving demonstrations, teaching a pose, teaching a sequence, giving clear instructions and finding power in the voice, and preparing and teaching an entire class.

About the Yoga:

We see yoga as a tool for transformation. When we work hard, we will end up facing inevitable resistance to the challenge and if we can soften our resistance to the way things are, we open up into a whole world of space, clarity, and poise. When we focus on detailed alignment, we systematically develop awareness. By working with progressive sequences, we carefully step into our potential and the result is that we become empowered to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.

Attitude: We believe that being a good yoga teacher starts with being a good student, and this is largely about cultivating an attitude of humility, openness, and willingness to follow the instructions and practice according to the teachings. In this way, humility becomes the key to empowerment. If we think we already know, we actually close ourselves down to the teachings and we don’t have a chance to realize what the teachings have to offer. If we can humble ourselves to realize that there may be something to new to learn, we can practice wholeheartedly in accordance with the teachings and realize the transformative power they hold.

Alignment: Inspired by Anusara Yoga, this course will explore the practice of yoga in a very detailed way. We will use the Universal Principles of Alignment (UPAs) as a basis for our exploration, which offer a chance to understand how certain actions in the body create a safer, more supported way to find space in the body in any pose. Once we understand the principles, we can feel empowered to apply them to different poses. In this way, we don’t have to learn the alignment for every pose, but rather focus on learning these 5 principles and then realize their universality.

Action: According to our Universal Vision Theory, Action is the way in which we actually express what is most important to us. It’s not enough to conceptualize, study, or talk about something, but we must actually do it, and therein lies the hardest part. It’s all about being the change we wish to see, both on and off the mat. In fact, the spiritual practices just help us to steer our lives in a more wholesome direction so that we feel empowered to bring more clarity and purpose into our daily lives, into our relationships, into the workplace and family, and wherever else we find ourselves. It’s all about engaging ourselves in this world, through clear actions in the body, informed by our deepest conviction that we have a unique gift to offer others through our lives.

About the Meditation: This course will feature meditation as the primary tool for personal transformation and awakening. The two main meditation styles we will explore are Samatha and Vipassana. Samatha meditation is all about using concentration or single-pointedness of mind to achieve a state of calmness and stillness, and Vipassana meditation ultimately about understanding the true nature of all physical and mental phenomena in order to find freedom from suffering and lasting happiness. Rather than choosing between one style, we will develop our ability to concentrate on a single object before opening our awareness up to include more objects. Through repeated observation of different objects, we slowly develop wisdom and the path of purification and awakening.

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Daily Schedule M-F:

5:30 – Wake up Bell

6:00-7:00 – Morning Chanting (Pali Language) & Insight Meditation

7:00-8:00 – Breakfast

8:00-9:00 – Shower/Rest

9:00-12:00 – Morning Yoga Session (Asana, Alignment, Pranayama, Sanskrit Chanting)

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-3:00 – Rest/Study Time

3:00-6:00 – Afternoon Classroom Session (Anatomy, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology)

6:00-7:00 – Dinner

7:00-8:00 – Evening Chanting (Pali Language) & Insight Meditationyoga retreat chiang mai 2

Saturday Schedule:

5:30 – Wake up Bell

6:00-7:00 – Morning Chanting & Insight Meditation

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00-9:00 – Shower/Rest

9:00-12:00 – Morning Yoga Session

*Sundays Off

**The daily schedule may be adjusted to accommodate additional course content such as practice teaching, group activities, and testing.

Requirements: We want to maintain a high quality and high level of yoga, so that those who are intending to teach yoga don’t miss out on getting what they need. That being said, we also know that not everyone does a TTC with the intention of teaching. Ideally, all of our participants have at least 3-5 years of regular yoga practice, and no less than 1 year. You should be in good physical shape and able to keep up with the demanding program. Of course, certain considerations can be made for people with injuries or who lack strength or flexibility. If you’re not sure if you should join, just let us know about your concerns and we can give you our opinion. If you are a beginner, but have a strong background in something like dance or martial arts, you might do fine.

Dali Dhamma – Head Teacher and Buddho Yoga Founder

Dali Dhamma was born in Alaska in 1985 and has been exploring eastern traditions of yoga and Buddhist meditation since 2006. He graduated with a degree in Media & Theatre Arts from Montana State University in 2008 and moved to Thailand in 2010. Since then, he has spent most of his time between India, China, and Thailand. He teaches workshops, teacher training courses, and workshops internationally.

A dedicated Buddhist practitioner, Dali has participated in numerous silent retreats and keeps up a strong daily practice. In his class, the stage is set for transformation, empowerment, and the development of awareness. Using his Unified Vision Theory (UVT), Dali has developed an integrated approach to teaching and practicing yoga and infuses everything he does with his vision for life and the universe.

“It’s all about letting go of our resistance to the way things are.”

 He thinks of intentional yoga teaching as systematic and even scientific. If pain times resistance equals suffering, then letting go of that resistance also offers us a hope for the end of suffering. If we can soften and be OK no matter what, nothing will we be a problem anymore. What we used to see as a problem just becomes another thing to be aware of.

Additionally, Dali uses ACTION PLANS to ensure practical ways to implement his vision into every class. Since the key to empowerment is confidence and confidence comes from knowledge, every clear instruction intended on producing a clear action in the body gives the student a chance to perform that action to the best of their ability. Then, regardless of their ability to perform the action to any kind of standard, they can simply perform it at their own potential for that given moment, and in turn they can feel good about their practice. This is empowering.

When we follow detailed alignment instructions, in particular, the mind and body really come to together and become centered in the present moment. That integration clears the mind and for many, this will be an easier way to clear the mind than silent meditation. In other words, action is a simpler task to perform than inaction.

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