Yoga und Meditation in der Schweiz
If yoga is your passion, maybe now is the time to grow from student to teacher.
Vikasa provides an inspiring yoga environment created by Konstantin Miachin.
More than yoga, we offer you inspiration and transformation
Vikasa – evolution of yoga.
Recommended for all levels
If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, then you are ready to go deeper into your practice and experience of Yoga. You could try to set aside more time for normal classes, or your personal practice, but… when you realize you can just come and learn from master teachers in a setting where you can just study, practice, and live Yoga, without any distractions, you’ll know you’re going to be on the fast path to a brighter you. Our comprehensive course is all about providing this opportunity for you. We bring all the ancient wisdom to light in a way that is fresh and applicable to the modern time and lifestyle. Our team of teachers will make sure your understanding and practice of Yoga is clearer and more powerful than ever and you’ll feel and see how life begins to change from the inside out, to become more beautiful, peaceful, and happy. We will give you the retreat you need to go deeper into this space of transformation while still providing convenience and all the modern amenities. Could it get any better as you picture it happening on a lush tropical island with white sand beaches, crystal-clear blue seas, gorgeous green jungles? Not to mention, there is also the pleasant experience of the local Thai culture, agreed to be one of the most beautiful and amiable in the world. This is our Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Samui, Thailand, an awe-inspiring get away in South East Asia, agreed by many to have an energy that magnifies your intentions. Whether it be a relaxing vacation, an exhilarating adventure, or a life changing Yoga journey that has the best of both, this is the place. When you join our course you will become a part of a group of peers and teachers who are driven to improve the quality of living in the world today.
What you get
You spend one month learning about your passion in our classic, Thai style wooden house at a beautiful and healthy setting between the mountains and the sea, recharging and even upgrading your batteries! You get our 200 hour Yoga Alliance standard Yoga Teacher Training course which covers everything you need and more to go out and start teaching Yoga right away! You’ll make a new network of peers, mentors, and friends that will open up opportunities and new experiences to you for the rest of your life! You’ll transform yourself to be a person that is easier to be happy, harder to be upset, and all around wiser, fitter, and healthier. More importantly, each of our five teachers is dedicated and passionate about what they will be teaching you. They live what they teach! This makes for a high quality course with lots of practical application, perfect for budding, soon-to-be Yoga teachers. You’ll be witnessing and experiencing yourself in new ways through practice, anatomical demonstrations, philosophical lessons…lessons that show you the subtleties of what it means to be a human being awakening into a undeniably new stage in the evolution of consciousness. You’ll also be getting lots of hands on experience teaching and assisting your fellow classmates as we compassionately guide you to be the best you can be. And, whether you plan to go on from your training as a teacher, or a practitioner with a deeper appreciation for yourself and the yogic lifestyle, you’ll be confident and energized to give a little more love to the world around you as you live a happier and healthier life. Deciding to do a Yoga Teacher Training in Asia, especially in Thailand, has some nice benefits. Thai culture is infused with Buddhism which is an offspring of the ancient Yogic philosophies. It reflects in the behavior and character of the people here who generally tend to be very friendly and polite. You’ll find lots of inspiration visiting the Thai temples and seeing people make ritual offerings all over the place. And even though most Thai’s are Buddhist, they also incorporate the Hindu deities used by the traditional Yogis of India. It’s common to see statues of Shiva, Ganesh, Saraswati, and so on. The climate here is also just right for having a vigorous and detoxifying practice.
Read what our students are saying:
Now, instead of including testimonials, like everyone does, we have got some of our students to write a daily blog about their teacher training experience, here are some blogs, you can read ALL about it, directly from them, unedited by us!
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And don’t forget to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this page!
Greatest reasons to be a yoga teacher
This job has some of the greatest flexibility possible…(you know I didn’t mean like that!) because you create and take the classes that work for you.
Have more freedom! You increase your traveling potential. All you need is your presence and experience and you can work all over the world. And, as you make connections, more possibilities open up to you.
Take your own practice to the next level! Teaching will bring your mastery to a new level. You may have heard a saying like this, “To learn, study. To know, practice. To master, teach.” Really, you discover there is limitless potential.
Make a difference! You have a job that really matters and touches people! Stay healthy, happy and fit, and be surrounded by like-minded people.
The combined experience and expertise of our teachers is outstanding. Consider all the bases covered. You’ll have three exceptional Asana teachers who can assist your own practice, giving you valuable feedback, and leading you safely into deeper postures, meditative states, and energetic practices. They’ll also be training you to develop your voice as a teacher, lead amazing classes, how to market yourself, and be there to guide you through your transformation. You’ll have a registered Physiotherapist and expert on anatomy teaching you all the fundamentals and fine points about the structure and movement of the human body. There will be essential practical demonstrations for understanding anatomy applied to Yoga Asana, how to give precise adjustments, how to avoid injury, and various methods of using props to assist alignment or create therapeutic practices. For the historic foundation and inner workings of Yoga you’ll have an expert of Sanskrit and mantra, teaching philosophy, meditation, and leading kirtan(call and response chanting) with musical accompaniment on sitar.
Teaching Methodology Module
Have you ever been to a yoga class that is not just good, but awesome? Do you want to become one of those teachers? Then the information from this course will come in handy! The teaching methodology module runs throughout the course, and is the main practical hands-on module of the training.
Here you will learn:
Philosophy and spirit of yoga module
This portion of the course is going to reveal more than you ever even thought there was to Yoga! You’re understanding of why, how, and what we call Yoga will be amplified. Ram will be teaching you the most important and relevant ancient texts of India that show the bigger spiritual picture of Yoga and how to live in it. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras will be examined carefully as this masterpiece provides a clear view into the nature of Mind, self-discipline, and the path to Enlightenment. The Bhagavad Gita will be studied as a means for understanding Dhamma, or our sacred duty in the world. Sanskrit, the language of Yoga, will be explored as you hear and recite different mantras and sutras which invoke the wisdom of sages and the empowering vibrations of the Sanskrit alphabet. This bridge of spoken Sanskrit will lead you into energetic practices, really experiencing what the ancient Yogis of India have blessedly passed down to us. Pranayama, methods of controlling and moving energy, will be taught and practiced regularly, as well as group singing in the Kirtan. Pranayama can greatly increase the power of our discipline and our bodies. The Kirtan experience helps us dissolve into the heart of the human spirit, singing together as one group, no thoughts, just our voices and the music.
Anatomy and therapy of yoga module
These practical based sessions, aim at introducing the Anatomy and Physiology that relate to Yoga. Basic anatomical structures and definition of terms will be introduced, followed by practical sessions on the various joints that are most prone to injuries in Yoga. It is the aim of this session to reduce the likelihood of injuries in the vertebral column, knee joint complex, hip joint, shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle. Constraints due to individual structural variations and how these would affect asana performance will also be discussed. Anatomy session will not be completed unless you can put your knowledge into practice and application. The Applied Anatomy training is focused on how to adjust clients and / or using Yoga props, based on the understanding of joint structures and the analysis of the asanas. To perfect student’s understanding, the Anatomy & Physiology session also includes the basic physiology of the respiratory system and digestive system. Understanding these internal dynamic movements leads the practitioner to a more profound energetic practice as you learn how to develop greater lung capacity and refine your awareness of Bandha.
Marketing and business of yoga module
Are you a kind, good hearted and open minded person, but sometimes intimidated by all the competition out there? I also had all these doubts when I started out… This portion of the course will teach you how to work less, and earn more. We will teach you how to network, create useful contacts, present yourself and market yourself as a teacher or future studio owner. We will give you tips on how to create teacher bios, workshop descriptions and how to get your first yoga job, or get a better job if you are already teaching an occasional class. We will teach you about pricing and marketing, and about how to grow into teaching workshops, retreats and international events! We will give you all the info you need to present yourself to the world in the appropriate manner to follow your dreams and reach your goals. We did it, so can You!!!
Yoga in action module
This program is about embarking on a journey of self-inquiry, with the support of a like-minded group, that leads to action within our community and outside world. “Action” can be many things, ranging from healing relationships with family and friends, to extending oneself to the larger community, or doing national or international work. The main intention is to understand the nature of our interdependence and our unique role in the web of life: to feel significant and as a part of this greater whole. This is the embodiment of Karma Yoga and also Dhamma, or self-less service and the fulfilling of your duty in this life. During this week, you will be guided through an intensive transformational process using vinyasa flow yoga and other tools to uncover your deepest passions and motivation. We will combine yoga asanas, meditation and visualization, experiential exercises, process work and ritual with the practical tools of communication, organizing, and collaborating with your peers. We will also introduce practical methods for each of you to begin to bring your own unique purpose into the world as action with the support and inspiration of your community. You’ll leave with a clearer sense of purpose and passion, armed with skills to help you be a more effective leader and agent of change in the world.
Vikasa means evolution, or spiritual development, when translated from Sanskrit. The concept of “evolution of yoga” is based on the notion that everything in the world evolves constantly, including human beings. Our primary goal as a human race and that of any living organism is evolution, and yoga can be seen as a tool to facilitate such evolution in any given individual. However, as the practice of yoga itself changes with time and place, as new techniques are being introduced, as the approach is becoming more technical, precise and scientific – any definition of it as a system or style seems to be a limitation in itself. Therefore, the “Evolution of Yoga” approach has to be seen as an ever evolving process, which anyone can be a part of, rather than a complete static system. “Evolution of Yoga” approach is based on integrating deep core work with precise alignment, combining active dynamic exercises from different disciplines with static poses from classic hatha yoga schools, alternating dynamic and static, pressure and deep relaxation, therefore exploring ha-tha or the yin and yang concept to its maximum potential, using the principle of hyper compensation. Evolution of Yoga is about challenging yourself with an ever progressing program in order to transform, optimize and balance to fine-tune your system. Core bodywork is integrated with precision breathing, through which the highest states of concentration can be experienced. As the students get more familiar with the bodywork, pranayama or breathing exercises are introduced to take the practitioner to the next level. This ultimately leads to meditation and expansion of consciousness, or – evolution!
We have asked our students to describe what Vikasa yoga style is after completing the course.
“Like the Freedom of the wind is to constantly flow, the Vikasa Practice of Yoga evolution is one to be constantly challenged, Practiced,Explored and Enjoyed!!!… Vikasa has no boundaries but endless opportunities….This is my Vikasa Concept….its Evolution Time!!! Namaste”
-Clinton Chan, UK
“To me Vikasa yoga style is always challenging, powerful, demanding. It breaks egos and pushes you beyond your known boundaries. It makes you work and discover the level of your will power. But since it means Evolution – it can be adapted to anybody of any level!”
-Svetlana Gordienko, Russia
“Vikasa Yoga challenges your own limitations, will power and determination. It is a strong and demanding practice, that can be tailored to any level and is a type of yoga that encourages self exploration, and ultimately into self inquiry of your own practice and growth as a yoga practitioner. What it is definitely NOT is a static, confined practice but rather encourages freedom of expression through asanas.”
-Nabilla Sharil, Malaysia
“Vikasa Yoga means evolution, not only in Yoga practice but also in the Yogi him or herself. It is a practice that pushes to a place unimaginable but always capable, is challenging for the advanced students and adaptable to those just being introduced to the practice. Vikasa Yoga brings results quickly not only in body, but in mind and soul. It is deeply rooted in ancient philosophy but has adapted to modern times and is practical for the present day practitioner. Vikas Yoga is relevant for today, a tool to raise consciousness and reach a diverse, wide range of people and the masses. I feel blessed to be a part of the concept. Thank you Kosta – Namaste”
-Ryan Wilaby, Usa/Bali
“Vikasa is a progressive, strength building style of hatha yoga. Vikasa yoga is adaptable to any skill level and encourages practitioners to challenge themselves, pushing outside comfort zones to achieve real transformational results in both body and mind. Vikasa is evolutionary, freestyle yoga.”
-Denise White, Uk
“Vikasa Yoga is for me strong workout combining traditional isometric exercise with an isotonic workout. The main focus is on increasing core strength and overall body flexibility. The holding times in the postures are longer than e.g. in Ashtanga and therefore (in my opinion) the strength increase is quicker than in a vinyasa class. The breathing exercises before the asana practice completes a fantastic workout. I believe that everybody in the teacher training (and regular students that come to the Vikasa studio at least 3 times a week) could see the result. I really appreciate that the Vikasa teacher trainers are all very open minded. In other Yoga styles you find very narrow minded asana practice. However, during the teacher raining I found out that Vikasa yoga is not only about asanas. It is really a new age Yoga lifestyle regarding food and philosophy.
I can see that you live your passion and that you want to give this experience to other people.
-Kirsten Nolte, Germany (resident Vikasa Yoga teacher in Koh Samui)”
“If we try to interpret the literal meaning of Vikasa Yoga – “Evolution of Yoga” we may end up in confusion because since Yoga is everything and has always been there then how can it evolve? In my opinion the “evolution” should be understood within the concept of “learning from a living master”. What really evolves is not Yoga but what we think it is. That is when you progress far enough in becoming more aware of yourself and all the interconnected things around you through your own practice it becomes your true knowledge. To pass it on you create a recipe which will later be called “style” in such a way that other people could have similar experience of their own by constantly touching the edge of the self-awareness level available to them at the moment. That is why today most of us describe Vikasa style as strong, physically challenging, pushing beyond the boundary etc. Because this is how we can best feel the response within our own selves at the moment. Although looks like some people can actually feel it even at deeper levels. I still can’t . Anyway, this knowledge has now become our own because we have all seen how tremendously fast we became stronger and literally got to know our body limits and how easily these limits can be extended. But this knowledge has already slightly transformed inside each of us. That is one aspect of evolution. Another aspect of evolution is that as our self-awareness deepens the number of things we can experience also grows. That is why if we continue our practice and progress farther the “recipe” we can come up with for the followers will also be different from the initial one: simply because the “vocabulary” of available things to experience has become bigger. And so on.
This is what differentiates Vikasa from certain other schools which so much focus on following the traditions or some other “metaphysical” reasons of having asanas put in this or that exact order that it becomes a dogma; and dogma is not at all what Vikasa is
-Eugene Kovalev, Singapore
Konstantin Miachin – course director, founder of Vikasa Yoga (Teaching methodology and practice, Marketing and Business)
Konstantin is an international yoga teacher and founder of Vikasa Yoga studio based in Koh Samui, Thailand. He has been passionately learning, practicing, and teaching Yoga for over six years, and his passion has lead him to search out his own personal development throughout the world. This quest has brought him into contact with many different schools and masters all over the world, in places such as Rishi-kesh, Uttar Kashi, Gangotri, Kerala, Goa, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong and Ukraine to name a few. He has completed teacher trainings in three different disciplines, including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga 23 (by master Andrei Siderski) and Sivananda. Such an overwhelming wealth of knowledge has led to a deeper understanding of yoga practice as an ever evolving process – rather than a finalized system, as a tool for evolution of a human being – rather than a goal in itself. Hence, the concept of “Evolution of Yoga” was born. The concept of “evolution of yoga” is based on the notion that everything in the world evolves constantly, including human beings. Our primary goal as a human race and that of any living organism is evolution, and yoga can be seen as a tool to facilitate such evolution in any given individual. However, as the practice of yoga itself changes with time and place, as new techniques are being introduced, the approach is becoming more technical, precise and scientific, any definition of it as a system or style seems to be a limitation in itself. Therefore, the “Evolution of Yoga” approach has to be seen as an ever-evolving process, based on classical hatha yoga techniques, which anyone can be a part of, rather than a complete static system.
Please Watch Video : Konstantin Miachin – Vikasa Yoga @ Namaste Festival, Jakarta (Kosta Miachin)
Acharya Ram Vakkalanka, Canada (Philosophy and Spirit of Yoga Module) ***March/April 2013 and October/November 2013***
Acharya Ram Vakkalanka is a Yoga philosopher, Kirtan leader, Sanskrit expert, Meditation instructor and Sitar artist. He has studied Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy, and music since early childhood and has extensive knowledge of many ancient texts, including the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Ram is known for his impressive ability to teach even the most intricate texts of Yoga in an easily understandable manner, using modern presentation tools and current examples, making the learning experience enlightening and fun at the same time. Ram’s core values are ‘authentic tradition’ and ‘modern presentation’ in all areas of endeavor. Ram also conducts highly energizing call-and-response Kirtan sessions which awaken an awareness of the subtle bodies and activate self healing. Besides teaching our Philosophy and Spirit of Yoga module we are delighted to have Ram joining us for the duration of the course lending his experience and knowledge to all of us!
Swami Tattvarupananda Saraswati (Philosophy and Spirit of Yoga Module) ***July/August 2013***
Swami Tattvarupananda Saraswati was born & raised in Kerala’s culture capital, Trichur, India. As a spiritual seeker from a young age, he was fortunate to have met many different masters of repute. At the age of 18 he studied Sanskrit at the Narayana ashrama, Tapaovanam, in Trichur, which later facilitated his Vedantic studies. Keen to live life as a Yogi, Swamiji set off for the Himalayas in search of a master & underwent rigorous spiritual practices in the company of many Himalayan spiritual masters. Swamiji has devoted himself to the cause of under privileged children, founding the JJK Gurukulam orphanage in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Here children of dysfunctional or under privileged families are provided with shelter, food & clothing and are given traditional & academic education, giving them the opportunity to grow into responsible human beings. Swamiji is a master storyteller. He has a simple, humorous and direct way of teaching, which is much acclaimed all over the world. Nobody can miss the truth when it is unfolded traditionally and teachers from traditional lineages are rare. Swamiji is currently engaged in teaching scriptures at different locations for Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham in India, centres of Haus Yoga Vidya in Germany and for different spiritual groups in France, Denmark, the Czech Republic and in Japan.
Dr. Karen Kow, New Zealand/Malaysia (Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology) *** October/November 2013***
Professionally, she works within the frames of clinical depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, pain management, stress related symptoms and relationship issues. Based on many years of experience within her expertise, she has effectively introduced yoga as a complimentary tool for self management leading to mental, psychological and physical wellness. In yoga, she combine the methods of Iyengar and Ashtanga – precised alignment and dynamic flow. She believes that both methods compliment each other and it is the best combination for an enthusiastic yoga practitioner. The combination of these two methods ensure advance practice with no injuries. Her knowledge of the body’s muscular and skeletal structure in yoga postures allows her to teach sequences that are beneficial, effective and enhances the body’s physique. She shares her perspective, values and principles without labels and connects with people from all beliefs, all cultures and all walks of life. She is unique, inspiring and believes that people can have it all – achieve their dreams, have great health and relationships and experience a deeper sense of love and inner peace.
Michelle Lam, Hong Kong (Anatomy and Physiology) ***MARCH/APRIL 2013 and July/August 2013***
Michelle Lam is a registered Physiotherapist both in Hong Kong and Australia. She obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honors) in the University of Melbourne. Being a private Physiotherapist, specializing in sports rehabilitation for over ten years now, she has developed an amazing talent for giving her clients exactly what they need to recover faster and while teaching them how to avoid future injury. Her prowess in anatomical knowledge and refined understanding of movement extends itself to lectures for Yoga students learning to practice and teach Asana. Her extremely hands on approach makes her lectures easy to listen to and understand as you see the poses, see the muscle engage and relax, and see as your fellow students demonstrate.
George Anthony, USA (Practice, Methodology)
George has been actualizing a life inspired by Yoga for over five years now. In the beginning, and to the present, Yoga has shown him that life is about the quality of our present experience. For the last three years he has been teaching integrated Yoga practices from many teachers and styles with a little something extra… through a penchant for profound yet simple observances, he reminds us of the vastness of the infinite possibilities, each contained within this present moment. These Zen koan like anecdotes cultivate a practice opened up to discoveries and evolution within the planes of experience. Since becoming a certified teacher he has facilitated practitioners while teaching at detox retreats, conducting workshops and scheduled classes in USA, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as teaching bilingual Yoga teacher courses. He has also worked extensively with students privately, one on one, creating practices that provide personal challenge, encouragement, and humor. Taking inspiration from nature, music, performance arts, Taoism, and Tai chi, to name a few influences, his classes are often described as organic, flowing, and demanding, yet… meditative… all while developing the experience of limitless human-being.
What will your day be like:
|08:00 am – 10:20 am||Asana and Pranayama practice|
|10:30 am – 11:30 am||Brunch: Fresh fruits, juices, eggs, toasts, porridge, muesli, salads and more.|
|12:00 pm – 02:00 pm||Theory|
|04:30 pm – 07:15 pm||Methodology/Practice|
|07:15 pm – 08:15 pm||Dinner|
* 1 day off per week (Saturday)
Vikasa Yoga Retreat on Koh Samui, Thailand is a boutique yoga resort and organic restaurant. Vikasa offers an inspiring yoga environment created by Konstantin Miachin. Experience the Vikasa lifestyle and feel the transformation to your daily life.
An internationally recognized certificate from the Vikasa yoga shool is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is titled ‘Yoga master Vikasa Yoga 200hr’.
The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 200 hours registered yoga school standards.
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Yoga Teacher Training course tuition:
The course tuition without accommodation is 3,300 US$. Tuition includes:
Students can secure a space in the teacher training by paying a $500 deposit. The balance due should be paid 1 month before the beginning of the course. Students pay by Credit Card, Transfer to bank or by PayPal.
Accommodation options with total price:
Register for July or October course before April, 1st 2013 and receive a 500$ discount!
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