The Jungleyoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Thailand is a dynamic yoga experience that is designed to inspire, enliven and educate students of all levels and abilities. We believe that yoga practice can be both fun & transformative and our classes are delivered with openness, intensity and playfulness in spectacular locations.
We begin each course by creating a very strong foundation. We believe it is vital for all student to grasp the essence of each practice before we expand in depth and intensity. These core teachings of yoga are profound and yet incredibly simple. Our teachings source from classical Hatha yoga, traditional Tantra, Taoism, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and other wisdom traditions. Throughout the course, we explore many different flavors of yoga which are both structured and experimental. We seek to empower each individual to find their own balanced expression and to come to know what yoga truly is for them.
Jungleyoga teachers are solid, intelligent, experienced, receptive and compassionate. We understand that each participant comes to our training with their own unique set of intentions, needs & attributes. Our diverse curriculum spans the physical, energetic, philosophical & spiritual dimensions of yoga and we believe that this course offers a textured learning experience to all participants. We create a joyful community atmosphere of openness where everybody feels connected and free to express themselves authentically, so that we can all have the best possible training experience.
We believe that a quality yoga practice needs to be built on a grounded, embodied understanding of the core principles of practice. Our trainings begin slowly by creating a lot of structure that is accessible both physically and mentally for all students, no matter what their level of ability. At first we concentrate on the alignment of the postures and the cultivation of breath. Students get a lot of individual attention, receiving ongoing alignment adjustment within the morning asana practice so that they can refine the quality & longevity of their own poses. These early stages of the course also build the physical strength and flexibility required to move toward more complex expressions of asana with ease and safety.
Learning the fundamentals will not only improve the quality of your practice, it is also essential for teaching yoga. It is vital for teachers to have a clear embodied knowledge of the foundations of asana, and how to make each posture accessible to all students. Regardless of their level of experience, all participants benefit from a more detailed look at the essence of the practice.
The breath forms the other essential part of the foundation practices. Breath is a major focus of the course and is cultivated daily through our unique Swara Yoga breath system. This system teaches a full scope of Pranayama techniques, and also begins with the very basics of the practice. We pride ourselves on delivering the very best training in Pranayama available within a 200 hour course.
Our day begins and ends with meditation. Meditation is an essential part of a comprehensive yoga practice. The course explores a variety of accessible and powerful meditation techniques to develop inner calm, insight, clarity and wisdom. Many of our meditations are based on the 5 Elements of yoga: Stability, Flow, Intensity, Movement and Emptiness. Other techniques are also utilized such as those based on witnessing, visualization or using sounds such as mantras. These meditations source from the lineages of traditional Tantra, Buddhism & Taoism. Some meditations are active, some seated, and we offer regular practice of Yoga Nidra for deep restoration.
Mantra practice is the repetition of specific sounds which help to shape our mind and energy. Mantra practice plays a prominent role on the training, and mantras are taught as chants which induces meditation. Students will learn various mantras and their meaning in the course and will be taught how to use them in their practices. Included with the course is a Mantra Booklet and accompanying audio files.
Breath is one of the primary elements of yogic practice and the practice of pranayama is considered to be more powerful than asana, however, comprehensive breath systems are rarely taught in classes or even in other teacher trainings. Our system of breath, called Swara Yoga, is one of the most accessible and comprehensive breath systems available today. Not only is Swara profoundly simple to practice it is incredibly easy to teach. Swara Yoga is designed to give students of all levels easy access to the profound power of yogic breathing and builds the foundation to practice advanced pranayama techniques which are also taught in this course.
During this course we offer daily dedicated Pranayama classes which include our unique Swara Yoga system of rhythmic movement and breath, along with the seated practice of pranayama.
We also teach a series of lectures discussing breath philosophy and the full spectrum of pranayama practices in detail including: Ujaii, Antara, Bhaya & Kevala Kumbhaka, Viloma, Kapalabatti, Bastrika, Nowli Kriya, Anulom Vilom, Chandra & Surya Bhedana, Nadi Shodhana, Sama & Visama Vritti.
Many of our graduate students say that the pranayama practice taught by Jungleyoga introduced them to some of the most profoundly transformative practices that they have encountered. If you are interested in the study of Pranayama, you should not overlook this training.
We generally practice with a ‘Slow Flow’ Vinyasa style of asana which is based on alignment, awareness and breath. We practice sustainable yoga and we begin our trainings with very gentle practice which slowly builds the strength and flexibility required to approach challenging postures. Students are asked to guide their own development by practicing at the intensity level that suits them. In this way, students learn how to take care of themselves and listen to their own inner wisdom, instead of just taking orders from a teacher. The activation of inner wisdom is one of the primary goals of our program. It takes intelligence from the practitioner to know when it is appropriate to work intensely and when it is right to rest, in order to maximize the benefits of their practice, building energy & vitality and avoiding injury and burnout.
We offer daily alignment adjustment for the majority of this course to ensure that our students build a safe personal practice and have an embodied understanding of each posture. Each afternoon we have an ‘Asana Lab’ in which postures from the morning practice are revisited and broken down including the discussion of anatomy, modifications & use of props, and Sanskrit & western terminology. These classes also include teaching practice in 1:1 situations which evoke detailed group discussions and dispel confusion relating to alignment.
The more intense postures such as headstand, backbends and arm balances are also explored in depth. We teach a step by step process so that students can develop postures that may be currently beyond their ability. This step by step method helps students understand the steps necessary to progress. This is useful both for personal practice and for teaching others how to get into poses. We provide a printed asana manual which includes this step by step process of over 100 yoga asana as a teaching and study guide.
Each day includes a discussion of yoga philosophy & practices. These classes address the foundations of yoga and include texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali & Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We also use these open sessions to discuss in detail the physical & energetic practices of yoga, giving students the opportunity to share and ask questions relating to their practice. As yoga philosophy can often come across as dense and complicated, we tend to keep the content of these lectures quite simple so that all students grasp the core content in a way which is relevant to their practice, teaching and daily life.
Throughout the course, these classes also expand to cover a broad scope of topics including; yoga history, meditation, traditional Tantric and Shakta traditions, yoga as a spiritual path, Ayurvedic medicine, Jyotish (Indian Astrology) and Taoism. We reference these systems in relation to their ‘practical wisdom’, the intuitive and intelligent wisdom which relates to the yoga of everyday life. We offer small tastes of these different lineages which students may feel drawn toward investigating for themselves.
We aim to offer participants a foundational understanding of yoga philosophy which opens their minds to the endlessly expansive realms of insight in the form of both ancient and modern lineages of yoga.
We strongly believe that the world needs more people who are passionate and dedicated to their yoga practice, who can share accessible yoga with those around them. Yoga has become a modern antidote for the over-stimulated and disconnected populations of people who are in search of a means to feel connected, healthy and balanced.
The art of teaching yoga is a practice unto itself and requires a clear and open voice, strong knowledge of alignment & breath, creative sequencing, knowledge of modification and adjustment, and the ability to hold a transformative space. This program addresses all of these and many more requirements in order to deliver the foundations for anybody who wants to effectively share yoga.
Jungleyoga is unique in the way that we approach the teaching of sequencing. We do not deliver you ‘cut and dry’ asana sequences because we feel that set sequences inhibit your ability to be spontaneous and respond to the needs of your students.
We believe that teachers need to understand the energetic qualities of each posture, and how to arrange their own sequences so that a class flows in an energetic pattern which is intelligently balanced. Every Jungleyoga class is totally different, but every class follows the same energetic map. It is this map that we will share with you, so that your teaching will be an innovative exploration which evolves over time and which may be inclusive of practices learned from other teachers as well. Through this approach, you will start to understand the practice of asana in profound new ways.
We offer consistent teaching practice, usually in one-on-one or small group settings. This daily practice of bite-sized teaching exercises encourages students to explore the awkward first stages of learning how to teach within a loving, private and supportive workshop environment. Here, we look at the alignment of the postures in depth so that students know how to build and teach the asanas in a step-by-step fashion so teachers can guide students of all levels & abilities. We also feature our breath method, called Swara Yoga, which is a system that enables teachers to teach breath practices to students easily and effectively.
Overall, the program is a comprehensive approach that makes it easy for students to begin their journey of yoga teaching with confidence and intelligence, and which offers existing teachers the opportunity to refine their skills with new insight and clear guidance.
Randall O’Leary is the Founder and Director of Jungleyoga. Randall is an ERYT 500 Level Senior Teacher who has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Haylee Clare is a deeply knowledgeable and experienced teacher who excels at alignment, adjustments, meditation and energy work. Each course features a minimum of 3 main teachers and the addition of assistants who are a part of our Graduate Studies Program, to ensure that you are fully supported in your experience.
One of the most unique and special elements of our training is a ritual called Homa. A Homa is a simple ritual which harnesses the transformative power of the element of fire. We build a fire in a specific way and make offerings of rice and flowers into the flames while chanting mantras. We focus on the fire as a method of purifying the mind and the beautiful energy created by this ritual is said to also purify the surrounding land. We practice Homa in the evening once a week, and on new and full moon dates. Students are often deeply touched by this practice and many report it as being their favorite part of the course.
We are a Yoga Alliance fully certified school. Students who complete a course successfully can apply for yoga teacher certification with Yoga Alliance or other international yoga organizations. Our registration number with Yoga Alliance is #34383
Yoga Teacher Training Thailand 200 Hour Course