The Buddho Yoga Vision
This course combines Buddhist meditation with alignment-based Hatha Yoga over 5 weeks in a peaceful resort in northern Chiang Mai province, Thailand. The yoga will emphasize strength and intelligence in order to develop awareness, reach our potential, and become empowered to pursue a life and a practice with purpose and meaning.
Our program will give you all the foundations you need to feel confident leading yoga classes from an alignment-based perspective. You will learn anatomy, alignment principles for all classes of asana, how to modify and give variations to fit the diverse needs of your students, how to demo, give hands-on assists, and much more. The program is intensive, and we set the bar high, so that by the end of the 5 weeks, you feel empowered and confident in your knowledge and ability to teach.
Philosophically, this training is approached from a Buddhist perspective. This means that every morning we will chant in Pali, the ancient language of Theravada Buddhism, and we will learn the foundations of mindfulness. We will compare and contrast Buddhist teachings to classical yoga, to give you a foundation in both styles of thought, spending time on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and other essentials of yoga philosophy.
YOGA + BUDDHISM + MEDITATION
LEARN TO CONFIDENTLY TEACH ALIGNMENT-BASED YOGA + LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHISM, CLASSICAL YOGA, AND MEDITATION
Leah Sugerman – Anatomy Modules, Biomechanics, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Asana Classes
Jess Rose – Alignment Principles, Teaching Methodology, Buddhist Philosophy, Meditation, Asana Classes
The yoga offered during this course will primarily be alignment-based Hatha. If you are used to going to “flow” classes at your local studio, this is completely different. Instead of focusing on movement and transitions, we focus on learning how to do the poses. It isn’t enough to just put your body into a pose without attention and understanding – it’s about how well the pose is done. It develops body awareness and requires our full attention, which keeps the mind in the present moment. Once you have the wisdom of the body’s actions in the poses, you can teach many different styles. We teach you to understand the poses and the biomechanics of the human body in the asana, and from there, you can teach Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, or any style that calls your name from a place of understanding and intelligence.
In order to understand how the poses look in different bodies, and how to best fit the pose to each person in class, we will use a lot of props, a lot of demos, and we will explore a lot of poses from a lot of angles. This empowers us to develop an intimate relationship with the poses and understand the “why” behind the alignment cues.
There are two basic ways to teach yoga. One is to just cue poses without understanding, and the other is to actually teach yoga. At Buddho Yoga, we focus on actually teaching, so that after this course, we are confident that you will have learned so much about the poses and the human body, that you’ll be ready to pass that knowledge on to others.
Learn to teach alignment
While alignment isn’t one size fits all, as every body is different, there are ways of addressing the issue of space in the body and making adjustments that offer more space, more freedom, and more stability to all students in the room.
Alignment makes the poses safer and gives us confidence in our ability to practice at home or teach others. Many students practice for years without ever really being taught how to do the poses. It’s not about right or wrong, it’s just about degrees of excellency, safety, and stability. We feel very strongly about bringing new yoga teachers into the world who are knowledgeable, prepared, and empowered beyond the norm. Our mission is to educate you beyond the base-level requirements for a 200 hour TT, so that you become excellent teachers and help spread the power of yoga in a safe and deeply inspirational way.
Most of the traditions which come from India emphasize meditation as the primary tool for realizing liberation, but the technique and approach depend on the tradition. For example, the types of meditation practiced in yoga are different from those practiced in Buddhism. The methods are different as well as the aim or purpose.
In this course, we will explain more about different concepts of meditation and the techniques that come from different traditions, but we will focus on those techniques that were taught by the Buddha nearly 2600 years ago.
The Buddha taught many ways to practice meditation, and many different types of meditation for different purposes. These techniques can be divided into Samatha and Vipassana.
Samatha meditation is the development of concentration and Vipassana is the development of wisdom. Concentration, without wisdom, does not lead to liberation, according to the Buddha, but some concentration is necessary in order to practice Vipassana, which is translated as Insight meditation.
In this course, we will practice both types of meditation, but we will emphasize the importance of developing wisdom by practicing Vipassana. The word Vipassana is known by many in relationship to the 10-day Vipassana retreats offered freely around the world by the Goenka centers, but that is just one type of Vipassana and not the type we practice.
The type of Vipassana we practice comes from the monastic traditions of Myanmar and Thailand. Specifically, the Mahasi method of Myanmar and the Thai Forest tradition methods from Thailand. The techniques are based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as taught by the Buddha. Basically, it’s about directing the mind onto the present moment experience, to clearly see and know what’s happening in every moment, both in the body and in the mind. The best part is that the same techniques can be applied to every waking moment of our lives, and we will also be integrating them into the asana yoga practice.
RETREAT CENTER + PRICES
Doi Farang Resort – The perfect getaway in a magical valley north of Chiang Mai
Location – Phrao, Chiang Mai province, Thailand.
Surrounding Area – the small town of Phrao is 5 miles away, and sits in the middle of a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains boasting national parks, waterfalls, hill-tribe villages, caves, and temples.
The tiny market town and administrative centre of Phrao lies in a wide and fertile bowl-shaped valley surrounded on all sides by the mountains of Sri Lanna National Park. To the east over the ranges is Chiang Rai’s Wiang Pa Pao district, to the north lies Fang, west is Chiang Dao and south there’s not much between Phrao and Chiang Mai itself, other than around 85 kilometres of hills and forest. Yet despite a central placing in the province, the tiny town sees very few foreign visitors.
The town has a bustling little market, an elegant wat and plenty of friendly inhabitants. There are also a few local restaurants serving delicious traditional Thai food.
Facilities at our retreat center, Doi Farang –
a variety of different types of accommodation, a restaurant, swimming pool, and organic farm, which provides us with much of our food during the training.
The accommodation at Doi Farang Resort will make you feel right at home. Your room is not just your place to sleep, but your place to relax in between classes, review your notes, work on homework assignments, and unwind after a long day of classes. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable in your room.
***Please note that our accommodation options are extremely flexible and we are happy to make arrangements for friends or families to stay together! Just ask if you have a special request for your room.
We understand that you need to sleep well because the course is both physically and mentally demanding. That’s why extra consideration has been given to the arrangement of the accommodation and we think you’ll appreciate the little touches.
There are two options for accommodation : the CHALET and the BUNGALOW.
CHALET – $2199 USD (share with 2 other people)
The chalets are converted rice houses that are made with teak wood and are very cozy and full of character. There are three chalets, two of them have one double bed and one single bed and the third one has one double bed. The chalets are equipped with fans, and the bathrooms are shared and outside of the room. If you are interested in having a private chalet, please inquire about this option.
Every attempt will be made to make the rooms gender-specific, unless a group is traveling together.
*If you want an attached bathroom, try one of our bungalows!
ABOVE : THE CHALETS
BUNGALOW – $2399 usd (share with one other person)
There are 5 bungalow on site, and 4 will be made available for participants. Each bungalow comes equipped with two beds, an air-conditioner, an attached bathroom, and a front-patio.
They are made out of brick, have solid flooring, and are sealed to keep the bugs out. They also have small living areas and a fan.
We highly recommend securing a spot in one of the brick bungalows as the standard of comfort is higher and you will have more space to settle in. For only an extra $200, this is quite the deal!
If you’d like even more privacy and space, and would like to stay in a bungalow all by yourself, that can also be arranged for $2600, depending on availability. Preference will be given to people who are looking to share.
*Please note that it’s also possible to have a private chalet. Just ask to check availability.
Additionally, if you are with your partner and would like to stay in a private room together that has a double-bed, that can also be arranged for a slightly discounted rate.
If you’re not sure which type of accommodation is best for you, just ask. We are happy to help!
Above : The Bungalows
Above : the organic garden at Doi Farang, where much of our food comes from
Below : some examples of what is on the menu at the Doi Farang resort
At Doi Farang Resort, we are fortunate enough to have fully catered meals, 3 times a day, 7 days a week! It’s important to us that you feel like you are being taken care of, mainly because that feeling of being supported will help you to make it through the course.
MEAL TIMES – The specific timing of the meals in relationship to the rest of the daily activities have been carefully considered and tested. We want to make sure you aren’t forced to practice yoga right after eating, and we also leave plenty of time for rest and relaxation after lunch.
VEGETARIAN – Yes, the food will be vegetarian, but not vegan. That being said, there will be many vegan options available, especially since most vegetarian Thai dishes are vegan since eggs, dairy, and cheese are not common in most dishes.
Meat and seafood will not be served.
If you have special dietary considerations, we can most likely accommodate you. Just let us know. Things like gluten free shouldn’t be a problem, but we would still like to know ahead of time.
BUFFET-STYLE – For each meal, a variety of three different dishes will be served and you will be able to take as much as you want.
EAST-WEST – Of course, our chefs specialize in Thai food, but there will also be some western style dishes such as pasta for dinner or eggs and toast for breakfast. The Thai dishes will be varied and you will have a chance to taste some of the most famous Thai dishes and most likely some that you haven’t tried yet! An effort will be made to include protein sources such as tofu and other meat alternatives, but some dishes will simply be made with fresh vegetables.
Our kitchen team is going to do to everything they can to make sure your dining is just what you need to support your journey.
**Food notice: if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies (please note that the food is all vegetarian, so if you are lactose intolerant, or have other food allergies, do let us know right away so we can make arrangements. If you are gluten free, that should be easy, but many dishes in Thailand are made with peanuts, so if you are allergic to peanuts, please let us know upon reading this.
LOCATION, ARRIVAL, AND WHAT TO BRING
Above : View from the Doi Farang resort
Below : Chiang Mai city scenes. From our meeting point in Chiang Mai, we go North as a group into the beautiful scenery of the hills
In Chiang Mai, the month of October is characterized by constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 88°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 92°F or dropping below 82°F. Expect a mix of rain and sun, and bring clothes to suit both kinds of weather.
We will have a designated meeting point in Chiang Mai on October 1st. From there, we load up into a bus and make our way North to the Doi Farang Resort, surrounded by breathtakingly big skies, hills, and rice paddies. We will study in nature and away from the chaos of Chiang Mai in order to fully focus and delve into our practice.
What to Bring/Expect
So, you’ve made the decision to join us, or you’re just really keen on reading everything on this site. Either way, here’s a list of reminders of what you might want to bring or think about before coming.
Items to Definitely Bring:
CASH – Please bring USD to pay the remaining balance for your course. There are no ATMs nearby, and most people will need to pay the remainder of the course fee in cash upon arrival. We’d like this to be paid right away, so we don’t have to worry about collecting money during the course. Please note that all of your meals will be covered during your entire stay at Doi Farang Resort, so you won’t need money for food unless you really need something we don’t serve. We hope to offer a course which doesn’t require you to spend a lot of extra money, so that if you’re on a tight budget, you can rest assured you will be fine. If you’ve got money to spend, you might be interested in taking advantage of having a break over the weekend (starting after lunch on Saturday). Some people will go into town for the day, or even stay outside overnigt
NOTEBOOK + PENS – Taking notes during the lectures will be a good idea and you may even want to take notes during the asana practice. Bringing a notebook that you can keep for years to come will be a nice way to look back on your course in the future.
A POSITIVE ATTITUDE – this might be the most helpful thing you can bring. If you show up and can’t be content with the way things are, you’re going to make things difficult for yourself. We understand that not everyone will like everything we do and offer, but that’s always going to be the case. The best thing you can do is make the most of your time and learn what you can from the experience. Please come to speak with us in private if you have any serious problems or concerns, as we do care about your well-being.
A REUSEABLE WATER BOTTLE – Don’t bring a plastic water bottle that’s meant for one-time use. Those bottles aren’t meant to be reused and they just end up as trash that pollutes the environment. You can either bring a BPA-free plastic bottle or something like stainless steel. We don’t allow open containers to be brought into the yoga shala, so you’ll need something which you can close during this course in order to stay hydrated.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS – if you require a protein supplement, for example, please bring it with you and you can use the kitchen to mix a drink or make a smoothie as necessary.
PERSONAL ITEMS / TOILETRIES – please try to bring natural/eco-friendly products to prevent damaging the environment.
MOSQUITO REPELLANT – Please note: there is NO malaria here. Most of the time, mosquitos aren’t a problem, but they do come out at dawn and dusk, so having some protection is a good idea. If you can find something natural and which doesn’t smell too bad, that will be better for your skin and for our noses. This is also something which you can easily buy at any store in Thailand. Also keep in mind that lightweight pants which cover the ankles, and long-sleeve shirts are often the best protection from mosquitos.
PASSPORT WITH VISA – Since the course is 5 weeks, you’ll either need to obtain a 60-day visa before arriving in Thailand, which can most likely be done in your home country or in another SE Asian country, or you can simple visit the Immigration Office in Chiang Mai to extend your arrival stamp for another 30 days for a fee of 1900THB, which is roughly $60. Do your best to arrive early enough to be able to do this before the course starts (must be done M-F). If you are stressed about applying for a visa from home, this option might be a bit easier as they don’t require as many documents. ***Please note that it will not be possible to extend your visa after the course starts!
YOGA CLOTHES – If you haven’t practiced yoga in actual yoga clothes, you don’t know what you’re missing. It might be tempting to bring loose fitting backpacker clothes that you bought at the night market, but generally, those clothes aren’t built to last and the extra material will end up getting in your way. It’s best to have something that is stretchy and thick enough to not leave your rear end exposed during your forward fold. If you don’t have stretchy clothes, make sure they are comfortable and the cut is such that you can have full access to your range of motion, especially when it comes to lunging and squatting.
LAYERS – Thailand is known for its heat, and so most of the of the time you’ll appreciate wearing something light and short-sleeved. It’s also a very conservative country so we’ll appreciate if you keep your clothes on, especially when our Thai staff is on site. Sun-bathing in a bikini while a local work crew is on site is not really appropriate as that is something locals are not used to and it may give them the wrong idea. What you might not know is that it can get quite cold in Chiang Mai at night, depending on the time of year. Especially from October – February, it’s a good idea to bring a warm hat and a thick sweatshirt, and the rest of the year you might be able to get away with a long-sleeve t-shirt and thin blanket.
FOOTWEAR – flip flops are probably the best option for footwear because we ask that you don’t wear any footwear inside your room or inside the yoga shala, so if you have to tie and untie your shoes 10 times a day, you might get left behind. Even if you don’t usually wear flip-flops, just do it, you’ll be glad you did. It’s Thai-style.
SWEAT TOWEL – while we do provide large bath towels for everyone, you’ll probably want to bring another hand towel to use while practicing yoga, which can be used to wipe the sweat off your face or off your mat.
A HEADLAMP OR A FLASHLIGHT – the one on your phone might suffice but it will best if you don’t always have your phone on you while you practice.
Items to Consider Bringing:
LAUNDRY BAG – laundry service is available for 50baht/kilo, you just need to have some kind of bag to carry your laundry to the office.
YOGA MAT – we have enough yoga mats for everyone, and they are 5mm thick non-slip yoga mats with alignment markings on them. If you prefer a different type of surface, possibly because you find these mats too sticky, you might want to bring your own. Also, if you sweat a lot, you might like to practice with a yoga mat towel.
YOGA PROPS – we do have yoga blocks and straps for everyone, but some people might have an affinity for a certain size or type, and if so, please bring what you need to feel empowered to practice at your best. By the way, our blocks are thick and firm, so if you might need a thinner block, bring it.
MEDITATION CUSHION – we have nice cushy bolsters for everyone to sit on during meditation, but depending on your hips, you might prefer to have more or less support. Personally I try to bring my own meditation cushion wherever I go because I don’t want to risk not finding something that meets my needs. There are some suppliers in Bangkok and you might be able to find something in Chiang Mai, but generally there is more of a selection if you pick something up at home and bring it with you. Yoga studios are always good places to look.
ELECTRONICS – we do have wifi and in some ways, bringing a device that allows you to use the internet will probably help you during this course. Please note that we do not have a desktop computer for your use. It might make you feel more comfortable to be able to stay in touch in with friends and family members, and you might take advantage of online resources while you study or prepare your final teaching practicum. That being said, we know electronics can also be a distraction, and we hope you can mostly avoid being entangled in matters back home or at work for the duration of the course. Some of you might need to be answering work emails and making the occasional video call, which is fine, but just be mindful of how this affects your ability to focus on the course and try to avoid allowing that kind of energy spill out into our peaceful community. Please note that the signal might not be as strong as you are used to in your home country, but the options are limited in this district. If you are using the wifi to make Skype calls in the vicinity of others, please be mindful of the volume of your voice, use headphones, and try to avoid high-tension calls that will result in arguing or anything else that will create a situation where those around you will feel uncomfortable. Please note that the two-prong electrical plug commonly found in the US will work in Thailand, but if you have a grounding plug, for a laptop, you’ll need to bring an adapter.
THAI SIM CARD – local SIM cards are very cheap ($2-3), and if you sign up for a data plan, you can expect to pay $10/month for 4G internet and a decent amount of data. You might even be able to get unlimited for $20/month and you can easily add credit at any 7-11 store. It might be worth getting a SIM card in your phone, if your phone is unlocked, which will allow you to stay in touch with us while you’re out and about and will help you find your way around. Exploring the area is much easier when you have Google Maps in your hand. Look for AIS or DTAC stands as you walk out of the airport upon arriving in Thailand. Please note that it may be possible to unlock a phone, you’ll just have to do some research online about how to do it.
SCOOTER – you really don’t need a scooter during this course, but if you like to have one and can afford renting one for the whole course, it might be nice to have. Daily rentals are as low as $3 and so you might be able to equip yourself for $100 for the whole course. That being said, I usually fork out the extra cash to get a nice one, which is usually twice as much. I feel like they are more stable and therefore safer, so it’s worth it. There are a a million places to rent scooters in the city, and you’ll need to have your passport in hand while renting one. The drive from the city is about two hours, so let us know if you are going to try to drive yourself out there. Please note that we can easily be found on Google Maps. If you do have a scooter, it will make it easier for you to take trips on the weekends. Otherwise, you’ll need to use a bicycle, or we can help you organize an excursion.
ALARM CLOCK – we ring a gong in the morning to wake everyone up, but if you are a deep sleeper, or want to wake up before or after everyone else, you might want to have your own alarm clock. Of course, most people use their phone, but if you aren’t bringing a phone for whatever reason, this is something to consider.
ORGANIZED GROUP TRIPS + SOLO ACTIVITIES + FREE TIME
There are so many amazing things to see within a short distance from our center in Phrao. We will offer at least one group excursion during our training, to have a break from study and explore the beauty of our surroundings.
More information about our excursion will be provided at the beginning of the training, but we will choose between a few amazing options, including : waterfalls, caves, temples, hikes, and visiting the local hill tribes.
YOGA + MEDITATION + MEALS + FREE TIME
6 – 7 a.m. – Morning Chanting & Meditation
7 – 9 a.m. – Breakfast
9 – 12 – Asana, Mantra, Pranayama, & Alignment Class
12 – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 – 3 p.m. – Self Studies & Personal Time
3 – 4:30 p.m. – Anatomy or Philosophy Module
4:45 – 6 p.m. – Theory, Methodology, or Sharing Circle
6 – 7 p.m. – Dinner
7 – 8 p.m. – Evening Chanting & Meditation
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