Frequently Asked Questions
What is the maximum number of students on the Yoga Teacher Training Course?
We accept a maximum of 26 students per course.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
We have several teachers covering various subjects in the course. Most classes have one teacher per class. Some asana classes will have an assistant to help with adjustments.
I am a beginner. Can I apply to be a student on your yoga teacher training?
Beginners are welcome, but we recommend at least one year of experience with yoga or meditation. All of the classes we offer are designed to provide safe and balanced instruction for all levels of experience, with an emphasis on bringing each student to their own personal edge – the place where they can physically, mentally and spiritually open and expand the most. We encourage students to listen to their bodies as much as possible and take resting poses whenever necessary.
What type of yoga is taught during the training?
You will learn to teach Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa Flow and will also be introduced to other styles such as Ashtanga, Yin/Restorative and Pre-Natal Yoga.
Where is your yoga school located?
We are on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan and our school is located on a beach front resort in the Sri Thanu North-West region of the island. For more information on how to get to Koh Phangan, please click here.
Do you offer airport pick-up?
The nearest airport is located on the island of Koh Samui, which is a 30 minutes ferryboat ride to Koh Phangan. We do not offer airport or pier transfers; but taxis will be available to take you from Samui airport to any of the Samui piers and to our school upon your arrival at the Thong Sala pier on Koh Phangan.
What should I bring with me?
We suggest to bring the following:
- Comfortable clothes for yoga & meditation
- Personal hygiene items
- Sandals (flip-flops)
- Beach towel & swimsuit
- Sunscreen: prices in Thailand are usually a bit cheaper than back home
- Sunglasses & Hat: the sun can be very strong, especially between 11am and 4pm
- After sun care, such as Aloe Vera or vitamin E lotion
- Mosquito Repellent: mosquito coils can be purchased locally to keep mosquitoes away from your bungalow porch
- Waterproof Bag: unexpected rain, even during the dry season, can take the fun out of carrying valuables around. Consider bringing a waterproof day bag
*Please note that all of these items are also readily available to be purchased here on the island
Are there mosquitoes?
As Koh Phangan is a tropical jungle island, we do have mosquitoes. They are mostly active in the morning between 6:00 & 7:30am and in the evening between 18:00 & 19:30pm. Remember to close your room door and windows during sunrise and sunset hours.
Do I need any vaccinations or medication treatments prior to my trip?
Vaccines are not mandatory, but some vaccinations are recommended by doctors and travel clinics. Please speak to your doctor and visit the following website for more information: www.tmb.ie/destinations/vaccinations-for-thailand
There is no Malaria on Koh Phangan therefore it is not necessary to take medication for this, unless you plan to travel to other countries afterwards. We do however have cases of Dengue fever from time to time.
What kind of visa should I get?
Standard tourist visa exemption upon arrival is normally free of charge and valid for 30 days without prior application for most of passport holders. Please consult a Thai embassy in your home country to check if this is applicable to you. For more information please visit this website or your own country government website. For those who need to extend their visa during the Yoga Teacher Training course, we have included a morning off to allow time for the visa extension to Koh Samui. Please note there will be no time to travel abroad for visa runs.
Will I have access to Wi-Fi and how about local mobile providers?
You can easily acquire prepaid local SIM card at any 7/11 or Family Mart. All SIM cards are 4G ready allowing you to browse Internet at very reasonable speed and rates. We offer free Wi-Fi throughout the One Yoga school and bungalows, also most restaurants and cafes offer free Wi-Fi.
What about laundry?
Laundry services are located all around the island. You can choose to do it yourself or pay to have it take care of for you. Rates for doing laundry are very cheap however, just to be on a safe side, try to avoid bringing expensive clothes in case of damage or lost.
Are there any shops and restaurants around the school?
Yes, we have a lot of western and local shops where you can buy practically anything. We also have many cafes and restaurants around that cater to a healthy lifestyle (i.e. veg/vegan, gluten free, macrobiotic etc.) that will nourish and support you in your journey.
What is the average temperature and when is the raining season?
Koh Phangan has a tropical climate and only one month of true dry season, which is February. The climate is hot and humid for most of the year and showers are usually brief. The best moment to come to Koh Phangan is from January to April.
- April is the hottest month with an average temperature of 29°C (85°F)
- The coldest month is December at 26°C (80°F)
- The wettest month is November with an average of 526.9mm of rain
Do I need to pass any exam?
Our Yoga Teacher Training Course includes an exam that you will need to pass before you receive the Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Certificate. Rest assured though that our excellent team of teachers will be there to properly train and support you on this journey.
Is the anything else I should know?
Our Yoga Teacher Training Course is mainly based on traditional teachings from India and some of those may have a bit of Hindi influence. Within the YTTC there may be a fire puja, which is a sacred fire ceremony. Details of this ceremony will be explained before the event.
Thailand is a Buddhist country with traditional etiquettes; we greet one another with the wai – a sign of respect and reverence. It is usually offered by pressing hands together accompanied by the words ‘sawatdi khrap’ for males and ‘sawatdi kha’ for females. Elders are highly respected in Thai culture. Thai cultural taboos include touching someone’s head (which is considered the most sacred part of the body), or pointing with your feet towards them.