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“If you always do what interests you, then at least one person is pleased.” ~ Katherine Hepburn

Yoga Teacher Training FAQ


First Read This

What does it mean to teach? What kind of responsibility does it involve? What is yoga anyway? We recommend reading this before applying.

Are books and materials included in the price of the training?

The manuals are included in the training price. But it is up to the students to purchase the books on the reading list.

Is accommodation and food included in the price of the training?

Yes, our trainings are all-inclusive of training, food and accommodation.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

Within one week.

What is the typical schedule for the 200 Hour Foundation Yoga Teacher Training?

The full schedule will be presented to you at the Meet and Greet on your first day of training.The outline of the schedule is that there are classes throughout the day, starting at 7am and ending at 6:30pm with breaks in-between.
On some evenings there will be meditation classes and study films.  Saturdays are generally rest days or time for study. There is an optional boat trip and scheduled trips to local markets for those interested in seeing more of Samui.

How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program? / What prior experience or level of practice is required for admission?

Normally we ask that the student has at least 2 years of experience practicing. But it depends on the individual student.The most important qualification for this course is the call from within. But the call is not enough on its own. For it to be true and sincere, it also needs to be based on a certain level of practice (i.e., so many times per week over so many years). Your interest level will reveal itself in the desire to read more on the topic, to study and practice more, and in the absorption of your thoughts in the subject. The application form is detailed, and will reveal a lot about you. If the call is strong, then proceed.

Are some Teacher Trainings better than others?

Every training is different, and it is good to be clear on exactly what you are looking for.

What kind of yoga is taught?

We teach classical Hatha Yoga, which includes asana, pranayama, kriya, bandha, and mantra.

What kind of yoga will this program prepare me to teach? Is Centered Yoga an Ashtanga Vinyasa Training?

No, we are not an Ashtanga Vinyasa training. You will leave with the ability to teach both dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative classes. Read More

How many students are enrolled in each Teacher Training at one time?

It depends on the course, but we cap the course at 38, so there are never more than that.

What is the typical age range of the participants?

We have all ages attend, from 18-year-olds to 70-year-olds. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Do I need to have any other qualifications to be accepted into the program?

Just a sincere interest to learn.

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs? / Will I get the opportunity to teach at Samahita?

Once in a while we have work-study opportunities, but there is no formal work-study program at this time.

How much time will I need to study prior to the program? / What is the Pre-Training curriculum and how long will it take me to complete?

Currently it is 1-2 months.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Teacher Training Program?

You will have the tools you need to start the process of teaching, which is ongoing. We assume students will continue to learn and grow.

What is the difference between the 200, 300 and 500 hour programs?

We currently have both 200 and 300 level courses. The 200 hour course is considered as foundational for teaching. The 300 level course is made up of continuing education modules. You do not need to have gone through our 200 level course to take our 300 level course. With your 200 and 300 level certificates, you may then apply for Yoga Alliance’s 500 level certification.

How long will it take to fulfill the 200, 300 or 500 hour program?

Some people choose to take the courses all at once, while others choose to wait. The 200 hour training is a one month residential program. Our 300 hour consists of 3 consecutive or separate 100 hour/two-week residential trainings. The 300 hour courses must be completed within 3 years of the first training.

Can I apply my 200 hour training from another school to your 500 hour program?

If you have another 200 hour training you can attend our 300 hour. You then use your 200 and our 300 to apply for Yoga Alliance 500.

Can I take the course for my personal interest rather than to teach?

Yes, and many people do! Our aim is not to turn out asana teachers.

What is the certification process?

If students are present in class, and (for the 200 hour) turn in all of the assignments and pass all of the oral, written and practical exams, we then award them with the graduating certificate.

What is the Yoga Alliance?

It is one of the watchdog/governing
organizations, meant to police and organize how trainings are run. Some countries have their own organizations.

What are the final exams like?

There are no exams for the 300 hour courses. For the 200 there is a practical teaching exam, an oral exam, and written philosophy and anatomy exams.

What are the steps to enroll in the 200/300/500 hour programs?

Applications for our 200 hour course can be filled out online here:

Here’s more information on our 300 hour course:

What support is available during the training?

We have a full staff of teachers and professionals who are available for students.

How many trainings do you offer each year?

3 Trainings per year.

How and when do I apply to the program?

The sooner you apply the better, so you can prepare for the course and to ensure you get the accommodation you want.

How can you have different levels of students participating in the same program?

Everyone’s experience during their time with us will be different. It should be that way. Everyone comes with their own background and yoga experience/training, and that will shape what they are able to take in. We also get students into self practice, where we are able to individualize the practice for them.

Is there credit for yoga teacher training hours completed in another program?

You do not need to attend our 200 level course to apply for our 300 level course. You just need to have gone through an accredited program elsewhere.

Can I apply my 200–hour training from another school to your 500–hour program?

We have a 300 hour training. With our 300 hour certificate and your pre-existing 200 hour certificate you can then apply for Yoga Alliance 500 hour.

Will you assist me in my career development as a yoga teacher?

We do not have a specific placement system, but we are always willing to help with advice, as well as referrals when appropriate.

Can I stay offsite during my training?

We do have an offsite option, but staying offsite is not likely to be cheaper for you. And you might need to rent a car or scooter/motorbike for transportation. There is no public transportation.

What is your cancellation policy?

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Do you have payment plans available?

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Is there a time restriction in how long I have from my 200-hour to complete my extra hours for 500-hour certification?

Our 300 hour must be completed within 3 years. You can then apply through Yoga Alliance for your 500 hour certificate. The whole process should be done within 5 years.

Should you add on a Detox during your yoga teacher training?

During your 4 weeks of your teacher training is actually the best time to add on a detox program at Samahita Retreat. The detox program is tailored to work with your training schedule from 3-10 days during your stay. There are many benefits for your mind and body while detox during your training.
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Are there trainings available in Chinese & Non English language?

Yes, Paul Dallaghan and team often work with local studios whose student base are non english speakers. We’ve partnered with Space Yoga in Taipei for many years to offer a Chinese language training along with an interpreter. Read more

Will I get to see any tourist sites on Koh Samui during my training?

Yes, we include weekly trips to the local walking streets and a boat trip to the neighbouring islands. You can sign up for these optional excursions during your training.