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“The whirlpools of the mind can be stilled by the breath." ∼ Patanjali

50-hour Study Immersion for Teachers

January 24 – 31, 2015

with Simon Low and Eija Tervonen

About the Retreat

This 50-hour study immersion is part of The Yoga Academy’s Ongoing Teacher Training programme, which includes study immersions of varying length for yoga teachers for their ongoing professional development. Each module in this programme is built around a specific subject matter and can be taken independently as a focused study immersion into the subject. Teachers with an existing Yoga Alliance (US) 200-hour certificate can collect hours from each immersion towards formal certification, via The Yoga Academy, at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance. Hours can also be collected towards maintaining a current 200-hour or 500-hour registration with the Yoga Alliance. Additionally, at The Yoga Academy’s discretion, each study immersion is also open to non-teachers.

Join the Yoga Academy faculty and guest teacher Terry McCarthy for a study immersion into upgrading your knowledge of key teaching directions, which will re-inspire your own practice and embodyment of asana and pranayama and enthuse, inform and add variety to your teaching, with a particular focus on Yin and Restorative Yoga. Under the guidance of our expert guest teacher Terry McCarthy, specialist in Muscle Restoration Therapy, you will learn the skill to ‘see’ your students, being able to look at your students as they stand still and/or make simple movements that reveal fascial holding patterns and habitual tendencies of moving. You will learn how to address these through the modality of asana, assisted stretch and manual fascial reintegration, which will add a therapeutic healing dimension to your studies on this immersion.

For further details about The Yoga Academy and their Ongoing Teacher Training programme, please visit:

About the Teacher

Simon Low

Simoin-LowSimon Low, BWY and Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) teacher, is the Principal of The Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. After a career in the music industry based out of London and New York, Simon undertook training as yoga teacher and therapist 24 years ago with renowned yoga teacher, therapist and author Dr. Larry Payne at Samata International in Los Angeles, California. These studies were augmented by Simon’s training in macrobiotics, bodywork and psycho-spiritual enquiry. Simon’s foundational teachings are informed by the teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya and his primary students. Simon’s current teachings reflect his continued training and on-going studies with international teachers in many forms of Hatha and Classical yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology and physical therapy. Simon is an ongoing student of A.H. Almaas’ Ridhwan School, but his primary teacher lives within himself, a relationship he continues to cultivate with the help and guidance of his current teachers and practice. He inspires others to cultivate the same relationship within themselves and their own yoga practices.

Following many years of teaching in the UK, Simon co-founded Triyoga in London, where he was Director of Yoga until 2003, since which time he has concentrated on teacher training at The Yoga Academy and on leading study intensives, workshops and rejuvenating yoga retreats around the world. Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a harmonious combination of Yin and Yang Yoga. Not a set system but a balanced approach that can inform and enrich all styles of yoga, Yin and Yang Yoga offers fresh vitality to yoga practice, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind – the space for peace and tranquillity.

In 2007, Simon released his now very popular DVD “Yin and Yang Yoga” and will release a Yin Yoga App in 2014.

Other faculty details can be found on

Eija Tervonen

Eija TervonenAfter an introduction to yoga through the dynamic practice of Astanga Vinyasa yoga in 1997, Eija began an in-depth exploration into yoga practice and eventually teaching, first completing teacher training at foundation, intermediate, pregnancy and yoga therapy levels with the Cairns Yoga Academy in Australia. Eija is now also qualified in Iyengar Yoga, and has completed Advanced Yoga Studies with Donna Farhi, has studied in depth with Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Julie Gudmestad and Simon Low, and is certified in Relax & Restore® Yoga by Judith Lasater.

Eija now teaches internationally alongside Simon Low for The Yoga Academy and continues her study of yoga, somatic awareness, movement and healing modalities, with a special interest in the Feldenkrais method.

Also a professional translator and reviser with a former career in corporate communication in the banking and oil industries, Eija has translated and edited, into her native Finnish, works by BKS Iyengar, John Scott, Petri Räisänen, Louise Grime, Donna Farhi and Maya Fiennes as well as the British Medical Association’s comprehensive book about back care. With a keen interest in yoga for therapeutic applications, Eija is dedicated to safe, skilful and effective, anatomically conscious teaching and practice. Eija offers competent, individually tailored and informed guidance and support to students throughout this training.

Terry McCarthy

Terry McCarthyTerry McCarthy was trained in Dorn Therapy by Barbara Simon, who studied under Dieter Dorn himself in Germany. As well as being a Dorn Therapist, Terry also uses a range of other natural hands-on therapies. He is the originator of Muscle Restoration Therapy, perfected through giving thousands of treatments. When we strain and injure ourselves, we ignore and over-ride the ‘factory settings’ we were born with that dictate correct postural, growth and muscular functions. This leads to back, neck and joint pain. Using just one finger, Terry restores muscles to their ‘factory settings’ to give safe, gentle relief from pain .This allows the body to heal itself. Massage is not a part of the treatment. There is also no manipulation, cracking or crunching.

Terry gives treatments, introductory classes and workshops in a number of countries.

For more information about Terry, please visit:

The Daily Schedule

Arrival day 24 January

Please arrive for a 5pm course get together, followed by buffet dinner.

Weekly schedule

7.00 am – 10.00 am Morning Practice – a predominantly yang style led practice incorporating asana, applied anatomy, pranayama and meditation
10.00 am – 11.00 am Brunch buffet
11.00 am – 12.30 pm Study session |
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Break – brunch buffet available
1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Study session ||
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm Break
4.30 pm – 7.00 pm Study session |||
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm Buffet dinner
8.00 pm Two 1-hour sessions during the week

Departure day 31 January

7.30 am – 10.00 am           Led practice

Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on

Add-On Programs

Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program to make the most out of your stay. We invite you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Add-On Program of your choice.

Wellness Spa Add-On Program

Relax and enjoy our Wellness Spa Add-On Program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.

3 days 5 days 7 days
Wellness Spa Program 4,770 THB 7,560 THB 10,530 THB

Health Add-On Program

Our Health Add-On Programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our healthy detox, candida detox program to our de-stress program, our specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.

3 days 5 days 7 days 10 days
Detox 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB
Candida Detox 20,250 THB 29,460 THB 34,930 THB 45,850 THB
De-Stress 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB

We recommend you book in advance for your Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.

Retreat Rates

Share two bedroom loft     € 1,265 per person
Semi Private room     € 1,365 per person
Private room     € 1,465 per person

Friend / Family Room & Board Rates

These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).

During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite

We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:

  • 2,100 per day
  • 13,440 for one week
  • 26,040 for two weeks
  • 37,800 for three weeks
  • 46,200 for four weeks

Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:

  • Full yoga and fitness program
  • Fully equipped accommodation with AC
  • Full brunch and dinner buffets
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Herbal steam room
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Wi Fi internet
  • Service charge
  • VAT government tax

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

Reserve your place on this program.

If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form

All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.


Michelle Killian

The comprehensive course material and delivery was a huge step up from my YTTC200. I did my initial training elsewhere, but Simon and Eija made sure I understood the basics from their own YTTC course and got me up to speed alongside their existing Yoga Academy students. I have benefitted hugely from their knowledge and passion for anatomy and how to practice safely, which has brought an added dimension to my classes.
∼ Samantha Aikenhead, yoga teacher, UK, 50-hour study immersion June 2014

Michelle KillianFrom Simon’s inspiring and thought provoking led classes, through Eija’s anatomically detailed tuition and adjustments, I feel as if I have attended a 1-1 Masterclass in Yoga, but with the added benefit of being able to further enhance my knowledge base, by tapping into the experiences of my fellow Yoga teachers from around the world with whom I shared the course. Only now, a few weeks since the training ended, I am beginning to fully appreciate how deeply my time on this study immersion will affect my own practice and ultimately that of my students, as they will, by natural extension, be joint beneficiaries of my time spent on this training. Thank you Simon, Eija and fellow students for a truly humbling and memorable experience.
∼ Adrian Demoulpied, Sivananda Yoga teacher, Wales, 50-hour study immersion June 2014

Afsaneh SaghariI am a yoga teacher and have travelled around the world for yoga retreats. In my last journey in January 2014, I went to Samahita Retreat for a yoga holiday with Simon Low. I got rid of pains that had been caused by an old back injury in yoga. The results were magnificent and I could not believe it. In summer 2014, I went to Turkey to do a 50-hour study immersion with Simon and his faculty, and the results exceeded my experiences from various health farms in India. I was able to reach my desirable weight, my asanas improved a great deal, my teaching skills improved, and I felt less tired and more energetic. I run my own studio in Iran and now come to Simon and his faculty to improve my teaching skills.
∼ Afsaneh Saghari, yoga teacher, Teheran, Iran 50-hour study immersion June 2014

Michelle KillianOverwhelming, as it may seem initially, Simon and Eija draw students into a space of trust and provide every manner of support for their learning. This includes a range of teaching methodologies as well as personal guidance and access each day of the course. Their emphasis on a ‘sanga’, or community, helped foster genuine kinship between students.
∼ Maha Malik, Pakistan, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

Jacqueline AhmedThis course is exceptional with high quality education: the teachers are professional, qualified and passionate.
∼ Jacqueline Ahmed, Swizterland/Laos, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

Thea TodorovaProfessional and resourceful with clear guidelines for follow-up reading. Deeply knowledgeable and inspiring.
∼ Todorka Todorova, UK, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

Michelle KillianThe tutors are the most dedicated I have ever come across. Their dedication to teaching and to each and every student is remarkable.
∼ Michelle Killian, Ireland, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

jozef wievelIt is an intensive teacher training course designed and taught with great care by a tem of loving teachers. I felt safe and respected all the time both as a human and student.
∼ Jozef Wiewel, UK, graduate of 200-hour training of 2012

Rosalind Wade“This course was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It achieved and surpassed my objectives in every way.”
∼ Rosalind Wade, Hong Kong, graduate of 200-hour training of 2011

For further details, enquiries and an online application to book your place, please go to



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