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“All things carry the yin (femininity) while embrace the yang (masculinity). Neutralising energy brings them into harmony.”

The Yoga Academy – Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training

Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training and Study Immersion

Yoga Alliance US 200-hour and Yoga Alliance UK 200-hour accredited

Established teacher-training course directed and led by Simon Low and faculty One-month residential programme

February 2 – March 3, 2018

For further details, enquiries and an online application form for this training programme, please visit

*Training details to be updated imminently. Meanwhile please refer to the 2017 information as a guide.

About the Training

Yoga AcademySamahita Retreat welcomes The Yoga Academy’s Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training and Study Immersion, with Yoga Alliance US 200-hour and Yoga Alliance UK 200-hour accreditation. Established and led by Simon Low, one of Europe’s most renowned yoga teachers, The Yoga Academy is considered by many to be the most highly respected yoga teacher training providers in the UK, offering in-depth education in the full spectrum of yogic studies. This training course is run by Simon Low and faculty.



Morgan“I was already a qualified yoga teacher when I undertook this training and it consolidated and deepened my knowledge and experience both as a yoga teacher and yoga practitioner. ∼ Morgan Marshall, graduate of YYTT 2014

Jacqueline Ahmed“This course is exceptional with high quality education: the teachers are professional, qualified and passionate. I was looking for something serious, and I have not been disappointed at all. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found and chosen this course. ∼ Jacqueline Ahmed, Swizterland/Laos, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

Michelle Killian“This course will change you and the way you practice. Even if you are experienced you will learn a lot from this course. Come with an open mind. If it were not for this course I have no doubt I would not be where I am today, and this is just the beginning I hope. ∼ Michelle Killian, Ireland, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

gudrun docherty “The training gave me a whole new experience and understanding of yoga as a whole. I had read many of the right books before, but suddenly everything made so much more sense. The unique combination of Yang (active) and Yin (restorative) yoga balanced our bodies on a deep level. It was quite a revelation to me that ‘less is more’. The training has served me well. It has changed how I teach yoga.” ∼ Gudrun Docherty, Greece, graduate of 200-hour training of 2012

About the Teacher

Simon Low


simon-lecturingSimon Low (BWY-accredited, E-RYT 500 and SYT) is the principal of The Yoga Academy, which offers 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 25 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 has also studied in 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 immersions, 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 in spring 2015, Yin Yoga App for iPhone.



maria-de-sousa“Be prepared to be blown away by the teachings. The information you will receive orally and on paper is priceless and for a life time. The Yoga Academy teachers are impressively dedicated to the teachings of yoga (so make sure you are too!) and they do not settle for anything but the best they can offer. You will have all the support you need; you are in very good and safe hands. ∼ Maria de Sousa, Portugal, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

Thea Todorova“The course was remarkably well structured with information linked in a logical, relevant way. Professional and resourceful with clear guidelines for follow-up reading. Deeply knowledgeable and inspiring. ∼ Thea Todorova, UK, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

jozef wievel“It 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

The scheduled study and off days for 2018 are as follows:

Friday 2 February Arrival*, orientation and joint dinner
3-7 February Study days
Thursday 8 February Day off
9–13 February Study days
Wednesday 14 February Day off
15–19 February Study days
Tuesday 20 February Day off
21–25 February Study days
Monday 26 February Day off
27 February – 2 March Study days, teaching assessments, examinations with graduation ceremony on 2 March
3 March End of training and departures**

* Please note: Latest arrival on 2 February by 6 pm for orientation and dinner.
** Departure possible at any time on 3 March. The table below provides you with an outline of our daily activities.


7.00 am Tea and honey available
7.30 am – 10.00 am Chant, sit, practice, pranayama
10.00 am – 11.00 am Brunch
11.00 am – 12.30 pm Philosophy
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Break
1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Teaching methodology
2.30 – 4.00 pm Break
4.00 – 7.00 pm Asana and anatomy
7.00 – 8.00 pm Dinne

Karin Dierckx“I built tons of anatomical knowledge, studied a sound basis of Yoga philosophy, learned how to build solid all-round yoga classes and how to teach yoga safely to my students. ∼ Karin Dierckx, graduate of YYTT 2014

Michelle Killian“This is a life-altering course. I have gained invaluable information about anatomy and self-care, resonant both on and off the mat. I value critical alignment and safety in my teaching – an ethical standard – as I had not considered before. A balanced combination of yin and yang-styled yoga seems now the only way to practice – an enormous wealth therein. My own practice has become kinder, more respectful, holistic and refined, through the length of this course. I find myself more witnessed and self-accepting – both on the mat and off – in a way I had not considered prior to the course. ∼ Maha Malik, Pakistan, graduate of 200-hour training of 2013

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 2012

Gudrun Docherty“This course will serve you well if you want to make yoga a full-time career. You will know how to keep your students safe, how to design balanced lesson plans, how to create the right atmosphere for class, how to work with private clients and much more.” ∼ Gudrun Docherty, Greece, graduate of 200-hour training of 2012

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.

This intensive training has three different price categories in modern Asian-tropical accommodation.course_investment_pic_2017
Room options Price
Shared loft 197,580 THB
Semi-private 205,980 THB
Private room 218,580 THB

Share room = twin accommodation in duplex rooms. Semi-private = private room with a bathroom shared with another trainee. Private = private room with own en-suite bathroom.

The rate includes

  • your choice of accommodation,
  • tuition and course manuals,
  • wholesome and healthy buffet meals,
  • full use of Samahita Retreat facilities (wifi, steam room, pool, etc.),
  • eligibility for Yoga Alliance US 200-hour and Yoga Alliance UK 200-hour certification (upon successful completion).

If you wish to come with your partner or family, Samahita Retreat is equipped to accommodate them. You can also stay off site and arrange your own accommodation. For inquiries about your reservation, please contact Ann at

Payment policy

An initial deposit of THB 59,860, payable to Samahita Retreat, is required upon acceptance to the course irrespective of the accommodation option. The deposit confirms your place on the course. The remaining balance, with semi-private or single room supplements, if applicable, is to be made in two equal instalments by 1 st November 2017 and 1 st January 2018, respectively.

Application and enrolment

To apply, please follow the instructions and fill in the confidential online application form on: Once accepted you will receive instructions for paying your deposit. For inquiries about the course, please contact The Yoga Academy at:

For inquiries about your reservation, please contact Ann

This course is strictly limited to a maximum of 26 students. All applications will be responded to within 7 working days and will be considered in order of receipt, as will a wait list at the point the course places are all allocated.


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.

Marisa“Whilst this course seemed a little more expensive than some, something kept drawing me back to this course and  I’m really happy I chose to learn with the amazing teachers at The Yoga Academy –  the thought behind the course, experience of each of the teachers and the wealth of information you both explore  both on the course and take away makes it an unbelievable investment. I truly appreciate having had the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful experience – my outlook, how I deal with others, and so much beyond my asana practice has been touched by my time spent at Samahita. Maria McNabb, Ireland, graduate of YYTT 2014

Michelle Killian“I’m amazed how much I have learned in just 4 weeks. Though a heavy portion of anatomy, it’s delivered in a way that’s relevant to my practice, so I’m not learning anatomy for the sake of it. ∼ Sheila Lam, Hong Kong, graduate of YYTT 2013

Michelle Killian“I feel ready to teach yoga. The knowledge and practice I have absorbed and developed here has given me confidence and deepened my passion for yoga. ∼ Smita Das, UK, graduate of YYTT 2013


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