Island Yoga Special Retreats-Teacher Training

Island Yoga’s 200-Hr Hatha Yoga Certification program will qualify you as a Yoga Alliance RYT 200-level Yoga Instructor

Realize your Fullest Potential during Island Yoga’s 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training

Island Yoga is a certified yoga school based in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand. Every year students successfully complete an intensive training to earn our 200-hr Yoga Alliance certification. Our inspiring instructors utilize hands-on learning, experience, and expertise to form some of the brightest and intuitive yoga instructors we have ever seen. Our system is based on the structure of Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour globally-recognized certification. Thus, students can take their yoga certification and teach at studios worldwide.

What Our 200-Hr Teacher Training is All About

Immerse yourself in a one-month yogic exploration of your physical, spiritual, and intellectual growth with Master Yoga Instructor and leader of our yoga teacher training, Karen Miscall-Bannon on stunning Koh Yao Noi, Thailand. The unique 4-week training weaves authentic self-realization through world-class education, professional dynamic teaching methods, and deep personal connection. The untouched natural beauty of Koh Yao Noi is the perfect spiritual setting to let go of negative patterns, learn new skills, adopt a wellness lifestyle, and open your heart to life’s possibilities. Book Your Spot Now!


Our 200-Hr comprehensive yoga teacher training certification covers:

  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Yoga History
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Anatomy
  • Sequencing Yoga Classes
  • Adjustments and Assists
  • Mantra Yoga/Know Your Rhythm
  • GIM (Guided Imagery and Music) – guided meditation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Mudra
  • Pranayama
  • Ayurveda


Discover “whole-body-support” templates for strong, comfortable, injury-free asana practice.  Learn to weave postures, breath, and movement into progressive depths of experience.

Develop depth and beauty into your yoga practice that remains constant when you step off the mat.

Learn to share your personal experiences of the world through teaching yoga.

Connect to a mindful community who believes in transformation and self-discovery.

Lifetime Investment

Our 200-hour teacher training program includes:

  • 4-weeks of an entire course study for certification
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks

Not included

  • Travel expenses
  • Excursions
  • Dinner
  • Additional yoga sessions or treatments
  • Course work and reading material (approx $125)

What To Expect

Our daily schedule will follow roughly the timetable below but is subject to change. We will aim to take 1.5 rest days per week to give enough time to integrate your learnings.

  • 7:30 am-10:00 am Mantra work & Asana
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am Breakfast
  • 11:00 am-2:00 pm Anatomy and/or Asana clinic
  • 2:00 pm-3.00 pm Lunch
  • 3:00 pm-5:30 pm Philosophy & Resting practices and meditation and/or Practice teaching/Homework

The Modules you will learn:

Module 1

Movement principles, integration, anatomy for yoga teachers, beginning pranayama and meditation and mantra practices; and creating a balanced personal practice.

Module 2

Lower back fundamentals, integrating the shoulder girdle, introduction to organs, fluid and skeletal, developmental movement patterns, continuing pranayama, mantra, and meditation.

Module 3

Backbends, arm balances, inversions, and hip openers, continued explorations of pranayama, mantra, meditation, and GIM (Guided Imagery and Music); sequencing, and assisting.

Module 4

Integrated whole movement; vinyasa and restorative applications, pranayama, mantra, and meditation, GIM  explorations; continued sequencing, and assisting.

We will experience ‘Know Your Rhythm’ (KYR) – a training program that Karen and Arnab B. Chowdhury bring to seekers to help them discover their musicality and their own sense of rhythm in life and work.

Room OptionPRICE IN TBH$ Approx
Female DormTHB 95,000$3,000
Budget Room – 2 sharingTHB 95,000$3,000
Budget Room – PrivateTHB 102,800$3,250
Comfort Fan – 2 sharingTHB 99,700$3,150
Comfort Fan PrivateTHB 113,950$3,600
A/C Bungalow – 2 sharingTHB 106,000$3,350
A/C Bungalow – PrivateTHB 125,000$3,950

Reserve Your Spot Now!

Prices are listed per person and payment is taken via Paypal transfer in Thai Baht. Prices in USD are estimates only at the time of publishing and will vary with exchange rates.

Dates & Pricing

Our 200 hour Teacher Training programme will take place at Island Yoga in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand from Monday, 12th October 2020 – Monday, 9th November 2020. We have several room options for you to choose from depending on your budget. Prices are listed below and you can check out the available room options on our Accommodation and Facilities Page.

For the first 8 students we are running an early bird discount of $300!! We expect places to fill up fast so book your place soon to avoid disappointment!


Payment Terms

50% deposit required via PayPal to reserve your spot

3% payment charge is applied to deposit

Full balance should be paid on arrival – this can be paid by cash or credit card (3% charge applies to card payments)

Cancellation policy

Cancellation more than 6 weeks in advance – Full refund minus payment fees

Cancellation between 6-4 weeks in advance – 50% refund minus payment fees

Cancellation less than 4 weeks – no refund available

Testimonials from Karen’s Students

I completed a 200 hour training with Karen in winter 2015. As a registered nurse, Karen’s in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology resonated with me from the first time I encountered her. She has outstanding depth of knowledge regarding yoga philosophy and is able to weave that perspective into the science of yoga without overwhelming the student with superfluous information.

Cheryl Starch

Studying with Karen has been one of the foundational experiences of my yoga journey since I started over a decade ago. Karen’s wisdom runs deep, from anatomy and physiology to philosophy, pranayama and mantra. Karen is a true teacher in the sense that she has investigated for herself all the information she embodies and shares with students. I am forever grateful to call Karen my teacher. Having taught for over 4 years before finding Karen, my teaching style has taken on a new level of embodiment, understanding, intellect, heart, and grace. Karen both encourages those she teaches to find their own path and provides the decades of wisdom from her personal journey, leading to a harmonious and inspiring teacher-student relationship. I will recommend Karen as a teacher for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t be the teacher I am without her guidance.

Krista Louise Hagman

I took my 200 hour YTT with Karen at my local studio because she was a teacher I went to and respected. I admit I wasn’t sure what I would be in for, I just knew that I wanted to know more and deepen my practice. Karen’s teaching exceeded all of my hopes and expectations. I finally understood why alignment matters; to move prana through the body, and I finally felt that flow of energy. She opened my eyes to all aspects of Yoga and how asana is just the beginning of the deeper work that happens in the body/mind/spirit. I started teaching a few months after completing the training and felt 100% prepared to offer classes. I have now been teaching for 1 year and have left my day job to pursue yoga full time. Karen helped me find my way to a deeper spiritual practice, because that is what I was truly looking for. Her training is so in depth, and really takes you into what Yoga is.  I will forever be grateful to have her as my teacher and guide.

Julia Johnsen

About The Facilitator

Karen Miscall-Bannon is a master yoga instructor: senior Yoga Alliance-registered 500 E-RYT, an IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist, and co-leader of “Know Your Rhythm” with Arnab B. Chowdhury of Pondicherry, India. She leads Yoga Teacher trainings and workshops around the world. Karen has vast extensive knowledge of anatomy, with a focus on yoga therapeutics, grounded from her bodywork practice of over 20 years.  She brings a wealth of yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation knowledge to provide a well-rounded and complete approach to yoga studies.

Karen began her studies in the Iyengar tradition and began practicing ashtanga vinyasa in 1999. She studied with Patty Townsend at the Yoga Center Amherst, MA from 2001-2012, where she became certified at the 200-and 500-hour levels in Embodyoga®, and is certified at the E-RYT 500-hour level by Yoga Alliance.  She assisted and guest taught in the YCA’s Embodyoga® teacher trainings starting in 2004, and co-led 200-hour teacher trainings starting in 2009 with Suzanne Manafort at Newington Yoga Center.

Karen relocated to northern CA in 2012, where she is teaching classes, workshops, and is leading 200-hour and 300-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training programs in the greater Sacramento area. She is an ambassador and program director for Mindful Yoga Therapy, and volunteers at the local juvenile detention facility teaching yoga to the inmates. She is presently collaborating with Arnab Chowdhury from Pondicherry, India on a program called ‘Know Your Rhythm”, which marries asana, mantra, and mudra, and rhythm in explorations to help access the flow state from the inside out.

Karen has extensive knowledge of anatomy, with a passion for yoga therapeutics, stemming from her bodywork practice of over 18 years.  Karen brings a deep love of yoga and yoga philosophy to her teaching, and is known for being able to make abstract concepts accessible to her students.  She gratefully brings what she has learned from her teachers and her own practice to her students, to assist them in deepening their awareness of body and mind through the practices of yoga.

Take part in Karen’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Island Yoga!