• ALL YOU NEED WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU. YOU ARE THE LIGHT

    We invite you to come and experience the newest most addictive and effective form of yoga. Our school is the second school in Thailand and the fourth in the world that offers original balance ball yoga classes from a certified instructor.

    Atma Jnana Yoga is a small yoga and balance ball yoga studio in Koh Samui Thailand, designed not to impress with its decoration or style but with the quality and results of the classes offered. The teachers that you will find (resident or guests) are highly experienced and the greatest quality they have is the ability to inspire students to evolve, working with them and adapting to their needs.
    Our focus is to keep everyone safe and healthy so we always make sure that no one goes beyond their body’s limits. For balance ball yoga classes the floor and walls are covered with material that prevents injuries if someone loses balance.

  • ATMA JNANA YOGA

    Jnana in Hinduism is "knowledge" in the deeper sense of a complete experience. Atma jnana is "self-realization", the spiritual goal that all beings must strive for. While we can see the material world with our two eyes, atma jnana helps us see beyond into the true nature of reality.

    In Hindu mythology, the concept of atma jnana is represented by Shiva’s "third eye". In a well-known legend, Shiva, distracted from his meditation, opens this eye, the fire that emanates from it burns the hapless Kama, god of desire, to ashes. The principle of this tale is that desire can only be destroyed through jnana. Desire confuses and distracts the mind, making it chase after illusory forms of happiness. Hindus worship Shiva, seeking his blessings for the third eye of jnana - in other words, for spiritual progress.

    All forms of yoga have a single goal, the union of body, mind and soul, that allows for a fruitful existence on earth and spiritual liberation after death. The follower of jnana yoga seeks to attain this goal through knowledge, by developing various mental strengths.

    By cultivating viveka or the power of discrimination, the jnana yogi learns to differentiate between the real and the ephemeral. In Hindu mythology, this ability is symbolized by the swan which has the power to separate water mixed with milk. A spiritually evolved being is known as Paramahamsa ("Great Swan"), the inference being that like the swan that lives in water, yet never gets wet, so too an enlightened being is of this world, yet remains free of attachment to it.

    While the jnana yogi must practice dispassion, he must also yearn intensely for liberation from temporal existence. Finally, he must excel in the six virtues of Shad sampat - controlling the mind and the senses, withdrawing from non-essential activities, nurturing faith and developing powers of deep concentration and endurance.

  • HATHA YOGA

    Classes are based on student’s level and potential. All levels are welcome and all you need is an open mind.

    All you need is within you. You are the light. It’s your journey. What we (yoga teachers) do is to give some directions and wish you enjoy the trip. Yoga is in everyone. Everyone is practicing it in their own way, acrobats, race car drivers, climbers, doctors etc. The list is endless. At the time that your mind and body become one and transcend "reality" - then you are a yogi.

    Hatha yoga is the form of yoga that helps harmonize and purify the body. It helps you become more flexible and understand the importance of knowing your body, how to breath, move and allow mind to relax. Hatha yoga is the first step for those who want to deepen the yogic practice since a body and a mind that is healthy is necessary.

    Some believe that hatha yoga is only for beginners but that is not true. Hatha yoga is part of raja yoga and is the form that contains: asana (body position), pranayama (control of vital energy and breath), yama and niyama (personal and social ethical principles), pratyahara (inner focus and detachment from external stimulation), dharana (concentration), dyana (meditation), samadhi (salvation), mudras (hand gestures), bundhas (energy locks) and shatkarmas (physical and mental detox techniques).

    Hatha yoga can be very challenging if your body and mind are ready. Some asana demand physical strength as well as mental strength. Our goal is to be able get into asana remaining calm, steady and comfortable.

    Our belief is that all asanas performed in all styles of yoga is  part  of Hatha Yoga. All yoga styles have the same goal, unity! The way that asanas are performed is different but it is up to everyone to find which branch unlocks the inner potential and inspires us the most to discover our inner light.

    In Atma jnana yoga you first you learn about yourself and then about yoga. The first step is to know yourself, what you can and you cannot do, what you like and do not like. Then you start with a fresh mind to discover what you can improve on and how. After understanding or better, remembering about yourself you can start practicing yoga.

  • BALANCE BALL YOGA

    Balance ball yoga is a new unique form of yoga that improves posture, coordination, strength and is extremely fun.

    You will feel the difference after your first class and after a week of training your will notice how the muscles are toned and your posture is improved.

    Everyone that wants to keep a healthy and strong body will be amazed with the results. The advantages of balance ball yoga is recognised and practiced by professional such as: athletes, massage therapists, dancers, yoga teachers etc.

    How does yoga come in to the equation?
    You are going to empty your mind from everything else while you practice. As your balance becomes better you will be able to move with complete awareness and focus. The practice itself will inspire you to clear your mind and just be in the here and now. Your body posture will improve and become stronger. You will tone and use muscles that you never used before. You will also burn calories while practicing the most amusing and addictive form of yoga ever.

    Akis speaks about balance ball yoga:
    I’ve never seen anything so effective and addictive like balance ball yoga. What makes it special is the fact that it is open to everyone and you can practice anywhere. Kids love it, younger people find it very challenging and the rest enjoy the exercise and the benefits that a balanced posture offers.

    Learn how to use your body. Improve your posture, balance and coordination.

  • BALANCE BALL YOGA WORKSHOPS

    Be the first in your country to offer this unique system. Balance ball yoga will be your new passion!

    Balance ball yoga is a new exciting and very effective way to get fit. Balance ball yoga improves flexibility, posture, tones muscle and helps burn fat.

    We organize beginners and advanced workshops that can be completed in 5 hours for beginners and 10 hours for advanced students. Students will receive a certificate. Advanced students can continue on to balance ball yoga instructor training. We also offer fitness and weight loss programs with balance ball and weights for 5 days, 10 days or 15 days.

    Three things are necessary for the workshops:
    1) Space. You need about 4sqm per student.
    2) Soft floor. The floor should be covered with a material softer than a yoga mat. Especially for advanced or instructor training.
    3) Balance balls.

    Contact us for more information.

    HATHA YOGA WORKSHOPS

    These workshops will be part of our studio in Samui. Workshops will be provided by yoga teachers with different styles and experience. You will find information about it on our website in time.

  • AKIS

    Akis (Evangelos Vournazos) is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500 E-RYT 200). He has completed three teacher training courses in different schools in India (Nashik Yoga Vidya Gurukul and Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Vrindavan) and has attained the title of yoga acharya (master of yoga). He is thankful to have received teachings from masters like Steve Petteau, Karina Arenas Bonansea, Swami Atmaramananda, Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik (Rishi Dharmajyoti), Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and more.

    He is a balance ball yoga instructor and owns only the second school that teaches it in Thailand. He was trained by Hironori Ikeda, the creator of the system.

    He is also a Thai massage advanced practitioner and teacher. He is a graduate of ITM international school of Thai massage.

    He has studied hypnosis, regression therapy in Indian Hypnosis Academy, Reiki and is a Lama Fera Master, student of Acharya Arunanad. Since 2006 has teached in Greece, Malaysia, India and Thailand. He has also been organizing workshops and retreats around the world. His studies in Thai massage gave him a better understanding of the human body and the effects of yoga on it. From beginners to advanced, his classes are an inspiration to become aware and deepen your knowledge into the benefits of hatha yoga.

    Akis has had a background in sports, martial arts (3rd place in Hellenic Box Savate National Championship) and fitness from a young age. An amateur soccer player, windsurfer and assistant coach to the Greek Olympic gold medallist board sailor champion Nikolas Kaklamanakis. He also served in the Hellenic special forces. All this gave him the tools to create programs that provide great results in fitness and weight loss (when following his nutritional advice)  as well as the ability to understand when and how to encourage students to go a step further with their practice.

    Akis gained experience from teaching in yoga studios, detox and rehab centres, 5 star resorts and private classes, teaching to all levels of students from all walks of life and learning something new from all the people that he met along the way.

    Akis’s philosophy:
    For me yoga is a work in progress, it gives you the tools to ask your own questions, the answers will come in time, until then enjoy the ride and take the best out of everything. Patience and faith will be all you need. If there is something that someone has to do in this life it is to try and be happy. Being happy will make everyone around you happy.
    Be happy and bring happiness.

  • Prices are per session (not per person) and in Thai Baht. Prices for fitness / weight loss programs are available here.

    Number of classes
    By Skype Private On Location
    1 1,000 1,500
    3 2,700 3,600
    5 4,000 5,000
    10 6,000 8,000

    COMING TO CLASS

    1

    Arriving on time or early can help you settle in and prepare yourself for your practice.


    2

    You will be more comfortable if you refrain from eating 1 to 2 hours before class.


    3

    Wearing comfortable clothing allows for a full range of motion. You will find comfortable clothes you can buy in our studio.


    4

    Mats are free but we strongly recommend that students bring their own.


    5

    Please, no cell phones in the yoga room.



    6

    Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes during class.


  • BALANCE BALL YOGA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

    The first Balance Ball Yoga instructor training in Koh Samui is happening. A 2 week instructor training course that includes daily: Balance Ball Yoga, functional anatomy for Balance Ball Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Plus optional massage training for those who are interested in a deeper understanding of how our bodies work.

    BALANCE BALL YOGA – ACCREDITED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

    This course is designed to prepare you to effectively assist others improve their posture and coordination. Upon completion of this course you will be able to help others through the practice and philosophy of Balance Ball Yoga, regardless of your professional background and ability. A strong desire to help others with their posture and movement is the most important requirement for aspiring instructors. Instruction that addresses individual students’ unique needs, using a compassionate approach is emphasized. We welcome all students who wish to become accredited Balance Ball Yoga instructors and use the Balance Ball Yoga methods within their professional practice. After completing this course you will be able to lead Balance Ball Yoga classes and conduct beginner and advanced certification courses.

    WHEN & WHERE

    5th – 23rd August 2013
    The lessons will be on the 2nd week of August.The 3rd week of August is about practicing and leading classes and making sure that you will be able to lead a class with confidence after you finish the instructor training course. Our location is the Atma Jnana Yoga Studio - Koh Samui Thailand. Contact us for details on early bird prices and discounts for group bookings.

    TEACHERS

    Hironori Ikeda - Hiro:

    The master and creator of Balance Ball Yoga will be here to share his knowledge with us. Hiro will be the primary leading teacher in Balance Ball Yoga, functional anatomy and sessions for muscle release (optional). Hiro has more than 14 years experience and is the only one who can lead instructor training. Needless to say his experience and knowledge is vast as he has been teaching different people with different backgrounds for a long time.

    Evangelos Vournazos - Akis:

    Akis is a Yoga teacher with 7 years teaching experience and has been teaching Balance Ball Yoga since 2010. Akis will be leading Hatha Yoga classes and assisting in Balance Ball Yoga classes.

  • FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS

    Focused on your goal (muscle toning or weight loss) you will be offered Balance Ball Yoga and Hatha Yoga classes with light weights as well as outdoor training (running).

    This program is effective if combined with proper nutrition and dedication (training 2 to 3 times per day).

    Price 5 days
    Price 10 days Price 15 days
    7,500 11,000 15,000

    COMING TO CLASS

    1

    Arriving on time or early can help you settle in and prepare yourself for your practice.


    2

    You will be more comfortable if you refrain from eating 1 to 2 hours before class.


    3

    Wearing comfortable clothing allows for a full range of motion. You will find comfortable clothes you can buy in our studio.


    4

    Mats are free but we strongly recommend that students bring their own.


    5

    Please, no cell phones in the yoga room.



    6

    Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes during class.


  • FIND US

    Atma Jnana Yoga is located between Chaweng and Lamai at the IT center. We have a parking area outside the studio and would love to meet and talk to each and every one of you who took the time to visit our website.

    Atma Jnana Yoga
    26 Moo 4, Tambon Maret
    Koh Samui, Thailand, 84310
    (IT Center)

    Telephone: +66 (0) 80435 1563
    E-mail: info@atmajnanayoga.com

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  • OUR HOTEL PARTNERS

    Atma Jnana Yoga has partnered with the following Samui hotels providing in-house hatha yoga and balance ball yoga classes. For more information email us or contact your hotel reception directly.

    Nora Beach Resort & Spa

    Nora Beach Resort & Spa

    The resort enjoys a spectacular hillside setting, overlooking a secluded bay just north of the world-famous Chaweng Beach. Although only few minutes from the island’s boutique airport and a short drive from central Chaweng, Nora is secluded and private, a little village within lush gardens. Nora Beach Resort & Spa >>

    New Leaf Detox Resort

    New Leaf Detox Resort

    A comfortable garden bungalow style resort with a very successful detox fasting program. Minutes away from the white sand of Lamai beach which is located on one of the world's most breath taking islands, Koh Samui Thailand. New Leaf Detox Resort >>