This private instruction yoga program is designed for experienced yoga practitioners who want to go deeper in their personal yoga journey. Private one on one yoga sessions will lead to greater physical and mental benefits and a more optimal flow of pranic energy. Many intermediate practitioners come to us with extensive experience of asanas, particularly from attending group classes. However, they find that their yoga teachers pay little attention to the fundamentals of breathing, purification, and theory that are all important components of an authentic yoga practitioner.
Deepen dedicates private one on one sessions to exploring pranayama and the philosophy that form the basis for Hatha yoga practice. It appeals to those who seek a better-informed approach to a yoga lifestyle. This advanced program is suitable as the next step to becoming a well rounded yoga practitioner or even a yoga teacher. Maybe you’re looking to fill gaps in your existing knowledge, or simply for a boost to personal development. Experienced yoga teachers, you can benefit from this program with the opportunity to gain inspiration and learn the Vikasa Method style of yoga.
➼ Are you an intermediate or advanced yoga practioner looking to push past your plateau?
➼ Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level with expert private instruction?
➼ Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of techniques and journey deeper into self?
The Deepen program explores the more difficult asanas, such as arm balances, along with mudras and bandas. Having a more refined technique will allow you to receive maximum benefit from your yoga practice. This also leads to a greater understanding of anatomy and how the physical form can help mental wellbeing. A large part of the private program syllabus focuses on improving pranayama and meditation. Some of the advanced yoga techniques covered in the Deepen program include Nauli and Bhastrika pranayama. Enhanced awareness of these ancient techniques reduces stress and balances the body and mind. The Deepen program will take you through the nuances of bandhas, the energetic locks that assist the correct movements of prana in our bodies, all in a private session environment with our experienced instructors. Another key aspect of the Deepen course is purification, through the six cleansing actions of Shatkarma. Shatkarma is practiced in preparation for pranayama by practicing Kalphabahti and Nauli techniques.
Kosta Miachin created Vikasa as a place for transformation for all levels of yogis. His passion for excellence brought several ways for advanced students to continue their growth and transformation. The Deepen program at Vikasa Yoga Retreat is one such passion project specifically designed for the active yogi looking for more. Download his book ASANA 365 to get a taste of the range of asanas that you might enjoy during the Deepen personal yoga program. You’ll get to practice and train with one of the Vikasa Yoga Academy’s most senior yoga instructors and possibly with Kosta himself during your program. You’ll push past plateaus and deepen your practice to the next level in Koh Samui Thailand.
The Deepen course is privately led by teachers that are all Vikasa graduates themselves, with a wealth of experience and expertise. Our experienced staff provides personal, hands-on private instruction to ensure safe practice, proper alignment and foundation. This will be presented in personalized one-to-one sessions and group classes. The program has a lot of information to digest, so we provide a course handbook.
This provides a useful point of reference when you return home. As a student you will learn how to create your own personalized sequences, designed to address any particular ailments or injuries. Learn how to listen to your body and how to use asana to create a balance of strength and flexibility. In addition to asana in both private and group settings, you will go deeper in a one on one setting with meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy.
Through pranayama, we can connect with our true essence. We can get in touch with the innermost self through the stillness and awareness that exists between each breath. Our breath is the main instrument that directs the flow of prana in the body. The life-giving force of prana is the energy that powers our body and its physical systems. It links the human mind with physical matter. Learn to incorporate bandhas into their asana practice.
The Deepen program will leave you feeling tranquil and energized after a week in our beautiful sea view paradise on Ko Samui. The experience of learning is rewarding, and it starts with the feeling of being challenged by new, unfamiliar concepts. Embracing the Vikasa community, not only the Vikasa experts, will help you flow with more ease into your transformation. The feeling of a common goal and shared values fosters the perfect environment for learning and connecting with your innermost self. As you develop your asana, meditation and pranayama, as well as enjoying the delicious food at the Vikasa Life Café, you will feel a rush of wellbeing. Your nervous system will be calmer; you will be able to live and focus in the present. Most importantly, by the end of the week you will have a sense of accomplishment, having learned a new set of tools to support you in your daily routine.
private coaching sessions
program work book
1 x 90 mins - Intake Session
1 x 90 mins - Intro to Hatha
1 x 60 min choice
1 x 90 private meditation
work book included
1 x waterfall hike
2 x 60 mins - Private Coaching
unlimited group sessions
1 x 90 min choice
unlimited group sessions
1 x 90 mins - Review Session
take home assignments
Vikasa Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui offers several types of accommodation ranging from simple eco-friendly bamboo bungalows to full-sized rooms. We are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place. Our rooms are democratically priced because we believe this range of accommodation allows for a wider range of students to experience Vikasa.
Our rooms celebrate simplicity. We have minimal decorations to create a feeling of zen. There are no TVs or fancy mini bars. We are a relaxed establishment where you can unplug and reconnect to something deeper in a meaningful way. You will notice some of our room options have a “+” which means they are a little bit bigger than the standard category.
Tips for choosing your perfect room: If you like to stay close to the beach, check out the cabanas in our Prana Village. If you prefer a garden location with sustainable bamboo huts, try the Zen Bungalows. If you don’t want to walk down too many stairs you can be near the action in one of our budget-friendly Yoga Caves. If you need a bit of extra space, comfort and a central location, the Lotus Village is a good start.
Vikasa is truly a paradise location which adds an extra dimension to your yoga practice as a whole. The environment is conducive to relaxing where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle and allow you to focus inwards on your practice and spiritual growth.
Here at Vikasa our core values are the three ways in which consciousness expands. This expansion starts with the self, it grows through our minds, bodies and energy until we are powerful motivators of connection and manifestors of change through our communities and throughout our world.
*rates vary based on room selection
➼ Daily personal 1 : 1 coaching sessions
➼ 2 healthy abundant meals every day
➼ Spa treatments and select therapies
➼ Take home work book and materials
➼ Welcome kit, tour and swag bag
Personal programs don’t require you to make plans or decisions like you would on a holiday. We take care of everything.
Spend a week or more immersed in your personal goals without distraction and vibe out to the rhythm of Thailand.
Leave feeling empowered to start a new path with new balance, confidence and lasting healthy habits to take home.
Vikasa is located on Koh Samui, which is an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Vikasa is in the south east corner of the island, in between Chaweng Noi and Lamai. Vikasa is a 20 minute drive from Koh Samui International Airport (USM) and a 35 minute drive from the Nathon and Lipa Noi ferry terminals.
The best way to get to Vikasa is to fly into Koh Samui International Airport (USM). There are daily flights into Koh Samui from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and others. We will arrange your pick up from the airport.
This will depend on where you are from. For details of Thailand’s visa arrangements with specific countries see here:
Although tourist visas are generally required, there is an exemption for travellers from 30 countries (Australia, UK, USA, France, Germany, Sweden and others) who wish to travel to Thailand for 30 days or less. If you are a citizen of one of these countries you do not need to obtain a visa. Note that if you plan to stay for longer than 30 days, it is possible to obtain a short extension from the immigration office on Koh Samui at some point during your stay.
If you are not a citizen of one of the countries with which Thailand has specific visa exemption or waiver arrangements, you will need to obtain a 30, 60 or 90 day tourist visa before arriving in Thailand
This program is designed for complete beginners to novices or those with limited experience. Personal programs are a great way to start from the beginning and learn correct habits and techniques.
Yoga clothes, tropical climate clothes and swimwear. Yoga mats and props and towels are all provided. You may want to add an excursion to your program such as a waterfall hike, in which case a pair of sneakers would also be handy. If you want to use the Sky Gym during your stay you’ll need gym clothes too.
Personal Programs are taught by experienced health coaches who have undergone specific training and scrutiny in their field. Rest assured your health coach will have the skills and experience to make your program effective and enjoyable.
Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is approximately 90 minutes from the mainland via ferry, but is easily accessible via airplane. It has a population of around 70,000 people and has key infrastructure such as a small international airport, good medical facilities (including hospitals), banking facilities (including ATMs), good wifi coverage and good roads. It is possible to drive around the entire island in around 90 minutes, and visitors generally either travel via scooter or taxi as walking is difficult. Vikasa is located between Chaweng Noi and Lamai in a quiet area of the island. It is possible to walk from Vikasa to nearby beaches, but guests generally stay on the Vikasa premises or rent scooters or taxis for trips to nearby markets and shopping malls. The weather is generally hot year round, with temperatures often around 30 degrees celsius.
We recommend that participants download the free lifestyle guide and read up on the Vikasa Lifestyle before arrival. If you don’t have time to read it that’s ok too, we will review some content during your program.
The benefits of improved asana technique will lead to greater flexibility, strength and improved muscle tone. Yoga reduces muscle tension or inflammation and helps to alleviate and prevent injury. Other physical benefits from advanced asana include cardiovascular health, a balanced metabolism, improved respiration, and greater energy levels. The hectic nature of the modern world can make it difficult to have a calm and clear mind. Among a range of mental and emotional benefits to achieving true tranquility, regular practice of pranayama will help to fight depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. As well as enhanced focus and concentration, meditation also helps us to look for the answers that are only available when we access the higher mind (intuition and unlimited source of creativity). Shatkarma, yogic forms of purification, improves our emotional state and mood by balancing the parasynthetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Shatkarma can also be used to relieve digestive system disorders, hormonal imbalances, sexual and urinary disorders.
Pranayama techniques covered in the Deepen program include:
Ujjayi serves as a focal point when working through asana practice, steadying the mind and slowing down the nervous system.
Raja yoga (the ‘eight limbs’) is based on the concept that meditation will create mental tranquility, from which everything else will flow.
Hatha yoga believes that by practicing shatkarma, pranayama and asana then one will be better equipped for meditation and the ultimate goal of enlightenment or pure consciousness.
There is more than one technique for each of the six cleansing actions of the three types of bodily waste: mucus, bile and gas.
The accumulation or build up of these three wastes can lead to imbalances in our doshas. There will always be components of each in the body but maintaining the proper balance is what is key.
The physical benefits of Shatkarma include secretions and drainage functions of the ear, nose and throat.
It can prevent issues such as colds, coughs, allergies, hay fever, tonsillitis, and inflammation. It also promotes the balance of the nostrils and energy centers known as Ida and Pingala in hatha yoga, which promotes balance between the two hemispheres of the brain and the body.
Purifying the body of waste also addresses the cause of emotional complaints such as anxiety, insomnia, and memory loss. If you experience a lack of energy, simply helping the body secrete waste will make you feel more energized.
The traditional Shatkarma practices include:
in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, he described an eight-fold path known as ‘ashtanga’ or Raja yoga. We encourage the study of these teachings as one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy.
The Deepen course will give an in-depth grounding in the eight components of Ashtanga: yama (self-restraint), niyama (observances), asana (sitting posture), pranayama (breath restraint), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption, union).
Starting with the five components of yama and niyama, you will build knowledge of the wisdom and philosophy that gave birth to yoga and the Vikasa lifestyle. You will learn how to cultivate principles to guide daily life and how to better understand the asanas and pranayama techniques.
Before addressing the Yoga Sutras, the Deepen course will examine the top affiliations of the mind to better understand the need for integrating yoga philosophy into our daily modern lives.
This is done through the philosophy of ‘klesha’ , or poisons of the mind. Conditions affiliated to kleshas include anxiety, fear, anger, and guilt.