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100hr SHAKTI Immersion

This movement-focused immersion utilizes yoga as a framework from which to explore and introduce a variety of movement modalities in a quest for expression, freedom, creativity and advancement. 

Invest in your Personal Evolution

Time spent learning is always well invested.

100 Hour Certification

This course constitutes 100 Continuing Education Hours with Yoga Alliance with a mix of in-person and online content.

14 Days in Thailand

The ultimate backdrop for your yoga immersion. Practice daily with ocean views and enjoy the tropical warm environment.

Explore and Evolve

Find courage, discipline, humility and confidence as you move, express and explore movement in diverse new ways.

Immersive 100 Hour Journey

Join Shakti for an immersive 100 hour journey exploring traditional aspects of yoga through the lens of modern functional movement. Strengthen your body-mind connection and develop tools to advance how you move as a practitioner. For yoga teachers, sharpen your capabilities and expand your teaching repertoire. Discover new movement patterns, creative sequences and musical soundscapes to elevate your classes to the next level.

Dates

Location

Availability

September 15 - 28, 2024

@ Vikasa Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui - Thailand

Early Bird Discount Available

Promotional Discount: First 5 sign-ups receive a $250 discount.

What You Get

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Full Access

Full access to all facilities: Wifi, Pool, Spa, Salas, Cafe and more.

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All Materials

Classes, work books, and high quality yoga props.

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Accommodation

Comfortable rooms at Vikasa Yoga Retreat priced by your selection.

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Healthy Meals

Healthy and abundant buffet brunches and dinners daily.

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Airport Pickup

Our team will greet you with a smile on your arrival at the airport.

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Certificate

Receive a certificate of completion of 100 Hours of training.

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Early Access

Sign up early to enjoy $250 off the course price.

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Tribe

You'll be the first to know about upcoming events and VIP pricing.

If you have any question, get in touch with us for personal assistance.  Contact us Today

Eager to learn new ways of movement & expression?

Want to craft thoughtful and creative classes?

Are you looking to reignite your yoga practice and find freedom through intuitive flow?

Join Shakti’s 100 hour Yoga and Movement Immersion at Vikasa Koh Samui.

Learn at Vikasa Yoga Retreat

The curriculum for this 100 hour immersion is based on the evolution of Shakti’s personal practice and decades of learning and exploring varied movement modalities under the umbrella of yoga and mindfulness. This experiential journey offers a mix of inspiring classes, informative workshops and space for free-form creative play to allow students to grow, advance and evolve beyond their current physical capabilities and concurrent mindset patterns. Focus is on both the group experience and the individual’s journey. The yoga taught will be functional movement-based Vinyasa Hatha: modern functional movement patterns weaved into Vinyasa Flow with static practice of classic Hatha yoga postures.

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Meet the teacher

Shakti Sarah Bonsal

Shakti initially discovered her passion for movement through yoga. In yoga, she was able to experience single pointed focus (meditation) through asana (physical postures and transitions).

Shakti initially discovered her passion for movement through yoga. In yoga, she was able to experience single pointed focus (meditation) through asana (physical postures and transitions). Fascinated by this experience, she dived headfirst into a plethora of yoga teacher training programs as well as majoring in yoga at University. Eager to learn all she could, Shakti explored and studied Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga and more. Through her practice, she concluded that asana was incomplete when it came to optimizing the human body. She found a movement collective in Colorado that transformed the way she approached and experienced movement.

Over the next several years, she continued to travel, train and teach movement all over the world, exposing herself to countless schools, teachers and modalities. She discovered that alongside physical movement, the values in which she approached learning and teaching became paramount - kindness, authenticity, compassion, dedication, resilience, humility. Shakti is well adept at meeting students where they are and offering the personalized guidance needed to move to the next level of expression and experience. She specializes in handstand, spinal mobility, and finding joy, humor, enjoyment and connection through movement and the balance of discipline and play.

Fascinated by this experience, she dived headfirst into a plethora of yoga teacher training programs as well as majoring in yoga at University. Eager to learn all she could, Shakti explored and studied Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga and more. Through her practice, she concluded that asana was incomplete when it came to optimizing the human body. She found a movement collective in Colorado that transformed the way she approached and experienced movement.

Over the next several years, she continued to travel, train and teach movement all over the world, exposing herself to countless schools, teachers and modalities. She discovered that alongside physical movement, the values in which she approached learning and teaching became paramount – kindness, authenticity, compassion, dedication, resilience, humility. Shakti is well adept at meeting students where they are and offering the personalized guidance needed to move to the next level of expression and experience. She specializes in handstand, spinal mobility, and finding joy, humor, enjoyment and connection through movement and the balance of discipline and play.

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What is your heart seeking?

We all want freedom. Freedom to make our own choices, freedom to express ourselves authentically and to move through the world with ease. 

Shakti’s pursuit for freedom led her to the path of yoga. From there, it propelled her to diversify her approach to movement and find even greater freedom through a cacophony of co-existing modalities. This 100 hour immersion invites you to discover how the combination of traditional aspects of yoga, merged with modern functional movement, allows you to interact with the world in more fulfilling and meaningful ways. Achieving a meditative state while maintaining child-like wonder and curiosity of the world is at the heart and soul of how Shakti trains and teaches. You’ll experience how repetition – along with variety and exploration – can co-exist and flourish within you, resulting in more freedom of expression in the body and greater peace and acceptance in the mind.

The curriculum of this immersion consists of meditation, yoga asana, hand-balancing, mobility, strength, locomotion, floor communication and other skills derived from various movement practices including dance, martial arts, and more. There will be a strong emphasis on personal development and for yoga teachers, this emphasis will then be layered upon to hone your teaching skills and inject your classes with a new level of creativity and mastery. You will sharpen your ability to pick up new techniques, improvise your own movement patterns, and thoughtfully weave them into your style of both moving and teaching.

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Shakti’s pursuit for freedom led her to the path of yoga. From there, it propelled her to diversify her approach to movement and find even greater freedom through a cacophony of co-existing modalities. This 100 hour immersion invites you to discover how the combination of traditional aspects of yoga, merged with modern functional movement, allows you to interact with the world in more fulfilling and meaningful ways. Achieving a meditative state while maintaining child-like wonder and curiosity of the world is at the heart and soul of how Shakti trains and teaches. You’ll experience how repetition – along with variety and exploration – can co-exist and flourish within you, resulting in more freedom of expression in the body and greater peace and acceptance in the mind.

The curriculum of this immersion consists of meditation, yoga asana, hand-balancing, mobility, strength, locomotion, floor communication and other skills derived from various movement practices including dance, martial arts, and more. There will be a strong emphasis on personal development and for yoga teachers, this emphasis will then be layered upon to hone your teaching skills and inject your classes with a new level of creativity and mastery. You will sharpen your ability to pick up new techniques, improvise your own movement patterns, and thoughtfully weave them into your style of both moving and teaching.

This immersion welcomes every type of person. Whatever your skill level, you will be met exactly where you are and enjoy a program that is personalized to you. The group will cultivate a strong sense of community and celebrate one another along the way.

As a yoga practitioner, you will walk away with individualized programming for development towards your own personal goals, plus a deep understanding of how to effectively develop strength and mobility, increase freedom in body and mind, and appreciate a reinspired personal practice.

For teachers, you’ll learn Shakti’s specific tools to craft thoughtful sequences and gain confidence in supporting and assisting your students to also discover freedom through both guided and intuitive expression. Placing yourself back in the seat of a student enables you a chance to grow as a human and as a teacher.

You’ll learn how to support your students in new and creative ways to ignite their passion for learning and exploration. You’ll understand the mechanics required to craft a class that leaves your students feeling inspired, accomplished and eager for more.

These 100 hours invite you to flirt on the edge of your comfort zone and stretch the possibilities of your existence. In doing so, you’ll move through boundaries, discover uncharted territory, transcend new personal terrain, and acquire a level of confidence, passion and intrigue that is not limited to time spent on your yoga mat or in front of a class.

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This immersion welcomes every type of person. Whatever your skill level, you will be met exactly where you are and enjoy a program that is personalized to you. The group will cultivate a strong sense of community and celebrate one another along the way.

As a yoga practitioner, you will walk away with individualized programming for development towards your own personal goals, plus a deep understanding of how to effectively develop strength and mobility, increase freedom in body and mind, and appreciate a reinspired personal practice.

For teachers, you’ll learn Shakti’s specific tools to craft thoughtful sequences and gain confidence in supporting and assisting your students to also discover freedom through both guided and intuitive expression. Placing yourself back in the seat of a student enables you a chance to grow as a human and as a teacher. 

You’ll learn how to support your students in new and creative ways to ignite their passion for learning and exploration. You’ll understand the mechanics required to craft a class that leaves your students feeling inspired, accomplished and eager for more.

These 100 hours invite you to flirt on the edge of your comfort zone and stretch the possibilities of your existence. In doing so, you’ll move through boundaries, discover uncharted territory, transcend new personal terrain, and acquire a level of confidence, passion and intrigue that is not limited to time spent on your yoga mat or in front of a class.

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Mastering Soundscapes

Shakti is well known for the music that accompanies and enhances the journey offered in her yoga classes. One module of this immersion is focused on working with sound and music as a tool that accompanies your movement practice.

Pairing music with movement is an opportunity to create and illuminate an entire experience. Not only will you listen, move to and exchange music, you will also learn how to make meaningful music selections that will have a lasting impact. Whether you’re keen to learn how to enhance your personal practice through sound, or you’re a yoga teacher that loves the idea of crafting dynamic and moving music to accompany your classes, this module will bring added flavor, emotion and playfulness to your yoga mat.

To get a taste for Shakti’s music, download this free playlist.

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Yoga Teacher Training Tuition

Apply early and be one of the first 5 students to sign up for Shakt’s 100hr Immersion Training to get $250 off!

100hr Immersion Tuition

Tuition:

$2,190

Limited Time Offer:

First 5 sign ups get $250 off!

What’s included:

Full Access

Full access to all facilities: Wifi, Pool, Spa, Salas and Secret Beach.

All Materials

Classes, academic fees, text books, work-books and diploma.

Accomodation

Classes, academic fees, text books, work-books and diploma.

Healthy Meals

Healthy brunch and dinner designed for your training at Life Café.

Airport Pickup

Our team will greet you with a smile on your arrival at USM airport.

Certificate

Receive a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certificate upon completion.

Graduation

Our graduation parties are epic, whether on the beach or on the boat!

Future

Opportunities such as opening your own Yoga Studio in the future.

What’s included? What’s included?

What’s included:

Full Access

Full access to all facilities: Wifi, Pool, Spa, Salas and Secret Beach.

All Materials

Classes, academic fees, text books, work-books and certificate.

accomodation

Accomodation

Comfortable rooms priced by your room selection. See pricing in application form.

meals

Healthy Meals

Healthy brunch and dinner designed to fuel you through your training at Life Café.

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Airport Pickup

Our team will greet you with a smile on your arrival at USM airport.

Certificate

Receive 100-hour certificate upon completion from Vikasa Yoga Academy.

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Individual Support

Enjoy an inspiring group dynamic plus the bonus of personalized support.

Ongoing Support

Become part of the Vikasa tribe and enjoy new opportunities to evolve.

Click ‘Apply Now’ to see room availability and pricing. Need more information? Get in touch for personal assistance. Contact us

Training In Paradise At Vikasa Yoga Retreat

The 100hr Immersion with Shakti takes place in our paradise at Vikasa Yoga Retreat – our paradise on the tropical island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand.
This location is easily accessible with direct flights from all major hubs in Southeast Asia such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Once you’ve arrived, our team will pick you up at USM Samui international airport. Vikasa was specially selected as a place for transformation due to its ideal balance of secluded island paradise, healthy, freshly-prepared food and 4 world class yoga salas constructed in a beautiful setting and designed to get results. Each week, you’ll also be able to fully explore the stunning, green, natural surroundings of Koh Samui, with its abundance of waterfalls, white-sand beaches and dense jungle, on your day off. Plus, you’ll have full access to all resort facilities including Wi-Fi, Infinity Pool, Spa, and acclaimed Vikasa Life Café.

Where will I stay during the training?

Vikasa offers several types of accommodation ranging from our popular private ‘Yoga Caves’ to full-sized hotel style rooms. We are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place. We believe this range of accommodation allows for a wider range of students to attend the course.

Our rooms celebrate simplicity, and come with everything you need for a comfortable stay. all rooms are private, mini fridges in each room offer kombucha and healthy snacks, and each room has unique mandala artwork. We are a relaxed establishment where you can unplug and reconnect to something deeper in a meaningful way. As you will notice, some of our room options have a “+” which means they are a little bit bigger or nicer or have better views than the standard category.

A few tips for choosing your perfect room: If you like to stay close to the beach with lots of privacy, check out our Prana Cabanas. If you don’t want to walk down too many stairs, the Yoga Caves could be a good option for you. If you need a bit of extra space and a central location by the pool and spa, the Lotus Pads are a great choice for you.

Where will I stay during the training?​

Vikasa offers several types of accommodation ranging from simple eco-friendly bamboo bungalows to full-sized hotel style rooms. We are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place. We believe this range of accommodation allows for a wider range of students to attend the course.

A few tips for choosing your perfect room: If you like to stay close to the beach, check out our red-roofed Prana Cabanas. If you prefer a garden location with a village feeling, try the Zen Bungalows. If you don’t want to walk down too many stairs, the Yoga Caves could be a good option for you. If you need a bit of extra space and a central location, the Lotus Pads are a good place to start.
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Your Daily Schedule

The daily schedule for the 100 hour Shakti Immersion is a balanced mix of immersive practice, interesting theory and hands-on workshops. The daily life at Vikasa starts with the sound of tropical birds as the sun rises over our east-facing hillside home. We do mornings right here with meditation and asana practice before a robust brunch in a community setting. Throughout the day you’ll have a mix of structured activities as well as down time and freedom to explore.

7:00 – 09:30

Meditation and Functional Hatha Flow

10:00 – 12:00

Brunch at the Life Cafe

12:00 – 13:30

Sequencing Lecture/Workshop

13:30 – 14:30

Hand-balancing and Mobility

16:00 – 17:30

Movement Workshop

1800 – 19:30

Dinner at the Life Cafe

Meditation and Functional Hatha Flow

07:00 – 09:30

Meditation and Functional Hatha Flow

10:00 – 12:00

Brunch at the Life Cafe

12.00 – 13.30

Sequencing Lecture/Workshop

13:30 – 14:30

Hand-balancing and Mobility

16:00 – 17:30

Movement Workshop

18:00 – 19:30

Dinner at the Life Cafe

Our Student Reviews

Yoga Teacher Trainings and immersions are not just about getting a certificate – you’re getting a community. These journeys can be literally life-changing experiences; and so much of that comes down to the beautiful souls they attract. We love hearing from our graduates and past guests about their highlights of their training and what they got out of their time at Vikasa. We have many reviews that you can read, here are just a few:

“Shakti is truly a gift! What a lovely FUN teacher. She’s so inspiring, in her full expression always! She inspires you to be your full self. She teaches fun movements that you’ve never thought of before in a way that’s easy to grasp. She has taught me how to have fun with movement on and off the mat. On the floor and on the wall. She has taught me how to tune my own practice into what works best for me and not some rigid structure. She has also shown me how to share my light with others. Most importantly she has taught me FREEDOM. She is not only a great teacher but also an amazing friend! She is always down for you and will always have your back. I’m so grateful to have been able to experience her and learn from her.”

– Sarah Ahadi

“I had the privilege of being guided by an exceptional person and teacher, Shakti (aka Sarah Bonsall), whose expertise and calming presence made each practice transformative. Her deep understanding of yoga principles, created an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment. Her teachings go beyond yoga, in fact her intuitive approach and understanding of the body’s expressive potential created a truly liberating experience. The way she encourages free expression fosters a unique and empowering atmosphere, allowing participants to explore movement authentically. The clarity in her instructions and corrections helped my practice.I highly recommend her classes for those seeking a liberating and creatively fulfilling journey in yoga and movement.”

– Valeria Saporetti

Life Café

Eating wholesome and healthy food is part of our lifestyle philosophy at the beautiful Vikasa Life Café.

We’ve formulated a signature cuisine, combining healthy ingredients with pure indulgence for you to savor. We serve a wide variety of food styles to suit different dietary needs; we offer vegan-friendly, international, fusion, western, raw and non-vegetarian dishes. You’ll enjoy delicious buffet brunches and dinners during your immersion. The Life Cafe is open daily from 9am-9pm for any additional snacks, smoothies, healthy treats, or ice cold coconuts. 

Lifestyle Facilities

You’ll have access to all the wonderful Vikasa facilities which are designed to facilitate a holistic healthy lifestyle.

Our world-class yoga salas are some of the best in Asia. Our brand new Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments to return your body to a natural state of bliss. Enjoy spending time at the secret beach, soaking up the views from the infinity pool, or finding some zen moments from our meditation pagodas on the rocks. Want to explore more?We offer meaningful adventure around Koh Samui. Our amazing staff are on hand to guide you in exploring the Vikasa facilities or explore the island paradise of Koh Samui during your training.

Reserve Your Pad

We offer several types of accommodation ranging from our popular Yoga Caves to full-sized ensuite rooms with stunning ocean views. 

Promotional Bird Offer

First 5 sign-up save $250. Get it or you might regret it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse the FAQ or get in touch with one of our instructors for personal assistance.

Vikasa is located in Koh Samui, Thailand. Vikasa is located in the south east of the island, close to Lamai and approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Koh Samui International Airport (USM).

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. Alternatively, the Vikasa team can also arrange your pick up from the airport. Flying is the quickest route, but tourists and yoga enthusiasts can also travel by train and ferry which takes approximately 13.5 hours.

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 travelers 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

Anyone is welcome to join this 100 Hour Yoga Intensive. It is ideally designed for people who want to experience a yoga immersion with guided support from a professional and expert in yoga asana. It is also designed for yoga teachers to come and gain insights and wisdom in a supportive and inspiring environment to add to their teaching repertoire. 

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.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion of 100 Hours of Training from the Vikasa Yoga Academy. This can count towards continuing education hours for Yoga Alliance. This course alone does not qualify you to teach yoga – you need to have also completed a 200 Hour Foundation YTT course in order to qualify as a certified yoga teacher. This is a great addition for yoga teachers, or a great intensive for personal development for all yoga practitioners. 

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 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. This breathtaking island provides a perfect environment for practicing yoga due to its remote setting, natural surroundings, beautiful beaches, and untouched seas.

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 alright too, simply bring an open mind and an open heart.

The promotional offer of $250 off is available for the first 5 people to sign up. Check the upcoming dates at the top of this page, if the promotion is available, it will be stated in green next to the date. Otherwise, you may also contact us for confirmation.

You will receive lifetime access to Rama’s Handstand Bundle, Flexibility Bundle, Supportive Courses including myofascial release, knee health and spinal waves. Plus you will enjoy a free year access to the Becoming Balance Studio subscription with new classes and content updated regularly. The additional hours can be done in your own time and are self paced. 

Do you have other questions or need more information? Contact us Today

Ready to grow and evolve in a supportive and inspiring environment?

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