About Us

Live Yoga was established five years ago. Initially we provided studios, gyms, companies and individuals with yoga teachers.
Since then the company has expanded rapidly, becoming one of the biggest yoga schools in Thailand. We provide yoga enthusiasts with a wide range of yoga activities from Yoga Teacher Training Courses to Yoga Retreats, Yoga Workshops and Yoga Short Courses.
We are a Yoga Alliance registered school based in Thailand providing 200 and 300 hour Teacher Training and Yoga Alliance Instructor Certified courses.
We offer yoga retreats for a chance to relax and connect with one’s inner self in amazing locations and workshops conducted by some of the best yoga instructors from around the world.

Live Yoga School Goals

To create safe, enjoyable, inclusive and relaxing environments that are conducive to learning and embrace the values of yoga. Our delivery of yoga empowers students physically, mentally and spiritually.

All of our activities are delivered in amazing locations and facilities. Our prices are affordable enough to maximize participation without compromising our high standards.

We want our yoga school courses and activities to be as inclusive as possible. The more diverse the participants the more interesting the interactions are.

We embrace difference and encourage the sharing of life experience to achieve greater shared learning.

Yoga is our tool to assist with the evolution of human beings to help create a happier and healthier world.

Live Yoga School Philosophy

At Live Yoga we believe the key to life is happiness. Our ethos can best be described by a quote from John Lennon:
‘When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life’
Happiness can be achieved by having a healthy body and mind and loving relationships with one’s self, family and friends.
Our yoga school courses and yoga activities are enjoyable, allowing you to continue your journey of healthy body and mind, making new friendships and happy memories that will last for a life time.

Live Yoga School Staff

Luke Sainsbury

Luke has a background in professional sports as a football coach and sports scientist. After injuries ended his playing career he moved into coaching at an early age, working for both Fulham FC and Crystal Palace FC youth academies. He went on to study Sport Science and then became a University lecturer. His interest in yoga started when Ryan Giggs bought the world’s attention to yoga’s benefits to sports performance. Luke introduced yoga into his football training programmes and found players got injured less and became better balanced all round athletes. He then moved to Thailand to continue his coaching career working at both Muangthong United and Pattaya United during a four year stint. During this time he started practicing yoga, initially for the physical benefits before becoming more interested in the yogic way of life. Luke leads the sport, exercise and health elements of our yoga teacher training courses.

Jen Tubtimon

Jen attended her first yoga class in 2009 and fell in love with it immediately. She started to practice regularly before deciding she was going to make yoga a big part of her life. By 2013 Jen had completed both her 200 hour teacher training course and 100 hour advanced Rocket yoga training course. She studied under the guidance of gifted teachers from all over the world and has experience in Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, Hatha, Sivananda, Bikram, Power and Yin yoga styles. She set up her own yoga company in 2011 teaching yoga in studios, companies and private 1 to 1 classes. Her business expanded rapidly and she now has over 15 teachers working all over Bangkok as part of the Live Yoga company. Jen coordinates all our classes in Bangkok and manages all of our yoga teachers. She is one of the teachers on our yoga teacher training courses and organizes our yoga retreats.

George Anthony

George became interested in yoga in 2006 when he started practicing regularly and living a yogic lifestyle. In 2008 George travelled to Thailand, and became certified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher in 2009 at highly acclaimed Yoga Elements Studio, Bangkok. He taught extensively in Y.E.S. and other Bangkok studios and went on to write course materials and assisted in the G-Mind yoga teacher training courses. He has organized retreats, taught at numerous resorts, private homes, yoga festivals, suburban healing spaces, and public parks all over South East Asia. In 2012 he wrote course material for Vikasa Yoga school and became a resident teacher for Vikasa Yoga teacher training courses. George currently delivers workshops and yoga teaching training courses all over the world and is the founder of Sajeeva Yoga. We are extremely happy to have George as one of our lead teachers at the Live Yoga School.

Bettina Maul

Bettina has practiced Yoga for over 13 years. She has studied diverse styles in unique settings throughout Asia, Europe and America. Yoga has been an essential tool in Bettina’s personal life journey and she is deeply passionate about sharing its tremendous benefits with others. Her certifications include: Akhanda Yoga 500hrs YTT in Rishikesh, India and Vikasa Yoga 200hrs YTT in Koh Samui, Thailand. Since 2012, Betti has been happily living in Koh Samui, Thailand. She is the Yoga and Meditation teacher at Vikasa Yoga Retreat, where she offers Hatha, Akhanda and Classical Kundalini yoga classes as well as leading personalized Anti Stress Programs. Bettina has volunteered at several Vipassana silent meditation courses led by S.N. Goenka in Malaysia, Nepal, and Singapore. She is an important part of the Live Yoga School team, leading courses and inspiring students.

Nina Alfers

Nina has a background in martial arts, massage therapy and yoga. She studied sociology, philosophy and psychology and was a practicing counselor before embracing her other healing abilities. As her interest in yoga grew she travelled the world to deepen her knowledge and did her 200 hour teacher training course. In 2011 Nina did her advanced 100 hour Rocket Yoga training, which is inspired by Larry Schultz. Nina works out of the Dance of Life Studio in Melbourne where she teaches classes and workshops and provides therapeutic massages. In addition to her work there Nina travels the world delivering workshops and teacher training courses. She is an experienced yoga teacher trainer having delivered numerous 200 and 300 hour courses. She also delivers yoga anatomy and has worked for a number of yoga organizations as a yoga anatomy teacher. We are excited to add Nina to our team at the Live Yoga school.

Ram Vakkalanka

Ram grew up in India immersed in a yogic way of life, learning Vedic tradition, Sanskrit language and to play the Sitar. He has an incredible understanding of ancient texts with the ability to translate these taking into account cultural misconceptions of western philosophy. Ram specializes in teaching yoga philosophy and is also a meditation instructor, Sitar performer and Kirtan singer. He shares his expertise through teaching courses, retreats, public speaking, one on one sessions and recorded media. Ram is constantly travelling the world sharing his passion and experience. His work has featured in print, broadcast on radio and television. Ram has appeared at numerous events such as the Toronto Yoga Conference, Montreal Chant Festival, Global Mala Festival and Andanda Festival. We are privileged that he manages to find the time to be a part of the Live Yoga school with his busy schedule.

Dr Thitaree Chaiyasate

Dr Chaiyasate did her first yoga class in 2008 and was hooked right away. She practiced regularly realizing she needed to make yoga her life. Dr Chaiyasate was previously a university lecturer for 16 years but turned her back on this profession as yoga had changed her perceptions of how to lead a happy and healthy life. She graduated at Yoga Elements School in Thailand, before continuing her yoga education in Rishikesh under the guidance of Anup Gupta, gaining an in depth understanding of yoga philosophy. Dr Chaiyasate has worked all over Asia teaching yoga, delivering yoga teacher training courses and specializing in yoga philosophy. With her university lecturing and research background Dr Chaiyasate is continually expanding her knowledge through yoga research and enjoys passing this knowledge on to others through workshops and presentations. Her attention to detail and enjoyable teaching style is a huge benefit to us at Live Yoga.

Dr Nuch Areenuch

Dr Areenuch was a full time veterinarian up until 2014 when her love of yoga took over her life. Through her work as a veterinarian, she has a detailed understanding of the skeletal, muscular relationship. Dr Areenuch is a 200 E-RYT instructor, graduating from the Yoga Elements School. She studied yoga anatomy under Anup Gupta and now specializes in teaching yoga anatomy on teacher training courses. Dr Areenuch teaches detailed anatomic precision allowing for safe yoga practice. Combining her medical background with her yoga studies has led her to become a highly respected yoga anatomy teacher and a welcome addition to the Live Yoga school team.

Pine Silaard

Pine started her yoga journey over a decade ago when she found a book illustrating stunning Asanas with text describing the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga. She signed up for a variety of classes in Bangkok practicing a number of different styles. Pine moved to America where she continued her yoga journey studying under teachers Tim Miller, Daylene Christensen and Todd McLaughlin to mention a few. She returned to Thailand and studied to become a teacher doing a 200 hour teacher training course. She has since worked for a number of yoga studios and companies in Thailand delivering yoga classes, workshops and assisting with the delivery of yoga teacher training courses. In 2014 Pine made the decision to deepen her yoga by going to Mysuru (Mysore) in India to Sharath Jois at KPJAYI for two months, which she thoroughly enjoyed and she is a welcome addition to our school at Live Yoga.

Why Choose Live Yoga School

Why choose Live Yoga School

  • Proven track record of delivering high quality yoga activities and courses
  • Yoga Alliance accredited courses so you can teach yoga anywhere in the world
  • Excellent teachers and teacher trainers with numerous years’ experience delivering courses, retreats, workshops and classes
  • Amazing locations and state of the art facilities in Thailand
  • Intimate class sizes with a maximum of 20 students per course/class
  • Food options that cater for all dietary preferences and requirements
  • Emphasis on inclusion, fun and development

What makes us different

Our Teacher Training courses cover the full curriculum that other courses have with some additional elements, listed below:

  • Yoga for sports specific development
  • Yoga for injury prevention
  • Yoga for fertility
  • Yoga for physical and mental health

Other courses do not offer this broad spectrum of uses for yoga. On completion of our course you will understand how yoga can be used for different purposes. In addition to teaching yoga in studios you will now have a much bigger target market increasing your potential to make teaching and sharing your love of yoga as your full time occupation. This separates our courses from other courses and makes our graduates truly unique and more employable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the course fee?

For the price you pay we will deliver the 200 hours required and you will receive Yoga Alliance certification from us upon completion of the course, all course materials both hard copy and electronic are also included.

We will provide your accommodation option for 26 nights and provide you with two meals per day for 23 days as there will be 3 days off during the course.

We will organize your transfer to and from Koh Tao and can organize any day trips and excursions for you, however you will need to pay for the transfer and activities yourself.

What part of the world can I teach yoga in when I have completed the course?

Our courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance, which is the worldwide standard for yoga so you will be qualified to teach anywhere in the world.

What styles of yoga will I be able to teach after completing your 200 hour course?

We teach a combination of styles during the course. Upon graduating you will be able to teach Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kundalini Yoga to mention a few.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring with you a yoga mat, appropriate clothing for practicing yoga and meditation, a journal, a notepad and a pen/pencil.

How do I apply for one of your courses?

Go to our Contact Us page and complete the form to make an enquiry. We will email you back within 24 hours with an official application form. Once you have sent that back to us we will let you know if your application has been successful within 24 hours. We will then start to discuss payment and accommodation options to get your space booked as quickly as possible for you

What are the payment options?

We require a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our teacher training courses. The remainder of your course fee will be due 8 weeks prior to the course starting.

If you book more than 4 months prior to the course starting we will give you a $300 USD discount. If you pay in full more than 8 weeks prior to the course starting you will also receive a $300 USD discount. We cannot offer both discount options for one booking as the maximum we can discount is $300 USD per applicant.

Payment method is via online banking. We will send you our bank details and hold your place for one week as we know international bank transfers can take up to 5 working days. Upon receipt of your payment we will send written confirmation to you. These payments must be net of any bank transaction fees.

What is your refund policy?

Deposits are non-refundable, however if we are able to fill your space with another student we will send your deposit back to you.

Course fees minus deposit will refunded if you cancel your place on the course more than 4 months prior to the course start date. If you cancel less than 4 months prior to the start of the course start date we will allow you to transfer the course fee to another one of our courses.

In the unlikely event we have to cancel a course, your course fee including deposit will be returned to you immediately or you can move your course fee to another one of our courses. Live Yoga assumes no liability for any additional financial loses that you might incur due to the cancellation of a course.

What type of visa do I need for Thailand?

Depending on your nationality the visa requirements are different. It is possible to enter Thailand on some passports without an official visa for 30 days as a tourist. Please check with you local Thai embassy for your exact needs. If you are having problems getting the information you require let us know and we will help make sure you have the correct visa requirements for attending the course.

Are there any other expenses I need to consider whilst I attend the course?

We provide two meals per day for 23 of the 26 nights so you will need a budget for extra meals, snacks and any evenings out that you might want. Our luxury villas and studios come with fully fitted kitchens so you can prepare your own food if you like. We will organize trips to the local supermarket to stock up on supplies.

Any activities you would like to do on your days off will be at your expense. If you have an idea of something specific you would like to do let us know and we can help book these for you.

If you want your own independent transport to get around the island, motorbikes can be hired at 200 baht per day.

What health precautions do I need to take prior to coming to Thailand?

Please check with your doctor before travelling as you may require some type of inoculation or medication. You need to tell your doctor the location of the course, which is in Koh Tao, Thailand.