Yin and Yang Yoga


Samahita Retreat

200-hour Yoga Alliance US and
Yoga Alliance UK certification

Koh Samui, Thailand



This course has been rescheduled to a 2021 start date. Details will be published in due course.


Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui, Thailand, is the venue for The Yoga Academy’s popular Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training and Study Immersion, with Yoga Alliance US 200-hour and Yoga Alliance UK 200-hour certification, now running for the eighth consecutive year. Founded and led by Simon Low, one of Europe’s most renowned yoga teachers, The Yoga Academy and its faculty are considered by many to be the most highly respected yoga teacher training school in the UK providing in-depth education in the full spectrum of yogic studies.



What is yin and yang yoga?
Not a separate style or school of yoga, but a theoretical and practical approach to a holistic, mindful yoga practice, Yin and Yang Yoga infuses traditional Chinese and other eastern energetic and medical principles into the rich traditions of yoga. Promoting ‘movement within stillness’ and ‘stillness within movement’, Yin and Yang Yoga is one of the most wholesome and non-dogmatic approaches to yoga today and is gaining increasing appreciation among practitioners all over the world.


Honouring the implication of ‘hatha’ – solar and lunar, masculine and feminine, action and allowing – the yang style of practice is a combination of continually flowing breath-led sequences involving explorative circular and spiral movement patterns. They are balanced with precise postural alignment, integration of axial and appendicular bodies, moving from a responsive and resilient core, appropriate joint care and careful attention to anatomical detail to ensure safety and ease of movement with individual modifications, where necessary.


Yang practice


In the yin aspect of practice, calming, deeply restorative and meditative postures, appropriately supported with props and conscious breathing, are balanced by healing Taoist-inspired work into the primary joints of the torso, myofascial trains and energy meridians. Designed to relieve fatigue and stress, restorative yin yoga releases the body’s own innate healing wisdom and brings our mental, psychological and emotional bodies into balance. Involving no movement and muscular effort, the yin approach is conscious relaxation with awareness: a gateway to mindfulness – mind full of awareness.



The ‘dance’ of these complementary opposites produces a holistic, mindful yoga practice that reduces wear and tear in our tissues, balances strength and integration with flexibility and freedom, ultimately aiming for sustainable ways of moving and using our body, balancing the brain and calming the mind for meditation. This approach to yoga practice and teaching helps develop the unity, compassion and consciousness within being human.


Yoga practice