Pantrix Yoga...It is easy to find a Yoga teacher. In the modern world anyone can take a few classes, do a quick 300 hour teacher training course, get an official Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certificate, and start teaching immediately. There is no shortage of Yoga classes, Yoga retreats, and Yoga schools. It is no longer necessary to even physically attend a class; online instruction is freely available. In an era when social media standing counts more than actual time spent in spiritual practice, when celebrity is more important than actual spiritual attainment, what passes for a spiritual teacher in the 21st century bears no actual resemblance to the historical precedent. The bar has been lowered to almost unrecognisable heights. In this time of dilettantism and superficiality, where does one turn for true guidance? What concession is there for someone who wishes to delve deeper into the realm of authentic spirituality? Where can one find honest, no frills, high quality spiritual instruction?
At Pantrix in Nong Khai, Thailand we have been offering comprehensive spiritual teaching of the highest standard for more than 25 years. We are not affiliated with any major 'brand name' styles of Yoga. We do not, ourselves, have 'Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certificates' (nor do we offer them). We are not international 'celebrity' teachers. We are, however, dedicated spiritual seekers who have been studying and practicing Yoga for more than 35 years. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and enjoy watching our students take what they learn from us and use it to transform their lives.
We do not believe that spiritual guidance should be reserved for the rich elite; we keep our prices as low as possible. We do not think that large overstuffed classes afford the student the personal attention and optimal conditions necessary for real advancement; we keep our classes small. We do not feel like we can give our students anything of real value in a few sporadic 'drop-in' sessions; we offer only set programs. We are offended by the commerciality of the modern world; we don't advertise. What we do is offer high quality, in-depth spiritual education for serious students of all levels and abilities. Spirituality is our life's passion and we love to share what we know.
What We Offer...Our 7 day yoga intensive course, in Nong Khai, Thailand is designed to provide a thorough theoretical understanding of the basic principles of yoga as well as practical instruction in Asana (yoga postures), Dharana and Dhyana (meditation), Pranayama (breathing exercises), as well as a host of other important yoga practices. This is a uniquely serious but enjoyable 7 day program. The object of the one week intensive format is to empower the student with a complete and comprehensive understanding of the total yogic system, preparing and inspiring them to continue with their own independent practice at the end of the week. Great emphasis is placed on developing a spiritual approach to the practice of yoga. Various instructional aids and printed materials will be provided to the student to aid in this process and a diploma will be awarded upon completion of the course. Serious students of all levels of experience who are interested in a deeper understanding of Yogic practice as a path to ultimate self development will almost certainly find this course inspiring.
Daily Schedule...Although each day's program is different, the course runs between 6 and 7 hours a day. Each day is divided into two sessions. The morning session begins at 7:00 a.m. and lasts between 2 1/2 to 3 hours. This session is devoted mainly to the "hands on" practice of yoga. This includes detailed technical analysis of the various asanas which are approached in a 'vinyasa' style which emphasizes, not only the physio-therapeutic benifits of Asana practice, but also the deep meditative potential of physical movement. The afternoon session begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts until approximately 7:00 p.m.. The typical afternoon begins with a discussion of yogic theory, both past and present, which is followed by breath exercise (Pranayama) and Asana practice. During the daily afternoon sessions, we include various esoteric yogic techniques and exercises such as: "cyclic" meditation, tantric chakra meditation, trataka meditation, and mantra practice. For interested students, there are also additional optional 1 hour sitting meditation periods both in the morning from 6:00-7:00 a.m, and also, in between the regular morning and afternoon sessions from 2:00-3:00 p.m.. Courses begin on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please note that there are occasional scheduled holidays. Check our "events" page for specific weekly schedules.
6:00-6:50 a.m. ... meditation (optional)
7:00-10:00 a.m. ...morning session
2:00-2:50 p.m. ...meditation (optional)
3:00-7:00 p.m. ...afternoon/evening session
The Teachers...The course is CO-instructed by Pancho and Beatrix who have, themselves, studied in Europe, America, and, India. They have been conducting yoga courses in Nong Khai for the last 25 years. As long time practitioners and teachers of Yoga, they bring a wealth of understanding and practical experience to their teaching.
Location...The Nong Khai Alternative Center is located in the quaint town of Nong Khai, Thailand. Situated on the Mekong River 11 hours by train due north of Bangkok, Nong Khai is easily accessible by either bus, train (from Bangkok, there are several trains a day directly to Nong Khai...second class sleeper on one of the night trains is especially recommended) or air (There are several flights a day to Udornthani and there is also limousine service from Udornthani right to our doorstep in Nong Khai. We are 20 Kilometers downstream from Vientiane, Laos. Once in Nong Khai we are easy to find...just ask for Mut Mee Guest House. Most sutdents at one of the nearby guest houses (we are located right in the middle of the beautiful Mut Mee Guest House). A wide variety of wholesome food (both Asian and western, vegetarian and non-vegetarian) is available in the neighborhood.
How to enroll...to insure that individual attention is afforded to each pupil, classes are limited to 7 students. Because of the limited number of places, advance reservations are highly recommended. The complete cost for the full week is 9,900 Baht. For reservations or additional information, contact us at: Pantrix@hotmail.com
For Former Students: Don't miss our next "ADVANCED YOGA COURSE"...There are two or three scheduled throughout the year...Check the bottom of the "EVENTS" page for details.