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About the Center

La Casa Shambala

We are a community focused on the sharing of ideas, cultures and traditions centered on alternative healing techniques. True healing means negotiating self-endurance and self-compassion, learning about yourself and how to manage your thoughts and emotions and finding a way to move forward to make the best out of your life.

About the Course


This is an INTENSIVE teacher training course that meets all Yoga Alliance requirements with only 15 days of classes.  We will cover:

  • Practicum: 10 hours
  • Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 20 hours
  • Teaching Methodology: 15 hours
  • Techniques, Training and Practice: 75 hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology: 10 hours

This training has small class sizes of 10 people maximum to ensure a deeply personal experience. It will be a great mix of yoga styles with a focus on Hatha and Vinyasa to teach unification, strong foundations, good alignment as well as moving through posture and breathing. Upon completion of this program, you will be a certified yoga instructor. La Casa Shambala’s methods of teaching are interactive, focusing on a fully immersive yoga experience, teaching, and group dynamics. This course includes methods of reflective self-analysis as well as a proper diet, all in a lovely, private Thai-style home. This will allow you to enjoy and evolve in the perfect environment for your study.

Whether you are just starting your journey or if you are a student who is already teaching and wants to deepen your knowledge, this course is perfect. La Casa Shambala prides themselves on teaching strong foundations.

Join us at La Casa Shambala and start down the path to a new life as a certified yoga professional.


For the full schedule please visit the events page on our website.


One person, shared bungalow:  $2200 USD

One person, private bungalow:  $2600 USD

Two people, private bungalow:  $4300 USD

*** 20% discount for booking 30 days or more in advance! ***


  • Transportation to and from Thong Sala pier on check in and check out
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 15 lunches
  • 16 dinners
  • Yoga Mat
  • Notebook
  • T-Shirt
  • Pen
  • 1 photography session of your experience
  • Free drinking water
  • Course materials
  • Student Manual
  • Certificate upon completion

About the Instructor

Akari Tamura

Akari is a dedicated yogini, yoga/meditation teacher (200 E-RYT), Kirtan leader, and multi-instrumentalist known for her inspirational style of teaching and self-expression towards healing, love, and empowerment.

Akari has a unique way to inspire students all around the world by transmitting authentic teachings from the heart. With the power of sankalpa (intention) and bhavana (deepest feeling in the moment), Akari creates and holds a sacred space for student’s inner journey.

In class, Akari encourages students to stay connected with the flow of the breath throughout the dynamic asana practice; the breath as a bridge between conscious mind and subconscious mind, a portal to the present moment, a key for healing and transformation, and a mean to transcend the physical practice to beyond. Akari’s teaching incorporates both physical and mystical aspects of yoga that combines Hatha Yoga, vinyasa (linking movement with breath), Tantra, functional yoga anatomy, nadis (energy lines), chakras, pancha bhutas (5 elements), self-inquiry, meditation, mudra, mantra, mythology and vast knowledge of yogic philosophy.

She has studied different styles of yoga over the years and dedicated countless hours on self-practice. Studying the esoteric lineages of Indian/Tibetan Tantra and Advaita (non-duality) especially brought a lot of depth to her own practice and spirituality. She feels deep gratitude to all her teachers that have enriched her life, namely; Sianna Sherman, Greg Cooper, Lorrain Taylor, Radasi, Tina Nance, Burkhard Langemann, Kirsten Reiss, Swami Vivekenanda Saraswati, Sahajananda, Reinhard Gammenthaler, Bill Mahony, Swami Chetanananda, Constantina Rhodes, Sri Prem Baba, Mio Shinohara, Kriyavidya, Krishna Das and Byron Katie.

Akari’s background includes over 20 years of music study with various instruments, a degree in sociology, several years of NGO fieldwork in Africa and SE Asia, knowledge of permaculture combined with living off-grid for several years, active involvement in international rainbow gathering movements, extensive training in theta healing and bodywork, and plant medicines.

Akari’s dharma (soul purpose) is to elevate the consciousness of humanity towards love and freedom of our true nature through practice of yoga, art of music, intentions, commitment to embrace all aspects of ourselves and gifts of life, and becoming a true agent of change for the world that we love to create.

About the Accommodation

For this training, you will sleep in cozy bamboo huts. Each hut has an occupancy of two people. If you book a shared bungalow and do not have a partner, you will be paired with another student. There are shared bathrooms and shower facilities on site. Included in the accommodation is a fan, a comfortable mattress, pillows, and fresh linens (changed weekly). Each unit has its electrical socket for the ease of charging devices and of course, free Wi-Fi. Electricity and water are included and toilet paper will be provided.

About the Food

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served on class days with dinner on check in as well. All meals are healthy organic and vegan, served buffet style. There will be no food included on the day off (only one day) or on check out day but kitchen facilities are available for guests. La Casa Shambala may be able to meet any special dietary needs (including vegetarian meals) but please contact us in advance to see if possible. Additional charges may apply.

Booking Policy

To confirm your space we require a 30% deposit .  Payments can be made by PayPal or bank transfer.  The remaining balance may be paid at arrival.  Kindly note there are no refunds but arrangements to reschedule may be possible if ample notice is given.