YOGA TEACHER Internship program

This is a 1 month extendable program for yoga teachers who are certified under Yoga Alliance from 200hr to 500hr level.

Come to your yoga mat to feel

This is a program for those who want to experience our island life, teach yoga classes daily in front of turquoise water, meet great like-minded travellers from all walks of life AND delve into a practice of being a student of this art form with a fellow yoga teacher  of trust, discipline, encouragement, honesty and transformational growth both as a human being and a yoga teacher.

There is a great description of what a mentor-mentee relationship looks like with one Buddhist terms: Spiritual friend. Mentor is not someone who provides knowledge or information but rather someone who walks alongside you posing questions, answering your questions that lead to more questions and inquiry, and you see that they do the same. We often sit down with a coffee or tea and have a chat. The topics of our conversations may be anything from how to assist a chair pose to the meaning of a passage in the Yoga Sutras to challenging ourselves in different views of our very foundational practice.

This format of internship is tested and true. This is how I was mentored. My teacher and I would get together, many a times over a sushi dinner or cappuccino and we discussed anything we wanted to.

On the other hand, this program is not for you if you are waiting to be spoon-fed. It is a very much self-motivated learning system. If you are waiting to receive some textual information on yoga, this is not for you. This is for those who finished a formal 200hr or 500hr program, who are saying “….and now what?”

Getting used to this island life is also not for everyone. This island is full of adventures and fun with lush beauty but sometimes we don’t have electricity all day, sometimes our running water stops without an explanation, and other times, the monkeys will run around on your roof keeping you awake at 5am. But the people here are real and full of love. This is the Indonesia off-the-beaten-road. We have the necessities and we all know where to get them. But it may take a while to find them. Of course, we can help you and will be there, probably laughing because we have all gone through exactly the same things. And you know what? We stayed. Because we love it here. You’ll see.

Flying Elephant Yoga

"A mentor is not someone who walks ahead to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do."

~ Simon Sinek

We will only take one or two interns at the most. If you are interested, please inquire within…..

Cost of living the island life: You are responsible for the cost of your accommodation, food, motorbike rental and  immigration process etc though we can help you find the best option for you. It all depends on your standard of living and expectations but on average, you can expect to spend about 7.500.000IDR for everything, and of course, you could do cheaper or more expensive.


Get in Touch

The Flying Elephant Yoga Team

Tomomi Kojima- ERYT500


Tomomi is the owner of Flying Elephant Yoga in Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia. She started practicing yoga when she first moved to Canada as a teenager in 2000.  She then became a certified yoga teacher in 2008 and has been an integral part of extensive yoga teacher training programs both at a 200hr and 500hr level.  After teaching and traveling in North America, Mexico, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia, she established her own independent yoga school in 2014. Her classes are based on vinyasa or flow mixed with her own personality and experience, and various styles of yoga she studied along her journey. With the background of vinyasa, power vinyasa, yin, pre- and post-natal yoga, she encourages her students to observe their minds while nurturing their own individuality. Her classes are about honoring both the traditional and the modern, physical and mental aspects of yoga.

As her friend Luna put it, Tomomi is a “hopeless beach bum” who loves spending her time with her husband and her baby by the b

Important Information


You must be at least 18 years of age or must have your parent’s consent.

Minimum 1 year of regular yoga asana (postures) practice (meaning at least twice or more per week) though the program includes emphasis on meditation and yogic philosophy.



Module 1- Feb 11-Feb 28

Module 2- Mar 11-Mar 30

Please arrive in Pulau Weh between Feb 5-10th, 2019

Yoga Teacher Training components include

– Basic applied yoga anatomy

– Practical teaching methods (including modifications for pregnancy and various injuries or conditions)

– Basic yoga assisting

– Basic yogic philosophy

– Yogic understanding of energy

– Meditation

– Daily asana practice

– Hours of practice teaching

– Practice of touch through anatomy and bodywork


**If you do not need an all inclusive option, please contact directly.

The total investment of US$2400 covers:
– basic accommodation in a bungalow which is located 30sec walk from our studio. Bed, private bathroom and a shower are provided.
– Breakfast on training day at our cafe Tipsy Toby Cafe
– Tuition
– Transportation to and from Banda Aceh airport
– Snorkeling gear
What is NOT included is:
– your flight
– Lunch and Dinner
– Motorbike rental (should you wish to do so)
– Immigration cost
– Personal expense
– Your own copy of the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali. We highly recommend getting this copy in your own language. In English, we like the translation by Chi Hartranft.

50% non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot once you have been accepted.

A little advice on life on the island

Attire- Aceh region of Sumatra is under Shariah Law, this means that you must cover your shoulders and knees in CERTAIN areas of Banda Aceh and Pulau Weh out of respect. No foreigners get in trouble and it is not at all like other parts of the world under Shariah Law. But we wouldn’t want to embarrass locals either. So please bring a long sleeve shirt and for the bottoms, yoga crops will do just fine. Our beach, Gapang is an exception. We walk around in bikinis all the time and locals are used to this and no one is offended.

Motorbikes- Highly recommended that you obtain an international driver’s license that would allow you to get a scooter. It’s very easy to get a scooter and easy to learn but even better if you learn it in your own country. If your accommodation is not on Gapang Beach, you will have to get a scooter. Nothing is really far but it’s far enough to walk.

Mosquitoes- Dengue has not been an issue on Pulau Weh though we have mosquitos early in the morning and in the evening. You can buy local eucalyptus oil mix (it’s all natural and you can use it on babies) or strong chemical sprays, electric plugs or mosquito repellent coils in multiple shops.

Rainy season- As they say around here, “it’s the months of BERS.” Our rainy season is USUALLY the month of September to the tail end of December but with the global warming, the weather has been unpredictable. Usually sunny during the day and early evening or late night, it pours. It’s a good idea to bring your rain jacket. Locals wear a poncho and those are very handy if you are driving a scooter. No point in bringing umbrellas. Trust us, they do nothing!

Water bottles- Please bring a water bottle. Plastics are one of the biggest problems in Indonesia. Let’s be a solution to this problem.

Sun Screen- Please try to choose a natural sun screen. You will want to go for a swim and much of toxic cream melts in the ocean causing disturbance in the water affecting marine life.

Immigration details

Indonesian immigration policies have a tendency to change often. Please check with Indonesian embassies in your country for obtaining extendable visitor visas.

Currently (as of Nov 1,2018) you can enter Indonesia from Banda Aceh and apply for an extendable Visa on Arrival before you go through customs (cost varies but usually around $35USD), then 14 days before the first month visa expires, you can go to immigration office in Sabang (about 45min motorbike ride from our beach) and process for an extension (there will be a fee once again. It is currently about $30USD) and you can stay for another month. This extension process can be done between Module 1 and Module 2.


Between Module 1 and 2, you will have the time to exit Indonesia (usually Kuala Lumpur is the cheapest and easiest) and enter once again with a 30day tourist visa. We advise you to stay in KL for about a week.

200hr Yoga Teacher Training

Here at Flying Elephant Yoga, 200hr Basic teacher training program, we value transformation through self-inquiry. Though our teacher training program is designed around a tradition of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, we do not teach one style of yoga. Instead, we choose to learn from benefits of all lineages.