Training the mind, body and spirit is a daily ritual for yoga lovers all around the world. Originating in India, yoga is a preferred physical, but also psychological exercise for many in Western Europe, North America or Asia. Especially during summer months in the Northern hemisphere, when most yoga fans take days off work, they choose to go for a yoga retreat, for one or two weeks, to take part in extended sessions of their favourite pastime.
Obviously, some of the best yoga retreats available are in Asia, the place where the art started. Unexpectedly, Thailand is a top destination, with more than 50 such retreats spread around the country. Let’s see what the best five are:
5. Vikasa Yoga Retreat
Located on the Lipa Noi Island, Vikasa is one of the most spectacular yoga retreats in Thailand. Sessions are normally held outdoors, on the beach. Standard and superior bungalows house the yogis, while the food is healthy and mostly vegetarian. Yoga mats are provided, as well as access to the gym and a variety of classes in different yoga styles.
4. Marina Yoga & Reiki
Close to the world famous resort of Phuket, Marina offers both yoga and reiki courses, the second being an ancient Japanese massage technique. Visitors are hosted in bungalows along the beach, with a shala and a pool at everyone’s disposal 24/7.
3. Agama Yoga
Ko Phangan’s best retreat of such type, Agama steals the spotlight with their huge yoga halls, exotic outdoors and interesting lessons. The Level 1 Yoga course is famous around Thailand and not only, many recommending it for beginners. For more experienced yogis, Agama also offers courses to become an instructor.
2. Blooming Lotus Yoga
This retreat “remains stuck in your mind” for months after it has finished – some of the yogis that took part say. Located on a tiny island off the Eastern coast of Thailand, Blooming Lotus offers a very traditional and basic living experience, similar to what ancient yogis recommended, together with daily lessons taught by local instructors and a variety of vegetarian and seafood dishes.
1. Xhale Yoga Pai
Situated in the spectacular Pai Canyon, Zhale offers long silent periods, good food as well as friendly vibes and inspiring instructors that will guarantee a wonderful time. Hatha, Yin Yoga, Pranayama and meditation are some of the activities you can engage in here.