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A funky new yoga studio-cum-cafe has opened down a quiet back street of Ko Samui’s cosmopolitan Fisherman’s Village. The village is known for its east-meets-the-Med appeal, where trendy coffee shops bump shoulders with upmarket boutiques, and bars and restaurants trade from old Chinese shophouses. The effect is eclectic and charming, making a perfect location for the equally quirky Yogarden.
Yogarden is set in a traditional old Thai house, with the studio being a bright open-air structure cooled by fans and surrounded by the landscaped garden, colourful with orchids. Currently, classes are held at 9:00 and at 18:00 Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday mornings. A kids’ room with a babysitter is available for yoga mums with young children; this service needs to be booked in advance.
Yogarden is not a ‘do your yoga and leave’ kind of place; rather, the idea is to linger in the cafe or garden over a healthy snack and mingle with like-minded people. Healthy goodies are also for sale, and the menu comprises daily specials by co-owner and vegan chef, Ian. In keeping with this social aspect, Yogarden hosts frequent gatherings such as film nights and music sessions. Workshops such as Reiki training are offered. Check their website to see what’s on during your visit to Ko Samui.
The old wooden house has been beautifully restored, and colourful tables, artwork, beanbags and cushions have been added to lift what would otherwise have been a dark interior.
Various disciplines of yoga are offered, as well as special classes for kids. Rates are competitive, at 800 baht per week, with the price dropping considerably for longer memberships. Daily rates are also available, with new members given a special of 200 baht for unlimited access for the first week.
As the studio is only a few hundred metres’ walk to several excellent accommodation options in Fisherman’s Village, chef Ian’s wife Bonnie has put together yoga holiday packages, from budget through to upmarket, including a private villa option. These holidays can be customised to include detox plans and various treatments by therapists.
For anyone wanting a little personality out of their yoga studio, and a quiet place to relax away from the crowds, new kid on the block, Yogarden meets the mark.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 7th March, 2015.