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Whether you’re a travelling yogi who wants to keep up with a practice or it’s your first downward dog, Bangkok is a great place for yoga, with a surfeit of superb studios and teachers. Classes are typically a little cheaper than in the West. Some places require long-term membership and don’t allow pay-per-class drop-ins but we’ve done the legwork to find five yoga studios or collectives in Bangkok that are traveller friendly, and we’ve included clear directions on how to get there and what to expect.
Yoga Elements has received superlative praise from the media, and it’s well deserved. This conveniently located studio on the 23rd floor of an office building is unpretentious and straightforward. Beginners can take their “Elements” class, which focuses on the fundamentals while more advanced students will be challenged in their “Flow” and “Bliss” vinyasa classes. Their teachers are top notch and you’ll easily be able to find a time that suits you as they constantly run classes, in vinyasa and yin style, from 07:00 to late. The drop-in rate, including mat rental, is 555 baht per class or 1,390 baht for three classes in seven days.
Vanissa Building, 29 Soi Chidlom, 23rd Floor
T: (02) 655 5671
BTS station: Chidlom. Yoga Elements is only 2 blocks from Chidlom BTS station, heading north on Soi Chidlom. The building is behind “Central Chidlom,” a popular department store taxi drivers will know.
Yoga Sutra is another centrally located, drop-in friendly studio. On several of our visits to the studio, reception didn’t speak English but the teacher taught in both English and Thai. Once again, they have a fairly full schedule and a variety of classes, making it easy to find a style that piques your interest. The drop-in rate, including mat rental, is 500 baht per class. Bring your own towel. Advanced reservation is required on the first visit. Styles on offer are classic hatha, vinyasa, core yinyasa and gentle.
32nd Floor, Sathorn Nakorn Tower?100/70 North Sathorn Road,?Silom
T: (02) 636 6758-9
BTS station: Chong Nonsi. Yoga Sutra is located in the Sathorn Nakorn Tower, also known as the Standard Chartered Building. Sathorn Square Tower is directly across the street.
The Bangkok Farmers Market Community Yoga want to make yoga affordable to all, and that includes backpackers on a budget. Their pay-what-you-can yoga classes are welcoming and friendly. Refer to their Facebook group page for the upcoming week’s schedule and updates. Classes are currently being held at two community spaces with the hope of growing to additional venues. The drop-in rate, including mat rental, is “pay what you can”, with a suggested minimum donation of 100 baht. The style depends on the roster of teachers but generally it is hatha.
BKKFM Community Yoga
1. K-Village Open-Air Mall
3rd floor gallery room (take the elevator opposite Wine Connection)
Sukhumvit Soi 26
BTS station: Phrom Phong or MRT station: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, then take a short motorbike or taxi ride to K-Village.
2. Vue Mall
4th floor rooftoop, or 2nd floor in the event of rain
Charoen Nakorn Soi 13, on the west side of the Chao Phraya River
BTS station: Saphan Taksin or Krung Thon Buri. Detailed instructions and map can be found here.
Free yoga! Free Yoga Bangkok arranges a complimentary class every Wednesday, set in beautiful Benjakiti Park and taught by a certified teacher looking for good karma. It’s open to all levels. And if you’re a yoga teacher travelling through Bangkok, get in touch with them about teaching a class. While the class is free, you’ll need to BYO mat. The style depends on the visiting teacher.
Lastly, Lullaby Yoga has two studios, one of which is located right at MRT station Lumpini. They have a nice offering of many different styles, including yin, vinyasa, Iyengar and ashtanga, and short one-hour classes. What might also be appealing to travellers is that the first class is only 350 baht. The drop-in rate, including mat rental, is 350 baht for first class, then 550 baht per class.
1. All Seasons Place Building, CRC Tower, 3rd floor
87/2 Wireless Road, Unit 327
T: (02) 252 5824-5
BTS station: Ploen Chit. From Sukhumvit, head south on Wireless Road, past Le Meridien Bangkok Hotel and Embassy of Vietnam. About a 10-minute walk from the station.
2. Q House Lumpini Life Center
1 South Sathorn Road, Life Center at Lumpini
T: (02) 677 7470-1
MRT station: Lumpini
By Cindy Fan.