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With practically every resort offering yoga at a range of levels, Ko Lanta is arguably Thailand's top yoga destination.
Everything from casual morning yoga on the beach up to demanding courses held at purpose-built studios are available. Rates can range from 250 to 500 baht for a single class, with multi-class packages offered at the more serious studios.
We've listed a handful of yoga options with good reputations below, but there are many more. If you can't decide, Lanta Sports Complex on the main drag through Haad Phra Ae is a central choice. It also has a fitness centre and muay Thai training facilities.
Oasis Yoga is a long-running and professional yoga studio offering a wide range of classes along with detox programs in an open-air centre just off Khlong Dao beach. Instructor Mona has over 20 years of experience in the United States and Thailand. The price is 400 baht for walk-ins, with five-class package rates starting at 1,750 baht. Flow and Yin classes start at 9:00, and afternoon courses begin at 16:00.
Next to Cha-Ba Bungalows & Art Gallery, Khlong Dao. T: (085) 115 4067. www.oasisyoga-lanta.com
Crown Lanta Resort offers daily yoga courses as part of its fantastic spa facilities. The classes take place on a secluded deck near the resort's private beach at the tip of Ao Kaw Kwang. We were told that the American instructor is experimenting with "Floga", or yoga postures performed while floating on a Stand Up Paddling board.
At Crown Lanta Resort, Ao Kaw Kwang. T: (075) 626 999. www.crownlanta.com
Offering Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar, Relax Bay Resort is known for morning and late afternoon yoga courses on a seaside perch with great views. The cost is 350 baht per class, with classes held daily at 9:00 and 17:00
At Relax Bay Resort, Haad Baan Phruklom. T: (075) 684 194. www.relaxbay.com
Sanctuary offers two yoga courses per day on an open-air platform perched directly over southern Phra Ae beach. Classes run 250 baht per person and seem to be a good option for beginners.
At Sanctuary Bungalows, Haad Phra Ae. www.sanctuarykohlanta.com
Ko Lanta also now has a Buddhist meditation centre where you can receive vipassana (insight) and breath meditation instruction from trained teachers and/or Buddhist monks. The Lanta International Meditation Centre was just opening down a side road to the north of Khlong Nin during our most recent trip to Lanta. Visitors are invited to stay in basic bamboo bungalows for extended stays while practicing sitting and walking meditation in a new open-air concrete building. Clearly marked by a sign off of the main southwest coastal road, the centre is located in a breezy spot amid a palm plantation.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 8th June, 2014.