Stretch it out
Published/Last edited or updated: 27th October, 2016
Perched on a hillside overlooking thick jungle and set back about one kilometre from Haad Salad, The Yoga Retreat is a wonderful place to relax and focus on your well being. Students here are often on week- or month-long retreats, and some of the classes are limited to a minimum one-week daily commitment. Three classes allow drop-ins, for a cost of 300 baht.
Set by the ocean in the Seethanu area, Orion Healing Centre is ideally located for mindful yoga sessions, and offers multiple classes a day. Orion also provides longer yoga packages, teacher training and detox courses among others. See their website for full details. Drop-in is 400 baht.
The three beaches of Haad Thian, Haad Yuan and Why Nam on Ko Pha Ngan’s east coast are very popular with yoga-inclined travellers. The Sanctuary on Haad Thian offers a variety of activities including thrice daily yoga classes on the rise behind the resort - drop-in costs 350 baht. Bamboo Huts on Haad Yuan is extremely popular with yoga teacher training courses, including Blooming Lotus Yoga and on Haad Why Nam there is a yoga platform on the headland where yoga sessions are held early most mornings.
Blooming Lotus Yoga http://www.thailandyoga.net/
Orion Healing Center, 15/2 Moo 8, Sri Thanu T: (077) 445 966 www.orionhealing.com/
The Sanctuary http://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/
The Yoga Retreat hills behind Haad Salad. T: (077) 374 310; www.yogaretreat-kohphangan.com/
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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