Pack your travel mat and stretch your dreams
More Australians are escaping to yoga retreats than ever before.
Our love affair with yoga continues to rise at a rapid pace and according to the latest statistics yoga is the fastest growing cardio, strength and flexibility exercise regime.
It is especially popular with Gen Y and Gen X. And it’s not just popular with women. Male participation in yoga is growing at 10 per cent per year, which makes a yoga-based holiday perfect for couples.
Wellness travel among Australians is also growing at 6.5 per cent annually and many travellers are falling in love with Thailand as the ultimate wellness destination.
And why not! Thailand has fresh organic food, fabulous all-year-round weather and locals who ooze charm as they welcome you to their little slice of heaven.
A holiday centred on yoga is the perfect way to leave the regular world behind and let the normal stresses of life dissipate.
Check out some of the best spots in Thailand to practise yoga, and return home in a cloud of utter bliss. Most one-hour yoga classes start at $12.
Walk into this peaceful northern city in Thailand, and you'll feel time slows down. The air is calm and peaceful, making it the perfect place for you to stop, smell the orchids and practice your most challenging yoga poses. This area is surrounded by lush rainforests, rolling countryside and misty waterfalls, so you can head to a yoga studio or trek to one of these destinations to do your own meditating.
Here’s our pick of yoga studios not far from the city centre. Wild Rose specialises in Yin Yoga (slow movements and mat-based work and is open every daily); Om Ganesha Yoga offers classes for people of all abilities; and the Yoga Tree – in the southwest corner of the city – concentrates on yoga, movement meditation and dance.
Thailand's second largest island, Koh Samui is a very popular tourist destination. Here, yogis rejoice because it's also home of Yogarden - a quaint, wood hut yoga studio that doubles as a cafe, so you can indulge in a healthy mind, body and spirit experience all in one go! The island itself is big enough for you to find a quiet corner of white sands where you can work on inner peace when you're not in class.
Other yoga studios worth a visit include Lokah Sukhah Yoga, Shahda Yoga and Yoga Essential Studio, which is set in the jungle with stunning sunset views over the ocean.
Koh Tao is another island famous for its wellbeing and yoga offering. Located at the Western shore of the Gulf of Thailand, this island is smaller than its neighbours – Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. What it lacks in size though, it makes up when it comes to yoga classes with some great options like Baan Talay, Gea Andwater and the Shambhala Yoga Centre.
The island of Koh Phangan has a community that is very supportive of yoga principles as it is actually home to some world-renowned studios. But even outside class you'll feel even more at peace just strolling around listening to the serene sounds of nature. It's also a great place for a detox diet, as many of the restaurants are vegetarian friendly and there are loads of fresh, fibrous fruits.
Our pick of yoga classes include The Sanctuary Phangan, Orion Healing Center and Pure Flow Yoga.
Where better to learn yoga than in Thailand? Pack your yoga travel mat and active leisurewear and give your Hoot Holidays consultant a call to book the perfect Thailand Yoga Retreat.
- Posted in Thailand