As one of South East Asia’s leading destinations for health and wellbeing resorts, Koh Samui is also gaining worldwide recognition as a destination in which people can participate in or study the ancient spiritual and physical discipline of yoga.
For people who wish to visit Koh Samui in order to broaden their minds and learn a new skill then there are plenty of options that are open to you. For those visitors who are truly looking to get in touch with their mind and body, then yoga on Koh Samui is the perfect holiday activity.
Throughout Koh Samui there are a number of independent, freelance instructors who conduct sessions and courses at a number of different spas and resorts throughout the island. There are also a growing number of specialist yoga centres that can be found on Samui, which offer everything from introductory and basic yoga lessons to 3 day courses, as well as professional, intensive programs that can last for more than two weeks.
Some of the most popular specialist yoga centres that are on Koh Samui include Bikram Yoga, Natural High Retreat and Absolute Yoga. At these centres the most common form of yoga is Hatha Vinyasa yoga, which combines breathing exercises with a range of different physical postures and meditation in order to harmonise the mind and body. Another form of yoga that is often taught on Koh Samui is Yin yoga, which tends to be more physical, working on the tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. The final form of yoga that is predominantly taught on the island is called Ashtanga, which is much more dynamic and involves a series of different postures and movements that flow and merge into one another.
Yoga Resorts on Koh Samui
One of the most popular yoga centres and resorts on Koh Samui is Samahita Yoga Thailand, which is located in Laem Sor, on the south coast of the island. At this retreat, the focus is about all things yoga and apart from teaching the techniques behind different yoga exercises, they also teach the philosophy and theory behind yoga too. This specialist resort provides food, accommodation and one of the best environments on Samui for people to learn about the ancient art of yoga. Classes are held daily in the centres coconut garden, which overlooks the sea. The centre is also smoke and alcohol free.
Another popular yoga resort on Koh Samui is The Kamalaya Personal Yoga Retreat, which provides one on one personal sessions, combined with luxury spa treatments. All of the courses that are provided by this luxury yoga centre are suitable for all levels and abilities from beginners to right through to experienced practitioners and yoga professionals. Courses or lessons can also be adapted to an individual’s personal goals or skill level.
On Koh Samui you will also find a number of resorts that offer yoga instruction and training but which is a little less formal than some of the specialist yoga centres and retreats. Resorts such as Six Senses Samui and the Tamarind Spring Spa provide yoga lessons on an hourly basis, which are normally taken by a freelance or visiting instructor. These types of lessons can be great if you are on a budget or you are maybe trying yoga for the first time.
Koh Samui Yoga Centres
Here are the details of a selection of specialist yoga centres and resorts offering yoga classes:
Absolute Yoga Samui
Address: Absolute Sanctuary, 88 Moo 5, Choeng Mon, Koh Samui, 84320
Tel: 077 601 190
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