17 Apr How to Practice Yoga on a Budget in Thailand
Do you want to practice yoga in Thailand, eat healthily and make the most of the sun? At first glance it seems to be an expensive holiday option, but it really doesn’t have to be. The key to practising yoga on a budget in Thailand is not to book yourself into a retreat.
There are many yoga centres in Thailand that offer high quality and affordable drop in classes. You can eat, sleep and do your yoga classes for as little as £25 a day. So in no particular order, here is a selection of yoga centres we recommend.
Chiang Mai City
Gernot Huber, is the Principal teacher at Yoga Mind, Yoga Body, in the city of Chiang Mai and he has been practising yoga since 1996. His teaching combines the best practices from Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara Yoga and classes include pranayama, partner assists, detailed alignment cues, and hints on anatomy and injury prevention. The centre hosts one drop in class per day Monday to Friday and he also offers private sessions. You can see his wonderful yoga style on his Facebook page where he keeps everyone up to date on workshops
The Yoga Tree is a beautiful centre located on the outskirts of the city and offers 3 sessions per day of yoga, qi gong, dance and meditation. On Sundays there is only 1 session which is a gentle yoga. Classes only cost 300 baht so this is a great place to practice yoga on a budget Thailand. This centre has a wonderful reputation and Gernot Huber from Yoga Mind, Yoga body also holds classes here. They have a real community feel and an active Facebook Page
Photo by Dennis Yang via Flickr
This is an awesome yoga centre with four excellent teachers. Just a a short distance from Sairee Beach on the island of Koh Tao, each class is only 200 baht, and drops to 150 baht per class with a 10 class loyalty card which is really great value. They run four classes everyday: 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm. The reviews for this quite new venture are excellent on TripAdvisor. Check out the different experiences and styles of the teachers on this Facebook Post
‘Ocean Sound’ offer around 3 yoga classes a day, either Hatha, Vinyasa or Yin. Each class is 300 baht and there are discounts for purchasing in bulk. While this place is fundamentally a dive centre, they take their yoga very seriously, having world class guest teachers and plenty of workshops. Dive Centres and Yoga Centres fit well together and if you don’t believe me, check out this stunning video by Ocean Sound Dive and Yoga Centre on YouTube
Yoga on The Beach by Taro Taylor via Flickr
Koh Phangan is a hot spot for yoga centres, detox centres, meditation centres, Reiki and all things zen and is probably the best place to practice yoga on a budget in Thailand.
Far too many people avoid this pretty little island because of the full moon party but trust me, this place is perfect for those who want to practice yoga, detox or meditate. Like many centres in this blog, Orion Healing Centre offers retreat packages which are quite inexpensive, and they also offer 6 drop in classes a day for 300 baht each. One of the big draws of this place is the vegan/vegetarian restaurant. It is delicious!
The Sanctuary on the island of Koh Phangan is only accessible by boat and although it is a short distance from Had Rin Town, most people choose to stay at the resort in order to take their yoga classes. The Sanctuary offers 3 daily classes at 8am, 10.30am and 4pm. 90 minute classes cost 350 baht each or you can buy 7 class tickets for 2,100 Baht. No booking is required but you must book your accommodation. The resort has a great range of affordable accommodation, a restaurant with great vegan options and a lively evening atmosphere on what is essentially a private beach.
This yoga centre on the quiet and beautiful island of Koh Lanta offers Vinyasa Yoga at their beautiful beach front sala. The classes are 500 Baht for 90 minutes including a towel, yoga mat and bottle of water. There are 1 or 2 sessions a day and you should contact them in advance to let them know you are coming. The location of this yoga centre is stunning as Klong Nin beach is a delightful location.
Sabai Sabai Yoga
Also on Koh Lanta, 2 lovely ladies called Julia and Suzi run Sabai Sabai and they offer yoga classes in two ocean view locations: Kantiang Beach and Long Beach. They offer morning flows, meditative evening movement, and occasional candlelit yoga classes. Schedules vary so it is best to email them or message them on their Facebook Page but there is always at least one session a day.
Oasis Yoga is based on Klong Dao beach and they offer, Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin with at least 2 sessions hosted per day for people at every level. Each session is 400 baht and there are discounts for bulk booking. Oasis Yoga also have a delicious juice bar. They are not associate with any resort but have a lovely space not far from a large choice of accommodation.
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