Island Yoga

Island Yoga offers yoga retreats that are suitable for all levels of students from beginner yogis to advanced practitioners.

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8 Days Yoga Retreat in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr, 2018–2019

Instructors (6)

David Sharpe

Born in the Snowdonia national park of North Wales, David’s twin passions have always been the outdoor adventure and spiritual seeking. In 1987, he created an outdoor oriented school with the emphasis on experiential learning and personal empowerment. Moving to the US in 1996, he continued to impart his unique brand of insight teachings through yoga and personal growth workshops.

Roni Miteff

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Roni Miteff is an experienced certified yoga teacher of E-RYT 200, RYT 500 level in classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin yoga. A fully certified IAYT yoga therapist, she specializes in structural therapeutics, women's health, and mental balance using the tools of yoga, Ayurveda as well as sound therapy. Roni is also a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, taking refuge in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in 2004. Roni's heart-based teachings transpire from a colorful background in the contemporary arts, theatre, early years as a musician, and her own evolution through yoga.

Dimitri Miteff

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Dimitri Miteff is a certified yoga teacher of E-RYT 200, RYT 500 level in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Calligraphy yoga (qigong) under Master Zhen Hua Yang. Dimitri creates an alignment-based, Dynamic class with breath, mindfulness, and self-empowerment as the primary focus. Dimitri is also a professional level sound therapist and co-facilitator with IASH (International Academy of Sound Healing, India), and has been initiated into Native American and Indonesian rituals with shamans in Bali and FSS (Foundation for Shamanic Studies).

Veerle Geuens

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500

Veerle is a 500-hour accredited yoga teacher, specialized in Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditation practices. Veerle has a background as a Western psychologist and has been guiding Buddhist cultural tours for eight years in the Himalayas. With 10 years of yoga practice and teaching experiences in Belgium, UK, India, and Thailand, Veerle has a profound knowledge in tailoring classes and retreats to her student's needs. She also has studied traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong, Buddhism, Ayurveda, mindfulness, Kriya yoga, and yoga therapy for women.

Rene

Yoga Alliance RYT 200

Rene is a 200-hour accredited yoga teacher, with a strong passion for Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin yoga, pranayama and yoga philosophy. Rene has been practicing Vipassana meditation for more than 12 years and likes to put his meditation into practice in daily life. Together with Veerle, he has extensively traveled in India and the Himalayas, an experience that helped him integrating the Eastern philosophy into his Western lifestyle.

Antonella Milo

Antonella Milo has been practicing yoga for nearly 17 years. She has studied with famous teachers in the UK and India, where she lived for 2 years. She has taken part in various Vipassana and Silent retreats throughout the world. Her passion for mindful movement practices has led her to China where she studied Tai Chi and Qigong. She has taught in the UK, Italy, Brazil, Sri Lanka, China, and Nepal, and is currently based in the beautiful Island Yoga Retreat in Koh Yao Noi, where she teaches regular classes and workshops.

Reviews (110)

Benjamin Docker

from Australia, July 2018

Instructors were extremely knowledgeable. Very helpful in improving my practice. The location is amazing. Sin (spelling?) was the most helpful and generous host throughout. Loved it and should have stayed longer.

Martin Spinelli

from Great Britain, July 2018

"Blissful and transformative"

Instructors Roni and Dmitri were so careful, patient and inspiring to me and my 16-year-old son (we were relative beginners). The Sound Journey that Dmitri and Roni conducted one evening was a rare and exceptionally moving experience which I was grateful to have had. The manager Sin was extremely friendly and accommodating--he organised our outings and made time to get to know us--another very good human being. Koh Yao Noi itself feels secluded and rural--rice paddies, water buffalo and shrimp fisherman. It is the ideal place to decompression and to find yourself.

Eugenia Cheung

from Hong Kong, May 2018

"Love it!"

The Classes are great with Antonella and Veerle. The hut i stayed are quite nice, really worth the money. A very peaceful and quiet place to rest my mind and soul.

Tom Askew

from Australia, April 2018

"Great experience "

The yoga classes were great. Instructors were very attentive. Breakfast was sooo good after the first class.

Eda Sarıdogan

from Thailand, April 2018

"Very good yoga sessions in nature "

The instructors Antonella and Veerle have been really good! Especially Antonella is very positive despite the heat!! :) it is a decent program in a preserved environment.

Jennie Blythe

from United States, April 2018

"Great retreat "

The classes were suited to me as a beginner-intermediate. Breakfast was good. Nice quiet location and good ambience. Early morning tai chi on the beach. Thought both Antonella and Veerle great teachers but especially liked Veerle"'s style and focus on yoga rather than fitness.

Roberto Bongo

from Great Britain, March 2018

"Excellent"

Lovely people , staff very organised and great yoga practices.

Natália Costa

from Thailand, February 2018

"Great Place"

This is a wonderful place with a great vibe and very talented yoga and tai chi instructors.

Julia Movshovich

from United States, February 2018

"Peaceful rest"

I felt very relaxed and comfortable at Island Yoga. There was a positive energy all around. The yoga classes were invigorating and informative, leaving me feeling so full of life and wanting to continue in this way after the retreat. I especially appreciated learning different breathing techniques.

Nicole Munoz

from United States, February 2018

"Exactly what the doctor ordered--"

The island itself, the quality of instructors, the Yoga Island staff, the Nature Lodge staff, the food, and the atmosphere were all perfect. I needed somewhere to hit the reset button on my life and get grounded and that's exactly what I got. I am so grateful for my time there.

Jennifer Harju

from Canada, February 2018

"Serenity"

Gorgeous location, excellent teachers, community atmosphere, delicious food, sunrise tai chi, beautiful yoga spaces. Just enough yoga and meditation during the day with great optional workshops.

Natacha Bublitz

from Brazil, January 2018

"Island pure nature yoga "

As práticas tanto iniciante quanto avançado foram otimas e os instrutores são excelentes. O tai chi no nascer do sol foi uma experiência repleta de energia. O restaurante tem comidas muito gostosas e arroz integral. O iogurte do café da manhã era delicioso. A convivência com outros praticantes foi enriquecedora e muito boa. Foram dias maravilhosos no island yoga.

Sarah Kean

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Truly amazing world class teachers ! "

Classes atmosphere everything was superb !

Kerry Ann Kaestner

from Australia, December 2017

"Beautiful Yogis w/ a side of Extortion "

The instructors were lovely. On several different occasions, they made me aware of things about my body that have forever improved my alignment and overall wellbeing. They were mindful, educated, peaceful, and kind hearted. They made my overall experience a positive amongst many negatives. The island !!! OMG, what a magical place. The locals are so so sweet. & of course, the immensely diverse attendees !

Anonymous

from Singapore, December 2017

"Skilled and awesome instructor "

She was able to take care of everyone's need and she had good knowledge of the yoga poses and practice. Very friendly

Mirjam Van Der Linden

from Netherlands, October 2017

"Extra ordinary teachers"

The dfferent teachers

The Tai Chi

Easy way of renting bike

Friendly staff

Workshops

Simeen Ansari

from Pakistan, July 2017

"Excellent value for money!"

The yoga classes were superb, each teacher different but very good. The location was ideal.The simple system that functioned well all round, and such nice people.

Lauren Mordachini

from United States, June 2017

"Great People Great Service "

Great atmosphere, Great teachers, and Great staff.

Sharon Gordon

from Nepal, April 2017

"Lovely people but the itself was disappointing "

The people and surroundings were beautiful

Ana Paula

from United States, April 2017

"Magical "

Island Yoga is truly a gem. Most accommodations on the island are right off the main road, but Island Yoga is tucked away off the beaten path, with its private, serene beach and lovely space. Ning and David were very knowledgeable and helpful in their own, individual and wonderful ways. Ning taught me how to ride a scooter and I had a blast exploring the island on my own. The ladies running the kitchen and laundry were all very sweet and attentive. Magda was a wonderful welcome hostess and meditation guide. All yoga teachers I came across were very knowledgeable, creative, and generous in their teaching. I especially enjoyed Aliya and Antonela's classes for their deeply meditative qualities and generous guidance. Morgan was also fantastic. Her class focused heavily on hip openers, which was incredibly challenging and restorative for my personal practice. I am deeply grateful for David's Tai Chi/Qi Gong teachings and all the conversations we shared on the island. Spending a week at Island Yoga was simply magical for me.

Emma Langton

from Thailand, April 2017

"Wonderful place!"

The yoga instructors were amazing and worked to teach according to all levels.

Each class taught me something new, either about yoga or myself, making the retreat a meaningful experience.

The morning Thai Chi was a new and fabulous experience. David was a great instructor!

The morning breakfast was amazing! So much choice and variety. You could also ask for something specific if you couldn't find something to your taste.

Patrick Sullivan

from United States, March 2017

"A great retreat "

Completely relaxing

Nicola Husband

from Thailand, March 2017

"Amazing, rustic, relaxing"

Awesome island so natural and local and peaceful,great size and safe to explore, many secluded beaches.

Yoga was fantastic, great teachers, so interesting and insightful and I tried the tai chi meditation at sunrise on the beach and loved it, great way to start the day.

Such a relaxing yet energetic few days on a really really friendly, chilled, laid back and professional yoga retreat, thank you so much island yoga

Frank Merten

from Netherlands, July 2018

"Helemaal zen"

Prima yogalessen vol afwisseling. Mooie omgeving. Sobere maar doelmatige kamer. Zeer gastvrije mensen in het restaurant die met alles willen nelpen. Kreeg gratis een scooter mee om voetbal te kunnen kijken en men zocht voor me uit waar voetbal te zien was. Super!

Ivana Khalaf Torrijos

from Spain, June 2018

"I will come back"

Anonymous

from Germany, March 2018

"Beeindruckend"

Die intensiven Classes in der eindrucksvollen Landschaft mit spannenden Menschen von überall her

Aurélie Ray

from Malaysia, February 2018

"Good experience."

Yoga classes are very good. Nice garden and sea view.

Jennifer Angevin

from Thailand, November 2017

"Sejour Parfait"

le site etait magnifique. le tai chi sur la plage le matin etait incroyable.

la gentillesse de Sin

Les cours etait top et diversifiés.

Anonymous

from Germany, November 2017

Die Yogalehrer waren toll und das Personal sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Die Anlage war sehr schön und die Insel ein super Ort zum entspannen.

Anonymous

from Canada, November 2017

"Super"

l’ambiance et les gens qu’on rencontre sont ce que j’ai le plus apprécié! On s’y sent comme chez soi. Le personnel est plus qu’acueillant. J’ai également appris énormément durant les cours de yoga! On propose plusieurs activités et on nous aide à faire nos propres activités si on en a envie. Une expérience formidable!

Isabelle Schäfer

from New Zealand, June 2017

"Really nice place "

Lovely place, beautiful area,nice staff and the yoga was awesome. Even for total just awesome. I really enjoyed my stay and wished I could stay longer.

chloé Villaume

from Spain, May 2017

"Una experiencia diferente del típico yoga"

La isla es increíble y algunas sesiones de yoga muy originales

Sarah Amer

from United States, November 2018

"Excellent Stay at Island Yoga "

Had a wonderful and relaxing six days at Island Yoga on Koh Yao Noi. The female dorm room was clean and comfortable and as were the main facilities of the resort. Each yoga teacher was professional and brought something new to each class. I was never bored with any class because they were always different. Lovely morning tai chi on the beach at sunrise and the breakfast buffet has everything you need to energize after morning yoga. I highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking to expand their yoga knowledge and make some new friends along the way!

Nicole Gouveia

from Canada, July 2018

"Relaxing, Rejuvenating Retreat on a Sleepy Island "

I really enjoyed the yoga classes with Veerle. She blends asana, meditation, sounds, and music flawlessly to craft yoga classes that the participants want to attend. Taking into consideration the time of day, the weather, and the energy of her students, she offered excellent classes.

I loved the oasis-feel of the retreat centre and the laid-back atmosphere of the island itself. I loved the fact that it was the low season when I attended (July) and though it did rain a bit during a few of the days, this weather added to my increased introspection. I spent my free time exploring the sleepy island, reading, journaling, and seeking out beaches.

What an amazing way to spend 5 nights! It was just the medicine I needed! I could have easily spent a month there.

Elouise Norris

from United States, April 2018

"Beautiful and spiritual "

The island is incredible, it's a really beautiful place and a great place to really unwind, there is a chance to do nothing and reflect on the powerful spiritual and meditation quality to the yoga classes but the team also put on activities if you want to join in. The staff are always available and eager to help you with anything you need, I hope to come back again soon!

Sophie Bialek

from Thailand, March 2018

"A very special place "

A lovely vibe. Really nice people. Great teachers. Beautiful place.

Rebecca Chmiel

from United States, March 2018

"An Unexpectedly Incredible Experience"

I loved everything- each day taught me something new and challenged me in ways I didn't expect. It was a truly transformative experience, which is not at all what I was expecting! The location is stunning, the instructors are all incredible, and the accommodation is great! I loved it here and would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone! It's also tremendous value for money, which is a factor for most people. What a beautiful place!!!

Valentina Rigo

from Thailand, February 2018

"Great yoga experience in exceptional surroundings"

The yoga lessons and workshops were all very good. All teachers proved to be knowedgeable and very professional. The workshop hosted were also as interesting and very good. The location is amazing as the island is just a jem of beauty and relaxation. I am glad I went there and left knowing I had a very valuable experience

Charlotte Bruns

from United States, February 2018

"Just Go!"

Such a nice and relaxed place. It's good for all types and levels of Yoga, but the beginners was very busy during my stay. The instructors still make it work though! Love the 'old' sala's and the breakfast was delicious. If you are looking for a good yoga retreat, just go here. Oh! And definitely do the Tai Chi in the morning, it's Amazing!

Yuksel Bektas

from Philippines, January 2018

"She is perfect "

Her teaching style

Livia Marcka

from Thailand, January 2018

"Experience of a Lifetime"

The accomodation was very nice and clean

The schedule was perfect - we had the classes twice a day, but also time to relax and enjoy

The teachers were very professional

The food was GREAT!

I just LOVED!!!! <3

Helena Tudor

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Life enhancing - a wonderful experience "

The friendly and relaxed feel of the retreat. The quality of the instruction was excellent. Beautiful surroundings. The daily structure which gave individuals the choice to opt in or out of activities. The scale of the place (not overwhelmingly large).

Anonymous

from Great Britain, November 2017

"Wonderful relaxed piece of island yogic heaven "

Amazing location, good yoga, healing sessions, food and relaxed vibe.

Hannah Storey

from Cambodia, August 2017

"Best place ever! "

I had never done yoga before and this was the perfect place to start! The teachers were lovely and very helpful. The accommodation (dorm room) was basic but still very good value for money.

Pippa Hodges

from Malaysia, August 2017

"A perfect balance "

I enjoyed the balance between the focussed and challenging yoga sessions and the opportunity to explore the island beyond the 'retreat'. It is a sociable place, the food is delicious, and the free breakfast is plentiful and imaginative.

The staff and instructors were professional, warm and helpful.

Macedonia Domingues

from Maldives, August 2017

"Great relaxing week"

I loved the location and the vibe of the place. Everyone super friendly. I love the yoga classes as well, learned a lot. I think the classes are quite balanced in terms of strong activity and relaxation. Also it's suitable for any level. Really enjoyed my holiday, lovely.

Annie Watt

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Extremely satisfied customer"

The retreat itself had a such a tranquil environment that made you never want to leave, all staff were pleasant and professional and the

quality of the yoga classes was exceptional....i will definitely return!

Anne Stokle

from Great Britain, July 2017

Really experienced teachers and right balance between strong yoga and relaxed practice . Really lovely thanks.

Reka Birton

from United States, July 2017

"Nice getaway on a pretty island"

Pool, breakfast, yoga classes

Cecilia Hanks

from Australia, May 2017

"Good"

Glasses

Nina Cartee

from China, April 2017

"Too many participants"

The instructors are excellent. The island is beautiful and quiet. The staff is helpful, patient and kind. The view during morning classes on the beach is breathtaking.

Alex Bannard

from Thailand, April 2017

"Fantastic, authentic brilliant budget yoga retreat"

I loved the location - unspoilt Thailand at its very best and so hard to find these days.

The accommodation is no frills but great. The yoga was fabulous: the perfect 'stretch' (pardon the pun!) physically, mentally and spiritually. Very knowledgeable and friendly team. Sunrise Tai Chi moving meditation on the beach an unexpected treat. I arrived with no expectations and loved every minute.

Marylin Gehlen

from Thailand, July 2018

Tout d’abord, lors de notre arrivée, les personnes présentes ont été très attentives pour répondre à nos attentes et programmer le séjour idéal pour nous.

Les cours étaient de qualité, les professeurs de yoga ont une belle présence, c’etait un réel plaisir.

Le petit déjeuner est délicieux, il y en a pour tout les goûts et c’est très bon ! :) j’apprecie l’absence de gaspillage.

Lena Pagel

from United States, July 2018

"Very nice yoga retreat in Thailand "

I loved the accommodation at yoga island. It was so quiet and peaceful. The rooms are nice and the pool as well.

The rooms for yoga practice are incredible nice and welcoming.

All of the staff was. And the teachers were amazing. They were quite different in their styles and gave an amazing variety.

Marie-claude Demers

from Canada, April 2018

"Belle semaine de ressourcement"

L ile magnifique, ambiance relax, thai tchi avec le levé du soleil. Bon déjeuner. Cour de yoga très bon avec une professeure en particulier (je ne me rapelle plus de son nom)bel introduction au cour et elle connait bien le côté spirituel du yoga. L autre professeur est correct mais cour un peu stressant...elle décrit énormément les positions et pas d intro au cours.

Julia Jost

from Switzerland, March 2018

"Sehr entspannend und inspirierend - tolle Lehrer!"

Das Tai-Chi am Morgen bei Sonnenaufgang war magisch und unbedingt zu empfehlen! Die Lehrer sind alle unterschiedlich aber alle fachlich und menschlich sehr inspirierend! Das Frühstück hat mir ebenfalls sehr gut gefallen.

Jeroen Compeer

from Netherlands, February 2018

"Waanzinnig "

Zo relaxed en zeer goede lessen met heldere uitleg. Super veel van geleerd en je komt er per dag meer in. Het is soms ook heel zwaar maar vooral heel tof

Anonymous

from United States, January 2018

"Would come again"

Very good place, wonderful bungalows, demanding as well as relaxing yoga classes, tai chi in the morning - wonderful with the sun rise, good breakfast, many interesting work shops, quiet sleep, time for myself

Anonymous

from Netherlands, January 2018

"Great teachers and classes, accomodation a little overpriced"

The teachers and their classes were really good. Every teacher has their own qualities and knowledge, which is a good learning experience. The breakfast also was good.

Sandrine Dias

from Switzerland, January 2018

"Dommage que la nouvelle salle soit moins chaleureuse que les"

La sérénité du lieu, la gentillesse du personnel, la qualité des cours, le fait d'avoir différents profs avec chacun leur approche différente très intéressante, les magnifiques sala en bois avec vue sur la végétation

Sarah Khan

from Switzerland, November 2017

"Relaxing week on beautiful island"

- there are yoga classes for beginnners and advanced/intermediate people, necessary as the classes are too crowded otherwise

- the teachers were really good

- the island hopping tour was perfect

- the island is beautiful and the local people still very nice as its not too touristy yet

Albert Wolkerstorfer

from Thailand, October 2017

Super Betreuung, alles Lehrer super, gesamtes Personal sehe bemüht.

Mathilde Salmona

from France, July 2017

"Inoubliable"

L'île

Assia Barry

from Cameroon, June 2017

"Séjour au top"

La gentillesse du personnel, le cadre et la qualité des cours .

Julie Teng

from Thailand, April 2017

"Relaxing beach holiday with yoga"

The teachers were very good although varying in style and quality. I enjoyed the sunrise taichi and morning classes. The beach is actually nice at high tide and the views are beautiful.

Birgit Mallmann

from Germany, April 2017

"Ein friedliches Plätzchen mit sehr gutem yoga Unterricht"

Der yogaunterricht war sehr gut, so intensiv und sehr abwechslungsreich,

Testimonials (3)

Kyla Australia

Island Yoga

"Me Myself and I" Yoga Detox Course for Women in Thailand

When I first signed up to have a session with Aliya I had no idea what Mind Body Therapy involved. But her warm smile and gentle personality made me feel so comfortable and open that I just went with it and put my trust in her. It turns out that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Through deep relaxation I explored memories from my life that were once forgotten. These minute experiences turned out to be the keys in understanding so many things about myself and the distructive patterns in

my life. With these realisations I have been able to really see, understand and let go of my past, moving forward with my head held high to take on my real purpose in this life. I am and will always be grateful that I was sent something so wonderfully healing.

Myrna Lebanon

Island Yoga

"Me Myself and I" Yoga Detox Course for Women in Thailand

I attended the 3 days workshop in Beirut last weekend and I would like you to know this: I feel Blessed and most of all I feel very proud of myself to have taken good decisions in my life that led me to meeting you and learning from you. It was never easy for me to change.... I’ve always seeked “change” and chased after it and for the first time I feel “change” is chasing after me, wanting me so bad to listen and take what I’m receiving seriously and Change. A teacher is everything. And I’m grateful for your teaching. I respect the way you loaded us with precious information and guided us even after you left, making it very clear that we are always connected with you and to the power of knowledge you’re willing to keep in our reach at all times. Aliya, I’m very thankful because I have a foundation of knowledge I can share now with my two teenage daughters who desperately need all this love and guidance.

Meltem Germany

Island Yoga

"Me Myself and I" Yoga Detox Course for Women in Thailand

I met Aliya at Island Yoga in Koh Yao Noi and was first positively surprised by her willingness to help and her disposition as well as openness. I did attend her one day women’s workshop where I did learn about the feminine body and the connection to the moon. Later on, I had two guided healing sessions with her which did truly shift my life and helped me to transform old personal belief patterns. She did guide me to find answers within and to connect to my true self. I feel at peace, my inner chatter did stop. Each time, I need help Aliya is an eager teacher to help me find my stuck beliefs and advance in my path. I can only express my deepest gratitude to her.

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