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Are you ready to truly enrich your life and step onto the path of self-discovery? Join this the rejuvenating retreat to discover mindful yoga, deep meditation, and sacred sound and go much deeper into the meaning of yoga. Situated on the beautiful paradise island of Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay with superb views of the towering limestone rocks in the ocean, the natural serenity of the island provides the perfect sanctuary for in-depth practice and solitude. Uncover the deep stillness that lies within.
Island Yoga's base is Ulmar’s Nature Lodge in Tha Khao village, a quiet beachfront resort run by Ning and her ever smiling crew of family and friends who put their heart and soul into making your stay special.
Island Yoga has four types of accommodations to choose from. For the cost-conscious traveler, there are dorm beds and private rooms in the budget house. The comfort bungalows are more spacious with a fan, hot shower, and mosquito net while the AC bungalows add a little more luxury to the retreat experience. When Ulmar's Nature Lodge is full, guests can stay in one of the nearby lodges, which is a few minutes’ walk from the yoga shala. All the resorts used are of a similar standard to Ulmar's Nature Lodge and all are situated either on the beach or a one-minute walk from the beach.
This bungalow is a fully furnished bungalow that includes air-conditioning, hot shower, and mosquito net.
This bungalow is a fully furnished bungalow that includes fan, hot shower, and mosquito net.
There are four private rooms within the budget house, each with its own bathroom. These rooms have a double bed or two single beds plus a fan, hot shower, and mosquito net.
Island Yoga has two female dorms and one mixed dorm, each unit having a shared bathroom. All the dorms have single beds, fridge, fans, hot showers, and mosquito nets.
You will explore yogic and Buddhist mindfulness through the practices of mindful Hatha Flow yoga, elemental Yin yoga, Calligraphy yoga (qigong, tai chi, and Indian yoga) moving through a seamless moving meditation. Finally, resting into the complete stillness of silent meditation, you will deeply surrender and will be letting go. You will also discover the transformative healing effects of sacred sound meditation to ultimately discover the silence of sound. Sound is one of the most powerful tools to release stress, remove emotional blocks, shift consciousness, and activate self-healing mechanisms in the body. You will immerse yourself in an ocean of harmonious vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls, German Paiste and planetary gongs, Chinese Chau gongs, rattles, buffalo drums, steel tongue drum, and more.
Morning sunrise begins with grounding meditation practice leading into energizing movement to cultivate mindful awareness, strengthen, open, and cleanse the body. It will be followed by deep pranayama to access the subtle body and 30 to 45 minutes seated silent meditation to refine attention and purify the mind. The teacher will apply calm abiding “Shamatha” meditation which is focusing on the breath, thoughts, or sound, and loving kindness ‘Metta’ which will ultimately quiet and focus the mind. Silence (mauna) is honored upon waking until the end of breakfast. It is a wonderful air which way is to allow for more present moment awareness and a deeper insight into one’s essential nature. In some evenings, it will also be included.
Afternoons will be more Yin in nature stimulating the meridians (energy channels) from the Chinese Taoist system. It is increasing receptivity, promoting blood and digestive circulation, and affecting organ health and the fascial network. It will be combining powerful yoga and sound medicine or deep relaxation methods of body scan meditation and yoga Nidra. You will relax to the harmonics of Hapi, Koshi, crystal bowls, or gongs in extended final savasana. One whole session will be set to the soundscape journey of Tibetan singing bowls, meridian tuning forks, and gongs, providing a synthesis of harmonious resonance for growth, deep healing, and transformation physically, mentally, and emotionally.
You will investigate the mind-body network in a special yogic mindfulness workshop and its importance for well-being. Core insights from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (2000 years’ old foundational text on yoga) offer a profound perspective on the functioning of the nature of the mind and give you methods to reduce negative patterns and stress and bring emotional balance and calm. The retreat culminates in a new moon ceremony to set intention and invite inner peace. You will let go of anything that may no longer serve you with a shamanic cleansing and immerse in an ocean of harmonious sounds. The ultimate goal of yoga is to go beyond the conditioning and self-imposed roles, beyond likes and dislikes, and rest in a natural state of awareness that lies deep within people. This is the pure nature where you experience the bliss of being.
You will also meditate into light with the Ajna Light. It is an innovative device that easily and rapidly brings the user into a deeply relaxed meditative state. The device is fully certified by Chiang Mai University and appearing at Mind Body Spirit Festivals in Australia for its excellent results. It is using very powerful photic light stimulation to induce the same brainwaves states seen in advanced meditation.
This retreat is for anyone wishing to deepen their personal practice and understanding of the body-mind network for their own optimal health and well-being, beginner students wishing to pursue the path of yoga and transformation through simple direct experiences, advanced students looking to refine their practice and explore meditation and sound on a deeper level, and yoga teachers and holistic practitioners interested in exploring sacred sound tools and meditation to enrich their current knowledges and skills.
You do not have to be an experienced meditator nor even to sit on the floor if this is uncomfortable for your body. There is the option of choosing to sit on a fold-up chair if you so wish. What matters is that you are relaxed enough to be able to experience peace and tranquillity and you will probably be surprised at how fast the time passes.
Two hours’ yogic mindfulness workshop
Two hours’ new moon ceremony and sacred sound meditation
Note: Schedule is subject to change.
Koh Yao Noi provides the most serene environment for subtle experiences to unfold with fewer distractions and a safe space for you to bring the mind into the wisdom of the heart. Koh Yao Noi is located in the Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi. It remains one of the rare gems of Southeast Asia. An island still largely undiscovered by mainstream tourism with pristine beaches, friendly locals, and outstanding natural beauty, it really is the perfect retreat hideaway.
The island is completely safe. The locals are very friendly and polite. It’s remarkable to walk down the main street in the market and see every motor scooter with its key in the ignition. There are beaches all down the eastern side of the island, which Island Yoga’s side, with amazing sunrises. Furthermore, the western side has mangroves with good bird watching and stunning sunsets.
The local village is called Tha Khao and it is a 10-minute walk along the beach from the Nature Lodge.Tha Khao has a “sell everything” store, food stalls, and an internet cafe. The main road around the island is a 20 kilometers loop. There’s one real town halfway around the loop called “the market” which has about 1000 inhabitants. The market has a 7-Eleven, a post office, police station, bank, internet cafes, local and tourist restaurants, clothes shopping, a pharmacy, and an ATM.
In this retreat, breakfast buffet will be served for you daily. All yogis take the delicious and hearty breakfast at the lodge. You can also order snacks, shakes, lunch, and dinner at the lodge or visit other restaurants in the village and around the island. You can order vegetarian options to most items on the local restaurant menus. There is a water station at the restaurant where you can refill your water bottles.
For bus option from Krabi Town, please ask locals or the tourist information in Krabi Town for bus times to Tha Lane pier since this route is a little more complex.
If you come from Koh Phi Phi, please ask tourist information in Phi Phi Town for the speedboat schedule to Koh Yao Noi.
From the airport in Phuket, you can take a taxi to Bang Rong Pier for approximately 25 minutes at 600 THB. Then, you can catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi for 30 minutes by speedboat at 200 THB per person or one hour by the long tail at 120 THB per person. The first ferry leaves at 7.30 a.m. and they run approximately every hour till 5.40 p.m. After that, you can take a shared taxi to Ulmar's Nature Lodge (Island Yoga) for 20 minutes at 150 THB per person. Please don't worry since there are always taxis waiting at the pier, no need to pre-book one.
From the airport in Krabi, you can take a taxi to Tha Lane Pier for approximately 45 minutes at 700 to 800 THB. Then, you can catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi. Ferries leave every hour starting at 9 a.m. and finishing at 5.30 p.m. for 30 minutes by speedboat at 200 THB or 1 hour by the long tail at 150 THB. After that, you can take a taxi to Ulmar’s Nature Lodge (Island Yoga). A five-minute taxi ride costs 50 THB per person or you can walk to the Nature Lodge in 15 minutes.
During the high season, you can take the speedboat from Ao Nang (Nopporatta Pier) at 11 a.m. or Railay Beach at 10.30 a.m. Then, you can take a taxi to Ulmar’s Nature Lodge (Island Yoga) for approximately 20 minutes at 150 THB per person.