Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Thailand.
Island Yogas Full Spectrum yoga offers a unique blend of body-mind practices that includes asana, pranayama, Chi Gong, mantras, sacred chants, guided meditations and insight discussions. Immersion into the 7-day program facilitates a progressive spiritual awakening with the emphasis on transformation. The retreats hope is that you sense a move toward greater creativity, increased self-awareness and deeper purpose in life. Obviously the benefits increase during a longer retreat, feeling a remarkable shift. .
Creating and hosting affordable programs is an important aspect of the mission at Island Yoga. Island Yoga has managed to keep costs down with a distinct No Frills approach. Their base at the Nature Lodge resort is owned by a local Thai family and the accommodations are clean, quiet and comfortable. Island Yoga has created an environment where students can experience an authentic and fun yoga community while still having the opportunity to immerse deeply into their practices in perfect serenity.
Island Yoga has 4 types of accommodations to choose from. For the cost conscious traveler there are dorm beds and private rooms in our budget house. The comfort bungalows are more spacious with a fan, hot shower and mosquito net, while the a/c bungalows add a little more luxury to the retreat experience.
A/C Bungalow: A fully furnished bungalow that includes air-conditioning, hot shower and mosquito net.
Comfort Bungalow: A fully furnished bungalow that includes fan, hot shower and mosquito net.
Rooms in Budget House: There are 4 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.
Dormitories: We have two female dorms and one mixed dorm; each female dorm has a shared bathroom, 3 single beds, fans, hot showers and mosquito nets. The mixed dorm is new and has 4 bunk beds (8 beds), fans, two shared bathrooms, hot showers and mosquito nets.
Everyone is welcome, whether you are a dedicated yogi looking to enhance your practice or an absolute beginner seeking a safe environment to begin your yoga journey. Each yoga vacation begins with the 4.30 p.m. evening yoga class on the day of arrival and concludes after the morning class on the final day. Our yoga teachers each have a unique style to offer which provides a colorful array of practices for your retreat-vacation. Most classes are based in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, or Yin yoga.
Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites with a system of physical postures and breathing. In our physical bodies, we develop a balance of strength and flexibility, but we also learn to balance our effort and relax in each pose. Vinyasa Flow artfully connects postures with breath to create a graceful, flowing, and rhythmic practice. Yin yoga is a beautiful practice of surrender that stretches the connective tissue (fascia) in the body by passively holding postures for longer times with gentle pressure. Morning sessions tend to be more energizing and afternoon classes are often quite gentle in nature. With this daily combination, you will receive a sense of what it means to embody graceful strength in your life.
07.00-07.30: Optional early morning meditation
07.30-09.30: Morning yoga practice
09.30-16.30: Healthy yogi breakfast at the Nature Lodge followed by free time to rest, explore, adventure, get a massage, do a Thai cookery class etc. Island Yoga also hosts their special theme workshops at this time.
16.30-18.00: Afternoon yoga practice
Optional evening activities may include: family dinners, kirtan (group chanting) guided meditations, and spiritual / special interest movie nights. These activities are subject to numbers and interest.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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 and the locals are very friendly and polite. Its remarkable to walk down the main street in the market and see every motor scooter with its key in the ignition!
Plenty of leisure time between yoga classes allows you to discover the islands customs and culture, adventures, as well as cuisine. You can cruise the spectacular Phang Nga bay, explore the island by bicycle or scooter, take a Thai cookery class, get a massage, or just relax in the hammock.
All yogis take the delicious and healthy 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.
You can rent bicycles, kayaks, and motor scooters at the lodge to explore the island. If you need a taxi, just speak to Ning and shell organize one for you. The local village is called Tha Khao and 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 kilometer loop. Theres one real town halfway around the loop called the market which has about 1,000 inhabitants. The market has a 7-11, a post office, police station, bank, internet cafes, local and tourist restaurants, clothing stores, a pharmacy, and an ATM.
There is another ATM 2 kilometer from the nature lodge, but bring cash as these machines sometimes dont work! There are beaches all down the eastern side of the island, which is our side, and amazing sunrises. The western side has mangroves with good bird watching and stunning sunsets.
With plenty of free time during the day, you can explore remote beaches, lively markets, rice paddies, and rubber plantations. This is also the time to treat yourself to a massage or take a Thai cookery course. Recreation options include swimming, snorkeling, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking.
Phuket International Airport
Transfer not provided
From the airport, take a taxi to Bang Rong Pier. This will take approximately 25 minutes and cost 600 THB.
From Old Phuket town, local buses leave from the fresh market to Bang Rong Pier every day at 8.30 am, 9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm. This costs 100 THB.
You can also take a tuk-tuk to the pier for about 400 THB. From there, catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi (Manoh Pier). This takes approximately 30 minutes by speedboat costing 200 THB per person and approximately 1 hour by long tail costing 120 THB per person.
Boat times are 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 9.40 am, 11.15 am, 12.30 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.30 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, and 5.30 pm.
Finally, take a local taxi to Ulmars Nature Lodge (Island Yoga). This takes approximately 20 mins and costs 150 THB per person. Dont worry, there will always be taxis waiting for you at the pier. No need to pre-arrange this.
Take a taxi from Krabi town, Krabi Airport, or Ao Nang to Tha Lane Pier. This takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport and costs 700-800 THB.
The less expensive option is to go by local bus which leaves from near Krabi Town bus station (5 km outside Krabi) to Tha Lane Pier at: 9 am, 10 am 12 noon 3 pm, and 4 pm.
You can also catch these same buses each morning from the center of Krabi town in front of the Voda supermarket. Generally, they leave at 9 am, 10 am, and 11.30 am.
Next, catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi (Tha Khao Pier). Boats leave the pier for Koh Yao Noi every day at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 5.15 pm. The speedboat, on the other hand, takes about 30 minutes costing 200 THB. By long tail, it takes approximately 1 hour costing 150 THB.
Lastly, take a local taxi to Ulmars Nature Lodge (Island Yoga) which costs 50 THB per person. There will always be taxis waiting for you at the pier. No need to pre-arrange this. You can also walk to the Nature Lodge from this pier. It takes 15 minutes.