Of je nu een beginner of een professionele yogadocent bent, The Yoga Retreat-Koh Phangan is de perfecte aanvulling op een ontspannende tropische vakantie. De yoga retreat moedigt je aan om naar je lichaam te luisteren en zal dienen als gids om je door je eigen individuele transformatie heen te helpen. Je leert hulpmiddelen om je leven positief te veranderen door Ashtanga yoga, chanting, pranayama en meditatie. Hopelijk breng je ze ook mee naar huis. Omarmen en omarmd worden door de natuur, The Yoga Retreat is een rustige, milieuvriendelijke omgeving met een evenwichtige realistische benadering, waarvan zij geloven dat ze het geheim zijn van een echte transformatie.
Located in the northwest of Koh Phangan, Thailand, The Yoga Retreat is nestled in the jungle just ten minutes away from Haad Salad beach and provides a nurturing environment to develop your practice and cultivate a better life. They believe in self-healing and that students are their own best teachers. Their aim is to provide you the tools to deepen your personal awareness.
Available only for students on courses or retreats, there are six rooms that offer an encouragement towards the simplicity of living in the midst of natural surroundings. Open your windows to the tropical weather of southern Thailand or enjoy the cool breeze from a fan. There are en-suite private rooms.
Yoga classes at the retreat are a combination of familiar postures (asana), as well as more challenging poses, with adjustments and variations given to students. Emphasis is always placed on the breath, which brings awareness to the body and mind simultaneously. The result is that the body becomes energized, the mind becomes centered, and awareness is increased. The aim is to increase vitality at the same time as promoting a sense of well-being.
Learn, understand and apply the theory behind the 8 limbs of yoga and set the foundations for a lifelong journey of discovery. Your asana practice takes place every morning; learn the theory and most of the philosophy you will develop in the following weeks. On the second week we add pranayama and meditation into the mix, a variety of breathing techniques to invigorate the body, to relax it, and to heal it. Breathing is one of the mayor components that make Ashtanga yoga as a whole, incredibly powerful. Apply and learn meditation for the rest of your life. The fourth week is about integrating all of these elements into your practice. Meditate before sunrise and sunset and practice your pranayama after your practice. Now: you've learned it, you've lived it, and you know it. Embrace it and live your life fully.
Ashtanga yoga is a traditional method of practice inspired by T. Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi jois from Mysore, India. It is a style of yoga that is physically demanding due to the constant movement from one pose to the next (Vinyasa) practiced in its correct sequential order, Ashtanga gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi pranayama), postures (asanas), gazing point (driste) and energetic locks (bandas), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.
Mysore style has everyone doing their own set practice The teacher guides you by giving you the next posture only when you are ready. The students are given responsibility for their own practice. You learn the sequence to memory. Your cue to move on to the next posture comes from your breath. The practice becomes a part of you. There is a community everyone is addressed by name and the teacher knows your practice inside and out. This creates an energy, which makes everyone feel connected. You have to challenge yourself, not wait for the teacher to challenge you! It's inspiring. Every morning you witness ordinary people achieve extraordinary things in their practice. The most inspiring part of all is that they all started in the same place and put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are. Mysore is traditionally practised early morning as prana is highest then and all is still.
Embraced by the quietness of the jungle, The Yoga Retreat is just ten minutes away from Haad Salad beach where you will find all the services you need. An ideal location for those who want a balanced holiday, including a tropical-natural paradise, close but not too close to the effervescent nightlife available on the island.
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Vegetarian Restaurant and Raw Organic Caf serve an assortment of healthy foods, fresh juices, and probiotics. Also, they serve their delicious chai tea and have Friday night Indian buffet by 7:00 p.m. Veggie, vegan and raw options are available to make sure you get all the nurturing your body needs.
There are many other activities that you can do apart from yoga in Koh Phangan. There is kirtan, chanting singing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, elephant rides, a jungle, mountain walking, beach hopping, and waterfalls. And of course there is always a party during the night.
You will be responsible in booking your flight from and to Koh-Samui Airport (USM) as well as your transfers to and from the airport.
Getting to Koh Phangan is quite straight forward, with regular rail and air links running daily from Bangkok. Whether you are travelling from Malaysia in the south or Bangkok in the north, you should make your way to the town of Surrathani on the mainland and catch any of the numerous boat services from there.
When you arrive on a ferry into Thong Sala, you will have a massive selection of taxis to choose from, each of which is usually accompanied by a young Thai sales person. Choose whichever one you want, and be prepared to pay just over 200 THB for the journey.
The Yoga Retreat can arrange your Taxi service from Thong sala port if required.
Take a taxi from the boat jetty direct to the retreat, which is situated close to Haad Salad in the North West of the island. Prices will vary but should not cost you more than 300 THB at the very most.