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Omsara Yoga Chiang Rai

Omsara Yoga Chiang Rai provides a homestay to practice yoga on a daily basis for those who just started learning yoga or want to intensify the practice.

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Pook Butsarakorn Sornwong

Yoga Alliance International (Absolute Yoga Academy)

Pook's yoga journey began with Vinyasa and Hot yoga in 2008 at Baptiste Power Vinyasa studio in Cambridge, USA. In 2012, she came back to Thailand and in June 2013, she completed a 200-hour Hot yoga teacher training program at Absolute Yoga Sanctuary in Ko Samui, Thailand. From 2013 until 2017, she was teaching Vinyasa, Hot and Yin yoga at Yoga Republic in Phuket, Thailand. In 2015, she traveled to Mysore, India to complete Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training with Ajay Kumar at Yoga Acharya. In April 2017, she found her new home in Chiang Rai with her own home yoga studio, Omsara Yoga.

Reviews (24)

Muriel Grégoire

from United States, December 2018

"Lovely yoga escape with fantastic people!"

From the moment I arrived at Pook and Ulf's home, I felt welcome right away. The house is surrounded with a beautiful garden where breakfast is served and the upstairs houses a all wooden balcony-style yoga space, which means you are half outdoors while practicing, which I loved! My room was downstairs next to the kitchen and equipped with mosquito-nets at the window so I could sleep with the windows open, no need to use the A/C, yay! The neighbourhood is very quiet so had a very good night rest. Bathroom is simple but clean. I really enjoyed Pook's yoga classes, she is a very dedicated teacher and has taught me some really nice tips and techniques to take home with me. It was also the right amount of challenging for me and there sometimes is room to crack a joke ;) The house is situated in a very green area and you can borrow one of the bicycles to ride through the surroundings. I also got some good diving and other travel advice from Ulf and Pook! The house dogs Bailey and Balu are absolute lovelies and I loved playing with them. And yessss... I have to agree on all other reviewers that Pook is the best cook! Every morning and evening she turned fresh produce from the market into a succulent dish, just amazing!!! I hope to come back one day!

Phaileng Gan

from Malaysia, September 2018

"Best yoga instructor, best vegan food"

I like everything about Om Sara Yoga. Pook and Ulf are such a lovely couple. They make sure I was well taken care of throughout the retreat.

I like the yoga practise the most, Yoga Nidra by Ulf and Yin Yoga with Pook. Yoga Nidra is very different from what I have been learning but I find it very soothing and relaxing. Will definitely find out more once I get home. Pook is a very knowledgeable teacher in yoga practice, she adjust the asana to suit every individual and make sure we get the most out of it. I will always remember what she told us "honour your body, you are only comparing with yourself".

Pook's amazingly tasty vegan food is another asset of Omsara Yoga. She is so creative in turning fresh food into all kinds of dishes. Every meal has been a wonderful surprise for me. I ate much more than my usual portion. They are heavenly delicious.

The location. This retreat is located within walking distance to Chiangrai University and a Hot Spring with massage service. There are many things to do in the day so one will never get bored.

I will definitely miss this place and hope to go back again soon.

On Yiu Cheung

from Hong Kong, June 2018

"Excellent experience"

I love the class from Pook. Her words are so encouraging and I improved!

I love the food as well!! Pook always prepare lots of food and all of them are delicious!! I always want to finish all!

The lake nearby is also amazing! I love to have a walk there.

Mandi Dupuis

from Thailand, June 2018

Pook and family were amazing hosts. She is such a wonderful yoga teacher, always assisting throughout the class. She also makes the best vegan food I’ve ever had. I was never hungry throughout the day and she was always there if I needed something. Lots of outdoor activities to do around, but also so relaxing to stay at their place and relax. The pups were so sweet, as well.

Morenike Allen

from United States, April 2018

"Good Vibes and Great Eats"

The property is nestled on a quiet street with a sprawling garden surrounding the house. The yoga studio overlooks the pineapple garden as well as flowereing trees and hammocks. Pook is masterful at creating vegan versions of traditional meals, her cuisine is multi-cultural and simply delicious. I'm most appreciative of the yoga classes; Every yoga class was thoughtfully tailored to the needs of the practitioners, and I became more open and balanced with each class.

Cj Jacques

from Thailand, April 2018

"Inspiring, relaxing and real"

Ulf and Pook are amazingly positive and patient hosts.

Pook is an amazing and inspiring yoga instructor. She takes the time to help you achieve your goals and adapt positions to suit your own body. Somehow, she manages to do this, yet challenges you at the same time.

I was surprised at how quickly I gained strength and flexibility.

Pook makes the most delicious vegan food I have ever experienced. Every meal was a delight to the senses.

Ulf’s meditation classes were fabulous. No pretentiousness or frills. Genuinely helpful and straightforward approaches toward meditation.

I am already successfully putting them into practice.

Missing Bailey and Balou (dogs) already.

This yoga ‘homestay’ retreat will not disappoint.

Leave the masses and venture away from prentention.

They keep it real!

Angie Chan

from Hong Kong, April 2018

"Easter Getaway"

I like Pook's food most. She made every from scratch. Love the vegan burger especially.

Erika Schultz

from United States, March 2018

"Cozy, intimate homestay with the best homecooked food"

The food, the twice daily yoga, and the two sweet dogs were my favorite parts. There is air conditioning in the bedrooms, and one of the hosts drove us to see sights one day for a small fee.

Gena Oliver

from Brazil, March 2018

"One of the best experiences of our World Adventure! "

From the moment Ulf picked us up at our hotel until he dropped us off at the airport we were so spoiled! Pook and Ulf are two of the kindest people we have met. Both are calm, compassionate and funny. Pook is a gifted yoga instructor, she had me in new postures from the first practice. Her assists were fabulous and we all laughed a lot.

We brought our kids (8&10$ who loved the retreat, especially the 2 resident dogs and the neighbor dog who liked to come over fetch and pets. The kids did about half the yoga sessions and Pook was able to keep them motivated for the entire session while also leading a great class for my husband and I. They loved it so much, they named their new Lego people "Pook" and "Ulf".

The food was also out of this world! So healthy (organic and vegan) and delicious!! We felt like we were at detox retreat (but with all you can eat)!

We are currently traveling around the world and this is one of if not the BEST experiences we have had!

Oh, and be sure to add in the meditation classes with Ulf, he is so knowledgable and explains meditation and brain science in a simple, informative way.

Stan Ho

from Hong Kong, February 2018

"Simplistic Home Stay Yoga Retreat with Farm to Table Food"

Waking up in the morning from songs of birds and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee before the start of a new day (of yoga practise).

Food is excellent !

Francesca Bulgarelli

from Italy, February 2018

"Fantastic place lovely family great yoga amazing food !!!"

Ulf and Pook s house is so nice and cosy! Feel at home ! Beautiful garden and lovely dogs! My dream Life: yoga , home Made breakfast, time for riding bike , go to temples or chil , then meditation , evening yoga and super home made dinner shared with the 2 hosts !

Jan Bühlmann

from United States, January 2018

"Wonderful place with lovely people"

My stay at the Omsasra homestay was a wonderful experience. The small classes (never more than 2 students) made me develop my yoga practice while the tasty and all-homemade food with local and organic ingredients put a daily smile on my face and gave me energy to visit all the sightseeing attractions in between classes. Pook and Ulf are a lovely couple that will take great care of you and make you feel like part of their family. I can recommend this homestay to anyone who is looking for a heartwarming and personal experience in one of the very few thai areas untouched by mass tourism.

Aaron Hopkins

from Thailand, January 2018

"A little piece of heaven"

The food was beyond amazing that Pook cooked herself every day. The Yoga was great, and being beginners Pook designed the class for our level and introduced us to different forms. The accommodation was great with a comfy bed, hot water, and Air-conditioning. The location was good with many things to see and do nearby. The wifi internet was high-speed and reliable.

Norah Hoang

from United States, January 2018

"I couldn't have spent my New Year week any better"

I felt at home from the first day. The place is just so lovely; totally relaxing, natural yet I have all the convenience I ever needed. I was welcomed with a cup of fresh local orange juice that's the first of many more nourishing meals. I can't tell you how tasty and amazing Pook's cooking is; you can try it out yourself! :) (I'm lining up for their cookbook!). It was a short stay, but I have learned how it's like to be more connected to my body and mind. Oh, I will miss Balu and Bailey a lot, the two "puppies", who were so affectionate you couldn't help adoring them!


from Thailand, January 2018

"Perfect lifetime yoga experience - I cannot ask more! "

Great combination of serine environment, perfect teacher and great vegan/vegetarian food. I am fully rejuvenated, energized and focused after a week yoga experience. Not only I am physically stronger but also calm and happier. I am very privileged to have a week at Omsara Yoga. Fully recommended to any yoga practitioners at any levels.

Ashley Ramsay

from Canada, December 2017

"Incredible experience; I didn't want to leave!"

From the onset, Pook and Ulf were the utmost gracious hosts. Quick to respond to my questions, and provided me necessary info for my transport to/from Chiang Mai.

Yoga with Pook was perfect - she was a great teacher, the right balance to push you when you were willing and able, but also capable to adapt the classes to the needs of participants. Even with my 4 day stay (which was far too short!) I noticed an improvement in my form and technique thanks to Pook.

I also participated in meditation led by Ulf. Not having much meditation experience prior, it was a great learning experience as Ulf described both the scientific and Buddhist approaches. We practiced some techniques and I left with a skillset that enables me to continue the practice going forward. Strongly recommend joining Ulf for this!

The location is away from the city centre of Chiang Rai, which is an added bonus. I used the down time to bike and explore the local parks and waterfalls, as well as the University. A beautiful location to spend a sunny afternoon.

Lastly, Pook's cooking was phenomenal. Each morning and evening she would lovingly prepare delicious, fresh, and healthy vegan/vegetarian food.

Paola Miolano

from Italy, December 2017

"The homestay by Pook&Ulf is the best present for yourself!"

Yoga classes was so personal designed and powerfull, the place is amazing and the dogs so nice to everybody! You really feel like you are between special friends.

Vegan Food is the best i hve ever tried!

Denise Buchanan

from Thailand, November 2017

"Lovely stay"

Everything was great,food was lovely ,yoga was perfectly paced and envioroment was perfect for a few days relaxaton

Johanna Lehmann

from Singapore, November 2017

"Soo happy that I found this gem"

a wonderful host with very personal yoga classes (Felt almost like private yoga) and Pook is just the best vegan cook I ever saw. Her breakfast and dinner was such a treat and it was soo fresh and tasty!

Ulf did wonderful meditation sessions and I learned a great deal about Buddhism and different meditation forms.

the retreat was such a personal experience and it felt like being home!! Would love to come back one day!!

Laure Favreliere

from Thailand, November 2017

"My first retreat in paradise"

The environment is so relaxing, everything is here for your mind and your body to relax perfectly. The food is as perfect as you can expect and there is so much variety, Pook always surprised me and I was always excited to know what I was going to eat on my journey.

I definitely improved myself everyday and am able to do postures I didn't even know I could make them.

Pook and Ulf are just two lovely and loving life beings, it just made the experience much better. I will definitely come back for another retreat :)

I am now energized and stronger than before ?

Thank you guys I will see you again soon!

Chelsea Logan

from Cambodia, September 2017

"Absolutely amazing. "

Pook and Ulf were absolutely amazing! They were the kindest people and willing to help any way possible. I am a beginner just learning Yoga and Pook was very helpful. Her cooking is incredible and she even let us help her cook. Ulf's intro to meditation was very informative and he gave lots of good recommendations to improve. Such a wonderful experience and I am so happy I did this retreat with Pook and Ulf.

Anne Van Bergen

from Netherlands, February 2018

the food was awesome - vegan & very healthy & very well presented. everything they use as ingredient in the dishes are so fresh, grown in their own garden. the way they cook is more then special. it s like artwork. food art.

the atmosphere of the place was great - beautiful wooden - old thai style house.

pook & ulf & bailey & balu where the loveliest people, dogs, teachers, hosts - we could ever imagine. It was like a dream. Also our little daughter - a-4-year-old felt so welcome. She got connected with the dogs truly. And couldn't leave without a tear.

we had such wonderful conversations about all kinds of topics. They are very open minded people. We loved to share our thoughts and thinking about the world.

Testimonials (3)

Tracy Donachie

Omsara Yoga Chiang Rai Facebook page

We had the most amazing time on a two night retreat. We were made to feel at home immediately. The opportunity to practice in a beautiful setting under the guidance of such an incredible and wonderful teacher. Pook is one I cannot recommend highly enough. The food alone is reason enough to make the journey to Chiang Rai; we enjoyed delicious fresh salads, smoothies and a Thai curry which was better than any other we tasted on our traveled. We are infinitely grateful for the experience and will definitely be back. We highly recommended that others spend time (longer than 2 days!) at Osmara Yoga.

Subaida Saengthong

Omsara Yoga Chiang Rai Facebook page

Pooky is wonderful yoga teacher. Love the Vegan food at Omsara - yummy & healthy.

Ruth Carter

Omsara Yoga Chiang Rai Facebook page

This is a gem in Chiang Rai, for anyone who is craving some excellent yoga, or even if you just want to try. Pook is extremely accomplished at each and every yoga style offered, and seems to have a unique talent for picking up on what is needed for the individual for that day. She is able to cater to any ability level and is not precious about yoga; very refreshing! The setting is lovely and the tone so .friendly, calm and welcoming. I took out two one month passes and am so glad I did. Pook and Ulf are happy to come pick you up from Chiang Rai Rajhabat University, 5 minutes away. A bus from Chiang Rai Central Bus Station, (bus station 1) to Rajhabat University is easy to find and takes 25 minutes, (20 TBH). A real treasure which enhanced my stay in Chiang Rai immeasurably

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