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29 Days Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Thailand

  • Clubhouse at Land & House Park, 26/8 Moo 8 Muang, Chalong, Phuket 83130 Thailand

Overview

Yoga Retreat in Phuket, Thailand

This retreat offers the ideal program both for experienced practitioners and beginners, either wishing to deepen the practice or start the yoga journey. The course is organized for guests to discover a lot of new information and develop useful skills, to cover different aspects of yoga practice. You will experience daily sessions, healthy food, comfortable accommodation, and a friendly atmosphere. Join these perfect conditions and embrace this body and mind enjoyable holiday!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Astonishing surroundings along Phuket
  • Massage and sauna once a week
  • Daily workshops and lectures
  • Daily accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 27 days with instruction
  • English
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We accommodate our guests in the private fully equipped houses at Land and House Park close to the Yoga Shala. It's a big private and quiet area in a serene lush tropical setting near the lake.

For the convenience of the guests we provide bicycles to move around the park, going to the shops and to the beach. Guests have an access to the swimming pool either private swimming pool at the house or public at the Clubhouse. The allocation of the houses depends on availability on the moment of booking.

House amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Shower room
  • Cable television
  • Housekeeping service
  • Car park
  • Some houses have private swimming pool

Clubhouse amenities:

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Steaming room
  • Massage salon
  • Changing rooms
  • Showers
  • Taxi service
  • ATM at the entrance

During this retreat you will study the main aspects and principles of Ashtanga yoga, implementing knowledge into practice. You will build a solid practice based on vinyasa system, applying bandhas, drishti and using ujayi breath. You will discover the foundation of each asana and its modifications, body alignment, therapeutic effect of asanas and additional trainings for building the strength and flexibility to improve the practice. You will take a journey to explore inner and outer sequence of Ashtanga yoga primary series to make a daily asana practice a meditation experience. The retreat also includes training in pranayama practice. Students will be guided to practice a number of pranayama techniques consistently, taking time to deepen the understanding of this ancient practice, strengthening breath control. During the retreat, you will learn kriya techniques (ancient purification exercises which help to purify the body and prepare yourself for pranayama and asana practice). Students will be provided with basic equipment for these cleansing practices.

This retreat would not be complete without focusing on mind work. Even the asana, pranayama and kriya require a deep concentration, while students get additional experience and training in yoga nidra and meditation. It will help to change the habitual patterns of the mind, essential for self-development and inner growth. Students will also be introduced to yoga philosophy and main ancient yoga texts, as it gives a strong theoretical foundation of the practice.

Schedule

  • 06.15 Pranayama/Meditation/Chanting
  • 07.30 Ashtanga asana practice (Mysore/Led)
  • 10.00 Brunch
  • 13.00 Workshop/Yoga therapy/Training/Lecture
  • 14.30 Yoga Nidra
  • 15.30 Tea
  • 16.00 Lecture/Yoga therapy/Training/Meditation/Self-study
  • 17.30 Dinner
  • 20.00 Guided meditation/Chanting
  • Sofya Linkova

    Sofya has been interested in studying spiritual traditions from a young age. She is known for her warm and light way of teaching yoga, which creates a special atmosphere in her classes.

  • Rich

    Rich is famous with warm and personal approach to the teaching of yoga. He is talented with a special natural vision of students needs which allows him to guide them in their practice in a right direction to achieve the best result on their path of yoga.

Phuket Island, Thailand, will be your home during this retreat.

During the course healthy vegetarian food is provided. To experience the good effects of the yogic lifestyle, please do not bring meat from outside to eat. In a case if student has any allergy or intolerance to any kinds of food please inform us so the diet will be adjusted accordingly.

  • Daily accommodation
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Daily meals
  • Daily workshops and lectures
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Massage and sauna once a week

Driving directions

Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Shala Phuket is located in Land & House Park at Clubhouse building. Following Chaofa road just turn right before Wat Tai (Temple) and go toward security check post at the entrance of Land & House Park. Sign your name at the security post and drive straight towards Clubhouse.

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying into Phuket International Airport (HKT).

Distances

Phuket International Airport (HKT) - 30 minutes

For information about the booking conditions, please send TAYSP an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "I took 200H Ashtanga teacher training. I did not realise until I finished their course, how high their teacher training standard was. You will learn more than the requirement and all what you learn will be asset for your future in many aspects. Not only they are very knowledgeable but they try to teach all what they can with heart. They will not miss out any small details and so you will learn all properly. This will help your future self practice too. Also they guide us to push our boundary with the respect for individual capability. You feel their energy and automatically you try to reach your limit so that you will not miss out anything. They are strict but warm. They are truly delegated and genuine. You will not get the same quality teaching from the business style teacher training. If you stick with Ashtanga, here is the right place. They do in very traditional and proper way, I get feeling it is more than or as much as in India. Additionally you will also learn Pranayama and Kriya, not only guidance or see what it is. Both are difficult to master in the short time, but they will show and guide as much as possible where we can reach too. They check our movement one by one as well. "

    "Full of energy and power. The local practioners are also very welcoming and helpful. Sofya makes very tasty but healthy snack. And even not scheduled day, they offered to show us cooking so that we can improve our diet and lifestyle after the course. And at the end of course, they make sure we can come back any time and support us even after our departure. Thank you for Rich and Sofya."

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  • Review by a traveler from Omaha, Nebraska, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This is a long review but the main point is TAYSP provides experienced caring programs that produce results and I would highly recommend them. Their programs are not for someone looking for a fun spa experience but for those serious about changing their lives and getting results. That being said I did meet some amazing people and have an amazing time that changed my life forever. "

    "I visited TAYSP for a two month customized program from July 29th- September 27th and it is a program that has changed my life. During the program I lost a total of 16kg, built muscle, improved flexibility and balance. I also lost cravings for meat and processed food in addition to being taken off many medications for asthma and pain. Sophia and Rich are a credit to my success. They were dedicated, passionate and strict helping to push me past my limits. Every level of the program was well thought out and tailored to my individual needs. Traditional Ashtanga Yoga is for people who are serious about changing their lives. I wont sugar coat it, the programs are difficult and sometimes I didnt understand why they asked me to do certain things. In the end I saw that there was a purpose for everything they asked me to do, my health and safety were their greatest concern. They never asked me to do anything beyond my capabilities although they did push me outside of my comfort zone. Some of the procedures were foreign to me like the cleansing routines but I grew to trust that they knew exactly what they were doing to help me reach my goals. "

    "I have never met two more caring dedicated individuals, and the they well exceeded my expectations. As yoga instructors they are both knowledgeable and experienced. They knew exactly how to adjust my body to the right positions and provide modifications for postures I couldn't do. They know their students on a personal level and I found that it helped them provide the best instruction. I highly recommend them for anyone interested in yoga at any level."

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  • Review by Pam Y.
    10 out of 10

    "It is just beyond my expectation. I have had an amazing experience in a month since I do yoga here. I should tell my body was totally stiff so doesn't flex much last 40 years."

    "I used to hold my knees instead of my feet when I did. But now, I have been here only two and half months, I hold my feet for the first time in my life. not only that, my insomnia almost went away. I could feel my body has changed slowly! I really appreciate Rich and Sofia for always teaching kindly and attentively. Their understanding of Ashtanga yoga is so deep and traditional. I believe everybody who practice here, could gain a deeper understanding of the postures and meditation. The yoga studio is located at great place in Phuket. It is surrounded by trees, parks near a beautiful lake."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks you for your inspiration, you are amazing! After every practice I says that it was amazing. Best yoga teacher and shala in Phuket!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Beijing, China
    10 out of 10

    "I am so happy I did this journey. I had 10 days yoga and detox programm at TAYSP and I got highest satisfaction. This programm made me one more big step in my life mentally and physically. This is exactly place if you wanna challenge yourself. Another important thing is teachers are create really good connection with every students. Teachers adjust you and pay attention to u all the time. In that case you do yoga with all of your power and grown up much faster. Thank you so much Rich and Sofia helped me to open new door in my life and realize me many doors waiting me to open in yoga life."

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  • Review by Alex Lotz
    10 out of 10

    "I am probably the most unlikely person to practice yoga, not the stereotypical student: being over 50, white male and some 30KG over weight. But it has significantly helped my flexibility and also assisted with losing 12KG."

    "I have to thank TAYSP for being a key element in my slow progression to better health and fitness and I cannot recommend TAYSP enough."

    "Both Rich and Sophia are excellent teachers and their passion for yoga is addictive. They have tailored and modified the lessons to a personal level that makes them challenging yet safe."

    "Extremely pleased and justified in giving a 5 star review!"

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  • Review by Corina

    "This is my first time doing traditional Yoga and was lucky to find great teachers in Yoga Shala Phuket. Sofia and Rich are really patient, they put a lot of attention to details to make sure you do every position properly. They even have workshops to practice and teach you the right way to do every move. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Thank you for your inspiration! You are amazing! After every practice I says that it was amazing! Such a wonderful place to feel light and comfortable!"

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  • Review by Mar Petsanta

    "For four weeks I did the intensive course there. We were a small group and it was a good thing, because you are a beginner much care needs what Sonya and Rich made us fully. They have taken care of everything. Both have taught, in addition Sonya has made lectures and exercises with us and Rich has cooked vegan for us and informed about healthy eating. Sometimes we mantras sung together and Rich played this guitar. Sometimes Rich taught us to clean the nose with salt water. The course was strained, but also very warm and hilarious. I have long since ceased laughed so much!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Originally I planned to go to India to do an ashtanga course thinking it would be more authentic but 1 month YTT courses made me question the quality of teaching, knowing it takes a lot longer if you don't practice on a regular basis. Gladly I decided to return to TAYSP and do an intense 4 week course. Having first met Rich and Sofiya the year before, I absolutely fell in love with their classes. If you want to take yoga to the next level (beginner or advanced) and are willing to put the effort in, this is the place for you. They will adjust your practice accordingly with your skill level. The course itself is much more than just yoga practice, you also learn many different breathing techniques, theory, philosophy, history, anatomy, therapy, cleansing techniques...so you learn to see and understand the whole picture what the yogi lifestyle is about. It was undoubtedly challenging but also very rewarding. You will learn a great deal of self discipline and most importantly how to get the most out of it. They are great tutors, and know your body better than you do. My favourite part is the adjustments, you can quickly see changes knowing you are in safe hands. I also opted in for the detox option in addition to the intense yoga course to maximise the effect hoping to solve my digestion problems and it did! After 18 months of suffering with bloating, bowels, excessive eating etc and having visited specialists in 4 different countries none of which were able to help, I finally know what's it's like to feel normal after every meal. Some of the detoxing techniques I was very reluctant to try at the beginning but having seen the benefits, I even started looking forward to them. Whatever health issues you may have, the diet and practice will be tailored to focus on improvement of those areas. One of the best things about the course is that the techniques you learn, you are able to continue to use them once you leave. Thank you so much! I'm so grateful from the bottom of my heart for everything you've done and taught me. Hope to see you again in near future for YTT :D"

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  • Review by Christopher H.

    "When I practice Ashtanga Yoga I like it HOT. That's why I came to Thailand. What I did not expect was to find two of the most amazing Ashtanga Yogis ever. At TAYSP Rich and Sofya make an excellent team. I have practiced Ashtanga for almost 20 years and I have a deep respect for all of my teachers. Rich and Sofya were able to provide me with the most amazing assists that in just 5 short days I was able to progress in several postures. And when I say amazing assists...I mean amazing. No matter whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, these two beautiful Yogis will be able to help you advance your practice. Make sure you get to their Yoga Shala when in Phuket or just take that special trip to improve your practice. You will be glad you made the effort. I promise :-)"

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  • Review by Nararntsatsral from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    10 out of 10

    "I am so happy I made this journey. I got 10 days yoga and detox program there . This program made me one more big step in my life mentally and physically. This is exactly place if you wanna challenge yourself . You will torture there nicely. Another important thing is teachers are create really good connection with every students. Teachers adjust you and pay attention to u all the time. In that case you do yoga with all of your power and grown up much faster. I have already planned come back there again and again. Thank you so much Rich and Sofia helped me to open new door in my life and realize me many doors waiting me to open."

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  • Review by Julika from Ukraine

    "This was generally a new experience for me: to do Ashtanga yoga. As soon as I started to visit TAYSP classes, I realized it's the best way to be highly concentrated, to release my mind from noisy thoughts, to improve self-persistence, to expand my own limits and, of course, to be slim. To be honest, I would never do this practice at home by myself, because of all the activity and many aspects that must be done the right way. Besides, some asanas are rather extreme. So, the atmosphere in class is ideal for practicing, I think; it helps you to work hard, to do as well as possible. Very grateful to Rich-sensei. He supported me gently but confidently and stimulated me to do as much a student can do. Being part of the TAYSP group is a special pleasure for me. Thank you."

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  • Review by Olga from Russia

    "A great place to feel previously unknown yoga and lifestyle! During my 5 year yoga practice, I felt an amazing different feeling after just 1 week practicing Ashtanga with Rich and Sofya! They are real professionals who will for sure take you to the new level with complete care of your body and mind! Rich and Sofya, thank you! Waiting for the next chance to practice Ashtanga with you!"

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  • Review by Susie from Hong Kong, China

    "I went to Phuket wanting to keep up my Pilates practice whilst on holiday. I had the good fortune of meeting Rich and he completely converted me from thinking yoga was boring (as a Pilates fan) to absolutely loving it. He takes the practice completely serious but has an excellent sense of humor, which makes it so much easier for someone as physically inflexible as me. Thank you so much, never thought sweating that much could be fun, and I run in Hong Kong humidity!."

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  • Review by Olga from Phuket, Thailand

    "I started to visit the Ashtanga classes because of my friend's recommendations. I was dreaming to do a head stand and after 2 months my dream came true - I did it with a help from my teachers! Sofya and Rich are very organized, the classroom is cozy and clean, and the atmosphere there is for practicing yoga and self-growth. The guys are very open-minded, friendly and always help while doing asanas. We had breakfast together on Saturdays after yoga, people brought homemade food and Sofya baked amazing cakes."

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  • Review by a traveler from Trang Province, Thailand

    "Yoga is not just a workout, it is full of love and here you will get lot more than you think. I love it and every time I am in Phuket I am not going to look for another one."

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  • Review by Alex S. from Phuket, Thailand

    "Great atmosphere, professional teaching and a friendly environment! Located near Central and Phuket town, this is a must for whoever looks for a real yoga experience!."

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  • Review by a traveler from Phuket, Thailand

    "As a person who has been practicing yoga for over two years, I had only been introduced to Ashtanga months ago, and I felt that I had found the true yoga journey by the guide of Rich and Sofya, two amazing teachers that have helped me through both Led and Mysore classes. They will correct the asanas that you think you have been doing correctly all along and adjust your body to acquire the openness, flexibility and strength that you need. If you're aspiring yogis who are looking for traditional Ashtanga practice in Phuket, you will love this place. The shala is easily commuted, as it is located in the heart of city. Come and have the first tryout!."

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  • Review by a traveler from Los Angeles, USA

    "I strongly recommend this place. Both teachers, Rich and Sofya, are great. They teach the traditional style of Ashtanga yoga. They teach by heart. Rich is very strong, he helped me to cross my limit and to do the right posture with care.The atmosphere in the studio is warm and welcoming, the practitioners are friendly. Tea time on Saturday morning after led class is relaxation time. Sofyas cookies and tea are healthy and delicious.The first class is free for trial, just come and you will fall in love"."

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia

    "I'm delighted to have found this small and professionally-run shala in Phuket. The daily practices are a nice combination of Led and Mysore style sessions which cater for all skill levels. As an Ashtanga beginner, I've felt well supported and encouraged. I highly recommend the teachers and the institution which attracts both local and international yogis."

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Phuket, Thailand

TAYSP organizes courses and programs ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to deepen their practice as well as for beginners who are interested in exploring Ashtanga yoga.

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