Intensive Yoga Retreat in Chiang Mai

Wise Living Yoga Academy is an educational body affiliated to The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India, the worlds oldest organized yoga institution. They impart yoga education and lifestyle principles of classical yoga, following the lineage of the late Shri Yogendraji, the father of modern yoga renaissance, direct disciple of Guru Pujya Paramahamsa Madhavadasji. Knowing this, it is only right for them to offer an intensive Samkhya yoga course. Embark on a yogic journey like no other in peaceful Chiang Mai within Wise Living Yoga Academy.

Meet the instructors

Jeenal & Christina
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  • Course materials
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Foundation on classical yoga philosophy
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 days accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer available:
Chiang Mai International Airport (US$20 per person)
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  • Garden
  • Yoga shala

The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. They are newly built with nice flooring and furniture, a private and clean bathroom with hot shower, and beds with good quality mattresses. It has a very quiet and inspiring atmosphere for self-reflection and deep yoga studies and practices. Rooms are equipped with fan and window nets. Students are usually accommodated in a twin sharing room with a person of the same gender. Private rooms may be booked in advance or according to availability.


This is a seven-day full-immersion experience with a foundation on classical yoga philosophy and practices, including meditation, asanas (postural training), pranayamas (breathing techniques), and simple kriyas (cleansing techniques).

People glibly speak about yoga without realizing that it forms an integral part of a composite Samkhya-yoga philosophy, the oldest philosophical system in the world. Samkhya provides the theoretical base without which one can neither understand the philosophy of Patanjali (the Yoga Sutras or Ashtanga yoga) nor derive full benefit of yoga by just practicing mechanically at the physical level.

It was stated in the Mahabharat: There is no wisdom like Samkhya, no power like yoga; and in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells the warrior Arjuna: The ignorant differentiate between Samkhya and yoga, not the wise. He who sees the two as the same has the right understanding.

Therefore, anyone interested to understand yoga in its entirety should start by studying the Samkhya, metaphysics, and then proceed to learn the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. All techniques in yoga are meant to allow the practitioner to bring the philosophy to the practical level. If you don't know why you are practicing yoga, or if you don't have the right attitude towards the practice, you'll be hardly practicing any real yoga.

Please note that with this program, you can accumulate 50 hours for Wise Living Yoga Academy 200-hour yoga teacher training course.

Rules and regulations

The applicants should not join the program if they are only interested in acquiring a yoga certification;

The applicants should be aware that the main objective of the course is to provide opportunity for development of self-knowledge and yogic expertise through the following of a good routine and self-discipline besides the understanding of yoga philosophy and techniques;

Yoga education is not a conventional type of education or learning. Introversion, self-awareness, and meditative practices are encouraged throughout the course;

Our yoga programs have no religious approach. However, the applicants should be aware that yoga is a heritage of Indian culture and Vedic tradition. It is integral part of the course, the study of Indian scriptures of religious-philosophical nature (like the Bhagavad Gita, etc.) along with the chanting of Vedic mantras and the study and memorization of Sanskrit vocabulary;

Trainees are requested to maintain a yogic atmosphere of sincerity and positivity;

Meat of any kind, seafood, egg, tobacco, illicit drugs, alcoholic drinks, coffee, and black tea are under no circumstances allowed during the course;

Attendance to all classes is compulsory. Trainees should follow the time table and complete the assignments with the necessary discipline and dedication;

Participants with overt emotional and mentally anxious condition or with indulgent and uninhibited behavior may be asked to discontinue the course at any time;

The academy reserves the right, to return or not, in part or otherwise the course fees.

These are essential acknowledgements to participate in any of our yoga programs.

By submitting your application for any of our yoga teacher training courses or workshops, you automatically agree that Wise Living Yoga Academy and other service providers associated with these programs shall not be held responsible for any loss and damages incurred by delays or cancellations due to events outside our control, such as natural calamities, social conflicts, etc. Wise Living Yoga Academy reserves the right to chance or cancel the program schedule if necessary.

You agree to assume all risks associated with the trip and agree that no liability will attach to Wise Living Yoga Academy or other service providers for any personal injury, illness, delay, loss or damage to health or property experienced during the activities or elsewhere. We highly recommend that you protect your investment with travel insurance for your trip.


Jeenal Mehta
The Yoga Institute (Therapeutic Yoga)
Founder of Wise Living Yoga Academy, yoga therapist, and author of the vegan cookbook "Spices & Love". With over 100 yoga teacher training courses completed, Jeenal guides her students in yoga philosophy and lifestyle as well as traditional Hatha yoga techniques taught in the tradition of the worlds oldest organized yoga school, The Yoga Institute, in Mumbai, India. Jeenal's teachings are inspirational as well as practical, teaching students how the path of yoga can transform their lives.
Christina Gomes
Wise Living Yoga Academy Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Christina is the creative director and Wise Living Yoga Academy alumni of 2013. Since receiving her certification, Christina has traveled the world sharing yoga and music. This transformational course inspired her to live with more conscious awareness and has made her life a work of art. She now hosts international retreats empowering folks through yoga and creative expression.

Retreat location

Located in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, in the district of Doi Saket, our new training facility is set in midst of rice fields and surrounded by hills and forests. The center provides an Ashram-like environment which is ideal for the full immersion experience in traditional yoga studies. The center is built around a lovely garden with many plants, flowers, and trees. There is also a small pond with aquatic plants.


  • Chiang Mai International Airport, 45 minutes
  • Thapae Gate, 30 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Vegetarian, wholesome, clean, and nutritious meals are served three times a day plus an afternoon tea. At tea time, the students can make their own natural teas for cleansing/detoxification such as cinnamon tea, turmeric tea, ginger tea, lemon tea or even make a hot soya milk drink. Natural dark brown cane sugar is served along with the tea. Wise Living Yoga Academy takes a lot of care to provide good quality food, so no white sugar, refined, or canned foods are served. The diet has varieties of beans, grains, lentils, tropical fresh fruits, nuts, and freshly cooked vegetables.


Outside food is strictly not allowed to be brought into the center, especially non-vegetarian items and processed unnatural food, chewing gums, etc. Please also DO NOT bring with you any alcoholic drinks, or cigarettes/tobacco (or any other illicit drugs). If you are caught with any one of these items during the course, inside or outside of retreat center, you'll be asked to leave the course at once.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During the weekends, students will have the opportunity to enjoy walks in midst of the rural farming area, exuberant greenery of the rice fields, and other beauties of the Luang Nuea municipality in Doi Saket.

One should not miss visiting Wat Phrathat Doi Saket at the top of the hill.

Enjoy also a short hiking to the nearby Mae Kuang Dam with the Khun Tan Range in the background.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course materials
  • Tuition and practices
  • Certificate of participation

What's not included

  • Any other activity not mentioned in the above given program, accommodation, and amenities
  • Flight ticket

How to get there

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Arrival by taxi

A pre-paid taxi can be easily booked at the airport counter for 550 THB (around 20 USD). The center can be reached by an inside road from the highway. It is lined with shady trees. On the way, you can enjoy the view of the rice fields and mountains in the background and the fresh air. Visitors can also take a yellow car from Warorot Market / Ton Lum Yai Market from 06:30 to 18:00 until Doi Saket.

Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport Airport transfer available: Chiang Mai International Airport (US$20 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.

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