Yoga

Michael Pravin

There are many reasons why the island of Koh Samui is one of the top destinations in southern Thailand, and in recent years, Yoga is very close to the top of that list. This is especially so if you are planning your trip during the rainy season when your beach and other outdoor activities may occasionally be curtailed. But whatever the prevailing weather, yoga has become a very popular pass-time throughout the year on Koh Samui, and the island is fast becoming a world-class centre for yoga-seekers. Indeed, where better to indulge your yoga passion or to start learning this ancient and deeply spiritual art, than on a beautiful tropical island, with its gorgeous palm-dotted beaches and stunning backdrops? Whether you wish to immerse yourself in yoga for the entire length of your stay or to just put your toe in the water, all are well catered for on this island paradise. Here are some of your many options:- • Yoga Retreats - check in at one of the many world-class retreats scattered around the island, such as Absolute Sanctuary, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary or Vikasa Yoga Retreat. • Yoga Hotels - check in at a yoga-oriented hotel. There are a number of hotels which have dedicated yoga studios and state of the art fitness centres, such as Banyan Tree Samui, Elements Boutique Resort, and Four Seasons Resort. • Yoga studios and drop-in classes - some places offer drop-in facilities for those who don't wish to spend their entire holiday practising yoga. Some of the yoga retreats and hotels offer drop-in classes and/or weekly passes, or you can book private lessons in advance. Many well-established places provide this kind of service, such as Vikasa, The Yogarden, Yoga House and Absolute Sanctuary. Price ranges for these classes are: 1 drop-in class, 300-650B; 10 classes, 2625-4500B; 1 month unlimited classes 4000-4900B.

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