In recent years, Thailand has become an extremely popular long-haul destination because a trip to the land of smiles will be coloured by a rich cultural background, appetising cuisine and jaw-dropping scenery. Thailand has also become a favourite destination for yoga retreats. Here, you can practice among the welcoming and warm-hearted locals and nourish your soul with visits to spiritual ancient ruins. For these reasons, many practitioners head to yoga holidays in Thailand. Read below for the five best yoga retreats of the lot.
1.Soneva Kiri: Discover Yoga
When you are just beginning to practice yoga, heading to a yoga class can be intimidating – and embarking upon a yoga retreat may be even more so. But the Discovery Yoga retreat at Soneva Kiri is geared towards beginners, so you will be able to nurture your yoga practice from the very beginning. Instead of craning your neck to see the instructor in a crowded room of experienced practitioners, while trying to bend your body into unfamiliar positions, you will undergo a yoga consultation and gain individual attention with three personalised yoga sessions, two pranayama sessions and one guided meditation per villa. You will kinesthetically learn about the various yoga asanas, and yoga masters will help to guide your practise. To further complement this retreat for yoga novices, you will experience relaxing massages, chakra balancing and a reiki session.
Available for durations of five or seven nights, the Personal Yoga Synergy Programme at Kamalaya will suit both beginners and experienced yogis alike. You will deeper your individual practice with private yoga sessions and undergo Ayurvedic therapies that are tailored to your physiology and goals. The programme includes a wellness consultation, body bio-impedance analysis and three types of massages. You will also be able to attend an unlimited number of scheduled daily holistic activities, giving you the option to enrol in extra yoga classes or other physical practise sessions. When you are not in yoga sessions, you can take advantage of the wellness area of this beautiful luxury spa in Thailand. You can relax your body in the steam cavern, swimming pool and plunge pools or further enhance your fitness at the Shakti Fitness Centre.
3. Chiva-Som: Yoga For Life Retreat
The Chiva-Som Yoga for Life Retreat gives guests the option of studying different kinds of yoga, including Hatha yoga, Vinyasa flow yoga and Ashtanga yoga. The 7, 10 or 14-night retreat will begin with an individual health and wellness consultation with the option for a complimentary physical analysis and skin consultation. In addition to yoga, guests will have sessions in pranayama and meditation along with treatments such as an Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage and mood mist. To further pamper you, daily complimentary treatments, such as a massage or body polish, are also included. Guests are also welcome to participate in daily fitness and leisure activities. During down time, the steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi in the luxury health resort are sure to relax the muscle to recover from exercise and to prepare the body for treatments.
Upon arrival at the Absolute Sanctuary luxury health resort, you will begin the yoga programme with an initial wellness consultation with bio impedance analysis to learn about your current physical state. You will have unlimited access to yoga classes and group meditation sessions at the largest yoga studio in Thailand, which trains multiple teachers and hosts many retreats. Each day, you can reset your body with a Thai stretch massage or an absolute aroma massage. Unlimited access to the pool and steam room will also serve to rejuvenate you. If you are seeking a change of pace, you can try any of the high-intensity fitness classes and you will get to try a group Pilates reformer class or core suspend class to target your abdominals. With the flexibility to participate as often as you like, this retreat would perfectly suit someone who would like a singles yoga holiday.
At Six Sense Yao Noi, you can get the best of both worlds by combining your yoga retreat with a gentle detox programme. The Yogic Detox programme combines asanas, pranayama, meditation and a balanced diet with movement and breath exercise (called kriya) to revitalise the body. Your stay will begin with a yoga consultation, and you will receive lots of personal attention with yoga and pranayama sessions along with a guided meditation given to each villa. The programme also includes multiple refreshing treatments such as a detox scrub, a detox wrap, a facial, and two types of massage. A Yogic intestinal cleanse will further enhance your detox, and you will leave feeling completely rejuvenated.
There is a large selection of yoga holidays in Thailand to suit complete beginners to those looking to combine their practice with luxury spa holidays. Many of the yoga retreats on offer even include plenty of individual attention to answer your questions and to correct your posture. To experience a yoga programme in Thailand, please send your enquire or give us a call on 020 7843 3597.