Yoga For All In Phuket
With thousands of yoga retreats to choose from, Thailand has quite the reputation among travelers looking for that extra touch of relaxation. However, not all yoga retreats are made the same. And when it comes to getting the most out of yoga, being surrounded by beauty really can make a difference. On the isolated island of Phuket you’ll find glittering beaches and vibrant viewpoints, as well as a healthy dose of yoga retreats offering every style of yoga you can think of. No matter what your level of yoga or preferred style, you can find your space in Phuket.
Sometimes all you need after a long flight is a good stretch. How better to shake the heaviness out of your legs and the tension from your neck than with a yoga class? Conveniently located in the north of Phuket, the Baan Yoga studio is a 4-minute drive from the airport. The studio practices Vinyasa Flow. For any non-yogis, Vinyasa Flow is a type of yoga that links breathing to movement and focuses on fluidity. Sun salutation anyone?
For The Beginners
Researchers think that yoga may have been around for more than 10,000 years. And it certainly can’t be learnt overnight - but don’t let that intimidate you. With a stable foundation and perseverance in the beginning, it is an incredibly rewarding skill. Ganesha Yoga Shala is a perfect retreat for newcomers to the world of yoga, with its small and welcoming studio in the quiet area of Rawai. Sharing the studio with a maximum of 14 people, you’ll get all the one-on-one time you need with a qualified instructor. You’ll be a yogi in no time!
Mixing It Up
Peace and reflection are two main pillars of yoga. But this doesn’t mean centering yourself in silence. In fact, throwing a few punches might be just the thing you need to lower your stress levels. Thailand is the home of Muay Thai boxing, a complex full-body combat sport with similar mental and physical benefits to yoga, requiring just as much discipline. Try something new at the Sumalee Boxing Gym in Phuket by starting your day with an exhilarating high-intensity Muay Thai session followed by a reviving yoga class. You can take the time to stretch out your tired muscles in the gym’s traditional Thai sala (open pavilion) and cool down with the soft sea breeze. Refreshing stuff.
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
When it comes to exercise, some people like it hot. Perhaps your ideal workout leaves you breathless and reaching for a towel. Worry not; a faster paced yoga set in 95 – 108-degree heat and 40% humidity might be right up your street. This style of yoga is offered at Yoga Republic in Phuket and promotes strength and flexibility while also improving circulation. There are four different styles of hot yoga on offer at this contemporary studio and as well as an invigorating outdoor gazebo. What’s more, their refreshing juices might just be the best way to rehydrate.
In Your Own Time
Although yoga studios are a fantastic place to start, the beauty of yoga is that it can be done anywhere. Yes, anywhere! The Millennium Resort Patong Phuket is perfectly situated for yogis searching for unique surroundings. Have you ever dreamed of performing the sun salutation at dawn? Dream no more. The beautiful Patong beach is located only a five-minute walk from the hotel. Feel the sand between your toes and the sound of the waves lapping the sand. Breathe in the salty air. You won’t forget that in a hurry.
For a slice of reflection closer to home, you can find a spot at the poolside to strengthen your poses and centre yourself. Once that familiar calmness has settled, wake yourself up with a dive in the pool. Splash!
Private access to the pool from the Cabana Room at the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket