RETREAT REVIEW - YOGA IN KOH PHA NGAN
"BE GRATEFUL FOR WHOEVER COMES, BECAUSE EACH HAS BEEN SENT AS A GUIDE FROM BEYOND"- RUMI
Coming off a sun-soaked and sangria filled adventure in Spain, on the eve of my first ever Yoga Retreat I wasn't exactly feeling serene. After sharing a bottle of Red and some organic dark chocolate with Lizzie (because it's full of antioxidants, obvs) we couldn't help but LOL at the thought of being sat on a yoga mat meditating for 2 hours a day. For those that know me, once I'm on the party train, it's a hard one to get off.
But then it was goodbye London and (after a 17 hour flight), Hello Blooming Lotus Yoga.
In truth, it was the perfect way to farewell my time in London and commence what would be a 4 month adventure around south East Asia. My love affair with Yoga goes back over 8 years and a retreat had been high on the bucket list for a long time. As a person of extremes who sometimes struggles with balance, I have found Yoga to be such a huge influence on my life.
The stunning location of Blooming Lotus Yoga is unrivalled. The wild & famous Full Moon Party on Hat Rin has over shadowed the simplistic lifestyle the rest of this island has to offer. Accessible primarily by a 15 minute taxi boat year round, the tri-bay area of Haad Yuan, Haad Thien, and Why Nam offer serene getaway with wide accomodation options for all budgets.
It is a world away from the infamous party-scene of the region with its hippy-at-heart vibe, no cash points in sight & secluded traditional thai bungalows tucked away into the hillside. Upon entry, it feels as if life suddenly turns to slow motion without a sense of time or space.
Whether you're a long-time Yogi or just a beginner, Blooming Lotus Yoga is highly recommended.
Here's what to expect:
The Studio - The Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio is situated upon a jungle hilltop, over looking the crystal blue ocean waters, in between Haad Yuan & Haad Tien Bays.
What to expect - Walking around in bare feet all day, daily yoga, broad range of thai and health food cafes.
The Yoga Retreat schedule - 5 or 10 day options
9am - 10.30 am Yoga Flow
10.45am - 12 noon Workshop on Asana, Yoga Philosophy & Ayurveda
12 - 4 Free time
4.30 - 5.00 pm Meditation
5.00 - 6.30 pm Yoga Flow
Accomodation - Thailand Yoga Retreat Packages include accommodations in simple Thai style bungalows surrounded by lush gardens and jungle fauna with the ocean, yoga shala and restaurants just a few minutes walk away. A perfect compliment to the minimalist yogi lifestyle, these simple, rustic wooden bungalows have a double bed, fan and hammock on the deck. There are higher end accomodation options within a 15 minuet walk from Blooming Lotus.
Where to play -
Why Nam Beach
What else is included - x 1 Massage. Steam Room pass & Sunrise morning hike.
Needless to say, I left feeling a lot more zen than I had started and determined to keep up my practice (and keep enjoying the odd bottle of red with friends, of course).
Click here to read about Lizzie's Adventure Yoga experience in the UK's stunning Lakes District.