Yoga is one of the best way to preserve a healthy and youthful body. Asanas (postures) keep the body flexible and alive while meditation and Pranayama (yogic breathing) keep your mind intact. It’s basically a natural way to manage your mood and calm your mind. More than a therapy, yoga is a philosophy of life.
** Baan Zen was the main location on Koh Chang for private yoga classes. However, that closed in 2014 although you will still see it mentioned in out of date guidebooks and old web pages.**
** Aire Cafe also used to run yoga classes in 2017 – 18, but they too have stopped. **
Although more people are looking to take yoga classes during their holiday on Koh Chang, there are comparatively few places where you can study. ( Unlike some islands in the south of Thailand which are over run by yogis.) However, there are still a couple of good options.
BB Gym, Lonely Beach
If you happen to be around Lonely beach, then check out the daily yoga classes at BB Gym, located by the roadside in the main nightlife / bar area. Classes are held on the upper floor of their building. The ground floor is full of weights machines and exercise equipment, the upper floor, which just has a covered roof and no walls, is where yoga, and other group classes are held.
BB Yoga offers two yoga classes a day. One at 10am and the other at 6.30pm. Classes run every week, Monday – Saturday. Additionally, yoga classes are also often run at their beach restaurant ‘BB Beach’ located on Klong Kloi beach, near Bangbao.
The classes are suitable for all abilities, from beginners to advanced. The experienced teachers will show how to modify modify each pose and position to suit your personal needs and level of ability.
As a bonus, after the yoga session, participants are welcome to cool off in the swimming pool at no extra charge. There are also hot shower facilities, lockers and changing rooms on site. And if you need to refuel after rigorous stretching, protein shakes, energy drinks and a varied menu are all available in the on-site restaurant.
Check out http://kohchanggym.com for more details.
Om Bless Yoga, white Sand beach
A new yoga studio, opened in late 2018, conveniently located opposite Koh Chang Lagoon Resort in the centre of White Sand beach. Hatha & Ashtanga yoga classes are usually held twice daily in the morning and late afternoon. However, the schedule is fluid and depends on demand. Plus the instructors, Patrick and Sopa also offer impromptu classes or private lessons.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KohChangYoga/ and tel: 063-313-3925
Blue Lagoon bungalows, Klong Prao
And it’s also worth asking at Blue Lagoon bungalows on Klong Prao beach. They run the yoga classes daily from November to April. For the resort of the year, it’s better to check facebook page in advance.
If you don’t want to travel all the way to Lonely beach then this might be a better option. Blue Lagoon in located at the south end of Klong Prao beach. just a couple of minutes walk from the main road. very convenient location and a haven of peace and quiet – making it an the ideal place to practice yoga.
Classes are usually held at sunrise ( 8am ) and sunset ( 4:30-5pm ) daily during High Season. Prices are 300 Baht per class. They also have packages for long term stay such as five sessions for 250 Baht per class, 10 sessions for 200 Baht per class. Yoga classes last around 75– 90 minutes and include yoga mat.
Contact on FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluelagoonkohchang
Marina Sands Resort
If you are staying at Siam Royal View or in the Klong Son area, Marina Sands Resort holds yoga classes a couple of times a week. During the 2018-19 High Season this is on Monday and Tuesday. No useful information online, so contact them by phone or via their Facebook for details: https://www.facebook.com/MSRkohchang/
The Spa Koh Chang
The Spa Koh Chang is located in the south-east of the island and so is more suited for visitors wanting to make stay in the resort and make yoga a part of their daily routine or anyone at resorts on the east of the island. The resort has a large Yoga Sala for up to 30 members. it is surrounded by a peaceful environment which makes it ideal for both meditation, emotional healing and yoga. A combination that greatly assists anyone looking for inner peace.
The morning meditation and Yoga sessions run from 08:00 – 10:00 daily, 6 days a week. The cost is 400 Baht per class.
Cost: 400 Baht/person/class
Yoga retreats for a week or 14 days are also available. Everything is built around relaxation and enjoyment. You can meditate, begin or improve your yoga and eat healthily all day in the award winning vegan restaurant. An all-inclusive yoga retreat allows you to fully enjoy your vacation in every aspect.
Programs include daily meditation, private and group yoga classes, plus steam baths and use of herbal sauna. Free time can be spent cycling, swimming, kayaking or enjoying the peace, quiet and jungle clad mountain scenery.
The Spa Koh Chang Resort can also organise yoga retreats,including accommodation and meals, for private groups of guests. For example: Yoga Retreat with Their Yoga Instructor; Yoga Retreat Group with Your Own Instructor; Meditation and Other Alternative Retreat Groups or Yoga Teacher Training Groups.
Website: The Spa Koh Chang
Learn to Teach Yoga on Koh Chang
Evelyn worked at The Spa Koh Chang for about a year and a half as a yoga teacher and then as a manager. She is returning in 2019 to teach a 3 and a half week course for anyone interested in becoming a yoga teacher.
Koh Chang 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher or just to have a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy, there is a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course commencing April 28 through to May 22, 2019. The all-inclusive rates include 24 nights accommodation, vegetarian food, all course material, certification and a life changing experience.
For more details on the course, please visit www.ekabhumiyoga.com