The Yoga Guide to Koh Samui

22 Feb 2024
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If you already practice yoga or want to give it a try while on vacation, just about everything is better with a view of the ocean or the scent of frangipani. As Koh Samui establishes itself as a destination for all things green, organic, and nutritional, the island's yoga offerings are rapidly growing. Add some Koh Samui yoga to any part of your vacation – particularly if you visit during the cooler and rainier months of the year.

Koh Samui

Introduction

Finding yoga on Koh Samui will not be difficult, regardless of your schedule or skill level. Yoga is common here, and it's a great activity to do in the shade when the sun gets too hot as well as a great way to enjoy a rainy day in the wet season.
You'll find Koh Samui yoga rates to be very similar to major cities like London and Melbourne if you want to drop in for a spontaneous class when clouds accumulate or are coming for an ambitious yoga schedule (often in gorgeous, landscaped, open-air and ocean-view spaces). Higher prices reflect the prettier surroundings in the more expensive parts of the island, as one would imagine. You can also find more affordable classes and courses, you need to do a bit of searching to find what suits you most.

Yoga Koh Samui

Where to Stay

Since Koh Samui is the largest island, choosing the wrong part to live on can result in you being too far away from the amenities you want. Or, even worse, ending up in a party spot, unless that's what you're after!. We will guess not if you’re coming for yoga...

 

Lamai 

Lamai is the second most popular tourist spot in Samui (the first is Chaweng). The beach here is the island's second-largest beach. The water in the middle and south ends of the cove is deep enough for swimming, while the water at the north end is very shallow. The water is clear and produces few if any, waves.
There is a range of restaurants to choose from. Those near the beach tend to be a little more costly. A long stretch of street food stalls sells delicious food. There is a large Tesco and a Makro both of which sell European foods in bulk. Makro is a good place to go for fresh seafood, cheese, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Tesco sells groceries, clothing, and home goods.

 

Chaweng

This is the most well-known venue, so there is a lot going on here. If you want a lot of restaurants, bars, activities, and a beautiful beach all in one place, Chaweng is the place to go.
If you want to party all night, this is the place to go. The only people left in Chaweng tend to be a younger crowd and couples. Here, the beach is fantastic. Palm trees, white-sand beaches, and calm waters It is, however, very shallow. There are numerous shops selling souvenirs, clothes, toys, and other products. As in Lamai, there is a Tesco and a Makro.

 

Lipa Noi 

Lipa Noi, on the island's western side, is a great place to see the sunset every night. This is a very quiet and lovely spot to visit. It's a nice place to visit, as is the nearby Nathon.
Sunsets are beautiful at Lipa Noi, which is situated on the west coast.

 

Mae Nam

Mae Nam, north of the island, is another location with a low level of activity. This is the place to go if you want a quiet environment, a coconut-lined beach, and many restaurants and pubs.

 

Benefits of Yoga on Koh Samui

The remote location, nature, beaches, and pristine seas make this island an ideal place to practice yoga. Yoga requires your focus on breathing, and doing so in an enclosed centre in the middle of a built-up area will be more difficult. Of course, it's better than nothing, however the fresh sea air will draw you to Koh Samui, with its free natural yoga shalas and lush jungle to cleanse the air you breathe.
Being on this island is, in some ways, a great shortcut to achieving a closer bond with Mother Earth, attracting people who open yoga classes, then students, teachers, and so on. It piques your interest in natural healing, as well as living and enjoying time away from the western world in a more traditional and authentic setting and way of life while immersed in nature. You naturally want to know how to keep your mind and body secure in order to avoid the need for treatment in the future, which is why Koh Samui is an excellent place to learn this. When you're alone, you can clear your mind and learn to incorporate these things back into your everyday life in the Western world.
Koh Samui is one of those islands that attracts visitors from all over the world, where you can meet people from all walks of life and exchange a range of skills that you would otherwise have to master by travelling to different countries.

Yoga Koh Samui

Yoga Schools

 

The Yogarden

In Fisherman's Village, there's a small, unique Yoga studio and a healthy organic cafe. Yogarden is a stunning, open-air garden sala hosting regular Yoga and Pilates lessons.
Detox and yoga vacation programs, private lessons and other speciality courses, seminars and festivals - all tailored to your specific requirements.

The Yogarden

Shahda Yoga

They are a Yoga, Pilates, and Latin Dance Wellness Resort where locals and visitors come together in a positive setting. The resort has 14 spacious double rooms, an indoor studio and an outdoor garden sala, a relaxing blue pool for hot days, and a popular organic café. Throughout the year, they welcome visitors from all over the world.

 

Samahita Retreat

Samahita Retreat was created with a particular goal in mind: to provide a space for people to practice yoga and develop safe and meaningful lifestyle habits. As a result, it offers a perfect setting for learning, experiencing, and practising the lessons taught during yoga retreats and courses. 

 

Black and White Cat Yoga Studio

It's a small modern yoga studio called Black Cat White Cat in Lamai. Yoga classes for groups and individuals are available.

 

Satva

Satva Samui's format provides a very intimate and peaceful atmosphere with like-minded people, and when paired with the secluded setting, it's the ideal place to recharge and deepen your yoga and meditation practice. 

Satva Samui

Anahata Resort

Anahata Wellness Resort provides a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for the aware and independent traveller seeking to reconnect with a more simple and natural way of life while also escaping the pressures of modern life.

 

Kamalaya

Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy provides private one-on-one yoga sessions with individualized guidance, as well as complementary treatments such as Ayurveda therapies from our trained Indian therapists. The regular yoga sessions are customized to the individual's skill level and ambitions, making this personal yoga and wellness retreat ideal for both beginners and seasoned yogis. Asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing), and meditation are all part of personalized training. Instruction can be tailored to meet a variety of objectives, including overcoming physical limitations, establishing a routine home practice, and deepening and intensifying current practice.

 

Orion Retreat Centre

Many different packages to choose from including Immersion Yoga Retreat. This curriculum incorporates a detailed introduction to the core concepts of Yoga with a nutritious diet. The retreat will provide you with a strong basis on which to develop your Yoga practice.

Orion Retreat Centre

Recommended Yoga Retreats

4 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat at Vikasa Yoga Retreat

Vikasa Yoga Retreat's Vikation is a unique blend of rest, adventure, and personal growth, available throughout the year with flexible booking dates. This retreat allows you to customize your experience, including unlimited yoga classes in stunning ocean-front salas, delicious gourmet cuisine, and access to all of Vikasa's facilities. It's designed to enhance your wellbeing, reconnecting you with your authentic self and the joy of true happiness. The retreat features daily unlimited yoga and meditation classes, 3 nights of private accommodation, healthy buffet brunches and dinners, and full access to facilities like an infinity pool, spa, and Life Café, with Wi-Fi available across the resort. Catering to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, the focus is on Hatha yoga. Instructors, including Konstantin, Ann Grant, and others, guide participants in a maximum group size of 50, ensuring a personal and transformative experience.

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8 Day Total Self-Care Retreat Including YogaCoreCycle Program

At Samahita in Koh Samui, Thailand, a hidden gem, this holiday offers an enriching blend of yoga, fitness, and self-care. Led by instructors Gillian and Daniel, the retreat includes daily yoga classes in various styles like Vinyasa, Restorative, and Ashtanga, suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. Alongside yoga, guests can engage in daily breathwork and meditation classes, core fitness activities, and indoor cycling. The retreat focuses on comprehensive self-care, featuring full total self-care therapies, including four infrared sauna sessions and two float therapy sessions. Participants also have full access to a saltwater pool and herbal steam room. Nutritional needs are met with an all-inclusive, delicious, and healthy food buffet, complementing the physical and mental activities. The 7-night stay in modern accommodation ensures a comfortable and rejuvenating experience, designed to help guests destress and reconnect with themselves in a serene environment.

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7 Day Escape Yoga Retreat 

The Vikasa Yoga Retreat offers a 7-day transformative experience in a tropical paradise, where you'll be enveloped in a nurturing environment, ideal for growth and self-exploration. Guided by heartfelt teachers like Mikey, participants will engage in daily asana, pranayama, and meditation practices, alongside academic studies with provided textbooks and workbooks. The retreat boasts full access to facilities including Wi-Fi, a pool, spa, and even a secret beach, allowing you to immerse yourself in both the stunning natural surroundings and the rich local culture of Thailand. This journey is not just about personal growth but also about connecting with a community of like-minded individuals. Healthy brunches and dinners at Life Café cater to your nutritional needs during the retreat. Suitable for all skill levels from beginners to advanced, the retreat focuses on Yin and Nidra yoga styles, providing a comprehensive and enriching experience in a serene setting.

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Koh Samui is an incredible place to come and practice yoga for a week or more. It has everything you need to enjoy a safe lifestyle whilst here, including mild weather throughout the year, low and affordable accommodation prices as well as luxury options, and a supportive community of people. The island, however, still has plenty of peaceful peace and natural beauty.

 


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