Yoga has become an integral part of modern approaches to health and wellness worldwide and yoga on Samui is provided by a handful of experienced foreign freelance yoga instructors who conduct courses, classes and guided sessions at various resorts and spas. There are also a number specialist centres on Samui offering yoga retreats and fasting programmes.
Yoga on Samui can be found at various specialist centres, including Trinity Yoga, Bikram Yoga and Absolute Yoga. Hatha Vinyasa yoga is the most common form of yoga and combines physical postures (asanas) with breathing exercises and meditation to harmonise the mind, body, and breath connection. Yin yoga is a more passive and restorative style of yoga that, on a physical level, works on ligaments, tendons and connective tissue. Ashtanga is a more dynamic style based on a series of postures that flow into one another.
Yoga Thailand offers retreats at their specialist resort and yoga centre In Laem Sor on the south coast of Samui. Yoga is the main focus and they teach those sincere and interested in the philosophy as well as the exercise. The centre is based around the understanding that yoga and its practice is about how people live, and the teaching takes place in an appropriate environment for students to practice, grow and relax into this ancient discipline. Yoga Thailand provides accommodation, food and the environment for students to practice and learn yoga in Samui. The centre is smoke- and alcohol-free and is located next to the sea in a coconut garden with a specially designed Ashtanga Yoga Sala, where daily classes are held.
The Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy programme offers private one-on-one yoga sessions with customised instruction, along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from experienced Indian therapists. This luxury yoga and wellness retreat provides courses suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners, with daily yoga sessions tailored to the individual’s skill level and goals. The instruction includes asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Lessons can be adapted to match a range of personal goals: addressing physical limitations, developing a regular home practice or deepening and intensifying existing practice, for example.
Health Oasis is officially licensed by the Thai Health Department to treat illnesses, and the resort employs professional consultants and alternative health practitioners from all over the world. Their fasting and detox programmes are particularly popular, and can last from one day to several days. The techniques employed to cleanse the system during a fast include colonic irrigation, yoga, and herbal treatments, and the benefits are said to not only to be physical, but can also create emotional stability and improve mental clarity.
A number of resorts offer less formal yoga instruction, often provided by visiting instructors on an hourly basis. These include Tamarind Springs Spa, the Spa Samui resorts and the five-star Sila Evason Hideaway. On Samui’s sister island, Koh Pha-ngan, The Sanctuary is a popular and long-standing, retreat-style bungalow resort with a dedicated yoga hall and daily classes.