Take a break from partying for yoga in Koh Phangan!
Of course, you’ve heard of the Full Moon Party, but who hasn’t? Koh Phangan has got a long history of providing good times to a whole generation of travellers. But there’s another side to the island as well: a side that offers a huge variety of yoga classes ranging from daily drop-in sessions to residential teacher courses. There’s a great wellness group on Facebook and community surrounding yoga in Koh Phangan worth considering!
Many (although not all) of the best locations for yoga centre around the village of Sri Thanu in the west of the island. Here you’ll find sand-covered streets, juice shops, palm trees waving in the sea breezes and a barefoot culture full of like-minded people seeking out an authentic yoga experience. With so much choice on offer it can be hard to choose where to head, so here are our top picks for yoga on the island.
Sunny Yoga, Sri Thanu
Sunny Yoga comes highly recommended for a great friendly welcome from Sunny, Koh Phangan’s only Thai yoga teacher. Sunny fuses hatha, vinyasa and sivananda styles for a challenging but enjoyable flow-style class, and all levels of experience are catered for.
Private sessions are available on request and there’s a full class schedule on the website. Drop-in classes are daily at 10am if you just want to give it a go. Sessions cost 300 baht for a single class, 800 baht for a 3 class pass, 1200 for a 5 class pass or 2,000 for a 10 class pass.
The Yoga Retreat, Haad Salad
Located in the far north-west of the island near the beautiful Haad Salad beach, The Yoga Retreat offers a mix of drop-in classes and residential packages. If you choose to stay at the Retreat then you can mix yoga with a detox program, or just pick and choose from their Ashtanga and Hatha classes which run daily.
If you want to stay elsewhere then check out the bungalows at Spicy Salad bar on Haad Salad beach- great value and a short trip to the Retreat for your yoga practice. Classes at the Retreat cost 300 baht for a drop-in session, or the residential packages range from 9,400 baht for 6 days through to 26,500 baht for a 30 day Ashtanga immersion course.
Agama Yoga, Sri Thanu
Dubbed the ‘Yoga University’, Agama Yoga is the destination of choice for teacher training packages and intensive tantra courses but they do also offer drop-in Hatha yoga classes at 8:30am and 4pm. If you’re interested in the theory and teachings that underpin yoga philosophy then this is the place for you, as they take a holistic approach and help you understand the background to your practice.
A real bonus is that your first drop-in day is free, and just 600 baht thereafter for both morning and afternoon classes plus an evening lecture. Longer courses start at 150 hours and are priced at 13,000 baht upwards.
The Sanctuary, Haad Tien
This place is world-renowned for a reason. Set in stunning jungle with a beautiful boutique spa resort alongside, the yoga studio is light and airy and a morning session here comes complete with the noise of birds and monkeys in the trees outside.
If you’re feeling energetic then join the 8am Dynamic/Vinyasa class, or if you’re a beginner then try out the 10:30am Slow Flow class. Still got some energy to burn? Come back for the Restorative Yin class at 4pm. Sessions cost 350 baht for a single class or 2,100 baht for a 7 class voucher.
Koh Phangan is blessed with natural beauty and is the perfect place for yoga. Wherever you go to enjoy your practice, you won’t be disappointed. Grab a mat, choose your studio and enjoy!