The first time I heard about IslandYoga in Thailand was when I was reading a Dutch travel blog about the Island Yoga Retreat. Initially I was sceptical because I thought yoga practicing retreats in general are expensive these days. The Island Yoga Retreat is situated on Koh Yao Noi, a small island in the Phang Nga Bay in Thailand between the cities of Phuket and Krabi.
I liked the article because it was very positive about the Island Yoga retreat and i think it wasn’t a sponsored article, so it was purely based on her own experiences and it made me save it on my favourite pages on my computer. I forgot all about it until one day I was stressed and could use a break so I was thinking of taking a holiday and started looking for a destination on the internet. While I was going through my favourite pages I remembered the article about Island Yoga. I talked about it with a friend and she was going through a bad time as well so she suggested why don’t we go together?
During that time, I was practicing yoga as a beginner and I became more curious about this lifestyle. People who visiting the Island Yoga are on all different levels: from students to experienced yogi’s who are on a holiday themselves. The retreat was established in 2005 by David Sharp, originally from the UK. Unfortunately, he wasn’t there when I visited which was too bad as he gives Tai Chi lessons which I wanted to know more about.
When you visit the retreat, you go back to simplicity. This makes the retreat not that expensive and it also delivers what it claims on their website. They do work with local people so the local economy is supported as well.
The people on the island are friendly and there is no mass tourism (just yet). You can stay there for 3, 5, 7 or more nights and because they have been around for more than 10 years, it’s well organised. We got a fully explained tour after we arrived there
Every morning you wake up, the first thing you do is you start practising yoga followed by a beautiful and delicious breakfast made by locals with fresh products.
During the day we rented a scooter and did some sightseeing, got a mean good Thai massage and also went walking every day to get to the best coffee or a coconut milkshake on the island. We read books on the beach until we went back in for our evening yoga session.
In the evening frogs where giving free noisy concerts which we had to walk through towards a place to eat. Food units, and so we met a lot of interesting people during diner time at different local places which made all different kinds of food.
Finally, we had to hug and kiss our new friends goodbye and we left feeling more connected to ourselves. We felt rested and calmed and with a lot of insights as well. I couldn’t stop smiling. Feeling content. I would have never wanted to miss this experience and so now I want to share this story with you.
For more information: https://thailandyogaretreats.com/