As I was in Phuket for the last holidays, I saw there were some opportunities to practice yoga on the island. As it’s quite big and that yoga is pretty well organised, I figured I could propose you a list of the best yoga studios of Phuket. Here we go, let’s do some yoga in Phuket !
Nutrition is fundamental for your life and for your life balance. Such as yoga, the nutrition will help your body to feel better and to ease a lot of pains. As you practice yoga, the nutrition will usually flow quite naturally as you will get more in touch with your feelings, your needs and you will tend to more natural and healthy food (at least, that’s what happened for me).
As you’re practicing, I propose to list here a few yoga snacks that you can easily buy or cook before or after your yoga session.
Yogatique is a quite new yoga studio located in a back soi of Sukhumvit 23, near Asoke BTS. Created by 2 farangs and nested under the roof of a small building, you can easily feel the homy atmosphere that Minh and Max are building in the studio.
As there are many yoga studios in town, Yogatique decided to offer some specific things such as a real approach of yoga for beginners (Yoga Virgins classes) and for older people in addition to a vast amount of courses that are more usual. Proposing many different styles of yoga, Yogatique let his teachers follow his own vibes and style and propose different practices atmospheres in the different courses.
We have had the opportunity to interview Adrian Cox, the founder and boss of the famous yoga studio Yoga Elements (BTS Nana). It was a chance for us to ask many question about his journey into yoga, his own practice and how he runs Yoga Elements.
First of all, can you introduce yourself briefly ?
My name is Adrian Cox, I am from the US, and I came to Bangkok in 2001 and started Yoga Elements studio. Yoga and teaching is my life work, my mission, and my passion!
How did you discover yoga in the first place (when did you begin?) ? Did you do other physical activities before that led you to yoga ?
I took my first yoga class 23 years ago but didn’t like it very much. It did get me curious however. At the time I was allergic to team sports, although I loved dance, karate, and cycling. The next teacher (Eve Nyman, Iyengar Yoga) I tried I really got switched on to the practice and philosophy and it started a passion that continues to this day.
It’s not unusual to feel pain in your muscles the day after your yoga session. This happen often, especially if you pushed a little hard and especially if you haven’t practiced for a while. Why do you have sore muscles ? and how to prevent this… here are some answers to all your questions.
Sore muscles are normal after a yoga session !
As you’re practicing your yoga, you’re actioning your muscles in a way they’re not used to. You push and stretch a lot of muscles as you perform your session, and your body needs to react to that. The microtraumas that your muscles suffer will create this stiffness that people call sore muscles of DMOS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
You might have heard about it. Guavapass is a recent company founded in 2015 that proposes a new way to practice sport accross Asia. They launched their service in Bangkok last year and it’s definitely a solution that can fit a yogi : a lot of yoga studios are now members and can be selected, from Lad Phrao to Bang Na.
Beside Bangkok, Guava Pass is now available in Singapore, Hong Kong and many more.
What is Guavapass Bangkok ?
Feeling sporty ? Guavapass lets you practice many different sports, as much as you want for a definite monthly fee. You can book your online on their website or via their mobile app and attend courses of yoga (of course) but also of fitness, crossfit, muay thai, pilate, you name it. One thing though, on my opinion, it was very woman oriented.
It’s pretty convenient as a lot of studios are part of the program in all areas of Bangkok. The website is well designed and you can easily filter the discipline you want, the area and the timing.
If you’re a yoga addict, you might need to upgrade your gear from time to time. Of course, you can find all the yoga accessories you need to practice yoga in Bangkok : there are some specific et specialised yoga shops, but you can also find some stuff on general sports shop.
Multi sports shops
Yoga is now so popular in Bangkok that you can easily find some accessories in more mainstream sports shops. For example, you can find yoga mats at Super Sports, a big store located in over 15 malls in Bangkok.
Many yoga studios diversified their revenue by selling some yoga accessories to their students. That’s very practical as you can sometimes try them before buying them. This includes yoga mats, yoga blocks, bags, studio t-shirts, leggings for women, etc.
A lot of yoga studios propose that but you can definitely find a small shop at Trika yog, Yogatique or Yoga Space.
Yoga Elements is one of the oldest yoga studio in Bangkok. Created in 2001, Yoga Elements worked hard to create a nice reputation and a powerful visibility without becoming a franchise. The place is nice and full of light with a direct view on the surroundings, making it a great place to enjoy a yoga session.
Adrian Cox, the founder of the studio is teaching daily and his path mixed yoga, ayurveda, philosophy and meditation.
The studio is located conveniently between Nana and Asoke right on Sukhumvit road. The studio is now praised by many different reliable sources and is a place to recommand if you live in central Bangkok. Even Lonely Planet ranked Yoga Elements as one of the Top 25 yoga studio in the world.
The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) is generally the first basic sequence of asanas that you learn. It’s pretty simple to execute and perfect to do at home as a warm up or cardio exercise. It also opens much of the longer series because it’s quite complete and soft but also powerful at the same time. It’s a routine that is usually used in most yoga studios in Bangkok. It introduces the lesson and is used as a warm up.
The symbolism of this Sun Salutation refers to the sun as the soul of all life. Usually 12 asanas are used in the basic sun salutations but some yogi adapt it to their practice and change a bit the different yoga techniques.
Personally, I love to practice this technique as it flows very easily. I don’t have to think while making it and can easily meditate at the same time. As the techniques are quite easy, I don’t have to put much effort in it. I focus on my breathe and free my mind.
It’s also called sun salutation because it’s better to practice this with an empty stomach. That’s where you’ll have the most benefits.
Yoga techniques of the Sun Salutation
1- Pranamasana or prayer pose
Health Benefit : heart
Join your hands between your shoulders, feet together and take a deep breath, and exhale.
2- Hasta Uttanasana or raised hands pose
Health Benefit : throat
As you breath in, extend your arms up and bend backwards.
3- Uttanasana or standing forward bending pose
Health Benefit : sacrum
As you exhale, bend forward with the spine erect, and let your arms follow, fingers touch your feet (or the ground)
4- Aekpaadprasarnaasana or equestrian pose
Health benefit : third eye
From the Uttanasana position, set your hands on the ground and push your right leg, power on the left knee looking up.
5- Adho Mukha Shvanasana or downward facing dog
Health benefit : throat
Push the left leg behind and position your feet flat. Push on your hips to create a mountain, shoulders relaxed. Focus on the hips.
6- Ashtanga Namaskara or salute with eight limbs
Health benefit : solar plexus
Down your knees, chest and chin on the floor, keep your butt up.
7- Bhujangasana or cobra pose
Health benefit : sacrum
Push forward and lift up your chin. You butt will go down and your chest will go up.
8- Adho Mukha Svanasana or downward facing dog
Just gently move your butt up to get back to the position.
9- Ashwa Sanchalanasana or equestrian pose
Same as number 4 but opposite leg
10- Uttanasana or standing forward bending pose
Back to uttanasana
11- Hasta Uttanasana or raised hands pose
12- Pranamasana or prayer pose
This sun salutation is a very good routine that you can easily practice home once you have experienced it with a yoga teacher. It has a lot of virtues and will help on the breathing as well. A very good introduction to yoga (and I can tell, this is the very first routine I experienced).
Trika Yog is one of Bangkok’s top yoga studio located in Sathorn, near Chong Nonsi BTS. The studio is named after the concept of Trika, the 3 hindu goddess of the Sakti trinity (power, knowledge and power of action). Master Aman is the main teacher in Trika Yog and holds daily classes of many different kinds of yoga. He is from Rikishesh, India where he held courses before coming to Bangkok in 2011.
Trika Yog studio offers different rooms for your yoga practice in a very nice environment, on the 5th floor of Sathorn Building. The Yoga studio feels very professional with high ceilings and top equipment offered.
Yoga classes available
A lot of different options of classes are offered including the classic Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar or Ashta. One of the specialty of Trika Yog is to propose Wheel yoga classes (Darma yoga wheel) : you use an additional tool of shaped in wheel that help you to go deeper in your move and open some techniques. You can also find some Yoga Fly twice a week and some prenatal yoga sessions.
There are 2 main rooms for practice of yoga (the biggest one is mostly used by master Aman, the second one is set up with the Yoga Fly equipment). Another 3rd room is also used for Vinyasa yoga but I find it a bit too small.
During the week, many classes are proposed in the morning (from 7 to 9am) and in the evening (from 6 to 9pm). There’s also a lunchtime session from noon to 1pm.
In the weekend, the classes are more dispatched within the day, especially on saturday.
The options are many and you should find a spot that fits in your planning. I really like the fact that they propose a lot of classes in the evening every 30 minutes.
There are a lot of different teachers (more than 10) but Aman and Nat are providing most of the courses.
6 months unlimited 25,000thb
1 year unlimited 35,000thb
Trika Yog studio in Bangkok
Sathorn Building, Sathorn 11, 10120 Bangkok, Thailand