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.
Bangkok is famous for high temperatures and humidity, especially in monsoon period. The rainy season goes basically from july to october with daily showers and 80% humidity. But that’s not a reason to avoid practicing yoga in Bangkok (there’s actually no good reason not to practice except if your body tells you not to).
Monsoon is not all year long !
First of all, the monsoon period is not soooo long and you can definitely live with it. Yoga studios are usually well equipped with air con and fans to avoid the transformation of the room in a steam room. The worse thing will be to get to the studio without being soaked.
The best period to live in Bangkok is between november and february. The so called winter period is a bit fresher (let’s say around 25 degrees) and is really enjoyable. If you’re planning to practice during your holidays, check the weather forecast first !
Get the right yoga gear
With the constraints of high temperatures, you’ll need to adapt. Beside your body, you’ll need to get adapted yoga gear : shorts or light yoga pants, breathable tank tops or t-shirt, etc. You will sweat quickly so you definitely want to feel the best possible in your clothes. I might prepare an article later about that.
Also think about your hair. Attach them as they will quickly become a nightmare for your practice if they’re long enough.
Drink and drink again
With 80% humidity and practicing a physical activity (yes yoga IS a physical activity), your body might sweat and lose a lot of water. That’s normal, that’s how the body keeps himself fresh and avoid overheating. All the yoga studios in Bangkok sell water and you definitely want to have a bottle next to your yoga mat. This is non-negociable. Also think to drink AFTER your practice. That will save you a lot of muscle pains and possible problems. Listen to your body.
Check the address first
There are a lot studios of yoga in Bangkok. Even if they mention a BTS or an area, it can be pretty far away and the traffic can be terrible in some areas (and basically everywhere around 6PM). Do check carefully the address to avoid the stress of running and being late… I personally hate that.
Another thing is that the studio can be located inside a tower or a mall. Take the exact indications as some addresses can be tricky in Thailand.