This yoga retreat for women will help you to tune in with your body and listen to the voice of your soul. Through yoga, chakra flow, journaling, yoga therapy for women, mantra meditation and Ayurvedic yoga massage included in the retreat, you will be able to awaken the seven chakras, restore and nourish your body and soul, reflect, expand your horizons, and evoke the healing qualities inside yourself. Release your tensions, heal, and have fun with Island Yoga.
Island Yoga's base is Ulmer’s Nature Lodge in Tha Khao village, a quiet beachfront resort run by Ning and her ever-smiling crew of family and friends who put their heart and soul into making your stay special.
Island Yoga has four types of accommodations to choose from. For the cost-conscious traveler, there are dorm beds and private rooms in the budget house. The comfort bungalows are more spacious with a fan, hot shower, and mosquito net while the AC bungalows add a little more luxury to the retreat experience. When the Nature Lodge is full, guests can stay in one of the nearby lodges, which is a few minutes’ walk from the yoga shala. All the resorts used are of a similar standard to the Nature Lodge and all are situated either on the beach or a one-minute walk from the beach.
This bungalow is a fully furnished bungalow that includes air-conditioning, hot shower, and mosquito net.
This bungalow is a fully furnished bungalow that includes fan, hot shower, and mosquito net.
There are four private rooms within the budget house, each with its own bathroom. These rooms have a double bed or two single beds plus a fan, hot shower, and mosquito net.
Chakra yoga sessions will awaken the seven different chakras or wheels of life. The sequences and postures are designed to enhance the energy flow in your body and awaken and balance the seven energy centers, removing blockages, trauma, suppressed feminine archetypes or needs in order to create a space of centeredness, creativity, confidence, and joy in your life.
Healing afternoon sessions of Yin yoga or gentle yoga therapy to promote the chi and circulation in the body, release physical or mental tensions stored in the myofascial layers of the body and practice mindfulness. These classes will promote hormonal balance and rejuvenate, restore, and nourish the body and soul on a deeper level.
You will be guided daily through an inner journey to meet the Sacred Feminine, the Wild Woman Who Runs with the Wolves, or one of the seven sacred goddesses of the feminine psyche in you. Mantras are powerful tools to transform and heal on the subconscious level and create powerful changes in your belief system, behavioral patterns and manifestations.
Surrounded by the beauty of Mother Earth on this tropical island of Koh Yai Noi, take time daily to meet the ocean and find a personal space for yourself to reflect, journal a tap into your creativity, listen to the voice of your soul, express yourself, expand your horizons, and refine and manifest your path and direction in life. You will receive tools to support this inner journey to re-affirm the aspects of your life and femininity that have been neglected, suppressed or inhibited to make powerful changes in your life.
You will be offered a combination of Partner yoga practices and Ayurvedic yoga massage techniques to awaken the healing qualities you have within. Through the healing power of touch, prana, and connection, you learn to develop relationship qualities such as trust, stability, and openness. At the same time you are expressing boundaries, both verbal and nonverbal, while learning to apply gentle yogic stretches and massages, having fun, laughter and taking yourselves not too seriously!
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Veerle is a 500 hours accredited yoga teacher, specialized in Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditation practices. Veerle has a background as a western psychologist and has been guiding Buddhist cultural tours for eight years in the Himalayas. With 10 years of yoga practice and teaching experiences in Belgium, UK, India, and Thailand, Veerle has a profound knowledge in tailoring classes and retreats to her student's needs.She also has studied traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong, Buddhism, Ayurveda, mindfulness, Kriya yoga, and yoga therapy for women.
This retreat will take place in Koh Yao Noi, which is located in the Phang-Nga bay between Phuket and Krabi. It remains one of the rare gems of South East Asia; an island still largely undiscovered by mainstream tourism with pristine beaches, friendly locals, and outstanding natural beauty. It really is the perfect retreat hideaway.
Plenty of leisure time between our yoga classes allows you to discover the islands’ customs and culture, adventures, and cuisine. You can cruise the spectacular Phang Nga Bay, explore the island by bicycle or scooter, take a Thai cookery class or just relax in the hammock or get a massage. The island is completely safe, the locals are very friendly and polite. It’s remarkable to walk down the main street in the market and see every motor scooter with its key in the ignition!
The local village is called Tha Khao and is a 10-minute walk along the beach from the Nature Lodge.Tha Khao has a ͞sell everything͟ store, food stalls, and an internet cafe. The main road around the island is a 20-kilometer loop. There’s one real town halfway around the loop called ͞the market͟ which has about 1,000 inhabitants. The market has a 7-Eleven, a post office, police station, bank, internet cafes, local and tourist restaurants, clothes shopping, a pharmacy, and an ATM.
You will be provided with daily buffet breakfast. Island Yoga offers muesli with fresh tropical fruits such as papaya, watermelon, pineapple but this depends on the availability of each day. They also provide their homemade yoghurt, milk, and honey including jams and butter for bread plus few types of egg such as fried egg or omelette alternately. If you like, you can try Thai-style food such as fried rice with egg and vegetable, fried noodles with egg and vegetable, and few types of Thai desserts.
Please book your flight to arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT).
It is generally easier to access the island via Phuket International Airport (HKT), which has more flight and ferry options than Krabi Airport (KBV). If you fly into Phuket International Airport (HKT), the last island ferry leaves for the island at 5.30 p.m. If you fly into Krabi Airport (KBV), the last ferry leaves for the island at 5.15 p.m.
From Phuket International Airport, you can take a taxi to Bang Rong Pier for approximately 25 minutes at 600 THB. Then, you can catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi for 30 minutes by speedboat at 200 THB per person or one hour by the long tail at 120 THB per person. The first ferry leaves at 7.30 a.m. and they run approximately every hour till 5.40 p.m. After that, you can take a shared taxi to Ulmar's Nature Lodge (Island Yoga) for 20 minutes at 150 THB per person. Please don't worry since there are always taxis waiting at the pier, there is no need to pre-book one.
From Krabi Airport (KBV), you can take a taxi to Tha Lane Pier for approximately 45 minutes at 700 to 800 THB. Then, you can catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi. Ferries leave every hour starting at 9 a.m. and finishing at 5.30 p.m. for 30 minutes by speedboat at 200 THB or 1 hour by the long tail at 150 THB. After that, you can take a taxi to Ulmar’s Nature Lodge (Island Yoga). A five-minute taxi ride costs 50 THB per person or you can walk to the Nature Lodge in 15 minutes.
For bus option from Krabi town, please ask locals or the tourist information in Krabi town for bus times to Tha Lane pier since this route is a little more complex.
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