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A Guide to Yoga on Koh Samui, Thailand

If you are interested in deepening your connection to your yoga practice, and learning some valuable new techniques, one of the best ways to go about it is to study on the island of Koh Samui, in Thailand. Although it is true that yoga originated in India, Thailand has long been an epicenter of yoga training. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Koh Samui, you will find yourself more spiritually connected to the art of yoga.

History of Yoga in Thailand

Yoga began to spread throughout Southeast Asia during the time of Alexander the Great, in the 4th century B.C.E. By the time Theravada Buddhism arrived, around 400 C.E., Thailand had already established its own unique twist on this ancient art. The next centuries brought rapid diversity to Thailand, and by the Middle Ages, Thailand was firmly established as one of the centers for yogic practice. Today, modern Thailand remains deeply committed to Buddhism, yoga, and mysticism.

What Is Koh Samui?

Known for its picturesque palm-lined beaches and mountainous rainforests, Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island, but it lies far outside the industrial portions of Thailand. Clean and safe, Koh Samui embraces ancient Buddhist and Thai traditions. The energy that is manifested is highly conducive to connecting to yourself, the natural world around you, and traditional yogic beliefs.

Why Koh Samui?

In the modern world, it can be tough to fully live your practice each day. Distractions are everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of life never cease. On Koh Samui, the modern world seems to fall away. Without leaving the island, you will have endless opportunities to experience Buddha statues, ancient temples, stunning sunsets, and quiet natural wonders.

Yet Koh Samui is easy to access from virtually any major city. Numerous airlines fly to Bangkok every day, with visitors from the United States typically experiencing a layover in Seoul, Taipei, or Hong Kong. From Bangkok, just hop on one of the hourly flights to Koh Samui, or take the scenic route via train, bus, and ferry.

If you are from the United States, most of Europe, or Australia, you do not need a visa for up to 30 days. If you want to stay longer, tourist visas are valid for 60 days, and you can extend your visit for up to 90 total days.

What Is Samahita Retreat?

Samahita Retreat is a beautiful yoga retreat center located on Koh Samui. We offer yoga retreats, integrated yoga fitness programs, yoga and detox combinations, and a wide variety of wellness options. Our staff will care for your every need, preparing healthy yet flavorful meals and ensuring that your entire stay is relaxing and fulfilling. Whichever program you join, your time will be balanced between scheduled programming and downtime to explore this beautiful island.

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What Is Centered Yoga?

Centered Yoga is a yoga teacher training school at Samahita Retreat. Our trainings are fully accredited by the Yoga Alliance. We offer an intensive month-long RYT-200 yoga teacher training course, as well as a variety of two-week advanced courses that count towards the RYT-500 designation and beyond.

You do not have to be interested in a teaching career to enroll in our yoga training classes. However, we do ask for serious students who are familiar with the basics of yoga and are seeking a deeper connection to their practice.

Established in 2003, Samahita Retreat is an intimate retreat center hidden away from Thailand’s busy tourist areas. Owned and directed by senior yogi Paul Dallaghan, the retreat is a friendly and inclusive spot for training, detox, wellness programs, or simple relaxation. We invite you to contact us today to learn more.

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If you are interested in deepening your connection to your yoga practice, and learning some valuable new techniques, one of the best ways to go about it is to study on the island of Koh Samui, in Thailand. Although it is true that yoga originated in India, Thailand has long been an epicenter of yoga training. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Koh Samui, you will find yourself more spiritually connected to the art of yoga.

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