More about Yoga in Chiang Mai
The remnants of the city’s past are still there to be seen with most of the old town serving as a reminder of the city’s prominence, over centuries as the capital of Thailand’s northern kingdom. There are plenty of ways to engage in this side of the city during your yoga holiday in Chiang Mai. It is home to some of the country’s most sacred temples and, as a result, flowing robe-clad monks are a common sight. What’s more, temples such as Wat Suan Dok offer the chance for visitors to engage further with Buddhism’s devotees with their daily ‘monk chat’ sessions.
The region surrounding the city is blessed with spectacular scenery and a yoga vacation in Chiang Mai can make good use of this. Indeed, the forest covered hills draw people from far and wide who can enjoy waterfall punctuated treks and gain insights into the hill tribe communities that still call the area home.
With so many things to keep visitors interested in and around the city, yogis will have no problem immersing themselves in history or extending their active lifestyle beyond the mat.
To maximize the benefits of your yoga classes in Chiang Mai, sourcing good sustenance should form a central part of your daily routine. Thankfully, the city is awash with great markets and eateries. Whether you’re an omnivore, herbivore or just a give-me-more, there is something to suit every taste.
With lots of regional specialties (many influenced by neighboring Myanmar) and ample western options to fall back on, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Community and selflessness are values that every yogi should live by and the vegan Free Bird Cafe donates 100% of its profits to support a local community center for Burmese refugees.