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Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Often considered to be Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai still retains some of the ancient village charms that are absent from the frantic pace of Bangkok, or rampant commercialization of some of the islands. It has also become a hub for the yoga and wellness scene in South East Asia.

Your Yoga Guide for Chiang Mai

The cooler mountain temperatures, stunning natural scenery and easy-going nature of the locals, make practicing yoga in Chiang Mai a very attractive option. The personal-development scene offers workshops in everything from cookery and languages, to massage and crafts; which means that you will never be short of things to do in Chiang Mai.

Yoga Retreats and Teacher Trainings in Chiang Mai

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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.

Infos about Yoga retreats and Teacher Trainings

The yoga scene in the city serves both the local community and short-term visitors. Some of the best yoga retreats and classes in Chiang Mai can be found below.

Located within the old city, The Yogatree is a popular studio that offers a range of daily yoga and meditation classes and welcomes all levels. It also operates a popular volunteer program for yogis looking for a fully immersive experience in a working center.

For an alternative yoga experience, The Four Seasons Resort offers daily in-house classes in the opulent surroundings that you would expect from a luxury hotel chain.

Wild Rose Yoga has a glowing reputation that comes with being one of Chiang Mai’s most well-established studios. They deliver regular yoga teacher training courses for yogis looking to take the next step towards being certified.

That is why you should do Yoga in Chiang Mai?

  • Thailand’s historical and cultural centre
  • Thriving yoga and wellness scene
  • Many trekking and outdoor activities available in the region
  • Extensive self development courses and workshops
  • Wide range of local and international cuisine

What Yogis should know about Chiang Mai

Self-improvement and education are at the heart of the yoga philosophy and Chiang Mai offers some of the biggest variety of courses, at a very reasonable rate, anywhere in the world.

One of the most popular is Thai cooking and whether you plan to take the recipes home with you, or try out the dishes using local ingredients, you’ll be sure to make the spicy, fragrant dishes a mainstay of your diet. An increasing number of schools source their ingredients from local organic farms and some offer vegetarian and vegan courses as well.