Thailand is one of the seats of world yoga. Yoga entered Thailand from India hundreds of years ago, and Thais have practiced yoga ever since. There are hundreds of yoga centers and classes all over Bangkok. Some are the traditional Hatha yoga, a few are Power yoga, some are Iyengar or Kundalini, and the latest trend is Hot yoga or Bikram yoga. Whatever your favorite style of yoga, there’s something in Bangkok for you, and here’s where you’ll find the best classes:
Yoga Elements Studio
23rd Floor, Vanissa Building, 29 Soi Chidlom, Bangkok (02)-655-5671
At Yoga Elements, they incorporate the best teachings of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga into several unique yoga styles. It’s all about flow and being gentle with your body at Yoga Elements, and they teach from beginning classes right up to expert. Surprisingly, almost all of their teachers are Western and not Thai, but all have studied for years with yoga masters in India, so you’ll get the real thing here. The first class starts at 7am, perfect for a before-work workout, and the last one starts at 7:20 pm, so you can unwind before going home for the night. They also offer classes in meditation and yoga spiritual teachings from visiting teachers, so there is always something new to enjoy.
4th Floor, Amarin Plaza, Ploenchit Rd. Pathumwan, Bangkok (02)-252-4400
Absolute Yoga is the largest and probably the most popular yoga studio in Thailand. They offer all styles of yoga all taught by highly skilled instructors, and now have 8 studios in Thailand. The first class begins at 7am and the last one starts at 7:45pm. They’re perfect for people who work as they offer early morning, lunchtime and evening classes. They’re also great for students as they have good discounts for student membership. Most importantly for many, if you sign up for more than one month, you can get some amazing deals on special packages. Look at their Annual Package, the cheapest thing they offer and, if you go consistently, can cost you less than $1 per class.
Iyengar Yoga Studio
Fifty Fifth Plaza, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok (02) 714-9924
If you’re looking for Iyengar yoga this was the first accredited Iyengar yoga in Bangkok. Beginning at 8am and the last class starting at 7pm, they provide three levels of instruction, all of which are taught by skilled and highly qualified instructors. Iyengar Studio requires footless tights or leotards and no shoes and is quite strict in their admittance policy. Sure to be somewhere where you will learn a lot. It’s Western-owned, and also provides some classes for children.
Soi Lasalle 53, Sukhumvit 105, Bangkok (02) 398-5746
In a beautiful studio with lots of space, Yoga Connection, offers only Hot yoga and Hatha yoga. First classes begin at 9am and the last class at 6:30pm. On Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, with the last class at 4pm. Their prices are a lot cheaper than other studios, with some excellent package deals, and all classes are given for all levels of ability. For the beauty of the studio and the price alone, this one is a winner. A friend took the Hot yoga class and did love it, although she said, for her, Bangkok wasn’t quite the place to enjoy Hot yoga!
28/1 Sukhumvit16, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok (08)3 449 8002
Thai-owned and operated, Ashtanga yoga concentrates mostly on the Ashtanga style, with occasional workshops available from teachers of Vinyasa yoga. The studio is in a great location near the sky train, with opening hours from 7am to 8pm. They are closed on full and new moon days as per the Ashtanga yoga beliefs. You also have the option to take private classes if so wanted.
From Iyengar yoga to Hot yoga, there are many yoga styles available to study in Bangkok. Beginners to experts can find what they want here and at prices often much cheaper than in the West. So try a traditional Thai yoga experience, it will make your holiday or life in Thailand more relaxing and more meaningful.