At Baan Talay and New Heaven we are teaching and practicing yoga so we can evolve to a higher level of physical, mental and spiritual understanding. We believe that by practicing yoga you can slowly unlock the doors that are restricting you from reaching your highest potential. This may sound unrealistic to some, but we ask you to reserve your judgments until you try. See it as a personnel experiment and then you can ask yourself, what has practicing yoga given me.
Below is a series of questions that explains about the Koh Tao yoga activities at the dive school and at Baan Talay. If you have any additional questions please contact us.
WHAT TYPE OF YOGA DO YOU DO?
Well it’s a good question and the answer is Yoga. We feel that the word yoga carries enough meaning on its own to answer that question. As the meaning of the word yoga means to yoke together or join, our practices also aims to bring us to a state of unity, or oneness. That is a unity of our whole self, which includes our body, mind and spirit. The type of yoga we do aims to do this as effectively and efficiently as possible. You could in fact call it advanced, which may put off beginners, but there is no need to. The ‘Advanced’ in our type of yoga only means safe, efficient and effective and even a beginner can start with theseattributes.So if you add advanced to the yoga practices you get AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices). This is the name of the integrated system of practices that we teach at our place.
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICES THAT YOU TEACH?
There are many yoga practices, which somehow over the years have been fragmented and distributed to different parts of the world. We aim to bring some of these pieces together so we can find an efficient integrated system of practices. Some of the practices we make are outlined below.
Hatha Yoga– a practice to balance the energies in the body using yoga postures (Asana), breathing techniques and meditation.
Pranayama– breathing exercises to increase our awareness on the movement of energy in the body.
Deep Mediation– using a universal Mantra to improve our concentration and ability to let our ‘baggage go’.The central and most important practice in AYP yoga.
Ayurveda– a sister science of yoga translated as ‘science of life’, includes taking care of our diet and wellbeing according to our individual constitution.
Chi-Kung– working on movement and breath increase our understanding of internal energy.
Mudra-Dynamic seals or locks in the body that direct energy towards higher levels of manifestation in the nervous system.
Bandha-Similar to the above although these locks are static in nature.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
There are many different reasons why people practice yoga. Some are looking for more flexibility and others for a fitter healthier body. Others may be looking for peace of mind, while others are looking for spiritual answers.
What yoga gives us is a way to move towards these goals and to to achieve them. We set our desire on our vision, and whatever that maybe we go from there. In yoga there is no one making any judgments on what your vision may be. If you are into to yoga to look good and feel good it will give you that, if you are into yoga to have a clearer mind, it will give you that, if you are in it to understand god it will also give you that. Yoga is a technique to give you more, to help you reach your vision. Now the next question would be ‘what is my Vision?
WHERE CAN I LEARN YOGA ON KOH TAO?
There are only a few places you can learn yoga on the island. New heaven dive school holds daily classes both in the morning at 11. 30 am and then again at 5.30 pm, these daily classes take place on the seaview decking above the dive school. We can also offer longer yoga retreats at our resort Baan Talay. Please follow the links to find about more information about these activities.
There are a few other places that do offer yoga classes spread out over the island, the most recommend would be Shambhala yoga center, which you can find on sairee beach.