Today I was in the park and little Nam (7 years) was very interested in all the (acro)yogi’s. When I asked him if he also wanted to do some yoga he shaked his head enthousiastically. Since we both didn’t understand each other, I taught with demonstrating, handsigns and humming. Who needs cues anyway 🙂
It’s a very abbreviated version of my introclass. The concentration span of kids is short, so I did a little number of poses. There are a lot of kid yoga classes with stories etc. but I just kept it simple this time. Continue reading “Kids’ Yoga for Nam”
I’m now one and a half week more than a month in Chiang Mai, Thailand being the happy yogi. And I love it, don’t want to go away. It’s small but so much to discover. The people are always smiling and friendly. I got hooked when I found out that every day, especially from around 4pm, the Nuong/Suan Buak Haad Park in the southwest corner of the old city is filled with people doing yoga, partner- and acroyoga, slacklining and juggling. In some periodes of the year there may be less people (rainseason, smog/smoke etc – see below) but now (december/january) there are plenty! These people there are very chill and open. If you want to “play”, just ask somebody. A total difference with the beerpong backpackers on the Khao San road in Bangkok 🙂
Attention: from february until march (included) there is a lot of smog because waste is burnt. So avoid Chiang Mai in these months (link / Google)
Here are some useful links for the yogi’s and yogini’s
Drop-in classes are around 250 bath (ca. 7 €/$).
Yoga tree – A lot of different classes per day. Also classes specific for beginners. Has a cafe in a garden.
Namo Yoga. Class was okay, but the mats are very, very old. So take your own! Various classes per day (Gentle, hatha and ashtanga), 220-250 bath
Wild Rose yoga – mostly ashtanga/vinyasa flow based. A lot of people love it there, but I’ve heard also the term ‘too much ego’ once. Also workshops etc.
Freedom Yoga – two or three classes per day, various styles. Has also a cafe. Outside the Old Town, East of the Tha Phae gate
Yoga Kuukan – Mostly two classes a day, mostly gently or alignment based. Also interesting workshops
Unfortunately there is not yet a yogashop in Chiang Mai. A big miss. Also on the market I didnt see any mats. But after a tip on Reddit of Sobri909, I found some good mats in the big Super Sports shop in Central Festival. This is their selection, from cheap to the equivalent of the Manduka Pro. Finally I’ve adviced for the hotel where I stayed to buy one of the ‘X Pro‘ of Jason brand, unknown but seems to be good (don’t know about the durability though since we’ve bought the mat only two days ago).
Decathlon, near the airport- quality is not very high
Sports World at the ‘Kad Suan Kaew’-mall next to the North East of Old Town – low to moderate quality
YogaAum, distributor of Manduka (and other brands) in Thailand. With a webshop