Phuket is not only an island for parties and beach activities. It has quickly become a destination for spiritual wellness. Thai culture has a long history and tradition of yoga and this can easily be seen in the culture and customs of Thai people.
Phuket’s growth in tourism has also meant a growth of wellness resorts, where yoga is the main subject on the agenda.
You have a choice when it comes to how you want to do your class, you can either take a private class or participate in group classes. The beautiful locations of many of Phuket’s wellness centers make your Yoga experience even more enjoyable. Participating in Yoga classes whilst staying here is an experience you are not likely to forget in a hurry.
Benefits of Yoga
Oxygen is the source of life for every cell in the body. It heals our wounds, kills germs and bacteria, and ensures the strength and vitality of all living tissues. Blood is what carries oxygen throughout the body, and physical activities like yoga raise the heart rate and increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood.
What makes yoga particularly beneficial is that it also boosts blood circulation to often-neglected areas of the body like joints, connective tissues, and internal organs. Deep stretches, twists, backbends, and muscular contractions signal the body to send blood to those specific areas.
Toxins are all around us – in the air, in our food, and in the water – but fortunately, our bodies are designed to naturally eliminate these poisons through the skin, the breath, the blood, and the organs of elimination. So how does this relate to yoga?
In almost every yoga class, you sweat, you breathe deeply, your heart rate rises (increased circulation), and you massage and stimulate the organs of elimination through twisting and bending postures. For detoxification, a regular yoga practice is extremely effective.
Strength and Flexibility
Many people think that in order to change their body they need to use the latest exercise machine or hire a personal trainer..
Yoga postures strengthen and lengthen the body’s connective tissues through physical postures that have been practiced for thousands of years. It doesn’t matter if you are flexible or stiff, weak or strong, yoga can transform your body and mind and improve your overall health.
The stress and pressure of our daily lives can lead to serious illness and disease if left unchecked. A regular yoga practice calms the body and mind, boosts the immune system, and eliminates the toxins that stress creates – so many students see yoga as the perfect “cure” for a hard day at work.
Self Confidence & Self Esteem
Yoga makes you feel healthy, strong, and limber which will immediately boost your self-image and self-confidence. Learning yoga postures creates an enormous sense of pride that will improve the way you feel about yourself both inside the studio as well as out in your daily life.
The quality of our breath is directly related to our mental state. When we are upset, the breath tends to be fast and shallow. When we are at ease, the breath is usually slow and deep. We don’t have to think to breathe, but when we learn to consciously control the breath, it helps us to control the body and mind as well.
Often referred to as “moving meditation,” an advanced yoga practice is one where students are able to maintain deep, consistent breath throughout their entire practice, regardless of the physical posture they are performing. In this manner, yoga teaches us to control our state of mind, regardless of the daily stresses we encounter.
Many students report that after practicing yoga regularly, they feel less hungry and make better choices when eating. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga is a great way to cleanse the body, increase metabolism, stimulate waste elimination, and reduce food cravings.
Siriluck Junkaew, is founder and owner of Phuket’s famous cake & dessert makers named Bake@Holic. Siriluk is not only passionate about cakes and desserts but also about the science of yoga. Siriluk told us “I had practiced yoga for more than three years but never consistently. I only started practicing yoga on serious level a few months ago. For me personally the main benefits have been that my body has toned become a lot firmer and my overall health has improved so much. I seriously believe that I feel stronger, both mentally and physically, now than at any other time in my life. This is due to the fact that yoga is a practice which helps you to control the body and mind. Yoga has made me calmer, especially during stressful times at work. I think yoga really has changed my life for the better!