Yoga and Tai Chi exercises, meditation and wellness practices originated in Asia. Modern Yoga is a derivative of Indian meditation which has been tweaked over the past couple of centuries so that it exercises the body as well as the spirit. The slow-moving exercises millions of Chinese do every morning have changed little since Tai Chi began life as a martial art in historic times.
Due to its diverse attractions and slow pace of life, Chiang Mai has long been the place to linger when on Thai or Asian travel odysseys. Yoga and Tai Chi courses are among the many training options on offer for those with a little extra time on their hands. Both exercise and posture practices help achieve better health and bodily suppleness as well as spiritual balance and some say even life longevity.
There are quite a few training centres and studios at which tourists and long-stay visitors are able to take Yoga and Tai Chi courses of instruction in Chiang Mai. The What’s Up recommended Yoga and Tai Chi schools and studios are shown below.
Recommended Yoga Classes in Chiang Mai:
Body & Mind Healing | Freedom Yoga | Mahasiddha Yoga | Yoga Mind – Yoga Body
Recommended Tai Chi Classes in Chiang Mai:
Tai Chi Chuan Chiang Mai | Tai Chi Meditation in Movement | Further Reading
*Note: Prices do change, we recommend you to check with the schools before making reservations.
Freedom Yoga is a studio situated on a side soi off Kampangdin Road and 10 minutes’ walk from Thapae Gate. Freedom operates classes every day of the week between 10:00 and 18:00 which cater to all levels from novice to advanced. The novice course covers the basic exercises and postures and gives insights into how Yoga can improve your life. Private classes and teacher training are on offer here too. Relaxing at the onsite café and juice bar is a fitting finale to a Freedom Yoga session.
Freedom Yoga: #36-38, Kampaeng Din Soi 1, T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri), 09:00-18:00 (Sat), 09:00-11:00 (Sun) | Classes: Drop in = 250 B / 5 Classes = 1,100 B / 10 Classes = 2,000 B | Tel: +66 84 369 4339 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
BODY & MIND HEALING
The Body & Mind Healing Centre is located on the south side of the Old City and two minutes on foot from Bumrungburi Road and the moat. It offers training courses in Yoga and Tai Chi as well as chi kung and reiki healing. The Yoga taught here is hatha and classes focus on synchronising breath, mind and inner self. Tai Chi courses are themed on the wu style and concentrate on coordinating the body and mind plus building patience and equanimity. Body & Mind offers introductory and advanced courses plus drop-in sessions.
Body & Mind Healing: #26, Soi 1, Bumrungburi Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-19:00 (Mon, Wed, Fri), 09:00-17:00 (Tue, Sat, Sun), 09:00-18:30 (Thu) | Classes: Drop in = 300 B, 5 Classes = 1,500 B | Tel: +66 85 621 1374 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
YOGA MIND – YOGA BODY
Yoga Mind – Yoga Body is a small private Yoga studio in the Chang Phuak area north of the Old City moat. Gernot Huber is the master yogi here and offers private classes for novices or practitioners who need help with posture and techniques. He also offers drop-in sessions, advanced Yoga training and teacher training courses at the city’s Wild Rose Studio and the Yoga Tree. Gernot’s background is in the hatha Yoga derivatives iyengar and anusara.
Yoga Mind – Yoga Body: #21/6, Ratchaphuek Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 08:00-19:30 (Daily) | Classes: Drop in = 250 B, Private = 1,800 B/Hour | Tel: +66 89 758 6872 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
Located across from the south side of the moat around the Old City, Mahasiddha Yoga offers tuition by approved Federation of Yoga and Meditation instructors. Mahasiddha features a range of learning options including private classes, group classes and intensive tantra workshops on Saturdays. Instructors provide advice on how to enhance health and quality of life with the correct breathing, posture and stances.
Mahasiddha Yoga: #49, Chang Lor Rd., T. Hai Ya, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-22:00 (Daily) | Classes: 3 Days = 2,200 B, 6 Days = 4,300 B | Tel: +66 61 378 4194 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
TAI CHI CHUAN CHIANG MAI
China-born Sam Hong Sheng (AKA Sam Wang) was brought up on Tai Chi and taught by experienced practitioners. He is now Chinese Sports Bureau certified and offers a full assortment of Tai Chi courses via Tai Chi Chuan Chiang Mai. Sam teaches Tai Chi Yoga, breathing, mediation and massage at two locations, Suan Buak Haad Park and a studio at the Hillside 4 Condominium building on Huay Kaew Road.
Tai Chi Chuan Chiang Mai: #50/24, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Class: 5-10 Days = 9,000 B | Tel: +66 85 521 1528 | Website | E-mail | Map
TAI CHI MEDITATION IN MOVEMENT
Tai Chi Meditation in Movement offers courses designed to provide the basic techniques and essential postures needed for Tai Chi novices to be able to go home and perform exercises for the benefits of the mind, body and spirit. Intensive 10-day, 50-hour courses start at the beginning of the month and shorter eight day ones in the middle. All tuition takes place at the centre’s Naisuan House. This is located in a residential neighbourhood to the east of the River Ping. There are a few guest-rooms onsite for those who prefer peace and to concentrate on their Tai Chi course.
Tai Chi Meditation in Movement: #3/7, Rattanakosin Rd., Soi 1, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Classes: 40 Hours = 10,000 B / 50 Hours = 15,000 B | Tel: +66 85 714 5537 | Website | E-mail | Map