Daily Hatha Yoga Classes
At Monte Vista Retreat Center, we teach a traditional, exact and easy-to-learn yoga system that aims at naturally achieving the goal through creating a healthy body and mind that leads to spiritual evolvement.
Based in the teachings of Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda summarized the yoga philosophy in 5 principles or the Five Points of Yoga which make the complex teachings of yoga easier to understand:
FIVE POINTS OF YOGA
- Proper Exercise (Asanas) - Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.
- Proper Breathing (Pranayama) - Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases.
- Proper Relaxation - Helps keep the body from going into overload mode, easing worry and fatigue.
- Proper Diet - Eating simple, healthy and vegetarian foods that are easy to digest notably have a positive effect on the mind and body, as well as the environment and other living beings.
- Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) - These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.
Our daily classes take place on our main deck, with a panoramic view of the amazing sea surrounding the island. Soak up the fresh air and sea breeze while practicing gentle asana.
Our classes are suited for beginners and advanced practicioners alike.
Hatha Yoga Classes & Prices
Yoga Classes are Monday - Saturday from 8:00 am - 10:00 am
|Single Class||250 THB|
|5 Class Pack||1125 THB|
|10 Class Pack||2000 THB|
|1 Month Unlimited||3800 THB|
Vastu Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training RYT 200
August 4 - 25, 2014
Anyone and everyone can benefit from this Yoga immersion and Teacher Training. You do not need prior Yoga experience, only a sincere desire to learn. We encourage and welcome beginner students to take this training and immerse themselves into a practice that will last a life time. Even if you have no desire to become a Yoga teacher, you will gain the tools and techniques to live a healthier and happier life.
The immersion course deepens your personal practice, increases your understanding, and enables you to become a competent teacher. The comprehensive curriculum of this 3 Week 200-hour full-time Training meets the standards of the international Yoga Alliance. Experienced Yoga & Meditation Teachers share their professional expertise, and will inspire you with their authentic & enthusiastic way of teaching. The tropical island of Koh Phangan provides a perfect setting for a transforming experience.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
At Monte Vista we offer Private Yoga Therapy sessions with our Ayurvedic Wellness Practicioner and Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Specialist.
According to Ayurveda, India's traditional medical system, each one of us has an inborn constitution, or prakriti, that shapes our bodies, minds, and predilections. Most yoga teachers know at least a little about Ayurveda and have some notion of the basic constitutional types (doshas) of kapha, pitta, and vata. According to the Ayurvedic Practitioner Swami Sivananda, the Sanskrit word "dosha" literally means "that which becomes imbalanced." This reflects the Ayurvedic belief that people of different constitutions, left to their own devices, often make lifestyle decisions—and choose yoga practices—that tend to put them further out of balance. Ayurveda also holds that people of different constitutions are prone to diseases that reflect the ways the doshas become imbalanced.
Private Yoga Therapy Session
By appointment only : 2000 THB / 90 Minutes
Yoga Therapy Session includes brief Ayurvedic Consultation & Assessment as well as Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for your specific
Mind / Body makeup.
Yoga & Ayurveda - Sister Sciences
Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences that have been united for thousands of years for the sake of healing body, mind, and consciousness. Generally speaking, Ayurveda deals more with the health of the body, while yoga deals with purifying the mind and consciousness, but in reality they complement and embrace each other.
The ancient rishis (seers) were the original masters of all Vedic sciences. They understood that good health is a great asset on the path toward Self-realization. If the body is neglected it can easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice. Anyone who has practiced meditation for any length of time would agree to how difficult it can be to sit still for long periods of time without feeling discomfort and fatigue. Both yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer many ways to prevent and heal various disorders as well as to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
Besides sharing a philosophical foundation, both systems have many similarities in relation to attitude, nutrition, diet and lifestyle, hygiene, exercise, cleansing practices, as well as spiritual practices. Traditionally, a student of yoga would first live close to and serve the guru for many years, during which time he would learn healthy habits.
The basic Ayurvedic principles for health and longevity were past on in the lineage in oral form to serve as a foundation for a life of sadhana (spiritual practice).
Nowadays, the teachings of yoga are easily available to all, and whether prepared or not we can leap headlong into its practice. This has its blessings, in the sense that more people can be turned on to the teachings, although much is often lost without the parampara, or close guidance at the feet of an accomplished master. With this in mind, modern yoga practitioners would most certainly benefit from a basic knowledge of Ayurveda to help establish a healthy dinacharya (daily routine) and adjust their practice according to the constitution, predominant dosha or imbalance, season, and so on, to prevent disease and promote longevity.
Similarities between Ayurveda & Yoga
- Both are ancient Vedic teachings. Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Atharva Veda and Rig Veda.
- Both recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of life: Dharma (duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire), and Moksha (liberation).
- Both recognize that the balance of doshas (humors), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products) is essential for maintaining good health.
- Both share virtually the same metaphysical anatomy and physiology, which consists of 72,000 nadis (subtle channels), 7 main chakras (energy centers), 5 bodily sheaths, and the Kundalini Shakti (energy).
- Both advocate the use of diet, Ayurvedic herbs, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, astrology, prayer, puja (worship), and rituals for healing the entire being.
- Both encourage physical health as a good foundation for mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Both share the same view on psychology. Ayurveda embraces all six of the main schools of philosophy including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Vedanta (a non-dual philosophical and spiritual path). They both understand that the attachment to the body-mind complex is the root cause of all suffering and that the ultimate state of health is experienced when we abide in our true nature, which is total peace, regardless of the state of the physical body.
- Both use cleansing methods for the body, all of which encourage the removal of waste products and toxins through their natural routes of elimination. Ayurveda has Panchakarma (five cleansing actions) and yoga uses Shat Karma (six purification measures).