A few months ago I was doing a google search to see what yoga studios were around in the southern part of Thailand. I came across quite a few in Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, and Phuket but it was a little studio that caught my eye in Ao Nang, Krabi called Marina Yoga. I really hadn't heard much about Krabi apart from it being close to Phuket, a well-known tourist spot, so I decided to contact the studio to see about possibly volunteering there.
Within a few days, I had received an email back from Marina saying that one of the yoga teachers had canceled at the last minute and that there was a spot available for me if I could start in 2 weeks time. It worked out perfectly as my partner would be staying in the North of Thailand for an extra 3 weeks so I jumped online and booked my ticket down to Krabi.
When I arrived it was the polar opposite from the big city of Bangkok. What I noticed first was the vibrant greenery all around and the incredible cliffs that you could see in all directions. This was the Thailand that I had always envisioned and it was breathtakingly beautiful. I was so glad to be out of a big city and surrounded by nature.
A short 30-minute drive from the airport and I had arrived at the studio, a beautiful little place just outside of the beach town of Ao Nang. I was met by Marina and she gave me a tour of the place before showing me to my room. I had arrived late in the evening so all I really wanted to do was have some dinner and head to bed. As I laid in bed that night I could hear the sounds of nature all around me and it reminded me of my time at the retreat in Bali. I had loved going to sleep every night to those sounds and I had a feeling that I was going to love it here.
My days here consisted of teaching yoga classes in the yoga shala, a mixture of Hatha and Yin class. On the second week of my stay, the teacher training course had begun so I was now also able to teach some yoga and meditation classes to the students as part of their training.
I introduced them to Hatha Flow and Yin classes as well as facilitating weekly chakra and singing bowl meditation sessions. I also had the privilege to guide them through full moon & new moon rituals, allowing them to fully connect with the energy of the moon, releasing what no longer was serving them and calling in what they wanted in their life.
I ended up spending 4 weeks teaching here and being apart of this little community of yoga teachers and students from all over the world. It was a beautiful group of people to work with and also to guide and inspire the students in their YTT and on their yoga journey to become teachers.
Thank you, Marina, for this incredible experience, it was such a blessing to share my love of yoga through my classes and workshops.