Yoga in Chiang Mai – Daily classes – Detox at Blue Garden
“You do not need to compete for our own best path. It is just you, who is out or in the the way of your potential”
Chiang Mai daily Yoga Schedule at Blue Garden
|Morning Yoga||09.00 – 10.00||09.00 – 10.00||10.00 – 11.00|
|Evening Hatha Free style Yoga||19.00 – 20.00 (not Wednesdays)|
|Handstand workshop||15.30 – 17.00||–|
|Private Yoga||on request||on request||on request|
For Yoga classes. No reservation needed, Free use of yoga mat, blocks, pillows, doors open 20 minutes before the lesson. Lessons are not suitable for children and we have no children care facilities.
For more information about our Yoga classes, handstand workshop, detox, private yoga, body awareness sessions in at Blue Garden Yoga click one of the boxes
Description Yoga lesson
Our Yoga lessons
Our teacher has been practicing yoga more the 20 years (and teaching more then 10. He has created his own unique style. Each Yoga lesson at our Chiang Mai Yoga studio has its own theme (see our schedule). Morning Yoga sessions will be flow, dynamic, some strength based and more a yoga work out. Evening Yoga lessons will be more slow and softer. In all yoga classes with there will a focus on body mechanics, mobility, strength and flexibility. Bringing awareness and mindfulness in moving your body without fear. You start to learn how to move more free from the inside out and are be able to let go of tension that doesn’t longer serves you. I also like to bring creativity in my Yoga lessons, in sequences, variations on Yoga Asanas, new movements and more….
09.00–10.00 Vinyasa/Dynamic Yoga(Mon. – Sat.)
Our morning Yoga classes at our Yoga studio are a bit stronger with energizing creative sequences. Be prepared to move, to build up heat, to sweat and to receive a good workout. Our morning Yoga sessions can include core work, breathing, sun salutations, strength based exercises, warriors, creative flows and more. This can be a great start of the day when you are visiting Chiang Mai and and you will have the reast of the day to enjoy sight seeing.
19.00–20.00 Night Yoga (Mon. Tue and Thu and Fri.)
At night, after sun set, the energy at our garden Yoga studio is the most peaceful and mellow. Just being there after an active (or a passive) day you will feel your energy changing. Night Yoga sessions will in general be a softer and slower flow then the morning classes. We will have more time to come into the poses, to hold them, and allowing yourself to find your edge in each pose. Every evening class will be different at our Yoga studio, there will be different themes, like; back bending, forward bending, shoulders opening, balancing and more. The evening yoga lessons will be a great way to connect deeper with body and mind and just great way to ease yourself into the night.
Yin Based Yoga (not at the moment)
At the end of the week at Friday night we will treat you with a gentle and sweet Yin Yoga lesson at our Yoga studio. In Yin Yoga we will hold our poses much longer then in a normal yoga session, sometimes we can stay in asanas for 3 or even 4 minutes. So our approach to our practice will be different, much more gentle, more subtle and allowing yourself the time and the space to explore and the feel your body on different levels. Practitioners on both side of the spectrum (beginners and advanced) are benefiting from this practitioners. Beginner students they feel that they have the time and actually can start to become easier aware of their bodies, and for advanced practioners it can be a very restoring practice. and every pose can become a meditation.
Sundays Flow; 10.00 – 11.00:
Our Sundays flow yoga will be in the line of the other morning classes. It will only start one hour later then the rest of the week so the students (and also the teacher) can have a nice Sunday morning sleep in.,
Handstand work shop on Saturdays
Handstand workshops; challenge yourself (Cancelled 04/01)
Every Saturday we offer Handstand workshops at Blue Garden Yoga Chiang Mai. In these workshops I rather call them play shops we will go over:
- the technical aspects of a handstand (a handstand is much more then just to stand on you hands)
- Perpetration exercises for wrist flexibility, core strength and stability, shoulder strength and arm balancing
- A lot of ‘wall’ work, using the wall for preparation exercises and using the wall to get used to stand on our hands. And learn how to balance on our hands
- Learning how to fall out of a handstand safely
- Start progressing, experimenting and playing with free stand handstands, how to jump into a handstand
Having far from perfected my own handstand ( I am not sure I ever will) for me my yoga handstand practice is been rewarding in many ways. From thinking it would be impossible to stand on my hands to be actually standing on my hands has given me a lot of benefits; both physically and mentally, my body has become stronger, it increased my self confidence, it taught me modesty, patience, persistence, learned me to over come fear. For me this is a great practice which I am very happy to share with you.
Just a word of warning; this handstand workshop can be intense
When: Every Saturday at Blue Garden Yoga from 15.30 – 17.00 (doors open 20 minutes before the class)
Price: 400 Baht (Saturday 11 August no Workshop)
Tailor made to your needs
A private Yoga session at is a great way to improve your Yoga practice (or to start it) by working 1 on 1 with an experienced yoga teacher. This Yoga class is completely designed according to your needs; the areas you want to work on. It is also possible to target problem area (back pain, shoulders, hips et,c) in this session and to find out which poses will be the most beneficial. In this session I also will share tricks and tips how to improve your yoga practice.
Private Yoga in Chiang Mai
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 600 Baht
Body Awareness Session
Aligning yourself with your body
This session is unique in Chiang Mai as it is a combination between a Advanced Thai Massage, mediation and a private yoga session to give you heighten awareness and insights about the functioning of your body, to help you with injuries or prevent them. At the end you will have more understanding of your body and a set of Yoga stretches how to target your problem areas.
In this session we start with a 2 hours full body massage. During this massage your body will be opened and at the same time you will become more aware what the problem areas of your body are. After this massage we will take a short break and then continue with a tailor made private yoga session of 1 hour. In this private yoga session most of the attention will be given how to open the problem areas of your body. At the end of the session you will have a tailor made yoga program
Body Awareness Session
Duration: 3 hours
Price: 1.400 Baht
Detox programs with Bow
Detox programs: Green smoothies, Yoga, Infra red sauna, Abdominal massage, Floating and more
Bow is organizing beautiful and effective detox programs. The programs run anywhere between 1 and 5 days. For more information about the fullest Chiang Mai detox program click here
Personal thoughts about Yoga
The last years Yoga is getting ever more popular, and these days Yoga comes in many forms and shapes, from gentle stretching to a vigorous workout in a heated room. In my opinion it does not really matter which form you are practicing.
For me the practice of yoga means helping me to feel well and happy, not only during a session, but also afterwards. On the most superficial level it is helping my body, getting more flexible, creating more stamina, building strength, healing my body, understanding my body better, what it can and cannot do. Basically make me feel at ease and comfortable with my body. Also accepting my body in whatever it has to offer me at any moment of time, but at the same time allowing me to change my body. Maybe the right word to use here is increasing my body awareness.
This is very closely linked to awareness and mindfulness. Yoga helps me to train those. Knowing and understanding my body, mind, emotions, breathing and getting more intimately attuned with them is allowing me to be more in tune with the moment. Being more relaxed or at ease in the moment brings me closer to my own nature, which is one of basic goodness, and trusting our nature.
These days more attention is focused on the outside then on the inside. Also in our yoga practice it is some times so easy to get carried away by difficult poses, or gaining flexibility, that we forget to focus inward during the practice and start focus on other (maybe more flexible) people, or start comparing progress with our last session. If our yoga practice is like that our practice becomes a mere physical exercise and we are losing the real sense of practice. This is not only to create a healthier body, but also a happier mind.
Most important in whatever yoga you practice is that it feels good for both body and mind, be compassionate to yourself and that you are having fun while doing it.
Some words of advice
Having practicing Yoga for over 20 years now and teaching yoga in Chiang Mai for 10 years. I know how hard it can be to keep a steady practice. I also had periods that I went astray and did not practice, but I always seem to find my way back. Sometimes it feels so much easier to go for an instant gratification after a long day, turning on the TV, grabbing a chocolate bar and lie on the couch, but there will always be a sense of dissatisfaction in there. Just remember how you feel after a session of Yoga and the long term benefits for both body and mind.
If you have problems doing your own practice, it may be helpful to follow classes on a regular basis and maybe sometimes visit a new Chiang Mai yoga studio or a different teacher. When you are practicing by your self remember that habit is creating a habit. Have a routine, a set time and place and do not make sessions to long, you might feel discouraged when you know that you have to do a long session.
Background of Yoga
Yoga is probably the most ancient form of exercise, tracing back more then 3000 years before the birth of Christ form. Although it is been associate to Hinduism, Yoga is indeed more ancient then Hinduism. The main of goal of Yoga in those days was to prepare the body for austere meditation practice where the yogi need to sit in a meditation pose, silently, focused, sometimes for hours in a row. So doing Yoga postures and pranayamas (breathing exercises) would prepare both the body and mind for this.
Yoga (in India sometimes pronounced as Yog) is word originated from the Sanskrit language, it has different meanings, but the overall consensus is that it means; uniting, merging or joining. The word yoga has its roots in the Sanskrit language and means to merge, join or unite. Yoga is a holistic practice, which helps the yogi by merging the body, breath and mind to achieve its own potential (or its own buddha nature). In yoga the practitioner believes that breath and body closely related with the brain (or mind). So when the Yogi connects to his/her breath and hold their body in an Asana (a steady pose) and at the same time being aware and mindful about the bodily sensations and fluctuation of the mind, the Yogi can create a deeper connection to herself and achieve harmony, peace and bliss within herself. Yoga also can be seen as an inner journey which give a yogi the tools (like awareness, mindfulness, meditation, breath, posture, yoga nidra) to move away from all the outside turmoil and find a quiet peaceful place within
Like mentioned before today we would describe as being holistic. For the ancient yogi it went without saying that a healthy body (through exercise, diet, breathe) could only coexist with a healthy mind and healthy emotions. In this way one can achieve balance and true deeper happiness in every area of our lives