The idea for Island Yoga was born in 2005 when David Sharpe heard stories of an enchanted island in southern Thailand and the modern world was yet to be discovered. He discovered a pristine island rich in tradition and culture that also had many recreational opportunities. He quickly realized he had found the ideal setting for a unique fusion of yoga retreats and outdoor adventures.
Attending an Island yoga retreat is to experience a return to the simple ways of being in the world. Life and Yoga on enchanted Koh Yoa Noi, with few tourists, friendly locals and outstanding natural beauty, provides a holistic experience that both rejuvenates and restores harmony and balance.
With plenty of free time during the day, you can explore remote beaches and lively markets, rice paddies and rubber plantations. This is also the time to treat yourself to a massage or take a Thai cookery course. Recreation options include swimming and snorkeling, hiking and biking, rock climbing and kayaking.
You can rent bicycles, kayaks and motor scooters at the lodge to explore the island. If you need a taxi, just speak to Ning and she’ll organize one for you!
To get to your wild and humble escape, known as Ulmar’s Nature Lodge (Island Yoga), it is easiest from Phuket. From Old Phuket town, local buses leave from the fresh market to Bang Rong Pier everyday. You can also take a tuk-tuk to the pier. Then catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi (Manoh Pier) and enjoy a beautiful journey surrounded by turquoise blue waters. This unforgettable way of transportation will take approximately 30 minutes by speedboat or 1 hour by long tail. From there you can take a local taxi to Ulmar’s Nature Lodge. Taking an island stroll from the pier is also an option, as the Lodge is only a 10-minute walk. There will always be taxi’s waiting for you at the pier, no need to pre-arrange this.
Karen is a senior Embodyoga teacher and has been a yoga student since 1985. She brings 32 years of practice and over 14 years of teaching and training teachers to this incredible program of study. She has spent most of her life in this enquiry, and helped the institution greatly in developing this unique approach to yoga and embodiment. She brings a wealth of knowledge of yoga philosophy, pranayama, chanting, and meditation to provide a very well-rounded and complete approach to the study of yoga.
Karen worked with Patty Townsend, the owner and creator of Embodyoga for 13 years in Amherst, MA studying, teaching, and teaching in Embodyoga teacher trainings. She brings a strong tradition of Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa to the Embodyoga teacher training, as well as extensive study of anatomy from her over 15 years as a body worker and educator. Karen is a passionate student of yoga and yoga philosophy, and enthusiastically shares her love of the practices with her students in an easily accessible way.