A yoga class is oftentimes exactly what travelers need to cure backpacker’s stress. Take a second to appreciate your body and the city in which you find yourself in and stay in shape while doing so. One place in which to get your stretch on in is Pai, a Northern Thai city that is renowned for its laid-back vibe and chill yoga studios. If you are looking to channel your inner yogi and partake in Pai yoga, we have put together a list of our favorite classes in the city that you should try your hand in. Grab your yoga mats and get to stretching with our complete guide to yoga in Pai!
Bom Bowls Yoga
Take your yoga to the next level in your home away from home in Pai: Bom Bowls Yoga. This yoga studio and vegan restaurant duo is run by Hannah, an England native with a passion for sharing her practice with people from all over the globe. The classes are held on the second floor of the restaurant, so you can take in all the wonderful smells of the kitchen below while working on your downward facing dog. The price of a drop-in class is ฿200 (about $6). If you work up an appetite while stretching and flowing, be sure to check out the restaurant downstairs. Bom Bowls is serving up vegan-friendly smoothie bowls, gluten-free pancakes, and much more. If you partake in a yoga class and grab a bowl, you are given a slight discount, as well! Classes are held every day but Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: 106/1 Moo 1 Tambon Mae Hee, Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 98 843 4492 | [email protected] | Facebook
Hours: 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (closed on Sundays)
Sawasdee Pai Yoga
Come one, come all to Sawasdee Pai Yoga. Luckily for beginners and experts alike, the classes offered at this quaint yoga studio and cafe duo welcome all levels to come and work on their practice. Sawasdee Pai Yoga offers two classes a day: the first from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the second from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The cost is only ฿200 (about $6) and items like yoga mats and blocks are included in this price.
The studio is right along the Pai River that cuts through the city and yogis are welcome to hang out in the cafe on the first floor and grab a vegan and gluten-free dessert or a caffeinated beverage, should they need a little pick me up before an eventful day in Pai. All of the employees who work here are incredibly friendly, as well, and are there to welcome all yogis with open arms for an incredible (and sweaty) class! Sawasdee Pai Yoga also has one of the most extensive list of classes, and you can expect to find sun salutation classes, Hatha flow, vinyasa flow, and more on their daily schedule.
Location: 115 Moo 4 Viengtai, Pai, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 89 444 9556 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Re-Wild House and Craft Shop
Re-Wild Guesthouse and Craft Shop is a quaint accommodation option found near Wat Phra That Mae Yen (the Temple on the Hill). In addition to workshops, Re-Wild also has yoga classes every morning at 9 a.m. A drop-in class is only ฿150 (about $4.50), making it the cheapest yoga class on our list. Re-Wild House specializes in Thai yoga; it is the best place to experience authentic Thai culture through your workout.
Location: 271 M.1 Mae-hee, Pai, Mae-Hong-Son, Pai — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 99 156 6745 | [email protected] | Website
Pai Yoga Shala
Escape the backpacker vibes and surround yourself with nature at Pai Yoga Shala. This studio also has accommodation, set in the middle of rice fields that the staff here harvest from and utilize in the kitchen. The first thing you will notice when arriving at Pai Yoga Shala are the adorable teddy bears that adorn the walls throughout the establishment. These lovable teddies match the calm and welcoming atmosphere of Pai Yoga Shala.
This open-air yoga studio offers four classes daily: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Each intimate class lasts an hour and fifteen minutes, allowing the instructors to focus on specific parts of the body and help every student with their technique. The three teachers offer various types of yoga, from vinyasa “fit flow” and “slow flow”, to open hip and inversion classes. Even though Yoga Shala is a bit further from the center than other studios, they will come pick you up in their teddy bear truck from the center of Pai for free. The best way to end a class at Pai Yoga Shala is with some food, so make sure to grab a delicious meal from their restaurant after class!
- Drop-in: ฿200
- 5 classes in 2 weeks: ฿900
- 15 classes in 1 month: ฿2000
- Unlimited classes in 1 month: ฿3000
Location: 148 หมู่ 6 เวียงใต้ Pai, Amphoe Pai, Chang Wat Mae Hong Son 58130, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 62 941 6229 | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday)
Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym
Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym is one of the most popular gyms in which to strap on some gloves and get your Muay Thai on. If you are not into using all of your limbs as weapons, however, then this gym also offers yoga classes. You may have recognized her from Pai Yoga Shala, as the instructor Chon Kookai is also a freelance yoga instructor at Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym.
The atmosphere is not as peaceful as some of the other studios on our list, as there is Muay Thai action going on behind you. If you can get past that, however, you are in for a good workout. She walks you through some pretty intricate poses and is super attentive to go around and make sure you are getting the most out of each pose. All levels are welcome to join, and the gym is within walking distance of the city center. A drop-in class is ฿200.
Location: 174 m.1 Chaisongkharm Road, Pai, Thailand, 58130 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 084 918 1498 | Website
Pai Circus School & Hostel
We have all heard of the famous Pai Circus School in Pai, with its crazy parties and epic views of the surrounding mountainous terrain. What you might not have known, however, is that there are some ways to relax and keep calm at this otherwise rowdy hostel. Yoga teachers are encouraged to apply and stay at this hostel for free in exchange for teaching classes. It is a win-win situation for all parties involved! Pai Circus also offers guests complimentary yoga classes during their stay at the hostel. Interested yogis should book a stay here and speak with staff about teaching classes. Instructors will also be given free breakfast and dinner, as a bonus!
Pai Yoga House
Pai Yoga House is so much more than just a place to do yoga, but a community amongst the yogis of Pai. Also providing private rooms and dorms, Pai Yoga House is literally a home away from home where you can connect with like-minded travelers. Guests and visitors are welcome here any time of day to practice everything from partner yoga and traditional yoga to meditation and other arts. Cook and share meals in the outdoor kitchen, relax in the sauna, and dance in the garden under the banana trees. Check out their Facebook page for more information!
More Information on the Best Pai Yoga Studios
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