When it comes to the most sought-after, international yoga destinations, Thailand, Bali and India certainly top the list. The good news is that there are extraordinary Conrad properties at each of these locations, and all of them offer complimentary classes that focus on beginners or private classes for the more advanced. So, you don’t have to sacrifice your practice while being on the road for business or leisure. Namaste.
ON THE BEACH
Thailand is known as one of the best places in the world to practice yoga. World-class instructors, stunning ocean views and a vibrant yoga community make it a top yoga retreat.
Guests at Conrad Koh Samui can enjoy yoga sessions in the mornings, three times per week. They are designed for beginners to improve the strength, balance, and flexibility of mind and body.
Complimentary classes are held on a sun-drenched yoga deck on the beach, where guests can gently exercise to the sound of the surf lapping against the shore. You can also reserve in advance for a private yoga class in your villa.
No matter the class, participants are in very good hands: Viroj Paochu is Conrad Koh Samui’s dedicated yoga instructor. He successfully completed the International Shiva Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course by the Shiva Yoga Trust in India.
Ultimately, most everyone who practices yoga wants to venture to Thailand, and Conrad Koh Samui delivers both exceptional classes and a gorgeous setting. It’s the best of both worlds.
The property overlooks the azure reefs of Aow Thai Beach from its perch on a dramatic hillside. The secluded location houses 81 free-standing villas, all with private balconies that provide breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand. In 2018, the resort won the global prize in the Luxury Hideaway Villa category from the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Pack your travel mat and book your stay at conradkohsamui.com.
IN THE CITY
Bustling Bangkok isn’t the first place that comes to mind when honing your Sun Salutes. But maintaining focus in the hectic cityscape makes your practice even more important. While Thailand’s capital doesn’t feature the same serene yoga escape, the city does offer some excellent studios, such as at Conrad Bangkok.
The property focuses on the beginner level and offers both Vinyasa Flow and Lama yoga. Vinyasa seamlessly threads the asanas, or postures, together using measured breaths. Most classes offer a variety of postures (there are more than 2,000 total), and no two classes are ever alike. Lama yoga is said to promote healing by uniting with a higher power and expanding the consciousness.
Classes occur in a dedicated yoga space in the BodyWorX studio, located in the seventh-floor fitness center. In fact, the seventh floor offers a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. This stylish lifestyle floor is dedicated to fitness and relaxation, boasting 11 spa treatment rooms, a fully equipped exercise center, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a rooftop running track.
When in Bangkok, squeeze in a yoga class and a good workout by booking at conradbangkok.com.
In the Garden
There is no better place to seek bliss than at Conrad Bali, which offers general yoga classes, starting with meditation, for all levels.
Better still, the classes take place in a beautiful beachfront Water Garden, with an alternative venue, the Baris Studio, in case of weather. Private classes may also be arranged in advance.
In addition to regular yoga classes, the property also features a healing program that includes Tantra yoga. When practiced consistently, it’s thought to help with self-knowledge, achieving goals and deepening relationships with loved ones.
This style of yoga is practiced at the resort’s Jiwa Spa, thanks to guru/master Ida Bagus Agung Surya Kusuma. His mission is to help guests listen to their bodies and heal themselves by using their own energy and certain mediums, such as singing bowls, which are part of the Balinese Hindu culture.
“Each program starts with a consultation to check one’s energy,” Kusuma says. “Then we check the karma by using the birth date, which indicates what is the good karma and bad karma that one experiences in life. Then the healing class begins.
“Afterward, the program is completed with purification by holy water and seven kinds of selected flowers to clear the mind and body, thus feeling recharged with positive aura and ready to receive good things.”
In addition to Tantra yoga, other healing programs include Spiritual Healing, Singing Bowls 9 Chakras Therapy and Chakra Balancing Healing.
You can begin your journey to healing by booking your stay at conradbali.com.
In the Birthplace
India has topped travelers’ lists as a top yoga destination, ever since the movie Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts, enchanted moviegoers in 2010.
Yoga originated in India circa 3,000 B.C. It began as a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Carved stone figures depicting the original poses and practices can still be found in the Indus Valley. And, today, it has become part of a daily fitness regimen that’s an excellent way to destress and find balance.
At Conrad Bengaluru, the fitness options fit your schedule. Breathe in some fresh air while you jog around Ulsoor Lake, or access the 24-hour fitness center that offers a variety of workouts, from free weights to treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines.
Indulge at the spa that features a range of treatments to rejuvenate the body and uplift the spirit. The Wellness Bliss Experience is a complete four-hour package to bring equilibrium to mind, body and spirit through yoga, meditation, scrub, wrap, a selected range of massages and even a facial.
An urban retreat in the heart of the city, Conrad Pune also features an exceptional spa and a round-the-clock fitness center. Personal trainers can create an individual routine designed for specific health needs and goals, or guests can work out at their own pace based on their busy schedules.
At the spa, the mission is to restore mind, body and spirit through signature therapies. For example, the Kundalini Treatment (inspired by Kundalini yoga) is ideal for emotionally exhausted souls. Like the yoga practice, this nurturing treatment invokes an extraordinary restorative effect on the nervous system.
Whether you choose a traditional yoga class or a spa treatment incorporating yoga techniques, it’s truly one of the only disciplines that you can practice safely every day—and there’s nothing like experiencing it where it all began.