Finding my centre with yoga in Koh Lipe

I started going to sunrise yoga classes every morning in Koh Lipe.

I won’t profess I am particularly good at yoga, but I do genuinely enjoy it.

I kept meaning to try it back home but it was just too slow for me. I was busy, I had things to do, my mind was constantly like an internet browser with tonnes of tabs open all at the same time and the slow pace of yoga bored me.

Yet everyone I knew who did yoga, or from articles I read, were always talking about these fantastic benefits.

More often than not there was always a certain yoga “type” which usually caused me to roll me eyes – you know, has a name like Crystal, multi-coloured hair or dreadlocks, bright hippy clothing, has that slow “blissful” way of talking about how you should open up your chakras etc. which always made me wonder whether I would fit in or enjoy it.

Well, I decided to give it a go. Koh Lipe was gorgeous and peaceful and I had plenty of time on my hands.

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I went to lessons at Castaway, a hotel resort comprised of wooden huts and structures right on the beach and taught by the lovely Gypsy Glitter Soul.

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To my surprise, I actually really did feel like I was benefiting from the yoga classes. I felt more relaxed and less achey than I had in a long time (the pain in my lower back and weak wrist lessening with each class), I felt more energetic than I had in a long time and most of all my mental attitude shifted hugely.

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I actually felt calm and happy. For someone who has suffered from depression in the past and is well known for having a short temper and “resting bitch face” this was a huge deal for me.

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I looked forward to the yoga classes so much that I didn’t even need to set an alarm, regardless of what time I went to sleep, I would always be up in time to walk down to the beach come rain or shine!

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Have you tried yoga? Tell me about your experience…

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