How do the yoga classes and diving packages work?
The packages are an innovative marriage of yoga practice, relaxation and scuba diving. We explore how diving itself can become a personal meditative experience for the student. Inexperienced divers learn scuba diving enhanced by several yoga techniques, particularly yogic breathing and breathing exercises (pranayama).
Divers unfamiliar with yoga learn to integrate a meditative, holistic attitude into the enjoyment of diving. Our activities focus on experiencing the stillness and beauty of the reefs ecosystem in a respectful, gentle way. Beginner divers are taught in an individualised program following the standards and procedures of PADI (The Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
Dives are conducted in small private groups (maximum of 2 students) with the emphasis on understanding nature and our impact on the reef ecosystem. Meditation and visualisation techniques aid in the improvement of dive skills for both beginners and advanced divers. Yogis can obtain a PADI scuba diving license during the course depending on their level, aptitude and desire. The Yoga classes are inspired by Ashtanga Yoga practice and are taught by Keira.
This Yoga & scuba diving course is quite unique and one of the the first of it’s kind in Thailand. Led by Keira Coleman, a pioneer in the Yoga and Scuba diving alliance since 2002.
The week will give you an introduction to Yoga and scuba diving with a Yogic approach to the latter. It is suitable for everybody – divers and non-divers, experienced Yoga practitioners and beginners alike.
Our custom made package details:
The packages are all bespoke so you can include either yoga only packages or yoga and scuba diving packages. Accommodation in the Reef or Homestay resorts or similar is also optional who’ll you prefer to find your own accommodation
Optional Hat Yai airport/city transfers may also be added.
Make every breath count with the most inspiring yoga and diving holiday yet.
The increasing popularity of these specialized yoga and diving holidays is no doubt owed to the numerous health benefits and mind calming characteristics that both offer. Allow yourself a moment to escape to our beautiful tropical island in Koh Lipe and explore the complexity of our underwater life. Enjoy breathtaking beaches while improving your breathing, flexibility and concentration with your yoga practice. You will quickly see the fruits of your labour directly transform in your underwater diving experience. The peaceful state of mind that you will discover in time through yoga will allow you to get incredibly close to the fascinating abundance of life in our precious marine park.
Through this unique yoga and scuba diving experience in exotic Koh Lipe, nothing else could possibly satisfy your need for this calm yet exhilarating adventurous holiday. Take this time to try and learn to meditate and breathe through both the yoga and scuba diving mediums. Allow yourself to reconnect with your inner self and to escape in the beautiful aquamarine waters of Lipe. Under the stars and moonlit beaches of Southern Thailand choose to leave your bioluminescent yogi footprints in the sand.
- Twice daily yoga classes
- Scuba diving all levels welcome
- Tropical island experience
- Pranayama breathing techniques
- Multiple Idyllic beaches
- Flexible itinerary based on however many days you wish to spend here
- Includes instruction in English.
Yoga and Diving Fusion Program
Entering a meditative state of mind and learning to be in the present moment. This fusion of yoga and diving can help you understand what meditation is and how you will be able to apply it in your daily life. Through diving, one can experience a moving meditative state, a sense of peacefulness and connectedness with nature. As you hover silently and weightless in the ocean, hearing only the sound of your breath, you will slowly begin to realize the awareness of being fully in the present in the moment as you experience the new and overwhelming sensation of being utterly engrossed and submerged in a completely new and different environment and dimension. The sensation of hovering in mid-water is immensely liberating. It is like experiencing near-zero gravity in space. This simple diving exercise induces a natural tendency to automatically enter a meditative state which means diving helps us in understanding meditation better.
Meditation is one of the 8 limbs of the Ashtanga yoga practice.
Dynamic yoga style based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
The yoga classes are vibrant and include sun salutations, as well as a dynamic flowing sequence of asanas (postures) bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow, followed by relaxation and a short meditation. The classes are suitable for all levels and variations given accordingly. Yoga groups are small less than 10 people per class which allows for personal attention and adjustment.
Keirita’s yoga studio
The daily morning and evening yoga sessions will take place inside the Keirita’s yoga studio located just next door the charming Homestay Bungalows. This location is right in Koh Lipe’s town center, just off of the east entrance to the walking street, providing a very central and easily accessible location for anyone staying on the 3 major beaches of Lipe such as Pattaya, Sunrise and Sunset.
Pranayama (breathing techniques)
Yoga is defined as a union between the soul and the body. As such, the breath is seen as the fundamental link between our physical and mental aspects. Yogic breathing exercises or pranayama teaches one how to re-energize the body and control the mind by regulating the flow of Prana (life’s breath or life force) We will practice Ujjayi Breathing (victorious breath), Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), and Analoma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
Meditation, like buoyancy in diving can be explained but cannot be taught as such. It is something which comes naturally to each person in their own time when they are ready. Everyone is different, some grasp it straight away, while for others it takes longer, there are no hard and fast rules but if you follow the right steps and are patient, you will make progress in time. We will practice Savasanna, a short relaxation session of 8-10 minutes after each yoga session.
Keira is the founder of Keirita’s Yoga the one and only yoga alternative in Lipe offering multiple retreat options and classes combined with scuba diving training throughout the year. Since 2005 she has been a registered yoga teacher with the worldwide Yoga Alliance. She teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which instills awareness, mindfulness and energy flow in your practice.
Keira has been practicing yoga since 1996. She completed two teacher trainings, the first, in the Yoga institute in Mumbai, India under Sri Yogandraji. The second at It’s Yoga, San Francisco with the late great Larry Schultz. She holds a vision to introduce the practice of yoga to divers & the practice of diving to yogi’s alike. She is passionate about traveling, yoga, scuba diving, free diving, all animals, the ocean and the planet. She tries to use her platform to educate people on being content with living simply in order to find contentment in life and to minimize the harmful effects global over consumption has had on our oceans and our environment.
Location on Koh Lipe Island
Accommodation: Nearby to Sunrise beach and the East entrance to the Walking street
Scuba diving activities: Sunrise Beach and The Koh Lipe Marine Park
Yoga classes: Keirita’s Yoga Studio
Minibus transfer, Hat Yai airport to Pak Bara Pier is 2 hours journey time. Speedboat Pak Bara to Lipe, 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Reef and Homestay Resorts