A Yoga Retreat for Beginners

Yoga is a gateway to a new lifestyle. The Begin program is a beginners yoga retreat designed to support yoga learners as they create a solid platform for a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.

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Start Your Journey at Vikasa’s Yoga Retreat for Beginners

Our unique personalized program that introduces you to the techniques and teachings of authentic yoga: asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Asanas are the physical postures that open energy channels and psychic centers in the body. The practice of asana is a way to increase the pranic flow of energy, while gaining strength and flexibility. We have a host of experts in the Begin program to provide wisdom and encouragement along every step of your journey.

Prana is the energy of life. It is vitality that spreads throughout everything that exists. ‘Vikasa’ is Sanskrit for becoming visible, expanding and shining forth. The Begin program will teach you the essence of practising Pranayama through private one on one sessions. Your private instructor will teach you how to control the flow of life energy within the body through controlled breathing techniques. This is the foundation for your personal evolution and spiritual growth.

Meditation is a precise technique of quieting the mind through effortless focus, to attain a state of conscious awareness. The Begin program will provide you with the knowledge and application of techniques you need to be able to meditate in your daily life. Learn how to incorporate meditation in your routine in a realistic and practical way. Gain greater mental clarity, higher levels of focus and let go of intrusive thoughts that don’t serve you on your path to evolution.

The Begin course will introduce you to the key philosophical concepts and mental science underlying a sound yoga practice.

A central part of our yoga retreat for beginners (besides learning how to practice yoga) is having a firm grounding in why we practice it.

A good analogy for these concepts is reading glasses. Each pair has a specific prescription for the lenses that fit into the frame. The lens determines how the user sees objects, so if we change lenses, we can see the same object in a different way. The concepts are the lenses through which you perceive your environment and the people around you.

Our coaches will help you understand the need for integrating yoga philosophy into your daily modern life as you become familiar with key concepts such as:

The Begin program at Vikasa Yoga Retreat is a 6 night/ 7 day program that is available year-round. Join our yoga retreat for beginners led by veteran yoga professionals and begin your journey towards better health and wellness through the holistic practice of yoga.

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Is yoga and meditation the next step on your wellness journey? This yoga retreat for beginners is for you.

The Ultimate Beginners Yoga Program

Yoga is more than a hobby or an activity that you do at the local gym. Yoga is a gateway to a new lifestyle. It can provide a path which allows you to unlock your full potential in all aspects of your life.

The Begin program is one of the best yoga retreats for beginners as it provides a one-on-one immersive introduction to the techniques and teachings of traditional Hatha Yoga, The Vikasa Method, Pranayama and Meditation. These are tools to create awareness, gain clarity and discover a sense of holistic wellbeing. You’ll work together with your lifestyle coach for 7 days in tropical paradise on a quest to achieve tranquility and balance.

‘Vikasa’ is Sanskrit for becoming visible, expanding and shining forth. Inspired by the notion of personal integration and evolution, Vikasa was created as a safe space to try yoga for the first time. Our open arms policy welcomes all levels and all people. Our breathtaking yoga retreat in Koh Samui provides an idyllic setting which creates meaningful and long-lasting change. Your time at Vikasa will inspire you to take a new philosophy and lifestyle home and incorporate it into your daily life with great benefits. If you are curious about yoga, mindfulness and are seeking a better way of living, the Vikasa Begin program is for you.

The time to take care of yourself is now.

If you’re looking for a lifestyle shift that not only equips you with the skills and knowledge to improve your health, but also inspires confidence to follow your dreams, then the Begin program is the perfect place for you to get started.

Our yoga retreat for beginners is the perfect way to be sure you’re starting out right with the proper technique and the tools to thrive. Let yoga be the first step towards holistic health. Through the practice of yoga with your private instructor, you can discover a feeling of calm and sense of purpose, forming a foundation for lasting happiness.

In recent years, yoga has been universally recognized for its health benefits especially when integrated as part of a holistic healthy lifestyle. In many cases, modern medicine alleviates symptoms but does little to address the underlying causes of physical or mental illness. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and integrating yoga can help to keep you free from stress, illness and common lifestyle imbalances.

The best way to start this journey is by learning one-on-one with a health professional, and what better place to do so than on a tropical island? The private instructors who will support you on the Begin program are all Vikasa Academy graduates, who provide personal coaching to ensure a safe practice, proper alignment and solid foundation. Learn poses and techniques that bring your mind and body into balance. You’ll learn to create sequences which are customized for you and take home a detailed work book so you can easily continue the journey beyond your time with us at Vikasa.

Beginners Yoga Program With Personal Coaching in Koh Samui

The Begin program is 6 nights / 7 days. Our yoga retreat for beginners is available year-round and the rates are all inclusive of your room, delicious healthy meals, full program, yoga, learning materials and selected spa treatments.

Check the full inclusion list and sample schedule in our information sheet.

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Rather BEGIN with a Group Retreat

Rather BEGIN with a Group Retreat?

You can book your BEGIN Personal Program anytime of the year as a solo experience. If you would like to join us in an intimate group environment, we have a set date BEGIN Retreat from January 5 – 12, 2025. 

This is a chance to enjoy a Beginners Yoga Retreat in Thailand with a small group of like-minded people and share the journey together. You will receive one private coaching session and one private yoga session, as well as 5 additional small group sessions with our Vikasa lead teachers. Plus unlimited access to our regular Vikasa daily classes, two rejuvenating spa treatments and all the additional inclusions in our regular BEGIN Program. To join the group journey, simply book online and choose your dates January 5 – 12, 2025.

Covered Topics

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Asana

Safely practice beginner poses.

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Pranayama

Breath, practice and techniques.

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Meditation

Practice awareness and find focus.

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Bandha

Learn the basics of energy control.

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Sequencing

Intro to freestyle to start your flow.

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Alignment

Help you safely align.

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Philosophy

Introduction to the world of yoga.

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Anatomy

Basics of the science of the body.

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Stress Relief

Learn techniques for a relaxed life.

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Lifestyle

Learn by living in 7 immersive days.

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Nutrition

The fuel a yoga body needs.

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Self Love

Cultivate and reconnect to self.

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Experience a Yoga Retreat for Beginners

The overall experience on the Begin program will provide you with new levels of energy and happiness that come from within – rather than from external sources.

It can be a little daunting when starting something new. It can be your first day in a new job, a first date, or traveling overseas. Usually, the first step is the most difficult. During the Begin program, your coach will be there to hold support you and guide you through the week. The Vikasa team are some of the warmest and most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. We provide a safe space and an open-minded, judgement-free zone so you can relax, unwind and evolve.

Slowly as you open up to the doors of change, you’ll feel a sense of rejuvenation as you reconnect with your innermost self. Vikasa Yoga Retreat provides an idyllic setting in which to embark on such a transformational journey. You will find yourself shedding old habits, processing stored emotions and embracing positive change. This can be an emotional ride, but during the week you will find yourself embracing your new sense of freedom, ease and peace.

Feel a sense of achievement as you embrace a healthier lifestyle, and connect with a community of like-minded people at Vikasa.

Arrive at Vikasa feeling open to trying something new, meeting new people, eating new things and embracing the energy of change. This is the mindset for transformation.

The Long-Term Benefits of Yoga

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Strength

Improve your physical condition, strength, and health.

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Flexibility

Prevent injury and feel lighter by becoming more flexible.

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Calm

Learn how to manage your mind and the stress of daily life with calm clarity.

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Vitality

Your overall energy, endurance and enthusiasm will increase.

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Metabolism

Enjoy the daily rhythm of an optimized digestive track.

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Awareness

Become sharper, wiser and more aware of your body, mind and decisions.

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Community

Feel the welcoming embrace and make new friends.

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Sleep

Improve the quality of your sleep cycles for optimized energy.

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Happiness

Live in alignment with your intentions and actions.

There's no better time to begin than now.​

Guest Experiences

Check out these testimonials from our past guests to get a sense of the transformation they experienced.

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For a more detailed review, you might consider reaching out to our alumni network to ask them first-hand about their experience at Vikasa.

About Vikasa Yoga Retreat

Vikasa is truly a paradise location which adds an extra dimension to your yoga practice as a whole.

The environment is conducive to relaxing where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle and focus inwards on your practice and spiritual growth. Here at Vikasa our core values are the three ways in which consciousness expands. This expansion starts with the self, it grows through our minds, bodies and energy until we are powerful motivators of connection and manifestors of change through our communities and throughout our world.

Vikasa is the ideal healthy lifestyle venue for a yoga training, due to its balance of secluded island paradise, freshly-prepared food and a yoga sala constructed in a beautiful setting and designed to get the best out of students – making it the perfect environment for study.

We are a relaxed establishment where you can unplug and reconnect to something deeper in a meaningful way.

Vikasa Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui offers several types of accommodation ranging from simple eco-friendly bamboo bungalows to full-sized rooms. We are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place. Our rooms are democratically priced because we believe this range of accommodation allows for a wider range of students to experience Vikasa.

Tips for choosing your perfect room: If you like to stay close to the beach, check out our Prana Cabanas. If you prefer a garden location with a village feeling, try the Lotus Pads. If you don’t want to walk down too many stairs, the Yoga Caves could be a good option. 

Yoga Retreat With Accommodation in Koh Samui

Our rooms celebrate simplicity. We have minimal decorations to create a feeling of zen. You will notice some of our room options have a “+” which means they are a little bit bigger than the standard category or might have superior views.

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A Koh Samui Wellness Retreat Designed For You

Curious about our wellness retreat? Get a taste of the Vikasa Lifestyle before you arrive for your personal coaching program.

Start familiarizing yourself with our approach to living your healthiest and most authentic life. Get tips on healthy eating, stress management, gratitude practice and more. You’ll be well on your way to wellness with a head start in the right direction. No preparation is needed before the Begin program, however, it’s never a bad time to start eating right and implementing small changes. We believe that shocking the system with a huge lifestyle change may be less beneficial than implementing small daily adjustments.

Our yoga retreat for beginners is designed to give you a lasting shift in behavior with a solid game plan for when you return home. Your success is our success and we want to see you follow through with the promises you make to yourself. We are here to support your journey but the person who has to take the first step, is you. Download the Vikasa Lifestyle Guide and begin your journey to better health and wellness.

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Yoga Retreat for Beginners: Frequently Asked Questions

Browse the FAQ or get in touch with one of our instructors for personal assistance.

Private yoga coaching will introduce you to a new dimension. Beginning yoga with a personal program will transform a seemingly standard yoga mat from a random rectangle of rubber into a magic portal that keeps you grounded, connected and open. It’s a safe place that doesn’t take up much space, rolls up in the corner, and can teach you more about yourself than you imagined.

Thousands of years ago sages of ancient India developed techniques we now call yoga to create a connection with their innermost essence. This is now practiced worldwide as a way to control stress, and to maintain balance and focus. Even among experienced practitioners, there are a range of opinions on what yoga actually is, but all views agree that at yoga’s core is spirituality. There are multiple physiological, physiological and spiritual benefits of keeping pranic energy moving freely within the body.

After completing the program, you’ll have a new philosophy and routine to take home and incorporate into your daily life. The practice of asanas will increase flexibility and improve muscle tone; you will feel physically fitter. Other well-documented benefits include improved respiration, a balanced metabolism, and an enhanced immune function. Weight loss and improved cardiovascular health are also common benefits to yoga practice. Pranayama will help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. You may find that you achieve a deeper, more refreshing state of sleep. This will still the mind and enable you to find a state of tranquillity, which allows us to glimpse our true essence. Meditation has been proven to slow the aging process, freeing the mind from stressors, leading to a state of deep peace. meditating is associated with greater relationship satisfaction, as well as better communication during conflict. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll get excited about this new chapter in your life. A chapter where YOU come first in your most connected, centered and prepared version of your SELF. This will empower you to take on new challenges head first and have a greater impact on your tribe and your world. 

Potential physical health benefits include:

  • Increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone
  • Reduced muscle tension and inflammation
  • Greater energy and vitality
  • A balanced metabolism  
  • Weight reduction, a higher metabolic rate
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Injury prevention
  • Increases body awareness
  • Increases immune function 

 

Physiological Benefits

  • Greater focus
  • Calmed central nervous system
  • Sense of community
  • Prevents depression, anxiety and sleep disorders
  • Improves mood and behavior
  • Stress control
  • Improves memory
  • Decelerates the aging process

 

Prana powers our hearts and activates bodily functions, with breathing being the most obvious manifestation of prana flow. 

This will help you to balance hormone functions which help to control all of our emotional responses. You will find it easier to release stress and experience serenity of the mind. Crucially, you will get a glimpse into our true essence—the being that exists regardless of breathing —in the stillness and awareness that remains between each breath.

We will also provide instruction on Shatkarma, the six cleansing actions in hatha yoga used for purification. The build-up of mucus, bile, and gas can cause a range of ailments, from colds and digestive complaints to hormone imbalance and emotional tension. Learning shatkarma practices under the supervision of a guru as part of the Begin will help your overall approach to mental and physical health.

Aside from the obvious benefit of enhanced focus, meditation also enables us to look for the answers that are only available with access to the higher mind (intuition and unlimited source of creativity). 

There are also social benefits, as you will become part of an enlightened community, and you will be able to remain calm when communicating.

It may be difficult initially to adhere to a smooth rhythm of breath at the beginning. With practice, it will become easier. Through pranayama, we gradually control the mind and its balance with the physical world.

The course syllabus includes instruction on different types of meditation such as mindfulness meditation, chakra meditation, yoga nidra, kundalini meditation and vipassana meditation.

It also covers meditation postures such as Sukhasana (easy), Vajrasana (thunderbolt/diamond), Swastikasana (auspicious), and Padmasana (lotus).

Vikasa is located on Koh Samui, which is an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Vikasa is in the south east corner of the island, in between Chaweng Noi and Lamai. Vikasa is a 20 minute drive from Koh Samui International Airport (USM) and a 35 minute drive from the Nathon and Lipa Noi ferry terminals.

The best way to get to Vikasa is to fly into Koh Samui International Airport (USM).  There are daily flights into Koh Samui from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and others.  We will arrange your pick up from the airport.

This will depend on where you are from. For details of Thailand’s visa arrangements with specific countries see here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand

Although tourist visas are generally required, there is an exemption for travellers from 30 countries (Australia, UK, USA, France, Germany, Sweden and others) who wish to travel to Thailand for 30 days or less. If you are a citizen of one of these countries you do not need to obtain a visa. Note that if you plan to stay for longer than 30 days, it is possible to obtain a short extension from the immigration office on Koh Samui at some point during your stay.

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries with which Thailand has specific visa exemption or waiver arrangements, you will need to obtain a 30, 60 or 90 day tourist visa before arriving in Thailand

Yes, the Begin program is suitable for participants of all levels including complete beginners.

Yoga clothes, tropical climate clothes and swimwear.  Yoga mats and props and towels are all provided. You may want to add an excursion to your program such as a waterfall hike, in which case a pair of sneakers would also be handy. If you want to use the Sky Gym during your stay you’ll need gym clothes too. 

The programs are facilitated by specially trained Vikasa staff with significant expertise in their field. You will receive input from a number of practitioners during your stay.

Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand.  It is approximately 90 minutes from the mainland via ferry, but is easily accessible via airplane.  It has a population of around 70,000 people and has key infrastructure such as a small international airport, good medical facilities (including hospitals), banking facilities (including ATMs), good wifi coverage and good roads.  It is possible to drive around the entire island in around 90 minutes, and visitors generally either travel via scooter or taxi as walking is difficult.  Vikasa is located between Chaweng Noi and Lamai in a quiet area of the island.  It is possible to walk from Vikasa to nearby beaches, but guests generally stay on the Vikasa premises or rent scooters or taxis for trips to nearby markets and shopping malls.  The weather is generally hot year round, with temperatures often around 30 degrees celsius.

We recommend that participants download the free lifestyle guide and read up on the Vikasa Lifestyle before arrival. If you don’t have time to read it that’s ok too, we will review some content during your program. 

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