I still remember when I first arrived in Chiang Mai a few years back. I came on the advice of a good friend who told me he had found hidden gem in North Thailand, a place where he could stay for months an never run out of things to do or new and interesting people to meet. He strongly advised that I investigate and explore this hidden gem as soon as possible.
At first I had some serious doubts. Not being a big fan of Bangkok, I thought to myself what could make the second largest city in Thailand any different and so special? After all Thailand is known for its tropical island’s with white sandy beaches, not for its city life. But lucky for me I took the advice and went to explore.
Still quite unknown to many travelers, who prefer the sunny beaches of Thailand’s southern islands, Chiang Mai has so much to offer and seems to attract more so the people who like to avoid the high end tourism of South and many solo travelers on their personal journey of discovery.
Although the city can become busy and noisy at times, Chiang Mai never seems to lose its charm and uniqueness. And as many people will testify, it seems to bring a peaceful and tranquil vibe upon its visitors opening them to a slow paced quiet lifestyle that more often than not starts to spark interest in Yoga, meditation and other healing or spiritual practices, which by no coincidence at all, are all available to practice and learn in here Chiang Mai
It seems Chiang Mai has slowly become a hub for all of these spiritual practices, and to be honest you cannot go wrong here. There are some very good Yoga studios and there are even better Yoga teachers. Experienced teachers who don’t just practice yoga for the 1 or 2 hours they spend on their yoga mat, but teachers who continue to practice yoga when off the mat through their day to day lives dedicated to spreading their experiences and positivity with others.
I remember doing my first Yoga in Chiang Mai and thinking to myself “ahhh so this is real yoga” I loved it. I found that Yoga in the western world can be extremely exercised based rushing through the asanas as if the faster you went the better it was and completely missing the spiritual side of the practice all together. It was not until I started my Yoga in Chiang Mai that I really started to learn and progress to the point where I felt I needed to be able to practice yoga on my own without the guidance of a teacher. This led me down the path or learning to teach yoga in India which is a story for another day