When I arrived on Koh Samui, I was surprised to learn that there was a “Free Yoga Community Samui”. My thought has always been that teachers should charge for yoga classes. I say this, because I believe that we should support each other, yoga teachers are often struggling to make a living through their teaching. It takes time and effort and money to plan a class and attend trainings, workshops, and certification courses. Many people spend a fortune on their yoga gear yet want to pay a low price for a class. It’s my feeling that good teachers should charge an appropriate price for their services, especially considering that class prices are easily affordable for many who practice.
At “Free Yoga Community Samui” I found a community involved in doing something good for others. A few participating yoga studios on the island offer one or two classes per week for free or by donation. People who can’t afford a regular class, especially Thai locals, can join the yoga classes and pay however much they can afford to give.
The donation goes to different projects to ensure that the money will be used in a wise manner. For example, one local boy who can’t afford his medication and suffers from strong seizures is being supported by the organization. From now on, donations will go to Eco Thailand.
It is a great feeling to give back, and to give everyone the possibility to enjoy the practice of Yoga. These studios on the island are currently offering “Free Yoga Community Samui” classes:
- The Yogarden, Fisherman’s Village
- Fit Koh, Ban Tai
- Anahata Resort, Lipa Noi
- Vikasa, Chaweng
- Yoga House & Spa, Lamai
- Futurehippie, Taling Ngam
At Futurehippie, we offer a free class at 4:30pm every Friday afternoon. It is a gentle flow, suitable for all levels.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you.
Lots of love,