*This post was originally published on October 16th, 2011 on amywarcup.com
I’m beginning to realize that paradise may have multiple levels. As soon as I thought I had reached this unworldly destination in Bo Phut, I have found an even greater utopia at Samahita Yoga Thailand, located in the south part of Koh Samui at Laem Sor Beach. Here, not only do I have another perfect view of the gulf, but I also am practicing three hours of yoga every morning, followed by an hour long mediation session, and afternoons of lecture in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Although the private beach has been lovely and the detoxing Ashtanga yoga classes have been invigorating, perhaps the greatest pleasure about being here is the people. If I may project my personal opinion here, “yoga people” are just friendly. This has always been the case wherever I have traveled. So far, I have met people from England, Denmark, the US, Holland, Australia, France, Morocco, and a number of other countries.
During my 8-day stay, I am enrolled in a course titled “Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga, and Psychotherapy,” taught by Dr. Miles Neale and Dr. Emily Wolf. I will share more about this course as the week progresses. Also, on my next post, I will give a brief overview of the major Buddhist sects… I promise!
failed to mention in my last post that almost everyone on the island of Koh Samui travels by motorbike. Although there are cars, they are rare. If local travel is too far of a distance to walk, this may give way for a perfect opportunity to hire a motor taxi. They are plentiful here, as well as inexpensive. Helmets, as you can see, are not in abundant supply, but my driver was cautious (with me on the bike, anyhow). Here, I am on my way to the post office in Chaweng.
Buddhism will be the topic of my next visit. In the meantime, I am contemplating whether or not I will ever get used to living away from the sunshine and the ocean (or a gulf of it) again….
4 Responses to I love Samahita
October 18, 2011 at 11:12 am
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Breeanna V says:
October 19, 2011 at 12:32 am
Amy, Thailand looks beautiful especially those beaches! Hope all is well, I cannot wait for the trip. Any idea of what the first payment would be approximately?
Amy Warcup says:
October 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Hi Breeanna! I don’t know exactly when the first deposit ($500 to secure spot) will be due yet, but most likely, it will be sometime in early February. I’m so glad you are planning to come! You’ll love Thailand! The people are so nice here, and of course, it is sunny and beautiful, too. I’ll be going to the Thai massage school in Chiang Mai next week.
Karen Taylor says:
October 21, 2011 at 4:03 am
You don’t have to leave the sunshine just move on down to the southern portion of the USA!! I also have been begging Aaron for a pet elephant…even before I saw you riding one from the news story about the one in the US who is best friends with a dog…so amazing! I was in love ever since but Aaron said he wasn’t going to poop scoop if we did happen by a pet elephant.