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Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016

Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

Yoga at Thai Plum Village

Location: Thai Plum Village
174,176 Ban Sra Nam Sai, Moo 7, Tambon Pongtalong, Pak Chong (district), Nakhon Ratchasima (province), Thailand

Monastic Yoga
I wanted to share my yoga with the monastics so I started doing my yoga in the afternoon with an open invite to everyone who wanted to join. Initially, we were only doing it at the men's dorm with the lay friends, but the sisters got wind of it and asked that I do the yoga at the guesthouse where they also have access. It became a daily workout with passing lay friends joining in. The sisters were determined to learn and wouldn't miss a class if they can help it. A devoted hardcore group developed.

Yoga at Thai Plum Village

Helena
Helena, a lay friend who has an extensive yoga background in India visited the center. It was a great opportunity to learn about yoga from another teacher. We would take daily turns conducting the yoga class. For the students, they enjoyed the diversity. With Helena and Sabrina, we were the native English speakers in the center and we found ourselves in extended conversation about life and its offerings.

Macho Monks
The monastics were surprised that I could be this strong (at my age) but it didn't swerve the monks to join-in. Apparently, in Vietnam, the guys play soccer. Yoga is not a "man-thing" - even for monks! Interestingly enough, one monk made a diagnostic check-up of me and found me in better physical shape than most monks half my age. I found this surprising since the monks eat right, sleep right and think right - but they were not as fit as me. I can only deduce that it's because they don't really do cardio-vascular workouts (or any workout for that matter). I offered to conduct a cardio-vascular fitness training for the monks consisting of rope-skipping and burpees but nothing really came out of it.

Ending Thoughts
With my leaving, the sisters were saddened that they may not be able to continue with their yoga practice. I gave them a few yoga videos they could follow. I'm glad that I was somehow able to introduce yoga to the monastery. The fact that it was wholeheartedly accepted by some sisters give me hope that next time I stop by the center, I would see them doing headstands and other inversions.

--- TheLoneRider

Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

with direction coming from Bangkok

GPS waypoint: 14°33'25.4"N 101°31'45.0"E
174,176 Ban Sra Nam Sai, Moo 7, Tambon Pongtalong, Pak Chong District, NakornRatchasima, Thailand

yoga at the men's dorm they loved the Twists...sometimes we do Matsyandrasana Navasana (Boat) with the sisters Tree Pose with the sisters and lay friends
partner Navasana with Helena partner yoga Sabrina and Maiew partner Trikonasana
all smiles for Maiew as Sis Cool looks on Savasana    
Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

Thai Plum Village International Practice Centre

Location: 174,176 Ban Sra Nam Sai, Moo 7, Tambon Pongtalong, Pak Chong District, NakornRatchasima, Thailand
Tel: +66(0)2-885-5980
Email:visitus@thaiplumvillage.org

Blogs on Thai Plum Village

  1. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  2. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  3. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  4. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  5. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  6. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  7. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  8. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  9. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  10. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  11. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  12. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016

How to Get to Plum Village from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

You are encouraged to arrive at the Center Friday afternoon between 2-4 pm
  1. Suvarnabhumi Airport to BTS Train Line by TRAIN
    there is already a direct train from the airport that goes all the way to Bangkok with a final stop at Phaya Thai. Upon airport arrival, go down to Basement and take the Airport Link train to Phaya Thai Station. Get off and walk (.8km) to the Phaya Thai BTS Station | 35 mins | Baht 45
  2. Phaya Thai Station (N2) - Victory Monument Station (N3) by TRAIN
    board the BTS train heading to Mo Chit. This takes you north but get off at Victory Monument Station (N3) which is just one stop away
  3. Victory Monument Station - Plum Village by VAN
    upon arriving at Victory Monument, take Exit 4 and go down to the basement and walk 100 meters towards the Suzuki Showroom. Across is a pool of vans. Line up at ticket counter No.18, "Jamnong tour" for the trip all the way to Plum Village, Pak Chong. (Baht 500), 3.5 to 4 hours. Take the 11am or 12 noon van to ensure you arrive at the center before 4pm.

How to Get to Pak Chong (Proper) from Bangkok by train

ignore this if you plan to go to Plum Village. Take the direction above instead
  • If you are arriving Bangkok and would like to proceed directly to Pak Chong without spending a night in Bangkok, best to take a plane that will land in Don Mueang Airport in time for the #71 Train (Bangkok to Si Sa Ket) to stop at the MRT Train Station, Bang Sue, which is only a short walk from the airport. Train schedule at Bang Sue Station: Fri 10:27am, arriving Pak Chong 1:30pm. Express aircon car (Baht 289), non aircon (Baht 198). Duration is 3 hours, stopping right in the heart of Pak Chong. From Pak Chong.

    You can also take the train from the main terminal near the center of Bangkok at the MRT Station, Hua Lampong Railway Station. Departure, Friday 10:00am.

Plum Village Cost Index

(US$1 = Thailand Baht 35.77 = Php 47.52 as of Feb 28, 2016)
  • Baht 500 van from Victory Monument to Plum Village
  • Baht 289 Express train from Bang Sue MRT Station (Bangkok) to Pak Chong Train Station, aircon (non aircon, Baht 189)
  • Baht 500 taxi from Pak Chong to Plum Village (call this taxi number, Mr. Khun Paisan: 085 772.4519 for the trip to Plum Village)

Things to bring if staying overnight

  1. mosquito repellent
  2. hat/umbrella
  3. flashlight
  4. not a requirement, but it helps if you bring clothing in the dark brown color in order to blend-in

Thailand Blogs by TheLoneRider

    Bangkok
  1. 15 Days in Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  2. Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
  3. Sunday Visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market July 17, 2018
  4. Fork on the Road: Abundance or Poverty by Choice? July 16, 2018
  5. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  6. Adventure Hostel Review Feb 22-26, 2016
  7. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct. 20, 2014
  8. The Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  9. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  10. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  11. Bangkok Dec 31, 2005


  12. Chiang Khong
  13. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016


  14. Chiang Mai
  15. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  16. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  17. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  18. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) April 9-10, 2016


  19. Chiang Rai
  20. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  21. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016


  22. Chiang Saen
  23. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016


  24. Mae Sai
  25. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  26. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016


  27. Pai
  28. Exploring Pai, Thailand May 19-24, 2016
  29. Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand May 23, 2016
  30. Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon May 23, 2016
  31. Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) May 21, 2016


  32. Pak Chong
  33. Pak Chong (Thailand) En Route to Siem Reap (Cambodia) Mar 20-21, 2016
  34. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  35. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  36. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  37. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  38. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  39. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  40. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  41. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  42. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  43. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  44. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  45. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016


  46. Phan District, Chiang Rai Province
  47. Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  48. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016



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