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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 Bangkok proper (Phaya Thai Station)
    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 35 mins | Baht 45. Get off at Phaya Thai Station (the last stop) and walk (.8km) to the Phaya Thai BTS Station.
  2. Phaya Thai Station (N2) - Mo Chit Station (N8) by BTS TRAIN
    board the BTS train heading to Mo Chit and get off there.
  3. Mo Chit BTS Station (N8) - Mo Chit North Eastern Bus Terminal
    Walk to Mo Chit North & North Eastern Bus Terminal (pls note, this is a 2km walk...you might like to take a cab or tuktuk).
  4. Mo Chit North Eastern Bus Terminal - Platform 6, public van at #78
    this is a short walk. Go to Platform 6 and get on the public van at #78 offering Jamnong Tour.
    IMPORTANT ! - make sure you make it clear to the driver that HIS van drops you off at Plum Village. Otherwise, they might finish the tour in Pak Chong proper. If this happens, you're still 45 minutes away from Plum Village which costs 500 Baht by cab! Best to copy/print/take a picture of the image below to show to the driver:

    instruction to driver
    For the latest info, check out their website.
  5. Mo Chit North Eastern Bus Terminal - Plum Village by VAN
    the trip all the way to Plum Village, Pak Chong costs Baht 500 and takes 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
    Bangkok
  1. Opening a Donation Bank Oct 14, 2018
  2. Feelin' Da Blues at Adhere the 13th Blues Bar Oct 12, 2018
  3. Visiting the Grand Palace of Thailand Oct 12, 2018
  4. A Web Mandate in Bangkok Oct 8, 2018
  5. 29 Days in Bangkok: Thank You and Goodbye Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2018
  6. Calling the Bangkok Police Sep 23, 2018
  7. Movie Review: Mindfulness and Murder (2011) Sep 22, 2018
  8. Yoga Inversions at Now's Fitness Gym Sep 19, 2018
  9. Flow Yoga with Teacher Kea at Now's Fitness Sep 18, 2018
  10. Movie Review: Under Construction (2015) Sep 15, 2018
  11. Walking Tour of Little India Sep 15, 2018
  12. Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness Sep 14, 2018
  13. Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 13, 2018
  14. Exercise Ball Workout with Teacher Bie at Now's Fitness Sep 11, 2018
  15. Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
  16. Exploring the Tree-Engulfed Wat Bang Kung Temple Sep 9, 2018
  17. Parting of the Maeklong Railway Market with a Passing Train Sep 9, 2018
  18. Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
  19. Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club Sep 8, 2018
  20. Fight Class with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 7, 2018
  21. Exploring the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018 Sep 6, 2018
  22. Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness Sep 5, 2018
  23. Gentle Flow Yoga with Nuch at Now's Fitness, Bangkok Sep 4, 2018
  24. A Yogi Lost in a Modern Gym - Now's Fitness Sep 3, 2018
  25. Abundance at On Nut, Bangkok Aug 30-Sep 1, 2018
  26. Outside Looking In Aug 29, 2018
  27. Back in Bangkok After 5 Weeks Aug 27, 2018
  28. 15 Days in Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  29. Peoplescape: Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  30. Hatha and Yantra Yoga Fusion July 10-24, 2018
  31. Revisiting Terminal 21 Mall, Bangkok July 23, 2018
  32. Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
  33. Sunday Visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market July 17, 2018
  34. Fork on the Road: Abundance or Poverty by Choice? July 16, 2018
  35. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  36. Hotel Review: Adventure Hostel Bangkok July 11, 2018
  37. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct 20, 2014
  38. Exploring the Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  39. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  40. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  41. A First Timer in Bangkok December 31, 2005 - January 3, 2006


  42. Chiang Khong
  43. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016


  44. Chiang Mai
  45. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  46. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  47. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  48. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  49. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  50. Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
  51. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  52. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  53. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  54. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  55. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  56. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) April 9-10, 2016


  57. Chiang Rai
  58. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  59. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016


  60. Chiang Saen
  61. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016


  62. Mae Sai
  63. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  64. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016


  65. Pai
  66. Exploring Pai, Thailand May 19-24, 2016
  67. Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand May 23, 2016
  68. Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon May 23, 2016
  69. Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) May 21, 2016


  70. Pak Chong
  71. Pak Chong (Thailand) En Route to Siem Reap (Cambodia) Mar 20-21, 2016
  72. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  73. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  74. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  75. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  76. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  77. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  78. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  79. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  80. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  81. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  82. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  83. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016


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



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