The Blooming Lotus studio, a beautiful wood structure perched in the trees on the hill above the beaches of Haad Yuan or Haad Tien, is a magical spot on a magical island, and an ideal place to immerse yourself in yoga. There Francie leads a retreat which is wide in scope and focused in its daily practice. I went in Aug/Sept of 2013 for a five week program which included a couple great, different practices per day plus another daily class, all of it starting early but not too early, and spaced to allow us time to hang out on the beach or do whatever other awesome things you discover to do there. I found Francie to be both a great instructor and a flexible guide, taking us through difficult but never overwhelming yoga practice and introducing us to ancient texts and ideas, while including us in where we took the learnings. She also gave us the perfect primer on the place - the varied offerings, hangouts, people, and parties in the area - making it easy to integrate and explore. My only regret is that I caught the last class of the season and wasn’t able to go longer. Also, I write this with some trepidation on a public site, as although I wish continued great success upon this studio and all restaurants and resorts in this area, I hope the secret doesn’t get out too much. It’s amazing just as it is.
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