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Yoga and meditation

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When traveling to Bangkok on holiday, be sure to take advantage of the many different yoga classes that are offered at the many hotels in the city. Yoga and meditation are a large part of the Thai culture and offer physical and mental benefits as well as achieving inner peace of mind. Bangkok is a lively, bustling metropolis in the heart of Thailand. It offers some of the most exciting activities, events, shopping and sightseeing in the East. So much activity, however pleasurable, can often have a negative effect on one's body and spirit. This is why it is so desirable to practice yoga and mediation while visiting Bangkok. The lessons you learn on your holiday with regard to yoga and mediation will stay with you the rest of your life and be the most valuable "souvenir" you can bring away from this exotic city.

Yoga has become more popular in recent years. Many celebrities are practicing this ancient art, which focuses on both physical and mental fitness. Yoga is not just contorting your body into different poses, it is an ancient art that teaches breathing techniques, meditation and mental well-being. Yoga can help relieve stress, promote weight loss, improve concentration and keep you mentally balanced.

Drop in yoga classes are offered at many of the luxury hotels in Bangkok. If you are staying at a hotel that offers these classes, do yourself a favor and "drop in" to learn something about this ancient way of being physically and spiritually healthy. There are also many different yoga centres located throughout Bangkok. If your hotel does not offer yoga classes, ask the concierge to direct you to a nearby yoga center as they are pretty much dotted throughout the city's landscape.

Like yoga, meditation is an ancient art that is used to achieve inner peace. Yoga and meditation are important aspects of Buddhism and meditation is viewed as a way to truly cleanse the mind from impurities and negative thoughts. You can learn how to begin meditating while in Bangkok at the Wat Mahatat Temple, which is also called the Vipassana Meditation Centre. At this temple, located on Na Phra Lan Road, Buddhist monks will teach you different meditation techniques. The instructor is English speaking and meditation has been taught to Westerners at the Wat Mahatat for the past 40 years.

If you are feeling frustrated, stressed or anxious, meditation is a natural way to cure yourself from these negative thoughts and feelings. There are many different techniques for meditation taught at this centre and all are designed to promote a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

Yoga and meditation are two ways that you can keep your body and mind healthy and your spirit strong. While on holiday in Bangkok, try to make time to learn these ancient arts that have been keeping people balanced and peaceful for thousands of years.

Last Updated: 08 Mar 2008