We didn't expect to enjoy Koh Phangan quite as much as we did, we imagined it to be a party island, but that turned out to simply not be the case. The island is peaceful and beautiful with a heavy swaying toward Alternative Therapies and Healing along with lots of places to practise various forms of Yoga.
Amanda has never been an 'Early Bird' but since The Retreat, the alarm has been going off at 5.30am each morning for a dawn meditation session.
|Sea Slug Silently Stalks Meditator.....|
Unbelievable! This alarm admittedly has on some occasions been reset to 6am, then again to 6.30am but the intention was there, and she was usually up on the first calling. I usually rose at 7am and performed a 30 minute meditation, arse placed into a nice mound of sand on the beach, legs crossed in front, hands resting loosely on the knees. The gentle lapping of the waves on the beach were very relaxing indeed, aiding mental clarity and peacefulness. This could not be said about the socially challenged group of dogs which gathered each morning, fighting, frolicking and humping one another, amidst prolonged bouts of intense growling. On occasion if Amanda or I were very lucky indeed, the bout of growling and snarling would happen within a metre or so of our faces. Slightly unnerving whilst you are trying to concentrate, be at ease, clear the mind. The growls were always aimed at the other dogs, and the majority of the time this led to nothing. Definitely a case of 'the bark is worse than the bite.'
Most mornings we attended an outdoor Yoga session, which started at 9am. It over looked a small tidal bay with a rocky outcrop on either side. The small shelter consisting of a red painted concrete floor, sheltered by a