Yangon has a number of yoga and meditation retreats that are open to foreign meditators (known locally as yogis). Most centres practice Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and those wishing to stay longer than one-month should organise a special meditation visa with the meditation centre beforehand.
CHANMIYAY YEIKTHA MEDITATION CENTRE
Meaning ‘peaceful retreat’, this meditation centre was founded by another Mahasi disciple, Sawadaw U Janaka.
55A kaba Ay Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township
+95 (0) 1 661 479
DHAMMA JOTI VIPASSAMA CENTRE
This simple, peaceful retreat is a short walk from Shwedagon Paya and Kandawgyi lake. Meditators must sign up for the introductory ten day course and share accommodation.
Ngahtatgyi Paya Road, Bahan Township +95 (0) 1 549 290
DHAMMAPALA HILL, MAYANGONE, YANGON
The International Theravada Buddhist Univer- sity in Yangon was established in 1998. It offers programs in insight meditation and the study of canonical texts and relevant languages. The courses are taught in English.
+95 (0) 1 665673 / +95 (0) 1 660171
MAHASI MEDITATION CENTRE
The Mahasi centre was founded in 1947 by the late Mahasi Sayadaw, arguably Myanmar’s greatest meditation teacher. The Mahasi tech- nique strives for intensive, moment to moment awareness of every physical movement, every mental and physical sensation and, ultimately, every thought. The centre only accepts for- eigners who commit to at least one week.
16 Thatana Yeiktha Road, Bahan Township +95 (0) 1 541 971
PANDITARAMA MEDITATION CENTRE
Established in 1990 this respected meditation centre offer courses in English for visitors prepared to commit to stays of one week or more.
80A Thwan lin Road, Bahan +95 (0) 1 535 448
SHWE OO MIN DHAMA SUKHA YEIKTHA
Classes taken at the International centre by the Venerable Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Aung Myay Thar Yar Road, Gone Tala Poung village, Mingalardon Township
+95 (0) 1 636 402
Email: [email protected]
Classes must be booked in advance and you must bring your ID or Passport to enter IFB compound as well as your own mattress.
Tuesday: 7.30am-8.45am, Wednesday / Fri- day: 7pm-8.15pm in the lecture room
5000 kyats for 1 session
340, Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township
+95 (0) 1536900, +95 (0) 1537122, +95 (0) 1535428
Contact – Julia: [email protected]
Jenny has travelled and taught yoga in chi- na, Sri lanka, Singapore and Myanmar. She conducts yoga classes for beginners and more experienced students.
SCHEDULE: Tue-Thurs-Sat: 10am ~ 11am Mon-Fri: 6pm ~ 7pm
80USD per month, 3 weeks in a month,3 days in a week
No.237.3-A,china Town condo.10th street, Anawrahta Road, Lanmadaw Township +95(0)9421025389
Email: [email protected] Website: www.myanmaryoga.com
NAN MO YOGA
They provide several classes a day, morning and afternoon. Sessions last 1 hour and 30 minutes and are conducted by well experienced instructors.
SCHEDULE: 7am, 9.30am, 3.30pm, 6pm
281, 6floor, AB, Middle Shwegondine Main Road,Bahan Township
+95 (0) 949296470, +95 (0) 9 5134787
YANGON YOGA HOUSE
This English-speaking yoga studio offers a variety of classes ranging from yoga to Pilates, circuit training, Barre and brazilian jujitsu. It is a friendly place to workout and relax. Fully airconditioned with shower and toilet facilities. Free yoga mat rental.
Yankin Lan Thwe (1), Room 4, Yankin Township
http://www.yangonyogahouse.com [email protected]
This article was first published in Know It : MYANMORE , April 2015.