Marina was born in Berlin on 17 August 1959. She became interested in healing at a very young age. This passion led her to a lifelong study of many healing modalities, including homoeopathy, psychology, diving medicine, emergency response, reflexology, shamanism and Reiki. She is a Reiki Grand Master and has been practising and teaching this Japanese technique for over 30 years. She moved to Krabi, Thailand in 2000. In 2008 she travelled to India where she completed her hatha yoga 200-hour YTTC. Then, she travelled to Bali for a 300-hour YTT, qualifying her Yoga Alliance’s: E-RYT500.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Liat Kim embarked on her yoga journey in 2008. With no prior physical activity background, she was surprised to learn how right yoga felt to her. Since 2010, she teaches Vinyasa yoga in Tel Aviv (Israel) in various types of groups. She is also a student who likes to explore yoga's multiple dimensions, such as Ayenger, Hatha, Yin yoga, as well as Ayurveda, Meditation, and Buddhism. She studied philosophy and yoga anatomy for the last years and helped in teaching TTC’s all over the planet.
In 1999, Alessio (Alex) began to approach the activities of yoga, following the teachings of a great yogi, Enzo Russo, from the Italian Academy of Yoga (since 1969). With great motivation, Alex developed a growing interest in ancient yoga techniques and began studying and practicing constantly to become certificated yoga teacher. In 2006, he went to India to deepen his knowledge about different yoga techniques, such as Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Yin yoga, pranayama, Kriya yoga, and more.
Nick is a practitioner and researcher of healing and transformational arts. Nick was born in California and was introduced to yoga at an early age. He holds a degree in philosophy as well as certifications in yoga, Reiki and massage therapy. For the last 10 years, he has trained extensively in Ashtanga, Kundalini and other modalities of Hatha yoga. Nick draws from his diverse interests and strives to fill the gap between theory and practice. His classes focus on sharing the experience of yoga as a practical philosophy for life as well as a functional method of understanding the body and mind.
Karl first came to yoga 25 years ago, seeking relief from chronic back pain. Over many years, in fits and starts, it became a philosophical inquiry, psychological self-therapy, and gradually a more esoteric quest. He has practised (and continue to be informed by) Oki Do Yoga, Iyengar, Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa, Tantric-Hatha and Yin. His current practice is best characterized as Tantric-Hatha, using time on the mat to explore his limits, his strengths, his capacities to identify boundaries and limitations, and then explore ways of changing them.
from Thailand, June 2018
Very friendly people and instructors
from Brazil, April 2018
The classes, the environment, some dogs/cats. Everything were excellent.
from Brazil, April 2018
"A very good and pleasant experience for a benniger couple "
The yoga classes and the environment with the other students
from Thailand, March 2018
very welcoming And highly trained instructors. Reike with Marina a revelation. Highly recommend marina yoga
from Thailand, March 2018
One yoga instructor was very good- knowledgeable and offered modifications. Also did unique practices I’ve never tried before. Breakfast was very good.
from China, March 2018
"Peaceful, invigorating 5 Days"
The instructors were all great, each class was different enough that you didn't get bored but the overall vibe was the same.
from Hong Kong, February 2018
"Yoga in Paradise"
From the moment you walk through the gates at Marina Yoga you automatically start to unwind and start being at peace with yourself. There were a variety of yoga styles and instructors so I got to experience some yoga classes I have not tried before. The quality of the yoga instruction was excellent and spend my 5 days in a conscious blissed our state. I also tried a reiki healing session which left me feeling really energised and invigorated. The people who were either doing the retreat or the 200 hour yoga teacher training were all lovely and added to the positive vibe.
from United States, February 2018
"A jungle retreat with fabulous instructors"
Loved the quiet atmosphere, the international community, dogs, cats, excellent instructors, beautiful pool, making new friends, Reiki, yoga, good fresh food, jungle sounds, air conditioning, beach yoga, reasonably priced
from Thailand, February 2018
Everything! The staff were fantastic, they were very passionate about yoga and incredibly helpful with adapting poses for the less flexible. It felt like a community with incredibly positive vibes. Thank you I will definitely be back in the future
from United States, February 2018
"An amazing retreat"
- The staff are very welcoming and always willing to help
- The yoga instructors are highly experienced and supportive
- The guests and overall atmosphere is friendly, warm and relaxing
- The accommodation (I stayed in the dorm room) had everything I needed. It was clean, quiet and spacious
- The two trips to the market per week are perfect if you want to cook food in the kitchen. Otherwise there is a nice restaurant close by or the ability to order food to the retreat
- Beach yoga and partner yoga were definitely my highlights!
from Netherlands, January 2018
"Just perfect couldn’t expect more "
Everything! Was just perfect very clean and comfortable rooms. People there were super friendly, very helpful and gives a lot of good energy. This place feels like u with family
Came there with very low expectations and got much more than I could expect
+ swimming pool is amazing way better than looks on pictures
from United States, January 2018
"Life changing experience "
The facility is so welcoming and peaceful. I loved my sessions with Marina. I have learned so much from her this past week. She has an easy to understand teaching style. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to have been her student. I still have a lot to learn but I know I now have all the tools I need to continue on this beautiful journey. The most important one, “do everything with love from your heart”. Thank you Marina! You have forever changed me. I will be back soon. Sending love to everyone that reads this. Namaste
from Australia, January 2018
"Although it was cheap, if you may peanuts you get monkeys."
Yoga classes were great. Committed teachers who had your interests at heart and caring. Thank you in particular Rachel 🙏💕
from Thailand, January 2018
"Very friendly and inclusive environment "
Very friendly and inclusive environment. You can feel that Marina really wants everyone to have a healthy and restoring experience.
from United Kingdom, December 2017
"Wonderful experience "
Everything was wonderful. I loved the atmosphere, the staff, other guests, accommodation and the yoga classes were good too. Beach yoga was particularly special. I'd love to return.
from United States, December 2017
"Home away from home"
Marina Yoga is a beautiful home-grown holistic compound full of love and opportunities for growth and healing. I highly recommend their teacher training-it is very well rounded and committed to all aspects of the yogic lifestyle! A gem!
from Hong Kong, December 2017
"Wonderful trip ❤"
The different yoga classes and yoga teachers really made it for a wonderful trip. The location was beautiful and close enough to the town that you could get in and out easily, but far enough away for it not to be a distraction!
from Malta, December 2017
"First step into yoga to better discover myself"
The location is great, you can easily go to Ao Nang beach. They bring you twice a week to the grocery store and market so you can cook but there is a restaurant (2min walk) nearby if you want to chill. You can access the pool from another property and there is enough place at marina’s to rest without going too far.
The breakfast was healthy and tasty.
The schedule was good, twice yoga a day as mentioned in the descritpion. Different kinds of yoga and different teachers who all have certifications and are very professional. They are open to any comment or suggestions.
I also discovered reiki, bowl healing and ear candling wich helped me to completely relax and feel my body in new ways. I had different emotions within me during the stay and felt my muscles after the first day, which for me means it was intense and worth doing it. And of course I left Marina’s very relaxed and feeling wonderful. I could have been staying there much longer!
Thank you so much!
from United Kingdom, December 2017
"Great escape and relaxation...."
All the yoga teachers were amazing lovely start to my holiday xxx
from Denmark, November 2017
The yogaclasses and teacherd where very good and inspirativ.
Reiki course Level 1, was a totaly amazing.
from Australia, November 2017
The difference in yoga and meditation classes.
from Malaysia, November 2017
We loved the place and we loved the people! The place is quiet, far away from touristic traffic, very relevant for retreat. Yoga and meditation was amazing, the instructors were well educated and very nice and helpful. All the cats and dogs around were mild and playful, it was cool to play with them once in a while. Generally we highly recommend Marina Yoga and Reiki!!! :-)
from Indonesia, November 2017
"Absolutely amazing experience "
Everything. The yoga was fantastic, the healing was better than I could have imagined. Discovered some things about myself that will really help me going forward. Would recommend Marina Yoga a million times over.
from Vietnam, October 2017
"A real yoga retrit"
The best part was the people who was working there
from Thailand, October 2017
"A special place"
-a good variety of yoga classes
-a beautiful community of people and pets
-friendly and helpful staff
-a peaceful retreat
- free use of bikes
- use of pool
from Hong Kong, September 2017
What can I say.. my spiritual batteries are fully recharged. Liked everything, instructors are experienced and helpful. Accomendation is great as well.
from Finland, August 2017
"I would go back anytime!"
I got very sick during my stay at Marina yoga, but they took good care if me. June (Marinas assistant) came with me to the hospital and she even offered to stay there overnight.
In between the classes we had plenty of time to explore the area, spend time at the beach, go to Ao Nang center, swim at the pool and so on.
I liked that we got the opportunity to try all different kinds of yoga. Im a beginner and didnt know so much about the different styles before.
from Canada, July 2017
"Everything truly was better than I expected"
I expected to enjoy myself, but I didn't expect to enjoy myself as much as I did! It was a truly enlightening experience, and Marina is to thank! If you find yourself there is it on purpose and Marina knows that. She sees your inner self and like a mother she wants to help you on your path. She's an amazing woman, and has created a lovely yoga home. I did the reiki level 1 course with her, and it was perfect. Exactly what I needed when I needed it.
from New Zealand, July 2017
Such an amazing setting to partake in amazing tuition. Truly the most mind opening experience of my life.
Cyndi Teo Chin Chin
from Singapore, July 2017
"6 days yoga and meditation retreat"
The yoga teachers are great and helpful. The place is clean and very well taken care of. Marina is so helpful and and making sure that we are well taken of. She is a great lady. Thru the reiki session with her i got to know myself better and she helped me to open my mind and soul. I would say I learn a lot about my body and mind during this retreat and i would go back to her again soon.
from Malaysia, July 2017
"More than expected "
I couldn't be happier with my choice to go to marina Yoga for the healing retreat. It was definitely more than expected. The yoga classes were amazing, the healing sessions were wonderful and the vibe at the place was just beautiful. I wanted to stay longer. I really needed to recharge and disconnect for a week and it's exactly what I got. I hope I can go back soon and do my second degree Reiki with Marina! All the best and much love
from United States, June 2017
I had a great experience with the teachers, all that I learned and the people that came to learn as well! Marina is amazing and so are all the instructors
from United States, May 2017
"Marina Yoga is Magic and Love!"
This place has a beautiful energy! Marina is amazing - she deeply cares about each and every person that comes to Marina Yoga and the love, gratitude, and light she puts into the place is palpable. She is an incredibly gifted healer. Marina and Laura both do multiple different energy healings. I had two Reiki sessions with Marina and 1 Sound Bowl session with Laura. All of these experiences were deeply transformative, powerful, and beautiful. My time at Marina Yoga was a beautiful gift, and I look forward to going back in the future.
Nur Cahaya Sulaimi
from Singapore, May 2017
"Amazing 5 days, shifting mind into clearer perspectives."
- MARINA (herself), ACCOMODATION, REIKI, COUNSELLING, PEOPLE
she is literally everywhere, attending to everyone. I cannot believe how she does this. I felt totally connected to the place, my longtime fear of dogs was overcame, the attendees/yogis there are all filled with the right vibe...this is the exact remedy I need from my big-city life. Just be, just appreciate life. I felt very fortunate to came across this place, I want (and will) come back for other programs. It is a total holistic 5 days of grounding myself, at my own pace & self-discovery. Thanks to this amazing place.
from United States, May 2017
Everthing was great
from United States, May 2018
"Genau das was ich wollte "
Entspannte Community, super Yogastunden, tolle Reiki Heiler, tolle Menschen dort, hab mich einfach super wohl gefühlt.
from France, April 2018
Everything!! As soon as i arrived i felt automatically those beautiful vibes and soul, i felt soooooo good during all my stay, everybody is amazingly nice,so benevolent, always smiling, you really feel like a member of a family and not a customer! teachers and courses that they have are perfect, its super clean, i cant complain on anythibg i will come Back for sure, i only stayed 7 nights and really miss all of them, their kindness, their smile,cant wait to come
Back and thanks again for everything !
from United States, March 2018
Rundum ein toller, erholsamer und lehrreicher Aufenthalt bei Marina Yoga.
Marina sowie alle Teachers und Volunteers waren sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Es herrschte eine unglaublich offene und freundliche Atmosphäre.
Die Yoga Classes waren stets top! Sehr abwechslungsreich und lehrreich. Auf jede Teilnehmerin wurde individuell eingegangen.
Alles war sehr sauber und ordentlich. Einfach - aber alles was man braucht.
Ich würde Marina Yoga ohne Zweifel jedem weiter empfehlen!
from Switzerland, March 2018
"200h teacher training "
the quality of the lessons is really great. I learned a lot, the alignment class was always very good explained in details. the working books were great with lots of very useful informations. teacher very competent. I feel confident to teach a yoga class. a nice place for healing. during the practise emotion or feelings may appear but here you‘ll have teachers with great understanding of someone’s healing process. the place to stay... rooms, were very clean. I liked the fact they changed the bed sheets only once a week, is much better for the environment. lots of animals here, dogs, cats, fish, birds... but there is no reason to be afraid of any animal, they are very well trained and super friendly and respectful
from France, March 2018
Amazing experience ! Thank you all for your good vibes :)
from Palestine, February 2018
"Good stay, intense yoga!"
Very nice and skilled yoga teachers who adjusts to all levels of practice
Meditation times led by teachers were much appreciated!
Very nice community atmosphere
Simplicity of the place
Possibility to get healing treatments
from Bulgaria, February 2018
Sehr sehr freundliche Atmosphäre, einfach herrlich!
from Vietnam, February 2018
Sehr individuell auf Bedürfnisse eingegangen,abwechslungsreich,sehr kompetent
from Italy, January 2018
"Entspannender und heilender Yoga und Rekiurlaub"
Die Yogaunterrichtsstunden waren sehr abwechslungsreich durch unterschiedliche stiele und lehrer. Es wurde auf persönliche Bedürfnisse eingegangen. Besonders gut getan haben mir die Reki Sitzungen/ Heilsitzungen mit Marina und Lauren. Danke euch noch mal!
from Malaysia, January 2018
Das Yoga Retreat ist einfach - sehr einfach , dennoch super Sauber und einfach Magical. Yoga ist klasse, viele andere Angebote gibt es fuer die Entspannung und zum Loslassen. Alle sind super net.
Das Retreat ist ca 5 km vom Strand weg, ruhig gelegen. Es gibt Fahrräder zum Ausleihen und transport kann immer gerufen werden via Reception.
from Thailand, December 2017
Wir haben uns rundherum wohl gefühlt und die Yoga-Stunden waren perfekt. Ich hab das 1 x Yoga gemacht und bin wirklich begeistert. Die persönlichen Yoga Erfahrungen wurden berücksichtigt. Es wurde auch darauf acht gegeben das die Übungen richtig gemacht wurden. Die Gemeinschaft war herzlich und hilfsbereit. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder. Danke an das Marina Yoga Team.
from Cambodia, December 2017
"Feels like home, quiet place to stay"
The breakfast buffet is very good. The kitchen is very well equipped so you can cook your own meal. 2 yoga classes a day, different style and teacher
from Spain, November 2017
from Switzerland, November 2017
"Wundervoller Start in meine Auszeit"
Durchmischtes Publikum, von jung bis alt alles dabei. Sehr abwechslungsreiche Yoga- und Meditationsklassen. Unkompliziert und gut organisiert. Sehr preiswert für die dennoch hochwertige Leistung.
from Italy, November 2017
"Eine ganz wundervolle und lehrreiche Woche."
Das Kennenlernen verschiedenster Yoga Richtungen war sehr interessant, die Teachers hervorragend.
from Switzerland, November 2017
"Amazig. Relaxed. Loved. Peace"
Everything, the place to stay, the Reiki sessions,the Yoga sessions, Marina everything is just amazing and perfect to relax and settle down. Once you leave them (wich was very hard for me) you will feel tottally happy and your mind will be sorted.
from Netherlands, August 2017
"Yoga beyond, TTC 200 but so much more then that"
To many dogs&cats to count but they are all just adorable! The place is very spiritual, love floats over, and it is just really pretty waking up in the nature.
from Thailand, July 2017
Marina Yoga is an amazing place to learn more about yoga and to learn more about yourself. The course was fantastic. Staying there for a month with like-minded and interesting individuals was a wonderful, life-changing experience for me, which has definitely inspired me to continue on with my yoga journey.
Attending MARINA YOGA in Thailand was one of the best presents I gave to myself. Thank you Marina Frei!
Marina Yoga & Reiki felt like a home where I was able to recuperate from stresses and rejuvenate my spirit. I stayed for 5 days in order to complete the Reiki level 1 course at a nice comfortable pace, where I was also able to relax and explore the surrounding area of Krabi (Ao Nang and Krabi Town).
The location is set in a rural area which offers a peaceful reclusion from town, yet only a few minutes away (motorbike) from the Ao Nang strip for shopping and many great restaurants with all types of food you can imagine. Krabi town is only about 15 minutes away, which offers a deeper insight into the local culture, including more authentic Thai restaurants, and Walking Street on Fri/Sat/Sun with many stalls selling street food and local crafts. The roads to/fro Krabi town are surrounded by tall, beautiful Limestone Karst formations which have been the backdrop to many movies, and exude a powerful natural energy all around. There are hundreds of islands and beaches to visit nearby, which I will be exploring when I return on my next holiday.
Level 1 was an eye-opener for me, as I was not sure what to expect but that I wanted to learn more about myself and my capabilities, including all types of healing. The coursework introduced the mostly hidden aspects of physical discomfort being caused by an imbalance of our spiritual nature, and explores symbols of understanding with more specificity in how to correct the energy flow in our bodies by examining our Chakras and Yin/Yang energy. My experience throughout the course included a realization, through opening the gates of the unconscious, which after having to now attend to these previously submerged thoughts, allowed me to be more alert to the subtle energies within me. It was a spiritual detoxification to allow for more harmony and balance, and served as a reminder to be conscious of myself; and in the case of imbalance, to recognize and correct. It is now part of my daily Work.
Yoga was included in the course package, and I attended the yoga classes every morning after the provided breakfast. My prior experience with yoga was not much as a beginner, and I had never enjoyed any yoga class that I ever attended. Surprisingly, I had a much better experience at Marina’s Shala, and it actually felt great. The yoga teacher was amazing, demonstrating each movement so a beginner can understand and providing additional instructions for more advanced students, as the class flowed at a very comfortable pace while we shifted into different postures. The actual feeling of releasing muscle tension and flushing out of toxins was also encouraging for me.
Marina was very flexible in accommodating me during the 1 week break from her Yoga Teacher Training courses. She was attentive and very patient to answer my many questions during the Reiki course until I grasped a full understanding before moving on with the lessons. There are a bunch of cool cats that Marina has adopted from the community, and neighborhood dogs that patrol the area like security guards; also very loyal and friendly to the guests.
I recommend Marina Yoga & Reiki for anyone looking to grow spiritually and gain new life skills/experiences. Looking forward to return soon!