About Pure Flow Yoga
Unforgettable Yoga retreats, amazing teachers, stunning location in Koh Phangan, Thailand
Namaste & Welcome to Pure Flow Yoga
Pure Flow Yoga was born in 2016 from a passion for Yoga, Nature & Community. Francie and her beautiful team at Pure Flow Yoga are dedicated to creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds to directly experience the on and off-the mat benefits of mind, body, spirit that we can cultivate through deep presence and practice of the Yoga Arts, including asana, meditation, breath, mantra and music, dance, contemplation and consciousness exploration.
Our guiding principles are awareness, love, compassion, gratitude, joy, truth, simplicity, acceptance, presence, discipline, dedication, Well-being, and ofcourse – awakening.
We believe in singing our song, dancing our dance, walking the walk and living, breathing and simply BEING Yoga as much as is possible.
We trying to cultivate present moment awareness and love of what is and who we are in this and all moments. We lovingly support our students to drop goals, expectations, and trying to accomplish or perfect an asana. We encourage our students to use the discipline of asana as a means to purify themselves, creating the conditions in which our natural state of peace, clarity, stillness and meditation can arise.
Our Teaching Style
Our classes are educational, engaging and appropriate for all levels, from the most beginner students to the most advanced. The inspirations we share here are designed to support you in developing more joy, health, balance and peace of mind in your everyday lives through learning and integrating practices that strengthen and deepen your connections to the body, heart and mind.
We are so honoured and grateful to offer you inspired, creative, supported and loving Mind-Body-Soul experiences set in an idyllic beachside paradise, to help you step into the fullness and beauty of your life.
Our mission is to help connect and empower you with practical tools to help you connect to the highest levels of health and harmony and the deepest levels of joy, freedom and love. We aim to inspire and support you on this lifetime practice of evolution and growth, with the best of our love, wisdom, presence, playfulness, and practices that is available to us in the now.
A little more….
At Pure Flow Yoga we aim to be in service to the highest good. We know that everything changes always, and we so aim to be like water; fluid, adaptable, always flowing towards the great ocean.
We believe that every challenge holds the possibilities to know ourselves more. We are curious and listen to the world around for clues of how to best meet each moment, each challenge, each breakthrough. We do our best with what we have now, to allow ourselves to be who we are, to LOVE WHO WE ARE NOW, without needing to do or change anything.
We believe in the transformative power of daily practice. We believe a disciplined practice of Yoga can be a gateway to realising the self. We aim to trust the universe as much as possible, knowing that we can’t always truly know the big WHY. We believe in cultivating and trusting and listening to the guidance and intuition that comes from THE TEACHER WITHIN.
We believe in stepping out of our comfort zones and into the magic of unlimited possibilities as much as possible. We believe it’s important to DREAM BIG, be creative, connect, communicate with love and collaborate with other or the highest good.
We believe in community and the power that the willingness to creative positive changes can bring. We believe in the power of sound, vibration, dance and all expression to help us heal ourselves and our global community. We believe that we are more than the simple roles we play in life, the jobs we do, the places we live, and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are.
We believe there is more than enough time, space, opportunity and love in this world for all beings. And we believe in the capacity of all beings to live their dreams, be joyful, peaceful and free.
Pure Flow Yoga Teachers
Read Francie's bio here...
E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance | Post-Grad Dip. Education, Queensland University of Technology | BA Psychology / Philosophy, McGill University
Francie, the inspired founder of the award-winning Pure Flow Yoga School, based in Koh Phangan, Thailand, voted one of the top 8 Retreats worldwide by the Guardian, 2018, is a passionate and free-spirited International Yoga Teacher, musician, entrepreneur, podcaster, writer, hula hooper, community activator, joy-spreader and gypsy soul.
As a devoted practioner and life-long student, Francie has studied thousands of hours with master teachers worldwide, and has curated and led more than 150 + Yoga Retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and programs with over 600+ students from all walks of life.
She has been a featured presenter at the acclaimed Bali Spirit Festival for the past 6 years, as well as Island Elements in Australia, Oregon Eclipse, Symbiosis Gathering. In addition to presenting, Francie has also been involved as a festival producer with True:Nature Experience, Air Festival, Sacred Circularities, and other global festivals, retreats, trainings and gatherings.
Francie’s signature style embraces the most intuitive, creative, graceful and flowing movements that the practice has to offer, while tapping into the nurturing and powerful insights of the ancient tradition. She offers all-levels, inspiring and playful classes in Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin styles and retreats that weave in-depth instructions on alignment, sequencing, and awareness of the breath with her love of flow, embodiment, storytelling, music, and dance with her knowledge of mindfulness meditation, pranayama, energy anatomy, and Yogic philosophy and wisdom.
Francie is known for her enthusiasm, joy, and dedication to helping to uplift inspire and empower people to live embodied, joyful, aligned, connected, playful, and awakened lives, and is committed to being in service and to living an exceptional life of community, co-creation, celebration and flow.
Francie is based in Koh Phangan, Thailand and Ubud, Bali, where she offers her one-a-kind Cosmic Flow Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga classes, Masterclass workshops in Philosophy, Lifestyle and Vocal Awakening, Kirtan, Sacred Music concerts, Sound healings and her Signature intimate, magical & life-changing “Yoga in Paradise” Yoga & meditation retreats.
To follow Francie’s personal calendar, to receive her music, playlists, blog posts, like her Facebook page: Francie Fishman :Yoga Hoop Music Love
- Bachelor of Arts: Psychology & Humanistic Studies / Minor in Philosophy – McGill University, Montreal, Canada
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Education – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
- Beyond the Asana – Emil Wendel
- Conversations in Yoga with Master Teachers including Emil Wendel, Carroll Dunham PhD, Daniela Wolff, Florian Palzinsky,. Machig Rinpoche, Matthew Clark, Tom Kelly, Vidya Rao
- Freedom through movement – Bex Tyrer
- Unwind the Feminine
- Thai Vedic Bodywork- Sebastian Bruno, Kimmana Nichols
- Level 1
- Blooming Lotus Yoga
- 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
- + main assistant on 6 YTTs (1200 hours)
- + 100 hour Yoga Nidra
- Shantaya Yoga – Anusara Yoga Jonas Westring
- 100 hour – Anatomy & Therapeutics
- !00 hour – Philosophy – Carlos Pomeda
- Embodied Flow – Tara Judelle
- 100 hours – Mind Module
- ISHTA Yoga – Rachel Zinman
- 100 hours Advanced Teacher Training
- Tina Nance Yoga Therapy
- 50 hours Yin Yoga
- Marcela Mota & Tobias
- 50 hours Yin Yoga Intensive
- Shri Yoga – Anusara – Julie Smerdon
- Immersion 1, 2, 3 (pre-requisite for the Anusara YTT)
- Ashtanga Yoga Research Center – Prem & Radha
- 1 month intensive
- Janet Stone Yoga
- Yamas & Niyamas – 10 week course
- Sri Amma Karunamayi
- 3 weeks / 2 weeks Chakra Cleansing silent meditation intensives
- Las Piramindas del ka – Guatemala
- 1 month Moon course
- Tushita – Dharmashala, India
- 10 day Introduction to Buddhism
- Suan Mok – Thailand
- 10 day Silent Meditation
- Dhipabhavan – Thailand
- 7 days Silent Meditation
Sophie Sabrina Sharp
Yoga Retreat Teacher & Instagram Goddess
January | February | March | April | May | June
Read Sophie's bio here...
Sophie is a travelling yogini and lover of all things healthy and natural. She’s passionate about self-care, nutrition, mediation and the power within all of us to manifest our dreams.
Sophie is a big believer in finding joy and awareness through moving the body; her practise combines traditional yoga asana with creative dance-like flowy sequencing. Sophie’s classes are vibrant and spacious, always encouraging her students to connect deeply with their internal world and breath.
Sophie began her yoga journey age 19 in the jungle in Thailand and fell in love how the practise effected her mind and body. She found that yoga energised and strengthened her, helped her to overcome anxiety and also mysteriously influenced her to make healthier, more authentic choices for her life. She felt magnetised to explore many different styles of yoga; including Anusara, Yin, Jivamukti and taking 200 hour training programmes in Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa and studied Yoga Therapy.
Sophie weaves her eclectic yoga background into her strong and juicy alignment-based sequencing set to a background of uplifting motivating music. Her classes are challenging yet nourishing, graceful yet strong and she always encourages her students to move in a way that feels good for their bodies. Sophie’s practise fuses the mindfulness of hatha yoga, the strength of Ashtanga and the energising flow of Vinyasa.
Sophie is a big believer in maintaining a daily yoga practice and sees yoga as a powerful tool for transformation; not only for increasing the health and vitality of the body but also helping to reduce stress and develop self-love. She sees herself as forever a student of the yogic path, making sure to seek out inspiring yoga classes and trainings so that she continues to nourish her knowledge and passion for the practise. She has been practising consistently now for 12 years and her wish is that students leave the mat feeling rejuvenated, energized and connected.
Yoga Retreat Teacher
Read Margit's bio here...
Founder of Swara Yoga Academy
February 2 – 15, 2020
Read Randall's bio here...
Randall has been a dedicated explorer of Yoga since 1991. Alongside his studies of classical Hatha Yoga, Randall has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Jivamukti and Viniyoga.
Randall began teaching in 1995, and began the Jungle Yoga Teacher Training School which delivered 200 Hour & 300 Hour Teacher Trainings for over 10 years, merging into the Swara Yoga Academy in 2018.
Randall’s teaching style is primarily focused on cultivating an asana practice that builds & sustains a high level of Prana – our life force energy. Inspired through his studies of Tai Qi and Viniyoga, Randall shares his unique approach to Pranayama, which he called Swara Yoga. This system gradually deepens into Advanced Pranayama sequences which allow his students access to a comprehensive, embodied understanding of the infinite power within the breath.
Randall’s classes are enriched with philosophy stemming from his studies of Hatha Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda & Indian Mysticism, and are balanced by his unapologetically playful nature and love for Reggae music.
In 2006, after many years studying with his Guru in India, Randall was initiated into the ancient Indian spiritual order of Sadhus and is honoured to share many unique tools from his sacred tradition.
It is his aim to inspire every student to pursue a practice that is overflowing with energy and joy, that spills out into their world and transforms their relationship with life itself.
Support Team | Awesome Human Being
Read Connie's bio here...
Devoted to living a life in service, Bali-based Connie is the founder of Happy Tails – Home Pet-Sitting your can Trust, and the primary communications contact for Francie and Pure Flow Yoga.
With a B.A. in International Relations from Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia, Connie is dedicated, passionate and experienced with supporting environmental issues, zero waste and slow fashion lifestyle and animal welfare.
She shares her skills and expertise through her own personal business, and in working for conscious enterprises as a digital and administration assistant, supply chain consultant, and personal buyer.
Check out Connie’s Project Happy Tails here – http://www.happytailsbali.com/
Yoga Teacher | Yoga Nidra
Partnerships & Outreach
Read Emma's bio here...
In service and devotion to the only true teachers; Nature and Life itself, Emma draws inspiration from elemental patterns & rhythms, Earth based wisdom traditions and her own wild, Celtic soul to offer powerful and unique Yoga and Yoga Nidra classes. With an emphasis on accessible movement and meditation for every body.
A songstress and a poet, Emma also has specialist interest and training in the transformative power of deep Rest, Nature based spirituality and Women’s wellbeing and hormonal health.
Emma guides you to trust your own somatic intelligence and to follow your own heart’s song to realise the innate gifts you have to offer the world.
Follow Emma on Instagram @essentialnatureyoga
THANK YOU! This experience changed my life in so many ways. Last year, I finally found the courage to follow my dream of moving to South America, inspired by you and the other people from the retreat. – Ellinor, Finland
Classes & Privates
Daily Classes take place:
Monday – Friday 9 am & 5 pm
9 am – Vinyasa Flow – Dynamic & Energising
5 pm class – Gentle Hatha or Slow Flow – Yin Yoga Wednesdays
The price is: 400 baht / drop-in class || 1750 baht / 5 classes || 3300 baht / 10 classes || 5500 baht Monthly Unlimited
Drop-In ‘s Welcome, no need to Pre-book | Private sessions available
Pure Flow Yoga offers intuitive, heart-opening, artful and intelligent Yoga Asana classes infused with meditation, pranayama (breath control techniques and lifestyle practices), poetry, quotes, music and devotional singing.
Daily classes are designed to be safe and balanced to meet all learners where they are at, encouraging love, trust, opening, gratitude and surrendering to the perfection of each present moment through focusing on themes of connection to nature/self/community/the divine.
Our aim within these classes is to empower, educate and inspire students and to develop a disciplined practice of asana, the poses and shapes we make with our bodies, as a powerful way to purify and prepare for inner stillness and deep connection with ourselves. We encourage students to drop notions of goals, expectations or desire to achieve a specific pose.
Whether you are a beginner, totally new to the practice or a practice and advanced or experienced Yogi, join us for a heart-opening and uplifting journey into the essence of being to help you raise your vibration to live a more conscious, ecstatic and balanced life.
Enjoy this short sample of Francie teaching to get a taste of our style!
We’re in the Media!
Check all the awesome things people are saying about Pure Flow Yoga.
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Student Stories & Testimonials
…An experience out of Time….This little jewel of the sea has everything to offer: from the wildest and most transgressive parties to yoga retreats in the jungle. Pure Yoga Flow, in Haad Rin Bay, is definitely the most inspiring yoga course I have ever attended: a peaceful yet powerful oasis….
Read the full story here on www.theEatCulture.com
An open letter of gratitude
originally posted here on Ellinor’s awesome blog: Passport Full of Dreams
One year ago, I went on a yoga retreat to Koh Phangan in Thailand, a place known for its healing powers and its infamous full moon parties. I was looking forward to a few weeks of beach life, sunshine and yoga but I really had no idea just how much those weeks in the jungle would change my life. At first, I was extremely uncomfortable. It was hot and humid and there was a gecko in my bathroom that would stare at me every time I came in to take a shower. However, already on the second day of the retreat I noticed a shift in my energy. I started to feel a connection not only to the beautiful nature and wildlife surrounding us but also to the other people in my group. We were all strangers from different parts of the world who had landed here on this funny little island and I believe we were all meant to be there at exactly that time.
I got to know so many brave, inspiring people who had left their settled lives behind just to travel the world, unsure of where they were going next or even what they were looking for, just knowing that they wanted something more out of life, something different. They were all so kind and smart and so unafraid to open up their hearts and speak their truths. I learned something from each and everyone on that retreat and I’m so thankful that our paths crossed right there and then.
During those short weeks at Pure Flow Yoga we practiced and improved our downward-facing dogs, warriors and headstands but we also learned the importance of gratitude, for the good as well as for the bad, and perhaps most importantly, we we were taught how to love ourselves.
One night, during a discussion under the full moon light, I learned that if your fridge is full of healthy food, you won’t be tempted when someone walks by with pizza. In other words, if you have love for yourself, you won’t need to depend on anyone else because you already have everything you need. That being said, you may still want to accept what others are offering you (be that love or pizza or both) but if so it will be by choice, not necessity.
I also learned that being cynical is a waste of time. It was just a random comment thrown out after one of our meditation sessions but I heard it. I really, really heard it. From that moment on, I began dedicating my yoga practice to the man who had broken my heart prior to the retreat and amazingly, as the weeks went by and my body felt stronger and stronger, I felt lighter and lighter.
This past year of my life has had so many ups and downs; it has been so incredibly wonderful and so incredibly difficult all at once. Over and over again, I’ve questioned my decision to move to South America but every time those doubts creep in I keep hearing our yoga teacher’s voice, loud and clear:
Take the leap and the net will appear.
Lessons Learned from Yoga in Koh Phangan
originally posted here on Nicole’s awesome Blog:
A Journey to Authentic Re-connection: Balancing Yin and Yang
Wow! I’ve just returned from two weeks of absolute indescribable bliss on the Thailand island of Koh Phangan. As I sailed up to the picturesque island – with clear sea, beautiful sand, blue sunny skies and its pretty little blue and red boats – and plopped my feet into the water to land at my destination, words cannot describe the beauty and charm of Haad Yuan, the secluded bay I ended up on for my two-week yoga retreat. I can only describe it as ‘spacious;’ I guess, that’s what I was hoping for when I planned my yoga retreat at Pure Flow Yoga Retreats – after all, I practice yoga to find space in my mind, body and soul. However, I didn’t really expect to find the spaciousness in the way I did!
I’m not going to pretend it was an easy journey; I think that’s mostly how these blog posts go, right – stories of the paradise yoga retreat? But for me it was a journey of authenticity, so, challenges are celebrated in this post.
However, what I will say is that I landed back on Sunday, but I realise now that my head hadn’t quite caught up with me and was still in the clouds, so it’s been a bit of a culture shock coming home to the busy pace of life. It’s weird, as mostly you’d expect it to be the other way round; but in a place that now feels more like ‘home’ than home itself, it’s the opposite of jetlag: worse going west!
What makes it so special, you ask? Well, that question I pondered myself… It could have been any number of beautiful things – the paradise-like sand, sea and sunshine as I lay in the hammock on the secluded beach (they actually showed the movie ‘The Beach,’ on the beach, in Thailand – I have to say that wasn’t so relaxing), the beautiful surroundings – Pure Flow was set on an island made from quartz crystal – the healthy, yummy salads, the gorgeous views, or even the Thai hospitality. There are a number of reasons you’d choose an adventure in Thailand; all of them special. For me, though, it was about the journey of authentic connection: to myself and others. And, as a wellbeing consultant, that’s what I want this story to focus on because, as a homeopath especially, life is about reconnecting to the truth of who you are and undoing all the suppression of life.
The First Lesson: You Are Not Your Story, You are Within the Spaciousness
We all have our stories. I went with a million aims of exploration and an intense schedule in my head of when I needed to achieve things by – I have always been someone who tended to burn myself out. I.e. I took the business of the West to the East. I soon remembered that doesn’t wash in such a laid back culture…