Thai chief insists viral sexual yoga video was not shot in Thailand (video)

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A district chief on Koh Pha Ngan island in the southern province of Surat Thani insisted that a viral video of sexual yoga on Thai social media took place in Bali, Indonesia, not in Thailand.

The video, shared widely on social media yesterday, May 13, showed three foreign couples engaging in unusual explicit acts, initially claimed to have taken place in a yoga studio on Koh Pha Ngan.

The foreign men in the video were reportedly yoga instructors but their actions appear to be more sexual than yogic. Some netizens saw the practices as being done for sexual pleasure or orgasm, rather than for health-related purposes.

Many expressed concerns about the appropriateness of the activity and called for an investigation. Some also urged the authorities to shut down the business as soon as possible.

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However, one Thai man assured in the comment section that the gestures were a form of yoga to treat people with depression.

Another netizen said this type of yoga is called tantric sex, also known as sexual yoga. The goals of sexual yoga ranged from liberation, spiritual or energetic contact, and mindful connection within oneself or between oneself and one’s partner.

Many netizens were convinced by the information provided by the two netizens, while others continued to urge the relevant authorities to investigate the yoga studio and release the results of the investigation to the public.

The chief of Koh Pha Ngan district, Noppadon Khaomali, responded to the issue and told Channel 3 that he and other officials reviewed the video and searched for its source and found that the video was recorded in Bali, Indonesia, not Thailand.

Noppadon also showed reporters a social media account belonging to one of the yoga instructors in the video but the account had not been made public. The social media account showed other videos of the same type of yoga practice in Bali.

Noppadon reassured the public that Koh Pha Ngan authorities are closely monitoring foreigners’ behaviour on the island and will take action against any inappropriate activities.

Noppadon was referring to the recent arrest of a Polish yoga teacher at the Tantra Movement School in March for operating without a licence and offering questionable yoga classes.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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