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:: Benjaporn Karoonkornsakul, Founder & Managing Director

 

Ben is the founder of ABSOLUTE GROUP and director of all 10 Absolute Yoga studios in Thailand and Singapore. Her mission is to creat a fun, supportive environment that challenges students to change their mind and body through the practice of yoga. ABSOLUTE Sanctuary brings together all aspects of health and wellness under one roof. Ben is extremely proud to have such an amazing wellness resort that offers a world-class detox programs, inspiring yoga retreats and specialty spa center with a qualified team of managers, teachers, healers that make it all possible.

 

 

:: Claire Bostock, Executive Director

 

Claire originally a banker from Singapore, left the banking world and went into yoga teaching and also counseling work, working as a Counselor with MD Specialist & Adam Road Hospital. With a passion for integrated healing, she combined her counseling techniques with yoga to help her patients. In early 2006, Claire moved to Bangkok, Thailand where she taught at ABSOLUTE YOGA Bangkok's various studios to gain wider exposure in her teaching experience in Hot yoga, Yin, Pilates, Hatha & Vinyasa classes. Claire has further taken up the position as a Counselor for TRIA, an Integrated Medical Wellness Center, where she managed the Movement Department and set up a yoga program to provide an integrated approach to healing for clients. In 2008, with her experience in developing programs & charisma in attending to people's personal needs, she become the Executive Director at ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY.

 

 


:: Wipa Nareerak, Resident Manager

 

Born in Bangkok with a Master’s Degree of Arts, Wipa has been working in the hotel industry for over a decade. Starting with a Sales & Marketing role and moved up the ranks for the position of Assistant General Manager and embarked on her first taste of island life. After several years in the hospitality industry on the island, the avid practitioner of yoga decided to move with the times and entered the wellness resort arena by becoming the Resident manager of Absolute Sanctuary. With her vast experience in the hotel business and love for yoga, Wipa is excited to combine both her loves at Absolute Sanctuary and bring the resort to a higher level.

 

 


:: Alena Kwong, Wellness Consultant

 

Starting at a young age, Alena always had an immense passion towards the subjects of food, nutrition and culture. During college, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Culinary Sciences from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her first role in nutritional counselling would be in her senior year working within a clinical hospital setting where she would monitor patients’ dietary needs and participate in food preparation.

 

Alena then decided to pursue her passion in the culinary arts, and studied at the Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary Arts Institute before spending her early career years as a pastry chef in Hong Kong’s restaurant and dining scene. Coming from a busy hectic city and fast paced work and life environment of Hong Kong, Alena had her first-hand experiences of constant “burn out” and felt the full effects of “toxic overload” from environmental and city stress. This lead her to many constant visits to the beautiful island of Koh Samui solely for juice detoxification purposes. After seeing and experiencing the benefits of what fresh juicing and colonic cleansing can do for the body and mind, Alena took her education on a further level at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, where she got certified as a “Holistic Nutrition Specialist.” During her studies, her love for wellness consulting and coaching people on a holistic spectrum grew. She then went on to get certified as a 200hr Yoga Teacher and has been trained in all levels of Reiki:I,II,III & Reiki Master. She believes that finding balance in all areas of our life is the success to personal health.

 

During your stay with us, Alena serves to guide and support you through your wellness program to meet your personal health goals. She uses Reiki and Chakra Energy healings to bring energy imbalances and healing to the body. Alena lays a strong emphasis on bringing connectedness between the mind and body. To gain greater mindful awareness of the body, ‘Self ‘ and ‘the moment’, she also offers pranayama breathing and mindfulness meditation sessions to her clients as a stress reduction technique. Alena is also available for an in-depth nutrition consultation and any wellness assistance she can offer you to enhance your well-being on an overall level.