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This retreat will encourage you to uncover your own truth and to gain a self-awareness that will help you build a healthy connection to the world around you. This retreat includes philosophy lessons, meditation and pranayama sessions, and a variety of daily yoga classes giving you the benefit of a full spiritual practice. Enjoy rural Laos through this sense of connection, find compassion for others, and revive the human experience.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared bungalow. The resort offers 10 spacious, clean, and comfortable detached bungalows, mixing traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences you can expect from a home away from your home. The custom-built yoga shala sits directly on the banks of the Nam Ou River, harnessing the energy of life.
There are only two bungalows with twin beds, one fountain bungalow, and one riverside bungalow respectively. All other bungalows have double beds.You can be accommodated upon your request in a private or double bungalow occupancy with a riverside or fountain view, but this will depend on the availability of the room as well.
This program is meant to help you connect to yourself, to the people around you, and to the world in which you live. At the end of the retreat, you should leave feeling recharged and healthy so you can return home with more energy or carry with you the feeling of peace and calmness as you continue on your adventures. Most of all, this retreat is meant to rebuild the human experience and restore faith in humanity. You will be re-inspired with yoga and meditation classes and workshops.
You will be using various meditation techniques throughout the retreat. When it comes to meditation, different techniques resonate with different people. As such, you will be introduced to various methods of anchoring the mind and focus. These are simple techniques that you can take home with you and perhaps incorporate into your daily lives.
Nidra yoga is also known as "yogic sleep." It's a guided relaxation that leaves you in a state of conscious awareness of your deep sleep. You will be guided through the different parts of your body, different sensations, and visualizations to calm the brain and the nervous system.
You will be discussing the philosophy behind yoga it is an accessible way to present the knowledge of the ancient vedic texts. Therefore, through philosophy discussions, you will learn why do yoga, how to approach your yoga practice, how to approach your own life and how you can apply yoga philosophy to improve your relationships with friends, strangers, and the world.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means "extension of the breath" or "extension of the life force." In simple terms, pranayama is the art of breath control. Breathing is the essence of living, yet most of the people are not aware of how to breathe. You will cover various breathing techniques that will help you live a healthier life.
In restorative yoga, you select specific postures that will leave you feeling nourished and well-rested. Postures are typically practiced on the floor, held for several minutes and supported by props.
Vinyasa yoga or vinyasa flow is also known as "breath synchronized movement" or "an intelligent sequencing of postures." You flow from one posture to the next in the most natural sequence while synchronizing breath and movement. Vinyasa yoga is dynamic, yet the sequence can be modified to suit the needs of the practitioner.
Julie is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. She incorporates all of her past experiences into her teaching style. She teaches Hatha, Power, Vinyasa Flow, and Nidra yoga styles. Julie began her yoga practice in 2003 in USA. She studied at the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Studios where she practiced Power Vinyasa yoga, a dynamic flow which synchronizes breathing and movement. She trained as a teacher in Bali, Indonesia at Shakti Spirit Yoga with Rachel Hull along with a strong Ayurvedic component.
This retreat will take place at Mandala-Ou Resort in Nong Khiaw, Laos. This premier bungalow resort is situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River, offering spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and the karst limestone mountains of Nong Khiaw. This is a sleepy village, nestled in the highlands of Northern Laos settled against a dramatic backdrop of slate and green ragged mountains, interrupted by the undulation of the Nam Ou River, its soothing atmosphere makes it an ideal place to nurture your yoga practice.
Located approximately 150 kilometers from Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road and river. To travel by road to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang takes approximately three hours, although many travelers opt for the longer, 6-hour boat ride. Life in Nong Khiaw takes place primarily along the banks of the Nam Ou River. A main street and bridge run through the center of town, connecting the two sides. From Nong Khiaw, day trips to Hmong villages, rock climbing, and visits to caves and waterfalls can be arranged, but the village is best experienced at leisure. The Nam Ou River is flanked on both sides by rolling hills and stone massifs. The river cuts through the mountains, opening spectacular views into the distance. It's a destination not to be missed.
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During this retreat, you will enjoy daily breakfast and organic vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet dinner. Each day, you will have one hour for tea time.
Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road from Luang Prabang. Nong Khiaw is approximately 150 kilometers from Luang Prabang and minibuses run regularly between the two. Minibus tickets can be purchased from various travel agencies in Luang Prabang. Minibuses depart Luang Prabang at 09:00, 11:00, and 13:00.
The journey takes approximately three hours. It is suggested to arrive at Luang Prabang before the retreat date so that you can arrange your transportation with a travel agency the day before you leave for Nong Khiaw. A private minibus transfer back to Luang Prabang will be arranged with the resort.
If you are traveling either from Northern Thailand or Northern Laos, you can travel to Nong Khiaw either by public or private buses. Depending on the route, you may have to stop in Pak Mong and hire a tuk-tuk to take you the rest of the way to Nong Khiaw. If you are traveling by road from Vietnam, regular buses run from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. From there, you can connect by bus to Mueng Khua in Laos.
From Mueng Khua to Nong Khiaw is a six-hour boat ride.