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4 Days Exquisite Yoga Retreat in Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw Road, Nong Khiaw, Lao People's Democratic Republic

4 Days Exquisite Yoga Retreat in Luang Prabang, Laos

  • Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw Road, Nong Khiaw, Lao People's Democratic Republic

A Peaceful Laos Yoga Retreat

We invite both the beginner and advanced practitioner to develop your practice further, to find happiness, to be inspired and to connect with Mother Nature on this introspective journey in paradise. Set against a dramatic backdrop of slate and green ragged mountains, interrupted by the undulation of the Nam Ou River, Nong Khiaws soothing atmosphere makes it an ideal place to nurture your yoga practice. Step away from the usual holiday routine and take yourself on a unique exploration of yoga and meditation in a sleepy village, nestled in the highlands of Northern Laos.

This year's shala

Mandala Ou Resort opened its doors last year and has worked closely with the teachers at Luang Prabang Yoga to create a yoga shala that will fully support your yoga practice. The covered shala sits directly on the banks of the Nam Ou River and offers stunning views of the Nong Khiaw landscape.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Daily pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Daily healthy breakfasts and organic vegetarian/non-vegetarian dinner buffet
  • Swimming pool and sauna facilities for the participants use
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Mandala Ou Resort opened its doors last year. The new 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 karst limestone mountains of Nong Khiaw. The resort offers 10 spacious clean & comfortable detached bungalows, mixing traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences you can expect from a home away from your home.

We offer Fountain bungalows and Riverside bungalows for you to choose from. There are only two bungalows with twin beds (one fountain bungalow and one riverside bungalow). All other bungalows have double beds. If you are traveling as a pair and would like to share a bungalow, but do not want to share a bed, fountain bungalows with double beds can also accommodate an extra twin-sized bed for an extra fee per night. We will try to accommodate your request for single/double occupancy, but this will depend on the availability of the room as well.

In the construction of the raised yoga shala, Mandala Ou worked closely with the teachers at Luang Prabang Yoga to create a space that will fully support your yoga practice. Mandala Ou is also the only resort in Nong Khiaw to offer pool and sauna facilities, a complement to your yoga practice.

Day 1

  • Arrival and check in
  • Introductions and overview, followed by opening ceremony and meditation.
  • Pranayama and yoga
  • Organic buffet dinner

Day 2

  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Tea
  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Alignment workshop and yoga Nidra
  • Organic buffet dinner

Day 3

  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Tea
  • Meditation, pranayama and yoga
  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Yin yoga
  • Evening program
  • Organic buffet dinner

Day 4

  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Tea
  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Closing ceremony
  • Check out and departure

The itinerary we've put together is meant to help you connect to yourself, to the people around you and to the world in which we live. We want you to 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 we'd like to rebuild the human experience and restore faith in humanity. You will be re-inspired. Yoga and meditation classes and workshops run from 90 minutes to 120 minutes.

Yoga program

Your yoga program will include meditation, pranayama, Vinyasa yoga, Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra, giving you the benefit of a full sadhana or spiritual practice. The program 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. Through this sense of connectedness, we find compassion for others, and through this compassion, we revive the human experience.

We welcome all levels of experience and can accommodate you whether you are a beginner or seasoned practitioner. If you have any injuries or health concerns, we'll be happy to show you modifications to make your practice relevant to your body. The small group setting will ensure that individual needs are met.

Meditation

The meditation technique we'll use will focus primarily on breath awareness. We'll practice using the breath as an anchor for your focus during your practice and during meditation. We'll use simple techniques that you can take home with you and perhaps incorporate into your daily lives.

Pranayama

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 us are not aware of how we breathe. We'll cover various breathing techniques that will help you live a healthier life.

Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga or vinyasa flow is also known as "breathe synchronized movement" or "an intelligent sequencing of postures." We 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.

Restorative yoga

In restorative yoga, we 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.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra is also known as "yogic sleep." It's a guided relaxation that leaves you in a state of conscious awareness of your deep sleep. We guide you through the different parts of your body, different sensations and visualizations to calm the brain and the nervous system.

Nong Khiaw is a sleepy village, nestled in the highlands of Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road and river. Travel by road to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang takes approximately 3 hours, although many travelers opt for the longer, 6-hour boat ride as the views along the river are spectacular.

Ultimately, Nong Khiaw's draw is its impressive landscape. 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.

Distances

  • Luang Prabang, 150 km
Activities
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free! Bicycle
  • Room cleaning

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.

  • Accommodation
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Organic Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Dinner Buffet
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Use of pool and natural sauna
  • Bicycle available for each participant

Arrival by bus

Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road from Luang Prabang. Nong Khiaw is approximately 150km 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 9.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. The journey takes approximately 3 hours. For you return to Luang Prabang, minibuses depart Nong Khiaw for Luang Prabang at 9.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. daily.

If you are traveling either from Northern Thailand or Northern Laos, you can travel to Nong Khiaw either by public or VIP 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.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Marjolijn Jochemsen from Utrecht (The Netherlands)
    9 out of 10

    "What a beautiful place for a yoga retreat. Julie, the teacher, is lovely. I really liked the alignment classes. It gave me a deeper understanding of some yoga postures."

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  • Review by Vida
    9 out of 10

    "I had an absolutely wonderful time in the yoga retreat. Luang Prabang yoga is doing such a rejuvenating program. The place they're chose for the retreat was perfect. Mandala Ou Resort in Nong Khiaw was just as serene as I needed it to be. Julie was very hands on in knowing each retreat students individually in terms of our personal yoga needs and injuries as well. I heard they're going to do a 100 hours teacher training. If they are, I'd love to join! I give them a 9.5 for my super gratefulness to be able to experience a yoga retreat as soul fulfilling as that."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Tiffany Sim from Malaysia
    9 out of 10

    "I am so glad to join my first teacher training with Daphne, she is a marvellous teacher and has deep profound knowledge about the history, philosophy, culture, spirituality of yoga and movement. I definitely would like to join her teacher training again next year!"

    Luang Prabang Yoga, edited

  • Review by Shanon Fox from Koh Samui
    9 out of 10

    "I acquired a great deal of knowledge in a great location! Daphne is extremely knowledgeable, and she is great about sharing this knowledge in a fun and easy to grasp way. It was the perfect length of time and the training was taught with a positive and dynamic energy. I would love to learn more from her in the future! And the location - Mala Dara - was gorgeous! Thanks Daphne for including me in the training! Look forward to seeing what comes up next!"

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  • Review by Tolan Shaw

    "Such an amazing time and amazingly put together retreat. Multiple songs were created and inspired by it including this one! Luang Prabang Yoga rules!"

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  • Review by Victoria C.

    "Definitely check out Utopia during your stay. Not only to just read and relax on the riverfront (the Nam Khan), but also to do their evening sunset yoga on their patio with Julie. This was excellent!"

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  • Review by Jen Horn

    "Yoga in the morning, delicious food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and board games in this laid back hangout spot will make you want to come back again and hang out even longer. I’d have hung out here more often if I had more money too. Definitely one of the places you’d want to visit while in Luang Prabang."

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  • Review by Bhanu Bhatnagar

    "I discovered Julie is spearheading a fledgling yoga community in Luang Prabang, teaching and organizing classes and workshops for the many travelers that come through, as well as the local expat community. It’s real. It’s raw. From an outdoor deck overlooking the Nam Khan river to a creaky room in an active Buddhist temple complex, the locations are truly inspiring. I’m used to practicing yoga at home or in a standard yoga studio. This was a treat. And a challenge too (think, mosquitos at dusk)."

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  • Review by Pascale from Europe

    "I've just finished this four-day yoga retreat and I want to be back to this happy place!"

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  • Review by Karl from United Kingdom

    "I am a beginner to yoga, and I had had only one class of Hot yoga prior to this yoga retreat. Located at the Mandala Ou guesthouse on a river nestled between two beautiful mountains, the scenery was perfect: tranquil and majestic. I wasn't too thrilled initially about waking up at 06:00, but I quickly grew to appreciate being up at the crack of dawn to witness the waking up of nature around me while the sun rose. Julie and Kathrin, our yoga instructors, were well-suited to their job: they recognized that they had a group which varied in age and yoga experience and organized the classes such that each individual was able to learn something not an easy feat. If you are considering participating in a yoga retreat, I would highly recommend this one."

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  • Review by Kelly Lindley from United Kingdom

    "I had a wonderful experience, enjoyed the holistic approach to the retreat, and learned more about yoga from Kathryn and Julie than I have from any other instructor I've had before. Also the Mandala Ou is an amazing hotel and the dinner buffets prepared by the owner Nic were absolutely delicious."

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  • Review by a traveler from South Korea

    "This was my first time doing yoga and I had no idea what to expect, but this went way above anything I anticipated. The accommodation and the yoga shala is set among beautiful scenery. Rooms are spectacular and the staff wonderful.The two yoga instructors are so amazing. Very inspiring and encouraging. I enjoyed every part of this retreat. They had a great variety from practical yoga to meditation. They also cater to all levels and you also have a chance to have a one on one chat with them too. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Luang Prabang or Nong Khiaw."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Mon arrivée sur les lieux de la retraite de yoga fut à couper le souffle. Le paysage, les installations du Resort Madala Ou, mon bungalow tout était encore plus beau que sur le site internet ! Surdose de bonheur 4 jours ici à relaxer, à faire du yoga, à méditer, à respirer calmement. Wow!"

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang Yoga is a cooperative of independent yoga teachers that offers yoga retreat in some of the most beautiful locations in Luang Prabang, Laos.

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