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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.