Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa is the first yoga studio in Nepal which is signed in the CTEVT program guaranteed by the government of Nepal.
Yoga Retreats (5)
Kriti Karki is the owner and the instructor of Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa. Kriti was very young when she suffered from serious asthma and she recovered after her father (Dr. SB Karki) decided to teach yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises to her with the practice of healthy yogic food routine. Since then, Kriti has developed the penchant for yoga and making it a daily routine. Kriti did 6 moth diploma, 3 year bachelor in yoga and naturopathy and two years Master(M.A) in yogic science from India university. She also did International yoga alliance teacher training.
Yogacharya Dipendra Bhatt
Yogacharya Deependra Bhatt was awarded a scholarship for Masters degree in Yoga Science, from Haridwar, India (2012-2014) against my service. Also, He worked for the Department of Research on Yoga Philosophy and was responsible for providing data of Ancient Yoga scriptures from Department of Archaeology, Kathmandu. It helped him understand better Yoga and he always wanted to be a Yogi.
Swami Basu Samarpan
Swami Basu Samarpan is a spiritual seeker and a Reiki master and also yoga and meditation instructor who is a unique and ordinary human soul with all the gifts of nature. He has completed his master degree (M.A.) in Buddhist religion and philosophy in first degree honor from the Tribhuvan University (T.U.), Kathmandu, Nepal, and has been awarded to his many social activities. And as a Buddhist scholar, he is also contributing to share Buddha’s message through different means and ways.
He is initiated by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (Bihar School of Yoga, Munger). He was a permanent resident at Rikhia Peeth (an affiliate of BSY), where Swami Satyananda Saraswati spent his 20 years in seclusion and austerity. He also did a Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy Course in Shivananda Ashram, Rishikesh. In the course of his wanderings, he dwelt sometimes in the caves, and at other times in jungles, forests, and riversides doing particular austerities, but his ultimate austerity was and still is in the presence of his Master.
from Netherlands, February 2020
"The Mandala yoga journey. "
The friendly atmosphere at the Mandala Studio is truly heartwarming. The whole team each with their own expertise will make you feel part of a beautiful tribe. Kriti is very gifted in understanding your body in how yoga is best done for you to uplift and transform it on various levels by her practices. For me there has not been a teacher over the last ten years of practicing yoga that gave me personal stretches to work on certain body parts that needed attention. She is honest, direct and hands on in bringing solutions for various poses if your body is needing adjustment. A great teacher with a great workflow and a strong spirit. In addition to Kriti, comes Nima, she and her morning class is the sun itself that enlightens your day. Amazing. Thank you so much for helping me on this expanding journey in many ways.
Om shanti Om.
from Australia, January 2020
I completed the 200 hr teacher training. There was only two of us in the group which meant that Kriti could focus fully on us. I found that helpful in developing my self practice and my teaching skills. I really enjoyed learning about the history and philosophy of yoga, as well as practicing traditional Hatha yoga. I gained so much great knowledge and insight that I can now use in my everyday practice and in life. The accommodation at Sunny Hotel was lovely, all the staff were kind and the food was healthy and tasty. Overall it was a great experience, thanks Kriti and Biren!
from United States, July 2019
"Life Changing Trip"
This training was everything I could have hoped for. When looking at trainings I wanted to experience yoga as a culture and get down to the fundamentals, which is exactly what this course was about. Now I know what a yogi lifestyle consists of and I feel confident in teaching the classical form of yoga. The teachers at Mandala were all so knowledgeable and hard working but also fun-spirited, we spent so much time laughing and joking around together. It made all the challenging times just fly by. My favorite experiences was, going hiking up the mountain and running into a monk who taught us a chant while drumming, and visiting temples and seeing a wedding ceremony.
from United States, May 2019
"Incredible Experience "
From the moment I arrived in Kathmandu and was greeted with open arms and a prayer scarf I felt welcomed into the Mandala family. Kriti and Biren are so caring and genuine and were so concerned with our experience and wellbeing at all times; we were so well looked over. The studio itself was centrally located in Kathmandu and the Chandragiri retreat gave a nice contrast to the bustle of Thamel. I left with a great foundation to my journey as an instructor and inspired to continue my personal practice and to teach others.
from Nepal, May 2019
This training was a great experience! Super friendly people, who always take care and try their best. We learned a lot and had much fun during our classes.
Also the place where we were staying is nice and clean. Even though it’s in the middle of Thamel, it’s not too busy their and you have a nice rooftop with good views.
from United States, April 2019
"Traditional yoga and peaceful village"
All the stay is well arranged to be taken in charge with a free mind. I really appreciated the diversity of classes, the knowledgeable and friendly teachers and the free practices at the studio. It was convenient to be in Thamel with a short walking distance between the hotel and the studio. The hotel tenants were so available to answer any demand. The food was good and non spicy, the rooms comfortable and clean.
The highlight of the training was to move for 1 week in Rieke village, few hours by bus from Kathmandu. It was very refreshing and relaxing to be there, with the view on the Annapurna. The hosts were so nice and the food was very tasty. An amazing experience to recommend.
from United States, February 2019
"200 hour training "
Kriti had an excellent touch for correcting alignment and showing teachers how to correct future students alignment.
from Vietnam, January 2019
"Brett from Colorado "
Wasn’t planning on doing this when I first traveled but I’m so happy it all worked out. I learned so much about my body and mind that even if I never plan to be a teacher the class was well worth it. Definitely planning to go back for more classes from them.
from Australia, December 2018
"Yoga is life "
I liked how supportive and caring the team at mandala studio was. The classes were fun, the teachers not only had a lot of knowledge but also had great passion for yoga and what they were teaching.
Holly De Burgh
from Ireland, November 2018
"Amazing experience with professional teachers"
Everything at Mandala was very well organised and the teachers were so professional and knowledgeable in their areas. Each teacher took the time to make sure us students understood every topic and their positive attitudes made it a wonderful environment.
Definitely great value for money - food and hotel are to a very high standard.
from Canada, November 2018
"It is an unforgettable life changing experience!"
I loved each and every day that I spent with Kriti’s course!
You have to becoune like a sponge to absorb all the beautiful knowledge that teaches give you about yoga. Every teacher has a unique spirit and approach, they all are so different, but all amazing!
This course helps you to deepen the knowledge in theory, philosophy, physical part of yoga. It makes you more and more curious and provokes the desire to study more, to discover more, never to stop your education, and keep the positive spirit.
Some days are hard and intensive, but you will definitely love it if your purpose is to study yoga, to be surrounded with it.
It was a great time in Kathmandu in a lovely and cozy hotel, where the stuff is indescribably hospitable and kind!
The Mandala studio is a great place in the heart of the Thamel with an offer of perfect massages in the free time 😊
You can do additional Reiki and Singing bowls sessions and workshops in the free time, which makes the stay completely great.
Thank you for your knowledge that you share, for your kindness, for your motivation and hospitality!
Hope to come back soon 😊
from Great Britain, September 2018
The course and the classes were excellent. The teachers are enthusiastic and helpful and are able to push you to achieve goals. I would recommend mandala studio and will look to go back myself in a few years to complete the three hundred hour course.
from Thailand, September 2018
"Very knowledgeable and qualified instructors!"
The instructors were so knowledge and patient. They made me realize my abilities and enhassed it to the max. The way they taught really encouraged me to break my mind block that had been in me for so many years. They are really living yoga. So much to learn from them. Also, the organizer was very cooperative and tried to accommodate all our needs. At times we demanded so much but Biren and Kriti really pushed their boundaries to help us out and to make us feel as most comfortable as possible. Spending in a group in a foreign country for three weeks, you will come out with all the unexpected needs and it is very important that the organizer is flexible and cooperative. And they were just amazing in thar. I will definitely go back again for further training with them! Thank you Biren and Kriti! The yogi journey with you was so beautiful and life changing experience!
from United States, August 2018
"A beautiful experience"
From the accommodation to the learning environment, this experience was wonderful. Kriti, Ekraj, and Swami Basu provided us with lots of wisdom over a short time and worked hard to improve our yogic practice and knowledge in every way. We covered asanas, yoga theory and history, and philosophy as well. The program was overall well-structured, and we packed a lot into every day, making it a very deep and plentiful training. They were also accommodating of vegan diets (at your request). Lastly, being able to connect with others on a spiritual journey such as this was sublime. Growing and learning with other passionate yoga practitioners was one of the best aspects of this trip. I appreciated the time to develop my practice with friends and further our wisdom in Yoga.
from United States, August 2018
"Very rewarding experience "
Kriti is very knowledgeable and experienced in the asanas. It was great training with her and learning adjustments. She twisted and stretched my body into postures that I didn’t know were possible! The meditations and mindfulness we practiced with Basu were also very rewarding, and I feel grateful for the entire experience.
from Denmark, August 2018
"A shared moment of Zen and Yoga"
I booked the YTT without being truly aware of what I was getting myself into. I spent 22 days in Nepal, primarily in Kathmandu, emerging myself into the basic framework and nature of Hatha yoga. I would highly recommend Mandala yoga studio and the provided YTT experience to anyone who wants to dive into the universe of Yoga, both practical and spiritual. I enjoyed every aspect, every moment and I would do it all again if I had the chance.
And to my luck I shared the whole experience with a great group of loving and kind people.
Until we meet again a big thanks to Kriti and Biren.
from United States, July 2018
"Solid eastern-style training- leave western expectations "
Whether taking the 200-hour to deepen your yoga practice, get your foot in the door as a new teacher, or test the waters, I think it’s great to investigate the fundamentals of yoga in its geographic place of origin and in a relatively spiritual environment where a yogic diet/lifestyle is more likely to be culturally adhered to or supported - as opposed to a temporary western popup retreat that has no direct ties to the surrounding culture, history and environment. Vibe was very laid back, positive and welcoming. However, note that as such, though you are seeking a western accreditation, you are being taught by Nepali teachers and the education and style is not your Highly-structured, fast-paced western education— by all means pursue a western accreditation if you feel it will prepare you to work in a western country, but if you want to explore the roots of yoga in a more authentic way this is a lovely place to do it. I also appreciated that they moved us to an ashram for a week, where we got to get out of the “chaos” of Thamel and relax, do many meditations and eat THE MOST AMAZING HOMECOOKED NEPALI FOOD I COULD DREAM OF.
from Australia, July 2018
"200hrs Yoga Teacher Training"
The staff at Mandala and Sunny Hotel made me feel so welcome and comfortable right from the start. They try very hard to make sure that every one is happy. The yoga training schedule was good and the classes got harder as the training progressed. Toward the end of the training we were all sore and tired but I’m glad that we were challenged! There is always the option to do less or not advanced versions of the poses.
We definitely learned a lot of important information about the asanas. The yogic philosophy and lifestyle teachers were great and provided traditional Nepalese and Indian perspectives. We had the experience of going to an ashram for 5 nights which was the most incredible experience. Lovely setting, great food and the meditation was amazing! I never thought I would be able to meditate every day but now I know how valuable it is to a healthy mind and clarity of thinking.
The group of people I was with were all wonderful and made the experience so much more memorable.
from Indonesia, July 2018
The Yoga Teacher Training covered the majority of what we need to know and learn about yoga and how to be a yoga teacher. We finished the material within the first two weeks, and the last week for repetition and our practice to teach our classmates. Accommodation in Sunny Hotel is simple but very nice, the staffs of Sunny Hotels are very friendly, they treated us like a family, trying to help us as much as possible when we need a tea, fruits, water, or anything that we need.
Spending 5 days away from Thamel was a surprise for our group, Kriti mentioned that we were the first group to spend some days in Ashram, which is close to nature and bit far away from the hustle of Kathmandu City. My personal opinion, the food in the Ashram is tastier (spicier) compared to the food in the Sunny hotel. But it was too spicy for some other people. We also learned a lot about Meditation and Philosophy of life from Swami Basu. I like the combination of having classes in Thamel, and a few days away from Thamel.
I also met wonderful people (my classmates) from around the world, which we created a unique friendship and bonding during the three weeks training durations. Overall the YTT is very valuable experience for me, and it is recommended to take YTT with Mandala Yoga Studio.
from United States, July 2018
"Around the World Experience"
The teacher training was fabulous. Kriti was amazing and so supportive. Her husband, Birwn, co-owner of the yoga studio and spa, also provided guidance and support whenever any of us (students) needed it. Both Kriti and Biren are committed to providing a top notch teacher training program and experience. I met so many inspirational people from around the world. It was a joy to get to know them and become a family in the short 3 weeks.
Not only did we spent our training at the yoga facility in Kathmandu, but Kriti and Biren also arranged for us to spend a week in an ashtram to have time with nature and yoga away from the city. The week was spent in intense training with our Swami and his family. It was astounding and the food was excellent home cooked cuisine.
The accommodations at the Sunny Hotel in Kathmandu were simple yet comfortable. It was a short 5-7 minute walk to the studio. The staff at the hotel always went out of their way to help out whenever any of us needed anything. The food was prepared according to our yoga teacher’s specific requests. The flavors and food was traditional Nepalese; however, after awhile with anything I needed a change. I didn’t miss the meat, but I did miss eggs, cheese and dark chocolate.
Overall the trip, sight seeing, hiking shopping,etc. and especially the yoga program was phenomenal. And above all else, I realized the way you do yoga is the way you do life, and it’s way more than asanas even when you’re my age(58).
from Australia, July 2018
I learnt so much from all the teachers at mandala studio. So much more than Australia. Nepal is an unique and special place. All the teachers were great and so knowledgable.
from United States, June 2018
I found the hotel as well as the studio to be very quick to respond to our issues when we had them which was a good feature.
from Switzerland, May 2018
"More than amazing experience"
So wonderful time in Mandala Studio!
Our hotel staff was so nice, they looked after all of us so good. Even when I was feeling sick, they brought me a soup in bed!
Kriti is so wonderful teacher, I love her classes! After class I never felt myself so good and in a such a mood.
Dipendra is the teacher who made us sweat so much but it worth it! They all are our friends now, we are always welcome there.
Love ya, guys.
Cindy Abou Haidar
from Australia, April 2018
We were so fortunate to have such knowledgeable, enthusiastic and amazing instructors. Everyday we learnt so much in depth information about yoga. I also liked the structure of the day. Plenty of time to study and reflect on the theory. It was great to be encouraged to improve our practice and learn about other aspects of yoga including pranayama and cleansing. The hotel staff were also great.
from Canada, April 2018
"Intensive knowledge can be acquired"
Dipendra was my favorite part of the course who was our instructor for the philosophical and Asana part of the course. He was so knowledgeable yet so flexible and powerful physically. The course itself was intensive and covered almost anything a yogi needs to know to embark on the path. From cleansing regime, diet, history, philosophy, branches of yoga to advanced asanas, this is a complete package! There is nothing comparable in the west.
from Australia, March 2018
I really enjoyed the intenseity of the course, for every level.
They also covered a good amount of criteria in the short 22 days. Would recommend this course!
from Finland, February 2018
"Perfect yoga teacher training"
The 200 h yoga teacher training course at Mandala Studio was an experience like no other. The family-like atmosphere combined with extremely professional yoga teaching in the magical surroundings is something I'd happily recommend to anyone interested in deepening their experience of yoga. Within 22 days I was equipped with enough knowledge and confidence to start my own teaching practice, while understanding yoga as a life-long learning path with so much to look forward to. Thank you Mandala Studio family, we will definitely meet again!
from Australia, February 2018
I like the whole combo with teachers proffesional knowledge of yoga, weekend trips with meditation. Really unforgettable experience was Dynamic meditation we had one weekend and picnic plus dancing and lots of laughing. Amazing combo with study, fun and friendships we never forget!Thank you😊 highly recommend to become a yogateacher here with Mandala studio and yoga&spa. Beautifull.☀
from Mexico, September 2019
tout était parfait,
les profs sont tous différents ce qui nous permet de voir et de s'imprégner de plein de styles d'enseignement, mention spéciale à Kriti, Biren, au #thedoctor et à Dipendra, grâce à vous je peux continuer mon chemin de prof sereinement ,
hotel comfortable et staff attentionné malgré la nourriture qui devient repetitive et incite à aller picorer dans la rue, ou au resto
projet en cours de construction d'un centre eco friendly qui je l'espère contentera les futurs étudiants,
200 heures restent maigres alors qu'il y a tant a apprendre après coup j'aurais préféré les 300h !! il ne reste plus qu'à apprendre encore plus une fois rentré
encore merci pour tout et à très bientôt l'équipe :)
from Germany, August 2019
"Would do it again! "
I liked especially the Theory class with the Dr, because he told us so many interesting things beyond the book. In the practical classes Kriti and Dipendra were simply the best. Kriti pushed us in some postures we never did before and it was really impressive how much the body can do, even though we weren’t aware of. Dipendra was a Little walking Sunshine himself and his classes were sometimes really exhausting, but you will and also want to smile anyway! All in all I can say, that I would do the teaching training again in the mandala studio if i had the chance to choose again.
from Switzerland, June 2019
"I enjoyed every moment - the good and bad ones"
I really liked how kriti pushed us into to the poses. To going deeper and deeper. She pushed us out our comfort Zone and I am really thankful for this. I never would be able to do this by my one and would always stay in my comfort zone. Now I know, I am able to do more than it is possible. So thank you for this Kriti. We were for 3 weeks at the kushi kushi Resort, the food was really delicious, best: Breakfast :)
If you have any doubts, thoughts or something you worried about, they're listening to you (Kriti, Biren, Swami) and they will try to found an solution. To Swami, his Knowledge is incredible. I really enjoyed the classes with him. Talking about yoga history, philosophy, the world, also about ourself. You start to learn everyday more and more about yourself. And that is really precious.
from Monaco, October 2018
- great teachers (nice, available, careful). Many thanks to Kriti, Dipendra and Swami Alok
- great staff (at the Mandala spa, Sunny hotel and Riepe village) and special thanks to Biren
- great knowledge and techniques
- good and clean accommodation
- good food
from France, October 2018
"Double feeling about YTTC"
The place (Mandala Studio in Thamel in Karmandou).
The yoga philosophy and the kriti class.
The visits during the days OFF.
from France, August 2018
"Better than i expected! 😍"
The knowledge of the teachers are awsomes! And they are very understanding, they take care of yourself also! Perfect!!!
from Morocco, June 2018
Les gens don't très aimable.
from Austria, May 2018
Absolutely loved it! Staff is super friendly, they take good care of you like you were a part of their family! Accomodation is only 5 minutes walk from the studio. The studio is in the very centre of Thamel. You even can practice by your own in the garden outside in your free time if you want to! Loved all about it!
from France, March 2018
Staff was 100% profesional. High level of yoga classes. Highly recommended!
from Hong Kong, June 2019
"Yoga retreat at Mandala"
Yoga class, sound healing, mediation, sight-seeing
from United States, May 2019
This teacher training was absolutely fabulous!! Everything surpassed my expectations. A traditional experience. The food, accommodations, everything is thoroughly thought out to every detail. The course itself is all inclusive, filled with a lot of information. The teachers are all so knowledge and compliment each other very nicely! Would recommend to anyone looking for a traditional yoga experience with a perfect mix of western comfort. The teachers will help progress your practise to a level you didn't know possible, in a comfortable way, it's like magic:)
from United States, October 2018
"Transformational Yoga Teacher Training"
I recently finished 300 Hr Yoga Teacher Training at this studio. My learning has been transformational both on and off the mat. The teachers are not only knowledgeable but also compassionate, kind and loving. They treat their students with respect, but care for them like their own children. They spark interest and curiosity of students with light hearts, yet firm and gentle on the teaching. Everyday I looked forward to the classes even though getting up at 6am is the most difficult thing in my daily life... In this 33 days, my brain absorbs knowledge like a sponge, the pain in my body become pleasure during practice, my heart receives much loving kindness. I am more than ever ready to be a yoga teacher...
from New Zealand, September 2018
"immense knowledge between instructors"
The balance between staying in Thermal and the Jungle at 'osho divine' was awesome. The schedule being flexible and accommodating to suit our learning needs was outstanding - egos did not come into play here.
Some knowledge of the sanskrit for yoga history and asana is very helpful to have before you come! Practice some ashtanga yoga to understand where yoga started and what will be taught to you.
The people of Nepal are very caring and kind. Safe to walk around, even at night and anyone will gladly help you.
The food is nutritious and lovely. Safe to eat any restaurant or cafe in spare time.
If you are going at high heat and dust times of the year - take a scarf or medical mask to avoid breathing too much dust.
The teaching is traditional and will take you beyond the physical, asana based practice. If you connect your intellect to your heart/ spirit, you will come away a highly skilled yoga teacher....beyond the mat!