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.
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 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.
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!
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 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!
a traveler Nepal
I had 10 days package of yoga classes at mandala studio and it was really great world class yoga. I must prefer Hatha yoga class with teacher Kriti. She was amazing and so friendly.I also got 20% off for spa treatment with the same package and had Swedish massage.It was perfect massage ever i had. Highly recommended.
Highly appreciated! I took different yoga classes with different yoga teachers at mandala studio and it was amazing. All teachers was full of yoga skills I enjoyed all classes and the staff was so friendly. Best place for yoga in town, highly recommend.
Thibaud Dupuy France
Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa's website
My name is Thibaud Dupuy, I am a 25 years old man from France. I have been traveling in Asia for a while to look for a complete and efficient Hatha yoga course to follow. I finally found a beautiful garden in a quiet street next to the touristic area where i spent 3 months to learn Hatha Yoga with Kriti K., an outstanding personality. Step by step she has provided me an extraordinary teaching, based on a serious experience in the practice of yoga. She managed to make me confident and healthy, I will always be thankful for her teaching.