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Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016

Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree

Location: The Yoga Tree, 65/1 Arak Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
GPS waypoint: 18°47'04.7"N 98°58'42.5"E

A Dance Invite
When I asked The Yoga Tree studio owner, Areeradh, if I can teach free yoga in her studio (as a way for me to meet the yoga community of Chiang Mai and to pursue my practice), she invited me instead to attend the Dance Mandala...didn't have a clue what that was, which got me even more excited. This would be my first in Chiang Mai.

Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree

The Yoga Tree
The studio itself was centrally located within Old City, on the Southwest quadrant. It's like a private forested enclave in the heart of the city - an oasis of sort with expansive space and lots of trees and green. The studio is sizeable with wooden parque flooring and flow-through ventilation. Wall mirrors were covered-up for the dance. It's an ideal place to get centered.

The Dance Mandala
Any dance beat can only sound good with a good speaker system. Being an audiofile, I noticed the spacial clarity of the music. I could discern where one instrument was coming from compared to the rest and the clean space between them. Fidelity was high - it must be an expensive sound system. Next was the music itself. The sound was pulsating and throbbing. Areeradh was an accomplished DJ from how she was spinning it. The dance beat was totally doing it for me. I was thrown back to my heady days in Burningman when the music resonates and the vibe was chill. Her timely occassional verbal guidance brought people back to center.

After the dance, we all gathered-up in a circle. Those who felt they had to express something had the floor. It was a great way to add dimension to the participants. They became more than "other people who shared the space". A few hugs were shared. The space felt safe.

Ending Thoughts
I've attended a similar event in the past - one was Inner Dance in Cebu and the others would be the dance-til-you-drop raves I'd been to in Canada. While raves use drugs to enhance, Dance Mandala doesn't resort to any of that...except perhaps the serenity of the space, the beat of the music and the general vibe exuded by the moderator, who is this instance is Areeradh. They all share a common theme - introspection in search of... I don't really know what you find, but I guess you get what you're looking for, to the extent it's there. You can find self, you can find peace, find emotional solace, find psychological well-being or find the community you want to be with. It's good for Chiang Mai to have such place and such community where a seeker can belong and find support, community and a little bit of bliss.

Thank you Areeradh for having me in your space.

--- TheLoneRider
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(Apr 21, 2016) Sounds amazing Gigit!

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(Apr 21, 2016) ...and I love the song "I am so blessed"

Next stop: A First Timer in Chiang Mai

The Yoga Tree

The Yoga Tree

Location: 65/1 Arak Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phone: +44 622 830 915
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm / Saturday 10am to 6pm / Sunday 10am to 4pm

Chiang Mai Yoga blogs:

  1. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  2. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  3. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  4. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200


Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February
  • visit Chiang Mai between October and April - best time, without the monsoon rains
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
  1. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  2. Movie Review: Aladdin (2019) June 13, 2019
  3. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  4. Movie Review: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) June 6, 2019
  5. Blues Music Scene in Chiang Mai June 6, 2019
  6. Movie Review: John Wick 3 - Parabellum (2019) June 4, 2019
  7. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  8. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  9. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  10. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  11. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras May 30, 2019
  12. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  13. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai II May 22, 2019
  14. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  15. Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019) May 14, 2019
  16. Movie Review: Arctic (2018) May 13, 2019
  17. Abs Yoga May 12, 2019
  18. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  19. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  20. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  21. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  22. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  23. Movie Review: Hellboy (2019) Apr 15, 2019
  24. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  25. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  26. Movie Review: Shazam! (2019) Apr 4, 2019
  27. Movie Review: Captive State (2019) Mar 27, 2019
  28. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  29. Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) Mar 19, 2019
  30. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  31. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  32. Movie Review: Vox Lux (2018) Mar 2, 2019
  33. Movie Review: The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019
  34. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  35. Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
  36. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  37. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  38. Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
  39. Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
  40. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  41. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
  42. Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
  43. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  44. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  45. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  46. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  47. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  48. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  49. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  50. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  51. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  52. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  53. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  54. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  55. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  56. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  57. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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