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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

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

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

The Yoga Tree

Pictures were lifted from the site of The Yoga Tree

the receiving area was already chill tribal participants some start in Savasana
getting into the rhythm going full-on gathering in a circle
The Yoga Tree

The Yoga Tree

Location: 65/1 Arak Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Email: infoyogatree (at)
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm / Saturday 10am to 6pm / Sunday 10am to 4pm

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Northeast area of the Old City area
  • 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 cab 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!

How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok

  • train - for more info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains. Main train departure is from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

    • #51 - best value. It's a sleeping train leaving Bang Sue Junction (at the Bang Sue MRT station), leaves 10:50pm, arrives Chiang Mai 1pm, non aircon, $14 or B271
    • #7 - Bang Sue Junction (at the Bang Sue MRT station), leaves 8:40am and arrives Chiang Mai 7:30pm (allow for delays), aircon, non sleeping train (so you stay seated the entire time), B638

  • bus - B450

How to Get around Chiang Mai

  • red taxi (shared) - B50 standard fare
  • tuk-tuk
  • bicycle - B50 daily rental

Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai

  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session
  2. Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai Cost Index

backpacker places (US$1 = Thai Baht 35.11 = Php P46.10 as of April 11, 2016)
  • 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

Thailand Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. 15 Days in Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  2. Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
  3. Sunday Visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market July 17, 2018
  4. Fork on the Road: Abundance or Poverty by Choice? July 16, 2018
  5. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  6. Adventure Hostel Review Feb 22-26, 2016
  7. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct. 20, 2014
  8. The Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  9. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  10. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  11. Bangkok Dec 31, 2005

  12. Chiang Khong
  13. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016

  14. Chiang Mai
  15. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  16. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  17. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  18. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) April 9-10, 2016

  19. Chiang Rai
  20. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  21. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016

  22. Chiang Saen
  23. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016

  24. Mae Sai
  25. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  26. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016

  27. Pai
  28. Exploring Pai, Thailand May 19-24, 2016
  29. Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand May 23, 2016
  30. Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon May 23, 2016
  31. Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) May 21, 2016

  32. Pak Chong
  33. Pak Chong (Thailand) En Route to Siem Reap (Cambodia) Mar 20-21, 2016
  34. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  35. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  36. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  37. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  38. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  39. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  40. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  41. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  42. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  43. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  44. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  45. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016

  46. Phan District, Chiang Rai Province
  47. Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  48. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016

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Reader Comments:

Natalia BondarenkoNatalia Bondarenko
(Apr 21, 2016) Sounds amazing Gigit!

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

Apr 19, 2016

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