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Vinyasa Yoga with Dipendra at the Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa, Kathmandu Apr 18, 2018

Vinyasa Yoga with Dipendra at the Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa, Kathmandu

Teacher: Dipendra
Yoga type: Vinyasa

Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa, Kathmandu

Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa

Location: Sagarmatha Bazar 2/f, Mandala Street, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Services Offered: yoga, meditation, spa, healing therapy, sauna, beauty parlour
Tel: +977 1 4701322

Biren Shrestha
When I wrote the owner of Mandala Yoga for a possible collaboration, he responded positively, "...glad to know about you and you are welcome to my Studio any time." That statement already said a lot of things: 1) he is forward thinking and 2) he gets it, so I didn't really have to explain a whole new concept. I like people like that who see the big picture and act accordingly (instead of sitting on the fence or getting stuck in petty details).

The studio has several teachers. Based on ease of schedule, I chose the afternoon class which was taught by Dipendra. He's a tall Indian looking guy with a disarming smile and reassuring presence. I've already heard from the staff he was good. He started the class by asking if anyone had injuries, and gave helpful tips on how to manage it.

Vinyasa Yoga with Dipendra at the Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa, Kathmandu
Vinyasa Yoga with Dipendra

Vinyasa Yoga
The yoga class was a Vinyasa - asanas woven into a seamless flow, synchronizing breath with movement. The attendees were a mixed bag - proficient practitioners, regulars nursing an injury, practitioners who haven't done it in a while and beginners. That's a tough balancing act for any teacher - finding that middle ground to keep everyone happy. Dipendra had good instincts and kept the challenge at a consistent level. He was doing nearly all the asanas while verbally articulating the movements. At times, it felt he was too absorbed in the pose I could not clearly discern what he was saying.

It would have been an easy class but with my allergy from Kathmandu's dust, I could not feel my strength. I struggled, forcing my body to do the most simple asana. It was a sign for me to leave Kathmandu and forfeit the other classes I wanted to attend.

Ending Thoughts
The session ended with everybody feeling positive and happy about being on the mat. I even got to talk to one of the attendees, Sofia. Dipendra was very accommodating and remained open to a possible coffee meet-up. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as my allergy was worsening, making my departure quick and imperative. I wish I met Biren though. He seems to be that chap I'd enjoy having a beer or coffee with across the table.

Thank you Biren and Dipendra. I honor the light that resides within you.

--- TheLoneRider
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Kathmandu (city), Nepal

important places in Kathmandu ESSENTIAL LANDMARKS
  • Tribhuvan International Airport Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu's international airport
  • Ratna Park bus terminal Ratna Park bus terminal - one of the main bus terminals with buses going to the airport
  • Thamel Thamel - Kathmandu's tourist area for hotels, trekking tours, restos, cafes, money changers, cargo forwarders, etc.
  • Durbar Marg Durbar Marg - Kathmandu's upscale shopping area
  • Jhochhen Jhochhen - popular counter-culture neighborhood during the hippie era
tourist attractions in Kathmandu TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
  • Basantapur Durbar Square Basantapur Durbar Square - formerly the haunt of Nepalese royalty, now an UNESCO World Heritage site for its historical significance and traditional Nepalese architecture
  • Shechen Monastery Shechen Monastery - one of six mother Tibetan Buddhist monasteries from the late 17th century
  • Boudhanath Boudhanath - one of the biggest stupas in the world, once plied over as an ancient trade route over the centuries
  • Kopan Monastery - best to visit together with Boudhanath as they are not too far from each other. Foreigners come here to learn Buddhism. Open to the public Saturdays only
  • Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath Temple - a Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Another UNESCO World Heritage site. Maha Shivaratri festival late Feb or early March with more than 65,000 devotees
  • Harati Devi Temple Harati Devi Temple - devoted to the worship of Harati Devi. It houses a museum, stupa and library
hotels in Kathmandu HOTEL
  • 8848 Hostel 8848 Hostel - newly opened, backpacker friendly, resto/bar, central location, clean, wifi, a/c, full breakfast
    Thahity, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
trekking in Kathmandu TREKKING
  • Top of the World Adventure Top of the World Adventure - trekking, tours, jungle safari, river rafting, peak climbing, hiking, expedition
    Thamel Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
meditation in Kathmandu MEDITATION
  • Meditation Dhamma Shringa - Vipassana Meditation Centre
  • Meditation Dhamma Kitti - Vipassana Meditation Centre

Travel Tips for Kathmandu

  1. Kathmandu is dusty and you'll need a mask
  2. if on a budget, cheap staple comfort food in Kathmandu is momo, local price in local eateries at NPR 60/10 pieces

How to get to Thamel (Kathmandu) from the Tribhuvan International Airport

  1. You can take a cab for about $7
  2. Ratna Park bus terminal Airport by bus to Thamel (Ratna Park Bus terminal)
    But if you want to save money and don't mind roughing it, you can take a bus. Walk out of the airport and turn left on the rotunda just outside the airport gate. This takes you to the main road where buses ply. The bus signs are in Nepali, but you can hear the bus conductor shouting, "Ratna Park". NPR 20, 30 minutes

Travel Tips for Nepal

Nepal Blogs by TheLoneRider


  1. Visiting Boudhanath, Nepal's Largest Stupa Apr 19, 2018
  2. Vinyasa Yoga with Dipendra at the Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa, Kathmandu Apr 18, 2018
  3. Hatha Yoga with Madhab Prasad Dhakal at Sawar Yoga Studio, Kathmandu Apr 17, 2018
  4. Fitness in Kathmandu Apr 15, 2018
  5. 7 Days In Kathmandu April 13-20, 2018
  6. The 18-Hour Trip from Kuantan, Malaysia to Kathmandu, Nepal April 12-13, 2018

  8. India Visa Snag May 9, 2018
  9. Exploring Lumbini - Buddha's Birthplace May 5, 2018
  10. Storming out of Dhamma Janani on the 4th Day May 1-5, 2018

  12. Visiting Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Pokhara Apr 26, 2018
  13. Exploring Devi's Falls, Pokhara Apr 26, 2018
  14. Trekking to the World Peace Pagoda Apr 26, 2018
  15. Exploring Pokhara, Nepal Apr 20, 2018
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