When traveling to Laos’ spiritual center, it only seems appropriate to soak up as much of that as possible. Yoga is so much about connecting the mind and body, focusing on breathing, exercise and mindfulness. This seemed like the perfect place for Matt to try yoga for the first time. Plus, we were both able to do our first guided meditation. Luang Prabang Yoga offers classes at their adorable third-floor studio and on Utopia’s riverside deck. Luang Prabang Yoga provided us with a meditation class and yoga class so we could see just what they were all about.
Luang Prabang Yoga’s Sena Studio
Their third floor studio is absolutely darling. It sits above Sena Steak House – a restaurant on night market street. Go up to the third floor and leave your shoes on the step before going up to take your yoga or meditation class. The evening classes, which start at 5:30, take place in this studio.
Left: the front of the building // Right: inside the studio
Although Luang Prabang Yoga is available to locals and travelers alike, they understand that travelers are likely not traveling with their yoga materials. Because of this, they provide yoga mats, blocks and even cushions.
We were fortunate enough to be here for for their first guided meditation class – which was great timing because because my broken arm limited me a bit on taking yoga classes. Mira, one of the current teachers at Luang Prabang Yoga led an amazing guided meditation.
This is one of the many classes offered and the meditation class was 60 minutes. All of the classes are suitable for all levels of practitioners. I really loved that after the meditation Mira led a small discussion. This was an opportunity for newcomers to meditation to ask questions and meditators of all levels to compare experiences as well.
Their studio is such a beautiful, cozy space for yoga.
These classes are a great way to wind down, meditate or exercise after a day of exploring. Plus, it’s in a great location to explore the night market afterwards or have a bite to eat.
Sunrise Yoga at Utopia
The sunrise yoga classes take place at Utopia, a bar, lounge, restaurant hybrid beloved by backpackers. At 7:30 before Utopia is open for business Luang Prabang Yoga teaches yoga on Utopia’s gorgeous deck that overlooks the gorgeous Nam Khan River.
Although I had to sit out the yoga class, it added an extra respect to Luang Prabang Yoga. Mira didn’t feel comfortable having me practice because she didn’t want to cause or further any injuries.
Mira started off her class with some nice stretching to warm up. This Hatha Flow class, like their others was open to any level of yogi.
Mira did a fantastic job of offering alternative poses for people who were more advanced. She did a great job of walking through to help people with poses and kept people from pushing themselves too far.
The location is absolutely stunning. Although there’s some noise, it’s still a gorgeous place to practice.
As I mentioned before, this was Matt’s first yoga class. He completely rocked it.
Matt’s Take on Luang Prabang Yoga
Matt said, “I thought it was really fun. I thought the setting was a perfect place for my first yoga class. The instructions were great for someone who had never done yoga before. I realized it’s no longer very easy for me to touch my toes.”
Will You do Yoga Again?
“Yeah, I would do yoga again. I was surprised at how difficult it was and I liked the challenge.”
Quick Info About Luang Prabang Yoga:
✈︎ Class Levels are for all levels. They’re catered a bit to beginners, but teachers offer alternative, more difficult moderations for more advanced yogis.
✈︎ Class Times/Locations morning classes (7:30) at Utopia and evening classes (5:30) at Sena.
✈︎ Sticking around Luang Prabang for a while? The offer Loyalty Cards. If you take 5 classes, you get the sixth one free!
✈︎ They provide yoga mats, blocks + cushions.
✈︎ Luang Prabang Yoga also offers Yoga Retreats in Nong Khiaw, Laos.
Luang Prabang Yoga is the perfect place to try yoga for the first time, to expand your practice or try a different class than what you’re used to. I would highly recommend taking a class with Luang Prabang Yoga (or two or three) when you’re in town. I know that next on my list is trying out one of their Yoga Retreats the next time I’m in the area for one. I really felt like this is a must if you’re spending time in Luang Prabang.
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Disclaimer:Although Matt + I received a complimentary classes from Luang Prabang Yoga, all opinions are, as always, my own.