One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to try out new studios and join classes with new teachers (read more on how to choose a studio while traveling). To date, I have written about my experience with The Yoga Room in Hong Kong, Satori Yoga in San Francisco, Move Yoga in Melbourne, and now Yoga in Vang Vieng in Laos.
You may have heard of, or even visited, Vang Vieng in the past: Vang Vieng is located between Luang Prabang and Vientiane (the capital), which makes it a popular spot for travelers to stop for a few days. It used to be Party Central and popular for its intoxicated tubing excursions down the river, but many of the riverside bars were shut down after a government crackdown; since then, the town has mellowed out and become a haven for nature and outdoor sports lovers. It’s no surprise that yoga has become increasingly popular in this area and Yoga in Vang Vieng has spearheaded the movement.
Want more ideas of things to do in Vang Vieng? Read my post on 3 Places You Must Visit in Vang Vieng That Aren’t the Blue Lagoon!
I am currently wrapping up five weeks of teaching Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and restorative yoga at Yoga in Vang Vieng and am extremely impressed with the set-up both as a teacher and a student. Yoga in Vang Vieng’s teachers visit from around the world – Australia, Russia, America, Portugal, France and so on, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that the selection process is not a cakewalk.
Photo credit: Yoga in Vang Vieng
The studio is a beautiful (air-conditioned!) haven on the 2nd floor of the Silver Naga Hotel. The space is clean and spacious with brand new Manduka yoga mats and plenty of props. The studio, while housed within a hotel, takes in any students regardless of whether they are staying at the hotel or an outside guest (and the idea is to expand and host classes in other locations around Vang Vieng as well). There are no designated changing rooms per say, but there are clean bathrooms outside that you can use to get ready before class.
Two 90-minute classes are taught each day at 7:30 am and 5 pm, and the schedule can be found on Yoga Trail or the Yoga in Vang Vieng website. Different styles of yoga are offered at the studio including Kundalini meditation, Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, Yin yoga, Ashtanga and Hatha flow, and classes are suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
Photo credit: Yoga in Vang Vieng
Pricing is US$10 for one class, US$15 for two classes, US$35 for for five classes or US$60 for ten classes* and tickets can be purchased from the reception desk on the ground floor. Bonus: Your yoga ticket includes entry to the hotel’s infinity pool! Traveling through Laos and the neighboring countries of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand can be extremely exciting but draining – both physically and mentally – have you tried being on a bus for seven hours? Hectic! Yoga in Vang Vieng is a great place to stretch out any tense muscles, calm the mind and balance out your nervous system!
*Prices as of September 1st 2016
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No compensation was received for this review. I worked as a yoga teacher at Yoga in Vang Vieng between mid-August and mid-September and was able to attend other teachers’ classes (and them, mine) free of charge. All opinions are, as always, my own.