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Yoga at Dharamma

LAOS | Tuesday, 6 January 2009 | Views [2045] | Comments [6]

This morning I woke up before dawn: showered, dressed and then walked down to the Dharamma massage and yoga center for my early morning yoga class by the lily ponds.

The teacher was Meena; a tiny Thai woman with a broad smile and a soft, reassuring voice. The class consisted of a young Australian couple, a young Dutch couple, a middle aged Canadian woman and my self. Being that the sun was only just rising, we all had the appearance of staggering zombies as we stiffly took our yoga mats and spread them on the ground. We set up on the grass in between the lily ponds and the beautiful wooden center building. After Meena took up her position at the front of the class we were ready to get started.

For me, yoga can be both enjoyable and very painful. On the one hand it makes me aware of my bodies limitations - cause by the accident I was involved in a few years ago. As I stretch my bones creak with uncertainly and my nerves tingle painfully...this side of it always makes me rather unhappy and uneasy with my body.

On the other hand doing yoga a celebration of my gratefulness at being able to move like this at all! I feel very lucky that I am able to continue my life with so few injuries. I need to be happier with the level in which my body has recovered and continues to do so.

Being that everyone in this class was basically a beginner, Meena started us off with breathing exercisers and we did an hour and a half of basic yoga poses and stretches. It felt great. I breathed in the sweet morning air and closed my eyes as rays of sun danced through the morning mist.

What a perfect start to the day.

After the class we all sat cross-legged on the floor to talk, drink tea and eat bananas. It was friendly and warm and inviting. Meena gave each of us pointers about how we could more enjoy our yoga and get the most out of our bodies.

I walked back to my guesthouse with a smile on my face. Meena had said during the class - "Try and relax today. Be content." I knew I would be.

Traditional Buddhist art for sale along the banks of the Mekong.

Traditional Buddhist art for sale along the banks of the Mekong.



Hi Maz,
Been great to read of your travels and to know that you are safe and well if not a little stretched!
We are connected through your step father, our Katie's Uncle Lex who is currently with us in Adelaide enjoying some good wine and food, plenty of rest and relaxation! We currently live and work in the Solomon Island's but have lived and worked in a few countries in the Asia Pacific, are Buddhist and so we are enjoying immensley your travel diary.
All the very best.
Chris,David, Kate and Lex xoxo

  Chris David and Kate (with Uncle Lex!) Jan 8, 2009 4:30 PM


Thank you very much for the comment and for reading my journal!! It's always nice to know that people are reading.
I would be very appreciative of any advice/recommendations you might have for Sth Est Asia, especially since you have traveled here before! I'm leaving Laos for Cambodia on Monday and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the beautiful temples of Angkor Wat and relaxing on the golden beaches of Sihanoukville.

I hope Lex has a wonderful break with you and that you've all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years!! :)

  mazystar Jan 10, 2009 7:41 PM


Hi, would be interested in learning more about the Dharamma centre in Laos. Could you please send me more information? Also any ideas of cheap accommodation? Been to Laos 2 years ago but stayed only 3 days. Thank you, Helena

  Helena El Masri Oct 29, 2009 10:26 AM


Hi there! I came across your blog through a Google search, and I second the request for more information about the Dharamma yoga centre...maybe starting with what town it's in in Laos?

  Claire Oct 23, 2011 11:50 PM


Hello Mazystar.
Would you be so kind to say the adress of the yoga studio.
Thank's beforehand!

  Vasil Jan 17, 2012 9:14 PM


I'm really sorry, but I have no details about the yoga studio and I can't find them on the internet. Sorry to be so unhelpful! :(

  mazystar Jan 20, 2012 1:05 AM

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