Gyanmandala Yoga Studio

New to Yoga

At Gyanmandala we aspire to offer the most conducive space for your practice. Our studios are equipped with everything you need; yoga mats, props, water and a supportive community. All you need is comfortable clothes and an open heart and mind. Our classes run 7 days a week giving you many options to find the right time and teacher.

There are many different styles of yoga practice, diverse methods, and individual lineages. There is not one single yoga philosophy. Yoga is an umbrella term that covers many traditions and practices. Formally, Yoga is one of the six schools of Indian philosophy called darshanas. It is a Sanskrit word that is translated as follows: ‘to yoke’, “to unite” or “union”. The practice of yoga encourages an experiential understanding of the interconnected nature of life. It is a path of self-transformation, self-exploration, and awakening. Each class is an invitation to open up and touch the essence of life.

A few more benefits from practicing yoga:

  • Decreases stress
  • Relaxes an overactive mind
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Improves digestion
  • Supports circulation
  • Increases serotonin levels
  • Encourages deep relaxation
  • Peace of mind

Common questions from new students

What to bring?

We have mats, blocks, straps, and water. You don’t need to bring anything except your beautiful open heart and mind. If you think you’ll sweat you can bring a towel.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. Comfy pants, leggings, t-shirts, and tank tops are all suitable. Yoga is practiced barefoot.

How often should I take Yoga classes?

As often as you like. Every day is great if you have the time. Like all complex and transformation pursuits, Yoga’s full benefits come only with regular practice. We believe that practice makes prana. “Prana” is “ life” the more you practice the more you will touch the essence of life. But don’t believe me because I say so. Believe it because you have felt it for yourself!

The yoga sutras give the following advise in regard to practice;

“Sah tu dirgha-kāla-nairantarya-satkārāsevito drdha-bhūmih”

Becoming firmly established in Yoga and its benefits comes only when Yoga is practiced repeatedly, sincerely, and for a long time.

Should I eat before class?

It is recommended to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 2 1/2 hours after eating. If you need to eat, eat lightly.

What if I’m late?

It’s ok if you’re a few minutes late. We understand the unpredictable nature of traffic in Kathmandu! We would rather you get some practice then none.

Why should I practice at Gyanmandala?

Our yoga space is focused on supporting the community of practitioners. We are dedicated to our students’ needs and strive to offer programs that nourish self-transformations and growth. Our intention is to provide a sanctuary in Kathmandu. A welcoming space to know your-self with compassion and awareness.