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From the Ground: New Luang Prabang Evening Chanting and Meditation Tour

By Nicole Long and Jay Austin,

 Luang Prabang is known for its many beautiful and historic temples, and for the hundreds of monks collecting alms around dawn each morning.  For guests who want to enrich their experience by stepping into Laos’ spiritual world, rising before dawn is no longer the only option.  We now offer a new evening mediation tour!  This tour makes an excellent add-on and can easily combined with any itinerary.   We find that our guests love the chance to learn more about the life of the local monks and participating in this activity will add to feeling of serenity and peace that accompanies spending time in Laos. Participating in this Chanting and Mediation tour also gives travelers the opportunity to help give back to the local community through the temple donation included.

Here’s what the new Evening Chanting and Meditation Tour looks like:

This evening, at approximately 5:30pm you will join your guide at Wat Nong Temple for the monks’ evening chanting and meditation. You will have the opportunity to absorb the sounds of the monks chanting as you take in the splendor of the gold stenciling and woodwork of Wat Nong, located in the heart of Luang Prabang’s old town. After chanting, the abbot of the temple will lead the monks in meditation. Your guide will help translate if needed for your introduction to their meditation practice. At the end of the session, you and your guide will give a donation offering to the temple before departing for dinner at a local Lao restaurant.

Yoga and Meditation in Siem Reap

Meditation in Siem Reap, CambodiaSiem Reap, Cambodia and its magical ancient temples invoke the senses and provide the perfect setting to indulge in yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation practices date back to 300 B.C. and various practices are found in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa in Siem Reap provide the opportunity to learn the humble practices of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa and Meditation & Gentle Flow.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” – Buddha

For a truly unique experience, Navutu offer private yoga and meditation sessions at an ancient 12th-century Hindu temple and Buddhist pagodas. One of our favorite meditation experiences is the Sunrise Pranayama Meditation Session at Prasat Vat Athvea:

Wat Athvea - photo courtesy of Anna Bella Betts photography
Wat Athvea – photo courtesy of Anna Bella Betts photography

Sunrise Pranayama Meditation Session at Wat Athvea
Serenity and wonder meets to start your day in Angkor with this unique wellness experience. With Prasat Vat Athvea, a 12th century temple, as your backdrop – be guided through a series of breathing techniques essential for deep meditation and for “Samadhi,” the path to self-realization. The practice of Pranayama Meditation brings about harmony among the body, mind and spirit; leaving you feeling energetic, enthusiastic and positive.

For something very different and perfect for a group activity, we also recommend Navutu’s Walking Meditation and Creation of a Mandala:

Walking Meditation and Creation of a Mandala
This group activity is both a journey back to self and a beautiful, enriching activity of renewal. An outdoor event, the initial phase is 20 minute walk around Navutu’s beautiful gardens and participants will be guided through the meditation technique. At the end of the walk, each participant will be requested to pick up an object from the earth, trees or plants around the resort which is representative of themselves. All participants will be requested to gather together, to share their experience and speak about the object they have chosen to represent them. Then, together, they will be requested to use the same object in collectively creating a beautiful mandala; a mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol which represents the universe. A group photograph will be taken for all participants to keep as a special souvenir of their experience.

Yoga classes at Navutu.
Yoga classes at Navutu.

Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa offer yoga classes three times daily, as well as other wellness programs and services including acupuncture and Chinese medicine.