top of page
About founders
About resort


About founders

Mandala Yoga Retreat  is run by a sweet Nepali family, Mr. Biren and Guru Kriti, husband and wife. Biren is a very famous Nepali actor who fell in love with a yogini, Kriti (ask them about the story of dialing the wrong phone number).

After marriage, Biren became devoted to yoga and together they started a yoga studio in Thamel, Kathmandu. Biren is fully involved in Mandala Yoga studio, he is a great manager and will help you with anything you need. Maybe even sign your DVD copy of his movie :)

Kriti is the lead teacher who plays a vital role in the teacher training courses, classes and other wellness programs. She has over 18 years of teaching experience, has a Master’s degree in Yogic Science, all levels of Reiki healing and diploma in massage therapy.

Mandala Retreat Center
Mandala Yoga Teacher Kriti doing yogasanas

Biren and Kriti live in Mandala Retreat  together with their wonderful daugher. They truly make the Mandala Retreat Resort  feel like your own home.


Thanks to them, their big hearts and sweet smiles, you will never miss home and your family – you will be treated with all the love and respect a Nepali family can give.

About the School

Mandala Yoga Retreat is a branch of the well known and much beloved Mandala Studio Yoga & Spa. We opened our first Mandala Studio in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel. As much as we love the colourful business of the tourist center, we know our clients, students and fellow seekers need an option of a serene retreat in the beautiful nature of Nepal.

That’s why Kriti and Biren, the founders of Mandala decided to add one more location for their teachings and offerings. Mandala Yoga Retreat found its home in late 2020 in chandragiri hills, yet in perfectly quiet, lush and stunning surroundings.  With the purest intention and offerings to mother nature, we built our vision of the best yoga school and a sacred retreat space in Nepal.  


The organization believes in teamwork rather than just giving a course by a teacher. Their goal is to develop mutual understanding and bonding among those who come to them for various programs such as yoga, retreats, reiki, sound healing, and massage training.

They have a highly trained, more than 18 years teaching experience professional expert teacher from traditional healing background who has undergone studying from academy and spiritual sadhana in ashram with their unique practices and international award winning.

Kriti Karki

Kriti Karki is the owner and teacher of Mandala Yoga institution. Her story of dedication and love for yoga and how she came to this field is truly inspiring. As a five-year-old girl, Kriti became ill with very serious asthma – an illness to which her grandparents eventually died. Kriti’s father, Dr. SB Karki decided to teach her yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises and started her on a healthy yogic food routine. Dr. SB Karki specializes in Naturopathy and is a great yogic of Nepal.
With all the efforts and determination of both Kriti and her father, she started recovering at the age of 10. Yoga not only saved her life but she eventually fell in love with it and it became her daily routine. At the age of 14, she was sent to a Yoga Ashram in India where she spent 2 years of her life doing yoga sadhana (practice). She also went to yoga university where she achieved all the knowledge and skills to lead a yogic life. She believes in both scientific and spiritual yoga practices as she has experience in both. She is also a master in reiki healing and massage therapy.

Note: Yoga classes will not be offered by Guru Kriti till further notice. The trainings will now be led by Guru Yogesh, Guru Shanta, and Guru Vishnu, three mandala professional expert teachers.

Vishnu Joshi

Yoga Guru Vishnu was Born at Dev Bhumi Uttarakhand and he Completed His study and learned Yoga from Rishikesh (word capital of Yoga) and he had a deep-rooted passion In Indian Vedic Philosophies, Occult Sciences and more particularly in the disciplines of yoga and Naturopathy from his childhood Day’s.He has study and trained with Yogiraj Dr. Vishvapal Jayant Ji at Vedic Gurukul MahavidhyalayaKanvashram, Kotdwar and reached of full understanding of Yoga Science of Body and Mind.

As a professional yoga devotee, he holds the renowned Yoga Master 200/300/500hr E-RYTcertification and is registered at Yoga Alliance USA And he brings his own unique and dynamic yoga Teaching Program. He Has 1 Year Experience in Ayurveda & Panchakarma, 6 Month Certificate Course in Yoga, 1-year Diploma Course In yoga, 2 Year Master in Yogic Science and 3.5 Year Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy.He has acquired an-in-depth knowledge in Yogic Philosophy, Breathing techniques, Yogasana and Spiritual element of yoga teaching.Yoga Guru Vishnu Joshi is an International Registered Yoga Teacher with More than 10 Years of professional experienced in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Pranayama, Sat karma Etc.

Through he is inspiring work, he leads people and students to experience a joyful connection to himself and their essential aliveness. Student’s tap into a reserve power, clarity and freedom like never before. His teaching style which is simple, logical with a knowledge of eastern techniques makes him one of the most highly sought - after mind and body- spirit teacher’s today

Swami Yog Abhinav (Shanta Shakya)

Swami Yog Abhinav (Shanta Shakya) was born in Kathmandu on February 10, 1967. He is his family rebellious and independent child who questions all social, religious, and philosophical ideas. As he grew older, he began reading and listening to Osho and other spiritual leaders who had inspired him. His desire to learn more about himself and how to solve difficulties prompted him

to explore with various yoga, meditation, healing practices on reiki, sound healing therapy, which culminated to his ordination as a neo sannyasin at the age of 19 in 1986.

According to his knowledge and long experience on this spiritual path, he is teaching aura healing, Reiki healing, self healing , sound

healing and meditation in mandala yoga retreat. Join him, you will not be disappointed; he is the most lovable, decent, and kind

guru in Mandala.

Yogesh Pokharel

Yogesh Pokhrel is a yoga therapist and yoga instructor who has extensive training in yoga and a specialist in ashtanga principles. Enjoy motivating people to achieve long-term physical, mental, and spiritual fitness objectives. Yogesh Pokhrel is a sound healing therapist and yoga therapist who specializes in neurological illnesses, hypertension, cardiology, psychiatric

problems, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, and many other conditions. He will treat your physical and mental stress through yoga treatment, sound healing therapy, and other techniques.

Yogesh is the lead teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga therapy, Yoga anatomy, and Yoga philosophy at Mandala. Yogesh is a skilled yoga instructor and sound healer with 7 years of experience teaching national and international students.

Manhal Tousis

Swami ji Manhal Tousis is not only a Reiki master, he is also an experienced Yoga instructor who has conducted many „Train the Trainer“ courses. Among many others, he is a certified Mantra, Nada yoga and singing bowls healer or numerology, tarot and crystal healer. He is trained and certified by a number institutions and schools in India, China and Nepal to conduct training in several other wellness healing techniques. 
Swami ji Manhal Tousis is from Jordan in the Middle East, his family however originally hailed from the Balkan Peninsula in the South East of Europe. He has been living in Nepal for almost 10 years, and considers Nepal to be his second home. Swami ji Manhal Tousis is a spiritual man who strongly believes in spirituality, and loves nothing more than to lead a life of total freedom. A strong personal trait of Swami ji Manhal is his limitless drive and passion for learning and mastering new skills and techniques, both for self development and to benefit others.




Our location offers the best you can hope for. We are located at the foothills in Chandragiri, a 30 minute drive from Thamel. 
We sit cosily between two hills at 2200 meters above sea level in Chandragiri Municipality. Our location guarantees you peace and silence, stunning views of Kathmandu valley as well as the Himalayan ranges of Annapurna and other mountains. 
What is quite incredible is that after only 3-4 hours of hiking you can see the Mount Everest clearly!

Especially in the winter season, when the Kathmandu valley is fully covered with clouds, we gaze down from the resort feeling like we share the skies with Gods.


bottom of page