SEPTEMBER 14-20,2019

(Hosted by Mahalaya Nepal)


·      Stay in a comfortable guesthouse in a genuine Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

·      Practice Ashtanga Yoga and meditation in a temple with magnificent views

·      Enjoy the ambience and friendliness of Nepal

·      Take walks and visit nearby sacred sites

·      Wind down and reflect - introduction to Buddhist philosophy and meditation

  • technique workshops

    This is a unique chance to meet Ellen Johannesen, a KPJAYI level 2 authorized Ashtangi living in Nepal, and study Yoga, Buddhism and meditation with her. Ellen, who owns a Master Degree in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan Languages, will share with us the central ideas of Buddhism and introduce us to some of the life-changing meditation techniques practiced by the yogis of the Himalayas. This is also the chance to experience living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal and visit sacred sites around the Kathmandu valley!

    The days start with yoga, where Ellen teaches Ashtanga in her characteristic way: supplying the serene Counted Vinyasa method with her playful approach to movement - inspired by dance and functional anatomy. With more than 20 years of teaching experience and a background as a professional dancer, Ellen is an extremely skillful Ashtanga practitioner and teacher, from whom you guaranteed will pick up some new moves! Except for the first day the morning practice will be Mysore- style self practice but depending on the level and size of the group, we might split you into two batches.

    In the afternoon the classes will alternate between Ashtanga technique and Buddhist philosophy and meditation. We will delve deeper into the physical and mental aspects of practicing Ashtanga and look at how it prepares us for the higher limbs of yoga. We will also learn the philosophical foundation for meditation that makes possible the transformation of the mind. This we will put this into practice during meditation sessions. Our aim will be to approach all aspects of yoga as a sadhana practice that can bring depth, a sense of purpose and joy into our live

    About Ellen Johannesen

    Ellen Johannesen, originally a professional dancer, has practice Ashtanga yoga for more than 20 years. Her first meeting with Ashanga Yoga took place during a tour to New York in 1994. Since then this has been her daily practice, and Ellen first visited Mysore and Pattabhi Jois in 1997. She is now Authorized Ashtanga level 2 by Sharath Jois, and she has also completed a two-year Teacher Training med John Scott. In 2002 Ellen became one of the founders of Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, one of the first studios offering daily Mysore practice in Norway. Principal teacher at her own studio, which also offered TTC/apprenticeship in Ashtanga Yoga. An increasing interest in Buddhist practice brought her to Bylakuppe, South India, where she spent almost tree years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. She since moved to Kathmandu where she first completed an education as a Tibetan interpreter before she obtained a Bachelor degree in Buddhist studies and Himalayan Languages at Kathmandu University. Ellen presently teaches Ashtanga and Buddhist Practices internationally as well as at Pranamaya Yoga, Kathmandu. Ellen speaks fluent Tibetan, has a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy and practice as well as Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.

Course fee

The fee for the course is 115,000 Nepali Rupees. For an indication on what the rate is in your currency, see xe.comAt the time of writing, this equates to approx USD $1,000 or GBP £765. Payment details will be sent to you on confirmation of your place.

The retreat will include:

  • Daily morning asana practice

  • Afternoon workshops on yoga and Buddhist philosophy and meditation 

  • Morning and evening meditation

  • Breath and Pranayama work

  • Dharma philosophy from the head teacher of the monastery

  • Visits/hikes to some of the great pilgrimage points nearby

  • Time for quiet contemplation in the spectacular location and joyful connection with like-minded others

The price does not include:

Café-options at monastery, specialty coffees and teas

Airport transfer (easily be arranged directly with your hotel)

Flight to Kathmandu and Travel insurance (required).

Tips to staff, (recommended amount $5- 10per person/day)


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