Yoga Journey in Nepal 10 days
For yoga lovers who want to explore the genuine roots of yoga!
Ashtanga Yoga Retreat and Pilgrimage with Ellen Johannesen
October 14-23, 2018
· 8 Ashtanga Yoga classes with Level 2 Authorized KPJAYI teacher Ellen Johanessen
· Daily meditation and philosophy/Ashtanga technique classes (alternating)
· Daily meals: full board at Neydo and Namo buddha Resort, otherwise as described below
· Visits to Kathmandu’s most spectacular spiritual sites including Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath
· Stay in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
· Introduction into the study and practice of Buddhism
Journey with us into Kathmandu Valley, and discover the holy landscape that cradles the origins of the practice of Yoga. This retreat brings together the traditional daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga, with Buddhist and Hindu teachings, and spectacular cultural sites, in the land and culture that helped to write the biography of the Yoga we know and practice today. The Kathmandu Valley natives have practiced Yoga and Tantra for hundreds of years, integrating these practices into their daily lives, and the valley itself is a mandala of sacred sites: monasteries, meditation caves, temples and stupas. Several of these are on UNESCO's world heritage list and being present in these spaces is transformative and deeply moving.
If you feel called, then join us for what will be a deeply transformative journey. We will experience life and practice Yoga in a Tibetan monastery, and visit the medieval city of Patan. We will trek through otherworldly landscapes at the foot of the Himalaya, and visit the holiest Buddhist and Hindu sites including Boudhanath, Namo Buddha and Pashupatinath.
You will also be able to deepen your Yoga practice with Ellen Johannesen, who has become a local in Nepal, has over 20 years of experience teaching and practicing Ashtanga Yoga, and has a Masters Degree in Buddhist studies.
Nepal has a lot to offer whether you want to go trekking, or visit its many world-heritage sites. I have therefore put together a Yoga journey that takes you to the most amazing places around the kathmandu valley and brings you into its spiritual heart: Just imagine living in a stunning Tibetan Buddhist monastery, an ancient Newari farm house set in beautiful nature. Imagine waking up in the medieval city of Patan, or the lively Tibetan area, Boudhanath. All the while, you will have daily yoga classes, meditation sessions and philosophical talks, which will provide insight into the vibrant culture of the valley. All together this gives you an excellent opportunity to deepen your your understanding of Yoga and to enhance your Ashtanga practice!
October 14 -23 2018
March 2019 (dates to be confirmed!)
Day 1. Arrival. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, ; Walk of Boudha stupa and welcome dinner
Arrival in Kathmandu. We pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Boudhanath, The "Tibetan" part of Kathmandu. Here you have time to acclimatize and relax, take a stroll around the largest stupa in Nepal and soak up the lively atmosphere of neightbourhood. In the late afternoon we´ll meet up for a welcome dinner overlooking the lively Boudhanath Stupa. Overnight Hotel Butsugen, Boudha; meals inclusion: dinner.
Day 2. Exploring the spirituals hub Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
After our morning yoga class and breakfast, it is time to walk the back streets and visit some of the many monasteries in Boudhanath. If possible we will meet a Rinpoche and receive a blessing for our journey! In the afternoon we´ll meet up for a tour to the sacred cremation Ghats and Hindu temples of Pashupatinath. This powerful place is also home of the local sadhus and Nath-yogis. Overnight Hotel Butsugen, Boudha; meals inclusion: breakfast
Day 3. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery
Morning Meditation, breakfast and departure to yoga retreat at the beautiful Neydo Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on a hillside near the village Pharping. We have lunch and meet up in the temple for an introduction to Buddhist thought and a tour of the spectacular shrine room. At 4.30 PM we meet for our daily ashtanga class. Dinner and evening meditation.Overnight Neydo Monastery; meals inclusion: breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery;
After yoga and brunch we take a walk through the pleasant rice field to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the valley. The meditation cave of Guru rinpoche, the Asura cave. We climb further up to hang colourful prayer flag to ensure the success of our journey! Tea, and late afternoon workshop, dinner. Overnight Neydo Monastery; meals inclusion: brunch/dinner
Day 5. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery,
After morning yoga and brunch we continue with an Introduction to Buddhist philosophy and practice. Tea and transfer to the medival city of Patan. Here time is at your own disposal: You may choose to see an astrologer, have a massage, take a singing bowl workshop, or just chill in the colourful Patan Square. Patan has lots of great restaurants and the evening is at your own disposal! Overnight The Inn,: meals inclusion: brunch
Day 6. Patan museum and Golden Temple.
This morning we visit some of the great sites of traditional Newari culture. The Newars are the original inhabitants of Nepal, famous for their skills in arts,handicraft and architecture. Patan was one of three royal cities, which is today Kathmandu, each one with their city square, temples and palaces. We visit the Golden Temple and Patan museum, which stores some of the finest sculptures of the valley. After lunch we depart for Namo Buddha Resort. We arrive at dinner time to enjoy the fresh and locally grown food.
Overnight Namo Buddha Resort. Meals inclusion: breakfast/lunch/dinner
Day 7.Yoga retreat at Namo Buddha Resort.
After morning yoga and breakfast, we walk to the nearby sacred site where the Buddha in his previous life offered his body to a hungry tigress and her cubs! Afternoon Yoga workshop. Dinner and evening meditation.Overnight Namo buddha Resort. Meals inclusion: breakfast/lunch/dinner
Day 8. Yoga retreat at Namo Buddha Resort..
Morning yoga and breakfast. After breakfast you have some free time to go for a walk or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings. Afternoon Yoga Philosophy workshop, dinner and evening meditation. Overnight Namo Buddha Resort. Meals inclusion: breakfast/lunch/dinner
Day 9. Kathmandu
Yoga and breakfast. After lunch we transfer to Kathmandu.Settle-in at Tibet Hotel, Lazimpat, a quiet spot in the more touristic part of Kathmandu. Free time to relax or visit the buzy hub of travellers shops and restaurants nearby.
Overnight Tibet Hotel, Meals inclusion: breakfast, lunch
Day 10. Last day shopping and sightseeing -home
Morning Yoga and the closing of the retreat. After Breakfast you have some free time for sightseeing, shopping etc. You may take a bicycle rickshaw around the center of Thamel or go visit the "Monkey Temple" at Swayambunath. drop to the airport for evening departure. Meals inclusion: breakfast.
Twin room: 1.250 EUR
Single room: TBA upon request*
(*single accommodation not available at Namo Buddha)
Payment details will be sent to you upon registration.
The fee includes:
Transfer from Kathmandu airport to central Kathmandu (in shared vehicle)
Transfers to the monastery and other sites and hotels.
Accommodation, all vegetarian meals as described in the program above
Daily yoga programme, and all trips during the retreat.
The fee does not include:
Transfer to Kathmandu airport after the journey (easily arranged by your hotel)
Meals not mentioned in the programme
Speciality drinks and coffees at monastery and resort/hotel
Flight to Nepal, Visa and Travel insurance (required)
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Ashtanga yoga Retreat at Neydo Monastery
Ashtanga, Mindfulness and Buddhist Meditation
September 22-29th 2018
· 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
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 lives!
bout 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.
I 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.
Shared accommodation: $ 1.200
Single room: $ 1.390, -
Accommodation 7 nights on twin-share base (one night on arrival in hotel in Kathmandu, six nights in Neydo monastery)
Transport to-from monastery in private van
2 meals per day (brunch and dinner + tea/snack) in the monastery, breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, welcome dinner
22 hours tuition (Ashtanga yoga and workshops)
One half-day trip to The Ancient City of Patan.
Optional day walks to nearby sacred sites.
TAX is included.
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).
Day to day Schedule:
Day 1 (Saturday Sept 22nd)
Arrival and airport transfer to Hotel Butsugen, Boudhanath.
Relax at hotel and Welcoming dinner
Day 2 (Sunday Sept.23rd)
Breakfast and transfer to retreat at Neydo Monastery, Pharping.
Lunch, lead Ashtanga class at 16.00PM
Day 3 (Monday Sept. 24th)
Morning Yoga and meditation. Brunch. Workshop: Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation. Dinner.
Day 4 (Tuesday Sept. 25th)
Morning Yoga and Meditation. Brunch. Walk to the Azura Cave, Pharping. Afternoon meditation. Dinner.
Day 5 (Wednesday Sept.26th)
Morning Yoga and meditation, Brunch. Afternoon workshop. Dinner.
Day 6 (Thursday Sept.27th)
Morning Yoga and meditation. Brunch. Guided tour to Patan. Dinner.
Day 7 (Friday Sept 28th)
Morning Yoga and meditation. Walk through the pine forest to Hattibaan. Afternoon workshop. Dinner.
Day 8 (Saturday Sept 29th)
Morning Yoga and meditation practice. Closing of the retreat. Brunch and departure for Thamel Kathmandu.