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The Himalayan International Yoga Academy (HIYA) is operated by highly trained professional Yoga and Naturopathic Physicians. At this academy, we offer Yoga, Meditation, Pancha Karma practice with elements of Ayurvedic life style.
Our accommodations include a luxurious Spa - all of which is aimed at awakening our own inner healing potential which can lead towards sat-chitta-anada ( truth-consciousness-bliss). At Kathmandu Yoga Camp all our guests enjoy individual attention. The whole ambiance is designed according to Vaastu Shastra, (Scince of Architecture) for your comfort, good luck and good health. You will love the vegetarian food, specailly prepard in accordance with the ancient Ayurvedic rules.
We have four main goals. They are to improve well being, health and happiness through yoga and meditation, to respect every individual, to love and to protect the environment, and finally to be able to give back to Nepal in gratitude for the gift of Yoga.
With this package you will get Kailash bungalow as your accommodation. The bungalow is a comfortable kind of accommodation with western toilet and shower.
To reach to us from Thamel go to Balaju Ring road reach Swayambhu ( near 3 big statue) - From this point, take "U" turn to right towards Ichangu temple, travel 1.8 km, then take right turn again.
Int'l Airport to HIYA about 13 km, from Thamel about 4.5 km, from Balaju about 3 km, from Syambhu about 1.8 km, behind of Sasastra (armed police force camp). Can also go from Sano Bharayang or Thulo Bharayang.
Yoga retreat in HIYAs center is designed truly to self-discovery through yoga and meditation. Thus, most activities are revolved around yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic treatments. However, you may also have other kind of activities. You may have some spa treatments, yoga tour and trek, or day hike and nature tour.
As HIYA is also committed to give back to the society, you may also choose to do some voluntary works for Nepalese society. One of HIYAs program is teaching English in schools or teaching to monks. If your native language is English or if you possess some skills in teaching English as second language, your help will be much appreciated.
"never before have we been so relaxed. The beautiful garden, the friendly staff, and the great food all make a perfect combination. We have really enjoyed our time here and we recommend it when get back to Denmark. We will try to keep the peace inside our bodies. Thank you very much! "
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"Thank you for the great 12 days of fun, relaxation and yoga practice! I will never forget the progress I made here also the happy moments I had with people who made me feel especially relaxed. "
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"I stayed a HIYA for 5 days, and all of them were one of my favorites on my travels. I needed to de-stress and relax. Dr. Sobudh has unlimited knowledge and yoga and meditation classes were great, learnt so much and improved my Asanas. The food is vegetarian but very good, they will also teach you how to cook. You can go on walks in nature or visit the monkey temple. Staff will help you with just about everything, they are the loveliest. Also we had a lil celebration, we got to dress up in sarongs and experience the local celebration. Felt very special. Highly recommend this place. Enjoy!"
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"Hello, My stay at HIYA was great! The place is very pleasant, has a beautiful garden and is in a very peaceful area. The Dr. gave us loads of contextual information about almost everything we did and what purpose it all serves with regards to our holistic health. It was very informative! The daily schedule did not disappoint, as the activities were counter balanced with just enough free time for self contemplation and reading or just overall relaxing and mental cleansing. Oh my word and the food?! Contributed for 50% of the pleasant stay. Hari, the cook is a real sweet heart and with a constant smile and quick joke, which made the ambiance very light and comfortable. And let us not forget that the food always tasted as good as it looked, he payed a great deal of attention to plate decoration (I scored some cooking lessons). The only down side in my view was the forever omnipresent manager. Wow, the man is like your shade. Everyone else seemed to let us be to ourselves in our free time (I guess we all wanted to be alone at that time), except for him. He was just everywhere, with his eyes planted on our every move, that was quite uncomfortable. Overall I came back with much more than I had imagined and HIYA was definitely a great choice, though I do recommend for anyone heading to a retreat of the sort to be liberated from any expectation, it just makes the experience much more exciting."
December 2015, BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited
"Absolutely a great break . Had a chance to do some volunteer works at B.angel secondary school to teach yoga and meditation for the kids during my stay at Himalayan yoga academy as I am a certified yoga teacher for adults and kids.. HIYA Team working there were absolutely lovely .I am already missing the momos and the delicious veggy nepali food of our cook Hari . it was pleasure to meet and gather Dr sonadh and his family. Met with lovely young people whom were staying there as well. Looking forward to visit again soon this beautiful green place."
September 2015. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited
"We stayed 2 days and 1 night. I thought it was an excellent bargain- 44 USD for 3 meals, 3 yoga/ meditation classes and a one hour massage. The yoga is slow and is mostly meditation. One of the classes you move more, but it focuses more on meditation and breathing than I had previously been used to. The staff was really friendly. The instructors were friendly and approachable. The massage was relaxing and excellent. They were always ready to answer questions. Food was decent. Hot showers available. The environment was relaxing. Overall, we had quite the enjoyable stay!"
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"We were apprehensive about coming here as we didnt know what to expect. When we arrived we were greeted by the manager Lala, who was the most friendly little man I have ever met. He took us on a tour of the place and arranged for lunch to be made which we had in the beautiful garden. We stayed for 1 night and definately got our moneys worth, we got 2 yoga classes on the first day including dinner. The chef was lovely, he looked after us very well bringing us tea and water constantly. He also gave us a hot water bottle each before bed. I woke up poorly the next day with a cold and he brought me breakfast in bed and tea on 3 seperate occasions as I was in the upstairs bungalow room. I got a massage which was one of the best massages I've ever had! We paid 40 for the whole trip and it was worth every penny! The yoga instructor gave us a poster and Lala gave us a blessing scarf before we left. They really made our stay amazing and I would definately love to go back. I dont see how anyone can give them a bad review, they are all so polite and attentive as if we were their family, I wish i could stay there all year round!"
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"After leaving the airport & driving through Thamel I was overwhelmed & exhausted. I was welcomed with warm arms & friendly faces. I received an ayurvedic message & was surprised by how different it was from a western message. I wasnt same afterwards but my mind & body were calm & muscles were exhausted. We did some stretching which helped me melt away later that evening. The food was fantastic! No need to worry about the water! They have their own spring & also boil & filter the water! Its ok to savor the fruits & vegetables from the garden. They also grows their own & make their own honey yum! I very much enjoyed the conversation and learning from DR. Subodh. He is very knowledgeable & is open to answering all the questions you may have. The Syambhunath stupa is a short walk away & its enjoyable to with Nepali life. While touring the surrounding neighborhoods, he was great guide too. I very much enjoyed my stay here & would highly recommend it to other western looking to unwind & get recentered. I also highly reccommend a yoga lesson! Namaste!"
March 20, edited
"This is a beautiful place with garden. I like the trees & flower. It is very good to grow plant, the fruits in the garden. I enjoyed my stay here."
February 2009, edited
"After a trek around the Annapurna region and few days in heavily polluted Thamel, I was ready for a change of scenerary. I wasn't sure what to do with my last three days in Kathmandu that is when I found the HIYA brochure.Arriving at the HIYA ground was like stepping into an Oasis in the middle of desolate desert. Further the brochure was not lying when it said they treat you like GOD in field the great service is one of the unique highlights.The magnificent garden well maintained, the food is temtic and the cook extremely accommodating and friendly. The bed and bathrooms were very clean and fresh which was welcome surprise after trekking.I wish HIYA and all its partners all the best and hope more westerners discover the benefits of eastern philosophy / medicines through HIYA and Dr. Subodh."
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