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8 Days Yoga, Meditation, and Hiking Retreat in Nepal

  • Begnas Lake, Piple Village, Phokara, Narayani Zone, Nepal

Overview

Yoga, Meditation, and Hiking Holiday in Nepal

Explore the local mountain paths and fill your being with the incredible energy of the majestic Himalayas. Dive into the physical aspect of yoga through asana practice during daily asana classes. Visit local villages and see the traditional Nepalese lifestyle. Explore the way your breath alters your state of mind through daily pranayama practice. Allow your mind to settle into the harmony of your surroundings. Let the waters of Begnas Lake lull you into serenity. Discover the real meaning of peace!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama practices
  • Guided visits to local villages and silent walks
  • Swimming and boating on the beautiful Begnas Lake
  • Two freshly prepared buffet-style meals a day
  • Incredible views from the yoga hall
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay in a family-run yoga and meditation retreat center, just five minutes away from the lake itself. The center is located on top of a small hill, away from other guest houses around the lake; it is very quiet and feels quite secluded. It is a perfect place to do the exploration within (as well as without), surrounded by green hills, overlooking the lake, and admiring the imposing Himalayas. The center features a covered yoga hall with one of the most impressive views that you can imagine. The rooms are comfortable and clean, featuring an attached bathroom.

Discover the real meaning of peace! During the retreat, you will enjoy the benefits of two daily yoga (asana) classes, as well as pranayama and guided meditation sessions. The classes will be organized as short workshops, during which you will explore different physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the practice. The level of the classes is suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience. Beginners will have the chance to get the taste of yoga and build a strong foundation for their yogic journey, while more experienced practitioners will deepen their understanding and knowledge and gain inspiration to keep exploring their practice.

Apart from yoga and meditation, you can swim in Begnas Lake or join some of the daily hikes on the local paths through the lower Himalayas, enjoying the magnificent views of the Annapurna range being mirrored in the calm waters of Begnas Lake. You will also have a chance to hike to local villages and experience Nepalese hospitality.

You will start your days with a guided meditation practice, followed by an asana (yoga) class. The morning practice will be a traditional Hatha class, with a lot of attention placed on breath, focus, and alignment of the body. After the practice, you will have a delicious buffet-style brunch.

The other activities will vary from day to day - you will go on hikes or to visit local villages and see the traditional Nepalese lifestyle. On some days, you will stay around the lake, swim, go on a boat ride, and just soak up the incredible energy of this place.

In the afternoons, you will have another yoga class. Depending on how tired you feel, the afternoon class will either be a gentler asana class or a pranayama (breathing exercises) class. You will end the day with another delicious home cooked buffet-style meal.

All activities and classes are optional and everybody is welcome to skip any of them any time they feel like it.

The retreat includes half-day or day long walks and visits to local villages. Possibility of renting bikes and boats to row on Begnas Lake.

  • Marija Drezgic

    Marija deeply believes that without proper alignment and without proper understanding of functional anatomy and movement processes, one can access only a small portion of the endless benefits available in the yoga asana practice. That is why she likes to give hands-on adjustments and assistance to her students. Her motto in class is play with it: play with your muscles, your stretch, your thoughts. Just play with it and see where it takes you.

The retreat will take place on the shores of Begnas Lake, some 13 kilometers away from Pokhara. While this area matches in beauty with Pokhara - with the calm waters of Begnas Lake and the views of Annapurna Range - it also offers the one thing that is missing in Pokhara: peace and quiet. There are just a few tourist facilities around, making it a perfect spot for a yoga and meditation retreat, as well as for enjoying a refreshing swim in the wonderfully clear Begnas Lake.

Nearby places

  • Begnas Lake - 5 minutes’ walk
  • Pokhara, 13 kilometers
Activities
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot spring
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
General
  • Lake
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Two vegetarian buffet-style meals are included in the price - brunch and dinner. If you feel that you need another proper meal during the day, you can order it from a diverse and affordable vegetarian menu that the center has on offer.

  • Hike in the mountains
  • Rowing on the lake
  • Swim in the lake
  • Visit local villages
  • 7 brunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 nights’ shared room accommodation
  • All yoga classes
  • Daily guided meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Silent walks
  • Stunning views from the yoga hall
  • Transfer from and to Pokhara
  • Visits to local villages
  • Additional activities like renting boats or bikes
  • Other meals
  • Other transfers

Arrival by airplane

Please book you flight to arrive at Pokhara Airport (PKR) or Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

For information about the booking conditions, please send My Yogic Adventure an inquiry.
  • Review by Kathy O Regan

    "Had my first ever Yoga Retreat in Serbia in August and had the best experience ever!! Loved every minute of it! The location was amazing, the mix of yoga, meditation, walks, good food and the people made my first yoga retreat a week I will never forget! Will hopefully book another retreat with MYA for 2017!!!"

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  • Review by Nesa Phanes

    "This retreat was beautiful. From being welcomed and warmly cared for, from Marija and owners of the accommodation too. "

    "The Retreat was located in Tara mountain surrounded with amazing nature. Morning and evening yoga and meditation practice were for the whole group of different conditions and levels. Marija is very committed, calm and great teacher with the knowledge to the smallest details. Between yoga classes every day we had a new adventure in forests around us, taking more or less beaten trails to get to some spectacular spots and views. I left very gratefully, with new experiences and friends. I hope to attend more of yogic adventures in future. :)"

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  • Review by Ljiljana Škrobot

    "Although this has been my first yoga retreat ever, it was the best! :) The best thing I could have done for myself really. Maria is an amazing teacher, full of knowledge, so pleasant to listen to and talk to. I've learned so much in just one week and profounded my knowledge about yoga, spirituality, meditation and much more. My body felt great, my mind even better. Also, I would like to praise Maria's great organizational skills, good communication and the choice of extra daily activities (hiking, lake trip, boat ride, and other adventures. :) Thank you for everything! ps. I already scheduled my next retreat. "

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  • Review by Marjan Skrobot

    "An amazing experience with a great teacher, lovely location and very nice people. I especially appreciate Marija helping me out during classes with the specific advice, needed due to my very low flexibility. I would highly recommend it to everyone and will do it again for sure!"

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  • Review by Susanne Hirschmann from The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "None of the beautiful pictures I saw before going on this trip could truly convey of its feeling of breathing the fresh air between the trees and doing sun salutations on a misty morning, light peeking through the clouds. Nature on Tara Mountain is simply all-encompassingly beautiful. The yoga classes were all well-structured and thoughtful, a great way to get deeper into the practice. The hikes tied in nicely with that, from quite easy to a bit more advanced, always leading through stunning nature. Marija is a warm, dedicated person and teacher. I can only highly recommend this retreat."

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  • Review by Claire from France

    "The yoga retreat in Tara Mountain was a wonderful experience! It was a good opportunity to go deeper in my yoga practice but also to have a break in an amazing place - wild and beautiful. The other activities, mostly hikes were really well linked with yoga and meditation. It was a good opportunity to discover a new country and landscapes and practice yoga in a piece of heaven. The yoga classes were really good: a mix of asanas, meditation and pranayama. Marija is a good teacher and she was fully dedicated to the retreat and the group. I warmly recommend this one week retreat!"

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  • Review by Darius
    10 out of 10

    "I think the experience has been absolutely incredible. There is a wonderful mix of incredible teachers who have deepen my practice but also taught me so much about interesting things that I would never know about - from really interesting hikes in archaeological sites here in Turkey, all the way through delicious food, Sufism, and face painting. Literally, the array of the things we did was wonderful. It was a great balance of intense yoga but also enough free time to recuperate afterwards. The natural beauty of Turkey in the south was amazing; some of the views on the hikes literally took my breath away. I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s interested."

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  • Review by Frank
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed myself, it was very peaceful and relaxing. I enjoyed the workshops and we’d do it again. The atmosphere was awesome, the food was great, as well as the accommodation. I couldn’t have asked for more."

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  • Review by Mimi
    10 out of 10

    "I came on My Yogic Adventure because I wanted to get a bit fit, I wanted to have a holiday, but I also wanted to get my muscles moving again. I haven’t done yoga in a really long time and I wanted to get back into the practice. But actually what I got was so much more than my body being a little bit fitter and a little bit stronger and not being so lazy any more. What my body learned was amazing and I’ll take those principles home with me, but what my mind learned was the best part - to change the way I’ve been thinking completely and to look at things differently. I learnt a little bit of mindfulness, to sit still a little bit, and consider things objectively. I came here to have a holiday and I really feel that I am going home as a better person."

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  • Review by Jake
    10 out of 10

    "During my two month stay in Kathmandu, I stayed at Alobar 1000 where Marija taught yoga every morning. She was an integral part of my enjoyment during this period and is a talented and clearly dedicated teacher. Prior to coming to Marija, my experience of yoga teachers was reserved to those who would quickly rush through poses and very rarely go into detail. Marija took the time to explain how one properly gets into the pose and so gain the most benefit in a way that encouraged your development and understanding. She was patient and hands on in approach, allowing for all levels to simultaneously enjoy the class independently but with her support and guidance when it was needed. She was also very willing to answer any questions that we had which is only complemented by her openness and approachability. Her shavasana at the end of the class is also something to look forward to and is particularly rewarding. A truly wonderful teacher the like of which I’ve not enjoyed since but one I highly recommend. I still enjoy what she taught me to this day and continue to develop my confidence and ability. Thank you for everything."

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  • Review by Alice
    10 out of 10

    "Marija was my teacher in Kathmandu, Nepal. I had daily classes with her for a month. I was a beginner and was looking for a teacher with who I will feel comfortable. From my first class with Marija, I learned a lot and wasn’t shy to ask questions, she made me feel at home. During this month, my body awareness grew every day and I was going out of the classes with a big smile on my face. I look forward to have classes with Marija again, she left Kathmandu and I miss her morning classes a lot! Thanks million times for teaching me so well!"

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  • Review by Lise
    10 out of 10

    "Marija was my teacher in Rishikesh, India. That time I was looking for a possibility to learn more about yoga, to breathe more, and to exercise… All these she gave me. It is so important to have a good feeling with your yoga teacher, to have faith in this person. And I had this with Marija. It was so good that she took us out of the ”everyday life” for two active hours and brought as close to our bodies, feelings, and breathing. I hope to join one day another course! All the best, Marija."

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