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Submerge yourself in the yogic lifestyle, while absorbing the powerful Himalayan energy, the place where yogis have been practicing since the beginning of time. Learn the depths of classical Tantra yoga in a traditional ashram setting. This program beautifully blends Karma and Bhakti yoga along with yoga practice and philosophical teachings on Tantra yoga. Join this retreat to get a taste of all the benefits yoga has to offer!
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Shanti Yoga Ashram is a vibrant blend of ashram, children’s school, and home. The vision for the ashram is to provide a nurturing environment for spiritual seekers to learn, develop, grow, and contribute to their own spiritual growth and the growth of others. It flows with the rhythms of life and is an ideal place to learn the art of acceptance and surrender, which lead to a permanent state of equanimity, the ultimate goal of practicing yoga.
The ashram's homestay setting is surrounded by the splendor of nature. Yogi Prakash and his family welcome guests into their kitchen and their living space. This affords a cozy environment conducive to spiritual practice, where those who stay at the ashram can get a taste of authentic yogic lifestyle along with traditional Nepalese culture.
There are a few private rooms and shared dorm room facilities, available based on current occupancy. There is warm running water for bathing, powered by solar energy, and unlimited fresh drinking water. Electrical outages are part of life in Nepal; however, it is easy to adapt since there is solar energy for heating water and gas or fire for cooking. Wi-Fi and battery-powered lights are offered all day.
The yogic lifestyle program is for spiritual seekers; it combines Karma and Bhakti yoga along with yoga practice and philosophical teachings on Tantra yoga. The practice during the retreat will be based on your experience and needs.
When someone is able to act without expecting any fruits from their work, it is called Karma yoga; it is one of the best paths for purifying the heart and mind. This program will give you the chance to experience the effects of a lifestyle based on the science of yoga, which deepens the overall effects of yoga practice.
Since Yogini Gopika was a young girl she was in love with the deep beauty and peace found in nature. For her life was always full of magic and mystery. Upon getting her first real job after college, she can remember thinking with a feeling of longing for something greater that here must be more to life than this. Upon discovering yoga, everything transformed and she made a swift exit from mainstream society in search of life’s true meaning. After teaching yoga in New York City for about a year she journeyed to India.
Prakash is the founder and chairman of Shanti Yoga Ashram. He has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years both at home and abroad. He has a great capacity to transmit the spiritual essence of Tantra yoga to his students with full joy and love. His personal attention and care for every student make everyone feel at home. His deep love for yoga is reflected in his classes. The way he totally imbibes yoga allows him to transport his students to a complete state of tranquility and bliss.
Rama is the co-founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram and has been teaching yoga for 14 years. She studied at Bihar School of Yoga in India. In Nepal, she practiced under the guidance of Swami Shivalingam and Guru Yogi Prakash. Her teaching style is meditative and precise, encouraging students to fully blossom in their practice. She is also a certified naturopathic doctor and has taught in hospitals and schools in the Kathmandu region. The ashram would not be where it is today without her dedicated energy over the years.
This retreat will take place in Machchhegaun, Kathmandu, Nepal. Shanti Yoga Ashram is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas with a picturesque view, less than one hour from Kathmandu; it is the perfect sanctuary to go deeply into the essence of yoga.
The ashram is located in a small town outside of Kathmandu, so you will be able to learn yoga within the context of Nepalese life and Eastern culture, the womb from which yoga was born. If you want to learn classical yoga with spiritual depth and experience traditional Nepalese culture, this homestay yoga ashram provides a unique and authentic opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the land of Tantra, where yoga was born.
During this retreat, three organic home cooked meals are provided per day. Many of the vegetables and fruits are from the ashram's own garden. Shanti Yoga Ashram provides its guests with traditional Nepalese food. This includes Nepal’s famous dal bhat, or rice and legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade yogurt, pickle dish, and traditional roti, a handmade flat bread. The diet is strictly vegetarian.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
You can take a bus from Kathmandu city to arrive at the ashram.
You can take a taxi from Kathmandu city to the ashram; tell the driver to go towards Kirtipur on the way to Machchegaun. Please send Shanti Yoga Ashram an inquiry for further directions.
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