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3 Days Yoga Retreat in Nepal

  • Neydo Hotel, Satikhel 44600, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

Yoga Retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal

A flowing, energetic retreat which not only gives you a chance to immerse within and progress in yoga practice, but aims to leave you inspired to begin or improve a self-practice at home. With deliciously pure air, peaceful lush surroundings, the warm company of like-minded fellow students, and Annies upbeat and friendly teaching, this will be a special retreat for anyone looking to immerse in yoga, to rejuvenate and strengthen the body, and to unwind and refresh the mind.

Take your practice home

We also look at setting up a self-practice which you can take with you anywhere. Many yoga students want to practice at home, but struggle to know where to start. Beginners face the task of remembering poses to practice, while more experienced students face the dilemma of deciding what emphasis to choose during any particular session. Learn helpful tips to guide you along the way to ensure that no matter your experience, mood, level of confidence or time frame, theres always room for some yoga and a chance to feel the transformational effects of a regular practice.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga lessons
  • Accommodation in the blissful Neydo monastery
  • Expert guidance from international retreat leaders
  • Introduction in Tibetan Buddhism by abbot of the monastery
  • How to make your own daily yoga routine lessons
  • All delicious vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The guest house was built alongside the monastery so that it allows a wide range of people to visit and experience this special location and life at this monastery, and the income from accommodating guests will directly go towards supporting the running costs of monastery. Almost 200 monks live and study here and guests participate in their daily practice, eat alongside them, and experience monastic life first-hand in a the most peaceful environment. The guest house is just three years old and Karma Chagm Rinpoche lives at his residence that is just next-door on the eastern end of the inn.

There are in total 23 guest rooms. They are simple, clean and personal. Each room has a double bed or two single beds with comfortable mattresses and fresh bedsheets/linen. Room colours are calm using earth colours with cool tiled floors. Every room has a small balcony with a screen to keep away insects from the outside. South facing rooms have a view of the monastery and north facing rooms, a view over the Hattiban forest (and the eagles that circle above it) and Bhanjang village below it. Each room has a clean bathroom with bath and shower and a modern western-styled toilet.

Enjoy morning and afternoon sessions of yoga, explore yoga theory and philosophy, revive with wonderful food, relax with a favourite book and new friends among the beautiful grounds, find peace with a guided evening meditation, and take a teaching from the monasterys highest teacher.

Take this time to become aware of your thoughts and how you can affect your thought patterns. Become more aware of your body and how its movements affect your mind. Gently work with your mind and body to overcome your limitations, to experience your full potential and to feel truly present and alive. Mindful yoga is a way of achieving joy, happiness and peacefulness, and discovering the true nature of ourselves.

Whether you are a beginner or practice yoga regularly, come and enjoy the powerful energy, peace and surroundings of the retreat and take away a new practice to develop and treasure, including:

  • what yoga is and how it can benefit you
  • how to make your own daily yoga routine based on your goals, body type and needs
  • how our thought-patterns and actions influence the health of body and mind
  • how mindfulness can reduce stress and change your everyday life
  • yoga poses under expert guidance through plenty of asana practice.

Our method

Join these three transformational days in a stunning tibetan monastery nestled in the himalayan foothills outside Kathmandu valley. The yoga practice will be based on Vinyasa flow cultivating balance, strength, flexibility and openness, both physical and internal. The practice will help you feel both relaxed and vitalised, challenging you to experiment with the potential of your bodys range, and to explore and open your state of mind. In each session, a peak pose is selected and a sequence developed based on the muscles and alignment required to achieve it, to open and prepare the body ready to practice the peak posture. This also enable you to learn about some of the more advanced yoga postures and to have a play with them to build your practice. Take this time to become aware of your thoughts and how you can affect your thought patterns. Become more aware of your body and how its movements affect your mind. Gently work with your mind and body to overcome your limitations, to experience your full potential and to feel truly present and alive. Mindful yoga is a way of achieving joy, happiness and peacefulness, and discovering the true nature of ourselves.

Tucked away in the Himalayas of Nepals Kingdom, amidst the most scenic area, there lies a buddhist monastery guest-house in the most peaceful location alongside Neydo Tashi Choeling monastery, just 22km or less than an hours drive from the heart of hectic Kathmandu. It is located in the southwest corner of the Kathmandu Valley close to Pharping.

Pharping

Pharping has two main meditation caves that are considered especially powerful because they are associated with Shiva (as well as the nearby Dakshinkali temple). The caves are also associated with Guru Rinpoche, the teacher who established buddhism in Tibet. So the whole area is key to the interesting mix of hinduism and buddhism in Kathmandu.

A couple of very important contemporary tibetan masters have been key in re-invigorating the buddhist practice at Pharping by establishing centers there Chagdud Tulku and Chatral Rinpoche (one of the eldest and most revered meditation masters still alive). After they set up their centres, there has a been a slew of new monasteries in the last 15 years. The Neydo Tashi Choling monastery, our home during the retreat, gives education to many monks from remote areas of Nepal.

Neydo monastery

The lamas from the monastery decided to build accommodation for visitors on the monastery premisses so that guest can learn about buddhism and their monastery, and the income would help fund the education of the monks.

The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and modern rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in tibetan style. The yoga hall has the view of the main monastery hall and the roof top is also a great place for morning class with a beautiful view.

Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Health club
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
General
  • Balcony
  • Caf nearby
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Bicycle rental nearby

Kunsang, the Tibetan chef, cooks a great fusion of Tibetan, Indian and Nepali vegetarian food which always delights our guests.

  • Transportation from Thamel to Neydo monastery and back
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the lovely, modern and comfortable Neydo Hotel in the grounds of the exquisite monastery
  • All the delicious vegetarian meals, tea and water
  • Expert guidance from experienced and inspiring international retreat leaders
  • Use of yoga mats and yoga props
  • Diary and pen
For information about the booking conditions, please send Pranamaya Yoga Community an inquiry.
  • Review by Laska Pare'
    10 out of 10

    "Pranamaya isn't just a studio, it's a community, a home and a sanctuary with loving vibes, big smiles and peace!"

    Pranayama Yoga Community website, edited

  • Review by Annette from Denmark
    9 out of 10

    "Overall I had a very good yoga retreat (Mind Matters Most). The yoga was very good. Isa is a fantastic teacher with a lot of positive energy, and good at explaining both the asanas and the theory. The Neydo Monastery is a very nice place - the yoga hall fantastic and hotel had good rooms and super food. The intro to Buddhism by the khenpo was good, giving a feel of it to those how didn't know about buddhism. "

    Pranamaya Yoga Community website, edited

  • Review by Leila from Norway
    9 out of 10

    "I love your Pranamaya yoga. Even though my best friends back home run a popular yoga studio I found the teachings of Lissie, Mandy and Isa very fruitful. The teachers down to earth and great! Explaining important small movements and explaining the movement rather than names of postures I dont understand. Nice! I loved the retreat at Neydo Monastery and the energy, insight and moods of Isabel. She was super nice! Need monastery was perfectly quiet, clean and spacious. I loved having classes, meditation and philosophy classes with Isabel. The teachings was a repetitive which made me find parts of my body that needed focus. I found Isabels teachings very guiding. Im more into Bhuddism myself but found her way very open to find your own source and center in your practice. "

    Pranamaya Yoga Community website, edited

  • Review by NNN73
    10 out of 10

    "I have lived in Kathmandu for 10 months and have been at Pranamaya Studio Patan several days a week the entire time. The studio offers a variety of yoga styles and different teachers, so there's always a style and a teacher that suits you. I find the quality of teaching to be very high and the atmosphere is super friendly. Whether you're a novice yogi as I was or very experienced, you can be challenged and supported by the great teachers. I've been on one retreat to the beautiful Neydo Monastery, which I can definitely recommend if you want to learn a bit more about Buddhism, meditation, and yoga."

    Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Peggy
    10 out of 10

    "The three day retreat to Nedyo monastery to practice yoga, meditation and learn about buddhism with Sam and Rupesh was the highlight of my month long trip to Nepal and India. The setting, the food and the discussion with the people that joined us, was truly food for the soul. I am a beginner at yoga, and was concerned about my lack of skills, but did not have to worry about this at all. I was put at ease, gently touched to correct the posture and constantly reminded to listen to how my body and mind felt. I will forever remember breathing in and breathing out to the sounds of the monks chanting. The retreat was incredibly well organized. Thank you Sam and Rupesh!"

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  • Review by Morgana
    9 out of 10

    "We were looking for some good yoga after trekking and we found it! We are yoga-spoiled coming from San Francisco, but we loved Pranamaya. We took an Astanga 2-3 class at the Patan studio and it was a fantastic class. We also did a 3-day Hatha retreat with Rupesh and Sam, and it was an incredible experience at the absolutely stunning Neydo Monastery outside Kathmandu. Great teachers, great group, and wonderful setting. "

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  • Review by Turtuss from Darjeeling, India
    10 out of 10

    "When staying in Kathmandu, its easy say "its too cold to practice" or "im tired after tracking" or "i dont have time need to see all bars" but only regular practice changes you. Pranamaya in Boundha was my favorite evening place for all my one-month stay in Nepal. New big space, with great teachers (come to Ellen! ive never been so inspired to do jumps in vinyasas and learned it right way). Affordable prices (take 1 month unlimited if you stay for long)."

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  • Review by Timara from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "If you are interested in doing yoga in Nepal, Pranamaya is definitely the place to go to. They have a wide variation of regular classes in three shalas around KTM. Studios are beautiful, western-style studios with professional touch and excellent teachers. I practice mainly ashtanga myself, and find especially Boudha studios classes (and teachers) excellent. Pranamaya also organizes regularly different workshops in the studios, and the ones I have attended have been very good value for money. Looking forward to participate in one of their monastery retreats soon. Pranamaya is a lively and warm community and they really push the level of yoga in Nepal high. Love it!"

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  • Review by Cloud Tail from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    9 out of 10

    "I have started yoga with Pranamaya by a 48 hour retreat in a monastery, in Pharping, near Kathmandu, mid-September 2012. It was an outstanding experience, combining yoga sessions, introduction to meditation, talks about Buddhist monastic life and Buddhist paintings, a walk to two beautiful temples, and exchanges with a khenpo, or Buddhist teacher. The only complaint of the participants was that it should have lasted longer! The people from Pranamaya yoga, who organized the week-end, were both highly knowledgeable and very pleasant. Attending Morning Prayer in the monastery at 5.30 am was a remarkable experience. The rooms were new and extremely comfortable, and the vegetarian food, delicious.Since then, I have attended the yoga classes at the Thamel studio on a regular basis. The teachers are extremely professional and provide personal attention to every participant (the groups are small, maximum 12 people, unlike in the West, where classes are much bigger). It is a remarkable experience, and I can already feel beneficial effects on my health and general balance."

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  • Review by Claire
    10 out of 10

    "Just returned from Pranamaya's excellent 3 day retreat set in the foothills of the Kathmandu valley. We practiced yoga twice daily, undertook guided mediation, learnt about Buddhism and went for walks in the surrounding hills. Staff and facilities were excellent and the monastery was a beautiful setting. Would highly recommend!"

    April 2015. BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

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