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