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Tan means expansion and tra means freedom. Tantra is the art of to be free from all physical, mental, and spiritual bondage through the expansion of energy, while expanding yourselves to experience your own wholeness. Learn to balance the masculine and feminine energies for a state of wholeness and bliss. Tantra yoga is the key to unlocking the dormant potential within.
Shanti Yoga Ashram provides guests with an ashram environment in a home-stay setting, surrounded by the splendor of nature. Yogi Prakash and his family welcome guests into their kitchen and 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.
The ashram provides a few private rooms and shared dorm room facilities. Availability is based on current occupancy. There is warm running water for bathing powered by solar and unlimited fresh drinking water. Electrical outages are a 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. It has 24 hours of Wi-Fi and lights that are battery powdered, not dependent on the coming and going of electricity.
Divine bliss is experienced when Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (energy) unite to create pure consciousness. This union of masculine and feminine energies can be cultivated individually or with a partner. Sexual energy is the energy of creation, the most powerful energy available to you. As you gain skill in sensing and moving this force, you open up the possibility of awakening and manifesting your latent divinity by awakening the power of Kundalini.
Guruji will guide you how to rotate prana through subtle pathways in the body, transmuting sexual energy into spiritual energy. Due to the flow of oxygenated blood through the nervous system, a bioplasmic reaction is created, which causes every nerve in the body to vibrate at a higher frequency, activating dormant cells in the brain, leading to an expanded state of consciousness.
Yantra literally means instrument. It is a geometrical complex spiritual instrument in Tantra practice for concentration and meditation. When the mind is concentrated in Yantra, the mental chatter stops and eventually the object of help, the Yantra, is dropped, and the mind can remain empty and silent. The practice of Yantra meditation brings about bhukti and mukti, enjoyment and liberation.
You will go deeply into meditation on Shiva, Kali, and other Yantras to activate consciousness, will-force, and other dormant powers.
Gopika has more than 15 years of yoga experience. She brings to her class a dynamic flow that is both energizing and rejuvenating. Her classes are a blend of the practices that have influenced her life such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Tantra. She is also a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and gives lectures and consultations at the ashram.
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.
The retreat takes place in Shanti Yoga Ashram located in Machchhegaun, less than one hour from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Three organic, vegetarian, home-cooked fresh meals are provided daily. Most of the vegetables come from the Ashram's garden. Traditional Nepalese food is served at the ashram. This includes Nepal’s famous dal bhat (rice and legumes), fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade yogurt, pickle dish, and traditional roti (handmade flat bread). The kitchen is a cozy, family-sized room with a welcoming atmosphere reflective of the generosity of the family who runs the ashram.
The diet is strictly vegetarian. Much of the produce used for meals comes from the family’s organic garden. Some items you can find in the field are cauliflower, cabbage, a variety of greens, persimmons, oranges, plums, kiwis, spices and herbs, chilies, radish, and more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
You can board a bus towards Kirtipur, on the way to Machchhegaun.
You can book a taxi from Kathmandu to the ashram.
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