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6 Days Tantra Yoga Bliss Retreat in Nepal

  • Shanti Yoga Ashram, Machchhegaun, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

Beginner's Yoga Retreat Nepal

Submerge yourself in the yoga lifestyle, while absorbing the powerful Himalayan energy. Yogis have been practicing in the Himalayas since the beginning of time! The aim of Shanti Yoga Ashram's teaching system is to combine physical movement (asana), breath (pranayama), and awareness (meditation) to generate physical, vital, and mental health.

Highlights

  • Morning yoga classes
  • Afternoon yoga classes
  • Yoga philosophy lectures
  • Evening kirtan and satsang session
  • Daily home-cooked meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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 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.

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.

Develop a good foundation to build a satisfying yoga practice. You will start with the basics, learning how to breathe properly to oxygenate the body and energize the mind while synchronizing movement and breathing for a meditative experience. You will also discuss yogic philosophy, the basics that every yogi should know that can be directly applied to your life and your practice. It is vital to integrate the two so that your spiritual development can fully blossom.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Karma yoga
  • 11:00 Lecture or workshop depending on current program
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga or practice session
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Kirtan and satsang
  • 20:00 Practice of silence
  • Gopika

    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.

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas with a picturesque view, less than one hour from Kathmandu, Shanti Yoga Ashram is the perfect sanctuary to go deeply into the essence of yoga. On a clear day, you can see the Himalayas in the distance. The ashram is located next to a large forest which provides ample fresh air and nice breeze.

Nearby places

  • Kathmandu, 1 hour
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Steam room
General
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • River nearby
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Shanti Yoga Ashram provides its guests with traditional Nepalese food which includes Nepal’s famous dal bhat (rice and legumes), fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade yogurt, pickle dish, and traditional roti (handmade flat bread).

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 much more!

The kitchen is a cozy, family-size room with a welcoming atmosphere reflective of the generosity of the family who runs the ashram. The diet is strictly vegetarian.

  • Deepen your knowledge at the yoga library
  • Enjoy nature walks in the neighboring forest
  • Experience Nepali culture
  • Explore the nearby sites
  • Relax and take in the stunning view of the Himalayas
  • Visit Machchhgaun village
  • Visit the Pashupatinath temple, Dakshin Kali temple, and Bhaktapur city

Massage, shirodhara, and steam rooms are available by appointment for an additional price. Please let Shanti Yoga Ashram know if you would like to book.

  • 3 organic home cooked meals daily
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 45-minute afternoon yoga class daily
  • 45-minute lecture daily
  • 90-minute morning yoga class daily
  • Evening kirtan (chanting) and satsang

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). From the airport, Shanti Yoga Ashram recommends you to take a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Machchhegaun, just past Kirtipur. Most drivers will know Kirtipur (it is a small city between Kathmandu and Machchhegaun). When you get to Kirtipur, you can ask the driver to call Shanti Yoga Ashram for exact directions. The taxi ride will cost approximately 1,000 NPR.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Shanti Yoga Ashram an inquiry.
  • Review by Robyn Davis from Western Australia, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Home-style guest rooms with simple, clean facilities in a very calm and relaxing environment supporting your journey. Yoga classes are optional. Set in a small village in the Kathmandu mountains with fabulous views and spiritual energy everywhere! The yoga classes are led by world-class teachers with many years of traditional yoga experience and vast knowledge of the science of yoga, the human body, and nutrition."

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  • Review by Amrit
    10 out of 10

    "Traditional yoga teacher training with a focus not only in the spirituality but also in the science behind yoga. This training will not only deepen your own personal journey but also expand your inner self and mind to a new level. All teachers have combined years of experience and have taught globally in USA, Bali, India, and Nepal. This teacher training will enhance your knowledge of energies and the expression of Tantra yoga. The location is near the jungle in Kathmandu Valley with natural, organic food with world class knowledge that can lead your awakening and expansion of your mind, body, and spirit for a deeper knowledge of self and your practice. Unlike others, this guru has self-enlightened practice with a gentle, non-judgmental environment."

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  • Review by Laura Tees from Scotland, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "After only a few days, I can already feel the positive rewards of the teachings and practice. There is a wonderful atmosphere of peace here. I would highly recommend Yogi Prakash as a teacher; his family has been a delight to be around."

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  • Review by Jokob from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "After a week here in the ashram, I really feel healthier, both physically and mentally. Now, I have the tools that I need and a new perspective on spirituality, for which I am grateful."

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  • Review by Becca Dewitt from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Our teacher Prakash knew a lot about the yogic lifestyle, the philosophy of yoga, and how it scientifically works. After a year of heavy and stressful education, I came here and really found the rest I was searching for. I found the answers to my life's questions."

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  • Review by Linda Krielacet from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "My state of mind has changed in a positive way. I feel more relaxed, happy, and satisfied. On the spiritual side, I can now go into deep meditation and really feel the prana or energy movement. I feel that my chakra is opening and I am receiving more power from that. It has been a transformative experience."

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  • Review by Charlie and Kelly Gorsky from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Shanti Yoga Ashram provided us with a much-needed escape from the noisy city of Kathmandu. We were delighted with the peaceful, quiet beauty of ashram. We enjoyed the expert teachings on yoga, chanting, and cleansing. What a perfect way to spend a week! Our hosts were knowledgeable, warm, caring, and friendly. We cannot wait to come back."

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  • Review by Jamie Christian Desplaces from Autralia
    10 out of 10

    "The ashram acts as an intimate homestay, a chance to not only immerse one's self in authentic yogic practice and meditation, but to truly experience local life and Eastern culture in a way that will, without a doubt, change yours."

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  • Review by Karen Geissinger from Vancouver, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you, Yogi Prakash, for building on my previous yoga and meditation classes and teaching me new techniques that I would not have learned in the United States. The postures and techniques are a habit now and I understand their lifelong benefits."

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  • Review by Sasha from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "I feel like I have experienced a small piece of paradise. Indeed I think this is an excellent example of how a community should live and work together. I feel mentally and physically revived, refreshed, and inspired."

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  • Review by Heather Renton from USA
    10 out of 10

    "When I came here I had been already practicing yoga for around four years. Now, I realize that I was only practicing postures in no real systematic way. Since being here, I have learned a great deal about the philosophy behind yoga and now feel that I have a solid basis from where I can really begin my yogic and spiritual path."

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  • Review by Gisela from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful and inspiring stay here. The yoga lessons are great. The talks were always relevant to my actual life. I can highly recommend this ashram and hope it will continue to grow with so much heart."

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  • Review by John Raad from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "My stay, although short, was filled with love and the vital knowledge I need to carry me through the next part of my journey. Thank you for opening up your heart, mind, family, and home to me."

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  • Review by Becca from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Staying at this ashram and getting a chance to get to know Yogi Prakash and his wonderful family while learning the benefits of sadhna and the lessons of karma yoga has been immensely transformative for me. I have found that yoga is not just about the postures and the breathing techniques alone; while these things are very important, it is also about karma yoga, which means action from the heart. When I might have otherwise been averse to certain work tasks, being in the setting of Shanti Yoga Ashram and seeing just how devoted this family is to the spiritual advancement and well-being of society has taught me to work hard without an end in sight and to attempt the difficult task of doing it selflessly. A lot of the time we obsess over ascribing value to everything, but my experience here has been immeasurable. I learned when I least expected to learn, sometimes in subtle ways that I could not immediately detect. This place has taught me to take responsibility for myself and for others, to give of myself, and to surrender. I have learned not to judge and to be patient and open. "

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  • Review by a traveler from Los Angeles, USA
    10 out of 10

    "In August 2008, my friend and I went to the Shanti Yoga Ashram. This was a big experience for us. I was already interested in yoga but did not know that it would have so many benefits. Our teacher, Prakash, knew a lot about the yogic lifestyle, the philosophy of yoga, and the scientific evidence. After a year of heavy and stressful education, I came here and really found the rest I was searching for. I also found the answers to my life philosophy questions. My state of mind has changed in a positive way. I feel more relaxed and happy and have a more satisfied state of mind. My biggest benefit is that my eczema is curing because of the yoga pranayama and meditation. For me, it is a miracle I could only dream of because I have had eczema for almost twenty years. I am very happy with the results. What I also enjoyed is that we got massage lessons from an experienced teacher. Learning how to give a massage was a lot of fun. My friend is now learning to play tabla and he is enjoying it a lot. On the spiritual way, I also learned a lot, I can now go in deep meditation and really feel the prana, or energy, movement. I feel that my chakras are getting open and I get more power from that. It is a great experience. Also, my concentration is getting better. So now I am really consigned that the Shanti Yoga Ashram can give a lot of benefits. I am really thankful to Yogi Prakash for giving me the possibilities to learn from him, for the experience I got, and for all his help. I am also thankful to his ashram members for the vegetarian food from their own garden. I hope I can come back to Nepal next year to learn more."

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