Type of Event
This retreat will be a doorway into the Philosophical roots of yoga. We will focus on the energy behind the physical practice which begins within in the heart/ mind complex. Without an intention the whole practice can become very mechanical and repetitive. However, when practice is infused by the deeper strength of the mind there is an entirely new
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In a stunning Tibetan monastery nestled in the Himalayan foothills outside Kathmandu valley, join these three transformational days to discover Yoga as the harmony of the mind, body and soul; to delve into Yoga philosophy and psychology; and to explore Yoga’s practical tools to bring integration and joyful balance into the various dimensions of our lives.
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 an introduction into Buddhism from the monastery’s highest teacher.
Anna explains the theme of this retreat: “Sankalpa is intention, its motivation, its where we begin…..
A “Sankalpa” practice starts from the radical idea that you already are who you need to be, and already have everything you need in order to realize your life’s purpose. All you need to do is focus your mind, and connect to your inner essence in order to understand life more clearly. This retreat will be a doorway into the Philosophical roots of yoga. We will focus on the energy behind the physical practice which begins within in the heart/ mind complex. Without an intention the whole practice can become very mechanical and repetitive. However, when practice is infused by the deeper strength of the mind there is an entirely new meaning, and an entirely different outcome. The whole experience becomes extremely powerful.
Yoga is a spiritual path. This retreat will explore the 8 limbs of Yoga and how and why it is important to practice with a strong motivation. It will be a doorway to explore how profound a simple set of sun salutations, can be when charged with depth of inner motivation. I truly believe that in the end it matters less what exactly we do physically, and more how and why we do it. This retreat will explore the reasons why yoga is much more than a physical practice. Motivation is a tool to transform ordinary actions into causes for enlightenment.”
“I came to practice yoga because of my interest in meditation. Sitting still and observing my mind I felt a sense of being without needing to do. The capacity to sit became the greatest tool for self-inquiry and a deeper understanding of all life. With a strong motivation to understand the workings of my mind, I spent many months and years in solitary retreat in the Himalaya’s. Yoga was a big part of my experience. For me, Asana is a moving meditation and the human body is the vehicle through which this transformational path unfolds.
I believe that most of our life is driven by habit. Yoga practice is about moving beyond our habitual way of being. Moving beyond our conditioned responses to life in order to live in an organic spontaneous way. Gently opening to an unfolding reality within our own body.
I am a Yoga Alliance certified teacher( RYT 500) . My studies of Yoga extend from ashrams in India to very technical anatomy workshops in North America. I am greatly influenced by the teachings of Iyengar and Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar school of Yoga. The trainings I completed include three 200hour hatha yoga trainings, kundalini Yoga Teacher Training according to Yogi Bhajan, and a 300hour training with Integrative Yoga therapy in the United states. I feel fortunate and privileged to study, teach, and practice yoga.”
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 from the perspective of its philosophical roots
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.
A three-day yoga retreat costs USD $295 per person all-inclusive on twin sharing basis (if you prefer your own room, there is an additional supplement charge of $25 per night, bringing the total to USD $335).
The retreat package includes:
Transportation from Thamel to the monastery and back. Departure from Thamel on Monday at 10.30am, returning back on Wednesday at 7pm
Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the lovely, modern and comfortable 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
The minimum number of participants is 4, the maximum is 16.