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3 Days Yin and Yang Yoga Retreat in Nepal

  • Neydo Tashi Chöling Monastery, Dakshinkali 44600, Nepal

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Nepal

The world is made of seemingly opposite energies that interact with each other and are interdependent. This retreat is an opportunity to reflect and feel these dynamic energies. Sensing your inherit wholeness within. Find the balance and strength within your body and mind through yoga. On this retreat, you will explore the nature of Yin and Yang within the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Philosophical discussions
  • Exploring both Yin and Yang aspects
  • Transportation from Pranamaya Thamel to Neydo Monastery
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Use of yoga mats and yoga props
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Home to 200 monks, Neydo Monastery is one of the most enchanting places in the Kathmandu Valley and close to many significant religious sites of Tibetan Buddhism. The lamas from the monastery decided to build accommodation for visitors on the monastery premises so that guest can learn about Buddhism and their monastery, and the income would help fund the education of the monks.

You will be accommodation in a twin room. The resort has spacious rooms, all with attached bathrooms, and is built in Tibetan style. The yoga hall has the view of the main monastery hall and the rooftop is also a great place for morning class with a beautiful view. You will enjoy the warm welcome and the shared accommodation in the vibrant Neydo Monastery.

Yoga is based on a huge body of spiritual teachings and techniques that have been transmitted for over 5000 years. Yin and Yang is a way to talk about balance.

Yang is usually associated with more energetic qualities such as moving, ascending, expanding, heat, bright, progressing, active, and hyperfunctioning states. It is associated with the sun, fire, heat, and the masculine. Yin, on the other hand, has less energetic qualities such as stillness, descending, contracting, cold, dark, calm, quiet, receptive states. It is associated with the moon, coolness, and the feminine.

The following topics will be discussed in philosophy sessions:

  • The unique subtle anatomy within the yogic model of the human being
  • The inner energetic qualities of your organs and how you can support organ health through Yin yoga
  • Energize and develop muscular strength, stamina, and flexibility through dynamic Yang yoga
  • Meditation and the energy of opposites (Yin and Yang)

Both strength and surrender are needed to come to a state of equilibrium in your bodies and minds. Exploring both Yin and Yang aspects can open you up to the vast benefits of a balanced practice and teach you to meet yourself where you are at in terms of what you need from day to day. This retreat will be an opportunity to establish balance.

Monday

  • 10:30 Departure from Pranayama Yoga Studio
  • 11:30 Check in to Neydo Guesthouse
  • 12:00 Introductions to each other and to the retreat
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Philosophy discussion - What is yoga
  • 15:00 Tea break
  • 15:30 Yoga asana practice
  • 17:30 Free time
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Introduction to seated meditation
  • 20:45 Mouna and rest

Tuesday

  • 06:00 Morning tea
  • 07:00 Yoga asana practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga philosophy discussion
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Teaching from the Khenpo (the abbot of the monastery)
  • 16:30 Afternoon yoga "Stress Reduction part 2"
  • 17:00 Asana session
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation
  • 20:30 Mouna and rest

Wednesday

  • 06:00 Morning tea
  • 07:00 Yoga asana practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Yoga philosophy discussion
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Monastery tour
  • 16:00 Yoga asana: Restorative practice
  • 18:00 Departure from Neydo
  • Lisa

    Lisa's first step on a yoga mat was in 2007 after several injuries as a passionate hockey player. The practice quickly became a part of her daily life as she began to feel the ability to transform, nurture, and heal body, mind, and soul. Lisa completed her Yoga Alliance RYT teacher training in India at the beginning of 2014. The schooling focused on the traditional alignment principles of Ashtanga yoga as well as the creativity of Vinyasa flow. Her asana teachings come from a heart-centered and playful perspective and reflect a fusion of breath, movement, and stillness.

Why retreat in Nepal?

Nepal is unlike any other country. It’s a natural mandala sitting in the midst of the Himalayan mountain range. Comfortably nestled between China and Indian, and home to the highest place on earth (Mount Everest), Nepal has attracted spiritual seekers for centuries.

The rich cultures of Buddhism and Hinduisms are still the centerpiece of daily life. It’s not hard to see, feel, and touch a living tradition of yoga in Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley, is an environment with a rich spiritual legacy and landscapes colored with representations of awakening, and enlightenment.

It is said that when you practice in places that have been charged with the energy of prayer and meditation, there is an opportunity to awaken more swiftly! Retreating in sacred spaces has always been supportive to the inward investigation of life.

This retreat will take place near the sacred cave of Padmasambhava. A Buddhist saint who blessed the valleys of Nepal. You will have the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation within the setting of a traditional Buddhist community. It’s a rare privilege and opportunity to feel such group energy.

Students from around the world come to Nepal to explore, expand, and experience the living essence of yoga. Pranamaya community is here to support your path. This retreat is an opportunity to transform. In a stunning Tibetan monastery nestled in the foothills of the Kathmandu valley, you will discover yoga. Investigate philosophy and psychology and explore yoga’s practical tools to establish balance, contentment, and inner understanding.

Pharping

Pharping has two main caves that are considered especially powerful because they are also associated with Guru Rinpoche, the teacher that established Buddhism in Tibet. The area is sacred to Hindus because of the Dakshinkali Temple associated with Shiva. The whole area embodies the interesting mix of Hinduism and Buddhism in Kathmandu.

Several Tibetan Buddhist masters have been key in the establishment of Buddhist Monasteries in Pharping. Chagdud Tulku (recently passed away, autobiography entitled Lord of the Dance) and Chatral Rinpoche (one of the eldest and most revered meditation masters ). After these two set up their centers, there has been a slew of new monasteries in the last 10 to 15 years.

The Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery is the home of H.H Ngom Neydo Karma Chagme. This monastery gives education to many monks from remote areas of Nepal.

During this retreat, you will be served all vegetarian meals and plenty of tea and water throughout the day. Kunsang, the Tibetan chef, cooks a great fusion of Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali vegetarian food. You will be energized with delicious meals prepared by this excellent chef.

  • 2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All vegetarian meals, tea, and water
  • Daily yoga class
  • Diary and pen
  • Expert guidance from experienced and inspiring international retreat leaders
  • Transportation from Pranamaya's studio in Thamel to retreat location and back
  • Use of yoga mats and yoga props
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers from and to the studio in Thamel
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). From there, you need to go to Pranamaya Yoga Community's studio in Thamel, above Himalayan Java Coffee.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • 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!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Stephen Keeling
    10 out of 10

    "I've been going to the studio ever since it opened. It is a fantastic resource for the community here. Thanks to all the people who run it. The only thing is that I wonder why all the teachers don't place themselves in the same place as Nikki Z did, i.e. in the middle facing the carpark with their back to the back wall. That way everyone has a better chance of seeing the teacher. Thanks and long may Pranamaya flourish."

    Pranamaya Yoga Community Facebook page, edited

  • 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. "

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  • 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. "

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  • 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."

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  • 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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