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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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.