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This festival will encompass the most consecrated sites throughout the beautiful Kathmandu Valley and the teachings from yoga masters from a wealth of traditions and lineages, providing a divine opportunity to share, learn, and practice from those most adept in the art of yoga. It promises to be a truly unique event drawing together cultures, traditions, and teachings from across the world. It is an opportunity to evolve spiritually by going deep into the essence of yoga in the land in which yoga itself was born.
This spiritual journey will commence in Kathmandu where you will spend two days in the enchanting capital city of Nepal. The festival will begin on the day of Shiva Ratri - Shiva’s appearance day, in which you will come together to honor Lord Shiva, the first guru of yoga by celebrating yoga’s depth and diversity. You will continue this spirit by visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, considered to be the most powerful and important Shiva temple in existence, lying on the banks of the Bagmati River.
You will also visit the Boudhanath stupa, a symbolic Buddhist site as well as being the largest stupa in Nepal, and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the oldest Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu. Dhulikhel is located 30 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. At 1550 meter above sea level, an astonishing panorama unfolds and one can merge with the breathtaking view of the snow-kissed Himalayas.
Besides its incredible nature, this town offers a vast number of temples, stupas, and pagodas. Another interesting fact about this place is its Hindu philosophy-based design. All the shapes and distances between houses and temples carry a specific meaning with them making a visit exciting and worthwhile.
The pilgrimage will then bring all of you to Pokhara, which does not only offer the holy sites of the Peace Pagoda and the Barahi Durga Temple, but also breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Lake Phewa. It is an ideal place for yoga and meditation surrounded by nature’s beauty. Finally, the journey will take you to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
This important pilgrimage location offers the Ashoka Pillar erected in the Lumbini Garden, marking the spot where Prince Siddharta Gautam was born, and where the Mayadevi Temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya Devi. This international festival will draw revered yogis and yoginis from across the globe to share their understanding and experience in yoga. Some of the offerings will include asanas, pranayama, meditations, kirtan and mantras, lectures, spiritual dance, and ceremonies including havana (fire sacrifice).
The programs will include yoga class, meditation, kirtan, mantra, havana (fire ceremony), philosophy, Ayurveda, nature, lectures, music, dance, visiting sacred places, celebration, spiritual community, and puja (worship). The itinerary will change from day to day, but the general program will be as follows:
Since Yogini Gopika was a young girl she was in love with the deep beauty and peace found in Nature. For her life was always full of magic and mystery. Upon getting her first real job after college, she can remember thinking with a feeling of longing for something greater that here must be more to life than this. Upon discovering yoga, everything transformed and she made a swift exit from mainstream society in search of life’s true meaning. After teaching yoga in New York City for about a year she journeyed to India.
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.
Rama is the co-founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram and has been teaching yoga for 14 years. She studied at Bihar School of Yoga in India. In Nepal, she practiced under the guidance of Swami Shivalingam and Guru Yogi Prakash. Her teaching style is meditative and precise, encouraging students to fully blossom in their practice. She is also a certified naturopathic doctor and has taught in hospitals and schools in the Kathmandu region. The ashram would not be where it is today without her dedicated energy over the years.
Guillaume has spent the last five years exploring Africa and India, learning from diverse traditions, spiritual masters, and seekers. He has been practicing meditation since his teenage years and has understood its importance in elevating one’s mind and building a stronger foundation with self and society. Guillaume firmly believes that yoga is a way of peace, harmony, and self-reliance. He studies, practices, and teaches Tantra yoga. Guillaume enjoys to play instruments and is also adept in singing bowl therapies and guided meditations, which he considers the most beautiful gifts on earth.
Adrianna puts a lot of emphasis on the sensations in the body. She encourages her students to feel every movement and the corresponding body parts. For her, one of the aims of yoga is to discover one’s body and to reconnect to it. Since it carries one through all the obstacles and miracles in life, it is essential to express gratitude in every class. Of course, one does not feel in peace with their physical bodies every minute of their lives, but through yoga, one can establish a healthy foundation and learn to be in harmony with themselves.
This retreat will take place in Nepal. The journey will start in Kathmandu and proceed to Dhulikhel, Pokhara, and Lumbini.
You will be served breakfast and lunch for five days when doing the full day program. The diet will be yogic and pure vegetarian. Dinner is not included in the package.
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