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3-day Yoga practice & philosophy retreat with top yogini Heather Elton
March 31, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - April 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm| $ 275
Pranamaya is delighted to work with internationally-renowned yogini Heather Elton, to deliver two extremely special retreats of three transformational days.
Heather Elton has taught Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga in London and on over 30 international yoga retreats and workshops, including Yoga Teacher Training in Goa and London. She is a versatile yogini who intuitively shapes her teaching to what is most needed for each practitioner. Her main practices are Ashtanga (through intelligent linking of poses that explores the physical, mental and subtle aspects of the practice) and the BKS Iyengar methodology (with alignment principles integrated into a mindful Vinyasa practice in a ‘moving meditation’).
Through this retreat, Yoga philosophy is integrated with asana and breath to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice, and the technology to stabilise the mind and liberate ourselves from suffering. Heather’s teaching will help you to develop a deep physical and psychological practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience to make the spiritual yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life. The ultimate aim of yoga is love, liberation and freedom.
In a stunning Tibetan monastery nestled in the Himalayan foothills outside Kathmandu valley, join us for these three transformational days of immersion in Yoga practice, philosophy and lifestyle. In the space of quiet and community, discover Yoga as the harmony of the mind, body and soul, delve into Yoga philosophy and psychology, and explore Yoga’s practical tools to bring integration and joyful balance into the various dimensions of our lives.
On this retreat we will experience how different sequences of poses influence our body, mind and energy and explore the art of sequencing poses to enhance our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. We will also use the time away from our normal life to delve into the wider tools of Yoga such as breathwork, meditation and the other yogic “limbs” and discover how these can bring balance and into your life.
We will see how our breath changes our mental state and how we can use breathing techniques to pause our reactions, taking time to make all of our decisions come from a calmer, more settled place inside ourselves.
Whether you are a beginner or practice yoga regularly, come and enjoy the powerful energy, peace and surroundings of the retreat, and Heather’s world-class teaching, and take away a new practice to develop and treasure:
- what yoga is and how it can benefit you
- how to make your own daily yoga routine based on your goals, body type and needs
- how food, relationships and environment 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 275$ per person all-inclusive on twin sharing basis (if you prefer your own room, there is an additional supplement charge of $20 per night).
The retreat package includes:
- Transportation from our Yoga Studio Thamel at 1905 Kantipath (5 minutes from Thamel) to retreat location and back. Departure from Thamel on Monday at 2pm, return back on Wednesday at 7pm.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the lovely, modern and comfortable Neydo Hotel
- 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. We expect demand to be high on this retreat, so please book your place soon to avoid disappointment.
The lamas from the monastery decided to build accommodation for visitors on the monastery premisses so that guest can learn about Buddhism and their monastery, and the income would help fund the education of the monks. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and modern rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. The yoga hall has the view of the main monastery hall and the roof top is also a great place for morning class with a beautiful view. Kunsang, the Tibetan chef, cooks a great fusion of Tibetan, Indian and Nepali vegetarian food which always delights our guests.
To sign up, please fill out our online booking form.
Pharping has two main meditation caves that are considered especially powerful because they are associated with Shiva (as well as the nearby Dakshinkali Temple). The caves are also associated with Guru Rinpoche, the teacher who established Buddhism in Tibet. So the whole area is key to the interesting mix of Hinduism and Buddhism in Kathmandu.
A couple of very important contemporary Tibetan masters have been key in re-invigorating the Buddhist practice at Pharping by establishing centers there – Chagdud Tulku (recently passed away, autobiography entitled Lord of the Dance) and Chatral Rinpoche (one of the eldest and most revered meditation masters still alive). After they set up their centres, there has a been a slew of new monasteries in the last 15 years. The Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery, our home during the retreat, gives education to many monks from remote areas of Nepal.