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3-day Ashtanga Yoga immersion with Ellen in Nepal

October 21, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - October 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

| 275 $

Ashtanga yoga closure during yoga retreat nepal

Ellen: “In this three-day retreat we will look in depth into some key elements of Ashtanga yoga practice; the breath as the key to vital energy, bandhas as the key to controlling energy and, drishti ( focus) as the key to directing energy. These key points will form the basis for developing our yoga routine into a trans-formative practice.

By cultivating the breath, we become aware of  link between the inner and outer world, the conscious and the unconscious. By applying the bandhas (muscle tension in key places)  we’ll use only the necessary amount of force, which facilitates relaxation and muscle release. By directing our focus throughout practice, we intensify physical and mental awareness, and thus delve into deeper states of concentration.

The day consist of morning Ashtanga Yoga practice, workshop style classes, a lecture on Tibetan Buddhism by the main teacher of the monastery and philosophical talks. During the philosophy talks we will discuss fundamental features of early Indian and Buddhist philosophy such as circular timeframe, a physical body v.s. pure awareness, the notion of Samsara and liberation.

For the last evening of the course, we practice silence until after breakfast the following morning. This  gives each participant an opportunity to contemplate the teachings and put them into practice in a beautiful monastic surrounding!”

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). To sign up, please fill out our online booking form.


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 Mondays at 2 pm, return back on Wednesdays at 7 pm.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All vegetarian meals, tea and water
  • Expert guidance from experienced and inspiring international retreat leaders
  • Use of yoga mats and yoga props
  • Diary and pen

Minimum number of participants is 4, maximum 16.

Ellen Johannesen

Born in Norway and following a career I contemporary dance, Ellen started practicing Ashtanga in 1994 at Jivamukti Yoga Center New York.

A keen practitioner ever since, she has studied with teachers worldwide, was authorized from KPJYI, Mysore by Sharath Rangaswamy in 2006, and has completed 2-year teacher training with John Scott.

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She also founded the first Ashtanga Yoga studio in Norway, Ashtanga yoga Oslo.

Over the last years she has dedicated herself to Buddhist studies, living mostly in India and Nepal. She trained as a Tibetan translator at Rangjung Yeshe Insitute, Kathmandu, where she is currently continuing her studies.

Ellen: “Ashtanga Yoga is for me the ultimate way to develop self discipline and a daily practice. It is the True North in my nomad life, and my place of peace.”


neydo monastery altar

Neydo Monastery

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 monastery guesthouse has spacious rooms, all with attached bathrooms, and is build 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.

Neydo monastery front view Nepal


Pharping has two main 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 that established Buddhism in Tibet. So the whole area is key to the interesting mix of Hinduism and Buddhisme 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, auto-biography entitled Lord of the Dance) and Chatral Rinpoche (one of the eldest and most revered meditation masters still alive; he’s about 100). After these two set up their centres, there has a been a slew of new monasteries in the last 10-15 years. The Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery was build four years ago and is the home of H.H Ngom Neydo Karma Chagme. The monastery gives education to many monks from remote areas of Nepal.



October 21, 2013 2:00 pm
October 23, 2013 7:00 pm
275 $
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Neydo Monastery
Bhanjan Pharping, Nepal