Nepal | Kathmandu

Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness

Nepal

Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness

Nepal

Trip Overview: Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness

Nepal is a true hub for incredible yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats! The climate, the culture, and the people all contribute to a wondrous Zen-like atmosphere: Nepal’s environment is a great opportunity to escape the hustle & bustle of the city, your work, and any stresses you may have. They are the perfect place to unwind your mind, and body and of course, soothe your soul.

The setup is tailored to meet your individual needs & desires. The sessions include Yoga offering a variety of programs that involve a combination of Traditional Yoga Asana classes, Prānāyāma Breathing practices, Meditation classes, and of course relaxation.

Asana (Yoga Style):

Vinyasa Yoga:

Vinyasa classes are a powerful and dynamic style of Yoga, stringing poses together to make a continuous sequence. In Vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next in a creative way to link breath to movement. Transitions are the in-between part, that connects one posture to another. The aim to is to move in a more graceful and connected way, often using parts of sun salutations (vinyasa) to link the postures together.

Hatha Yoga:

Hatha Yoga practice will typically involve a set of physical postures and breathing techniques, practiced more slowly and with more static postures. In the traditional forms of Hatha Yoga, poses are generally held for longer than they are in other styles, from 30 seconds to several minutes. The slower pace of the practice gives the body time to settle into the posture, deepens the cleansing effects of the poses, and allows the mind to go inwards.

Hatha Flow Yoga:

This is a moving meditation with an emphasis on inner awareness and correct alignment. Practitioners are guided to flow through sequences of postures that improve strength, flexibility, and balance with plenty of options to modify the poses to suit their level.

What is Prānāyāma?

Prānāyāma is the yogic practice of focusing on breath which is one of the most important parts of Yoga. In Sanskrit, prāṇa means “vital life force”, and yāma means to gain control. In yoga, breath is associated with prāṇa, thus, pranayama is a means to elevate the prāṇa ṣakti, or life energies. Our breath is the most overt and controllable physical manifestation of the flow of Prānā. It is this vital life force that gives us the ability to live and breathe, move about, and function in the world.

Our mind is linked to the flow of Prana within our physical body and through Prānāyāma Sadhana by restricting/slowing down this flow we can influence the mind and we can achieve a much greater sensitivity, calmness, and serenity of the mind. It is also the bridge between the external and the internal practices in Yoga.

Understanding what we mean by Meditation and Mindfulness?

Meditation involves “Dharana” developing one–pointed attention using for. e.g., your breath/visualization as a tool to gain concentration and to stop the mind from wandering. Through meditation, we learn about the processes of the inner journey and begin to comprehend the various inner stages on the path of Yoga, the science of ultimate union.

Meditation is a good way to increase “mindfulness” in your whole life. Mindfulness simply means the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment.

About Neydo Monastery Hotel:

Neydo Hotel is a charming guest house nestled amid the scenic mountains of Pharping in Nepal. Just an hour away from Kathmandu, enjoy true tranquility amid the Himalayas as you stay next to the Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery. Set close to the caves where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated, there is a wonderful energy at the monastery that aids in meditation. It is an ideal place to simply relax and unwind, all the hustle and bustle of mundane life and providing an easy get-away or a short break. You are welcome to join in meditation, or even study Buddhism or follow a day in the life of the monastics, where about 200 monks live in the adjacent monastery

Stay in comfortable en-suite rooms decorated in warm, earthy tones, and soak in the stunning scenery from your private balcony. Gain perspective on monastic practices as you observe more than 200 resident monks.

Highlights of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness

  • Personalized Retreat inclusive programs involving Traditional Yoga Asana classes, Prānāyāma Breathing practices, Meditation classes, and relaxation.
  • Practice Various Yoga Asanas
  • Practice of purposely focusing on the present moment through Meditation and Mindfullness
  • Overnight Stay in a Monastic Hotel in Pharping
  • Join the everyday prayer ceremony by the resident monks.
  • A guided walk of rge Asura Cave and Kali temple.

Itinerary

Transfer from Kathmandu to Pharping. Visit Asura Cave and Kali temple.

The journey from Kathmandu to Pharping takes you from the lively streets of the city to serene countryside vistas. As you leave behind the bustle, you’ll witness verdant hills, picturesque villages, and glimpses of the Himalayas. The atmosphere shifts to a tranquil, spiritually charged ambiance as you approach Pharping, with monasteries and stupas welcoming visitors.

Arriving in Pharping, one is greeted by the sight of prayer flags fluttering in the gentle breeze, their vibrant colors adding a touch of mystical charm to the landscape. The town, steeped in history and spirituality, beckons travelers to explore its rich cultural heritage, offering a glimpse into a world where tradition and spirituality harmoniously coexist.

As you freshen up, after lunch walk/hike to the nearby asura cave and kali temple.

The Asura Cave and Kali Temple in Pharping hold deep spiritual significance and historical value in Nepal.

Asura Cave: Tucked within the hillsides, the Asura Cave is believed to be where Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche), a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, meditated and subdued local deities or ‘asuras.’ The cave, though modest in appearance, carries an aura of tranquility. Pilgrims and seekers visit this site, often for meditation and to pay homage to Guru Rinpoche’s spiritual endeavors. It’s a place steeped in legend and spirituality, offering a sense of quiet reflection amidst its natural surroundings.

Kali Temple: Adjacent to the Asura Cave lies the Kali Temple, dedicated to the fierce Hindu goddess Kali. The temple is a vibrant hub of religious activity, attracting devotees who come to seek blessings and offer prayers to the deity. The atmosphere around the temple is often charged with devotion, especially during festivals and religious occasions when ceremonies and rituals bring the area to life with vibrant colors, chants, and incense.

These sites, near each other, represent the diverse religious and spiritual fabric of Nepal. The Asura Cave symbolizes Buddhism’s spiritual legacy, associated with Guru Rinpoche’s meditation, while the Kali Temple stands as a testament to Hindu devotion, showcasing the cultural harmony and coexistence of different faiths in the region. Both places offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Nepal’s religious heritage and spiritual practices.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Neydo Hotel or Similar
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Early Morning Observe the daily chanting by monks followed by yoga session, free time, noon meditation session and evening yoga session.                        

Guests should note that there are no evening prayers on Saturdays, while there are morning and evening prayers at the Monastery everyday (except for festivals and occasions). Prayer Timing (Summer) is from 5.00 AM to 6.00AM and from 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM and Timing (Winter), from 6.00 AM to 7.00 AM and from 4.00 PM to 5.30 PM. More than 70% of the monks go on a pilgrimage tour from January to May, so there will be fewer monks in the monastery during these months. In-house guests are allowed to meet the monks when they are in their English class, but not when during Tibetan classes are ongoing.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Neydo Hotel or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning Yoga Session, after breakfast departure for Kathmandu.

Join in your yoga instructor for the morning yoga session and followed by breakfast you can either spend some leisurely time around the Monastery Hotel or depart for onwards destination. 

Check out at 11 AM. 

Notes:
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Services Included

  • Kathmandu to Pharping and Pharping to Kathmandu on private basis
  • 02 Nights’ Accommodation in Hotel Neydo on Full Board Meal Plan
  • Yoga and Meditation Sessions

Services Excluded

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature including bar bills, laundry, and telephone calls.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Any item not specified as included
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel.