Yoga classes contribute to the development of a healthy body, a healthy mind, and healthy thought. It also helps one achieve a balanced, harmonious and integrated development of all the aspects of their personalities. Yoga is a pathway to true, happy, and healthy living.
The Eight Fold Path of Yoga (not to be confused with Buddha's Eight Fold Path), from sage Patanjali’s yoga sutra delves deeply into the mortality of living and explores the human psyche. It consists of: Yama (self restraint), Niyama (self observance) Asana, Pranayama (breathing techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (identification with pure consciousness).
To most people yoga means postures (Asanas) to develop flexibility, general body health and of course, awareness. However, this is merely the beginning. While yoga's central theme remains the highest goal of the spiritual path, yogic practices can give direct and tangible benefits to everyone regardless of their spiritual aspirations.
Yoga and meditation are inter-related. Part of Lord Buddha's contribution to humanity was to focus on meditation to develop Samadhi (while focusing on a platform of ethics and morality). You can choose whether to focus wholly on yoga, or more specifically on meditation, or get your fill of both of these.
There are many classes from which to choose. Kathmandu has many practitioners/Ayurvedic healers who hold yoga as a primary source for the treatment of illness. Kathmandu is where most of the yoga institutions are concentrated and they have generated considerable interest. There are yoga centers everywhere and particularly around Thamel, the tourist district. Keep an eye out for notices on the bulletin boards of hotels and restaurants where you will find flyers and brochures detailing classes and courses on yoga.
According to sacred texts Nepal is a place where the Hindu gods and ancient rishis have been coming to meditate and relax for thousands of years.
For todays visitors there are plenty of opportunities to experience meditation sessions in Nepal. You can join a retreat in a monastery or private center and practice the treaching that have enlightened so many or find a peacefull spot near one the famous holy places like Boudhanath or Swayambhunath.
It is believed that meditation rejuvenates one’s energy level and zeal, hence its popularity. It has gained a following worldwide and is taught in many parts of the world. A meditation course will help you relax and explore the spiritual side within yourself. There are many specialized centers offering meditation courses. Some of these institutions provide accommodation and food along with the classes while others only provide classes.
Meditation has gained immense popularity in the last decade. There are many meditation centers in and around Kathmandu.
Nepal Vipassana Centre runs ten-day courses on meditation. A strict regimen is followed here throughout the course. Daily meditation begins at 4:30 am, and silence is kept for the entire ten days. To register or pick up a pamphlet on the course, visit the centre's Kathmandu office (Sun-Fri 10 am-5.30 pm) in the courtyard of Jyoti Bhawan, in Kantipath. All courses are funded by donations.
Vipassana is one of the most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. Vipassana means 'to see things as they really are'. It is the process of self purification by self observation. One starts by observing natural breath as a means to concentrate. With this sharpened awareness, one proceeds to observe the changing nature of the body and mind and experience the universal truth of impermanence, suffering and attain a state of egolessness.
The entire path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be practiced freely by all without conflict of race, caste or religion; in any place, and at any time and will prove equally beneficial to all.
Vipassana is the ‘art of living’ which frees the individual from all the negativities of the mind, such as anger, greed and ignorance. It is a practice which develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the individual and society. ipassana Center which is located in Budhanilkantha near the entrance to the Shivapuri National Park.
Options are many when it comes to choosing meditation centers or courses.
Day 1: Arrival transfer
Meeting in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
Evening: Visit Boudhnath stupa, Sechen monastery, White monastery and Guru Rimpoche park. Participate in Buddhist monastic evening Pooja ceremonies.
Day 2: Visit power centers of Kathmandu
6-7AM: Meditation. After breakfast, commence spiritual tour of Swoyambhunath including Manjushrre temple.
PM: Spiritual tour of Pharping cave and Vajrayogini temple. Drive back to Boudhnath, attend ceremony at monastery.
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu - Namobuddha
6-7AM: Meditation. After breakfast, visit Pashupatinath including it’s Ghats, Shivapuri Baba’s Samadhi and Guheyshowri temple.
PM: drive to Namobuddha. visit Namobuddha Buddhist monastery and its surroundings. Dinner and overnight at Namobuddha monastery.
Day 4: Drive Namobuddha – Osho Divine Zone
Early morning, participate Pooja services and prayer ceremony at monastery. After breakfast drive to Osho Divine Zone, Nagarjun Kathmandu. Practice meditation and Satshang. PM: Question answers session with Yogi. After dinner, attend Satshang ceremony before going to bed.
Day 5: Osho Divine Zone
Full day spiritual activities in Osho Divine Zone.
Day 6: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara 6 hrs
6-7AM: Meditation. After breakfast drive to Pokhara.
PM: Enjoy boating in Fewa lake (45 m), visit world Peace Pagoda then trek (2 hrs) to Dam side. This soft jungle trek offers magnificent view over the Himalayas and lake and village.
Day 7: Trek Pokhara - Dhampus
After breakfacst drive to Kande 1 hr, trek to Dhampus 3 hrs. Overnight at Dhampus.
Dhampus is a small village in the lap of the Annapurna Mountains which is famous sunrise and sunset views.
Day 8: Trek to Ghattekhola, 3 hrs, drive to Pokhara
AM: Meditation, after breakfast, proceed for a short and soft downhill trek to Ghattekhola. Trek ends at Ghattekhola, then drive to Pokhara (30m). Check in at Hotel. Evening at leasure.
Day 9: Fly Pokhara – Kathmandu
Departure transfer for Kathmandu flight. Flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara is about 25m. After arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Thamel for some free time to explore Kathmandu by yourself.
Day 10: Departure transfer
6-7AM: Meditation. After breakfast, free till departure. Transfer to the airport to connect international flight.
Note: During the trek, members can be divided into fast walkers, slow walkers and non walkers. They will be accompanied by different Sherpa guides. For non walkers separate transfer can be arranged.
Tour Cost: USD Per Person
Using 5* hotel
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- All required surface transfers by private AC vehicle.
- Sightseeing tours by English speaking local guide.
- Spiritual tours by a spiritual Guru/Yogi.
- Accommodations on twin sharing basis.
- Pokhara – Kathmandu airfare.
- Services by Sherpa guides during the trek.
- All meals
- All required permits and monument entrance fees.
- Applicable local tax and service charges.
Cost doesn’t include:
- International airfare
- Nepal visa fee
- All kinds of personal expenses like drinks, laundry, telephone etc.
- Tips for driver and guide.
- Other things not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Activities if mentioned optional in the itinerary