Shanti Yoga Ashram
Shanti Yoga Ashram was born out of a cluster of bungalows on personal land in the village of Machchhegaun. In this small, informal environment reminiscent of the ancient yogic guru-disciple tradition, Yogi Prakash imparted the wisdom of Tantra Yoga to whoever crossed his path. In 2001, he officially registered the ashram with the government. During these early years, in spite of the small scale of the ashram, Yogi Prakash managed to guide 3,000 people, Nepalese and foreigners alike, over the course of ten years. He spent two years spreading his teachings in Thailand, China and Austria. He wrote his book, Tantra Yoga, while living in China as a resident teacher. Despite these successes something was still missing. He felt that teaching yoga was incomplete – he had to bring the practice into the broader scope of social well-being, to take all that he learned and generated from his personal sadhana and offer it to the welfare of society. So he turned his attention towards bringing Tantra Yoga into the educational arena. The first manifestation of this goal took shape in the form of a yoga school for children. In 2001, his family housed and educated children in need, despite their lack of resources. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding this project was short-lived but would leave the seed for a second attempt.
In 2010, an 11 day program of Shiva Puran, the spiritual inauguration of the Shiva temple on the ashram property, instigated multiple changes in the ashram. Hundreds of people gathered around the Shiva mandir to welcome Lord Shiva (in yoga Shiva represents pure consciousness) and breathe change into the ashram. As Chairman of the ashram, Yogi Prakash announced that he wished to donate his family’s land to the cause of yoga, thus transforming the personal land into a trust. Inspired by the energy of the event, over 500 people contributed to program, of which 30 became lifelong members of the ashram.
In 2011, with the relentless determination of Yogi Prakash, his yogic family and relatives, Shanti Yoga Ashram established Divine Yoga School. To ensure this second effort would be successful, Yogi Prakash set out to create a rare kind of educational environment that would integrate the wisdom of yogic tradition on philosophical and practical levels with the more traditional academic skills to enable students to navigate the world with fluency. This philosophy is reflected in the name of the school: the word “yoga” meaning union, brings together the “Divine” and “School” in an unprecedented convergence rarely found in Nepal.
At around the same time as the school emerged, the family began the construction of the building that now stands four stories tall (the fourth floor is the large yoga hall with panoramic views of the Himalayas and the middle floors are for guest accommodations). Even with the development of Divine Yoga School and the expansion of the ashram well under way, Yogi Prakash found another way to express his vision of yoga in an academic context. In 2012, the ashram and the board of trustees began discussing the prospect of a year-long, university-accredited yoga program. Drawn from the collective vision of the ashram and visits to similarly structured yoga programs in India, the college, once fully implemented, will be the first of its kind in Nepal. As of today, no yoga university programs exist in Nepal and this college will provide academic along with practical teachings, residential facilities in an ashram setting an with a spiritual background.See more events in this venue
Overview Beginner's Yoga Retreat Nepal
Submerge yourself in the yoga lifestyle, while absorbing the powerful Himalayan energy. Yogis have been practicing in the Himalayas since the beginning of time! The aim of Shanti Yoga Ashram's teaching system is to combine physical movement (asana), breath (pranayama), and awareness (meditation) to generate physical, vital, and mental health.
- Morning yoga classes
- Afternoon yoga classes
- Yoga philosophy lectures
- Evening kirtan and satsang session
- Daily home-cooked meals
- 5 nights accommodation
- 6 days with instruction
Shanti Yoga Ashram provides guests with an ashram environment in a home-stay setting surrounded by the splendor of nature. Yogi Prakash and his family welcome guests into their kitchen and their living space. This affords a cozy environment conducive to spiritual practice, where those who stay at the ashram can get a taste of authentic yogic lifestyle along with traditional Nepalese culture.
The ashram provides a few private rooms and shared dorm room facilities. Availability is based on current occupancy. There is warm running water for bathing, powered by solar and unlimited fresh drinking water.
Shanti Yoga Ashram Nepal Yoga Retreat Program
Develop a good foundation to build a satisfying yoga practice. You will start with the basics, learning how to breathe properly to oxygenate the body and energize the mind while synchronizing movement and breathing for a meditative experience. You will also discuss yogic philosophy, the basics that every yogi should know that can be directly applied to your life and your practice. It is vital to integrate the two so that your spiritual development can fully blossom.
- 07:00 Yoga class
- 09:00 Breakfast
- 10:00 Karma yoga
- 11:00 Lecture or workshop depending on current program
- 13:00 Lunch
- 16:00 Yoga or practice session
- 18:00 Dinner
- 19:00 Kirtan and satsang
- 20:00 Practice of silence
Guru Yogi Prakash
Guru Yogi Prakash, the founder and chairman of Shanti Yoga Ashram, 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.
He has a magnanimous and generous nature sharing his wisdom with much devotion. His deep love of 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. A class with him is truly a transformative experience that has the power to take your yoga practice to new depths.
Yogini Gopika has more than 15 years of yoga experience that she brings to her class to offer her students a dynamic flow that is both energizing and rejuvenating. She lived and worked in New York city with the desire to do something more meaningful. The first time she took a yoga class, she experienced a profound sense of peace like she never felt before. Her life was changed forever.
She began her teacher training with Integral Yoga Institute. At the end, she with her entire life was transformed. She left her job to work at Integral Yoga and to teach at various studios throughout the city. Her practice deepened to include a daily Ashtanga and Vinyasa practice. Shortly thereafter, she journeyed to India where she has spent the better part of the last 10 years.
Her classes are a blend of the practices that have influenced her life: Astanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Tantra. She is also a certified Ayurvedic practitioner who gives lectures and consultations at the ashram.
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas with a picturesque view, less than one hour from Kathmandu, Shanti Yoga Ashram is the perfect sanctuary to go deeply into the essence of yoga. On a clear day, you can see the Himalayas in the distance. The ashram is located next to a large forest which provides ample fresh air and nice breeze.
- Kathmandu, 1 hour
- Steam room
- River nearby
- Yoga deck
- Free Wi-Fi
Shanti Yoga Ashram provides its guests with traditional Nepalese food which includes Nepal’s famous dal bhat (rice and legumes), fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade yogurt, pickle dish, and traditional roti (handmade flat bread).
Much of the produce used for meals comes from the family’s organic garden. Some items you can find in the field are cauliflower, cabbage, a variety of greens, persimmons, oranges, plums, kiwis, spices and herbs, chilies, radish, and much more!
The kitchen is a cozy, family-size room with a welcoming atmosphere reflective of the generosity of the family who runs the ashram. The diet is strictly vegetarian.
Things to do (optional)
- Deepen your knowledge at the yoga library
- Enjoy nature walks in the neighboring forest
- Experience Nepali culture
- Explore the nearby sites
- Relax and take in the stunning view of the Himalayas
- Visit Machchhgaun village
- Visit the Pashupatinath temple, Dakshin Kali temple, and Bhaktapur city
Massage, shirodhara, and steam rooms are available by appointment for an additional price. Please let Shanti Yoga Ashram know if you would like to book.
- 3 organic home cooked meals daily
- 5 nights accommodation
- 45-minute afternoon yoga class daily
- 45-minute lecture daily
- 90-minute morning yoga class daily
- Evening kirtan (chanting) and satsang
Know before you go
Mobile / communication information
The ashram has 24-hour Wi-Fi connection.
Electrical outages are part of life in Nepal, however it is easy to adapt since the ashram has solar energy for heating water and gas or fire for cooking. Lights are battery powered, not dependent on the coming and going of electricity.
What to bring?
Please bring a sweater for the weather in October and November. It is a good idea to bring your own lightweight towel and slippers for indoors. You might like to bring your own pillow too.
You are always welcome to extend your stay. Please let Shanti Yoga Ashram know if you are interested to extend your stay.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Shanti Yoga Ashram, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
How to get there Arrival by airplane
Please book your flights to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). From the airport, Shanti Yoga Ashram recommends you to take a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Machchhegaun, just past Kirtipur. Most drivers will know Kirtipur (it is a small city between Kathmandu and Machchhegaun). When you get to Kirtipur, you can ask the driver to call Shanti Yoga Ashram for exact directions. The taxi ride will cost approximately 1,000 NPR.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Shanti Yoga Ashram an inquiry.
Submerge yourself in the yoga lifestyle, while absorbing the powerful Himalayan energy.