Tibetan Monastery, PharpingFor Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our retreat is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
We will stay in the modern and comfortable guest house at the monastery, enjoying the calm of the surroundings and wonderful, plentiful, healthy food. The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and bright rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. The stunning yoga hall overlooks the rice paddies of the Kathmandu Valley, ringed by the Himalayas, which the sun rises over during morning practice. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive. See more events in this venue
Amongst the powerful energy of the Himalayas and by one of the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism, join top international Ashtanga teacher Ellen Johannesen for a very special intensive immersion into the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice.
The one-week retreat brings together the insights of the Ashtanga Yoga practice with Dharma philosophy and context, uniquely hosted in an inspiring Tibetan Buddhist monastery outside Kathmandu. The Yoga and Buddhist philosophies complement each other to take you deeper into your practice of asana, meditation and Yoga-off-the-mat. Whether you are newly exploring Ashtanga or are an advanced practitioner this offers a unique opportunity to transform and grow.
During this retreat you will receive expert instruction in Ashtanga yoga by Ellen Johannesen, a KPJAYI Level II authorized instructor.
Each day, during morning sessions in our space at the top of the main temple, overlooking the rolling hills to Kathmandu, we take time to immerse in our own practice. These will be taught through the traditional Mysore-style with hands-on adjustments, but with led instruction for those newer to this lineage.
The rest of the day will be devoted to learning and contemplation through workshops, practice and time in nature. Themes will cover:
- Focus sessions on asana and Vinyasa (especially jump backs and float throughs) to explore technique and movement, and the use of bandhas and breath
- Adjustment skills: not just for teachers, this will deepen your understanding and experience of your own practice
- The traditional vinyasa count for the Primary Series and the Sanskrit of the practice
- Philosophy and theory of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and how to integrate this into your practice on the mat and lifestyle off the mat
- Introduction to Buddhism, including aspects of mind training and living a happy life
- Exploring the 8 limbs as a “map” to journey toward deep stillness and peace
- Time to go within, including a walk through the paddy fields to the cave where Guru Rinpoche attained enlightenment
Discover or deepen a meditation practice
You will receive guidance in sitting meditation by a high Lama (Rinpoche) who will explain the context of the practice: the benefits of stilling the mind and of mindfulness, and the stages of meditative practice. Sitting meditation sessions will be encouraged and supported in mornings and evenings, and there is also an opportunity to practice walking meditation within the peaceful monastery grounds. You will have the chance to ask questions about your practice directly to the Lama during our Q&A sessions.
Who the retreat is for
This is aimed at people who are Ashtanga practitioners and want to deepen their understanding of the practice within the wider context of Yoga and its spiritual context, as well as those who are beginners and who want to learn Ashtanga yoga specifically. All are welcome to attend, with the teaching tailored to the group, but it is recommended that students have had at least some Ashtanga practice to get the most out of this training.
This course is a unique opportunity to further develop key skills that will enable you to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa in an inspiring, skilful and authentic way.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our training is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and modern rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms. The yoga space overlooks the rice paddies of the Kathmandu valley, and – when the weather is clear – gives us stunning views of the sunrise over the Himalayas.
It is the perfect place to go within and study.
Amongst the extraordinary energy of the Himalayas and based at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, immerse into Ashtanga yoga practice and philosophy.
Born in Norway and following a career in 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 KPJAYI, Mysore by Sharath Rangaswamy in 2006, and has completed 2-year teacher training with John Scott. She also founded the first Ashtanga Yoga studio in Norway, Ashtanga yoga Oslo, which has since become a teaching home to major Ashtanga teachers from across the world. 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."See more photos and other events by this presenter