Ashtanga practice and philosophy yoga retreat in Nepal

When: 22 Nov 2015 - 29 Nov 2015 (Sun - Sun, 7 nights)
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Tibetan Monastery, Pharping

For 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
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Ellen Johannesen

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."

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