Explore the local mountain paths and fill your being with the incredible energy of the majestic Himalayas.
Dive into the physical aspect of yoga through asana practice during daily Asana classes.
Visit local villages and see the traditional Nepalese lifestyle. Be sure of one thing – nowhere in this world will you find warmer and wider smiles!
Explore the way your breath alters your state of mind through daily Pranayama practice.
Allow your mind to settle into the harmony of your surroundings.
Let the waters of Begnas Lake lull you into serenity.
Discover the real meaning of Peace!
ABOUT THE RETREAT
During the retreat, you will enjoy the benefits of two daily yoga (asana) classes, as well as pranayama and guided meditation sessions. The classes will be organized as short workshops, during which we will explore different physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the practice. The level of the classes is suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience. Beginners will have the chance to get the taste of yoga and build a strong foundation for their yogic journey, while more experienced practitioners will deepen their understanding and knowledge and gain inspiration to keep exploring their practice.
Apart from yoga and meditation, you can swim in Begnas Lake, or join some of our daily hikes on the local paths through the lower Himalayas, enjoying the magnificent views of the Annapurna range being mirrored in the calm waters of Begnas Lake. You will also have a chance to hike to local villages and experience Nepalese hospitality.
We’ll start our days with a guided meditation practice, followed by an asana (yoga) class. The morning practice will be a traditional Hatha class, with a lot of attention placed on breath, focus, and alignment of the body. After the practice, we’ll have a delicious buffet-style brunch.
The other activities will vary from day to day – we will go on hikes or to visit local villages and see the traditional Nepalese lifestyle. On some days we will stay around the lake, swim, go on a boat ride and just soak up the incredible energy of this place.
In the afternoons, we will have another yoga class. Depending on how tired we feel, the afternoon class will either be a gentler asana class, or a pranayama (breathing exercises) class. We end the day with another delicious home cooked buffet-style meal.
All activities and classes are optional, and everybody is welcome to skip any of them any time they feel like it.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD
We will stay in a family-run yoga and meditation retreat center, just five minutes away from the lake itself. The center is located on top of a small hill, away from other guest houses around the lake, it is very quiet and feels quite secluded. It is a perfect place to do the exploration within (as well as without), surrounded by green hills, overlooking the lake and admiring the imposing Himalayas. The center features a covered yoga hall with one of the most impressive views that you can imagine, as you can see in the photos below.
The rooms are comfortable and clean, with an attached bathroom with hot water.
Two vegetarian buffet style meals are included in the price – brunch and dinner. If you feel that you need another proper meal during the day, you can order it from a diverse and affordable vegetarian menu that the center has on offer.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
The center is located 13km from Pokhara, and transportation from Pokhara to the center is organized and already included in the price. You can reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus, mini bus, or plane. If you need any assistance or advice regarding your trip to Pokhara, feel free to write to us.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Accommodation in a shared room for seven nights
7 brunches and 7 dinners
Transfer from and to Pokhara
All the classes and workshops
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Any other transfers
Any other meals
Any additional activities, like renting boats, bikes, etc.
The retreat is perfect for anybody who wishes to unwind in pristine nature of Nepal and magnificent views of Himalayas, while deepening their yoga practice.
Marija began her Yoga practice while attending University, and was inspired to continue and deepen her learning journey. She studied yoga and meditation from gifted teachers form Serbia, Turkey, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. She completed her teacher training with the Indian Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India, after which she started giving yoga classes in India and Nepal. Apart from regular daily classes, Marija has lead several retreats and numerous workshops across Europe.
Hatha Yoga is Marija’s area of focus with an alignment-based teaching style. From her own experience as a practitioner, she came to realize that without proper alignment and without proper understanding of functional anatomy and movement processes, one can access only a small portion of the endless benefits available in the yoga asana practice. Marija is a self-proclaimed “anatomy geek” and emphasizes the importance of understanding the reasoning behind the specifics of the postures. She appreciates the art and skill of adjusting students and loves using props.
Apart from teaching yoga postures, Marija consistently incorporates meditation into her classes, whether as a separate practice at the end of the class, or by guiding students to approach their asanas with a meditative state of mind while being mindful of the breath. She endeavors to assist every practitioner in understanding that the key difference between bending forward to tie your shoe laces and doing Uttanasana is found in the meditative, breath-focused mind.
“My moto in class (and in life) is play with it: play with your stretch, play with your muscles, your balance, your mind, your ego. Just play with it and see where it takes you”. –M.D. See more photos and other events by this presenter