Regardless of one’s age, profession, gender, physical ability and experience, anyone can join our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga retreat which provides a unique experience to everyone.
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When we look into the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, we inevitably come across Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) also called as Father of Modern Yoga. Around 1916, he decided to search for the legendary yogi, Yogeshwara Rama Mohan Brahmachari. After two and a half months of walking, he found him in a cave at the foot of Mount Kailash. He spent seven and a half years there and learned the depths of yoga from Brahmachari. In addition to the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, the Yoga Kuruntha / Korunta by Vamana Rishi was also one of the study texts. He wrote several books, including Yoga Makaranda, Yoganjali, and Yogaasanagalu. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, BNS Iyengar, BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi were among Krishnamacharya’s disciples from this period who are still known today.
Ashtanga in Sanskrit means ‘eight limbs’ referring to the specific style and sequence of Asanas practised in this style and Vinyasa means ‘to Place (move) in a Special Way’ that refers to the practitioners’ smooth transition between Asanas in flowing styles of modern yoga.
We at Pokhara Yoga School and Retreat Center offer a 10-day Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Nepal wherein our experienced and certified teachers guide learners all about this energetic style of Hatha Yoga. You start the lesson with a Morning Prayer and do Surya-Namaskar A and Surya-Namaskar B three to five times followed by a standing series.
Learners go through the six series in Ashtanga Vinyasa that are:-
1. The Primary Series (The First Series): Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy
2. The Intermediate Series (The Second Series): Nadi Shadhana The Nerve Cleanser
3. The Advanced Series: Sthira Bhaga, Adjusting of Might
4. Advanced A- (Third Series)
5. Advanced B- (Fourth Series)
6. Advanced C- (Fifth Series)
7. Advanced D- (Sixth Series)
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga embodies three main elements also known as Tristhana, which means "three places of attention." These three places or three actions include the Deep Breath (Ujjayi), the Poses and Energy Locks (Asana and Bandhas), and the gaze point (Drishti). These three main elements or actions are performed together that help to detox the body, stimulate energy flow and the nervous system and calm the mind leading to a meditative state during the practice.
Ujjayi Breath: Ujjayi also known as Ocean Breathing is a breathing technique in which a practitioner inhales and exhales deeply through the nose, producing a soft whispering sound like the sound of waves coming to the shore. It produces heat inside your body, releases stress, and improves your concentration.
Bandhas: Bandhas are the Energy Locks within the body that help one to control and redirect one’s energy or life force the way one wants. The three main Bandhas are Mula Bandha (the root lock), Uddiyana Bandha (the diaphragm lock) and Jalandhara Bandha (the throat lock). Mastering the use of these Bandhas with specific poses through regular practice helps awaken the energy centres and strengthen the core besides promoting balance and harmony between body and mind.
Our experienced Ashtanga Yoga teachers will guide you to master unlocking these Bandhas and use them to reap maximum benefits from them leading to sound health and emotional wellness.
Drishti: Drishti or the gaze points are the specific points of the body where the yoga practitioner focuses his/her eyes during the asanas. This aims to improve focus and concentration and align the spinal position besides controlling the mind.
People love to learn and practice Ashtanga Vinyasa due to its numerous physical and psychological health benefits. When you join our best Yoga Retreat in Nepal, to learn and practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas, you gain these benefits that include improved strength, flexibility and concentration, faster metabolism, and reduced stress levels.
Enhances Physical Strength and Flexibility: - Practicing Ashtanga yoga regularly improves overall physical strength and flexibility. As this yoga has a series of challenging Asanas, it targets all muscle groups and enhances the strength and flexibility of the spine and hips region.
Boosts Cardiovascular Health: - With deep breathing and continuous movement, Ashtanga Yoga increases your heart rate and circulation which improves your heart health. It will reduce the risk of heart disease and help you maintain a healthy heart for long.
Improves Focus and Clarity of Thought
As Yoga practitioners follow the Asanas synchronized with breathing and mindfulness, it increases the oxygen flow to their brains leading to improvement in mental clarity and focus. It increases self-awareness, calms your mind, and enhances mindfulness.
Pokhara Yoga School is your must-visit destination for Yoga teacher training, Yoga Trekking, and Ashtanga Vinyasa retreat in Nepal. We have a team of renowned and seasoned Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers who guide learners with notes and examples in the most pleasurable settings and ambience. Here, learners can interact with a large community of Yoga learners and teachers in a pleasant retreat environment and can even join our certified Yoga teacher training course. We offer a cost-effective and budget-friendly retreat package, providing safe, nature-friendly, and spacious accommodations and three times vegetarian meals.
Come and join our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat to set for a soulful odyssey. Enhance the quality of your life with enriched knowledge and experiences of Yoga.
Secure your spot with a USD 200 deposit in advance.
Cancellation Policy: Advance payment is non-refundable. If you cannot attend your original planned retreat, you have the option to join us for the same kind of retreat within the next year.