Yoga-Pilgrimage to Nepal
13th – 26th October 2019
With visiting yoga teacher Eva Michaelsen
The first week we settle in beautiful locations surrounding the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. The second week we hike in the foothills of the Himalayas, walking in the footsteps of fully realised yogis and yoginis, as we visit monasteries and nunneries that are nestled inside a ‘pure-land’.
The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into our days, both in the Kathmandu Valley and in the Himalayan foothills, as we embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.
This yoga pilgrimage will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Eva Michaelsen and an experienced Himalayan Hermitage facilitator. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.
During the last four years, Eva has worked as a devoted yoga teacher in Denmark. She has also been a practitioner of meditation for more than 30 years. Furthermore, Eva has been strongly connected with modern pilgrimage, having walked 800 km of the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain. Eva experiences the inner journey of a pilgrimage as a way of softening ones heart and opening up of ones mind towards a new and life-changing reality. Since that first pilgrimage, Eva has walked more than 6000 km on various pilgrimages in Spain and Portugal.
The idea of “pilgrimage” also led her towards the Himalayas in 2007 where she felt a strong attraction to Tibetan Buddhism. After visiting the Tibetan part of the Yunnan Province in China, her journey over the years brought her to different parts of northern India and Nepal. Eva has been teaching movement, meditation, walking meditation and inner development in the last 28 years, leading numerous pilgrimages, courses/workshops and lectures in Denmark and Spain, guiding individuals and groups on their inner journey. Eva is happy to share her experiences with you in the yoga sessions on our pilgrimage in Nepal. To learn more about Eva, see here: http://movimento.dk
– We are very excited to be facilitating this yoga pilgrimage together for the first time!
We start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening in ourselves, as well as grounding our awareness into the body through yoga, and in the afternoon sessions we enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis. We explore the outer element of sacredness and the culture of awakening by visiting, and paying homage to the many sacred temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Evening meditation after dinner.
- 7:45 – 8:45 Yoga
- 9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
- 10:30 – 12:00 Morning session on Tibetan Buddhism & Meditation Practice
- 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
- 2:00 – 3:30 Free time
- 3:30 – 5:30 Visiting sacred places
- 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
- 8:15 – 8:45 Evening meditation
There is no prerequisite for joining a pilgrimage, nor is it required to have any knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation. Simply, to have the wish to go deeper with one’s mind, and to have curiosity regarding its functions is enough. There is nothing religious about the practice of meditation or in visiting sacred places. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it! The idea of pilgrimage here means that while we are exploring sacred sites, we are also investigating ourselves with a ‘tried & true’ internal/contemplative process called meditation. The practice of meditation is simply a tool to bring your mind back to a place of naked awareness, to a place of basic space with yourself and environment. It is simply a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope, fear, grasping, and judgement that are all such strong habits which cloud the mind. With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, to become familiar with the groundless, unfabricated, and raw quality of reality.
On this pilgrimage, the yoga will be a combination of Hatha and Yin Yoga. We will have daily yoga sessions in the morning to awaken our body and to clear the mind. The yoga will be like “tuning” our instruments before the daily program of meditation practice, introduction to Buddhism and hiking to sacred spots in the surrounding landscapes. In Hatha Yoga we will practice the classic yoga asanas and breathing exercises in a calm and mindful atmosphere. Sometimes we will move into a more dynamic speed getting energized by the intensity of the stretches, but in a smooth way so that everyone can follow. Towards the end of the yoga sessions, we will relax into the 3-5 minutes Yin Yoga poses with a mindful awareness of whatever is. With every yoga session we will end in Savasana, the deep rest and reset of body and mind. Everyone can take part, both beginners and advanced practitioners. Please note that yoga is not about performance or fighting yourself. It is an invitation to be gentle with yourself, listening to your body and learning mastering your life.