Yoga-Pilgrimage to Nepal
16th – 29th September 2019
With visiting yoga teacher Jesslyn Miller
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 Jesslyn Miller and an experienced Himalayan Hermitage facilitator. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.
Jesslyn has been practicing and studying yoga around the world for the past 15 years. Her love of nature, traveling, yoga and alternative healing techniques have allowed her to travel and study with teachers from different spiritual lineages to extend her knowledge.
Jesslyn has traveled the world participating and facilitating a variety of yoga retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and classes. Yoga has become apart of her life and becoming a yoga teacher has brought her the greatest joy as it truly is her passion to teach, inspire and guide her students on their yoga journey..
– 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.
Classes consist of flowing sequences, classical postures, core stability and postural alignment. As well as Pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation and guided meditation. Her dynamic yet soft presence, coupled with her knowledge and sensitivity lead you through a practice that is genuine, personally rewarding, and well-rounded in every aspect.