Yoga-Pilgrimage to Nepal
9th – 22nd November 2019
With visiting yoga teacher Sandra Heavey
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 Sandra Heavey and an experienced Himalayan Hermitage facilitator. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.
Sandra’s yoga journey began 30 years ago and will hopefully stay with her forever. In 2007 she started her teacher training; 200 hours classic hatha yoga with a twist of anusara and vinyasa. Ever since then, she has kept educating herself with more yoga from some of the finest and most loving teachers around the world, with the latest add on being yin yoga. Sandra teaches in Copehagen 6 times every week, facilitates workshops around Denmark where she is based and does retreats 2-5 times a year around the world. For Sandra, yoga is a strong body & soft mind, a way to balance the two.
– 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
The yoga will be suitable for all levels of practitioners, both experienced and beginners. I do suggest you do a little yoga, once a week in a month before traveling, if yoga is not a part of everyday life. We will practice hatha yoga. In the morning a gentle warm up followed by flow where we move with the breath. Standing warrior postures will be a part of the daily morning practice to build up strength and every session will end with relaxing
sitting and savasana.