YOGA PILGRIMAGE TO NEPAL
This yoga pilgrimage will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Alix Northup, and instructor in meditation and introduction to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, as well as guide to sacred places in the Kathmandu Valley, Sisse Budolfsen. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 12 people.
Alix is based in Portland, Oregon, in the USA and offers group classes, private classes and workshops, specializing in yoga therapeutics and back care, both locally and internationally. A student over 20 years, Alix has been teaching yoga since 2007. She is registered with the yoga alliance at 500 hour level, and is also a licensed massage therapist. Her yoga classes combine elements of meditative practice from various traditions of yoga and conscious movement, with the intention of bringing mindfulness into the yoga experience, on and off the mat. Alix first visited Nepal a few years ago, and fell in love with the friendliness and the resilience of the Nepali people, and the beauty of the Himalayas.
To learn more about Alix Northup, please visit www.alixnorthup.com
For more information on Sisse Budolfsen, please go here.
– We are very excited to be facilitating this yoga pilgrimage together for the first time!
When real and unreal both are present from before the mind, nothing else remains for the mind to do, but rest in perfect peace – Shantideva
The Buddhist culture of the Himalayas, with the countless blessings of the many yogis and yoginis who have practiced the path of awakening here for centuries, seep out of every temple and shrine in the Kathmandu Valley. In the daily meditation sessions, we will explore the inner capacity for the mind to fully rest, and familiarise ourselves with the experience of being free from the constant, and very subtle dichotomy of hope and fear.
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. In the evenings after returning home, we salute the day through unwinding evening yoga.
Sample Daily Schedule (note. schedule will vary day-to-day during travel into the mountains)
- 7:30 – 8:00 Meditation
- 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga
- 9:15 – 10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00 – 12:00 Morning session
- 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
- 1:00 – 4:30 Visiting sacred places
- 5:00 – 6:00 Yoga
- 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
- 8:15 – 9:15 Meditation
INFO ON MEDITATION
There is no prerequisite for joining the yoga pilgrimage, or to have in-depth 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 to visit sacred places and shrines. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it. 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. In fact, it is simply put a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope and fear, grasping and expectations that are all such strong habits of the mind. With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, and to become familiar with the groundless and raw quality of reality.
INFO ON YOGA
The yoga sessions will combine carefully sequenced active and restorative poses with gentle unwinding movements and pranayama (breathwork) that integrates the themes of the seated mediation practice. Detailed alignment, exploration of anatomy, sensory awareness and mindfulness is emphasized to encourage deep listening and a compassionate understanding of one’s own mind-body with the overall intent of cultivating prajna (insight and wisdom) within the yoga experience and beyond. The sessions are suitable for all levels including those those new to yoga, and modifications of poses and props will be used as needed.
For a more detailed itinerary, go here.