14-Day Yoga Pilgrimage to Nepal
21st March – 3rd April 2020
With revisiting yoga teacher Alix Northup
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 Alix Northup, and an experienced Himalayan Hermitage facilitator. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 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
– We are very excited to be facilitating this yoga pilgrimage again!
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.
- 8:00 – 8:30 Meditation
- 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.
The yoga sessions will combine themes from the meditation practices along with carefully sequenced active and restorative poses, gentle unwinding movements, vinyasa, and breath work. Detailed alignment, experiential 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 on and off the mat. Classes are suitable for all levels and modifications of will be given as needed.