Why Yoga in Nepal

You may be wondering why Nepal is one of the best choices for the journey of yoga and meditation. As a part of the eight highest peak of Himalayas, Nepal is a deeply spiritual yogic place. It is one of the best countries to host yoga retreats, yoga teacher training, meditation, healing and many more spiritual learning. So, Nepal is being famous as a ‘Guru country’ (country of yoga Master) all over the world on the path of yoga and meditation.

One of the most spiritual places in Nepal is the sacred Kathmandu valley which is famous with the nickname ‘city of temple’. Whatever you visit to Nepal yoga and meditation course is one of the best experiences with its true source of yoga. Do not miss golden chance to attain the yoga and meditation course while you are in Nepal.

 Yoga is a journey starting in one’s own self for the sake of uniting with the supreme self. This statement may sound vague. However, the real reason behind pursuing yoga is to get union of our ‘self’ with the divine ‘self’ which we believe in as a God, may be as Divine Power or that may be Universal Power. The names are numerous to address of that Supreme Self. The focus here is not the various names given to that Divine self. If we flap the pages of the history how Yoga was propounded, the origin of the yoga goes back to Lord Shiva, the greatest God of Hindu. The very God regarded as the originator of the Yoga had been believed that he had dwelt in the region of Mount Everest and Kailash Parbat (Mountain) which in geographical structure comes under the current Nepal. That’s why the biggest temple of the Lord Shiva called Pashupatinath, the Lord of the ox, is located in the capital city of Kathmandu, Nepal. This proves Nepal is mother land of yoga. Pashupatinath is the name of the same Lord Shiva. In the veneration of Lord Shiva, millions of followers visit this temple and worship the Pashupatinath.

The significance of the originality is much higher. Nepal, in this regard, is a place where the practice of Yoga actually incepted by the Lord Shiva. In this sense, the vibration of the Lord Shiva can be felt by a yoga practitioner to much extent. The day you land on this divine abode of Lord Shiva, you would get amazed by the natural beauty and amazing Himalayan view it has carried along the natural energy and blessed wave of the Lord Shiva. The practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation can be understood by the holy scripture of the past that the rishis and yogis used to practice such endeavors in Himalayan range and in secluded places like cave and jungle. The reason behind such undertakings is that the nature has more energy to make you alive, agile and close to yourself.  Unless and until one knows himself or herself, he/she entraps on the whirlwind of the world. The day one realizes the importance of finding one’s own self, then he/she  commences his/her aspiring journey of yoga.

The worth of yogic pursuit and practice in Nepal carries more meaning because of also being the birth place of one of the greatest yogis of the world, the enlightened being and the light of Asia Buddha. The search of your inner self and the journey to be in the pathway of yoga gets a greater height in this virtuous land of enlightened beings.  When you come in Nepal, you will realize how suitable this place is for your enhancement of yoga path. You will be amazed by the humanity and honor you receive by the people. It would not be much exaggerated if it is said that Nepal is the country where people don’t take meal but they would manage the delicious meal for their guest. Let’s once visit in such a virgin land of the world.

Furthermore, Nepal has been ranked in number one position in the most favorite country to visit in the survey of 2015 AD. This gives us clear idea how this country is in the very list of visit in addition to your yogic quest. Having situated the eight tallest mountains in the world including the tallest Mt. Everest, Nepal is the heaven for the people who are longing for mountainous views, mountaineering and want to experience the other part of the world and how people have been facing their life on such a secluded land. In addition to your research base visit, you can visit for the sake of making you go into deeper state of experience in life through different experiences and ideas you would receive in the visit. Especially the people who have been living in the materialistic world, this can be the place to see the world from another perspective. Your landing on this country would make you wonder if there is such a country totally out of the imagination than rest of many modernized and worldly places of the world. If you are really searching for the calm, tranquility and pristine experience, then your search ends here. In the world crowded by the mechanical and machine-like life, you would be surprised people with simplicity and the ancient looking life in comparison to the renovated world.

Situated at the vicinity of Nagarjuna jungle, Nepal Yoga Home is the destination for the people looking for calm, serene and tranquil environment where they can also view the panoramic scene of Kathmandu valley along with snow-capped mountains on the north side. The stay on this home resembles the experience you get on the spiritual ashrams. The affectionate environment here let you enjoy with the other people of the Yoga Home or you can keep yourself alone and invest the time on total cleansing and depth awareness of yourself through meditation and yogic activities. Since Nagarjuna itself is a name of enlightened person, it’s obvious to feel the vibration and energy of the enlightened monk. You are totally blessed with energy of the surrounding as this is such a fresh and greenery place you could never imagine in the hustling and bustling streets of Kathmandu. If you want to experience the rural setting in the proximity of the Kathmandu valley, your choice would be the perfect one if you decide to visit us. In spite of being luxurious and well-furnished rooms you also experience the closeness to the nature and taste of hygienic yogic foods.

If you’re thinking where to study yoga and meditation, Nepal is best destination for all true yoga seekers. Nepal is considered as a motherland of yoga in all over the world. Nepal is rich in yogic culture, Himalayas, holy river, rainfall, many spiritual mountain, many enlightened yogi, saint, Baba ji with its oldest history on yoga and meditation.  If you learn yoga in Nepal you’ll benefit from the traditional and authentic teaching style of yoga which includes all dimensions of yoga- yoga posture, meditation, breathing, mantra chanting, yoga detox, yoga philosophy on its real form.

If you learn yoga in Nepal you will get the chance to connect to the lineage of yoga that comes from Himalayas by Lord Shiva.

Even you have been practicing since long time, no matter Nepal provides you different test in yoga in its holy energy of Himalayas. Learning with the Nepali teacher, you will learn from the direct source of yoga tradition and they’ll help you building a practice from the ground level to the advanced level. Nepal is one of the most preferable destinations for spiritual learner from all over the world.

Also Nepal can offer the different courses and trainings of yoga and meditation with different trends and traditions in the spiritual path. Nepal is a yoga hub for students of all nationalities, geography, gender, religion, age groups and any level of students.  Nepal is offering the cheaper prices than many other countries. So, anyone easily can afford the price to join the course in reasonable budgets.

You’ll see temples, monastery, Jungle, Himalayan, village, rainfall, rivers, wild animal and many sacred and holy places where you can feel good energy.

Nepal has variety of meals where you can eat Nepali, yogic, hygienic food. Nepal is one of the safest countries for tourist. It’s easier to be a tourist here because there are many helpful and friendly people you will find.

Nepal is one of the easiest countries for visa process. You can buy visa directly after arrival in Nepal. No unnecessary tension and stress for visa process. So just make a plan and fly to Nepal.

Nepal is the country having with better weather conditions than many other coutnires. Yes, we have many Himalayan ranges where climate is cold.  We have hill and flat region where climate is neither cold nor hot except in two month December and January (these two month is little cold).

Nepal Yoga Home locates on hill range so it has perfect climate. Even on this month it’s warm during the day but little cold at night and morning.

Very interesting thing is you can enjoy the sunbath with blue skies and white puffy clouds.

Nepal has an already vibrant yogi’s pure energy so any one can feel its energy and power of yoga.

What is yoga?

The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means to union, to join or to integrate. So the art which unifies the body, mind and soul is called yoga. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace all the religion, cast, gender, age and all the human being on this planet earth. Yoga itself is simply a tool for exploring the depth of our human nature, of realizing the mysteries of the body, mind and soul. Yoga and meditation are intensely powerful way of life, that help the practitioner to explore and discover the inner energies and true source of peace. Yoga has holistic approach of life to invite peace and harmony and equanimity within.

In modern time yoga is taken as two main purpose; one is to achieve libration and next as effective therapeutic procedure for healthcare which helps to cure and prevents many chronic disorders related to body and mind.  Yoga is great way to experience true well being which takes you inward in your depth. It’s your private, long and never-ending journey till you achieve liberation.

In the west yoga has become synonymous of physical postures and exercises. However yoga posture (asana) is just one small branch of yoga. Yoga is like an ocean and yoga posture is a drop. Yoga is an ancient scientific art for spiritual discovery which unite individual soul to universal soul. The real aim of yoga is to unite the aspirant with God (Universal source). Yoga is the spiritual science that teaches us how the Ultimate Reality can be realized in life itself. Don’t be afraid of your thoughts process, expand your consciousness and be one with universal soul.

The essential message of yoga is ‘to know oneself and to find the god which is hidden within you. The path of yoga leads to this common goal of union with God, but there are many path ways, yogic traditions and styles. Yoga offers practical methods for controlling body and mind and brings them into mutual harmony. Yoga teaches how to still the mind and attain higher states of awareness.

Yoga states that our “true nature” goes far beyond the limits of the human mind and can achieve the goodness within.

In the modern world we have become quite successful in our external achievements because of powerful technologies, we are obsessed with accumulating power, wealth, property and objects and yet we have not been able to create either individual or social peace, wisdom, or happiness. If all of us practice yoga as a part of life the earth can be a paradise that we imagine.

When you ask your friends after few months of gap about their new happenings, they would answer with excitement that they have been doing ‘yoga’. They would then start to share their experience and ideas on the subject of yoga. They would tell you that they are feeling very refreshed even though some of the parts of the body is aching. Some of your friends may have no idea actually what yoga is all about. Some of your friends would tell you they have joined yoga classes to relieve themselves from the stress and anxiety coming out of the hectic work schedule where you need much amount of mental energy. It means to say that yoga has touted as one of the most popular subject as far as physical fitness is concerned in recent years. Moreover, it has received huge amount of respect and response as highly growing field of study and practice. Yoga asana has been utilized as the exercise of keeping our body fit a nd fine alternate of going gym or simultaneously with it. In this sense, yoga has been one of the daily activities that has been incorporated with our life-style. Then what yoga really is. What does it mean?

In general sense, yoga has been popularized as the synonymous of asana (physical posture). The practice of asanas has been referred as the practice of yoga by the most of the people. However, we should not misunderstand asana as exercise. Even more importantly, our understanding of yoga should not get confined with asana only even though asana is the most popular branch of yoga. The reason behind joining the yoga school is to learn about asanas and its physical benefits in life has been the real motto for many people. Indeed, it’s very one part of the greater and grandeur aspect called ‘yoga’. When you have started practicing asanas, you are actually in the journey of yoga. With your involvement in asana, you start your path of yoga.

In deeper level, we’ve already been doing yoga even if we may not have heard and known about it. The life itself is the result of yoga. Without yoga nothing is existed. Before moving in such a profundity of yogic definition, it’s always important to figure out what is yoga. The word ‘yoga’ has Sanskrit origin. It’s root is ‘yuj’ which means to yoke, to combine, to union, to add. In wider understanding it’s the union of individual self with supreme self. This union between small ‘i’ and big ‘I’ is yoga. The journey to assimilate with Supreme Self is the greatest goal of human being following the path of yoga. In front of this broad perspective of yoga, the physical aspect comes in fundamental level. Through the journey of controlling our body and mind with the practice of yoga we commence our abstract and eternal path of yoga.

Different yogis define yoga in different ways.  According to Panini, the following different meanings can be given to yoga:

  1. Yuj samadhau:   Yoga means attaining Samadhi state, i.e., state of higher consciousness.
  2. Yuj yoge: Union of individual self (Atma) with Universal Self (Parmatma)to attain the state infinite bliss and peace.
  3. Yuj samyamane: Censuring thought waves in mental pond to see the self within clearly.

According to Ahirbudhnya Samhita, yoga is the union between the individual soul and the Universal Soul. The Sanskrit line is as follows:

Samyoga yoga ityuko jivatma paramatmanah ||

(P. 17, Light on Ashtanga Yoga)

 The Bhagvad Geeta says ‘Equanimity is Yoga.’ The Sanskrit line is ‘Samattvam yoga ucchyate||’ (P. 18, Light on Ashtanga Yoga).  The equanimity of the mind to being balanced state of mind in layman understanding where you would not get distracted by the external affairs. The state of mind is total in control of yourself. This is the situation of yoga. In elaborative sense as BKS Iyengar writes in his book, ‘Light on Ashtanga Yoga’:

There should be a thorough understanding between the intelligence of the soul and the intelligence of the consciousness. The soul with all its vehicles, namely citta-consciousness, karmendriya-s- organs of action, jnanendriya-s- sense of perception, ahamkara-ego, buddhi-intelligence and manas-mind, have to be unified and integrated so that one realizes the pureness of the soul. (19)

In this state of realizing soul, one comes to understand that the soul in everybody is the same which results into considering and behaving others with equanimity.

And another definition of yoga in Bhagvad Geeta defines ‘Yoga is skillfulness in action.’  The Sanskrit line is ‘Yogah Karma-su Kausalam ||’. In this statement on yoga, the importance has been emphasized on action which should be skillful. The quality of being skillful in action doesn’t mean to have any action with skill. The condition applies in that skillful action is the condition of being selfless. In spite of being selfless, one has to have an aim in one’s action. Iyengar explains, “Lord Krishna is not saying to do the action aimlessly. He is saying that it is the selfish motive behind the action that one has to avoid.”(19, Light on Ashtanga Yoga).

Maharshi Patanjali defines, “Atha Yoganusasanam II” and Yogah citta vrtti nirodhah II”.  The journey of Yoga for Patanjali can be started with the discipline mind. This discipline mind has to be regulated to control the modification of the mind. The essence of these two sutras has been assimilated with ‘abhyasa’ and ‘vairagya’. The action which we begin should be practiced with the sense of dispassion or renunciation. In the definition of BKS Iyengar, “Yoga dukhavrtti nirodhah II- Yoga is restraint of the sorrows of the citta.” (P.23, Light on Ashtanga Yoga). By the practice of yoga one wants to remove the pains and sorrows from his/her body and mind. It doesn’t mean that one has to start yoga practice only getting rid of the disease and physical suffering of the body. It means rather the practice of yoga leads you to the path where you experience no sorrow resulted out of the fluctuated mind and derogated body.

Mukunda Stiles in his book, “Structural Yoga Therapy” talks about the two dimensions of the yoga; the one which is obvious and another which is secret.  Giving the analogy of a tree, he further says that a tree has a trunk, branches and leaves above the ground which absorb the nutrition from the sun. The hidden roots brings the energy from the soil and water underneath. This ideas has been further described by Stiles mentioning about Shakti which is obvious and in constant motion and the eternal and unchanging is Siva. The part of Shakti is exoteric and the Siva aspect is esoteric.  Thus Yoga is the way of creating harmonious relationship between different aspects specifically: esoteric and exoteric. He writes, “The yoga teachings regarding bringing the body, mind and emotion into harmony, such as Hath Yoga, are exoteric. Those teachings focused upon the outer self in harmony with the Inner Self, such as Classical Yoga, are esoteric (P.6, Structural Yoga Therapy).” He further writes on yoga as being unique to five other classical Indian philosophical systems, “Yoga is based on a process of physical and mental training culminating in the direct experience of realizing the universal Self within everyone (P.6, Structural Yoga Therapy).”

Yoga and Religion

Yoga is not a religion but a way of life. Yoga and meditation is not a religion, although some of the principles are contained within the various religions. On this planet Earth people who want to discover the peace with in from all religions, faiths and backgrounds can practice yoga. Interestingly, the Bhagavad Gita makes clear that regardless of any religion, principle and theology yoga is an individual journey that requires lifelong dedication, consistent practice, and devotion to achieve liberation from this worldly life.

Some religious people say yoga is essentially a Hindu religious practice and that chanting “OM” but it is absolutely wrong. Due to physical and mental benefits we chant Aum in Yoga. We use mantra to achieve mastery over monkey mind in spite to follow the religion or some principles. Yoga believes the divine or Supreme Being resides within all that exists, and all humans, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender, have the ability to achieve moksha (ultimate freedom).

Religion is getting to be a good business and politics which is creating different war and fragmentation between the human being. Yoga includes the freedom and purification of human being which integrates all religion, nation and human being. Yoga has the potential to balance the nervous system and still the mind through its various exercises techniques like posture, breathing and meditation. Yoga seeks to put you in touch with your inner self to realize who or what you truly are.

Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of yoga include physical, mental and spiritual transformation for mankind. Yoga can change your physical and mental condition within few days practice of yoga. Yoga has numerous benefits for mankind among of them major benefits are as follows:

  • Yoga enhances emotional steadiness and clarity of mind.
  • The practice of yoga helps to attach the strength and flexibility of the body.
  • Yoga advances the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal systems of the body.
  • It also releases the body’s toxins of various kind such as emotional, mental and physical.
  • It helps to yoke self-development and self-realization.
  • The harmonious, healthy and happy life can be maintained and developed with the practice of yoga.
  • It empowers our immune system.
  • Yoga develops powerful spiritual awareness towards life processes.
  • It tones the muscles, nerves and bones.
  • The metabolism efficiency can be generated with the regular practice of yoga.
  • It also tones endocrine gland system.
  • It also helps to delay the aging process by making your body refreshed and rejuvenated by eradicating unnecessary and wastes of the body.
  • The yoga practice supports to make your body, brain and senses get calmed.
  • You get sound sleep by the practice of yoga.
  • Yoga creates strong mind-body connection.
  • The anxiety, anger and frustration can be relieved too much extent by the practice of yoga.
  • It also establishes the harmony between body and mind.
  • It also helps to develop the positive thinking about the life.
  • Yoga has greater impact on memory power and concentration.

 Aum Shanti ! Shanti !! Shanti!!!