Nepal – the birthplace of yoga

Namaste, dear friends!

I am back from a 40 days trip in Nepal which realized two of my dreams – practice yoga and hike in the Himalayas. Lovely start of 2018!

Returned as a certified yoga teacher

I was following Nepal Yoga Academy for almost 3 years but I had no time to go there and study yoga. But in the end of 2017 I decided to make the leap, booked my tickets and arrived in Kathmandu aka Dustmandu (it’s the most polluted city I’ve been ever).

I loved the place of the academy from the first sight – very sunny with beautiful views.

I loved the teachers – from Nepal, Italy, Australia.

I loved the course – 27 days, 12 hours a day practice and theory, 24 hours a day joy!



The daily schedule:

6:30 7:45 Satkarma, Chanting and Pranayama
7:45 8:00 Tea break
8:00 9:30 Asan practice
9:30 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 13:00 Lecture
13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:00 Self study
15:00 16:45 Workshop
16:45 17:00 Tea break
ย 17:00 ย 18:30 ย Asan/meditation practice
18:30 19:30 Dinner
19:30 21:30 Self study

 



And to graduate we had to do 108 Surya Namaskar at sunrise. And we set the record of 35 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hiked to 4610m in Lantang

Dream 2 followed to hike in the Himalayas and to set my new personal highest of 4610m. It wasn’t so difficult and I didn’t experience any symptoms of the altitude sickness. Probably because I stayed one night at 3900m ๐Ÿ™‚

A good strategy of hiking high is to do not more than 700m climb after 3000m.

The route I chose was hiking from Dhunche (2030m) – Sing Gompa (3300m) – Laurbina (3900m) – Gosainkunda lakes aka the Frozen lakes (4385m) – the Pass (4610m) – Phedi (3730m) – Thadepadi (3600m) – Melamchi Gaon (2600m).

Lantang valley is really nice and you can see many peaks 7 and 8 thousand meters like Lantang, Makalu, Anapurna, Ganesh, and even Everest in clear weather.

I was able to see a wild goat, reindeer, weasel, pheasant ๐Ÿ™‚ Good I didn’t meet the bears or the tigers.



And I hated the bus ride – horrible and scary, I thought we gonna fall from the terraced rice hills. We even got stuck on a wooden!? bridge. I had pain in my arms from holding to the seat. So a tip from me – always sit behind the driver, it’s the safest and not so bumpy place!



 

Danebad!

 

 

 

 

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