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Have a mystical experience in a remote Buddhist kingdom!

Our Himalayan Yoga Adventures take you to the spiritual heart of yoga

A HIMALAYAN YOGA ADVENTURE IN BHUTAN

Visit the famous Tiger's Nest temple perched on a mountainside

Have a traditional Bhutanese Khuney massage and Hot Stone Bath

Camp under the full moon and make an offering at the Dakini Temple

Visit the local Cham dance festival at Goa Kora Lhakhang

Spin Tibetan prayer wheels and sit in meditation with monks

Hike through ancient forests to visit Buddhist temples and dzongs

What You'll Experience

March 29 – April 10, 2020 |  $3,950 USD 

The Yoga Adventure in Bhutan is the perfect opportunity to explore the land of the Thunder Dragon. It’s an authentic journey into yoga practice, Buddhist dharma and Bhutanese culture situated in breathtaking Himalayan landscapes where you can relax in pure nature. On this trip, we will journey through the more remote and rugged East Bhutan to experience a local Cham dance festival at the sacred Guru Rinpoche site, Gom Kora Lhakhang, as well as visit Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) in West Bhutan.

You will visit impressive Buddhist temples and ancient dzongs, receive blessings and teachings from Rinpoches, meet local yogis, meditate with monks in monasteries, trek through first growth forests with views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. We will wander through small villages, experience the gentle flow of rural life and meet friendly and hospitable local people.

The thread of this unique Himalayan pilgrimage is the Yoga and you will practice daily meditation, pranayama and asana, as well as receive Buddhist teachings continuously as we travel to sacred sites in Bhutan. Buddhist holy places are charged with divine presence. They are the abodes of the Gods. These mysterious power places open up a space within us where we may connect to our own divine essence. Bhutan is an inspiring destination that will leave you feeling nurtured, peaceful and serene.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – March 29

Paro

Arrive in Paro.

Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in Bhutan and the

Memorial House of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Opening Ceremony and yoga class before dinner.

Altitude: 7010 ft / 2350m

Overnight: Paro

 

 

DAY 2 – March 30

Fly to Bumthang

Visit Jampey Lhakhang (659 C.E), Kurjey Lhakhang (1652 C.E.) and

Tamshing Lhakhang (1501 C.E.) where Guru Rinpoche left an imprint of his body

and Pema Lingpa painted murals.

Late afternoon yoga and Hot Stone Baths.

Altitude: 9185ft / 2800m

Overnight: Bumthang

 

 

DAY 3 – March 31

Mongar

Morning yoga and meditation. A hearty breakfast of buckwheat pancakes. The spectacular drive

to Mongar winds through wild and rugged terrain, sheer cliffs and beautiful fir forests,

countless varieties of rhododendronsand lush, bird-filled forests.

Altitude: 5200ft / 1600m

Overnight: Mongar

 

 

DAY 4 – April 1

Trashigang Dzong

Morning yoga and meditation. Drive to Trashigang and visit

Trashigang Dzong (1659 C.E.), built on a ridge with sheer cliffs overlooking

the Drangme Chhuand Gamri Chhu rivers.

Afternoon yoga.

Altitude: 4600ft / 600 – 4000m

Overnight: Trashigang

 

 

DAY 5 – April 2

Gom Kora Lhakhang and Trashi Yangtse

Morning yoga and meditation. Visit the traditional Cham Dance festival performed

by monks wearing carved masks. Gom Kora Lhakangis a picturesque temple with 15thC wall murals

and sacred relics situated beside a rushing river. Padmasambhava meditated and left his body imprint

in a cave resembling a cobra. A ‘stairway of the dakinis’ (female celestial beings) is on the side of the rock

and holy water, believed to be the Guru’s nectar of immortality, flows from a crevice. Picnic lunch at the charming

Zangto PelriLhakhang in Trashi Yangtse with views stretching as far as Arunachal Pradesh.

Altitude: 4000ft / 600 – 4000m

Overnight: Trashigang

 

 

DAY 6 – April 3

Rangyung Monastery and Phonmey Lhakhang

Morning yoga and meditation. Drive to Rangyung Monastery for Buddhist teachings with Khenpo.

Continue up the mountain to Phonmey Lhakhang. Shop for beautiful embroidered cloth, shawls and scarfs

made from bura (raw silk – literally ‘insect fibre’) or sechu (spun silk)

by women from the surrounding villages.

Altitude:4000ft / 600 – 4000m

Overnight: Trashigang

 

 

DAY 7 – April 4

Ramjar and Bartsam

Morning yoga and meditation. Drive to Bartsam weaving in and out of side valleys

to the banks of the Gamri Chhu at (820m) and then head up the mountain in

great zigzagging gashes to Ramgar. Walk through the pristine forest with a

Bhutanese yogi and visit Dzongsar Jamyang Khentsye Rinpoche’s monastery at Bartsam.

Altitude: 4000ft / 600 – 4000m

Overnight: Trashigang

 

 

DAY 8 – April 5

Mongar

Morning yoga and meditation. Drive to Mongar.

Afternoon hike to Ponchula or Kadam Lhakhang.

Altitude: 5200ft / 1600m

Overnight: Mongar

 

 

DAY 9 – April 6

Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang through pristine rain forest and epic scenery.

Late afternoon yoga and Hot Stone Baths.

Altitude: 5200ft / 1600m

Overnight in Bumthang

 

 

DAY 10 – April 7

Paro

Fly to Paro. Relax or shop for souvenirs in Paro town.

Afternoon Yoga class.

Altitude: 7218ft / 2200m

Overnight: Paro

 

 

DAY 11 – April 8

Bumdra Trek

Early morning yoga. Breakfast. Walk at a leisurely pace through ancient forests

and ridges with views of the Paro and Do Chhu valleys and the snow-capped Himalayan peaks,

and high wide meadows dotted with prayer flags and sacred chortens. Celebrate the full moon

with a Tsok offering at Bumdra Monastery in the Dakini Cave of a Hundred Thousand Prayers.

Sleep under the stars in a luxury campsite.

Altitude: 12467ft / 3800m

Overnight: Bumdra

 

 

DAY 12 – April 9

Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest)

The day begins with Tibetan yoga and a Riwo Sangsmoke offering, followed by a hearty breakfast.

Our trek descends through spectacular scenery to the gardens of Zangtopelri (Heaven on Earth)

and to the cave of Machig Labdron (the 11th C.E. Tibetan tantric Buddhist yogini

who founded the Vajrayana practice of Chöd.  We arrive at the ultimate Buddhist site –

Guru Rinpoche’s Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest – perched on the edge of a sheer cliff,

rising 1000 meters from the valley floor. The trail then wanders through a blue pine forest,

past fluttering prayer flags and hydro-powered spinning prayer wheels.

Altitude: 7218ft / 2200m

Overnight: Paro

 

 

DAY 13 – April 10

Departure day.

*Note: The daily schedule might be subject to change due to circumstances that may arise and in the highest interests of the program.

Yoga Adventure to East Bhutan
The Yoga
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Heather Elton and has led international yoga retreats in India and Nepal for over decade. She believes the Himalayas are the most authentic place to practice yoga. Ancient yoga traditions are still alive and practiced by yogis. This realisation led to the creation of Himalayan Yoga Adventures in 2014.  Heather began her practice of Modern Postural Yoga in the 1986 and has taught yoga for 15 years. She is also a Buddhist practitioner and has been initiated into the Nath Sampradaya. Heather is the main teacher on the Yoga Adventure but you will also have encounters and teachings with lamas, Rinpoches, khenpos and yogis. Heather teaches Pranayama, Meditation and Asana, as well as Tools of Tantra. Hatha Vinyasa Yoga is taught in a way that integrates ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives.

The ‘Tools of Tantra’ section of the program includes basic techniques of spiritual practice:  How to use a mala, recite a mantra, spin prayer wheels, walk the Kora. Practice Tantric visualisations of prana/nadis/bindu and chakra meditations to deepen your understanding of the subtle energy body. Receive darshan, puja and blessings, make a Bhakti offering to a deity, and learn how to enter a temple in a respectful way and what to do inside.

For details about Heather see here.

Where You'll Stay

We’ll travel in a luxury bus and stay in a variety of hand-picked hotels from stylish boutique resorts with luxurious spas, to traditional rustic and charming Bhutanese guesthouses, and glamping under the stars. All hotels blend modern conveniences with traditional architecture and are situated in a peaceful natural environment. You will awaken to the peaceful sound of birdsong and awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks. We’ll eat delicious local vegetarian cuisine, and dress and behave respectfully in accordance with local custom.

Is This Adventure For You?
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If you have an interest in yoga, Buddhism or Bhutan, this Yoga Adventure is for you! It’s great if you’re interested in spiritual practice and have read a few yoga philosophy texts and have a regular asana practice, but that’s not a pre-requisite. The Adventure is open to everyone and all levels of yoga practice will be nurtured. You do need to be fit enough to hike a couple of hours per day. Dharma practitioners, artists, sculptors, and photographers are all welcome. This adventure is ideal for yoga teachers who want to integrate yoga philosophy and texture into your teachings, or for academics and scholars who want to embody the theory into a living practice. A curious mind and a desire to experience the wider realms of yoga are essential.

What People Say

"Only one problem! It was so good gotta go back."

“I have never before witnessed such a beautiful country. The Bhutanese people shine with the energy coming from the nature all around them. 10 days with Heather was a fantastic way to experience this nature, cultural heritage and religion, with clear perception from practicing yoga and meditation all the way.” – Pete Lausberg

“Bhutan with Heather was the ultimate life experience!"

“I felt fully immersed and it sunk deep into my heart to take back home. Heather and Sacred Himalayan Travel put on the most memorable visits and incredible picnic lunches… Bhutan is an exceptionally beautiful and unspoiled country, and Heather’s knowledge and passion brings out the best it has to offer, as well as guiding you into a deeper practice of yoga, meditation and Buddhism. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Heather for organising such a magical and memorable trip.” – Varvara Dranidis-Morgan

"Heather is a spiritual polymath"

“A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week.” –  Jonathan Ekstrom

"The perfect balance of asana and philosophy"

“Heather is an outstanding yoga teacher. She is authentic with a strong approach and style of teaching. Our group was a mixed level group and Heather excelled at teaching to all levels. I’m a yoga teacher and am very impressed with how Heather handled the group. By the end of the week, everyone’s practice had evolved and deepened. She is open and friendly. Heather provided the perfect balance of asana and philosophy. Every thing she taught was relevant and interesting. Heather is an excellent instructor and she very quickly became familiar with each of us, our abilities, limitations and levels of expertise. She understands alignment principles and her adjustments were spot on. I really enjoyed the way she conducted each class and I particularly enjoyed the sequencing. She is concise, competent, and supportive yet firm. She created an atmosphere of trust and we all bonded as a group from the first day. It was truly a memorable week.” – Connie Muradyan

"She speaks truth to what is."

My yoga teacher from Nepal has created an authentic yoga journey in Bhutan. Go if you are called to exploring the roots of Buddhism, yoga and meditation.  Go if you are curious about where you are capable of reaching in this life. Go if you are seeking exploration outside of this modern, West, consumerist, white supremacist, patriarchal worldview. She is a true yogi, has dedicated her life to study and practice with gurus; she is the real deal when it comes to teachers who can facilitate spiritual growth and curiosity because she has first faced herself, she has looked inward and done the work for decades.  She speaks truth to what is.

"A profound experience"

“Heather provided a safe and nurturing environment, which facilitated the group dynamics as well as the individual’s pace of learning and development. It was a profound experience.” – Ellie Roberts

"Being taught yoga by a true yogi"

“Once again, THANK YOU for a great retreat. The setting was amazing, the company was great and the teaching was excellent. It has been great being taught yoga by a true yogi and I have totally enjoyed and learned plenty during the week. Thank you also for inspiring and empowering us to self-practice…” – Maria da Cunha

"A life-changing journey"

“I feel like this is the beginning of the rest of my life. I’ve taken that first, very difficult step, on a very long road. I’ll be eternally grateful for the support and guidance you’ve shown me in making a life-changing journey.” – Sarah Osborne

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Your Investment
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Dates: March 29 – April 10,  2020

Cost: $3,950 USD

Single Supplement: $775 USD

 

Bhutan Yoga Adventure is produced in partnership with Sacred Himalaya Travel in Bhutan. Laxmi Sherpa is happy to arrange your international flights and further travels in Bhutan.

TRIP INCLUDES

  • All accommodation in handpicked hotels
  • Return domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang
  • 7 nights in 3* hotel; twin sharing
  • 2 nights in 4* hotel
  • 1 night luxury camping at Bumdra
  • Three vegetarian meals per day;
  • Mineral water, tea & coffee
  • Kuney massage and Hot Stone Bath
  • Transport by luxury vehicle in Bhutan
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums in Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • Internationally qualified yoga instructor

 

TRIP EXCLUDES

  • International air fare
  • Travel insurance
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities
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About your yoga practise

What does yoga mean to you? When did you start studying yoga? How often do you practice? What style of yoga do you practice? How has your practice changed over time? How does yoga affect your life and relationships?
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Sending

As long as space endures,
As long as sentient beings exist,
So long may I, too, remain,
To dispel the miseries of this world
– Shantideva