Meditation and yoga has been practiced for thousand of years, and it is as relevant today as it ever was. Not only in this part of the world these spiritual practices that has gained quite a recognition in the western world.
From being a mysterious practice followed only by a few devoted ones to something that holds many in awe, Yoga has come a long way into spreading its benefits and being a part of our society. You would find lesser number of people convinced with the average gym work-out or the tiring aerobics routine. Instead, they are fascinated and excited by the thought of exercising their bodies in coordination with deep early morning breaths, discovering as to what interesting positions our bodies are capable of transforming into.
Nepal is one of the best places for the Yoga/Meditation program for those people who want to be efficient and strong from the mind in their professional field, life-style, daily activities, by balancing in their hand / heart and head (mind). Yoga does not only make our bodies slim, flexible and healthy, but also gives attention to the well-being of our mental faculties, which is extremely important in the fast-paced and stressed- out lives that most people lead today. A lot of travelers come to Nepal for meditation, yoga, astrology, retreats and to merge with the mighty Himalayas.
The fascinating part of Yoga lies in its details of having ‘aasanas’ or postures for every part of the body. Activities are mainly centered around Kathmandu Valley, though Pokhara is becoming popular with more options becoming available. When you come to Nepal you can find lots of advertising for courses, study and activities on the following topics.
Vipassana is one of the most ancient techniques. Long lost to people, it was rediscovered by Gautam Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Vipassana means 'to see things as they really are'. It is an art of living which frees the individual from all the negativities of mind, such as anger, greed and ignorance. It is a practice which develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the individual and society.
The path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any religion. It can be practiced freely by anyone without conflict with race, caste or religion, in any place, and at any time and it will prove beneficial to everyone.
Nepal has many places where you can uncover further truths through meditation.
Yoga = 'Unity', 'Oneness'. Came from the Sanskrit word "YOG" which means "TO JOIN". To many, the thought of yoga has an image of postures (Asanas) to develop flexibility, general body health and awareness. This is just the beginning. While the main point is to reach the highest goal of the spiritual path, practicing yoga can give benefits to everyone regardless to their spiritual aims.
The Eight Fold Path of Yoga looks deeply into the morality of living. It consists of: Yama (self restraints), Niyama (self observances) Asana, Pranayama (breath techniques), Pratyhara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (identification with pure consciousness).
There is an inter-relationship between yoga and meditation and you can decide to focus more on either one or both together. The Himalayas have played a big role in self realization. It's isolation from the world and ideal environment makes Nepal an ideal place to practice yoga.
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