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.
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.