Amankora’s Yoga Retreat this July will offer a unique experience of Bhutan – one of the last intact Buddhist cultures in the world – while taking in four of Amankora’s five lodges. Explore sacred temples and monasteries, enjoy hikes and take time for daily meditation and individualised yoga sessions with Lorraine McConnon, a London-based teacher with 25 years of Iyengar yoga teaching experience.
Nestled high in the Himalayas, Bhutan’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions. The dramatic landscape – from snow-capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder-strewn rivers – is still pristine. This nine-night retreat will take you into the heart of this ancient kingdom, offering twice daily yoga sessions, exploration of the outdoors and insight into the lives of farmers, weavers, monks and other locals.
Yoga classes in and around the lodges will be held in the mornings and/or evenings. Morning classes will be dynamic, with experienced students attending a longer session, while evening classes will focus on recuperative poses and breath-work. Individual programmes will be designed to address what you personally hope to achieve: reducing stress, boosting energy levels, improving strength and suppleness, increasing co-ordination, enhancing postural awareness, building endurance, strengthening the immune system and more.
Itinerary – Thimphu (2 nights), Gangtey (2 nights), Punakha (2 nights) and Paro (3 nights).