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Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat is a superb, purpose built academy and yoga retreat founded by Dr. Chintamani PhD, focusing on teaching the classical Sanatan yoga.

Yoga Teacher Training 1

Speaks English

from US$1,400

Really Good

Based on 14 reviews
from US$1,400
Price for:

28 days / 27 nights

Really Good

Based on 14 reviews

Instructors 3

Dr. Chintamani Gautam

Dr. Chintamani, has been involved with yoga and it’s teachings for over 18 years in Nepal and India. With this wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Chintamni wants to extend yoga from the long Himalaya range (the origin of yoga) worldwide, teaching yoga in its proper form. His yoga classes are full of uplifting energy, fusing yogic, and modern science knowledge with his genuine loving nature and sense of humor. His excellent communication skills and enthusiasm will connect you to the spirit of classical yoga in the Himalayas.

Krishna Dakal

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

Krishna is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and is dedicated on sharing his insight into the authentic practice of yoga and empowering the students along the way. He has been teaching at the retreat for one year and takes great care in making the guests feel at home.

Dr. Subodh

Dr subodh is a dynamic individual with over 18 years of experience in teaching nature cure, yoga, and other spiritual healing with different techniques. He will be teaching the anatomy of yoga and elements of the yoga philosophy during the course.

Reviews 14

  • Louiza Roux Republic of South Africa

    November 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    The program was clear and we kept to it. I would suggest more class excursions for instance on Saturdays.

    They made fires on the premises to burn the leaves and then the laundry on the washing lines were stinking of smoke as well as our bedrooms.

  • Geoffrey Thebe Great Britain

    October 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Both Academic and Physical training was good and at excellent level. Am happy I chose The Nepal Yoga Academy. All trainers and assistant trainers were very knowledgeable and I felt well supported in all challenges

    The Menu at White House got a bit monotonous, where as Bamboo House seemed to enjoy a variation and pleasant meals. On positive staff at both houses were pleasant mature and helpful

  • Anonymous

    August 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    The location, the staff, all the courses about philosophy, asana, pranayama, practicum, .... Be in Nepal,

    The anatomy teacher for this session, the fact we were 2 different groups, lack of cohesion

  • Kim Thomas Australia

    August 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Everything, it has been the experience of a lifetime

  • Denise Miller Canada

    August 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Everything. The hours for the training make sense. The food is fantastic. The accommodations are clean. The staff are kind. The grounds are beautiful. The learning is amazing. The tea is plentiful. And, it's in the birthplace of yoga.

    Internet can be slow at times, but there is an in house library!

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Nepal Yoga Academy has two nearby locations and during my course there were over 20 students who took all philosophy classes together though we had separate asana and pranayama classes which each had around 10 people, plus any of the retreat guests who were there (those who arrived at the beginning of our training had easy classes and retreat guests staying toward the end attended our more difficult classes, which was great for some and frustrating for others. It seemed to be random which of the locations we stayed, I felt lucky to be in the one that feels more in nature that is actually pictured online. The accommodation in both are still lovely and the days schedule filled but with appropriate amounts of business and rest. The support staff are kind and helpful. Dr. Chintimani is exceptionally knowledgable about parts of yoga philosophy and gave a good foundation for many of us who only knew about the asana part of practice. Because of and in spite of many areas of improvement, they offer an opportunity to practice mindfulness, patience, and personal growth. It can be a very spiritual experience if you allow it to be.

    Organization, communication, teaching styles, and teachers were the most common frustrations. Many participants had issues with not being clear of schedule- where class would be that day, and due to Nepalese holidays they were slow to decide when we would have days off, when we would finish the course. For teaching styles, many westerners who are used to very interactive and discussion based learning might find it difficult. While there was time for questions, the class size and time made it difficult to engage in dialogue during philosophy. We were not held accountable for learning philosophy. The biggest issue for me personally was they did not teach much about teaching, there was minimal discussion of pedagogy or how practically to run a class. The classical style can seem slow and repetitive compared to other yoga styles, so vinyasa lovers be warned. Experienced people may want to use free time to do asana to feel like they are working their bodies enough. The academy could seriously use more inspired asana teachers, only half of our classes were good as students and there was practically no time that included how to teach. Some of these issues were due to language difficulties. You must be a very self-motivated student to walk away feeling prepared to structure a class, cue postures, and offer assistance to students in class as these were not taught well. This is a better course for beginners working on personal practice, especially for focusing on philosophy.

  • Jane Gayral Australia

    July 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Great vibe. Chintamani is a good teacher and has a really good, fun and enthusiastic energy. The team is really sweet and caring. The place is beautiful and the rooms are great. The food is delicious. I really enjoyed and loved my time there, thanks as well to all the beautiful people sharing this great experience with me. Thank you.

    I didn't like very much that other people come for a shorter time and join us with our 200hr yyt yoga classes, i mean it was nice to meet new people but for the yoga classes I felt like they were easier, more beginner classes just to allow them to follow whereas I would rather have a harder class to improve more.

  • Anonymous

    January 2018, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Small group (8 people, usually it's around 20), so the teachers could walk around and help and we had a pretty close relationship to the volunteer teachers Sara and Warren.

    We had some really amazing yoga classes. Particularly likedhow Dr. Chintamani sequenced the classes and Sara's holding and feeling the poses.

    The white house is like a small parallel world, with a beautiful garden, clean rooms, sauna and nice dining hall. We had almost all day sun and a beautiful valley view. The best milk tea and cookie supplier in Talkot was in only 10min walking distance.

    The breakfast was lovely.

    Classes (particularly of Dr. Chintamani) did not always start on time. Moreover I expected to have more classes with him.

    The Philosophy and Anatomy classes were quite boring for me. It was like a repetition of High School biology and if you do yoga for sports this part is quite unnerving. (2h per day)

    Everyone gets a certificate, no matter how good or bad you are, or whether you put effort in it or not. This makes me doubt the integrity of the school.

    Either westerners have a sensible belly or there was something wrong with the food, but someone always had a strange belly, puked or had diahira.

    When I was sick, Sara took me to hospital and was very caring. Also Lakshmi and Dr. Chintamani dropped by to ask how I was. Nonetheless nobody excused this case, it took time and effort to get a simple noodle soup with the comment you are so difficut.

    The food was freshly prepared with many veggies, but it was always the same. It's supposed to detach you from the craving, but it actually gets worse.

    The wifi sucks.

    (maybe this sounds negative. This school is not bad and I believe it's not better or worse than any other school. But I wish Dr. Chintamani spent more time teaching. And the food was a huge issue, as a food poisoning makes yoga practice difficult and is in general not a nice thing to have.)

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookYogaTeacherTraining

    Les gens rencontrés ont fait de mon expérience un mois unique et fort en émotion. La nourriture est bonne bien que très redondante.

    La qualité des cours, ainsi que ce qui etait inclu sur le site ne l était pas au finale... des coûts supplémentaires inattendus

  • Reina Hoctin Boes Melbourne

    BookYogaRetreats website

    The yoga teacher training with Guru Jee at the Nepal Yoga Acadamy & Retreat has left me with a special memory. One of the girls as part of her graduation had to lead a guided meditation. She made us walk the paths we walked daily, enjoy the views, we admired daily, reflect upon our state of awareness we found ourselves in and she asked us, finishing her guided meditation: dear yogi's and yogini's, please guide yourself through this meditation when back at home, when you feel the need. The Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat managed to make me think back at the experience and re-connect.

  • Foti Vazanellis Australia

    BookYogaRetreats Website

    Our retreat was an absolute mind blowing success. DR Chintamani is an expert in his field and we were welcomed, cared for and have come away with a wealth of knowledge that I was searching for but did not believe was possible!

  • Randi Johnbeck Australia


    I was very happy with my stay at Nepal Yoga Academy. Very good teachers, good food and good vibes. The yoga training was very thorough but sometimes it felt a bit uncoordinated. Overall, I would definitely recommend people to go there for YTT.

  • Francesca Belmonte

    January 2016, BookYogaRetreats website

    Set high up the mountain side with sun kissed views of the velvet green /golden valley in front, backed by the lush protective jungle you will find the Nepal Yoga Academy. I just finished my 200hrs teacher training with Dr Chintamani and Dr Soobot and I am so happy I chose Nepal. The staff are friendly polite beautiful people, the spirit of the place is rich with the authenticity and truth you would hope to find on a yoga course in the country it was founded. I can't recommend this place enough. It was challenging, rewarding and life changing. Dr Chintamani always has time for you and goes well out of his way to ensure your personal needs are met - just ask and you'll see. Go to Nepal they need you! Go to the Nepal Yoga Academy it'll feed you! Body mind and spirit! (Oh and the food is great as well! Did you know that pancakes without eggs made with special flour are yogic?!)

Testimonials 4

  • Warren Anywhere Buttery Nepal

    Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat Facebook page

    Unique experience in a beautiful location, which has deepened my practice and given me the skills and confidence to teach. Our gurus are very experienced, highly motivated & nurturing in their support for our transformation.

  • Kristen Keilty Rhode Island

    Nepal Yoga Academy & Retreat Facebook page

    Such an incredible experience! The retreat is in a beautiful and peaceful location, allowing you to focus on your practice and on what's important. The teachers are nice, knowledgeable and great to be around! This entire experience has been way more than anything I could have dreamed of and I would recommend Nepal Yoga Retreat to anyone!

  • Fabienne Brigger Switzerland

    Nepal Yoga Academy website

    Dr. Chintamani is a compassionate teacher whose knowledge, sensitivity, and energetic teaching style got me a powerful glimpse into the vast field of yoga science. My deep passion for my yoga practice and my karma yoga teaching got inflamed by Dr.Chintamani. I hope to be able to return to his classes soon!

  • Rachel UAE

    Nepal Yoga Academy website

    I have arrived to amazing retreat feeling burned out, tired and stressed. After one week of yoga, detox, organic tasty food, hiking, and meditation, I feel refreshed and new. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and all the staff takes very good care of you. Dr. Chintamani looks after each person individually, pushes you to your limits and teaches you to reach your full potential and how to achieve perfect asanas. The guided meditation daily lets you completely disconnect from the world. If you are looking for complete relaxation and tranquility with beautiful surroundings I will highly recommend it.

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