It is my first day at Ananda and can honestly say that this is the yoga retreat I have been looking for since my last Ashram visit 17 years ago. If you want fancy lodgings and all the frills; then this isn't for you. An ashram is not a luxury hotel it is a place to balance your mind, body and soul. The setting of Ananda is just gorgeous, nestled in the Kathmandu valley hills. The schedule is exactly what I was after with Yoga, Chanting, Meditation and the most DELICIOUS food cooked by Shivgiri's wonderful family.