Ananda Yoga Center is a beautiful place to experience all aspects of the yogic lifestyle beginning with chanting at sunrise, followed by cleansing practices, asana, pranayama, karma yoga, and so forth… Shivagiri Guru teaches his guests how to apply yoga principles to better their life. I can't imagine a more perfect setting than this ashram looking out over Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas.
Shivagiri Guru has a wonderful family that lives at the ashram - offering the comfort of a homestay and a deeper understanding of Nepali culture. The women prepared delicious, authentic Nepali dishes for every meal. I also had a private bedroom and attached bathroom with a view of the mountains.
His son, Manoj and neighbor, Raj were the two yoga teachers that lead the daily asana and pranayama classes. They were excellent teachers and paid specific attention to each student's needs. I had completed my 200-Hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in the US prior to visiting and really enjoyed learning new postures and techniques from the Satyananda style of yoga they teach here. They were also amazing people to get to know outside of class and had me laughing to tears on many occasions!
I left this experience on such a high note - I would recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about yoga or just doing something positive for themselves! These are beautiful people that I'm looking forward to visiting again one day.