Monday, November 29, 2010

Nepal’s first international Salsa Festival

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Salsa dancing first hit the Nepali dance scene roughly a decade ago, but this year offered proof that the dance form is more than just a fad. Salsa is here to stay.
The Salsa Dance Academy, a Kathmandu-based dance studio, celebrated the growth of Latin dance in Nepal by hosting the country’s First International Salsa Festival, held November 19-22.

“Salsa is now popular in Nepal, but it took a long time,” said Binayek Shrestha, founder and CEO of the Salsa Dance Academy.

When the Salsa Dance Academy first opened in Bhatbateni, Kathmandu, in 2004, it comprised a two-person team teaching a handful of students. Shrestha and colleague Katia Verreault hosted salsa parties once every three months at the now-closed Latin Quarter Salsa Bar. Today, the academy employs 10 instructors and hosts a dance party every week at a rotation of Kathmandu-based venues. 

Salsa in Nepal has certainly come a long way.

The First International Salsa Festival featured four days of dance workshops taught by local and foreign dance instructors, including big names in the Latin dance world, such as Susana Montero from Spain. Nightly dance parties followed the first three days of workshops. The fourth day of the festival was held in Pokhara in an effort to expand dance awareness outside of Kathmandu.

Although the festival focused on salsa, the workshops spanned a wide variety of dance forms. Students came to learn hip hop, belly dancing, cha cha, swing, and tango, just to name just few. 

“The fact that it was the first international dance festival attracted me,” said 19-year-old Chhoksum Bista. “And I wanted to get exposed to different cultural styles of dancing.”

But the festival is not just a chance for people to learn new forms of dance, Shrestha said. It’s bigger than that.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ashrams Nepal – Spiritual Connects Via Yoga

Yoga is one aspect of ashrams Nepal that you may find highly beneficial. It involves a spiritual connection with one’s body through a series of positions, pauses, and meditations. Yoga is designed to improve the way people move and feel, and it does so by impacting various areas of the body most people never even think about. It is an ancient art that has been practiced for centuries, and it is now making its way into the mainstream. Here is a look at how you can open your mind and cleanse yourself through something as simple as yoga.

Through ashrams Nepal, you can learn what exactly is going on with your body as you move. With this knowledge, you can move your body in specific ways that will increase your flexibility and blood flow. Not only will this help you lose weight, but it will also cleanse your body of toxins that could be making you depressed. These toxins may also cause health problems in the long run, so getting rid of them early on will help you best ensure the longevity of your health. Repetitive yoga practices can lead to a much more peaceful life, as long as you maintain a passion for it.

A lot of the spiritual connection found in ashrams Nepal comes from the way yoga impacts hidden areas of the body. Various joints, ligaments, and organs in your body can all be influenced at the same time by various moves you do. As a result, you can become more in tune with your body, to the point where you may even be able to detect if you are sick or not, long before symptoms would have normally shown up. Yoga lifts the boundary between your mind and your body, and it betters you as a person from the inside out.

If you are not familiar with ashrams Nepal has to offer, you should look into some training courses in your area. Many of them are completely free, and they can certainly make you feel better if you stick with them. Yoga may be difficult at first if your body is not used to working out, but the pain you feel initially will easily be made up for with the connection you gain with yourself. You will become an entity, not just a mind inside of a body. Allow your spirit to take flight. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Chhath festival starts in Nepal

Arawa-Arwaine is being observed Wednesday in the first day of the Chhath event, a festival of cultural and religious importance in Nepal.

Arwa-Arwaine is also considered the day to take a dip to cleanse the body. Begining with rigorous fasting on Kartik shukla panchami, the devotees go to nearby rivers & ponds & worship the setting sun. Then, they worship the rising sun with special respect and conclude the festival.

The Chhath is celebrated in the ancient Mithila's capital, Janakpurdham with fanfare wishing longevity of the progeny.

It is considered a incredibly challenging festival requiring devotees to be seated for strict fasting during the two days.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Kathmandu Rather than India

For years thousands of yoga practitioners have travelled to South Asia to practice in Ashrams, develop their yoga at intensive workshops or ultimately become qualified yoga teachers on one of the many Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training courses India has to offer. More and more companies are launching YA certified yoga courses in Varanasi and other spiritual surroundings around India. 

Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training

Becoming a Yoga Alliance certified teacher has its benefits. Other than the great enjoyment and spiritual satisfaction that teaching to others gives you, the other benefit that cannot be ignored is that YA  Certification is a recognized qualification that puts you on the right road to finding work as a qualified yoga teacher enabling you to make a living doing the thing that you love most in this world. 

Why Teacher Training Courses India?

The traditional practice of mental and physical health which we have come to know as yoga originated from the North of India and what is now known as Nepal. Even though in recent times it has become more and more popular worldwide and is now taught all over the globe it is likely that the majority of all yoga teachers at one time or another traveled to India to practice yoga or get certified as a teacher; and what better place to bring you closer to yoga and some of the best yoga teachers in the world than the land of its origins, but why notNepal? 

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Yoga becoming lifestyle trend in urban Nepal

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Yoga has almost become a lifestyle trend among the urban middle class in this country, courtesy the Indian television channels which telecast holistic health and lifestyle programmes. Yoga CDs, VCDs and Indian health manuals are also easily available and sold at streetside book vends and leading bookstores.

The power of Indian yoga also has government endorsement in the country, which grapples with a high drug addiction rate and work-related stress.

Ratan Kumar Misra, an auditor at a firm in Kathmandu, practises an hour of Indian yoga and pranayam or breathing exercises every morning. Misra is among around 100,000 people in this country who have benefited from yoga and ayurveda as an alternative lifestyle and healing trend.

'I feel comfortable after my morning ritual of yoga. Though I can't do it every day, over the last few days, I have not compromised on my fitness regimen. Indian yoga is very popular in Nepal,' Misra told IANS.

For Misra, the simple routine of half-an-hour of breathing exercises or pranayam followed by asanas or yogic postures has kept his 'high blood pressure in check'.

Babu Raja, a shopkeeper in Kathmandu, is enthusiastic about yoga too.