I stayed at HIYA for 10 nights. I found the retreat very calming and it was handy to be so close to Kathmandu to easily get a taxi but far enough away to get away from the pollution and to experience some local life. HIYA is very clean and well maintained and the staff are friendly especially if you make the effort to learn their names and make conversation.
The food!! Sooo good, the chef Arun really makes effort and takes pride serving all local dishes and very fresh. I never got tummy upset from HIYA. I will certainly miss they daily yoga breakfast, daliya.
Another positive is that there is flexibility with how many nights you stay etc (although i am sure this depends on how busy it is).
AS far as the yoga, prepare to do some chanting and some more unusual breathing poses, once i got into it, I really enjoyed it and can understand its importance. Also I joined some of the afternoon yoga that is normally just for the people doing the teacher training, but the instructor was fantastic and I would recommend negotiating some of these classes in your package if that's possible. Even though the daily morning class is ok for beginners, i would recommend having practiced yoga previously in order to be confident with the correct breathing and posture and techniques. Be sure to ask questions, the instructors will be happy to answer.
There are a few things to do around the area of HIYA that will keep you from feeling to closed in within the academy (ie: visit temples, monastary, schools etc).
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