What are the keys to happiness in our daily lives? The search for those answers can last most of us a lifetime. But what is travel if not the chance to learn from different people and cultures? And, of course, what is yoga if not a chance to open our hearts and minds to the possible? With that in mind, we bring you beautiful, spiritual, unique Bhutan.
Bhutan is dedicated to preserving its unique identity, despite mounting global pressures for development and modernization. The country carefully maintains a delicate balance between the pull of globalization and the value of its ancient cultural traditions. This balance is the essence of Bhutan, which has come to be known as the “happiest place on Earth.”
Happiness Via Culture & Nature
Bhutan’s reputation for happiness is deeply rooted in the time-tested practices of its people. The Bhutanese live life at a slower pace, lead balanced lifestyles, get plenty of sleep, eat spicy foods, walk often, and maintain close ties with their families. Their reverence for both their spiritual heritage and the natural world empowers them to embrace impermanence and live in harmony with nature. Smiling locals cloaked in colorful garb take pride in the daily celebration of their vibrant, fun-loving culture. Bhutan is also committed to protecting its rich biodiversity, with a constitutional mandate to preserve at least 60 percent of its pristine forest forever.
Happiness Via Sustainable Tourism
The country’s dedication to sustainable tourism means that only a limited number of lucky tourists get the chance to experience the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan each year. Those fortunate enough to visit the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” return home in awe of Bhutan’s fascinating culture, ornate architecture, and magnificent mountain scenery, eager to share their discovery that happiness is a place.
Happiness Via National Priority
Unlike most other countries, Bhutan defines national progress not just in terms of income or material assets, but by the overall happiness of its 750,000 people. In the 1970s, Bhutan’s king declared that gross national happiness was a higher priority than gross domestic product. Bhutan’s 2015 Gross National Happiness Index included assessments of residents’ physical health, spirituality, sense of belonging, emotional balance, sleep patterns, social lives, and community connections. Most of these measures show that the Bhutanese are successfully preserving the sacred treasure of happiness within their harmonious mountain retreat.
Happiness Via Bhutan
Join The Travel Yogi on a 2016 Bhutan yoga retreat for an awe-inspiring voyage to uncover the hidden magic of this enchanting and timeless place! Experience the best of Bhutanese culture as we explore ancient monasteries and fortresses, mingle with monks, hang prayer flags, feast on authentic local cuisine, and visit one of the world’s largest Buddhas.
We are excited to offer a carefully curated and culturally significant trip to fully immerse our yoga travel enthusiasts in this modern-day Shangri-La:
- Unlocking The Heart Bhutan Yoga Adventure ⧫ October 10-19, 2016 ⧫ with Erica Jung.
Journey outside your comfort zone to discover the happiness of Bhutan and your happiest place within!