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ULPOTHA

A village in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - Ulpotha

Ulpotha has been a retreat site for thousands of years and remains a perfect place for a Yoga holiday or an Ayurveda retreat in the heart of Sri Lanka. It's a beautiful hide-away open to guests for holidays and retreats for part of the year and is a place of total peace. You may come here to experience Yoga holidays and Ayurveda retreats and the warm, generous and gentle hospitality the people of Sri Lanka love to offer.

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ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha's natural charms lend themselves readily to a deeply satisfying experience of Yoga Sri Lanka. If ever there was a place made for Yoga, Ulpotha is it.

Photo: Mika de Brito

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Yoga Sri Lanka is practised in the Yoga Shala, which is essentially an open-sided hall that lets in nature's charms, from gentle breezes to bird song.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Many of the world's most respected Yoga teachers come to Ulpotha. As the teachers change every fortnight, several types of yoga - usually Hatha, Sivananda, Iyengar and Astanga - are available at different times in the season.

Photo: Samanta Duggal

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

On occasion classes are conducted further afield: beneath the splaying branches of a Banyan tree, or on top of Monkey Rock, or below the neighbouring temple - or wherever else takes the collective fancy of those present.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

But since Ulpotha was never intended to be primarily a Yoga centre, there's no pressure to attend classes and life doesn't hinge on classes of any kind. So you won't feel an outsider if Yoga isn't for you.

Photo: Sea Eymere

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha invites leading teachers from around the world to come and share their gift with guests - Mika started yoga at aged 21 with Baptiste Marceau, one of France's foremost Astanga teachers, who was later to become a good friend and mentor.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

A MAGICAL YOGA EXPERIENCE

"The best yoga retreat in the world." The Observer Magazine

Ulpotha's natural charms lend themselves readily to a deeply satisfying experience of Yoga Sri Lanka. If ever there was a place made for Yoga, Ulpotha is it. Though Ulpotha was not planned at the outset as a Yoga Sri Lanka centre, Yoga very quickly took its central place in the Ulpotha experience through a series of serendipitous events. Having done so, it is hard to imagine a place better suited to the practise of this ageless discipline. Ulpotha invites leading teachers from around the world to come and share their gift of Yoga with its guests. When planning your holiday, ask about teachers who are scheduled to come in the next season, along with a brief profile of each. A variety of Yoga styles are on offer to suit a wide range of preferences. Yoga Sri Lanka is practised in the Yoga Shala, which is essentially an open-sided hall that lets in nature's charms, from gentle breezes to bird song. On occasion classes are conducted further afield: beneath the splaying branches of a Banyan tree, or on top of Monkey Rock, or below the neighbouring temple - or wherever else takes the collective fancy of those present.

Many of the world's most respected Yoga teachers come to Ulpotha. As the teachers change every fortnight, several types of yoga - usually Hatha, Sivananda, Iyengar and Astanga - are available at different times in the season. Every morning there's an optional Yoga class in a large, open-sided building with a palm leaf roof, or in the cool dappled shade of a banyan tree. Teachers who come to Ulpotha are very experienced and are open to teaching many levels of students within a class. Some may also guide dawn walks in the beautifully wooded surrounding hills for those who wish. As Ulpotha attracts high quality Yoga instructors, some guests come mainly for the Yoga Sri Lanka classes. But since Ulpotha was never intended to be primarily a Yoga centre, there's no pressure to attend classes and life doesn't hinge on classes of any kind. So you won't feel an outsider if Yoga isn't for you. This is a place to unwind, be gentle with yourself, live close to nature and simply be; or if you feel energetic, a wonderful place to exercise and rejuvenate. Ulpotha provides Yoga mats, wooden blocks, belts, small flat cushions bolsters in the Yoga Sri Lanka Shala."One of Asia's most extraordinary ecotourism projects came into being at the place where elephant paths crossed, Shiva's son had a shrine built and a prince fled with his legendarily beautiful but poor lover.

Rebuilt as a traditional farming village, Ulpotha lies in the middle of former Ceylon's deepest jungle next to a small lake, surrounded by seven hills in which ascetics and shamans still meditate in their caves.But Ulpotha is by no means withdrawn. The Ayurveda treatments in the eco lodge, a treasure trove of centuries-old remedies, are considered an insiders tip. With neither electricity nor mobile-phone reception, Ulpotha luxury consists in making contact with nature: ambling between hibiscus plants along the sandy paths to the lake, observing how lizards stretch out in the sun, swimming among the water lilies or taking a stroll in the surrounding hills at sunset."

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