21 June is International Yoga Day. Yoga in Sri Lanka is practiced routinely, is widespread and remains a means to enlightenment.
“A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.” – Albert Einstein
Incorporating exercise, breathing and meditation, yoga in Sri Lanka is just as good for you as it feels. The practice of yoga in Sri Lanka and everywhere stimulates both body and mind, and can improve your health and wellbeing in many ways.
The word `Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means to merge or unite. Yoga is based on the concept that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. The practice of yoga dates back over 5,000 years and is rooted in ancient Indian philosophies that connect the mind and body to improve overall health and wellness.
What is yoga?
In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are connected. Yoga’s focus on the aspects of mind/body connection and emphasis on breathing techniques helps to promote relaxation, which over time can decrease stress levels.
Regular practise is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.
Yoga comprises many poses known as “asanas” and incorporates structured, controlled breathing and meditation techniques which cater to people of all levels and abilities. Ayurveda and Yoga come from the same philosophical background and examines the mind– body relationship from the perspective of maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.
Today, many people (from Charlize Theron, Ariana Huffington and Britney Spears) are turning to yoga for a range of reasons (from stress management to maintaining optimum levels of health and well-being).
Sri Lanka and Yoga
Sri Lanka’s association with Yoga dates back to the early days when Hinduism and Buddhism flourished and practitioners taught the health and spiritual benefits of this ancient practice. Yoga in Sri Lanka is often used as a beneficial complement to Ayurvedic medicine and healing.
In Sri Lanka there are four main yogas: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. Each of the four yogas in Sri Lanka having the following teachings behind them:
Karma Yoga – this yoga is about being true to your duty while being separate from any reward. It states that one can attain salvation by going about your duties in an unselfish manner
Bhakti Yoga – means a blissful, selfless and overwhelming love of God
Jnana Yoga – is about knowledge and understanding your true self
Raja Yoga – is mindfulness yoga and emphasizes being in the moment of yoga and being conscious of all around you.
Yoga Exercises In Sri Lanka
Yoga can have many positive physical and psychological benefits, with some of the most common being improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as reduced levels of stress.
Most asanas are isometric, meaning they rely on holding muscle tension for a period of time. With regular yoga practice, these isometric exercises can help to increase blood circulation and may lower blood pressure.
Weight-bearing isometric poses, such as the “Downward-facing Dog” or the “Cobra” can help to increase bone density and bone health.
Even though there are many different types of yoga, each session will generally be a mixture of lying, sitting, standing and inverted, or upside down asanas along with a focus on breathing and meditation. The combination of poses provides a whole body workout.
Templeberg: Yoga Retreat in the Sri Lankan Jungle
At Templeberg Villa it is possible to imagine being transported back in time when you practice yoga in Sri Lanka. When staying at the villa you have the comfort and surrounds of an 18th century Sri Lankan coconut plantation.
Templeberg Villa is a classic example of Dutch Colonial architecture. Templeberg has been restored to its former glory paying homage to its Sri Lankan heritage with contemporary design.
Templeberg Villa collaborates with local yoga practitioners from Galle, to offer bespoke yoga classes in a magical and serene outdoor setting.
The rear enclosed green courtyard makes a great natural back drop for you to take Ashtanga, Visana or a tailored lesson. The 5 acres of tropical rainforest, coconut groves and wildlife make daily yoga in Sri Lanka a unique and memorable experience. It is not uncommon to have an audience of monkeys watch safely above, as the sun rises and faint sounds of the neighbouring Buddhist temple drift across the plantation.
Yoga holiday Sri Lanka
At different times of year, June through July and September until November, Templeberg Villa in Galle partners with many international yoga practitioners who arrange yoga workshops and yoga retreats in Sri Lanka.
Please check out the Specials area of the website for details of any planned yoga retreats or contact the villa directly to talk about possible options for your requirements.
To enquire about a yoga class in Sri Lanka or a stay contact Templeberg Villa Galle email@example.com