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A Magical Yoga Experience

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 ...

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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. Under the Teachers and Therapists sections can you find a list of those 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.


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