"Never perceive life physically. Understand it psychically and realize spiritually"
Sri Swami Sivananda
Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka
Yoga Retreat Vision
Our yoga retreat vision is simple yet aspiring self-study and self-investigation. Below we outline the main concepts of yoga day our guests will engage in at our sup yoga retreat Sri Lanka.
We strongly believe that genuine yoga practice isn’t limited to a space on a yoga mat, a yoga studio, or a particular yoga style of modern times. With so many yoga retreats in the market, we doubt there is much left of yoga in its essence.
For us, the best practice is a real-life experience and, with a proper attitude and right vision, it becomes your Yoga - a path to inner and outer harmony & perfection. The Sanskrit meaning of Yoga is "union" or "unite". Through Yoga we come into union with ourselves in the first place, and, secondly, we broaden our vision, understanding and relation to the outside world so that we are able to reach the consciousness of equanimity, ability to embrace every situation, every person or living being without devidision into right or wrong.
We profess an individual approach to each guest. At our yoga retreat, you will be consulted by the Host in order to determine your Mind-Body type which will have a direct impact on your personal Yoga and Ayurveda management plan for the time of your staying with us.
Although we employ an integrated approach to your practice that combines eight limbs of Classical Yoga:
1) Yama – Social Conduct;
2) Niyama – Personal Behavior;
3) Asana – Physical Postures;
4) Pranayama - Control of Vital Force;
5) Pratyahara – Control of Senses;
6) Dharana – Control of the Mind;
7) Dhyana - Meditation;
8) Samadhi – Absorption (Realisation) integrating methods of Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana
Our programs and your daily activities are not limited only to this.
Yoga Retreat at Yoga Pilgrim Lodge may also include:
Calisthenics - exercises with your own bodyweight without a barbell and simulators.
Ayurveda - "Ayus" - "life" and "Veda" - "knowledge, wisdom". Known as a "science of life" Ayurveda is based on understanding the laws of the universe. Ayurveda considers the human body as a whole composed of several essential elements.
Swimming - one of the best workouts for your lungs and diaphragm.
Cycling - a perfect combination of exercise and exploration.
SUP boarding & SUP surfing - an amazing way to communicate with the Nature.
Asana is a crucial step at every Yoga Retreat, oversimplified and understood as exercise performed with therapeutic purposes Asana has become a meaning of Yoga for most people in the West. At Yoga Pilgrim Lodge asana is a medium, tool, or vehicle balancing the physical and pranic bodies that allow you to proceed to more advanced steps of Yoga practice like pranayama, pratyahara, concentration and meditation. We look at asana from the same point of view as we look at swimming, plyometrics, calisthenics, surfing other forms of interaction between your body, mind and the surroundings. We include them all in our daily schedules as they are a part of Yoga - sprouting of the seed of perfection within.
The purpose of asana is to create and stabilize a free flow of energies on the physical plane that will directly affect your health and vitality; as well as indirectly – mind and awareness. The outcome – lightness of the physical body. Consequence – a practitioner proceeds further by going deeper into the mind and beyond. Eventually all concerns about asanas, physical body, and its position disappear as soon as deep meditation happens.
Particular asanas support in treating some diseases but are rarely a sufficient treatment in themselves. Their help is mainly indirect. They work to improve circulation to impaired areas in order to release toxins and improve the healing and growth of tissues. So we should move into asana to direct the prana flow to the part of the body that one is seeking to benefit. Prana brings healing effect and not the posture by itself.
We select and modify asanas according to an individual’s condition, physical and mental constitution. Self-conquest and self-mastery are the greatest psychical attainments from the proper asana practice.
During your yoga retreat, you might feel the need to dedicate some of your free time and efforts for the development of our multinational and multicultural soul yoga community by helping in the garden, cleaning, cooking, repairing, chopping wood, or just sharing your advice on improvements we need. The selfless effort is a part of Karma Yoga and will greatly contribute to your Sadhana in general.
"It is not through compulsion or rules or regulations that men can be transformed into divine beings. All spiritual seekers must have convincing experiences of their own." - Swami Sivananda.
Below we have listed packages specifically developed for guests of our yoga retreat who are interested to learn more about Yoga.