Ulpotha, referred to as "The best Yoga retreat in the world" by the Observer Magazine, is a beautiful private jungle hideaway open part of the year which has come to be known worldwide as an eco friendly, vegan Yoga retreat that offers Ayurveda. It is an enchanting place that sprinkles its magic dust on those who are lucky enough to simply 'be' in Ulpotha. In the winter and summer months internationally renowned yoga teachers lead holiday retreats at Ulpotha to help you get away from it all, and deeply nurture your mind, body and spirit. There is no aspiration in Ulpotha to be anything other than what it is - a lovely folly. The founders and villagers welcome you to enjoy Ulpotha in this spirit.See more events in this venue
Includes daily morning (dynamic) and evening (restorative/pranayama) yoga classes, 3 veggie meals & snacks & juices, shared accommodation in elegant huts, swimming in silky freshwater lake, bike rides, hikes, excursions to local ancient heritage sites and much more. Ayurveda treatments on option. One or two week stays, Sunday to Sunday.
A leading figure in the Bali and international Yoga world, Gypsy Bast has been dancing since a child and teaching both Yoga and Pilates for over 20 years.
Wherever she teaches, she has a habit of offering her greatest dharma, which is to help people feel good and move freely with lasting pleasure. She has been a teacher, healer, and performer for over 23 years, with a practice that evolves from backgrounds of dance, theater, yoga, pilates, and somatic movement therapies.
After surviving 10 car accidents, and numerous dance and stunt injuries, Gypsy restored herself 100% by applying exercises that she learned from healing trauma, as well as her lifetime of study. Using these modalities of healing, and living positively, she feels it is possible for everyone!
She is known for her fun, uplifting attitude, and practices meditation, Yoga Nidra, and loves chanting mantras to connect to the Divine peace within all.
Gypsy has traveled the world teaching yoga retreats and performing, and has had opportunities to train the Cirque du Soleil's "Totem" and "Corteo" shows in yoga and pilates. She coached children "at risk" of drugs and violence with Yoga, and even did an international tour as a dancer/aerialist, hanging upside down from a chandelier (a great one for neck pain!). Gypsy helps us intelligently discover and source our own energy power with practice... and joy!
Morning classes at Ulpotha will begin with a grounded Meditation and Dynamic Hatha Flow. Using creative sequences, tune into the present moment, breathe, align, and learn adjustments. Listening to your body's language will allow your true spirit to move freely throughout you. Posture and precision for each individual will be a focus. Peace, softness and ease is cultivated and all levels are welcome.
Evening classes will explore Somatic Movement and Restorative Yoga where the parasympathetic nervous system can be addressed and stress levels reduced in the nerve body. Classes will end with a slowing down and finish gently with Yoga Nidra relaxation.
7 nights minimum - Sunday to Sunday. Yoga tuition, accommodation, 3 yummy veggie meals/day, free massage, excursion to heritage sites and much more...
Guests are welcome for retreats at Ulpotha, Sri Lanka, for six months of the year (it goes back to being a traditional village for the rest of the year). Those who come for retreats will find a natural sanctuary of exceptional beauty in Sri Lanka’s heartland, perfect for Yoga holidays and Ayurveda retreats. The most attractive retreat activity can be said to be to simply relax in its remarkable atmosphere of peace and calm. For those more purposeful in nature, Ayurveda therapies and Yoga classes are available. The Ayurveda is administered by Dr Srilal Mudunkothge, an acclaimed Ayurveda practitioner of this ancient, holistic medical art, while the Yoga classes are led by some of the world's leading Yoga teachers.
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