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Find balance within yourself and the world around you in the alluring and undiscovered sands of Mannar, Sri Lanka! Often in your busy lives, you find it challenging to find stillness and this can throw you off balance leaving you feeling depleted, drained, and lacking vitality and joy. As you settled into this place to retreat, you’ll find minimal distractions to cultivate a space of stillness and peace to simply be.
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The Vayu Resort wooden cabanas have been designed to offer peace, quiet, and privacy. The resort has 14 bungalows. All the bungalows have a private open-air bathroom and toilets. Each wooden bungalow has been elevated to give you a nice view of the ocean and a sense of space.
The open-air bathrooms give you a beautiful experience, which is shower under the stars. A veranda has been included for you to relax in privacy and all bungalows will be stand-alone and will have mosquito nets. Each bungalow is a short walk from Adam's Bridge and surrounded by nature. Enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the beach from your terrace.
The retreat is designed to recalibrate and bring balance to your energies by harmonizing the Yin and Yang aspects of your being and the life you’re living. Through the practice of yoga, breath, and Mindfulness meditation, you will bring awareness to your physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
You will strip away the layers and take notice of your habitual thoughts, behavioral patterns, and stories you tell yourselves. This provides the energetic foundation to create balance and alignment with your truest, whole, and most authentic self. You will allow yourself to step away from where you are at this point in your life, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
You will begin each morning with an energizing asana practice then all sit together for breakfast and teas. Midday is free for you to walk or swim the beaches, go paddleboarding or hang out in the chill area or your amazing accommodation. Lunch will be served mid-day and you work excursions around this. You will have a one-day excursion to a holy temple and one-day of cooking on-site traditional Sri Lankan meals.
Meditation practice and the evening begins with a balancing Yin practice and meditation. You will close a few evenings with Kandy dancers, bonfire chanting, Satya circles, and cacao ceremony. Vayu Yoga Retreat aims to make the program flexible as this is your time away to recharge, rebalance, and reconnect with your inner self. On your final day, you will either all join for breakfast or lunch together then begin departure back to Colombo.
You will have an excursion to a Sri Lankan holy temple for two to three hours.
Living Yoga in Concord Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Kacy teaches in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, USA and has also had the privilege to teach in India and Sri Lanka which helped her to deepen her roots. During her graduate school studies in the science of integrative health, she began to explore a deep mind-body connection and the remarkable benefits that simple awareness can bring to one’s life. She aims to create an inspiring and open space for exploration where students can face their edge with compassion and rid expectation. She invites her students to move, laugh, reconnect, but more importantly to find a home within themselves.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Selina is a Swiss born travelling Yogi and Nutritionist. Her journey to being a Yoga Teacher has been in the making for over ten years. In recent years she has been teaching at retreats and yoga schools in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bali which has helped to confirm her dream to inspire people all over the world. During a class Selina tunes into the energy of the group to offer the most nourishing and balancing yoga practice. A flow of movement and breath that is challenging, soothing, calming, fun, strengthening, empowering and nourishing to leave you peacefully connected with your Self.
The retreat location is an oasis far from civilization to allow for stillness and quietness to unfold before your eyes. Get ready to be amazed by the shooting stars and birds singing. The surrounding nature is mesmerizing and unique. Sri Lanka is one of the best bird watching spots in the world. Whether you are a dedicated ornithologist or new to bird spotting, Sri Lanka’s wildlife will have you amazed.
The retreat will be held at Vayu Resort on Mannar Island. Vayu Resort Mannar is situated on the historical Adam’s Bridge, allowing the birdwatchers to enjoy not just Sri Lanka’s fauna and flora but also India’s wildlife including migrating birds and endangered species. You can observe the beautiful aquatic birds inhabiting the turquoise water area surrounding Vayu Resort.
You will see greater flamingos, black-tailed godwits, garganeys, pintail ducks, gulls, plovers, and terns all in flocks of several hundred. You will also see so many raptors such as white-bellied sea eagles, brahminy kites, black kites, and common kestrels. In addition, you can see crab plovers and pied avocets. You can simply head out from your bungalow and observe all these. It’s a bird watchers paradise.
Mannar is a hidden gem on a small sand island at the northern tip of Sri Lanka known for its baobab trees and for its fort, built by the Portuguese in 1560. The white sand on Mannar Island is covered by beautiful little shells and the area is aptly and lovingly named Shell Coast by the locals. Talaimannar, the main town is 18 miles away from India and used to be a center of trade and sea routes. Baobab trees and donkeys are a reminder of this even to this date, that traders from Arabia frequented this place.
The retreat will be offering wholesome and nourishing vegan food, organically sourced where possible and inspired by traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. The retreat food is designed to allow your body to feel light and nourished equally. It includes only the cleanest natural plant-based ingredients. Everything is vegan and there will be plenty of gluten-free options as well. Please let Vayu Yoga Retreat know if you have any other dietary requirements and they will try to accommodate those.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Vayu Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport.
From there, Vayu Yoga Retreat will organize two slots of organized transport to the retreat center. Please communicate your flight details in order for them to coordinate the pick-up and drop-off.
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