If you are seeking for a yoga holiday that is off the beaten path and allows you to connect to the people and locale, look no further. Join this yoga retreat at Samadhi Centre for a transforming and exhilarating experience that will not only rejuvenate but also shows you a glimpse of Sri Lankan spirit. Set on the hillside of lush vegetation, you can experience complete relaxation with yoga, massage, and nature's wonders!
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You will stay at The Kandy Samadhi Centre. If you are a vacationer who is not looking for a typical resort, one without the usual hotel amenities and service, Samadhi retreat in Kandy Sri Lanka may be that holiday spot for you. Here, you will feel more like a houseguest than a customer due to the hospitality of the owner and staff, excellent home-cooked food, prevailing rustic communal spirit, and the special ambiance created by the use of flickering oil lamps all over the retreat.
Inside the entrance hall at Samadhi, you are watched over by a silk tapestry depicting seven Buddhist monks each holding a lotus blossom in their hand. Each monk is a different shade of brown. Likewise, the cultural diversity of this island is reflected in the villagers, who form the core of what makes Samadhi run smoothly. They are unspoiled and courteous that every man, woman, or boy will calmly break from sweeping the stone pathway, lighting the oil lamp or picking fresh produce for your lunch to wish you Ayubowan! the traditional Sinhala welcome which means "let there be long life!".
The inspiration for the design and architecture was born of meditation. So, you will leave your city husk behind at the gate with no signal for mobile phones, it is the perfect opportunity to let nothing interrupt the sounds of forest birdsong, of tree frogs and crickets, and the whisper of the breeze from the trees.
The thirteen pavilions, which lean out of the hillside, are veritable temples of tranquility. They are designed to make you feel you are the only person staying here. Privacy is everything. Yet there are no unnecessary walls. This results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art, and treasures dating back to a time Kandy was a royal realm. There, everything is king-sized. The Indonesian teak bed in a double room is spacious enough to sleep for three people comfortably. Even the smallest suite provides a four-poster bed to dream in.
The spacious verandahs of each suite of rooms give onto paddy fields, nearby mountains and bench terraces filled with herb gardens or pineapples. Bamboos reach out with their four-fingered leaves to fan a breeze at you. In the surrounding natural forest, mango, toddy palm, mahogany, and jak trees rub necks with giant bamboo, avocado, and Chinese guava.
On waking in the early hours listen to tree frogs whose cacophony seems like a child tinkering with a xylophone, the birds call to their mates, the deer cough, the wild boars are evident only by the rustle in the bush and the porcupine is even timider. In this retreat, only you can experience such an extraordinary surrounding and ambiance.
The concept of Samadhi is a testament to a new era in Sri Lankan development where the ambiance of old village life and the westerners' desire to escape to nature can merge. However, take heed that no two visits to this unique place can ever be the same. The visitor constantly finds new levels of intrigue and inspiration. You need time to absorb the intricate nuances, which begin to unravel between visits.
There is no Sinhala word for goodbye. The person about to depart calls out "Mama gehilla enang!" which means "I will go and return". To which the response is "Gehing enna!" which means "Yes, go and return!". Once you find your way to Samadhi, you will understand why returning there is also part of your journey. This will give you a cultural experience that you have never experienced before.
You will get the trip to the waterfall to have a picnic.
Janaka lives in Kandy, having trained with Nicky Knoff in Cairns, Australia and Paddy McGrath. He has developed his own brand of Dynamic yoga while his grounding as a swimming coach and physical education instructor combined with early years of absorbing village wisdom has provided a unique balance for a teacher.
Yumi is the wife of Waruna, the owner of Samadhi. She brings the Japanese element into Samadhi. Originally a cartoonist in Tokyo, she has taught Hatha yoga since 2005. Yumi choreographs dance for children at a local international school. She brings a creative impact to enliven any session for beginner or experienced yogi.
Located on an abandoned tea plantation on the edge of the Dumbara valley and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy roads, Kandy Samadhi Centre is a beautiful and tranquil retreat that will compel you to relax and contemplate what is important in life. At Samadhi, you will have a perfect opportunity to let nothing interrupt the sounds of forest birdsong, of tree frogs and crickets and the whisper of the breeze from the trees.
Here at the retreat, you can get to practice your yoga and meditation in the beautiful shala, opened on 4 sides and with the sounds of the jungle and river accompanying your session enjoy amazing massages by the resident Ayurveda therapist in an unforgettable outdoor setting by candlelight have a delicious meal, made from fresh local produce (much of which is grown on the grounds) under the stars in the open air restaurant sleep peacefully with the only sound coming from the river below. So, escape to nature and surrender your senses to the serene environment of natural forests, healing herbs, paddy fields, rivers, nearby mountains, and wildlife. Kandy Samadhi Centre will give you the off-the-track vacation that will re-energize and bring you closer to yourself.
This is a very old traditional therapy, by two therapists, who work in tandem, synchronizing their strokes and massages according to the circulatory and marma points for one hour. This is the most rejuvenating treatment of Ayurveda. This can be treated for various ages and for common disorders.
Medicated oil is poured slowly over the forehead. Shirodhara is highly beneficial in treating headaches, mental tension, insomnia, stress, and disorders of the central nervous system. Medicated oil is also poured on to the body, which is beneficial in curing neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism, and general debility. Shirodhara gives the best results when taken after an Abhyangam. Dhara is good for all ailments. Changing the liquid as per the dosha condition with necessary alterations in the procedure is used to alleviate any dosha.
This is a common treatment for various diseases, including inflammatory conditions of the bones and joints, arthritis, spinal problems, sports injuries. Herbs, leaves, or powders with warm oil applied over the affected areas of the body for massage.
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