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Aug042011

Honeymoon Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

So I’m a Mrs! And I’m back home in Copenhagen after three weeks holiday. One week in England planning our English wedding (which was absolutely magic) and two wonderful weeks of honeymoon in Sri Lanka. The latter has left me recharged and feeling happy and healthy.

Part of our honeymoon was spent at the amazing eco jungle resort Ulpotha. We came across Ulpotha in my Great Yoga Retreat book earlier this year and knew that we had to go there. If you’ve seen the pictures you’ll know why. After reading only positive reviews on Tripadvisor the decision was made; Sri Lanka was our honeymoon destination.

We were at Ulpotha for a Vinyasa course and Ayurveda detox (which I’ll write about later) so five hours a day were spent doing yoga with 14 other yogis from various parts of the world. We began our days with a meditation at the bank of the beautiful lake in the middle of the village and made our way to the yoga shala where we did a 2,5 hour dynamic solar vinyasa practice.The afternoon sessions were more lunar and focused on pranayama, and I was introduced to yin yoga, which I haven’t done before. Our teacher, Daniella, who runs a studio in Paris, had a beautiful way of putting the classes together to correspond with the five elements: air, water, fire and earth.

Ulpotha is a small village in the middle of the jungle. It has no hot water, electricity or mobile network (I needed a social media detox) but it still feels very luxurious. We stayed in a large hut without walls - so we basically slept outside but felt oddly safe because of our mosquito nets.

The animals were around us at all times of the day: monkeys, beautiful kingfishers, water buffaloes, lizards, snakes, frogs and turtles just to name a few. All were amazing - apart from a giant spider with one shiney eye that we came across one night. Because of the lack of electricity the village was lit by oil lamps, which would magically appear every day at dusk. Just beautiful. And the food. The food deserves a chapter on its own: all vegan and consisting of local vegetable curries, sambols, grain, beans, fruits and juices. Oh, and coconut water straight from the coconut. There’s nothing like a glass of coconut water after an intense yoga practice - but until now I’ve only ever had it out of a carton...

The combination of yoga, Ayurveda and the vegan diet (and my favorite hammock by the lake) has left me feeling healthy and recharged and ready for the autumn (and married life). To prolong the feeling back here in Copenhagen (which has been taken over by Fashion Week, food and drinks this week) the plan is to do a three day juice detox on the weekend. I’ll let you know how that goes provided I make it through without killing anybody.... :)


If you ever get the chance to go to Sri Lanka. Find Ulpotha.

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    Yoga is supposed to be the most essential part of our life. I am feeling very excited to read this article and I just love to go to this place meanwhile it is not so far.
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    Searching for Mirik Healthfoods? We stayed in an extensive cabin without dividers - so we fundamentally rested outside yet felt strangely safe as a result of our mosquito nets.
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Love the pictures, and love hearing about your yoga experiences, especially so the ones abroad. Look fwd to reading your next post.

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTehneyat

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