ULPOTHA Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Mika de Brito in Sri Lanka
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.
Type of Event
Sunday to Sunday - one or two weeks available.
Check-in: 12 noon - first class in early evening.
Check-out: 10am - last class is on the Saturday evening
Ulpotha is a beautifully situated sustainable traditional village in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle.
Yoga classes will be offered in the morning and evening - the time in between is all yours: relax in a swingbed, have a massage from one of our excellent visiting practitioners, swim in the lake, bird-watch, explore the surrounding villages on a bike ride, take a jungle walk up to the temple, have traditional Ayurveda treatments, order outfits from the local tailor, check out the well-stocked library for books on Yoga and Ayurveda, and enjoy yummy veggie Sri Lankan meals made with fresh produce from our gardens!
Excursions to outstanding heritage sites in the heart of the Cultural Triangle are organised weekly.
Ulpotha is a retreat in every sense of the time and place to enjoy life and health, and live by the natural rhythms and ancient rituals of the land. There is no strict regime here, it's all about what you feel like doing. On arrival you will be given a sarong – and your holiday begins.
Guests are accommodated in one of a number of tastefully decorated traditional wattle and daub huts sprinkled through Ulpotha, where living is by design a communal and shared experience in nature's embrace.
Ayurveda treatments are available on option.
One or two week stays.
Mika de Brito
Paris-based Mika de Brito has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is internationally recognized for his highly atypical approach to yoga.
Traditionally trained, ie in following a master yogi, he was first initiated by Baptiste Marceau (son of the famous French mime artist) to the art of Ashtanga (a dynamic form of yoga originally called Korunta). This led him to follow the path of a Hindu Swami yogi for several years in the Himalayas, even dwelling in a cave in Gangotree in order to gain insight into a more traditional and meditative style. Later on he was invited by Sharon Gannon to follow the Jivamukti teachings in New York. These teachings and many yogic travels and study led him to develop his own very particular style.
Connected to the present, open to the world around him and highly creative, Mika has brought this ancient tradition to his many students around the world. His demanding and yet playful approach has brought new life into the yogic discipline. He wants students to rid their minds of modern conditioning and adopt a liberating and compassionate practice, what he calls “being spiritual”, the fundamentals of which are to cultivate a good relationship with oneself, others and the world about us.
He lives in Paris and shares his time between performing music, writing and teaching yoga in retreats and workshops around the world.
Vinyasa Krama with Mika de Brito
(Dynamic practice open to all levels)
We begin with breathing exercises on a metronomic sound in order to bring AIR into the body, then we slowly light the FIRE with sun salutations and the fire purifies the body by eliminating toxins through the WATER of sweat. These three éléments stabilise with contact to the EARTH, the asanas, the ground. Once all of these elements are united, then the fifth element ETHER can make its appearance through Meditation.