Yogic Arts with Michael Larsen in Sri Lanka
Includes daily morning (dynamic) and evening (restorative/pranayama) yoga classes, 3 veggie meals & snacks & juices, twin-sharing 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.
Based in Oslo, Norway, Michael Larsen has been holding space for Yogic exploration full time since 2011 at several yoga studios, privately and to corporate clients. A top level Senior Teacher of Master Duncan Wong, he belongs to the first generation of senior Duncan’s Yogic Arts instructors in Europe.
His practice started at Eight Treasures Yoga, Norway’s only donation based studio, as one of the first students of the founder John Bentham. After training with Duncan Wong in 2012 he has hosted and assisted Duncan with his Yogic Arts 200hrs TT program in Oslo, France and Thailand.
Prior to discovering yoga, he spent a year at Siping Shaolin Martial Arts academy in Northern China where he learned the foundations of Chinese Martial Arts and was introduced to Taiji, Qigong and meditation.
For the past 2 years he has been studying massage therapy and will be a certified therapist summer 2018.
He is now a father of two.
His teaching style encompasses the heart of Martial Arts, the purification of ashtanga vinyasa and the healing touch of massage. His classes are creative, fun and informative, and focus on grounding the nervous system to optimize movement and posture and ensure that the physical practice brings students into deep relaxation for savasana, after opening and strengthening the body through Asanas in order to permit them to go deeper in meditation.
In Ulpotha, the morning practice will consist of meditation, mantra chanting, pranayama, empowering Vinyasa flows with wave motions, warrior stances, some arm balances, hip-opening and intelligent modifications of finishing poses specifically focusing on safety and effectiveness for even the tightest backs. Michael’s refined approach to assisting and alignment makes the practice accessible and challenging to all levels, giving variations to meet the individual needs of each student.
In the evening practice, Michael will be teaching a rhythmic breathing pattern with gentle, calming movements, yin poses and guided savasana to tune inward towards where sleep awaits.