Revitalize and reawaken your senses during this 6-days Yin Yoga & Chakra Awakening Retreat In Sri Lanka.
At Lifestyle Yoga, we believe in the power of synergy. Keeping this philosophy in mind, Lifestyle Yoga invites you to the Yin & Chakra Awakening Yoga Retreat this August (over the Eid holidays), which aims to bring together the lush, natural goodness of Sri Lanka and the essence of Chakra healing in Yoga. Come and explore the Sri Lankan Odyssey as you learn the ancient Indian traditions of Yoga.
With this retreat, we make you experience the most authentic forms of Yogic and Chakra science so as to rejuvenate not just your body, but also your mind and soul. In the midst of Sri Lanka cultural heritage, this getaway is the perfect occasion to explore – not just the world of Yoga, but also your world within.
Join us as we embark on this memorable 6 Days & 5 Nights Yin and Chakra Awakening journey filled with bliss and traditions!
Sometimes, all you need is a break from the regular and this is possible only if you go away from the chaos of your urban setup. Lifestyle Yoga Retreats take you out of your city and introduce you to a world of nature, Yoga and healthy-happy living! These retreats do not just satisfy the Yoga bug in you, but also get you to travel. We believe in the power of a journey and a Yoga retreat is just the beginning of your journey towards goodness!
Get mystified by ancient Sri Lankan culture and allow yourself to unlock the hidden potential. Experience the overwhelming magic and exoticness or Sri Lanka. From food to adventure its a journey to experience once in a lifetime. Its simplicity reveals the beauty of your soul in a journey through a land once known as the “Island of Jewels” to Arabic traders.
Join us on our 6-Days Yin & Chakra Awakening Retreat as we traverse this majestic island country in August 2018.
What is Yin Yoga:
This style of Yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that covers the body; Yin Yoga is to help regulate the flow of energy in the body. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone; offering much deeper access to the body.
What about Chakra:
Yoga is really based on the seven chakra system. In this system there are seven chakra points that lie along the spine, from the base to the crown of the head, and each of these chakra points is responsible for the organs and glands situation in it’s region. The chakras, though, are responsible for not just the organs and glands, but they are also responsible for our various personality traits and characteristics. Of these seven chakras, one of the most important and fascinating is the Agya Chakra, or Third Eye.
Situated in the middle of brain directly behind the center of the forehead, is the Third Eye chakra. This chakra governs the pituitary glad, which is the master gland for the endocrine system and strongly influences the functioning of the other endocrine glands. The endocrine system is very key to your overall health, thus, for optimum wellbeing, having the pituitary gland functioning properly is of paramount importance. Opening, balancing and healing the Agya Chakra, directly improves the functioning of this most important gland.
The Third Eye Chakra is located on the head between the eyebrows, and is associated with imagination, intuition, concentration and focus.
Part of the practice of yoga is recognising the “Chakras”, which are a fundamental aspect of achieving inner peace and balance. Because the third eye chakra governs the brain, ears, eyes, nose, pituitary and pineal glands, and the neurological system, the physical dysfunctions associated with imbalance or blockages can be severe. Headaches,eyestrain, panic, depression, and nightmares are all linked to the agya chakra primarily because the pineal gland is in charge of producing the hormones serotonin (mood) and melatonin (sleep patterns). These brain chemicals, when unbalanced, cause such dysfunctions.
During our workshop, we will focus on activating the Agya Chakra in order to achieve balance. A person with a balanced Third Eye Chakra has a keen intellect, strong intuition, active imagination, and deep spiritual awareness.
“Manage your mind to manage your life
and learn to build the life the way you want”
– Sumit Manav
DAY 1 (18 Aug): AIRPORT – PINNAWALA – SIGIRIYA
About Pinnawala: As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am and take a river bath at 10:00am for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!
As this is going to be a long day so try to sleep early to prepare for the following day
DAY 2 (19 Aug): SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA – SIGIRIYA
The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boast of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture.
Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
Transfer from Sigiriya to Dambulla
Lunch at a local restaurant In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C.
Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.
DAY 3 (20 Aug): SIGIRIYA – MINNERIYA – SIGIRIYA
Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world – over 300 at a time – which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
DAY 4 (21 Aug): SIGIRIYA – PANADURA
DAY 5 (22 Aug): PANADURA – BALAPITIYA – GALLE
Balapitiya is where one could just sit back and observe how ecology and culture combine under the sun! Cut through the clear water of Madu River – a lifeline of Balapitiya – and head towards Kotu Duwa, the small island housing a temple that dates back to ancient Sinhalese kings. Or, sail through tunnels of shady mangroves swaying alongside Madu River – hiding an ecological treasure – to witness the tranquility of this bio-diversity hot spot which boasts of reptiles, mollusks and over 70 species of freshwater fish.
Today the region – which is strong in observing rural folklife in the island – does not only boast of cinnamon plantations in abundance but also has a fine ‘fish pedicure center’ – one of the most potent & latest rejuvenation techniques. Apart from these amenities, Balapitiya has also become a household name in the minds of bird watchers ensuring a thrilling offshore experience.
Transfer from Balapitiya to Galle Lunch at a local restaurant
Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidence of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries.
Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘old gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion – the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utrecht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
DAY 6 (23 Aug): PANADURA – AIRPORT
18th to 21st Aug 2018 – Amaya Lake
21st to 23rd Aug 2018 – Jie Jie By Jetwing
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In today’s day and age, our modern lifestyle ruins our body by accumulating toxins resulting in stress, disease, and various illnesses. This is where the true essence of Yoga is important in today’s era – not only for our body but also for our mind.
Yoga is not a religion; it is a way of living with the aim – A healthy mind in a healthy body. It is the art of physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind, which also helps to manage stress and anxiety, keeping you relaxed. Yoga also helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and body tone.
Lifestyle Yoga, the brainchild of Indian Yoga Master Sumit Manav aims to do just that. Located across various location in UAE, Lifestyle Yoga is special in many ways. The spirit of our teaching lies in helping everyone achieve optimum levels of energy to deal with the fast-paced, hectic and sedentary lifestyles that they experience on a day to day basis. That’s not all, we offer personally tailored programmes that cater and treat all the modern-day health requirements that one may have.
Sumit Kumar Manav is a celebrated Yoga personality and has been acknowledged as one of the top Yoga teachers from India. His revolutionary fitness techniques have been well acclaimed by both regional and international media. By understanding modern lifestyles, he has successfully created a fusion of ancient Yoga practices to cure many vexing lifestyle ailments through his brand Lifestyle Yoga.
In 2004, he earned his degree, a post-graduate diploma in Yoga Science and Human Consciousness from Haridwar in India and since then has been acclaimed as a professional trainer/therapist, spreading the magic of yoga throughout the world.
Today, he spreads his wisdom of Yoga through practicing and facilitating progressive yoga through dynamic asanas, pranayamas, counseling, reflex actions, and therapy. He has trained and facilitated many corporate workshops and has conducted induction programs for beginners as well as professional group classes. Hundreds of people, particularly those suffering from diabetes and hypertension, have benefited from his Pranic healing therapy.
From training corporate groups for leadership skills to providing consultancy and advice to people regarding correct methods of exercising using fitness equipment to actual body pump, backbends and arm balances with Astanga Yoga to actual fitness coaching, he has touched upon every aspect of well-being that he personally considers important.
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