Welcome to Ashtanga Lanka
Since 2004 we have been creating a home for Ashtanga Yoga practitioners in Sri Lanka. Our mission is to offer a dedicated “Mysore style” program with high quality instruction in a beautiful location, and at affordable prices. When students can stay for longer periods of time it allows for a much deeper and rewarding experience.
Your time at Ashtanga Lanka will support you to unwind, recharge, and deepen your practice on many levels, not only asana. You’ll get plenty of personal attention and our teachers are all very friendly and available inside and outside of classes.
Over the years we’ve had many repeat students and frequently people sign up for a one week but then extend their time. We are creating an Ashtanga Yoga community in Sri Lanka and we invite you to join us.
Mysore program from December 13, 2020 to April 2021
We are open year round as a yoga guesthouse offering classes, therapies and events.
Start your day with Noble silence, crashing waves, and a chorus of song birds. Morning yoga is offered six days a week at 7:30. We rest on Moon days and Monday.
After practice you can drink a king coconut and enjoy breakfast. The menu varies but it’s always a delicious assortment of fresh fruit, water buffalo yogurt, porridge, and traditional Sri Lankan items.
Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Three afternoons a week we teach a 90-minute workshop. The topics rotate and we base them on who is present and student interest. They include Clinics may cover Asana & Alignment, harnessing the Breath, the Art of the Vinyasa, Yoga philosophy and more.
Many evenings we have community dinners and you can sign-up or go out and sample restaurants in the neighborhood. All community meals have an optional group meditation beforehand.
What does "Mysore" style mean?
In a “Mysore” class everyone is doing their own practice but in a group setting. The teacher walks around and gives verbal instruction and physical adjustments. You receive one-to-one teaching but in the support of a group environment.
Beginner students and long time practitioners are all welcome in a Mysore class. As a new student you will start slowly and learn a sequence of movements and breathing. You may be there for the first time but your neighbors may have been coming for 10 or 20 years.
Each student follows their own breath and pace. Although people are all moving independently we each benefit from the collective intention, dedication, and focus. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a moving and breathing meditation. It’s not about accomplishing anything or twisting your body into pretzel shapes. By showing up, breathing, and keeping our attention drawn inward we can begin to slow the fluctuations of thought and find more serenity.
Regular practice is the key to unlocking the more subtle aspects of this practice. “Ashtanga” is also much more than only the morning stretches (or Asana). During your stay we will do our best to give you a well rounded appreciation for this transformational method and its depth.