Ashtanga Lanka

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Since 2004 we have been creating a home for Ashtanga Yoga in Sri Lanka. We offer a full time “Mysore” program with high quality instruction in a beautiful location.  

At Ashtanga Lanka you’ll have the opportunity to rest, recharge, and deepen your understanding of Ashtanga Yoga.  You will get plenty of personal attention.  Teachers live at the venue, share meals with students and are available to connect both inside and outside the classroom.  We aim to create a friendly atmosphere where you feel at home.

Longer visits allow for a more enriching and rewarding experience.  Prices also get more affordable as you stay more weeks.  For prices click here.

Many students have returned to Ashtanga Lanka year after year.  We look forward to welcoming you for the first time or a return visit.  

From December to March we offer a daily Ashtanga Mysore program.  At other times of the year we operate as a yoga guesthouse.  Yoga classes and therapies are available upon request.

Are you new to this practice?   We love working with beginners. Please scroll down for an explanation of the Ashtanga Mysore method. 

Since 2004 we have been creating a home for Ashtanga Yoga in Sri Lanka.  We offer a full time “Mysore style” program with high quality instruction in a beautiful location.  

At Ashtanga Lanka you’ll have the opportunity to rest, recharge, and deepen your understanding of Ashtanga Yoga.  You will get plenty of personal attention.  Teachers live at the venue, share meals with students and are available to connect both inside and outside the classroom.  We aim to create a friendly atmosphere where you feel at home.

Longer visits allow for a more enriching and rewarding experience.  Prices also get more affordable as you stay more weeks.  For prices click here.

We invite you to join us in Sri Lanka and co-create this Ashtanga community.  Many students have returned to Ashtanga Lanka year after year.  We look forward to welcoming you for the first time or a return visit.  

From December to March we offer a daily Ashtanga Mysore program.  At other times of the year we operate as a yoga guesthouse.  Yoga classes and therapies are available upon request.

Are you new to this practice?   We love working with beginners. Please scroll down to read an explanation of the Ashtanga Mysore method. 

Full time Mysore program: December 2020 to April 2021

Full time Mysore program:

December 2020 to April 2021

A day at Ashtanga Lanka:

A day at Ashtanga Lanka:

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When you wake up you’ll hear a chorus of song birds and the sound of ocean waves.  We start the day in silence and the morning Mysore class is at 7:30 AM, six days a week.  We rest on Moon days and Mondays.  This allows students from Colombo to join us for the weekend.

At 10:30 we serve a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast.  It’s always a colorful assortment of fruit, water buffalo yogurt, porridge, toast, traditional Sri Lankan items and more.  You can also enjoy a king coconut after practice.

The schedule for the rest of the day is up to you.  Three afternoons a week we teach a 90-minute workshop.   Topics rotate, but we base them on student interest and level.   They often focus on Asana & Alignment principles, how to harness the breath, demystifying the Vinyasa, Inversions, Yoga philosophy and more. 

Many days we also have a community lunch or dinner and you can sign up or sample a nearby restaurant.

When you wake up you’ll hear a chorus of song birds and the sound of ocean waves.  We start the day in silence and the morning Mysore class is at 7:30 AM, six days a week.  We rest on Moon days and Mondays.  This allows students from Colombo to join us for the weekend.

At 10:30 we serve a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast.  It’s always a colorful assortment of fruit, water buffalo yogurt, porridge, toast, traditional Sri Lankan items and more.  If you enjoy a king coconut after practice they are available too.

The schedule for the rest of the day is up to you.  Three afternoons a week we teach a 90-minute workshop.   Topics rotate, but we base them on student interest and level.   They often focus on Asana & Alignment principles, how to harness the breath, demystifying the Vinyasa, Inversions, Yoga philosophy and more. 

Many days we also have a community lunch or dinner and you can sign up or sample a nearby restaurant.

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.

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.  It may be your first class ever but your neighbors may have been practicing for 10 or 20 years.

Each student follows their own breath and pace and we all 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 various shapes. By showing up, breathing, and keeping our attention drawn inward we can begin to slow the fluctuations of thought and find more calm.  

The beauty of practicing a similar routine each day is that the mind can get out of the way.  When you do not need to think about what is next you simply move and breath and may experience more of a flow state.  Over time the practice evolves and there are multiple series.  You will not end up doing the same exact thing for years, we promise.

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 of this transformational method and its depth.

 

Meet the teachers...

Clayton Horton

Guest teacher at Ashtanga Lanka from December 27 to January 14, 2021.

Jana Wettich

Resident Ashtanga Lanka teacher from December 2020 to April 2021.

Jacob Handwerker

Resident Ashtanga Lanka teacher from December 2020 to April 2021.

Full time Mysore program December 2020 to March 2021

Interested in hosting your own event or retreat at this location?  We love having guest teachers and we can work with you to create a memorable experience.  Please contact us for more information.

Interested in hosting your own event or retreat at this location?  We love having guest teachers and we can work with you to create a memorable experience.  Please contact us for more information.