We had a great time at the Colombo non residential Kundalini Yoga Retreat this weekend at Annie’s stunning newly built white house in Pitta Kotte. We had the perfect space for yoga downstairs with wonderful cool breezes blowing through the spacious, light and airy ground floor, while looking out onto her wonderful garden and beyond to the picturesque view of the city. Annie designed the house herself with the help of a local architect. She has created a spacious and flowing home, made in entirely white terrazzo, white wood and concrete. She is also an interior designer and therefore the antique pieces of furniture made an eclectic mélange, with modern pieces of craved wood, Japanese prints and beach style deck chairs.
It made for a magical venue, especially after deep mediations when you have sparkles in your eyes.
The Yoga and meditation
All the teachers in our Kundalini Yoga community taught at the Retreat, Annoushka, Poornima, Shaunagh and Fiona.
It was a rare treat for students to have such a diverse group of well seasoned teachers. The Retreat took students through a process of decluttering their conscious and unconscious mind of negative patterns. Whilst opening their hearts and installing the ability to slow down and watch the mind while remaining neutral to ones thoughts and emotions. The sacred science of breath and mantra were taught with the effect of leaving everyone in a state of joy, peace and bliss. While the yoga Kriyas stretched, opened and toned our muscles.
The grand finale of the first day was dancing to music by Gabrielle Roth http://www.rtbot.net/play.php?id=qApDyOZKNbk which left us all on a wonderful high at the end of the day
Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon TeaSanasuma felt it was very important to mix the Kundalini yoga with a healthy detoxing diet over the weekend. The vegetarian, menu was lovingly created and designed by master chef German Dimaano. German left Melbourne, Australia about 4 years ago to live and work in Sri Lanka. He created sumptuous salads, hearty stews and sugarless cakes for us to feast on. The food was fresh raw and mainly organic and wheat, dairy and sugar free.
Who came to the retreat?
We had a lovely mix of complete beginners to Kundalini Yoga and our old faithful regulars who attend our regular classes or who were returning after enjoying last years retreat in June 2011 down south in Galle. All levels of ability and experience were warmly welcomed, and each student will experience something different from the retreat. Fiona explained the benefits and beauty of practicing together in a group, each person in the group will receive what they need from another in the group without even knowing it. The energy of the group doubles for each person present in the group.
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