About the Venue
Villa Araylia is hotel where love is in the detail, set just a few minutes’ walk from the Negambo Beach. We stayed in a very spacious comfortable room, and the practice space was just next door. Each room and bathroom has a bespoke design in the polished concrete, together with beautiful bathrooms and upstairs balconies looking out on to the garden.
About the Retreat
The Retreat was about understanding what being authentic was then looking at practical ways to put ourselves in the picture and bring that authentic self into our relationships and life. We worked on opening the heart, forgiveness and creating more self-love and conscious communication. We also connected through our intuition to our higher selves and did some work communicating with animals.
The days had a relaxed pace, we had time for jumping into the sea, plus gong bath relaxations after lunch.
We concluded by doing a deep practice to consolidate the weekends works, which left us feeing, completely connected and joyful.
One of the Kriya’s from Day 1:
This exercise is called Reverse Adi Shakti Kriya. Here you are mentally and hypnotically blessing yourself. This self-blessing is to affect and correct the magnetic field. It is said that doing this exercise will hurt if you have a lot of anger. Self-help is very difficult for those who are angry. After doing this exercise for 5 minutes your muscles may start hurting if your diet is improper. The taste in your mouth will change if you are breathing correctly.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine and hold your right palm six to nine inches above the top center of your head. The right palm faces down, blessing you. This self-blessing corrects the aura. The left elbow is bent with the upper arm near the rib cage. The forearm and hand point upward. The left palm faces forward and blesses the world.
Eyes: The eyes are closed and focus at the lunar center in the middle of the chin.
Breath: Breathe long, slow, and deep with a feeling of self-affection. Try to bring the breath to one breath per minute: Inhale for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds, exhale for 20 seconds.
Time: Continue for 11 minutes. Then inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for Exercise 2.
This exercise will benefit everything between the neck and navel. It will strength to the heart and will open up the heart center.
Posture: Extend your arms straight out in front, parallel to the ground, palms facing down. Stretch out to your maximum.
Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the lunar center in the center of the chin.
Breath: The breath is long, slow, and deep.
Time: Continue for 3 minutes. Then inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for Exercise 3.
Posture: Stretch your arms straight up with the palms facing forward. There is no bend in the elbows.
Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the lunar center.
Breath: The breath continues to be long, slow, and deep.
Time: Continue for 3minutes.
To finish: Inhale, hold your breath for 10 seconds while you stretch your arms upward (try to stretch so much that your buttocks are lifted) and tighten all the muscles of your body. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times.
This set can be found in Self-Knowledge compiled by Harijot Kaur, p. 11, available from KRI.
About the Food
The food was a highlight, with fresh fruit salads and homemade muesli for breakfast, cool avocado, miso, kale rice, with fresh green salads for lunch. Sara made a special vegan bake with coconut milk, almond milk and cashew butter béchamel sauce. We also had a few yummy curries and thosa to keep it traditional as well. Here is the recipe for:
Miso and sesame brown rice
300g short grain brown rice
1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons miso paste
Cook the rice and leave to cool.
Mix the other ingredients and add to the rice when cooled. Then place in an airtight container and put in the fridge.
Sesame Marinated Kale
1.5 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon tamari (or soy sauce)
Juice half a lime
Handful of sesame and sunflower seeds
Tear the kale leaves from the stalks and place leaves in a bowl.
Pour the sesame oil, vinegar, olive oil, tahini, tamari and lime juice over the kale and firmly massage everything into the leaves for 1 minute or so, until they wilt and soften.
Use scissors to chop the leaves into really small pieces.
Sprinkle the seeds over the salad to serve
For afternoon tea with had home baked short bread cookies with a Sri Lankan twist of using Atta flour and Kurakan flour.
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