International Yoga Day 2017

 “Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives” Cybele Tomlinson

Today marks one of the most important days of the universal calendar; it’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and a day declared ‘International Yoga Day’ by the UN back in 2014.

In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root ‘yuj’ which most commonly means ‘to add’ or ‘to join’/unite’, or ‘to attach’. This ancient practice first came to the attention of an educated western public in the mid-19th century, but it was only in the 1980s, that it really became a popular physical exercise across the Western world.

Yoga generally speaking in Asian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core; closely related to Hindu based philosophies.

Today, you or someone you know might practice yoga for a whole host of reasons; from deep meditation, mindfulness and relaxation to easing a stressful day at the office. You might practice yoga to build up better overall health, stamina and posture. The practice of yoga is fast growing as an integrally recommended way of helping to combat depression, insomnia, pain, fatigue and to increase anxiety control. You might find yoga part of an intense fitness regime, or simply for the pure feel-good that only a downward dog can bring you.

Whatever reason you find yourself drawn to Yoga, we invite you to come and experience a stay at Living Heritage Koslanda where we provide yoga mats in each of our rooms. Whether you are an individual who is looking for a quiet retreat to practice you meditation or yoga, or an organisation planning to host a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, we offer 80 Acres of pristine grounds for you to choose your perfect spot. The absolute stillness of our secluded and private forest,  considered by locals as having a spiritual energy, the heavenly views from our pool ambalama and the green expanse of our gardens, offer beautiful surroundings for rest and rejuvenation as well as  peaceful and silent location for contemplation, meditation and yoga. We can tailor a retreat to suit your group’s needs and requests.

Interested in learning more about how we can help you host a meditation and yoga retreat in Sri Lanka? Contact us on for more details.