On Monday I returned to California from two amazing weeks in the jungle of Sri Lanka where I enjoyed hours upon hours of time with my yoga teacher, Mithila, and also had the opportunity to work with some beautiful massage therapists and healers.
Ulpotha is a special place where one can become enveloped in Mother Nature’s deep beauty and evocative energy, where electrical lines are nowhere to be seen, where food is cooked in the traditional Sri Lankan way and served in clay pots, where walking barefoot feels required, where there’s nothing to do but just be. I am so grateful to have just returned to Ulpotha for the third time, and I can say that for me each time it gets better. I’m quicker to settle in. I find it easier to release my grip on the outside world. I’m happier to let go of the book I want to read or the story I want to write and allow myself to stare up into the blue sky between palm leaves for hours.
This time around I was quite busy working with Mithi and learning so many juicy details about the YogaMonks method. At 8am and 4pm I attended or assisted yoga classes, and for an additional hour each day I did my private work with Mithi. I have so much to share, and look forward to passing on all that I’m learning in my own sadhana!
But the busy schedule didn’t interfere with having enough time to relax and settle into a new layer of me that I had yet to discover. That’s the beautiful thing about Ulpotha, is that if you let it, it will show you layers of yourself you didn’t know existed. I found an individuality I hadn’t seen for a long time, a saw a new confidence creep to the surface, and I felt a layer of maya seep back into Mother Earth.
Om Sri Durgayai Namaha!