Living Yoga: Retreat to Sri Lanka with Leigh Khoo, Dec 6 - 10

Living Yoga
Sri Lanka Retreat with Leigh Khoo
Thursday - Monday, December 6 - 10, 2018

One thing my yoga practice has taught me is that the practice doesn't end with savasana. In fact, once we begin with intention, the practice never ends. Every moment in life is yoga — if only we’d pause long enough to realise that!

Join Leigh for a five-day immersion amongst the lush surrounds of Boossa, Sri Lanka. In the company of like-minded yogis, stripped bare of our daily routines and habitual clutter, we'll explore yoga, pranayama and meditation practices, along with self-care rituals, to honour these pauses. Amid contemplative sessions on our mats and a trip out to tea plantations, there will be plenty of downtime for you to just be, whether it’s to retreat with a book, take a sunset stroll along the beach, or explore the charming cafes and boutiques in nearby Galle Fort.


We’ll be staying at the colonial, beachfront Villa de Zoysa in Boossa, a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Built in 1907 by a prominent philanthropist, the sprawling property boasts sunlit corridors, open courtyards and spacious terraces made for lounging, with the beach a stroll away. Brunch is a buffet of tropical fruit, eggs, yoghurt, coconut roti, juice and tea, while dinner is a sumptuous affair of rice and curries.


  • Four nights twin-share accommodation at Villa de Zoysa
  • Twice daily yoga sessions
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Post-dinner satsang
  • Scheduled excursion(s) with transport and guide


Early bird: $1,250 (by September 10)
Regular price: $1,500


  • The retreat price is based on twin share accommodation. You can request for a single room during registration, but this is subject to availability and confirmed only at a later date. 
  • The retreat villa is 2.5 hours from the airport. We can arrange your airport transfer for an additional fee, payable directly to the villa.


Yoga found Leigh 11 years ago, in a tiny Keong Saik Road shophouse studio. As much as she enjoyed working up a good sweat, it was the meditation practice after the asana sessions that really drew her in. Her teacher Sunil Dahiya used to say: “Where are you in your body? Meditate on that.” That set the tone for Leigh’s yoga journey. While she naturally inclines towards strong vinyasa sequences, she also has an insatiable appetite to learn about the deeper philosophies of yoga and meditation, which she believes are key to unlocking the wisdom of our consciousness.

Leigh lives life guided by her heart and gut, and that was what gave her the intuitive faith to leave a full-time job in magazine publishing to pursue her yoga studies in 2013 with Bali-based Anusara teacher Emily Kuser. She later trained with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest and renowned Yin Yoga teacher Jo Phee. Interestingly, all her teachers are advocates of meditation. As a sickly child, Leigh was nursed back to health by an Ayurvedic doctor, and that sparked her interest in holistic healing. She currently studies Ayurvedic healing with America-based Ayurvedic teacher Dr. David Frawley.

Now in her fifth year of teaching, Leigh has learned to understand and, more importantly, respect anatomical differences, and she encourages practitioners to tune in to their inner alignment — asanas that look right on the outside may not necessarily feel so within. Her classes are dynamic and flowing, but also mindful and contemplative, especially when she is teaching yin yoga and meditation (her favourite!). She is greatly inspired by the written word, which she often shares in the form of quotes, stories and poetry in class.

When she's not on the mat, Leigh is the dining editor at food discovery app Burpple, a hungry reader and a most enthusiastic traveller. You're also likely to find her at Bollywood dancing, which she loves for its carefree exuberance! She sees life as the greatest teacher of all, with every moment (especially the challenging ones) serving as an opportunity to connect to our deepest self, so as to live with compassion, intention and integrity — that to her is yoga in action, and the most important practice of all.