Yoga Reviews

“Hi Nicolas! Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life! I arrived home safely Saturday night. It was minus 10 degrees outside and a little bit of snow – a big contrast 🙂 The flight was ok but I got a terrible headache. Though since I came home I have been very … Continue reading Ingela from Sweden

Ingela from Sweden

“Hey Nicolas! Im safe back in Dubai. Thanks again for that great experience! Even i had some blockades during the Sessions i really enjoyed it. I forgot to ask if You can Send me the pictures that You did on the River while we were kayaking and also those which Madu Took while we were … Continue reading Laura from Switzerland

Laura from Switzerland


Review by Laura from Switzerland

“Hey Nicolas! Im safe back in Dubai. Thanks again for that great experience! Even i had some blockades during the Sessions i really enjoyed it. I forgot to ask if You can Send me the pictures that You did on the River while we were kayaking and also those which Madu Took while we were doing our yoga Session at the river. I wish You a Great day and please say hello to Madu! Namaste from Dubai ;)”

Review by Ingela from Sweden

“Hi Nicolas! Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life! I arrived home safely Saturday night. It was minus 10 degrees outside and a little bit of snow – a big contrast 🙂 The flight was ok but I got a terrible headache. Though since I came home I have been very tired, or sleepy is maybe more correct. Hard to keep my eyes open and swollen around the eyes. Probably due to that I didn’t sleep much the first couple of nights together with jet-lag. Or a reaction after all mental, and physical, work I went through in Sri Lanka? Maybe a combination.. Though physically I feel great! I try to do my morning-practise everyday, the wake-up and meditation. I feel the meditation goes a little bit better day by day, the thoughts are not everywhere all the time and I can focus a little bit better on the breathing, mantra, mala-beads etc. The sun salutations I have done a couple of times as well, my aim being to do them every day. Tell Madu that I take my medicine every day according to her instructions :-). I will get back to you/her within a week to let you know the effect I experience from it. Take care! Ayubowan!”

Review by Saoirse and Darragh from Ireland

Dear Nicholas & Jeewa,

Thank you so much for an incredible yoga experience with Yoga Light-House. We have been blown away by all the hospitality, encouragement, advice and guidance on our Spiritual Journey.
You both have something really special and we are very grateful to have been a part of it. We won’t ever forget our time here although the real work starts now. 😉
Keep sharing your love and light with the world and hopefully we will meet again. We can’t wait to be reunited again. Until then stay safe, stay smiling and never stop being you.

All our love and hugs!
Saoirse & Darragh

Review by Zsolt & Andrea from Hungary

Hello Dear Jeewa and Nicolas!

Almost a day we said good-bye for each other and we are already missing you! Just to let you know we both are back to Budapest safe and in one piece.

I can hardly find words to express how happy we were with you there in that wonderful Ging Oya place. The nature, the relaxed atmosphere and of course Nicolas with his calm and wisdom aura made us life long experience for sure!

Thank you Nicolas for helping us, encouraging us and paying lot’s of attenting on us! You both are fantastic and wishing you again all the best. We will never forget what we have learned from both of you and I wish we could visit you once again (soon the better)!

Here are the last day pictures and we are looking forward to receiving from Nicolas as well the pictures what he has done about our perfect yoga poses! 🙂

Hope to keep in touch with you and once again big big thank you and the possible best wishes! Kind regards,

Review by Babora from Italy

Dear Jeewa and Nicolas,

I have arrived back safely to Italy yesterday. Hope you are doing also well and enjoying the next pilgramage.

I would like to thank you again for your kindness and warmth, you were fantastic with us during the whole stay. The experience was truly transformational and refreshing, giving me many insights and inspiration on how to live a happy & balanced life. I wish you all the best with the expansion of your project and much happiness with your new baby (send pictures please!).

Namaste and warm regards,

Review by Nina from Switzerland

Dear Jeewa, dear Nicolas, 

it has been 5 days when I left and I arrived very balanced and relaxed in a good mood after a long trip back in germany. 

two days ago I got sick, I assume it happend in the airplane with a lot of sick poeple 🙁 Well, nothing happens, it will be better soon. I used the powder you recommended to me (could find it on the way to the airport, the big yellow packs) and it is amazing. I feel much better now 🙂

But I wanted to take the chance to say thank you for everything. I was such a nice experience to live together with you. You took so much time to teach us not only Yoga, breathing, but as well about your country..the food, the temple, the buddism, your way to live…It was a pleasure to meet you and you will be always welcome in Switzerland in our new home.
Hope that Haley will send the Family-picture soon. I would like to show to Sascha 🙂
Hope to hear from you.
A lot of greetings from a very cold country 🙂


Review by Friederika & Benedikt from Germany

Dear Jeewa & Nic,

first of all, we are so grateful for your warm welcoming, your openness, your natural and holistic approach to empower people in finding their  body-mind-flow again. 

With the yoga light house, you truely created an authentic, inspiring, and safe space. It’s soul food, it’s soul yoga and it’s soul connection – what makes this retreat so special and unique!

During those 7 days of practicing asanas, pranayama, meditation and chanting, you kindly enabled us to face limits both physically and mentally, and extend those limits for the good. Especially the pilgrimage to Adam‘s Peak was one of the most intense experiences to encounter one’s greatest anxieties -to understand that they are- strongly related to one‘s greatest strengths. 

Have a great start into the new year- and we are looking forward to seeing you soon again!

Warm regards,
Benedikt & Rika 

Review by Esther from Germany

“I’m back in Germany and still feel lighthearted from all the impressions I had during the last month. One of the biggest impacts was definitely meeting you. Not only was the yoga-experience the best I ever had, but also getting to know the work of Ayurveda was incredible and I keep it with me all the time. Thank you for all this. My shoulder and my mind are so relaxed. The oil you gave me Madhu is perfect and gives my shoulder great warmth and comfort. India was just an adventure as Sri Lanka. Maybe a bit more chaotic, loud and dirty, but also great in colour, spirituality and vitality. I hope I’m able to come back and join an ashram one day. Until then I keep up my yoga practice whenever I can. I hope, you too are doing fine. Spreading that positive energy around the globe. I keep telling everyone about you, keeping you busy. Wishing you all the best and hope to hear from you soon!”

Review by Rose from UK

“Dear Nickolas and Jeewa, Just writing to say thanks to the both of you for my time at Yoga Light-House, and apologies for my late email- I’ve been on the move since I left the lodge. Anyway, it was truly memorable and a very positive experience for me. I will remember the wise advice you both have given to me and I will try to put it into practice as much as I can. Some of the things have certainly stuck in my mind and I will remember them in times of need.”

“I’m going to carry on with the yoga and pranayama once in back in London, I believe it will help me with everything and become strong! I got my palm read In Varanasi and he said yoga and meditation will be an important thing in my life and I might even open a center when I’m older ha! Jeewanthi thank you so much for the medicine again. I will start taking it when I get home and let you know how it’s working. Hope you have a lovely time with your family. Thanks again.”

Review by Radha Radhakrishnan from Canada

Thank you Nicolas and Jeewani. Nicolas you are an excellent Yoga Guru. I am glad that I started my Yoga lessons with you. Keep up the good work.

Review by Charllote from Germany

Dear Jeewa and Nicholas,

How are you? I hope this email finds you well 🙂
I am now in Ranna, close to Tangalle and relaxing at the beach. I look back to our stay and feel so blessed and grateful to have experienced it with such a wonderful group of people. You two made the experience so special, by sharing your knowledge and wisdom with such love and devotion. I want to whole-heatedly Thank you, for guiding us all through our own individual journeys and for being genuine and authentic. I have not only learned a lot from you about yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, but also about the art of guiding and supporting people with their lives. I think it is so wonderful that you guys are offering such an experience to the world and I am in no doubt that you will help and inspire so many people. So again, thank you for being you!

I also hope that the rest of the retreat went well for you all and that you both had some nice time to rest, until you start the next retreat.

I look forward to hearing from you and until then I’m sending
Many hugs from Ranna!



Review by Marie from UK

“AMAZING!!! This retreat which included the excursion to Adam’s Peak was far more than I could have ever expected. The Yoga Light house experience challenged me to come out of my comfort zone both physically and emotionally. The excursion to Adam’s Peak is NOT TO BE MISSED! We walked at a pace that was comfortable for the whole group during the cool of the night. It was a magical experience, with stunning views of the night sky. Our thoughts were cleared as we focused on our breathing and each step we took to push ourselves to the summit. It was unforgettable experience shared with wonderful people I had never met before. We also took in trips to waterfalls, swam in the river, went kayaking and much more. We were treated like family by the Yoga Lighthouse staff Nicholas and Jeewanthi. They were so attentive to the groups needs and spent quality time with us individually to discuss our health and emotional needs. They were so giving and welcoming. I will truly miss them! If you want a true yoga experience with an adventure, definitely pick this retreat with the excursion. If it is just yoga you want, they do programs without the excursion to Adam’s Peak which I am sure will be amazing too. “

Review by Conor from Ireland

“Hi Jeewanthi and Nicolas, Thanks for what was fundamentally an excellent trip. I really enjoyed learning about yoga and the practice sessions that we did. I also feel very refreshed and calm after the trip… all I need now that I am back home, is to keep practicing. Thanks again for a great experience”

Review by Camille from France

Hello Jeewa, Hello Nicolas, Hello sweet Gaia,

I would like to say thank you again for this wonderfull time spend with you in your home and in your inlight world. How beautiful way to finish my srilanka travel and start a new trip in my city ! Now, not more sunset when i practice. But the sunset is in my heart and in my new everyday life thank you! I gave my first srilanka massage with your oil. Your indian Mâlâ helps me to pactice mantra. And I don’t forget your magic powder daily!

I hope you found time to relax and take a rest. I hope you continue to take care of you three and of this beautiful light.


Yoga Pilgrimage Review by Anne McCloghry from Australia

Hi Nicolas & Jeewanthi!
Sri Lanka was (is) amazing, what a wonderful, special place, & I will definitely be coming back. I had such a great experience at the retreat – I will post a review & send my photos over Google drive asap.
The dogs (& cats) were all great when I got back here. They were confused when I got home as to who they should sit with, me or the housesitter, which is comforting 🙂
I was practicing for the rest of my holiday but I’ve had 5 days off since coming home – I’m going back to class this afternoon! My back is ok but my chair-sitting definitely makes it sore & cranky!
I really took a lot of wonderful new thoughts & concepts away with me from the retreat & look forward to meeting you again in the future to learn some more.
Much love to you both & can’t wait to see/hear news of the new family member xxxxxx

Review by Denise from Belgium

Dear Nicolas & Jiwanti,

How are you? Have you been able to have some time for yourself? I had my hair cut yesterday! The long hair was too hot. This gives me freedom! I will put a photo in the appendix. I really miss you, the group, the yoga and almost equally important the delicious food!! I am on my way now to Unawatuna. I have learnt a lot from the 5 days with you… It was a wonderful experience 🙂 thank you again…



Review by Lilit Mnatsakanyan from UK

Review posted at BookYogaRetreats

This was my third and best experience with bookyogaretreats. Everything was magnificent. Nikolas is one of the best hatha teachers and the best yoga teacher i have had (and i have done many classes), he knows yoga. Thanks to him i could not only explore the capacities of the body, but get beyond it. His teachings are unique and unlike many of the generic yoga classes; its well thought through and customized. The pranayama classes were incredible, i will forever be grateful to Nikolas for what i have learnt.
Jeewa is so full of love, beauty, sweetness, she is so sincere, i have learnt so much not only during our ayurveda consultation, but by simply observing her. Her spirit is so strong and deeply beautiful, i am grateful for having known her. As for the little miracle Gayatri, she is the sweetest blessing i was fortunate enough to interact 🙂 everything was radiantly great during this experience, i am so grateful to Jeewa and Nikolas, wishing them best of luck with their business, may it prosper and blossom and may you always inspire us with your lovely teamwork 🙂 next time i am in Sri Lanka will visit for sure.


Review by Clelia from France

 “When I booked my yoga retreat with Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka, I had no idea where I was stepping in. I had only a basic experience of yoga and had never done a retreat before. I thought I would do yoga and find a peace of mind and of body and I found much more than that. The place where we stayed is fabulous, calm, peaceful, perfect for the purpose, the food is great, the ocean nearby as well as a few Ayurveda centers. The small group of participants was a great combination, just 5 of us and we got on really well together, during and in between the sessions. And the yoga master is fantastic; I learned a lot of new positions from him, learned meditation and breathing. His wife Jeewanthi is a very attentive and caring Ayurveda doctor who gives the best advice to keep healthy. I came to practice some yoga moves, I left with a completely new body and a mind free of stress and worries and new friends. I will definitely come again.”

Review by Tuva from Norway

“I am very satisfied with everything about my stay at Yoga-Light-House. First of all, we were only two people doing the program, so we got full attention/help. I’ve learned a lot in just three and a half days, and I’ve brought it with me home to my life in Norway; both through yoga-meditation-consultation-conversation. Now, back home for three weeks, I still feel calm/relaxed, and sleep better than I’ve ever done before. Also: I had no idea, through the pictures, that the place we stayed in during the program was gonna be that beautiful. The room was the nicest room I’ve slept in during my trip in Sri Lanka.”

Review by Julika from Germany

Dear Jeewa and dear Nicolas,

so sorry for being so late with my answer. When I came back home, i had some time on my own but after that i travel around in Germany and working at Festivals doing my Hobby Job 😉

For this time my yoga practice is quite irregular. When i am back home I try to give it a regularity again.

I think about my time in Sri Lanka and at your place very often and there is always a smile on my face. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot! In my opinion you offer a great balance between doing yoga, Meditation and bearing Company and giving everybody some alone time.

I guess, during the last month you were working at the things, which have been in the early stages of development when I was with you.

I really liked the rooftop for the yoga lessons, watching at the sea, and the sunrise or dawn. The meals were great and Don is a wonderful host. Even the rooms are good as they are.
I am curious about what has changed in the last month and at any time in the future I will come again!

Best wishes and love

Review by Karen from Ireland

Hi Nicolas, Jeewa and Gayatri,
I just want to let you know I arrived safely in Dubai. However, I learned that my father died so I had to fly to Ireland and so I’m safely here with my family. 
I just want to thank you so much for my experience with you. It is one I will never forget and I learned so much from you. You are such a beautiful and welcoming family. You have helped me more than you realise over the last few days allowing me to work on myself and being so good to me.
I wish you all the best in life and please keep in contact ❤️


Review by Dina from Portugal

“Thank you so much once again for the amazing week that I had with you guys. Your place and your heart and dedication are unbelievable. It was not only learning and practice yoga it was something deeper something powerful, was learning how to live in a simple and genuine way with the most valuable of the values of life: Love. Words are not enough to express my gratitude. Wish you the best for both of you, Jeewanthi and Nicolas. I know your project will be successful because you deserve.”

Review by Johanna from Pfullingen, Germany

“Hey Nicholas & Jeewanthi! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I’m very grateful to have spent my time with you, doing yoga and traveling through this beautiful island. “

“Now, my daily life becomes to a routine again, and I practice yoga, pranayama and meditation every day. I really enjoy it. Lots of love to you! May your life be blessed and filled with happiness and love. All the best to you! “

“P.S. Yeah, I climbed Sigirya in the morning, it was amazing. And later that day I enjoyed the calmness in the Buddha caves in Dambulla – a magical place.”

Review by Norma Gray from Saudi Arabia

“Nicolas your guidance has given me a richer personal practice, particularly my meditation and pranayama. Your teaching is authentic, specific and is a complete practice which is easily adaptable to today’s lifestyle. Thank you Nicolas and Jeewanthi for a wonderfully memorable experience. Blessings Yoga Light-House!”

Review by David and Mabel from Spain

Dear Jeewa and Nikolas,

How are you? I hope that all is fine with you. Mabel and I are back in Spain already. We just want to tell you that we had a very good experience during our yoga retreat that we will always remember it for sure. Our trip around Sri Lanka has been fantastic, we love the country and the people, and we are sure that the yoga retreat influenced us to enjoy and live our journey much better.

We would like to thank you both for all the experiences and what we learned, we hope to keep some of them in our day life. We wish you all the best for your beautiful family and maybe one day we can do the pilmigrage to the Adam’s peak which would mean we would see you again.

Best Regards,
David and Mabel


Review by Marte from Germany

Hi there Jeewanthi!
So nice to get an e-mail from you. It has been a hectic time with work and a break up but over all I’m doing good. I’m trying to have peace with every situation life is giving me right now. I’m also starting a 10 months yoga training this weekend which I’m really looking forward to so this will help me :). I’m trying to focus on the things that make me happy! About the Ayurveda medicine: especially the herbs are really helping me. I’m making tea from them 2/3 times a day and I notice that if I combine this with good food, yoga and meditations I’m a lot calmer, more a wake en more open in the mind. The oil for the eyes is a bit hard to use because the liquid gets solid (because its colder here) and than its hard to get it out of the bottle.
The last days with you guys in Sri Lanka has gave me so much to work with! I’ll be eternally grateful for that. Again – thank you for being such kind and loving people. Please say hi to Nicolas for me! I hope you are both doing well and that life is giving you only good things. 
All my love, Marte


Review by Ashley from Singapore

Hi Jeewa, Nikolas and Gayatri,

I’m back to Singapore safely.  I want to say thank you for your great hospitality and attention during my stay.  I learned so much about yoga and Ayuverda from this trip.  Practicing yoga with Nikolas not only improved my yoga posture and pranayama but also developed my mental strength – thank you so much.  My lower back is fully recovered now – I don’t feel hurt when i do forward bend
Thanks Jeewa for the wonderful meals and fruit juices everyday – never thought vegetarian food is so yummy and I can eat it everyday 🙂 (Papadam is really delicious!)…I also missed our tea sessions after each class (and the sesame balls too).  Always remember Gayatri’s style of mantra.
I hope to visit you in the near future and all the best in building your dream yoga house.  Do keep in touch and take care!
By the way, can you give me your full address so that i could post something to you?  Thanks

Review by Patry from Poland

Hello Nicholai and Jeewa!
(also Gayatri and Dexter and Tora and Chuti and all puppers, and Cookie and the other one – Baloo?)

Its evening now in the cold London, and I believe you  must probably sleeping to the sounds of the ocean and the howls of a lonely dog. (OR not sleeping for that matter! 🙂

Again, thank you so much for all the energy and wisdom and amazing
food. Ayurveda will definitely be a part of my life now, as I have a
strong intention to meditate and practice daily. My balance has gotten
so much better after only four days thank to stilling my mind, and all
of your lessons, about doshas and asanas, pranayama and inquiring,
will stay with me.

I hope you are well  and enjoying the time with new group. I will be
missing you and the amazing air. I will not be missing the

Do widzenia and many hugs and bows,


Review by Michelle from Australia

Hello Nic and Jeewa!

Thank you so much for dropping my swimmers in. I really appreciate it but you did not have to do that at all!! 

Sad i just missed you! 
Thanks again for all you both did for me. I can’t thank you enough. It’s really helping to shape how aware I am and effective things to do to refocus myself into something productive for me. 
I do need to be a pain and ask what that last name was that you gave me? The drink I had in the morning. It did some funny auto correcting and I can’t find it. 
Other than that, hope you are all well!! Missing the home cooked meals already and I send through so much love and gratitude.. 


Review by Sara & Stephanie from Germany

Dear Jeewa,
Thank you, yes we very much enjoied our trip! Actually, we didn’t  travel much more. After we moved to beautiful balapitya beach, sun-induced lazyness kicked in and we stayed there for another week (a little sightseeing was also involved, but certainly not enough to fully appreciate the many facets and the cultural richness of Sri Lanka).
Most memorable to me will be the wonderful people that we had the opportunity to meet, including and above all the both of you. What you do is really special, and I simply cannot come up with a thing to improve. I am returning back home deeply grateful, confident and inspired. Keep going – you really make a difference :-)!
And I just agreed with my employer on a sabbatical as from September 2017! (so you might be seeing more of me in 2017/18 ;-))
Wishing you a very happy New Year 2017! 

Review by Daniela Machado from Brazil

When I reached out Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka, my objective was to relax, do yoga, be closer to the nature and meditate. Nicolas and Jewwa were beyond any expectations, they are special souls, with a huge and warm heart, I’m so thankful to have crossed their way.
Our days were fulfilled with precious knowledge, yoga, meditation, self discovering, inside a “mini-jungle” in the beautiful and green area of Waykkala. We also enjoyed plenty of rest, pampering massages on the neighbor Ayurveda center, and a lot of fun, as our small group of 5 souls came beautifully together to share this amazing energy and experience. Nikolas is just fantastic, giving us full attention and care, pushing and encouraging each one of us to give our best, understanding where we stand individually and as a group. Jewwa melted my heart with her sweetness and big smile.. I have always loved the concept of Ayurveda, had read so much about that, and after my consultation with them I am even more inspired and motivated to go further.
I left with an enormous feeling of gratitude and happiness I had a fantastic time with them, a deep and enlightened journey within.
with love,