Sri Lankan culture has been influenced by Buddhism and Hinduism to a great extent. The ancient traditions like Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda are practiced by many Srilankans in their day to day lives. Although people often consider the practice of Asanas or Postures as an exercise regiment or a way to stay fit, ancient Yogis used Asanas to prepare the body for meditation. To sit for a lengthy time without any discomfort required a supple and cooperative body. Postures are mastered by freeing the body and mind from tension and restlessness and meditating on the infinite.
The therapeutic healing benefits of Yoga were recently discussed in the sphere of western Medicine. The regulation of physical movement is a fundamental priority in the nervous system. Focusing on and developing an awareness of physical movement allows the mind and body to connect. The connectedness of mind and body allow for feelings of control and understanding of their inner sensations and state of being. It is beneficial for all humans specially those suffering from psychological conditions such as Depression and PTSD and other stress related disorders. The physical benefits of Yoga are linked to the release of the β-endorphins and the shift caused in neurotransmitter levels linked to emotions such as dopamine and serotonin. The majority of different types of Yoga typically spark the relaxation response related to the implicit dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system.
The regular practice of Yoga helps to decrease levels of anxiety significantly. People also found evidence of improved mood and increased energy after an hour long class. A study on the effects of Hatha Yoga showed that the emphasis on breath awareness, internal centering, relaxation and meditation enabled participants to learn to avoid mental and emotional blockages. While the healing properties of Yoga helped individuals with clinically diagnosed anxiety and depression problems, they also help people to learn to navigate and cope with daily sources of stress, and a better sense of well-being, improved concentration, self confidence and lower levels of irritability. The practitioners reported that the overall quality of life improved in addition to mood, distress, and sleep quality.
Most of the meditation techniques commonly used in Sri Lanka are based on Buddhist mindfulness meditation techniques. There are numerous benefits of mindfulness meditation practice. It promotes physical and emotional wellbeing and increases self awareness. The practitioner of the mindfulness meditation becomes less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences. They experience more balanced and less emotional ups and downs. These techniques develop self acceptance in the individual and improved self esteem over a period of time. Reduced blood pressure, higher immune function and reduction in physical stress responses are marked physical benefits.
Ayurvedic Herbal Massage brings to you one of the oldest known therapies for rejuvenating the body. The medicinal values of the herbal oils used in Ayurvedic massage has multifarious advantages. Massage exercises the whole body, tones up the muscles, improves blood circulation and repairs worn out tissues. Regular massages protect the body from falling prey to ailments, arrest premature ageing and tone up the skin. Ayurveda massage varies according to the different types of people (according to ayurveda Vatta, Pitta and Kapha) as well as different seasons of the year. It improves the natural beauty of the individual by knocking off fat, improving the complexion and body posture. Besides, Ayurveda massage promote general health and nourishment of the inner self. There are special massages for treating a variety if ailments. These massages have been noticeably treating rheumatism, arthritis, hypertension, migraine, nervous debility, obesity and depression. They relieve stress and help promote a long and healthy life.