Sri Lanka has an indigenous traditional medicine system called “Hela Wedakama”. This system has been in operation on the island for centuries. The Sri Lankan Ayurvedic tradition is Sinhala traditional medicine, Ayurvedic and Siddha methods in India, Unani medicine in Greece through the Arabs, and most importantly Indigenous medicine in Sri Lanka. Among the Ayurvedic practices in Sri Lanka, yoga and meditation occupy a special place.
Yoga is important to relieve physical stress and calm the mind before meditation. As it is a perfect Ayurvedic exercise, it is used to rejuvenate the body, improve digestion, and relieve stress. It is mentioned in Ayurvedic books such as Yoga Charaka Samitha. Different yoga postures have different effects. Yoga poses tone all parts of the body and cleanses the internal organs of toxins, which is one of the goals of Ayurveda.
Here are some yoga postures:
- Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)
- Revolved Child’s Pose (Parsva Balasana)
- Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
- Bow (Dhanurasana)
- Cobra (Bhujangasana)
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
- Knees-to-Chest Pose (Apanasana)
- Revolved Abdomen Pose (Jathara Parivartanasana)
- Legs-Up-the-Wall (Viparita Karani)
Mantra Meditation has been practiced in India for thousands of years because people knew that it reduces stress, calms the mind, and enhances inner peace. In the 1970s, medical researchers at Harvard University began to study a form of meditation in India called Transitional Meditation. They found that meditation exercises have a so-called relaxation response, which gives the body a deeper rest and deeper sleep than others. They found that regular meditation, which builds deep relaxation in the body over time, has a deep reservoir of stress-reducing meditation and many benefits of meditation.
o meditate you sit comfortably and quietly with your eyes closed and effortlessly and silently inside repeat a word or a short phrase called a mantra. Your mantra can be any word, sound, prayer, or short phrase you like that is in your native language. Your mantra can also be from your religious tradition. Meditate every morning and every evening for 15-30 minutes. It is best to meditate before you eat.