Catherine, an avid wellness enthusiast, shares wonderful tips for relaxing with an Ayurveda retreat in Sri Lanka:
I’m soaking in a warm herbal bath covered in colorful petals. It’s wonderfully quiet, except for the chirping of birds and the rustling of leaves outside. It smells like exotic paradise and I can already feel the stress and tension leaving my body. That was me two weeks ago on a weekend Ayurveda getaway in Sri Lanka.
Aromatic herbal baths are great for relaxing.
Ayurveda is an ancient form of holistic medicine that originated in India about 5,000 years ago. It’s famous for its de-stressing, detoxing and relaxation methods in general. A unique local form of Ayurveda is widely practiced in Sri Lanka and tourists can easily get herbal massages and other therapies at hotel spas. However, wholesome Ayurveda vacations cannot be experienced in one or two hours. If you are looking for a truly relaxing getaway, we have dedicated Ayurveda resorts and matching itineraries for you. You’ll feel amazingly rejuvenated with these quick tips:
- Select your retreat wisely
The first and most important step is to find a good retreat that’s right for you. We have excellent suggestions for dedicated Ayurveda retreats at scenic locations that offer serious treatments. One of my favorites is the Samadhi Centre near the city of Kandy in the beautiful Hill Country. The retreat is surrounded by stunning landscapes and is very tranquil. Plus, the interiors are splendidly done in traditional designs. If you are in Colombo and don’t want to travel too far, you can escape to the Siddhalepa Ayurvedic Health Resort in clean and upscale Cinnamon Gardens neighborhood. They also have a resort by the same name in Wadduwa, about 4 km south of Colombo, right by a golden beach! All the Ayurveda resorts are too many to list here so you can just ask us if you are interested.
Tip #1: Find a stunning retreat to truly relax at.
- Know thy Prakurthi
Once you’ve chosen your dream retreat, it’s time to get down to business. You can consult with a certified Ayurveda physician to determine to the kind of therapies that are best for you. Your physician will start by diagnosing your Prakurthi, your Ayurveda body type, and then suggest remedies and a diet plan. There are 6 commonly-prescribed types of treatments: Pranayama (breathing exercises to feel calm), Abhyanga (herbal oil massages to detox and increase circulation), Rasayana (using chants and herbs for rejuvenation), Pancha Karma (cleansing the body for purification), herbal medicines and yoga.
An Ayurveda physician can prescribe treatments right for you.
- Listen to the leaves
During my first Ayurveda vacation, my physician told me that relaxing starts with the mind. This is why meditation and yoga plays an important role in any holistic Ayurveda prescription. If you want to truly de-stress, participate in the meditation and yoga sessions offered at your retreat. You most certainly don’t need to know how to do either of these things, as they you will be instructed on the basics. And you won’t be taking these lessons holed up in some classroom. You can enjoy yoga sessions on rooftop terraces surrounded by lush greenery. I once meditated listening to the gentle rustling of leaves. Just being surrounded by spectacular scenery is enough to calm the mind.
Relaxing starts with calming your mind.
- Detox with buffalo milk curd
Diet plays a major role in Ayurveda healing, as it is believed to be intrinsically related to our overall well-being. Western medicine, too, now emphasize the importance of eating right. So, at your Ayurveda retreat you can skip the junk food altogether and cleanse your body with healthy meals. Some places offer organically farmed food. You’ll get to sample delicious dishes like wholegrain rotis, steamed fish with locally-sourced greens and much healthier red rice. After meals, you can avoid sugar-laden processed desserts and try traditional after-meal delicacies like probiotic buffalo milk curd served with added sugar-free palm treacle or honey.
A healthy diet is vital for your Ayurvedic wellness.
- Beach makes everything better
Last but not least, you can complement your wellness retreat with beach time and adventurous excursions. You can either choose activities depending on the location of your retreat or choose a retreat considering what you’d like to do in-between your herbal remedies. If you choose a retreat in the Hill Country, you can go on short hikes or nature walks. If you are near the coasts, you can definitely enjoy some quality time on a golden beach or meditate listening to the waves. In any case, Mai Globe Travels will tailor-make your wellness itinerary with all your preferences and interests. If you like, check out itinerary suggestions for a perfect ayurveda getaway.
You can complement your wellness retreat with beach time or adventure activities!