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Ayurvedic practitioners aim
to balance the mind, body,
and spirit and treat the root
cause of an illness. They create
uniquely designed treatment
plans considering one’s physical
and emotional make-up, their
primary life force (dosha), and
the balance between these
elements. Treatment can involve
administration of herbs and herbal
formulas, detoxification, diet, and
nutrition advice unique to your
dosha. For the real experience,
avoid “spa-type Ayurvedic
massages” and seek out an
authentic Ayurvedic center instead.
Acupuncture is another available
alternative treatment. One
of the most ancient healing
methods, it is a key component
of traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM) and involves inserting thin
needles into the body’s meridian
points (energy channels). TCM
acupuncture, the more commonly
known method, is practiced most
on the island. However, a rarer
method of acupuncture—the
classical method—is now available
in Sri Lanka. It is a holistic medical
system that aims to understand
the development of an illness or
“Holistic health centers can really
uplift a community,” said Anja
Meixner Wijeyesekera, cofounder
of a renowned holistic health
center in Colombo. “Creating
an intentional space for self-
discovery and recovery means
we need to respect the origins of
healing methods—there’s so much
diversity yet a lot of overlap—but
also understand that healing is
an evolving concept.” Local and
international teachers and healers
offer their healing wisdom to
residents and visitors of the island.
Despite easy access to an
excellent standard of Western
medicine, which may be essential
in diagnostics and surgery, many
non-invasive healing traditions
remain and are experiencing a
revival in Sri Lanka.
Ayurveda, which originated from
India and is the world’s oldest
mind-body health system, is part
of Sri Lankan life. Government-
supported Ayurvedic centers
and family line Ayurvedic Veda
Mahattaya (indigenous medical
practitioners who were handed
down knowledge by many
generations) are found in the
capital and every village.
ailment by juxtaposing it with
nature.
Dhivya Sivanesan, a classical
acupuncturist and founder of a
holistic center in Colombo, moved
her practice to Sri Lanka from
London when she realized the
immense need of Sri Lankans for
healing post-war. “For me, classical
acupuncture is not just about
backs, elbows, and gastritis. It is
about being in harmony with your
body.” She adds, “When you are
treating people, you are actually
releasing trauma. Asthma attacks,
knee pains, back pains—these are
not without emotional cause.”
Yoga is arguably one of the most
popular holistic approaches.
Originally from India, it is not just
about complicated limb twists but
is instead a lifestyle philosophy
that aims to unify the mind, body,
and spirit.
The coasts and hills of Sri Lanka
are rife with resorts and studios
or shalas offering classes, retreats,
and workshops, pairing yoga with
concept cafes and/or surfing.
Aspiring yoga teachers come to Sri
Lanka to complete their yoga teacher
Photo by PRANA LOUNGE / RUKGALA / SRI YOGA SHALA
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