Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing Truth. By practicing the step-by-step methods of Yoga taking nothing for granted on emotional grounds or through blind faith we come to know our oneness with the Infinite Intelligence, Power, and Joy which gives life to all and which is the essence of our own Self.
In past centuries many of the higher techniques of Yoga were little understood or practiced, owing to mankind’s limited knowledge of the forces that run the universe. But today scientific investigation is rapidly changing the way we view ourselves and the world. The traditional materialistic conception of life has vanished with the discovery that matter and energy are essentially one: every existing substance can be reduced to a pattern or form of energy, which interacts and interconnects with other forms. Some of today’s most celebrated physicists go a step further, identifying consciousness as the fundamental ground of all being. Thus modern science is confirming the ancient principles of Yoga, which proclaim that unity pervades the universe.
A number of guesthouses and hotels across the Sri Lanka offer Yoga sessions. However those seeking private yoga teachers can check out Amangalla Resort within the Galle Fort or Maya Villain Tangalle. In Unawatuna the Secret Garden Villa offers daily lessons to group of 14 in a beautiful setting; visitors can also organize a private session. Set amid paddy fields Ulpotha, near Anuradhapura, has yoga programmers that are presided over by international yoga teachers and complemented by a largely vegan and wheat-free menu. Another option is the tranquil Talalla Retreat, which organizes lessons year round and also provides two intensive yoga retreats every month; personalized retreats can be arranged as well.
There are also a number of resorts on the island that provide Ayurvedic cures for various ailments and many of these centers offer Yoga and guided Meditation as part of their treatment plan. Visitors can stay at these places for two weeks or more and can take up a treatment plan based on the various therapies available.