Welcome to the "Athreya" Ayurveda Ashram!
"Athreya" Ayurveda Ashram!
The Ashram is located in a most serene and unique atmosphere in Heenkkiriyawa, Ritigala, Sri Lanka. Ritigala includes a range of mountains in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and is one of three strict nature reserves extending a land area of about 60 acres of prime Ecological wonder in the dry zone. This forest land is strewn with ancient archeological remains, lakes and forests which is a unique nature reserve of it’s own, not found anywhere else in the island.
The Ashram is located amidst a serene natural environment of semi forest and medicinal plants to create the right atmosphere of making you feel relaxed and bonded with nature thus helping you to rejuvenate your mind and body taking out the stress of your usual busy lifestyle. Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and the connection with nature will help you regain your health, lost through years of neglect and an artificial lifestyle. At Athreya, we hope to get you back on track through healing of Body and Mind that will help you make it a way of life.
Come Experience the Athreya Ayurveda Ashram . .
The Ashram is located in a most serene and unique atmosphere in Heenkkiriyawa, Ritigala, Sri Lanka. Ritigala includes a range of mountains in the dry zone of Sri Lanka and is one of three strict nature reserves extending a land area of about 600 acres of prime Ecological wonder in the dry zone. This forest land is strewn with ancient archaeological remains, lakes and forests which is a unique nature reserve of its own, not found anywhere else in the island. The Ashram is located amidst a serene natural environment of semi forest and medicinal plants to create the right atmosphere of making you feel relaxed and bonded with nature thus helping you to rejuvenate your mind and body taking out the stress of your usual busy lifestyle. Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and the connection with nature will help you regain your health, lost through years of neglect and an artificial lifestyle. At Athreya, we hope to get you back on track through healing of Body and Mind that will help you make it a way of life.
At the Ashram we provide many Specialized Ayurveda Treatment techniques such as Panchakarma, Detoxification, Rejuvenation, Paralysis, Weight loss, Anti-Ageing, Yoga & Meditation Therapies, Slimming Programs, etc., along with the guidance of experienced doctors and trained staff. We make sure that you get the best of trusted age old Ayurveda Treatment in a professional level.
You can experience and enjoy a traditional mud hut lodging experience with a blend of modern amenities in the midst of nature which resembles a humble but rich traditional Sri Lankan rural lifestyle. The Ashram also provides a variety of traditional herbal food and drink made fresh in its own rural kitchen which is both nutritious and delicious giving you a true taste of Sri Lankan living experience with a touch of Ayurveda. We are pleased and proud to mention that the Ashram was rated as the Best Ayurveda Resort in Habarana, Sri Lanka in the year 2016 with a Gold Award.
We hope you will have a truly memorable experience of your stay at the Ashram.
In the Ayurveda tradition, foot massage is said to balance the bodily humors, or doshas such as vata, pitta, and kapha. According to Ayurveda, balancing vata, pitta, and kapha activates the body’s natural immune response.
Full body massage is a key part of Ayurveda therapy. However, combining skilled knowledge of the body with knowledge of oils, music, nd bodywork techniques has resulted in a profound art for balancing the body and mind through the medium of oil massage for the entire body known as Abhyanaga.
Ayurveda Reflexology is another advanced fusion of Ayurveda foot massage. Foot reflexology is a beautiful and relaxing ancient Ayurvedic health care modality, which balances the body, mind and spirit. By stimulating Marma points (Ayurvedic pressure/energy points in the legs and feet)
Helps relive specific pains by using Ayurveda medicaments. The ingredients inside the sack vary from condition to condition, depending on the ailment. This is followed by a scrub massage with Ayurveda herbs and other ingredients to remove dead cells and leave the skin glowing. Rhythmic strokes towards the heart helps promote better blood circulation.
The knee joint is called Janu Sandhi in Sanskrit; hence the name Janu Vasti is given to the procedure done on knee joints. In this the knee joint is bathed with warm medicated oil or freshly prepared herbal decoction. The medicated oil is retained over the knee joint. Depending on the condition it can be practiced over both the knee joints or on one knee joint. Knee joints are considered as sandhi Marma in Ayurveda. So the januvasti is specialized knee therapy or massage which rejuvenate the janumarma. This treatment is very effective in treating different conditions of the knee joints like arthritis degenerative conditions etc.
An effective treatment for many diseases of the head, face, and central nervous system.Sirovasthi is ideal for facial paralysis, migraine, head ache, insomnia, memory loss, mental stress, dry nose, dryness of the eye and also for cervical spondylosis. Though useful in all Dosha types of ailments, the treatment is more useful in Vatta related diseases.
Basins are made up by mixing black gram flour with water and kept around the eyes. The medicated ghee should be kept in the flour basins for 20 minutes. Useful in treating cataract, Glucoma and Myopia. Improves strength of eye muscles and Eyesight.
Pichu is a palliative treatment for ailments of the head and spine. During this treatment, a long, thick layer of cotton wool soaked with warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area. The oil is replaced periodically to keep it warm and therapeutic. Effective treatment for diseases of the cranial nerves arising from Vata disorder. This therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful spinal problems.
Virechana therapy is a type of Panchakarma treatment. Here a person is made to undergo a controlled purgation for a specific amount of time. It is designed to flush out toxins in the body.
This herbal body scrub will make the skin look younger. Using some Ayurveda herbs and powders, the skin can be made soft and supple by scrubbing whole body with these ayurveda ingredients such as a mixture of herbs, herbal powders, bee honey, gee and curd.
A milk bath is a bath which contains milk, typically in a powdered form which hydrates as it settles. People have been bathing in milk for centuries to improve their skin; historically, people believed that milk made skin whiter and firmer.
Herbal bathing represents a cleansing not only of the physical body but also of the spiritual self. In addition to cleansing body and spirit, bathing is also associated with numerous other benefits to the mind and body. This herbal bath is done by using Ayurveda ingredients such as herbal leaves, flowers, powders etc. According to the physical and mental constitutional properties of the individual.
Rice boiled in Cow’s milk would be held inside a small linen cloth bundle and it would be soaked inside the above said combination and massaged over the body by masseur. It relieves Emaciation of limbs, Rheumatism (degenerative) and joint pains.
Vata predomince is seen in Kadeegraham (Low back pain). Wrong postures, Prolapsed, herniated or bulge of intervertebral disk, Sprain in muscle or ligament, inflammation of the pelvic joints, chronic constipation, arthritis of spine, sciatica any of this can cause either a sudden or a gradual onset of low back ache. Oral medication and treatments like kadeevasti, Sneha dhara, Dhanyamla dhara, pathrapotala swedam and vasthi (Herbal enemas) helps to alleviate the visciated Data. Certain Yoga postures are also helpful for strengthening the spine.
Warm medicated oil is kept over the chest for 45 minutes. This is an effective treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular chest pain.
Helps relieve sinus ailments with Nasna. This is a nasal inhalation treatment is used in clearing away excess bodily humors of fluids accumulated in the throat, sinus, nose or head.
In Vasti treatment, the medicated liquids and oils are passed through the anus or vaginal canal and this method is effective for expelling toxins in the body. The procedure of Vasti has an amazing power to control and eliminate Vata disorders.
Many Ayurveda herbs and ingredients are used for this massage. This massage therapy specially treats acne and it’s scars. It also aids in rejuvenating the face and works the underlying skin cells to keep the skin fair and clean. It also controls the oil secretion from the oil glands.
Herbal leaves with medicinal roots, bark, stems and powders are boiled and the steam is used on to the body, inducing sweat, which opens the blocked pores of the skin, thus eliminating impurities from the body through sweat glands. It improves the tone of the body and skin. It reduces stiffness, aches, pains, and swelling and reduces fat from under the skin to make soft and smooth. A totally relaxing and refreshing experience.
Regular Ayurveda Oil Bath, or self massage with medicated herbal oils, such as Sesame, Coconut, and Mustard appropriate to a person’s dosha which is also called an Ayurveda Oil Bath.
Oil Shirodhara is the process in which medicated oil is poured in a continuous stream of drip onto the head, especially onto the forehead. Depending on the drug compositions, Dhara is known by Taila dhara. It stimulates your central nervous system and then your mind which brings complete relaxation. It regulates the hormonal system (Thaila Dhara) and plays a remarkable role.
Milk Shirodhara is the process in which cow milk, poured in a continuous stream of drip on the head, especially on the forehead. Depending on the drug components, Dhara is known by Kshira Dhara.
Yoga and Meditation
Generally, it is recognised as an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas, more than 2500 years ago. It is a system that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, and primarily relates to the nature and workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry.
In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.
Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.
Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other.
Research into the benefits of yoga
Quality research is important for any field of well-being, health-care and personal development. It could be argued that the practice of yoga has undergone hundreds of years of research through the trialling of the ancient practitioners, who in turn observed the effects upon their students.
However in our contemporary context, we expect that protocols, interventions and other activities that form part of our well-being or health-care plan can ‘stand the test’ of our contemporary research methods.
In recent years there have been a growing number of well designed studies into the health benefits of yoga. These show that the practice of yoga is safe, useful and very cost effective for a wide range of conditions and life-stages
Yoga Australia continues to keep informed of the latest research and has compiled a representative list of some of the areas of research undertaken in the past few years.
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.
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