Feeling aches and pains in your body? Stressed out by work? Feeling depressed, gloomy and groggy since late? Well you’ll be glad to know that there is a solution to all these distressing issues. Yoga- an ancient art of achieving peace in both body and mind…

A physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline, Yoga aims to transform body and mind by integrating advanced breathing techniques, yoga postures (asanas) and meditation. At the Yoga and meditation sessions offered by Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, a luxury Yoga and Ayurveda retreat renowned for premier Sri Lanka Ayurveda treatment, you can get a thorough knowledge and experience of this ancient art and its many benefits.

The speculated origin of Yoga goes back to the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, to pre-vedic traditions. Yoga is not just about stretching and complex poses. The meaning of Yoga in the simple form means ‘Union’ while the ultimate goal of Yoga is ‘moksha’ (liberation). Thus, Yoga is about the union of a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness. However, modern day yoga differs from the more deep and extensive study of the past, concentrating more on fitness for health and relaxation.

The many benefits of Yoga range to the physical to psychological. If you’re feeling rigid and stiff, yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility and strength as various different yoga positions work on all the different joints found in the human body. Linked to lower cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and better immune system function; Yoga has long been known to also lower blood pressure.

Do you find yourself depressed, stressed out and unhappy? Well now you can smile because a study has found that consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels (a chemical responsible for maintaining mood balance) and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol aka ‘the stress hormone’.

Whether be it physical, mental or spiritual, with the ancient art of Yoga you will be able to relieve stress, tension in all levels and finally achieve harmony in mind and body.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.