Trip Details

The Body & Mind experience in Sri Lanka offers you the chance to indulge yourself in a week of relaxation. This programme combines a mixture of yoga and meditation with Ayurvedic treatments that will send you on a journey towards a fitter and more positive you.

This gap volunteer week-long experience in Sri Lanka is designed to not only teach you the basic skills needed for yoga, but also the human body. It will help you make beneficial lifestyle and dietary changes. The Ayurvedic treatments, for instance, can help you with physical aches and pains while the yoga and meditation techniques can assist with your ongoing health.

As with any form of exercise, yoga is not a magic formula. The benefits gained through it result from practice and a conscious decision to change your lifestyle.

The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Ayur’, which means ‘life’, and ‘Veda’, for ‘knowledge’. It is an ancient Indian practice which some claim has been used for as long as 7000 years.

The idea of Ayurveda – ‘knowledge of life’ – is to teach the ‘art of living’. The practice is aimed at showing you how to live without being held back by physiological or psychological ailments.

Yoga is another word derived from Sanskrit and means ‘union’. It is a practice designed to create unity between the body and mind. It involves developing stances, learning new breathing techniques and taking up meditation – all to help alleviate daily stress and strain, as well as anxiety.

During this experience you will learn Surya Namaskar, also known as the Sun Salutation. Surya Namaskar actually involves 12 postures, or Asanas. It is the only Yoga practice undertaken consecutively, and helps people dramatically increase their flexibility.

Before moving on to the second stage of Yogasana, it is essential that students complete Asanas. Students who manage this and achieve full competency in the Surya Namaskar will be taught several more Asanas.

Meditation is a process of focusing the student’s mind. The idea is to control your thoughts and search for inner peace. Through this practice you can develop a far better understanding of yourself, as well as improving flexibility and overall fitness.

Aims & Objectives
To teach you the basics of Yoga and Meditation, educate you about the human body, guide you to obtain and maintain a healthy body, a sound mind and to be at peace with yourself and the world.

Trip Itinerary

Monday

  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Head massage
  • Meditation – Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Foot massage
  • Meditation – Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

Wednesday

  • Early morning Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Back massage
  • Meditation – Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Front Massage
  • Meditation – Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

Friday

  • Early morning Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Full body massage
  • Meditation – Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

Beginners
Beginner students will be taught Surya Namaskar, also known as the Sun Salutation or Sun Vitilation.

Second stage
Successful students who succeed in learning the Surya Namaskar will be taught several more Asanas or postures.

Pranayama – Yogic breathing
Those students who complete the advanced stage can also learn about the various breathing techniques, which include body cooling and heating techniques, as well as ways to improve concentration.

During the Ayurvedic treatment, students will experience a traditional massage with herbal oils and a body scrub designed to help blood circulation, whilst also revitalising the skin.

Students will also receive a Dhara Treatment, where warm oil flows through a vessel straight on to the forehead at a slow pace; this helps soothe the forehead and allows sinuses to clear themselves of obstructions.

During the week you can also enjoy the local area, going for walks in the gardens or simply relaxing. All food served will be vegetarian and include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, with the menus carefully selected to help you to feel as relaxed and refreshed as possible.

Participants are advised to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol during their stay, as either practice can impede the effect of yoga.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from Kandy centre. The accommodation holds 4-10 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities
Our house is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa