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A Return to Nature
As living beings we are as much a part of nature as any other animal, and so when we violate so-called “natural laws”, i.e. go against our nature, it affects our health. Whilst there are many arguments about what constitutes authentic human nature, Ayurvedic teaching generally views things like processed foods, staying awake at night, overworking and overeating to be violations of how we would naturally be, if we lived away from the pressures and obligations of modern society.
At our Ayurveda retreats you will be encouraged to go to bed with the sun and eat your most substantial meals at lunch time, when your metabolism is highest. Night time indigestion and desynchronicity with natural rhythms can block your Prana. Just as clouds block out the sun, your potential wellness may not shine through if there are blockages in your prana.
After your Ayurveda doctor has determined any imbalances in doshas, you will start to see how awareness of this can help you tackle negative thinking or depression. Learn more about the assessment of doshas in Ayurvedic medicine. Depending on your dosha constitution, you might experience different types of negativity:
- Vata – Space and Air - Negativity or depression will often be coupled with anxiety and insomnia.
- Pitta – Fire and Water – Negativity surfaces as jealousy, anger and hostility. You are still very functional because of an excess of cortisol.
- Kapha – Earth and Water – Negativity surfaces as lethargy, lack of motivation and dullness. Can also result in excessive sleep and eating.
These emotions can result in vicious cycles or patterns of unhealthy habits, and sometimes an Ayurveda retreat is exactly what you need to break the cycle. In Ayurveda, digestion of experience in a healthy and conscious way is as important as the way you digest food.
Stress Reducing Treatments
There are many more treatments than the two listed below, as can be seen on our Ayurveda Treatments page, but perhaps these will give you an idea of the sort of thing to expect from Ayurveda.
- Shirodhara forehead treatments: In this classic therapy warm herbal oil or herbal milk is poured on the forehead in a continuous stream. As this is an area with a high concentration of nerves, the herbs penetrate into the nervous system. It drastically leads to a state of relaxation similar to deep meditation, and thus drastically reduced stress.
- Abhyanga oil massages: Sesame oil (often with specific herbs depending on your dosha) is used in this massage. It is particularly recommended as a way of calming aggravated Vata energies. Ancient Ayurveda texts even suggest that you carry out this massage on yourself daily, as it promotes skin circulation and nourishes tissue. As stress and toxins dissolve, an Abhyanga massage will leave you recharged and invigorated.
Gentler Ayurveda Programs
The key aspects of Ayurveda wellness are offered at many of our luxury Ayurveda hotels as standalone experiences and do not necessitate the more intense phase of Ayurveda that is Panchakarma. Ayurveda Wellness holidays are therefore perfect for those who do not feel they need the more intense, traditional Ayurveda, or for those who want to be introduced more gently to this south Asian healing technique.
Our expert customer service team is more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect Ayurveda holiday!