Did you know that changing your diet and lifestyle with the seasons is an important part of yoga? Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, provides healthy guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world. A simple way of doing this is to make small changes to the way you eat as the seasons change.Read More
In the humid air of the South Indian monsoon, a faint whiff of fermenting milk emanates from my head. Despite two rinses, the gentle aroma of organic buttermilk lingers from my afternoon Ayurvedic treatment.
I’m here in Tamil Nadu for Pancha Karma, a comprehensive cleansing and healing process that is central to India’s ancient system of medicine, Ayurveda. Pancha Karma (meaning ‘five actions’) can get to the root of health problems that western medicine struggles to manage – auto-immune diseases like Hashimoto’s and Rhuematoid Arthritis, skin problems like eczema, allergies, asthma, Parkinson’s, cancer, addictions and more.Read More
One of the most frequently asked questions about coming on retreat to India is ‘What’s the food like?’ Lots of people worry that the food will be too spicy or that they’ll have trouble meeting their dietary needs, such as avoiding gluten, dairy, nuts and other allergens. Others have read about high levels of pesticides in fruit and vegetables in India and worry about food quality. This blog post describes the flavours, ingredients and quality of the food that we enjoy during our retreats and trainings in India.Read More
I’ve arrived for my first Ayurvedic treatment at Maitreyi Vedic Village in South India. I walk into the treatment room to find three people there. They all watch me intently as I remove my dressing gown. “Underwear off, madam.” One of the three, a small Tamil girl of about eighteen, brings something to cover my modesty – a thin piece of cotton held on with an even thinner piece of cotton. It feels a bit like wearing a nappy. The second person, a slightly taller girl of about the same age, with tiny, nimble hands, sits me on a stool where she proceeds to rub oil vigorously into my scalp. It smells very sweet as she massages my head, down my neck and across my upper back. Suddenly, the massage stops and I'm asked to get up off my stool and sit on the edge of a very large wooden massage table while the two girls stand in front of me and chant a prayer in Sanskrit. I’m now ready for my treatment.Read More
Kitchari - a blend of basmati rice and moong dal - is staple recipe in Ayurveda, India's ancient system of healing. The combination of rice and dal create a balanced, nutritious dish that can be enhanced with different spices according to your body type - or the time of year. Read on to discover a delicious Kitchari recipe to nourish your body, heal your gut and balance your energy.
I get cranky when it’s too hot. It starts off with tiredness and feeling like everything’s too hard. Then something flips my switch and I’m off. Raging. Every day occurences suddenly becomes an unbearable provocation and I find myself giving my son a roasting for the terrible crime of spilling pencil shavings on the rug. So what happens to me when the temperature rises? And is there anything I can do to keep calm? The answers can be found in Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science.
Got a chronic health issue that you can't seem to shift? Fed up with visiting doctors and trying alternative treatments that just don't work? Let me introduce you to Pancha Karma, a radical cleansing protocol that could make a big difference. Pancha Karma has it's roots in one of the oldest systems of medicine on earth - Ayurveda. Dating back over 4,000yrs, Ayurveda (meaning ‘Science of Life’ in Sanskrit) is India’s traditional healing system and Pancha Karma is one of it's 'Big Guns'. And it really, REALLY works.Read More
What to expect from your Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments
Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine, with roots that date back over 4,000 years. The word Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life’ in Sanskrit and this ancient healing tradition embraces an holistic approach to health, emphasizing preventative medicine as well as offering plenty of healing treatments. The Ayurvedic toolkit includes yoga and meditation, marma puncture (similar to acupuncture), massage, cleansing techniques, dietary recommendations and medicinal herbs.
While Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the West, the difference between visiting an Ayurveda practitioner in the West and consulting an Ayurvedic doctor in India is significant. Most Western practitioners have studies short courses of just a few weeks or months. However, Ayurvedic doctors in India undertake 5-7yrs of training, with a minimum 5yr degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. When you find a good Ayurvedic doctor, you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands.Read More
I get cranky when it’s hot. At first, I just feel tired and everything seems too hard. Then something flips my switch and I’m off. Raging. Every day niggles suddenly becomes unbearable provocations and I find myself giving my son a roasting for the terrible crime of spilling pencil shavings on the rug. So what happens to me when the temperature rises? And what can do to keep calm? The answers can be found in Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science (Ayurveda = ‘Science of Life”). Ayurveda tells us about the three doshas or 'constitutions' - Pitta, Vata and Kapha.Read More