Are you new to Yoga and starting fresh or have you been looking to strengthen your current practice and knowledge of Yoga? Yoga, combined with Ayurveda, is unparalleled in its ability to sustainably and holistically heal the body, mind, and soul. Yoga (asana) combined with meditation (dhyana), when done consistently, will make you feel years younger and sharpen your mind. Even the simplest practice of the Yoga asanas, with the proper technique and intention, facilitates a calmer and quieter mind, along with the plethora of proven health benefits for the body.
The Yoga Relaxation package at Aanandakosha, the best Ayurveda yoga retreat in Kerala comprises a stay in a modern room in our peaceful Ayurveda retreat, where you have access to our Yoga and meditation area as well as an organized library. The Yoga Relaxation package is perfect for those who wish to pick and choose a limited number of therapies during their stay, and want to look inward and introspect. Although the Ayurveda treatments are not included in the package, you can check/consult with our resident physician to explore those which might best suit you.
WHAT IS A TAILOR MADE PACKAGE?
1) DIAGNOSIS WITH AYURVEDA APPROACH – YOU & YOUR BODY
The first step for all of our packages is a holistic assessment across your health by our resident doctor. He will look at the whole picture of your health and try to achieve a full understanding of you as a person. To do this, he will determine your constitution; appraise the balance of your doshas, the health of your dhatus (tissues), the strength of your agni (digestive fire) as well as your ojas (immunity) and sattva (mental harmony). This will involve asking you questions on topics such as your lifestyle, diet, personal and professional life, as well as your medical history and any current problems. Knowing your level of ojas and state of mind will influence your ability to recover well, while knowing your constitution will provide insight into which of your doshas are most likely to be in excess and which therapies or treatment plan suits you best.2) PLAN OF TREATMENTS & THERAPIES
During your Ayurvedic diagnosis, the doctor will recommend a number of treatments that aim to pacify your doshas and strengthen your dhatus (tissues). They require the application of therapeutic substances – such as oils or powders – directly onto the body. The doctor and therapists will choose specific herbs, oils and substances that pacify your relevant dosha – for e.g. if your vata is in excess, you would be recommended a massage using sesame oil.
3) BALANCED AYURVEDIC CUISINE
Nutrition is called the great medicine in Ayurveda – a wholesome, well-balanced diet is the foundation of health, strength & happiness for both mind and body. Aanandakosha being the best Ayurveda Yoga retreat in Kerala, we create meals as a part of your package that keep in mind the 8 guiding principles that ensure the food that you eat has the power of healing – Local (regional foods that are fresh and ripe, rather than imported food), Quality (organic, freshly made without any processed foods), Combination (avoiding incompatible foods such as ghee and honey), Quantity (not too much, and not too little), Preparation (ideally, heated and cooked food which is easiest to absorb), Surroundings (eating in a place meant for meals) and last, but not least, You (pace your eating – the healthiest food can become poison if you are in a hurry or stressed). Ask our chef to teach you recipes so you can take them back home with you and continue the Ayurvedic lifestyle at home.
4) YOGA & AYURVEDA
Tracing their origins back to the oldest Indian scriptures, yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand as sister sciences. If yoga is performed correctly, it will help people of all doshas improve their physical and mental health. A lot of people associate yoga mostly with the different asanas (yoga poses), but each asana is supported by rhythmic breathing to control energy levels (pranayama) and short periods of relaxation. While performing an asana, one must be simultaneously trying to achieve posture, breath control and relaxation. The yoga classes at Aanandakosha aim to go hand in hand with Ayurvedic principles in teaching you these three things – Pranayama (controlling the breath), Asanas (various poses to increase circulation and flexibility) and Savasana (relaxation exercises between and at the end of yoga sessions). Yoga combined with the Ayurvedic treatment and cuisine forms the basis of the holistic healing supported in Aanandakosha.
5) AYURVEDA & THE MIND
Being the best Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Kerala, Aanandakosha’s entire aim through each of the Ayurveda packages is to ultimately bring peace and balance to your mind. According to Ayurvedic and Yogic scriptures, the mind is a subtle energy field and is continuously reacting to the information we receive from our physical senses. The three gunas – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas – are the three energies of the mind. Sattva is the energy of harmony and clarity, Rajas is that of movement and agitation and Tamas is that of inertia and contradiction. At Aanandakosha, our goal through Ayurvedic therapies, food and yoga is to make Sattva the predominant guna of your mind. The friendly staff, homey atmosphere, excursions, open walkways & many hidden nooks around the property make it the perfect place for you to self-reflect and imbibe positive thinking into a part of your healing journey.
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM STAY
7 Nights Minimum or As Per Desired Outcome