Healing with Ayurveda

Nature’s Mind-Body Medicine

Ayurveda is both a system of healing and a lifestyle that brings optimum health and wellbeing to the lives of persons who dedicate themselves to living by its principals. Ayurveda is known as “The Science of Life” and literally translated, “Ayur” means life, and “Veda” means knowledge. This naturopathic medicine system has withstood the test of time as it is the oldest and most extensively practiced natural health care system in the world.

More ancient than Chinese Medicine, by 400 AD Ayurvedic texts had been translated into Chinese and, by 700 AD Chinese scholars were studying Ayurveda in India.  The oldest mention of Ayurveda dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Rishis of India and has been passed down throughout the centuries from enlightened yogis and sages, to the modern Ayurvedic Doctors, Counselors and Practitioners of today.

One of the cornerstones of this natural health system is the concept of how the energies of the five elements in nature; Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Ether, combine to make up each individuals physical and psychological constitution. Each us of is born with a particular combination of these elements and that combination creates our Prakriti (constitution). Ayurveda’s philosophy of the Doshas; Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water), teach us that these forces of nature have a powerful effect on our health and wellbeing.  Therefore, if we do not take action to keep these energies in balance within our own Prakriti, eventually disease will arise.

However, the opposite is also true. If we maintain proper balance of the Doshas within our constitution, we can attain optimal mental, physical and spiritual health.  In order to do this, we must first determine our individual Prakriti (constitution) and then find out what elements have the most influence over our health and wellbeing. We can then discover what our Doshic imbalances are and learn about ways we can bring them back into balance.

For example, if you are living in a cold, dry windy climate, have dry skin and chapped lips, experience frequent gas and bloating, have a hectic schedule where you run about frantically trying to get it all done, then often have overwhelming feelings of anxiety and fear, Ayurveda would say that you need to balance your Vata Dosha. If you let this go on unchecked for extended periods of time, you are setting yourself up for the possibility of serious health issues.

Ayurveda offers suggestions for specific dietary changes, lifestyle changes, daily and seasonal regimens, as well as body treatments, herbal therapies and practices for correcting imbalances in the Doshas and achieving and maintaining optimal health and vitality. Ultimately it helps us to understand that all of our choices, from what we eat to how we think and behave, have a profound effect on our health and wellbeing. Once we gain the ancient knowledge of this mind-body medicine, we are empowered to make the choices that lead us to our ultimate goal; Happiness!

At Villa Kali Ma, our clients will be introduced to the Ayurvedic lifestyle through individual Ayurvedic Consultations, Ayurvedic Cooking & Lifestyle Classes, as well as Ayurvedic Body Treatments. Ayurveda is an extraordinary system that is so natural and intuitive, once you learn about it you will think; “This makes so much sense!”

Individual Ayurvedic Consultations

During your stay at Villa Kali Ma you will meet with our Ayurvedic Practitioner for an individual consultation to discover how Ayurveda can help you with your specific physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health challenges. You will discover what your particular Prakriti is as well as what Dosha or Doshas are affecting you. You will be given suggestions on how to balance your Dosha through a variety of possible modalities including diet, exercise, herbs, practices, and lifestyle routines.

Ayurvedic Cooking Class

Each week at Villa Kali Ma our clients have the opportunity to learn to use the healing power of food through Ayurvedic cooking! Enjoy hands-on cooking classes using plant based organic ingredients to create a variety of; grains, pulses, vegetables, savories, and sweets prescribed in Ayurveda to illuminate your ultimate wellbeing.

Each class will consist of:
– 1 Training on different aspects of Ayurveda
– Hands-on cooking 2-3 different Ayurvedic recipes
– Learn the art of using Ayurvedic spices as medicine
– Creating a plate with the 6 tastes to insure proper digestion
– Enjoying the yummy healing food together!

Ayurvedic Body Therapies

Ayurveda has many therapies for the treatment and detoxification of the body. One such therapy is called Abhyanga. This treatment is used in Ayurvedic Medicine to pacify imbalanced Dosha and prepare the body to eliminate toxins. Abhyanga is a type of massage that involves applying warm medicated oils to the entire body using specific techniques that have been passed down through the centuries. This treatment will help with detoxing the tissues as well as increasing blood flow and circulation throughout the entire body. Abhyanga massage also helps with pain, stiffness and fatigue. Best of all, after your treatment you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and totally blissed out.

Shirodhara is a very unique and amazingly relaxing treatment that involves applying a steady stream of warm oil to the center of the forehead. The benefits of Shirodhara treatment are numerous including; pacifying Vata Dosha, reducing anxiety, alleviating mental and emotional stress, and relaxing the entire nervous system. Ayurveda also teaches that Shirodhara assists in awakening your intuition as the oil is poured directly on the “third eye” point, which is the Ajna Chakra, and believed to be the place of Spiritual Awakening. What you will experience during and after this treatment is a deep sense of calm, clarity and bliss.

Please return to our How We Heal page to discover more of the amazing therapies and holistic treatments included in your stay at Villa Kali Ma!

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