Nora Coers (N) interviews Karen, who has just completed her first 21 day cleanse Ayurvedic Panchakarma at our newly opened Ayurvedic center.
N: Karen, how do you feel now compared to how you felt when you arrived?
Karen: When I left home, I felt that everything was important. Now, about to return, I realise that nothing is.
N: That sounds very profound, Karen! Did you ever feel like this before?
Karen: I’ve done several cleanses before: juice fasts and raw foods. Afterwards I always felt full of energy, but would suffer from insomnia and dry skin afterwards. The Ayurveda doctors here explained that that’s due to the elements of space and air (Vata) increasing strongly.
N: Do you suffer from that now as well?
Karen: No, my skin has never felt this rich and creamy before and I’m sleeping like a baby. In addition I feel calm. And it’s as if my memory has improved. There’s more clarity there.
N: All symptoms of a balanced Vata: space and air elements.
Karen: What’s more, if I can keep up my warm vegan diet and get plenty of rest for the next 21 days, the doctors have told me the cleanse will continue to do its magic.
N: Ah, that’s the crux of the matter, do we have enough self-discipline once we leave this protected environment.
Karen: But you know, Nora, I sort of like the fact that my health is now in my own hands. First we had yoga, which taught us to stand on our own two feet. Now we have Ayurveda, which is hugely empowering.
N: How do you mean?
Karen: Empowering in that I’ve now been given guidelines helping me to eat and live according to my elements, those which are uppermost in my system.
N: Let me guess, you’re Vata/Pitta!
K: Close, it’s actually Pitta/Vata. Which means I have to cool my fire without putting it out completely. Dr Ninnu has given me an extensive list of foods to reduce and others to favor in order to get there.
Also add more beauty to my life in the form of flowers and nice scents.
N: What lovely advice to be given by a doctor – beautify your life! Ayurveda really is holistic, it takes into account all aspects of life.
Safe travels Karen and come back next year!
21 Days Panchakarma at ONEWORLD ayurveda – www.oneworldayurveda.com
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