To those who may not be familiar with the term, what is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the ancient science of life originating in India 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. This holistic science advocates that health and wellness depend upon a delicate balance between the mind, the body and the spirit. It is based on concepts in maintaining health and preventing and curing disease by promoting the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and further unique health practices.
Ayurveda is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique Prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction and other lifestyle elements.
Daily routines, called Dincharya, and seasonal regimens, called Ritucharya, are recommended. Following these individualised plans helps users of Ayurveda to attain robust physical health as well as mental and spiritual harmony.
How has Ayurveda benefited your life?
Ayurveda helps me to listen to my body and mind. I am a complete foodie and I enjoy trying different cuisines. When I eat food which my tongue likes but my body doesn’t, I know what spices and herbs I have to include in my diet the next day in order to better digest and detox my body in a natural way. I cook food according to the state of my bio-energy and this helps me to stay healthy. I have been a regular practitioner of yoga for 15 years now; my knowledge of Ayurveda has also helped me in selecting the most suitable yoga program for my Prakriti (body-mind type).
Tell us about Panchakarma
An Ayurvedic Panchakarma or PK is a detoxing programme with long-lasting health benefits. Panchakarma in Sanskrit means ‘five actions’ which are treatments integral to the ayurvedic process of purifying the body. At Oneworld Ayurveda, your PK programme is put together according to the number of days you have chosen to stay with us and your health issues. The initial diagnosis and daily consultations with the physician will ensure you receive the best treatments. The longer the stay, the more efficient the PK.
There are many reasons you should experience a PK. Maybe you are in need of a serious detox, suffering from anxiety, insomnia and a lack of energy. There are many ways to detox, yet none come close to a PK during which the body and mind feel the progress day by day. A Panchakarma also delays the inner and outer aging process naturally, helping you to age gracefully.
What is the Ayurveda Way program at Oneworld Retreats?
Ayurveda is the traditional healing modality of the Vedic culture from India. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as ‘the wisdom of life’ or ‘the knowledge of longevity’. It combines the complete knowledge on how to make us physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.
The Ayurveda Way is designed in such a way that it harmonises your own rhythm with the rhythm of nature by adopting Ayurvedic principles. If you are looking for a more balanced and harmonious life ‘The Ayurveda Way ‘ can be the answer.
Anyone who wants to return to and maintain a healthy life in harmony with body, mind and spirit is welcome to this join the retreat. The program will enlighten you with the help of simple Ayurvedic techniques which will balance your elements and bio-energies.
And now, can you tell us more about yourself?
I was born into a traditional family which lives the principles of Ayurveda. My father is a very successful Ayurveda physician running a traditional Ayurveda hospital healing thousands of people in Kerala, India.
I grew up eating and living healthy. Whenever any of our family members fell sick, my father gave us herbs which healed us. My mom has always cooked special food ‘The Ayurveda Way’ with a variety of healing spices and herbs. It was the confidence in Ayurveda which grew along with me; when it came to selecting a profession, I chose to be an Ayurvedic doctor, who is able heal people physically, mentally and spiritually.
I am blessed to be married to Dr. Abhishek Joshi, who was my senior in post-graduate and PhD in Ayurveda college. He helps and supports me in living my life to the fullest. My PhD research was on Anxiety and I developed a yogic protocol and Ayurvedic medicines which benefit my patients, especially with regard to this issue.
Dr. Aparna is one of the few specialists in the world with a PhD in Ayurveda, a consultant advisor for development at Oneworld Ayurveda and a visiting physician. Under her guidance, Oneworld Ayurveda has developed authentic Panchakarma programs offered in an awesome environment. Dr. Aparna is also a retreat leader at Oneworld Retreats leading the retreat Aging Gracefully the Ayurveda Way – Exclusively for Women.
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