My First Ayurvedic “Boot Camp” in India #1

There’s been some radio silence on my domain lately, but now, I finally feel like jotting down words again. I’ll break the drought by writing about my recent trip to India – my first Ayurvedic retreat – or Ayurvedic boot camp as it was coined by one of my fellow retreaters, haha.
In this post, I’ll explain what Ayurveda is, how the retreat went and share some post-retreat thoughts.

What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda means the science of life or knowledge of life. It’s an ancient Hindu tradition originated in India thousands of years ago, and continues to be one of the world’s most holistic mind-body health systems of our time. The ayurvedic approach is based on what modern medicine just recently has been able to provide scientific evidence for; the connection between mind-body-breath.

Generally speaking, Ayurveda follows two principals:
1) The mind and body are inextricably connected.
2) The mind has the power to heal and transform the body.
This includes meditation, breathing and a diet based on your body type.

First, meditation expands one’s awareness of the mind-body connection and creates inner peace and refreshes the mind and restores your body’s balance.
Breathing also plays an important role as breathing is energy. Short and very simply put, if you can control your breath, you can control your mind.
The diet is said to balance mind-body-breath. The diet and hence what you eat is considered as medicine to treat illnesses and imbalances in your mind and body.
However, Ayurveda is not just about treating illnesses, but merely it’s a system to prevent them to occur.

Aha, so how do I get started on an Ayurvedic lifestyle?
To get started on the ayurvedic treatment and follow the ayurvedic principles, you will need to know what your dosha is – what your mind-body type is. The three types of mind-body types are derived from the 5 elements (fire, space, earth, water & air) and named: Vatta, Pitta, Kapha.
You have all three types in you, however, one is more prevalent than the others and represents your physical, mental and emotional characteristics.

Based on your mind-body type, you will be able to find out what kind of food, meditation, and movement that will keep you balanced and prevent illnesses, emotional fluctuations such as mood swings, stress, and even depressions.

The three different mind-body types and their elements:
Vatta: Space and air.
Pitta: Fire and water.
Kapha: Water and earth.
Anyways, I could write a lot more about Ayurveda science, but I’ll leave that to another time.

How does a typical day at an ayurvedic retreat look like?
The duration of the retreat was 2 weeks with a weekly “day off” on Sundays.
Below is an overview of how a typical day including treatments would look like.
6:30 morning tea
7:00 yoga
8:00 breakfast
10:30 green juice
12:30 lunch
15:00 afternoon snack
15:30 workshop (yoga alignment, yoga philosophy or group discussion on selected topics)
5:30 dinner
8:00 goodnight

Treatments were scheduled either in the morning or early afternoon depending on your health consultants’ availability and would take around 1,5 hrs. Moreover, each treatment was accompanied by a consultancy with the on-site doctor, who would check in on your wellbeing, progress or lack of and also take your blood pressure, blood sugar, and pulse.

In the next post, I will share my thoughts on the retreat and you will find out if I would go again if I had the chance #cliffhange 😉

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