Ayurveda, Yoga and Sanskrit Retreat
For anyone who wants to deepen or refresh their general Ayurveda knowledge, yoga practice, and Sanskrit connection, we have organized a very attractive – and partly leisure – program in the nearby Kumarakom Heritage resort, where Dr. Vijith and Dr. Vidya offer Shamana (nourishing, relaxing) treatments as an addition or alternative to the Pancha Karma treatments in their Sree Krishna clinic.
- Day 1: Ayurvedic lifestyle practically applied in your everyday life.
- Day 2: How to cook and eat ayurvedically healthy & responsible.
- Day 3: Ayurvedic massage day 1 - how to massage (yourself) with oil.
- Day 4: Physical exercise the ayurvedic way – including simple yoga basics.
- Day 5: Psychology & distressing: how to treat your mind ayurvedically.
- Day 6: Ayurvedic massage day 2 – more practice with massage.
For a detailed daily program of this week, see subjects.
In this week also optional leisure events (to be paid separately):
- Backwater boat tour.
- Visit to Fort Kochi.
- Temple visit.
- Traditional Kerala dance performance.
- Kerala food and cooking.
- Nourishing ayurvedic treatments (Shamana).
Day 1: ayurvedic lifestyle practically applied in your everyday life
You will learn how to bring more regularity into your morning routine and to structure your day more, according to ayurvedic guidelines of times of the day as well as the seasons: time to get up, cleansing your body (mouth, eyes, etc.) techniques, meditation time, work schedule, eating at the proper time and place; as this is the first day of the course we will explain you the foundation of some important ayurvedic principles with a bit of theory, accessible to anyone with an open mind; in other words, a day with some theory, some practice, and some interaction based on your fundamental questions while starting to explore the new lands of ayurveda! We welcome anyone who is interested in sincerely bring more balance, health and harmony into their lives, and invite you to come and share with us the ancient but at the same time very modern art of ayurveda as well as some principles from yoga.
Day 2: how to cook and eat ayurvedically healthy & responsible
You will learn the basics of taking care – in an ayurvedic way – of your food preparation, eating activities, and your digestion. This world is full of misunderstandings and misleading information about nutrition and food. Ayurveda offers a clear and living picture of how our body works, to begin with how we eat and process food in the most optimal way. No diets, no attempts to lose weight fast, or other quick fixes – just a simple, natural and common sense approach of how we work inside and how food can give us happiness, health and fulfilment if we approach it the correct way. On this day we will just give you some simple guidelines to keep your body AND your life juicy and sweet in a healthy way. Some theory on digestion and vata/pitta/kapha menu’s, and some practice – and whenever there is a kitchen available – cooking a simple dish might be included as well. If you want to deepen this knowledge and to give nutritional advices to other people professionally, we advise you to do the full nutrition course as a follow up to this Ayurveda4You course.
Day 3: ayurvedic massage day 1 - how to massage (yourself) with oil
Ayurveda is always preoccupied with oils, as good oils are the perfect way to keep your body healthy, strong and flexible, also in terms of the so called ayurvedic bioforces- the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha – which govern and regulate our systems. In ayurveda it is a tradition and guideline to oleate your body regularly and there are simple guidelines to help anyone start this practice on a daily basis without too many technical obstructions. In other words: you do not need to be a massage therapist to be able to oleate your own body regularly for health and maintenance purposes. But it IS good to know some of the basics in terms of technique and some guidelines and contraindications. We will work with each other, and the participants will be invited to massage each other in pairs. Day 3 will be focusing on massaging the back part of the body. Day 3 will be followed up by day 6 for more practice and explanations, after you have had the chance to practice on yourself and maybe some family or friends. We will do a minimum of theory on both days, and learn mostly through doing and some in between question and answer sessions.
Day 4: physical exercise the ayurvedic way – including simple yoga basics
In modern life we learn that physical exercise is important for health, but hardly do we hear common sense guidelines as to when, where and how much. Ayurveda has clear instructions and guidelines on how much physical exercise is good in general, and for each and every individual, based on their vata, pitta or kapha nature. On this day we will go through some of the basic ayurvedic guidelines, and interlace this with a few actual series of exercises, some of them fairly straight from simple yoga practices, so that you can go home with both an understanding on how to treat your body right (and neither over –or undertrain it) and with some actual practices that you can continue at home, if you would wish so. If you want to deepen your knowledge and practice in this field of ayurveda and yoga and to work with this professionally, we advise you to do our ayurveda and yoga module at YogaMoves.
Day 5: psychology & distressing: how to treat your mind ayurvedically
Life is putting us on all kind of strains every day of our existence, particularly our modern life. Ayurveda and yoga have a specific approach as to how our mind and emotions function in reaction to all those strains. They say that we can learn to manage these strains better, by carefully dealing with our minds and emotions in a way that is full of awareness. Nowadays this kind of approach is also sometimes called mindfulness, and this is in fact a very ancient concept and method. Ayurveda and yoga offer good and sometimes very simple and straightforward ways to deal with the stress of our daily lives. On this day we will discuss how and teach you some techniques to become more aware, to focus your thoughts, to deal with your emotions and to train your own mindfulness. Also being taught is some simple ways of how food can help you de-stress and which food items particularly can contribute to that. A day full of useful and calming information as well as practice. If you want to deepen your knowledge and practice in this field of ayurveda and yoga and to work with this professionally, we advise you to do our ayurveda and yoga module at YogaMoves.
Day 6: ayurvedic massage day 2 – more practice with massage
This day will be a follow up day to day 3 and we will teach you a few more simple techniques, as well as spend the time on practicing. On day 3 you get some basic assignments as take home work, to practice and get some experience. This day 6 is to see what you have taken in, what have been your challenges, and to add to your practice. Day 6 will be focusing on massaging the front part of the body. So this will be a day with a lot of mutual exchange and practicing on each other by the participants. You will go home with a good understanding and the necessary practice to enable you to start giving simple full body oil massages to yourself, to family and to friends. If you want to deepen this practice and to massage other people professionally, we advise you to do the full massage course as a follow up to these two introductory massage days. Read More