Best Ayurveda in Kerala
My Ayurveda Experience in Kerala.
I’d heard about Ayurveda through Yoga classes, online research and tales from friends. Planning my travels to India, it seemed natural to take the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Kerala – the home of Ayurveda, and experience it for myself.
Each year, 700, 000 foreigners travel to Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment.
Ayurveda, meaning the ‘Science (or wisdom) of Life’ in Sanskrit, is a 5, 000 year old medicine system with its routes in Indian Vedic culture, and can be considered as an Alternative Medicine system. Ayurveda is the less well known but inseparable sister of Yoga; Ayurveda being the science behind the practise of Yoga. Ayurveda is based on the 5 elements of Earth, Ether, Air, Fire and Water, and uses these elements as the basis of the 3 Constitutions or “Doshas”. There are 3 Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) which form the life energy behind all of our bodily functions. To find out your dominant Dosha, or constitution, you can take an online quiz like this one.
So armed with about as much knowledge of Ayurveda as contained within those 2 paragraphs, I booked myself in for Panchakarma (detoxification program – the foundation of most Ayurveda) for 2 weeks in the Western Ghats of Kerala.
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My main goals for my ayurveda retreat were to detox, relax, and to sort out my less than perfect digestive system.
It’s fair to say that I didn’t arrive for my treatments in Kerala in the best of shape. After a 5am flight with Delhi and the inspired decision to not go to bed that night before it, by the time I arrived at Kochin airport that day I was ready to abort mission.
Add to that the news that it was an 8 hour drive to the retreat nearly had my running to the nearest phone.