FREE & EASY LIFESTYLE MEETS AYURVEDA RETREAT
I've always had a fascination with Ayurveda and the ancient Indian wisdom of balance, and have spent many an hour over the years listening to the meditative voice of Deepak Chopra (who, if you're not familiar with, is quite the expert on Ayurveda and well worth looking up!).
There are three types of energy that contribute to the health of our bodies; Vata - made from air and space, Pitta - made from fire and water and Kapha - made from earth and water. Each of us has our own unique combination of these energies when we are born.
Here Dr Deepak Chopra explains himself what 'Ayurveda' actually means:
"Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body. This process isn’t as complicated as it may sound. For example, when you meditate you effortlessly enter a state of expanded awareness and inner quiet that refreshes the mind and restores balance. Since the mind and body are inseparable, the body is naturally balanced through the practice of meditation. In the state of restful awareness created through meditation, your heart rate and breath slow, your body decreases the production of “stress” hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, and you increase the production of neurotransmitters that enhance wellbeing, including serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins.
Meditation is just one of the most powerful tools the ancient Ayurvedic physicians prescribed for balancing the mind and body. Ayurveda also offers many other practices for expanding self-awareness and cultivating your innate state of balance. Here are a few of the most important aspects of the Ayurvedic approach and suggestions for applying them to create perfect health in your own life."
I have just returned from a fascinating and invigorating 3-day retreat which I was lucky enough to have to travel the grand total of 30 miles for! No long-haul flight and sweltering Indian heat for this one!
The retreat, Ayurveda Lifestyle, is run by Sharon Jackson, a highly qualified Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, in her home in the pretty village of Misterton, North Nottinghamshire. My accommodation (included in the cost of the retreat) was kindly provided by Judy at her beautifully restored Georgian farmhouse, 1811 Bed & Breakfast, also in the village.
I arrived on Sunday evening at the B&B to a warm welcome from