- +Why should I choose Ayurveda, over other systems of medicine?
“Ayurveda holds that we are thoughts which created bodies. In Western medicine we are a material (body) which creates thoughts”. This is the basic difference. So the basic reason you may choose Ayurveda is the fact that Ayurveda works on a vast expansive model which involves the manipulation and understanding of the play of consciousness and not merely matter (which is merely one manifestation of consciousness).
Traditional western medicine (and often other healing modalities also) treat only a part of the patient – the part which is considered as being ill — the material part. The Ayurvedic approach treats the whole person (physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually) in the belief that one cannot safely split a person into parts. For example, the Ayurvedic healer may inquire into the way the person thinks, believing that thoughts manifest themselves in the biochemistry of the body. So in western medicine, after extensive diagnostics, often the disease or cluster of symptoms is isolated, and the disease becomes the sole area of attention of the traditional physicians. Triumph over that particular disease or set of symptoms is considered restoration of health. Not so in Ayurveda.
Also, Ayurveda is a natural therapy; hence it has no or fewer side effects or almost no complications (when taken responsibly) whereas other systems of medicine often have lots of side effects and several complications.
- +Do I have to follow a certain religion to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into my life?
No. Ayurvedic principles are universal, and anybody can incorporate them into his or her daily life. There is no need to become religious in order to adopt the principles of Ayurveda. Besides Ayurveda is not a religious Hindu text. Rather, Ayurveda is a rational science that celebrates universal principles. While deeply spiritual in subject (matters of mind and spirit are addressed in Ayurveda), Ayurveda is not ‘Hindu’ as in every day sense of ‘Hinduism’. Ayurveda does not advocate a particular religion or a deity.
- +Do I have to be a vegetarian to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle?
Not at all. Ayurveda recommends foods that are ideal for your body and mind and not as per any ‘ism’. While Ayurveda sings praises of healthy seasonal vegetarian diet; it similarly prescribes meats of several animals, fishes and birds. What you eat should / will depend on which food serves your health and energy needs best? And, what can you digest?
- +How is Ayurveda related to Yoga?
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences and work harmoniously together to deliver sound body, pure mind and free spirit. In India, there is a long standing tradition of practicing both Yoga and Ayurveda together, for maximum enhanced and positive results.
- +How effective is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a very effective system of health that is being more and more recognized in the West. It is one of the primary systems of health care in India, and has been used for more than 5000 years for all sorts of ailments and disorders. Today Ayurveda is popular all over the world. Hospitals and clinics offer it, press reports it, researchers examine it, governments host it and people love it. Ayurveda has stood the test of time; and whether it was a favorable or unfavorable political or legal climate or not – people continued to practice it privately and openly, from little clinics in India to large Spas all over the world. The word is out today– ‘Try Ayurveda, it works.’
Its full effectiveness will depend on various considerations, including the age and state of health of the individual, how much effort they are willing to put into making the necessary changes toward better health, and how compliant they are with taking their formulas and following the recommended guidelines. Since an Ayurvedic regimen is very individualized, its results will depend on individual factors as well, and on follow-up treatments, since adjustments and close supervision are absolutely necessary to obtain optimal results.
- +What is the Ayurvedic understanding of the concept of ‘healthy’?
‘Healthy’ is termed as ‘Swasthya’ in Ayurveda – one who stays in his ‘sva’ (self). This ‘sva’ involves the total personality of a person including consciousness (atman), body (sharira) and mind (manas). “sva’ also denotes “Prakriti’ or constitutional normalcy -which makes the concept of sva different from person to person. This is quite different from the world of ideal blood counts, ideal height -weight ratios, ideal heart rate etc.
Ayurveda regards each individual as unique, a brand new painting with its own set of colors. So what may be normal to one and constitute his or her health may be quite abnormal to another. In Ayurveda people do not come from a cookie cutter – so Ayurveda provides the encouragement and tools for self-analysis, understanding one’s native nature (Prakriti) and departure from one’s native nature (Vikruti). Ayurveda recommends a return to nature, to what is simple and intrinsic to our life, and it provides information to make responsible choices which promote good physical and mental health.
- +What is the Ayurvedic understanding of the concept of ‘balance’?
Ayurveda is deeply concerned with the concept of true balance. This balance entails not only a correct functioning of systems and organs, psyche and spirit but also a balanced and creative relationship with our fellow creatures, nature as a whole, between family members, our climate, the civilization we live in, between our ideals and customs, between truth and ourselves, with God, etc. Ayurvedic texts flourish with details on right behavior, right thinking, right action and right response, right eating, right lifestyle, etc. A healthy individual makes for a healthy society and a body that is balanced holds a spirit that is free – free for spiritual advancement.
- +What are doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha?
In a living being, when the five elements combine to become forces that help a living being ‘live’ then these forces are known as doshas. Air and space combined to form the force of Vata which is responsible for all movement in the body, and it governs mainly all nervous functions. There are 80 kinds of possible disturbances due to Vata. Pain, stiffness, paralysis, and hypertension, heart diseases – all these are caused by Vata. Fire and water combine to form the force of Pitta. Pitta governs mainly enzymes and hormones. Pitta is also responsible for digestion, pigmentation, body temperature, hunger, thirst, sight, courage etc. There are 40 kinds of possible disturbances due to Pitta. Burning sensations, excessive body temperature, blue moles, jaundice, and pharyngitis are examples of disorders caused by Pitta. Water and earth combine to form the force of Kapha. Kapha regulates the other two. Kapha is responsible for the connections of joints, the solid nature of the body and its sustenance, sexual power, strength, patience etc. Among the 20 possible disturbances due to Kapha are anorexia, laziness, mucus formation, hardening of vessels, obesity, suppression of digestive power etc.
In Ayurveda, we not only recognize these forces (the Tridoshas) but we also learn to harness them and develop an optimum food and lifestyle program that balances the three doshas. When doshas are in balance the individual is disease free and when in imbalance – disease begins to grow.
- +What are Ayurvedic Massages and how are they different from other massages?
Ayurvedic Massages are a part of Rejuvenation therapies. Ayurvedic massage is more comprehensive than any other form of massage. Its purpose is to restore balance and revitalize the physiology. Stress, improper diet and lifestyle, and environmental influences can push our bodies out of their natural equilibrium. This lack of balance results in ill health and chronic disorders, and plays a significant part in the aging process. The treatments are designed to detoxify the body and eliminate the harmful effects of stress. Traditionally known as “Panchakarma”, these therapies remove impurities from deep within the tissues and channels of the physiology, allowing for a free flow of energy.
- +What are Ayurvedic Treatments?
Spa treatments that are based on Ayurvedic knowledge work at a very deep level to thoroughly cleanse the body of toxins and remove physiological imbalances. The treatments can be for general health and wellness or catered toward treating a specific ailment.
- +What are different Spa treatments and therapies offered at Jeevanaya Wellness?
Please see Jeevanaya Menu → for details.
- +What to Expect during and after the treatments/ therapies?
With genuine care and pampering during the treatments, you can expect a deeply relaxing experience where every opportunity is taken to help your body relax and release even the deeply rooted toxins. When you walk out of the room, your body, mind and spirit feels lighter, brighter and completely relaxed. Since there is generous amount of oil applied to the body, please wear your not-so-new clothes to avoid getting them stained. Yoga, diet, lifestyle and overall well-being are discussed during the Consultation. Bringing a small notepad or a diary can help you write few points about them.
- +Can I get insurance coverage for Ayurvedic Massage?
Please refer to the information on this website:
Consider Ayurvedic Spa treatments and therapies the same way as going to a Spa to get pampered, and not getting any insurance coverage thereafter. It’s once in a month treat for yourself. However, some are recommended treatment plans for specific number of days, such as 7, 14 or 21 days.