7-Day Ayurveda Pancha Karma Cleansing at Haramara
Ayurveda is the holistic medicine system of India known as the wisdom of life. Ayurveda originated in the Vedic culture of India over 5000 years ago. Through the centuries, it has survived as a natural system of health maintenance, disease prevention and healing. This survival has been possible because Ayurvedic practices are very effective. Ayurveda recognizes that each person has a unique mind-body constitution. Our practitioners identify that basic constitution and determine what imbalances and disturbances exist. We provide education, guidance and a plan for helping the individual improve their health and wellness.
The goal of Ayurveda is to balance the energies of the environment, body, mind and spirit in order to allow each individual to reach her/his full potential. This balance creates an optimal environment for health and maximizes one's body's ability to heal itself. When we bring ourselves into greater harmony with the natural forces of the universe, we set the stage for optimal health and wellbeing. Ayurveda recommends several methods to bring about the harmony and balance required for health. The primary focus is diet [digestion] and lifestyle. Ayurveda teaches us that disease begins in the digestive tract; if digestion is poor, toxins accumulate in the body and create discomfort and illness. Herbs are used for support while changes are being incorporated into daily life. Other therapies which may be utilized are Ayurvedic bodywork (massage), purification therapies (Pancha Karma), color, aroma and sound therapies as well as yoga and meditation. Ayurveda presents a model of balanced living which focuses on moderation. It offers a journey of self-understanding and education leading to happiness and good health.
WHAT IS PANCHA KARMA CLEANSING?
Pancha Karma is an Ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation plan. It was developed for royalty in India to prolong life and health by removing physical impurities, bringing awareness to destructive thoughts and behaviors, and releasing old patterns. Pancha Karma is typically done once a year for disease prevention and for emotional and spiritual growth and is divided into three phases:
Phase 1: Purva Karma, Preparation
The goal of Purva Karma is to prepare the body tissues for the cleanse and release of toxins. One week before the actual cleansing phase, you eliminate all processed foods, sweets, stimulants such as coffee, and most dairy products from your diet. These foods, especially the vegetables, create a more alkaline (vs. acid) environment in the body, which supports the cleansing and detox process. This phase is done at home.
Phase 2: Pancha Karma, Cleansing
This phase consists of these practices and does on site at Haramara: nasal cleansing, enemas, laxatives, a mono – diet, and bodywork. A cleansing fast or diet is often used during this period. During this phase, a person's activity shifts to become more internally-focused. This means letting go of some day-to-day activities and spending time meditating and taking walks in nature. Deep breathing, focused on the exhalation phase helps to rid the body of old ideas
Phase 3: Rejuvenation
During the rejuvenation phase, a person returns to the simple diet of the preparation phase. It is important to do this gradually, by slowly introducing solid foods. Many people find that the most profound healing occurs during the rejuvenation phase. Physical, emotional and spiritual changes may be experienced in the days and weeks to come. Sometimes issues that have been suppressed will surface, emotions, and blockages. This phase too is done at home with the suggestions of your practitioner regarding foods and tonifying herbs to help re-build your strength and immunity.
Who is Pancha Karma good for?
- Assistance integrating or accelerating life changes
- Anyone just wanting to do an annual cleanse!
- Anyone suffering from the following conditions: asthma, allergies, acne, digestive disturbances
For more information on Pancha Karma cleansing see this excellent article: http://ayurveda.com/pdf/pk_intro.pdf
Week Long DAILY CLEANSE SCHEDULE
“I signed up for the Pacha Karma at the recommendation of my Ayurvedic health councilor. I was expecting a bit of rest, some time by the pool, and perhaps a few tips on how to eat better. What I received instead is an entirely new life. Day by day, from one treatment to the other, the reasons why I have lived a life in which I over eat and do not exercise began to become apparent. And, more importantly, I am now able to do something about it. I have been both inspired by the level of personal care I received, and relieved at removing some of the burdens I have carried which have led me to stop loving myself as I deserve. Since the Pacha Karma, I have been able to maintain a good, recommended diet for several months, I take two Yoga classes a week, and I walk and do other exercises about 5 days a week. I actually have the experience that I want to exercise and eat well. For me, this has never happened before. My weight is down and continuing to go down and my fitness is up - I just climbed down and up 300+ stairs to a lighthouse last week without pausing. Life is good and getting better. Thank you Jennifer for this wonderful gift of a longer, healthier life.
Signed Wyliam H. (59 years old)
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