What is Ayurveda? The holistic practice of ancient Indian medicine (over 5,000 years old) is to find harmony with prakriti, not just diet and wellness. It differs from allopathy because it treats the person, not the disease. This science of healthy living and the art of traditional healing teaches us to respect who we are. Unlike today, there was a time when man was one with nature and alienated from suffering. To get that balance again, you need to tap into the vast ocean of knowledge that the mother of the Vedas has to offer, or simply lie down and let the massage therapists’ magical hands heal your chakras (seven centers of spiritual energy). Not surprisingly, many choose the latter option.
For those who want to get in touch with the inner consciousness and believe in the mantra “health is wealth”, here are some of the main directions of Ayurveda in India:
Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala
God’s Own Country is proud to be the birthplace of Ayurveda. Enjoy the ultimate healing experience at Somatheeram, the world’s first Ayurvedic resort, located close to Kovalam Beach. The beautiful seaside resort is the best choice for travelers on both Ayurvedic holidays and spiritual journeys. The therapy called Pizhichil uses warm vegetable oils to help treat paralysis and nervous disorders. Whereas “Nasyam” and “Snehapanam” can fight against skin diseases and sports injuries. In addition to these massages, yoga classes, elephant rides, cultural activities and shopping trips to nearby places are offered. Tour operator Kerala Dream Mart offers Ayurvedic tours to India at the best resorts in the country.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas, Ananda Resort is the premier health resort in Northern India. It combines the well-being principles of East and West and focuses on the virtues of Ayurveda and Vedanta as well as international wellness programs. This tranquil spot on the outskirts of Rishikesh is highly respected with over 80 treatments ranging from beauty to fitness. Guests can relax in the temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pools or indulge in yoga classes, Vedanta lectures, cooking classes and nature walks.
Devaya Ayurveda Spa Resort, Goa
Most people don’t really explore the beauty of Goa beyond the beaches and forts. Located in the heart of Panaji, Devaaya Resort is a luxurious Ayurvedic center offering panchakarma programs, a proven practice for detoxifying, cleansing and rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. A typical day for guests includes yoga classes, naturopathy treatments, meditation and cultural programs. The center has other facilities such as a sauna, spa treatments, a swimming pool, a gym and a jogging track.
Ayurvedic village Kairali, Kerala
This eco-resort is located in the quaint town of Palakkad, which is enchanted by the beauty of the Western Ghats. This premier wellness workshop runs special workshops and wellness programs aimed at relieving stress, arthritis, migraines, weight loss and more, as well as providing the benefits of traditional Vedic hospitality. Guests are offered spa treatments with vegetable oils and beautiful villas according to their zodiac signs.
Bay Leaf Ayurveda Spa Resort, Andhra Pradesh
The leading Ayurvedic resort in Visakhapatnam, Bay Leaf is the perfect place to stay in Andhra Pradeshto. Ayurvedic spa services here include: full body massages to remove toxins, oil treatments to nourish hair, dry massages to stimulate blood flow, neck and shoulder massages to treat insomnia, and foot massages to restore the central nervous system. Stay at least for a weekend at these rustic cottages for an unforgettable experience.
Indulge in a world of ethnic charm and comfort at Bangalore’s most renowned Ayurvedagram wellness resort in Whitefield. Spread across nine acres, the resort offers comprehensive treatment for arthritis, diabetes, obesity, depression, infertility and joint pain. Wake up to the call of the birds, then opt for signature honey, cucumber and rose water facials. A typical day in Ayurvedagram includes morning walks, yoga classes and group meditation with three meal intervals.
AVN Swasthya — Ayurveda Village, Tamil Nadu
This Ayurvedic center provides holistic wellness programs (both individual and pre-determined) in a natural setting designed to provide healing and comfort. Some of them are: Vishranti, Ojasya, Visudhi, Jivani and Laagbhava offering complete detoxification, rejuvenation, stress relief, immune boosting as well as skin care. Located in the famous temple city of Madurai, it is one of the best Ayurvedic resorts in India, where yoga classes are also taught by trained practitioners.