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Art of Living Journeys: Peggy’s New Chapter

By AOLRC
October 4, 2017

Ayurvedic center with relaxing wellness treatments.

 

Peggy, a recent Art of Living Retreat Center retreat guest, shares her thoughts on learning how to bring Ayurveda home for a happy, healthy new chapter in her life. 

 

Immerse Yourself

I recently retired, and so there I was going through a transition in my life, and I thought, ‘well, this would be a good opportunity to have a little introspection and relax and move on to the next phase.’ I came to the Art of Living Retreat Center because I knew that it would be very relaxing and refreshing.

 

I knew a little bit about what it would be like, but I’ve never done a program like this, where you’re eating all the right things, doing yoga in the morning, and practicing kriya. It’s just a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the lifestyle. It’s definitely exceeded my expectations, particularly in how much I learned. I didn’t know I would learn so much that I could take home with me!

 

Healing Knowledge

The treatments were incredible, and I was really impressed. The therapists are not only healers, but teachers as well.  The treatments were peaceful, and I really felt that the therapists, while silent, were still showing me how I could carry on with them after I leave.

 

I’ve done some reading and research into Ayurveda, and I’ve tried to adapt it into my life, but having a real person to guide me through the practical ways in which to utilize Ayurvedic principles is so helpful.

 

For example, I learned a lot about abhyanga and doshas. I was familiar with the concepts of both, but I always found them to be a little overwhelming. There was so much written theory surrounding the concepts, but going through the daily treatments, meditation, and education, I felt that I really absorbed the knowledge and that I can actually go home and continue the practice.

 

Simple Self-Care

I worked very hard for 35 years, and this was a welcome relief. With the abhyanga oil treatments, I haven’t washed my hair in days, and it’s so much softer. I learned how to take care of myself better on a daily basis, how simple it can be. I look better than I did a week ago!

 
 

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Best detox program 2017 at the Art of Living Retreat Center

In the News: 2017 Best Detox Program

By Andrew
August 9, 2017

Top 10 Spa Awards: Best detox program Art of Living Retreat Center
We are delighted to share with you our exciting news…Organic Spa Magazine recently awarded our Shankara Ayurveda Spa the “Best Detox Program” in the United States!

Here’s why:

“…offers traditional Ayurvedic treatments like shirodhara, abhyangha and marma therapy, consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor and some of the best and most authentic yoga and meditation teachers anywhere.”

Best Detox Program

“Originally built as a Transcendental Meditation Retreat Center by a follower of the Beatles’ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, this bucolic 381-acre property outside Charlotte, NC, was sold to the nonprofit, The Art of Living, in 2011. With more than 10,000 centers worldwide in 155 countries, this is the centerpiece, where guests will find abundant peace and tranquility.
Commit to an authentic Ayurvedic detox (panchakarma), or the signature Happiness Program, which features breathing exercises, yoga, meditation and shared wisdom, is life-changing. The recently renovated Spa offers traditional Ayurvedic treatments like shirodhara, abhyangha and marma therapy, consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor and some of the best and most authentic yoga and meditation teachers anywhere. The cuisine is exclusively vegetarian, much of it from the organic garden on property. artoflivingretreatcenter.org

 

For us, this award is a reminder of the strong legacy we inherit. Ayurveda is an amazing tradition that offers a holistic approach to wellness and self-care, which is time-tested, approachable and all natural. And natural Ayurvedic modes of detox have been helping people rejuvenate for thousands of years. We are proud to be able to offer this type of programming in the US.

Come and stay with us soon!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Organic Spa offers inspired, interesting articles on lifestyles of wellness. You can check out the original announcement here or contact us by email at [email protected] or call 800.392.6870.

 

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Healing Journeys of Ayurveda: Peggy’s Story

By AOLRC
June 15, 2017

Part of what we do at the Center is empower you towards a life well-lived. We don’t want your experience to end when you drive away from the mountains – which is why so many of our programs include an educational component so that you can continue to enjoy the transformative effects of Ayurveda at home. Peggy recently joined us at the Art of Living Retreat Center to celebrate the beginning of a new season of her life. What she found was not only a week’s worth of rejuvenation and self-reflection, but a new knowledge base to bring her experiences home. 
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Cleansing Retreat

Cleansing Retreats: Eliminate Stress and Clear Your Body

By Paige Reist
January 27, 2017

Cleansing Retreats in North Carolina

Even the best computer needs to be restarted every once in a while. Between the toxins and chemicals in most modern western foods to the particles in the air we breathe to the stress that we put ourselves under at work and home, there are times when what you need more than anything is a chance to clear out the mind and body and start fresh once again.

Cleansing retreats are designed to refresh and restore the body inside and out. Relaxing and fun, these retreats are an escape with a purpose, one where the end goal is to leave feeling you are more energized and ready to take on the challenges of the everyday world.

What is a Cleansing Retreat?

There are several strategies that can be used at these retreats. At the Art of Living Center in North Carolina, our cleansing retreats are designed to detoxify the body using relaxing spa services, nourishing Ayurvedic techniques, and a venue that helps each attendee become more in touch with nature.

For example, our Panchakarma Detox Retreat is a cleansing retreat that involves:

  • Daily Ayurvedic Meals – Delicious meals cooked by trained chefs that nourish and detoxify the body.
  • 10-14 Spa Treatments – A variety of relaxing and enjoyable spa treatments that give you that sense of relaxation that eliminates tension and stress.
  • Daily Progressive Yoga and Meditation – Engagement in yoga and meditations from trained staff that helps to bring you more in touch with your spirituality, and develop mindfulness that can help you address upcoming challenges.

This is one of many different options for cleansing retreats. We also have our weekend cleanse retreats, and our Ayurvedic weight management program which combines cleansing with exercise and calorie control.

 

Different Cleansing Retreats – Each a Great Experience

Every cleansing retreat addresses detoxification and relaxation differently. But the idea is the same throughout – to eliminate toxins in your body so that you feel alert, energized, and in many ways like a new person. It is to give you that restart that so many people need to feel more vibrant, strong, and calm, able to work and play at your peak capacity and be ready to give all of your energy to any task you undertake.

If you are interested in learning more about our NC cleansing retreats, please call us today at 1-800-392-6870, or browse our website for some of our upcoming cleansing retreat options.

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On the Path: Why I Volunteer with Seva

By Dr. Harrison Graves, MD
November 18, 2016

In this series, we explore people’s experiences on the path of spirituality. Whether it’s personal development, insights or learning about how to love more deeply, it’s all about you and your journey. Our first selection comes from Dr. Harrison Graves, an MD who has been volunteering at the center for the past several months, informing and educating us all with his thoughtful writing and commentary. Enjoy! – Andrew

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“The best seva is helping someone understand this eternal nature of life.”

Seva is often defined as “selfless service,” service with no expectation of reward. It is that — and much more. In today’s blog I’ll share with you why I volunteer, or do seva, and suggest ways you can too. True seva is a way of life — an inner attitude of giving.

 

Ram Dass explains seva beautifully: “Helping out is not some special skill. It is not the domain of rare individuals. It is not confined to a single part of our lives. We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us.” (Ram Dass was a co-founder of the Seva Foundation. Seva is best known for their work restoring eyesight to over 3 million blind people suffering from cataract blindness in places like Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and throughout sub-Saharan Africa.)

 

How Seva Can Help You, the Giver

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares how seva also benefits the giver:

 

To increase our joy we must share joy with others. Giving is essential for spiritual growth. A willingness to share what we have and to help others is called seva.
Seva connects us to others and makes them a part of us. The barriers dissolve that separate our happiness from their happiness. Lingering moods of unhappiness or depression dissipate when our focus is on helping someone else.

 

Seva can become complementary medicine for those who suffer with anxiety and depression. Both ailments can vanish when we focus on selfless service.

 

How to Serve

There are endless ways of doing seva. All it takes is creativity and imagination. Make seva your way of life. If you are helping to mentor a son or daughter, that is family seva. If you adopt a pet from the shelter, that is pet seva. Anytime you willingly donate your time and love to help others, you are doing seva. And there are many such projects that Art of Living members have voluntarily taken up as a way to give back through seva. Whether it’s providing service to prison inmates or supporting schools for under-served students in the developing world or projects in your own neighborhood, there are so many ways to serve.

 

Service, whatever form it takes, is the flow of love from one human being to another. This desire to share is our basic nature. Sincere giving — without any expectation of return — breaks the boundaries of conditional love and expands our ability to love every human being unconditionally.  Perhaps the best seva is helping someone understand this eternal nature of life.

 

My Experience With Seva at the Art of Living Retreat Center

Soon after beginning my seva at the Art of Living Retreat Center, I realized how much I was receiving: the opportunity to be at America’s top rated and most scenic Ayurvedic Spa, in a setting of  Blue Ridge Mountain beauty. Then there is the daily Yoga, meditation, satsang and kirtan. Also, each month I am privileged to meet kindred yogi and yogini spirits from around the world, each of whom seems to have an amazing talent to share: writers, artists, musicians and Yoga/meditation teachers.

 

Seva at the retreat center might include helping in the kitchen, working in the organic garden or assisting at reception. During Art of Living courses, voluntary opportunities to participate in seva activities are often part of the daily routine, such as cooking, cleaning, gardening or childcare.

 

Service is the expression of love. Serve in whatever possible manner you can. Ask yourself, “How can I be useful to people around me, and to the whole world?” Then your heart starts blossoming and a completely new level begins. Otherwise we’re always thinking, “What about me, what about me?” It’s nothing! Ask, “How can I be useful, how can I give to the world?

 

Seva is our own inner joy pouring forth into action.

 

Make service a way of life — and be happier.

 

For more info on the inspiring programs and social initiatives that Art of Living members have participated in, please see the IAHV site

 

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salty taste

The Six Flavors of Ayurveda: Salty Taste

By Dr. Harrison Graves, MD
October 12, 2016

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In this week’s blog, we are going salty. Typical foods in the salty taste category include rock salt, sea salt, vegetables, soy sauce, tamari, black olives, hard cheeses, sea foods and many processed foods. Salt improves the taste of  many foods and makes the other five tastes (rasas) more delicious. A great example is the yummy organic chocolate bar, “enhanced with sea salt,” found at supermarket checkout counters. It is an enticing combo of sweet + salty.
The saying “all things in moderation” especially applies to the amount of salt found in the American diet. Many American meals (hamburger + fries + coke) are loaded with salty and sweet at the expense of the other four tastes. A little bit of salty taste may enhance the flavor of a soup, but being as intense as it is, salt can overpower the other flavors entirely.

 

Benefits of Salt

The salty taste increases salivation while improving food digestion and absorption. Salt supports muscle strength and helps provide essential minerals (sodium and chloride) for electrolyte balance. It helps the body hold water, keeping mucous membranes and other bodily tissues moist. However, salt is not very nutritive by itself. Salt is nourishing to the plasma — that part of the blood that contains the blood cells. It is a liquid quite similar to sea water. The human body itself is about 70% salt water.
Emotionally, salt is grounding and soothing to the nervous system — one reason that the salty taste can become an addiction. It can also help combat dullness, depression and lack of creativity.

 

Salt and the Doshas

Salt is needed in small amounts for all body-mind types — all doshas. However, Vatas benefit most. The salty taste is grounding, moistening and warming for Vata. However,  Kaphas beware. Watch out for excess water retention. Pittas have to watch for excessive heat.
Too much salt can also  thicken the blood and aggravate high blood pressure. In the extreme, it can even lead to skin conditions, intestinal inflammation, bleeding disorders and vomiting.

 

Rock Salt: Ayurveda Recommended

Natural mineral salt, or rock salt, is cooling rather than heating. It is far more balancing for Pitta than other forms of salt. It’s mildness and diverse mineral content helps to minimize the potential hazards of excess salt. For these reasons, rock salt is highly regarded in the Ayurvedic tradition and considered to be a superior salt.
When used externally, like in a salt rub, all types of salt help to draw moisture and toxins out of the body.. Salt can also be used medically to reduce swelling and inflammation, or help to heal wounds.

 

Summary

The benefits of salt include enhancing the appetite, stimulating digestion and maintaining proper electrolyte balance. One goal of Ayurvedic cooking is to keep one’s unique combination of doshas in continuous balance. Salt can be balancing (grounding and moistening)  for Vata, yet can aggravate Pitta with excess heat.  Kaphas should beware of excess fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure.

Next time you sit down to a meal, ask yourself three questions:
“Am I getting all six tastes in my food?”
“Am I eating the right foods and tastes for my dosha.”
“Have I prepared for my food with gratitude and positive intention?”

 

Want to learn more about the 6 flavors in Ayurveda? We’ve prepared a Cheat Sheet for finding greater satisfaction in eating & more harmony in the kitchen through Ayurveda:

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Review Question: Which dosha benefits most from salt in the diet?
Comments: Please leave your comments on the six tastes in the comment box below.

 

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Panchakarma: The Ultimate Cleanse

By Dr. Harrison Graves, MD
September 30, 2016

Ayurveda, the holistic medicine from India, has given us the ultimate way to cleanse the body-mind: Panchakarma. Panchakarma means the “five actions,” or five therapies. A Panchakarma retreat uses these time-tested therapies to release physical toxins from the body and deep rooted stress from the mind. It also helps restore the body’s own ability to heal. 

 Panchakarma was developed thousands of years ago by the physician-yogis of India. Its five therapies refer to the five cleansing and rejuvenating procedures described in Ayurvedic textbooks.

Panchakarma in the West uses three of these five Ayurvedic methods for detoxifying. Each is prescribed based on one’s body-mind type or dosha: vata, pitta, kapha.  

A Panchakarma retreat is most effective when a detoxification diet is part of the treatment. The staff at the Shankara Ayurvedic Spa is well aware of the importance of food as medicine. Every individual undergoing Panchakarma receives a nourishing Ayurvedic diet which is monitored by the doctor.

The Process

Think of a Panchakarma retreat as a three step process: mobilization of toxins, elimination of toxins, and body-mind rejuvenation.

Step 1: Mobilizing Toxins

Panchakarma begins with oleation — the application and ingestion of oils and ghee.  Ghee taken by mouth loosens and mobilize toxins from the stomach and intestines. Deep soothing massages with warmed medicated oils release toxins from the soft tissues while making the process a delight. 

Step 2: Elimination and Release

After oleation, comes Swedana (sweating therapy), in the sauna or steam room. Sweating therapy allows toxins to be eliminated through the skin. The heat also improves circulation and releases tension.

The toxins mobilized in Step 1 are also released using a series of daily basti’s, or therapeutic enemas. Basti is much more than an enema, however. It refers to a special type of colon cleanse that uses herb infused oils to remove toxins from the intestinal tract.

Step 3: Body-Mind Rejuvenation

Once the toxins have been released, the time is ripe to nourish the body with natural foods, with meditation and gentle yoga.

The Shankara  Spa Experience

A Panchakarma Cleanse at the Art of Living Shankara Spa is a delightful and de-stressing experience. Customized just for you, your Panchakarma retreat includes:

  • Initial Ayurvedic consultation with pulse assessment by an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner 
  • About 2 1/2 hours of daily Ayurvedic treatments, customized to your personal wellness program
  • Abhyanga (warm oil massage): providing rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to the body 
  • Swedna (Spa steam room therapy)  
  • Shirodhara (Bliss Therapy): Shirodhara refers to a continuous stream of warm oil over the forehead; promotes relaxation, tranquility and mental clarity
  • Therapeutic, organic diet designed to optimize your experience in treatments
  • In addition,  Ayurvedic cooking classes and daily satsang/kirtan are available.

                                           

Releasing Emotional Toxins

Emotional toxins can be just as damaging as physical toxins.  Examples include the suffering caused by a toxic relationship at home or an undue criticism at work. It’s important to remember that your mind and heart are continually digesting energy and information as well as foods.

If toxic emotions like anger, jealousy or grievances are not cleared, they can lead to stress related illnesses. These may include ulcers, hypertension and stroke. If your body-mind is made strong by meditation, you will be able to reinforce the positive emotions (happiness, contentment, joy and gratitude) that nourish you. —  and to eliminate those negative emotions that no longer serve you.

Cleansing the Mind: Mantra and Pranayama

Both Ayurveda and Yoga recommend mantric chanting and conscious breathing as an important part of holistic healing. Some mantras, like Aum and OM Shanti, are soothing to the nervous system. Other mantras, like the Gayatri, a mantra for higher consciousness, are chanted for wisdom and illumination.

In addition, pranayama, conscious breathing, is essential. Exercises like nadi shodhana and the yogic breath can provide rapid relieve for anxiety. Pranayama is the fastest way to calm the worries and hurries of the mind.

According to Ayurveda, good health depends upon our ability to fully assimilate all aspects of life. Than means taking in that which nourishes us and eliminating the rest. If we don’t completely digest our food, experiences and emotions, toxins will accumulate in our body and mind. The end result is imbalance and disease.

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Shankara Ayurveda Spa: Awarded Best Ayurveda Program in the US

By Andrew
July 29, 2016

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We are delighted to share with you our exciting news…

Organic Spa Media Co. recently awarded our Shankara Ayurveda Spa the “Best Ayurveda Program” in the United States!

Here’s why:

You simply will not find a more authentic or effective Ayurvedic program outside of India

“This beautiful retreat center, with gorgeous vistas that overlook the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, NC, is the real deal. You simply will not find a more authentic or effective Ayurvedic program outside of India, where this program-and its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar-are renowned. Everything, including the architecture of the prominent Meditation Center, is designed to help guests gain focus, lift their spirits and fulfill their human potential, with the help of loving and attentive staff, therapeutic Ayurvedic spa treatments, yoga and meditation, and amazing workshops and retreats from Panchakarama to the world-famous Happiness Program.”

Come and stay with us soon!

Visit our website or contact us @ [email protected] or call 800.392.6870

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Ayurvedic Detox: The Natural Way to Cleanse

By Dr. Harrison Graves, MD
May 11, 2016

     With all the hype about detoxes and cleanses today, it can be overwhelming to know how to detox the right way. In this series of blogs, Ayurveda, the 5000 year old “science of life and longevity,” will give us some answers. Ayurvedic detox shows us how to minimize the toxins that come into our lives and maximize the toxins that go out.

 

     Spring and fall are especially important times of the year to detoxify the body-mind. A spring detox can serve as an antidote for the inactivity and holiday indulgences that may have accompanied the long winter months.

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Why Ayurvedic Detox?

Physical Toxins

     Ayurveda considers the buildup of toxins, physical and mental and environmental, to be the underlying cause of many diseases. Toxins can enter our world by what we eat, drink, breathe in and process in any way.

      Physical toxins (junk food, for example) build up ama, the sticky waste-product of digestion, throughout the body. Ama builds up whenever the digestive system is either too weak or too overloaded with the wrong foods. Ama in the digestive tract leads to poor absorption of nutrients and GI tract disease. If ama is not cleared from the body and continues to build up, ama’s toxic goo can leave the digestive tract and start circulating throughout the body.

      Examples of ama accumulation outside the digestive tract include the build up of fatty deposits (plaque) in the arteries of the body. These deposits create blockages that can impede blood flow to the heart and brain, contributing to heart attacks and stroke. Ama on the teeth (dental plaque) can be a cause for gum disease and tooth loss.

      Signs that physical toxins have built up in the body include a heavy white coating (ama) on the tongue, decreased energy, foul body, breath and stool odor, indigestion and excessive gas, body aches, foggy thinking and sleepiness after eating.

Ayurvedic detox shows us how to minimize the toxins that come into our lives and maximize the toxins that go out.

Mental Toxins

     Mental toxins can come from many sources, from a toxic relationship at home to stress at work to toxic media overstimulation (“If it bleeds, it leads” newscasting). Signs of mental toxins include anger, worry and depression.

     In Ayurveda, mental toxins are not managed with prescription drugs. No Xanax. No Zoloft. Instead, Ayurveda uses the tools of meditation, pranayama (breath-work) and pratyahara (management of the sensory input) to cleanse the mind of mental toxins.

Pratyahara, that all-important fifth limb of yoga, refers to all of the things taken in by the five senses. Examples of good pratyahara, good mental nutrition, include spending more time in the beauty of nature, in the forest or by the sea, and less time in front of the TV. Good pratyahara also means being around people who are loving and supportive, the opposite of toxic.

 

Environmental Toxins

     Environmental toxins come from outside the body and include foods tainted with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, as well as many additives and preservatives. Other toxins in the environment come from polluted air (carbon monoxide), polluted water (lead, mercury, etc.) and household cleaning supplies.

Ayurvedic Detox: The Natural Way to Cleanse

     Recognizing the value of regular cleansing and rejuvenation, Ayurveda has given us many ways to detox, from Ayurvedic herbs taken by mouth to therapeutic massage with herb-infused oils to  meditation and yoga. Perhaps the easiest way to start detoxifying is a simple and natural organic vegetarian diet that contains all six tastes of Ayurveda, sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent, something critically important to maintaining the health of the bodily tissues, the dhatus (see previous blog: “The Six Tastes of Ayurveda“). Now let’s take a closer look at some of Ayurveda’s other detox methods. Ayurvedic detox is the holistic way to keep the body-mind healthy, energized and balanced. In this series of blogs, I offer you the most effective Ayurvedic tips I know for reducing the toxins in your every day life.

 

Ayurvedic Herbs: Easy and Natural

     Ayurveda recommends the use of specific herbs that can cleanse the organs and rejuvenate the tissues. Some of the most important Ayurvedic herbs are triphala, ashwagandha, guggulu, ginger, tumeric and neem. These herbs help by enhancing our bodies’ own ability to detoxify.  They have also been shown to contain helpful natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as several anti-cancer chemicals. At the energetic level, they help balance our doshas (body-mind types) as well.

     The appropriate doses of certain herbs may vary, depending on a person’s constitution and other issues.  However, most people can benefit from the following three detoxifying herbs — triphala, tumeric and ginger. Check with your health care provider or practitioner for specific recommendations based on your body type, your medical conditions and other medications you may be taking.

 

Triphala: A 3-in-1 Ayurvedic Cleanse

     Triphala (the “three fruits”) is used in Ayurveda as a detoxifier, rejuvenative, and mild laxative. According to a recent article published in the Nutrition Journal, Triphala is one of the most antioxidant-rich compounds in nature, containing a significantly higher antioxidant content than most foods and single herbs. It is a combination of three key Ayurvedic herbs — Haritaki, Amalaki and Bibhitaki — excellent for rejuvenation and GI tract health.

Turmeric

     Tumeric is one of nature’s best and most widely used anti-inflammatories. It is available as a powder for use in cooking and in capsule form. The recommended dose is 500-1000 mg/day. 

Ginger

      Ginger has a strong cleansing effect on the body, mobilizing toxins and restoring balance. It benefits the digestive system and helps reduce cravings for sweet and salty foods. Prepare ginger tea by adding one teaspoon of grated or sliced fresh ginger root to a cup of hot water. Fill your thermos bottle so that you can sip ginger tea throughout the day.

 

Next Blogs:

     In our next two blogs we will explore other forms of detox used in Ayurveda, from tongue scraping and sweating (svedana) to meditation and panchakarma, the ultimate Ayurvedic detox.

If you’re interested in learning more about the traditional Ayurvedic cleanse, Panchakarma, check out our guide to Panchakarma.

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To your health and happiness!

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