Shankara Ayurveda Wellness
Ancient Ayurveda integrated with contemporary wellness to bring body, mind, spirit, and environment into balance.
At the Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, we know how important whole-being wellness is to living a life of health and happiness. We provide a number of Ayurveda retreats to help people come closer to the experience of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. With us, an Ayurveda retreat is not just theoretical—our time-tested cleanses, educational programs, and Ayurveda treatments dive deep into the Ayurveda experience and provide you all the tools you need for the healing, health, and wellness you deserve. Learn what works for your body and emerge feeling lighter, well-rested, and ready to take on the world.
Relax, Restore & Renew
Experience deep rest and rejuvenation.
Cleanse & Detox
Return to Radiant Health
Ayurveda says there are four aspects: hitaaya and ahitayu, sukhayu and dukhayu. Or in English, what is good for the body and what is not, what makes us happy and what makes us sad. Like driving a car, once you know the rules of the road, you can get around safely. Ayurveda uses knowledge about these four aspects to help you more expertly (and enjoyably!) navigate your life.
Elements of the Body
The body is made of five elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Physiologically, these elements function as three bio-dynamic forces, called vata, pitta, and kapha. You may have heard of vata, pitta, and kapha described as dhatus, substances, doshas, prakriti, or our natural constitution. Why are they important? While every individual is born with five elements, the constitutional makeup and the relative proportions of each element are a little different, and our lifestyle also differs based on which type or types we favor.
Those who are born with more of the ether and air element have a vata constitution. Generally, a vata person is very thin, talkative, and often restless.
They typically have a lower body weight, dry skin, brittle nails, thin hair, and small, slightly sunken eyes. In terms of climate, vatas tend to prefer warm or hot weather—they may have trouble tolerating the cold. They have a hard time gaining weight and so tend to be thin.
When vata is balanced, one experiences more energy, enthusiasm, clarity of mind, infectious positivity, and flexibility. One is more spontaneous, creative, and affectionate.
Pitta people are those who are born with hotter constitutions, containing more of the fire element.
A pitta person is generally active, good looking, a perfectionist, dynamic, intelligent and also short-tempered. They may have leadership qualities, a moderate build, a smart personality, a sharp nose, and their eyes will also be sharp, sometimes offset with a slight pinkish skin tint.
Kapha indicates a preponderance of the water and earth elements. People with this kapha constitution are generally cool, calm, cheerful, stocky (if not overweight).
Ayurveda says that because a kapha person is the least bothered, happiest type of person on the planet, the best constitution is kapha—they’re cheerful all the time!
Other qualities include thick dark hair, big eyes with very white sclera (whites), and prominent, shiny, white teeth. The skin may also be thick, moist, and a cool to the touch. As a personality type, while they tend to accumulate things, they also have a sharing streak that moves them to service for society.
Ayurveda Wellness Cleanse/Detox Retreats
Do you greet each day with a lightness of being, a freshness in perspective, and vibrancy in health? When you look after your well-being, this becomes a natural, effortless state. You feel vital, clear, relaxed, and balanced physically and emotionally. But life gets busy and personal health is often sidelined. The body can feel sluggish with dull aches and pains, the mind clouded and busy, sleep impaired, and everything just seems a little out off. Our bodies give us these indicators as a reminder to relax and restore balance.
Panchakarma can help by reversing the negative effects of daily living to restore you to a natural state of health and vitality. Through this therapeutic process, your body and mind are cleared of toxins—bringing your systems back into balance and proper functioning. Lifestyle recommendations based on your unique constitution help you sustain this well-being.
Refresh Ayurveda Cleanse
and expert support
Renew Group Cleanse
Ayurveda Education Programs
Ayurveda is the art and science of tuning the body into balance, harnessing the body’s natural intelligence for optimal health. From learning the foundations of Ayurveda to how to take care of your body and prevent disease, our Ayurveda education programming gives you the tools to take control of your health and well-being.
Most of our retreats are offered both online and on-campus—you can learn in the comfort of your home or visit us and completely immerse at our beautiful mountaintop campus. Dive into the knowledge and experience of Ayurveda in any of these signature programs.
Ayurveda Culinary Retreat
A weekend of deep healing, transformation, bliss, and pampering. This authentic Ayurveda-based program that will teach you simple and sustainable daily practices for greater health and happiness during the transitional phases of life.
Holistic Spine Care Retreat
Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress Wellness Retreat
Not available in 2020.
Ayurveda Treatments & Consultations
Ayurvedic treatments are powerfully effective in their ability to purify toxins and imbalances as well as nourishing, deeply relaxing, and luxurious. Our expert staff will customize oils and herbs to your unique dosha and needs ensuring your therapies remove impurities, restore balance, boost your immunity, and promote vitality and wellness. From consultations to body wraps, facials, and massages to energy treatments—you’ll be guided and cared for so you can completely relax into bliss.
Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultations
Pulse Assessment with an Ayurvedic Vaidya
Ayurveda Body Treatments & Therapies
Shankara Ayurveda Wellness: Authentic Ayurveda
Experience our award-winning Ayurveda health facility at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, located deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We combine ancient Ayurveda with contemporary wellness to bring you the ultimate therapeutic experience.
Our team of Ayurvedic practitioners, highly-trained therapists, and esteemed board-certified western medical doctor are dedicated to providing excellence in Ayurvedic health and well-being. Together, we specialize in individualized holistic care to the whole mind-body complex and the management of health conditions.
Relax and rejuvenate in the deeply healing and restful setting of Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, and enjoy a blend of facilities to support your well-being, including a relaxation room, steam room, movement studio, dedicated dining area, and a cooking demonstration kitchen.
Your journey to health and vitality begins here.
“Best Ayurveda Program”
Our team immerses itself in the dual traditions of Ayurveda and yoga, not just as professionals, but as a powerful way of life. Ranked the #1 Ayurveda program in the US by Organic Spa Magazine, we are one of only a handful of centers dedicated to offering such an exclusive focus on Ayurveda in the US.
The one-on-one guidance of Ayurvedic experts and the combination of diet with personal Ayurvedic treatments—such as marma, abhyanga, and shirodhara—that you’ll receive at the Center greatly enhances the overall impact of the process. This synergy of massage, diet, relaxing steams, herbal supplements, and more is not only the traditional way, but much more effective than the sum of its parts.
We know that when you cleanse, you need space and time for rest. You do not want to worry about traffic jams and missed appointments, standing over a hot stove cooking, tracking down exotic ingredients, and the other mundane details typically associated with such a process. We take care of your food, room, treatments, and all the little details to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Spectacular Natural Setting
Our stunning natural surroundings are perfect for taking time for yourself and your body to relax deeply and restore your energy. Boone is a vacation destination in itself, and the Center’s peaceful location on top of a mountain creates an ideal setting for deep cleansing. Add to this the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, and you have a relaxing place to get deep rest.
Unwind, let go and bathe in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
From the moment you arrive, everything is taken care of. Our deeply restful and healing retreat environment invites you to relax and rejuvenate in any way your heart desires. Choose from an array of retreats including health, nutrition and weight-management to gentle detoxes and wellness getaways… or simply create your own! Discover what nurtures you, supports you, and take home a wealth of tools and knowledge to maintain your relaxed, balanced and renewed sense of well-being.
The perfect place to clear your mind.
Many people believe the mountains are the closest point to the heavens and we couldn’t agree more. There are thousands of reasons to meditate in nature. It’s a place where wisdom and perception come alive. It activates our senses and makes letting go of worries easier. The usual distractions seem far away and unimportant. It’s easier to let go of worries (and electronic devices!!) when you’re communing with nature.