Blueprint for Freedom from Anxiety and Chronic Stress

Achieve Vibrant Health Using a Time-Tested, Proven Holistic Approach
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“I was able to let go of a lot of stuck and negative emotions I had.” —Natalia P.

What is getting in the way of your best life?

Anxiety and chronic stress are two of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. In fact, 1 in 5 adults experience anxiety—approximately 46.6 million adults in a given year. Anxiety disorders are considered to be highly treatable, yet less than half of those suffering receive treatment. In addition, chronic stress is a national epidemic for all genders and ages, which can be both the cause and the effect of anxiety. Despite conventional medicine’s best efforts, the numbers of those affected by anxiety or chronic stress continue to rise.

If anxiety, chronic stress, or even just plain overwhelm are getting in the way of your true happiness, the authentic time-tested proven practices of the science of Ayurveda has solutions—holistic solutions that address your body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old wellness and healthcare system that provides a solid foundation for individuals seeking to regain a life without anxiety and chronic stress. The Western approach of one-size-fits-all solutions just doesn’t work. We’re all different and when it comes to wellness our unique imbalances, history, and mindset are important to consider in regards to treatments and therapies.

Ayurveda’s authentic approach includes rejuvenation and detoxification—integrated with various tools for stress reduction, exercise, cleansing, and lifestyle practices—to heal and restore the body to its optimal health

Your Blueprint for Vibrant Health

The Blueprint for Vibrant Health 21-day program is a 3-phase approach to detoxifying your body and mind, restoring balance, and resetting your entire being. The program is led by our expert Ayurveda practitioners who are committed to guiding you successfully on your journey. 

Three Pillars of the Program

Our Holistic Approach to Addressing Anxiety and Chronic Stress

Everything you need.

Our 21-day guided package is customized to include everything you need to get the most of your program . You'll receive
  • Pre-cleanse consultation with Ayurveda expert to determine your specific needs and goals, and tailor the cleanse to your unique constitution
  • Personalized cleanse starter kit
  • Pacifying yoga sessions
  • Guided meditation and breathing practices
  • Live interactive sessions with Ayurveda experts
  • Recipes
  • Educational videos:
    An Introduction to Ayurveda • Benefits of Ayurvedic Cooking
    Self-Care with Ayurveda Therapies • Freedom from Anxiety
    Incorporating the Ayurvedic Daily Routine
  • 40-day complimentary access to Art of Living Journey app
  • A cleansing guide
  • Access to private Facebook support group
  • Post-program and cleanse follow-up consultation

This Retreat Will Change Your Life

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Healthier Body

  • Feel lighter
  • Increase energy
  • Improve strength
  • Boost your immune system
  • Remove toxic build-up
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Healthier Mind

  • Manage stress effectively
  • Experience a calm mind
  • Feel more relaxed
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Experience mental clarity & vitality
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Healthier Soul

  • Deepen your connection to what matters most
  • Establish practices to support mind, body, & soul
  • Be part of a supportive community
  • Experience greater contentment
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Healthier Senses

  • Gain new & enjoyable approaches to living well​
  • Establish healthy eating patterns
  • Understand how food affects the mind & body
  • Improve your relationship with food

Research

Recent studies from Yale show the SKY Breathing practice is an effective breathing technique to eliminate stress and improve mental health and well-being. The Yale study—which was conducted with 200 participants over eight weeks—showed significant improvements in six mental-health and psychological thriving outcomes: stress, depression, mental health, social connectedness, positive emotions, and mindfulness.

 

Shankara Ayurveda Wellness: Authentic Ayurveda

At Shankara Ayurveda Wellness, located deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the authentic ancient practices of Ayurveda are integrated with contemporary wellness to bring you the ultimate therapeutic experience. Our expert team of Ayurvedic practitioners and therapists 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.

Your journey to health and vitality begins now.

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Program Leaders

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Kimberly Rossi

Kimberly Rossi has been studying, practicing, and teaching Vedic science—Ayurveda, yoga, pranayama, and meditation—since 1998.  Her passion is sharing the teachings, making things easy to follow, and empowering people to make positive lifestyle changes, so one may be happy, healthy, and whole—the best version of themselves and creators of the best life possible. Her professional career has been leading wellness-based businesses in four and five star destinations around the world for more than 25 years. Currently, she is the Director of Business Development at the Art of Living Retreat Center and Shankara Ayurveda Wellness.

Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah, Ayurveda practitioner, has been studying, practicing, teaching, and leading Ayurveda Panchakarma cleanses since 2005. She has been the Ayurveda Program Supervisor at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness since 2018, and has been instrumental in providing experiences for cleanse guests to dive deep into their process, providing transformational results. She provides customized diet and lifestyle recommendations and teaches Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking workshops. She founded the Ayurvedic Clinic and Healing Spa in Southern California, and has led Panchakarma, yoga, and wellness retreats in various resorts across the country and India.

Program Leaders

Kimberly-min

Kimberly Rossi

Kimberly Rossi has been studying, practicing, and teaching Vedic science—Ayurveda, yoga, pranayama, and meditation—since 1998.  Her passion is sharing the teachings, making things easy to follow, and empowering people to make positive lifestyle changes, so one may be happy, healthy, and whole—the best version of themselves and creators of the best life possible. Her professional career has been leading wellness-based businesses in four and five star destinations around the world for more than 25 years. Currently, she is the Director of Business Development at the Art of Living Retreat Center and Shankara Ayurveda Wellness.

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Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah, Ayurveda practitioner, has been studying, practicing, teaching, and leading Ayurveda Panchakarma cleanses since 2005. She has been the Ayurveda Program Supervisor at Shankara Ayurveda Wellness since 2018, and has been instrumental in providing experiences for cleanse guests to dive deep into their process, providing transformational results. She provides customized diet and lifestyle recommendations and teaches Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking workshops. She founded the Ayurvedic Clinic and Healing Spa in Southern California, and has led Panchakarma, yoga, and wellness retreats in various resorts across the country and India.

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Testimonials

Reviews

Natalia P.
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“Emotionally I feel less heavy, as though I was able to let go of a lot of stuck and negative emotions I had. I feel happier and feel as though I know myself more and are accepting of myself more as well."
Jennifer D.
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"I learned so much and was able to release a lot of emotional energy that I no longer needed.  All the stress and anxiety I have been holding in my body is gone."  
Dawn P.
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"Before I started my cleanse, I had lot of anxiety and stress. I didn't have coping skills to deal with a very bad lifestyle for the last 2+ years. Now, I feel calm, relaxed, my diet is much better. I have made personal corrections that helped me work through some deep personal issues."
No More Worrying
Loundes A.
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“I am able to deal with stressful thoughts better. I don’t feel that immediate worrying in my body. I had a great experience. I was able to go deep in my thoughts. I am excited about all the tools I'm taking with me."
Challenging but nurturing
Sally O.
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“I was feeling low and nervous. My life felt stuck and in an unhealthy place. I feel the opposite now. It was very challenging but nurturing."
Marianne K.
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"I had started my cleanse feeling very stressed and anxious—tight as strings on a violin, physically and mentally. The cleanse was like a child's pose in yoga, a time of rest between asanas, a time of stress relief between times of effort.
Feel lighter as a whole
Joe C.
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“I feel more relieved from thoughts and my anxiety somewhat dwindled as well. I definitely feel lighter as a whole. I am most grateful for the opportunity to learn about Ayurveda while going through the detoxification”
Calmer, Cleaner, Clearer
Rebecca L.
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“I feel wonderful, calmer, cleaner, and clearer. More energy. Less heavy. I am grateful for myself and for all the wonderful support, wisdom, knowledge that everyone shared with me. Wonderful pace.”
Lighter, less anxiety
Tara M.
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“I feel lighter, less anxiety, less racing thoughts...I am so grateful for the harmony, nature, and connection.”
Clearer like crystal
Alyson C.
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“I am clearer (like a crystal). I feel so much lighter, more activated and expanded with more positivity overall and more grounded, peace, and confidence.”
Loving, healing, and energizing
Lesli P.
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“My experience was loving, healing, and energizing. I am so grateful for the peace, strength, and focus that I have found.”
Tools to heal
Rachel M.
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“I feel really good and have the tools to continue to heal and find more happiness. My body is less stressed and tense, my mind is calm and certain negative emotions have been released.”
Dramatic transformation
Khalid B.
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“Dramatic transformation. Clarity. Calm. Focus.”
Very educational
Martha L.
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“Very educational in terms of Ayurveda and learning specifically about my body. Unexpected that the cleanse was as much mental as physical —but wonderfully so. My energy levels are high and I feel much lighter. I feel mentally clearer, calmer, sharper, more positive. My sleep progressively improved each night.”
Less anxious
Kimberly H.
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“Less anxious, more energy, more focus, calmer.”
So much better
Amy O.
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“So much clearer in my mind. I feel so much better. I am clear on what direction to go in and what ‘feeds’ my soul."
Refreshed, centered, and relaxed
Amber S.
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“I feel refreshed, centered, and relaxed. I feel lighter and energized. My mind is more calm. Wonderful information, instruction, and guidance. Completely worth the time, effort, and investment.”
Gained mindfulness
Brooke G.
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“I have gained mindfulness and am more aware of what my body’s needs are. I am most grateful for the knowledge to improve my health.”
Authentic
Rob B.
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“I feel much more relaxed and calm. I am most grateful for a place that can take you through the experience as authentically as possible.”
Exactly what I was looking for!
Laurie A.
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“I had a wonderful experience—this was exactly what I was looking for. I am more calm and at ease, more emotionally stable, and rested and nourished. Thank you!”
Clearer and bright
Ananika B.
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“I feel lighter as if a cloud and weight has been lifted. I feel clearer and bright! I had a wonderful experience.”
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FAQs

This is a specialized program for the treatment and management of anxiety and chronic stress. The program is suitable if you experience any of these health concerns or if you have a personal history or family members that have anxiety and chronic stress, as this can be used as a preventative measure. 

However, we are unable to accept:

  • Anyone who has a medical history of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenic, and/or Schizoaffective Disorder.
  • Anyone that has had recent hospitalization for depression or anxiety in last year. 
  • Anyone who is pregnant.

During your initial consultation please inform us of any current prescription medication you are taking and medical history.

Once you register for the program, you will receive an initial consultation to determine whether the program is suitable for you. To ensure you receive the maximum program benefits, it is essential at that stage we are informed of any current prescription medication you are taking and your medical history.

Cancellations less than two weeks, prior to the program, will be charged 50% of the full program fee.

Please discuss your special dietary need or allergies with an Ayurveda specialist. Dietary requirements, such as gluten-free and vegan options are generally available.

No. If you have anxiety and/or suffer from chronic stress, you will work with our team to help manage your health condition. However, it will be up to your primary care doctor to make the decision on whether you are in a place to adjust, reduce, or stop your medications.

A lot of participants feel more balanced, physically, mentally, and emotionally and empowered to create positive change in their daily life. However, results are completely dependent on how your body reacts to the treatments. It also depends on how closely the diet and lifestyle recommendations are followed.

During this specialized 21-day retreat, you’ll receive an individualized diet specific to your unique body type to rebuild your body and your digestion. A lot of the foods that you will be recommended are based around a plant-based diet.

Everyone has unique physical capabilities. All of the programs are adjusted to meet the attendee where they are at to help build up your strength and endurance.

During your pre-cleanse, cleanse and post-cleanse a plant-based diet is recommended. However, we will create a program which is sustainable for long-term success.

No. If you have a personal history or family members that are struggling, this can be used as a preventative measure to help you avoid experiencing anxiety in the future. The program can also be beneficial in managing chronic stress.

You will receive support throughout the program. Our team is dedicated to providing individualized holistic care to the whole mind-body complex.

Once you register for the program, you will receive an initial consultation to determine whether the program is suitable for you. To ensure you receive the maximum program benefits, it is essential at that stage we are informed of any current prescription medication you are taking and medical history. 

Important Note: This program is not suitable if you are pregnant.

Get the Details About Anxiety and Chronic Stress

Discover how the authentic approach of Ayurvedic medicine, diet, and lifestyle practices can help you regain a life with happiness, clarity, and emotional stability.

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

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  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
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AFTERNOON

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  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit with morning yoga or meditation class.
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  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
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Girlfriends Getaway

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  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit together with morning yoga or meditation class.
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