Almost 10% of Americans have diabetes, and the number is rising. Individuals becoming prediabetic is growing too, and diagnosed in one out of every three Americans—which left untreated develops into type 2 diabetes. Of adults diagnosed with diabetes, over 87% are overweight, 43% obese, and another 17% severely obese. Being even slightly overweight increases diabetes risk five times, and being seriously obese increases the risk of having diabetes by 60 times. Of all the causes of type 2 diabetes, obesity remains the number one factor. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in America and it “has been suggested that obesity is second only to smoking as a preventable cause of death.”
Conventional treatments come with additional challenges – diabetes medications often have harsh side effects; most cause diarrhea, weight gain, and weakness, and some even induce genital infections, inflammation of the pancreas, and severe nausea, and potentially increase the risk of lower limb amputation. Some of these medications can actually make diabetes worse, especially when they cause weight gain. When it comes to weight-loss, in a western approach, the options are limited and include dietary changes, exercise and activity, behavioral changes, weight-loss medications, and surgery. Weight-loss medications come with inherent risks and side-effects and may lose their effectiveness over time. Also, once the medication is no longer taken, there is the chance the weight loss will be regained. In terms of weight-loss surgery, it can be effective, but it is not guaranteed an individual will lose weight, and there are lots of associated risks.
With such a challenging outlook for those with diabetes and obesity in our country, it’s clear that we need a new approach outside of conventional methods.
Ayurveda is a transformative health care and wellness system effective for centuries in the holistic management of health conditions and the restoration of well-being and optimal vitality. It is a natural, effective way to approach diabetes and weight gain through time-tested methods of detoxification, rekindling the digestive fire, diet and lifestyle—unique to Ayurvedic principles. Clients often report weight loss, a reduction in medication, increased energy, improved stress management, enhanced quality of life, and more.
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Authentic Holistic Approach
Release toxic build-up through effective cleansing practices that are customized for each participant and specific to Ayurveda.
Release toxic build-up, through unique, effective cleansing practices specific to Ayurveda.
Have diet and exercise alone been unsuccessful for you in the past for diabetes or weight gain? Feeling discouraged and not sure what to do next? That’s because there is a missing link to other approaches.
Over time toxins can build-up in the body. Diet and exercise alone are unable to clear the body of this toxic build-up. During your treatment, we will focus on removing the toxins that can build-up in your system through a unique Ayurvedic approach to cleansing. This process that has been shown to help those with diabetes and weight gain restore digestive power, energy flow in the body, inner balance, and vitality.
During this specialized 6-month program and 10-day retreat, you’ll receive an individualized diet and cooking plan to rebuild your body and your digestion—one that is specific to your unique constitution.
During this specialized 6-month program and 10-day retreat, you’ll receive an individualized diet and cooking plan to rebuild your body and your digestion—one that is specific to your unique constitution. A crucial element missing in mainstream programs.
'Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food'
This quote, brilliantly stated by Hippocrates in 400 BC, aligns well with the Ayurveda approach to diet. Food can ultimately be a poison or a medicine. During the 6-month program and 10-day residential retreat, you will have the opportunity to learn the best food choices to create an environment to heal your body and restore your natural vitality.
Obese, over-weight, diabetic, and pre-diabetic individuals are generally told to choose healthy fats and proteins, reduce or eliminate red and processed meat, and increase mono and polyunsaturated fats. However, in Ayurveda, it is recognized that each individual has a unique genetic makeup or constitution, and what is good for one individual may be bad for another. This is why some dietary approaches work for some and not for others.
With our 6-month program and 10-day residential retreat, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our world-class Ayurvedic doctors and board-certified western medical doctor who will determine a customized diet specifically for you. Some adjustments to your diet will start just after registration for the retreat and continue beyond the retreat to support your journey to wellness.
Nourish your body, restore balance, detox, and experience deep relaxation with authentic Ayurvedic treatments.
Nourish your body, restore balance, detox, soothe the nervous system, and experience deep relaxation with authentic and therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments. Enjoy a blend of therapies to cleanse and rebuild the tissues within to restore your optimum health and vitality.
Our mind, body, and spirit are so deeply interconnected that true restoration of health only happens when we treat the whole. Ayurveda is grounded in this principle. Effective for centuries, Ayurveda harnesses the natural intelligence of your body to bring deep rest and rejuvenation physically, mentally, and emotionally. After consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor, our highly-trained Ayurvedic therapists work with your body and unique constitution to encourage healing, growth, and physical stress relief, bringing you into an open, blissful, and restored state.
Support your health with the most natural remedy the planet has made available to us for thousands of years.
All of the herbs and spices provided help with circulation, blood sugar levels, pain, digestion, anti-inflammation, immunity, weight-loss, and much more.
Use the most natural remedy the planet has made available to us for thousands of years.
Strengthen your mind, body, and soul through the practice of yoga—the most natural movement for the body. Gentle and accessible for everyone.
The benefits of yoga are vast—we’ve designed a special yoga sequence to bring more energy to the pancreatic area to help cleanse, activate, and tone up the internal organs. Aside from supporting internal organ function, yoga enhances physical fitness and the restoration of mental and emotional balance. It cultivates a calm mind, which improves mental clarity and supports better decision making when it comes to food choices. Yoga also helps create present moment awareness, which can offer stress relief. The many benefits of yoga extend beyond diabetes and weight loss, hence why yoga is continuing to grow in its popularity.
Learn proven stress reduction techniques including meditation, mindfulness, and breathwork.
Meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, chanting, and mudras, are not only proven effective stress reduction tools but are also much more accessible and more cost-effective compared to traditional western approaches because you can easily practice them at home at no cost.
Stress is an important component to consider when considering the right treatment for diabetes and weight loss. When stress occurs, it makes the body behave like it is under attack. That means the hormones used in short term stress get left turned on for a long period of time. When the hormones are turned on all the time, “insulin is not always able to let the extra energy into the cells.” This results in glucose piling up in the blood. Diabetes and weight gain can be caused by insulin resistance due to high glucose levels.
What is more powerful than using the ancient 5,000+ year old tried and true, authentic stress reduction practice of meditation that has been used by all walks of life?
Many factors make meditation one of the best options for easing stress.
- Are proven to reduce stress and anxiety
- Can be adjusted to your unique spiritual path
- Can be practiced daily to align the body with the rhythms of nature
- Create a sense of stability within your body so that when life throws you a curveball, your body doesn’t take the blow
Special breathing techniques and meditations, such as Sudarshan Kriya® Yoga (SKY), will be taught so you can find a deeper sense of balance and well-being. Our SKY technique reduces levels of stress and decreases the stress hormone cortisol by 50%.
Additionally, SKY also:
- Supports the immune system
- Relieves anxiety and depression
- Promotes a feeling of well-being
- Improves physical, psychological, and social health
- Enhances the overall quality of life
During the 10-day retreat, as well as the 6-month program, we’ll empower you with healthy living seminars focused on diet and lifestyle choices for restored health, vitality, and lifelong well-being.
During the 10-day retreat, as well as the 6-month program, we’ll empower you with healthy living seminars focused on diet and lifestyle choices for restored health, vitality, and lifelong well-being. You’ll learn simple, sustainable strategies to live a healthier life.
Our expert team understands the importance of support, motivation, inspiration, and connection in helping you maintain lifestyle changes beyond the 10-day residential retreat. You will receive one-on-one follow-up calls with our dedicated team to keep you on track with your wellness goals and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also have access to our educational webinars and seminars with our Ayurvedic doctors and a board-certified western medical doctor to provide specialized guidance and information to help you make the most informed lifestyle choices. We support you every step of the way on your journey to health.
Seminars—a sample of what to expect:
- Diabetes and Weight Gain 101
- Introduction to Mind-Body Tools
- Diet and Lifestyle for Renewed Health
- Food Habits
- Introduction to Ayurvedic Health Care & Understanding Your Unique Body Type
- Ayurvedic Daily Routine
- Diet and Exercise
Begin to restore your health through exercise options that are the most natural movement for your body such as walking in nature or gentle yoga.
We provide exercise options that are the most natural movement for your body, such as walking in nature or practicing gentle yoga. All of our exercises are easily achievable at home so you can continue your progress. Say goodbye to gym memberships and hello to success!
Have you ever seen a baby or a dog waking up from a nap? Have you ever noticed how they naturally stretch and perform yoga poses intuitively? Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years and is one of the most natural movements to the body. Walking and hiking have, of course, been around since the beginning of mankind. Mindful and gentle exercises such as yoga or walking will help you to lead a more active life and balance your blood glucose levels. In addition to getting your heart rate up, yoga postures are specifically beneficial because they help to stimulate the pancreas to cleanse and activate internal organs, as well as relax the body-mind complex. We have seen that 30 minutes of exercise per day drastically improves results for individuals challenged by diabetes, weight gain, and obesity.
Shankara: Authentic Ayurveda
Experience our award-winning Ayurveda health facility at Shankara Ayurveda Spa 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 doctors, practitioners, highly-trained therapists, and esteemed board-certified western medicine 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.
From the moment you arrive, we take care of everything so you can focus on what matters most—your health and well-being.
Relax and rejuvenate in the deeply healing and restful setting of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, 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.
We take an integrated, holistic approach to health and well-being and have a board-certified western medical doctor and an Ayurvedic doctor on-site during treatments.
- We take an integrated, holistic approach and have a western medical doctor and an Ayurvedic doctor on-site for the duration of the residential retreat.
- The entire program, start to finish, is 6 months. It starts with a consultation, recommendations before you arrive at the Center, and seven follow-up one-on-one calls with the doctor and community support after you attend the residential retreat.
- We only accept 12 guests at a time so that we are able to maintain a high quality of individualized service, attention, and care.
- Art of Living faculty comprises world-renowned Ayurvedic doctors from our Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research Hospital in Bangalore, India.
- The Art of Living has a dedicated university for individuals practicing to become Ayurvedic doctors.
- After the retreat, you’ll receive ongoing support and guidance through seven follow-up calls with the doctors, as well as our unique community support.
The Diabetes & Weight Loss Wellness Program and Retreat includes an 10-day residential retreat at our award-winning specialist Ayurvedic facility, Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center, Boone, NC.
During your residential retreat, hotel room and retreat room lodgings at the Shankara Ayurveda Spa will be provided with the program. Rooms include either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath, and complimentary wifi.
- Steam Room
- Movement Studio
- Relaxation Room
- Dedicated Dining Area & Demonstration Kitchen
Your all-inclusive package for the 10-day retreat features:
- Daily freshly prepared, nutritious, and tasty specialized meals
- Hotel & retreat room lodging
- Gentle yoga specific toward diabetes and weight loss
- Meditation & mindfulness sessions
- Access to herbal supplements
- Stress management coaching
- Community support
- One-on-one coaching
- Ayurvedic spa treatments, including an authentic customized Ayurvedic cleanse
After the immersive cleansing experience, clients often report feeling revitalized, lighter both mentally and physically and energized from the inside out, ready to manage their health.
We support you every step of the way on your journey to renewed health. Beyond the 10-day residential retreat at our award-winning specialist Ayurvedic facility, you receive 6 months of consultations and support from our Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor and unique community.
A week before your arrival to the 10-day residential retreat, you will receive a one-on-one consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor to facilitate and jump-start the cleansing process—this stage includes the introduction of medicinal herbs and simple diet cleansing instructions.
After the 10-day retreat, you will be provided with seven follow-up phone consultations that offer support, guidance, and ensure your health and wellness goals stay on track. There will also be instruction on which herbs to buy, how to take them, how to perform at-home treatments to mobilize and eliminate residual toxins, and a specific customized diet plan to follow. We are with you every step of the way.
This Retreat Will Transform Your Life
- Feel lighter
- Restore healthy digestion
- Increased energy
- Reduction in medication
- Improved strength
- Immune system boosted
- Manage stress effectively
- Experience a calm mind
- Feel more relaxed
- Enhanced quality of life
- Experience mental clarity & vitality
- Deeper connection to what matters most
- Established practices to support mind, body, & soul
- Be part of a supportive community
- Experience greater contentment
- Improved your relationship with food
- Established healthy eating patterns
- Restore your sense of taste
- Gain new & enjoyable approaches to living well
Currently, we are catering to Type 2 Diabetes who are not on insulin or anyone that is pre-diabetic or has any case of insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.
We are currently not able to accept anyone that falls into the following categories:
- Anyone using insulin- either type 1 diabetic or complicated type 2 on insulin.
- Diabetics on 4 or more diabetes medications.
- Recent hospitalization within 1-year with diabetes-related complications.
- If within 6 month had gastrointestinal bleeding- either due to stomach ulcer or from the colon.
- Had weight reduction surgery like lap band or Gastric bypass within 1 yr. (Liposuctions is ok).
- If your mobility is extremely restricted due to weight gain and can not walk, cannot sit or participate in any form of exercise.
- Pregnant with gestational diabetes or lactating.
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 diabetes, you will work with our team to help manage your diabetes and/or lose weight. We will have both an Ayurvedic doctor and a board-certified western medical doctor on staff to care for you during the process. However, it will be up to your primary care provider to make the decision. We encourage that you share all your herbal and non-herbal supplements with your primary care doctor.
No. If you have diabetes, you will work with our team to help manage your diabetes and/or lose weight. We will have both an Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor on staff to care for you during the process. However, it will be up to your primary care provider to make the decision. We encourage that you share all your herbal and non-herbal supplements with your primary care doctor.
During this specialized 6-month program and 10-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 will be prepared and recommended are based around a plant-based diet.
Aside from your personal effects (and any medication), we suggest you bring comfortable clothing and layers (mountain weather can be changeable), and anything that will help you feel more at home.
You may wish to also bring swimwear for use in the steam room.
Each studio space at the Center is equipped with yoga mats, blankets, and blocks.
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.
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness.
*NOTE* Please avoid using GPS. It will take you up a private road to a locked gate. Use directions provided on this site.
Distance from Nearest Airport: 2 hours by car without traffic
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Absolutely, for an additional fee. You can create your own vacation with an R&R Retreat and spend some additional days relaxing at the Center. Choose from a variety of daily classes, activities, and spa treatments, as well as an abundance of nature trails and quiet spaces. Please discuss with our Ayurveda specialist for details.
You’ll receive an individualized diet plan specific to your unique body type to rebuild your body and your digestion. During the residential retreat, you’ll be served a plant-based diet to support the process.
10-Day Residential Retreat + 6-Month Support Program (Starting at $6,995)
We support you every step of the way on your journey to renewed health.
The program is designed to yield the highest results pertaining to the treatment of diabetes and weight gain. It begins one week before your arrival to the 10-day residential retreat and continues with 6-months of ongoing coaching and support.
You begin with a simple, fully guided, 7-day at-home pre-cleanse, which prepares your body and mind to make transformational changes during your residential retreat and sent home with guidance and support.
Outline for the 6-month program, including the 10-day residential retreat below. Please note, that this schedule is subject to change and will vary based on the guests’ needs.
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Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.