Ayurveda is the medical side of yoga. It’s India’s traditional natural healing system, which has been practiced for over 5,000 years. 'Ayurveda' meaning 'knowledge of life' is believed to be a result of a long period of trial and error. Over the past few years, with the change of lifestyle amongst people, Ayurveda is not just another branch of medicine, but is now defined as the science of life. Today it is a common practice in India.
Ayurvedic resorts have become popular destinations for relaxation and rejuvenation in India, while ayurvedic hospitals cater for people seeking ayurvedic treatment for more serious health problems.
Ayurveda therapies and Benefits
It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. What makes Ayurveda different is its system that stresses not only curing body ailments but also preventing them. In addition its focus is also on longevity or age reversal. Thus it has 3 main focuses -First one is to heal a disease, second one to prevent a disease and last one is the longevity or age reversal. Joint stiffness, allergic asthma, anger, back pain hypertension, headaches, migraine and stress are just a few of the ailments that are curable by Ayurvedic Treatments. These therapies not only help you physically but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Main ayurveda destinations in India
Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kerala
Somatheeram is serene ayurveda resort by the sea in South India. It is the world’s first ayurveda resort. Spread across a wide expanse of greenery, Kerala prides in Somatheeram as a getaway destination for those in search of an Ayurvedic away from the cacophony of city life.
Acute health conditions of paralysis, fluctuating levels of blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol and breathing problems are first examined by a team of yoga experts and doctors after which a series of corresponding healing exercises and diet regime ensue.
Ananda in the Himalyas, Uttarakhand
Ananda in the Himalayas is India's first and only destination spa hotel in the Himalayan foothills, close to the holy town of Rishikesh. Ananda focuses on an interesting and fruitful blend of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy with contemporary spa technology for complete wellness of the human body. Located 260 kms north of New Delhi, Ananda stands tall around Maharaja's palace estate with the views of the Ganges on one side and the mountain peaks on the other pleasing the tourist's eyes, mind and spirit upon waking up every morning. Yoga pavilions, landscaped gardens, terraces facing a clear sky, spas equipped with hydrotherapy services, a golf course on its Himalayan axle and Rejuvenation Cuisine are some of the many distinguishing features of the resort you can indulge in.
Devaaya, The Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Goa:
If the beaches and nightlife are the things come in your mind upon hearing Goa, then its time to widen your horizon. Goa has emerged as a city that appreciates art, culture and holistic living. It has also emerged as one of the potential spots on tourist map for ayurveda treatment.
Devaaya is situated on Divar Island - just 10 kms from Panaji - (Goa’s capital city), and is set on a lush five acre property amidst swaying palms. Devaaya consists of 60 luxurious rooms built in true Goan style cottages. The ambience, the serenity and the spiritual vibes make Devaaya a paradise. Naturopathy becomes a way of life at this Ayurvedic paradise that brings together the essential elements of 'Panchakarma' treatments with yoga, meditation, music, lifestyle correction, diet planning and medicines for tourists.
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Kerala
Neeleshwar Hermitage is a boutique spa tucked away in northern reaches of Kerala. This elegant resort is set on an unexploited beach away from the fishing villages and is an idyllic place to unwind and rejuvenate. A variety of therapies is offered in an energizing atmospehere of silence and tranquillity. The emphasis is on the traditional Ayurveda however naturopathic and alternative spa treatments are on offer.
The Leela, Udaipur
With a majestic location on the Lake Pichola and spectacular view of the Aravalli Mountains, The Leela Palace evokes grandeur and opulence of the land of the Mewar. It offers spa treatments in a number of exotic and historic locations: you can even have your own private spa tent and Palace Suites with private swimming pools and walled gardens. The Aroma Steam Rooms dazzle with amethyst crystals and anthracite glass.