My ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment in India

Hello friends and belated happy new year 2014! I hope you have enjoyed the guests posts here on the blog the last two weeks. I just came back from India last weekend, where I had tried an ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment. I’ve never done such a treatment before but I’ve read quite a bit about Ayurveda last year. And as 2013 has been very exhausting, I decided to give it a go Smiley

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If you’ve never heard of Ayurveda or Panchakarma, let me explain it to you quickly:

Ayurveda is an old medicine tradition from India. In this tradition, three elements, called Doshas, are responsible for our well-being: Vatha, Pitta and Kapha. Everybody is born with his or her own specific combination of Vatha, Pitta and Kapha. However, if the level of the Doshas is not balanced, we don’t feel well or even become sick. This happens for example because of external influences like unhealthy eating habits or stress. A Panchakarma treatment helps to bring the Doshas in the right balance again. It’s a way of eliminating toxics from the body with the help of massages and the intake of ayurvedic medicine.

Got it? Great! Smiley Then let me tell you about my Panchakarma treatment at the Kadaltheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort.

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Kadaltheeram is a small resort close to Varkala in the state of Kerala in the very south of India.  The main building offers only 12 rooms, so the atmosphere is very relaxed and you feel like home very soon.

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As mentioned, I stayed for two weeks, which is the minimum amount of time you should invest. Better would be three or even four weeks.

When I arrived, I had a bad jet-lag. So I spent the first day mainly in bed, occasionally being woken up by lovely Hashim from the reception (who’s by the way the heart of the resort, he helps you with everything!) when it was time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But I also had my first consultation with Dr. Honey and my very first ayurvedic 1.5 hours massage!Smiley

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Dr. Honey and his wife Dr. Daisy plan the treatments for the guests and meet up for consultations with everybody every day. I felt in very good hands.

On the next day, I could participate in every activity, the resort offers in order to support the treatment. I participated in the yoga class at 7 am with the wonderful Sunil Kumar.

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Sunil is quite a famous yoga teacher and even a book based on his thoughts and experiences exists: Guruji and his Pearls of Wisdom (English Edition) (Affiliate link) by Anji Pink. Haven’t read it so far but took it home with me Smiley

After yoga, I had breakfast with the other guest in the lofty restaurant, overlooking the resort and the ocean.

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Ayurvedic breakfast is always warm, sometimes sweet, sometimes salty. And at Kadaltheeram, they always serve fresh fruits, too. I loved it!

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After breakfast it was time for my morning treatment. The first days I got a head massage followed by some earthly paste in my hair, wrapped up in a banana leaf to cool down my head and thus, me. It worked Smiley

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With the leaf on the head, I relaxed a bit in the garden.

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And then it was time for lunch. Lunch and dinner is organized as a buffet with several clay bowls, offering different dishes. Little signs indicate which dish supports Vatha, Kapha or Pitta.

In the afternoon, I had some more time for myself plus my 1.5 hours treatment! Aaaaaaawesome! Smiley Meet my lovely therapist Aria:

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She and my other therapist, Chriss, are just the loveliest girls you ever met. I miss them already.

At seven, all the guest are invited to join 30 minutes of meditation with Sunil before dinner starts at 7:30 am.

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What a day, right? And all the other days followed this rhythm! There was nothing I had to do, nothing to worry about, just the sound of the ocean, the cries of the eagles and the sun shining down at me.

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Aaaaaawesome!! SmileyAnd the best: you could go to bed at 8:30 or 9:00 am and nobody looked at you and wondered!! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund Heaven on earth guys, I tell you!!!

This extremely relaxing rhythm only changed twice: On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

The team of Kadaltheeram did a great job organizing special events for the two special nights.

On Christmas Eve, we first watched a traditional Kathakali performance,  a dance drama that originates from Kerala. It took the artists hours to put on the the make-up and to get into their costumes.

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After the performance, a huge buffet awaited us. And the management even organized a trip to a catholic church for everybody interested, where we could join a mass.

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On New Years Eve, a traditional band played their instruments for us for one hour before we enjoyed another amazing buffet.

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After that, we had a party together with the whole team. And at midnight, the management had even organized fireworks to welcome the new year. It was a great night! Smiley

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I left the resort only a few times because I wanted to concentrate on the treatment. But it wouldn’t be me if I could do without some sightseeing and exploration of the surrounding area Smiley

But about this, I will tell you in my next post, so stay tuned!

More information about:

Kadaltheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort

Guruji and his Pearls of Wisdom (English Edition) (Affiliate link)

My ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment in India

Hello friends and belated happy new year 2014! I hope you have enjoyed the guests posts here on the blog the last two weeks. I just came back from India last weekend, where I had tried an ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment. I’ve never done such a treatment before but I’ve read quite a bit about Ayurveda last year. And as 2013 has been very exhausting, I decided to give it a go Smiley

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_ayurveda1

If you’ve never heard of Ayurveda or Panchakarma, let me explain it to you quickly:

Ayurveda is an old medicine tradition from India. In this tradition, three elements, called Doshas, are responsible for our well-being: Vatha, Pitta and Kapha. Everybody is born with his or her own specific combination of Vatha, Pitta and Kapha. However, if the level of the Doshas is not balanced, we don’t feel well or even become sick. This happens for example because of external influences like unhealthy eating habits or stress. A Panchakarma treatment helps to bring the Doshas in the right balance again. It’s a way of eliminating toxics from the body with the help of massages and the intake of ayurvedic medicine.

Got it? Great! Smiley Then let me tell you about my Panchakarma treatment at the Kadaltheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort.

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort1

Kadaltheeram is a small resort close to Varkala in the state of Kerala in the very south of India.  The main building offers only 12 rooms, so the atmosphere is very relaxed and you feel like home very soon.

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_room

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As mentioned, I stayed for two weeks, which is the minimum amount of time you should invest. Better would be three or even four weeks.

When I arrived, I had a bad jet-lag. So I spent the first day mainly in bed, occasionally being woken up by lovely Hashim from the reception (who’s by the way the heart of the resort, he helps you with everything!) when it was time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But I also had my first consultation with Dr. Honey and my very first ayurvedic 1.5 hours massage!Smiley

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_dr_honey

Dr. Honey and his wife Dr. Daisy plan the treatments for the guests and meet up for consultations with everybody every day. I felt in very good hands.

On the next day, I could participate in every activity, the resort offers in order to support the treatment. I participated in the yoga class at 7 am with the wonderful Sunil Kumar.

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_yoga

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_yoga1

Sunil is quite a famous yoga teacher and even a book based on his thoughts and experiences exists: Guruji and his pearls of wisdom by Anji Pink. Haven’t read it so far but took it home with me Smiley

After yoga, I had breakfast with the other guest in the lofty restaurant, overlooking the resort and the ocean.

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_restaurant

Ayurvedic breakfast is always warm, sometimes sweet, sometimes salty. And at Kadaltheeram, they always serve fresh fruits, too. I loved it!

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_breakfast

After breakfast it was time for my morning treatment. The first days I got a head massage followed by some earthly paste in my hair, wrapped up in a banana leaf to cool down my head and thus, me. It worked Smiley

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With the leaf on the head, I relaxed a bit in the garden.

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_garden1

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And then it was time for lunch. Lunch and dinner is organized as a buffet with several clay bowls, offering different dishes. Little signs indicate which dish supports Vatha, Kapha or Pitta.

In the afternoon, I had some more time for myself plus my 1.5 hours treatment! Aaaaaaawesome! Smiley Meet my lovely therapist Aria:

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She and my other therapist, Chriss, are just the loveliest girls you ever met. I miss them already.

At seven, all the guest are invited to join 30 minutes of meditation with Sunil before dinner starts at 7:30 am.

kadaltheeram_ayurvedic_beach_resort_yoga2

What a day, right? And all the other days followed this rhythm! There was nothing I had to do, nothing to worry about, just the sound of the ocean, the cries of the eagles and the sun shining down at me.

DSC_7072

Aaaaaawesome!! SmileyAnd the best: you could go to bed at 8:30 or 9:00 am and nobody looked at you and wondered!! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund Heaven on earth guys, I tell you!!!

This extremely relaxing rhythm only changed twice: On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

The team of Kadaltheeram did a great job organizing special events for the two special nights.

On Christmas Eve, we first watched a traditional Kathakali performance,  a dance drama that originates from Kerala. It took the artists hours to put on the the make-up and to get into their costumes.

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kathakali4

kathakali5

kathakali8

kathakali7

kathakali9

kathakali10

After the performance, a huge buffet awaited us. And the management even organized a trip to a catholic church for everybody interested, where we could join a mass.

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st_sebastian_kerala2

st_sebastian_kerala3

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On New Years Eve, a traditional band played their instruments for us for one hour before we enjoyed another amazing buffet.

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After that, we had a party together with the whole team. And at midnight, the management had even organized fireworks to welcome the new year. It was a great night! Smiley

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I left the resort only a few times because I wanted to concentrate on the treatment. But it wouldn’t be me if I could do without some sightseeing and exploration of the surrounding area Smiley

But about this, I will tell you in my next post, so stay tuned!

More information about:

Kadaltheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort

Guruji and his pearls of wisdom by Anji Pink

Enjoying a free yoga class under the open sky

Guys, I have to share this wonderful experience I had on Monday: For the first time, I tried yoga under the open sky. And I loved it! Yoga in a small, crowded room is nothing against it.

Each monday at 6 pm there is this free yoga class, organized by “Sport im Park“. It’s taking place at Höhenpark Killesberg, more precisely in the Valley of the Roses (Tal der Rosen). You find this place quite easily: When leaving the U-Bahn station Killesberg, you see the big, twisted tower. The valley is just next to it.

View from the exit of the U-Bahn station over to the tower at Höhenpark Killesberg

Even the walk from the station through the park is very nice by itself:

Statue at the Valley of the roses / Tal der Rosen, Killesberg, Stuttgart

Can you guess why this place is called Valley of the Roses? 😉 And it’s just the season for them, they are blooming everywhere. So beautiful!

Tal der Rosen / Valley of the Roses, Killesberg, Stuttgart

Waiting for the yoga class at Killesberg to begin

We found a space under a huge tree where there was enough shade to provide shelter for about 50 (!!) people. And then the course started. I liked the teacher very much. She had a relaxing voice and led through the different poses very smoothly.

Yoga teacher at Killesberg

Yoga under the open sky feels sooooo different to yoga at a studio. You smell the grass, feel a cool breeze on your skin sometimes and the ground is so soft.

Practising yoga at Killesberg, Stuttgart

Yoga at "Sport im Park" at Killesberg, Stuttgart

I really enjoyed it.

Downward dog at Killesberg Park

That’s what you see while doing the downward dog. Better than the white sealing of a yoga studio, isn’t it?! 😉

"Sport im Park", Killesberg

Even though we were quite a big group, the lesson was very relaxing. Everybody had enough space for him- or herself.

After a bit more than one hour, the class was finished. Some people stayed on their mats afterwards but my friends and I decided to head over to the “Höhencafe“, a little restaurant which is overlooking the Tal der Rosen.

Höhencafe Killesberg

Up there, you have a very nice view; over the park and all the way to the Fernsehturm (tv tower).

View from Höhencafe Killesberg

Next to the view, the food is really nice, too! 🙂

I had Flädle (pancake) with goats cheese…

Flädle with goats cheese

… and my friends ordered Apfelstrudel (apple strudel)…

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… and Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli):

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We sat there, enjoyed the yummy food and watched the sun turning the tv tower pink.

What a lovely evening!

Fernsehturm Stuttgart

Yoga and the other free classes are provided by Stuttgarter Amt für Sport und Bewegung in cooperation with Sportkreis Stuttgart, SportCodex and some sport clubs. The classes will be held under good weather conditions until the end of September. The directions are given in German. If you don’t speak German, talk to the instructor at the beginning, so he or she can advise you, have a special eye on you and switch to English when needed.

More information about:

Sport im Park (only in German)

Höhencafe Killesberg (only in German)