This summer Ananda in the Himalayas is launching full Panchakarma retreats, enabling guests to experience a 14 or 21-day Ayurvedic detox programme at the award-winning spa. The new programme will be available from 16 April to 30 September 2019.
Panchakarma is a very special Ayurvedic procedure and requires proper guidance from a highly trained and skilled Ayurvedic practitioner. At Ananda, Panchakarma is performed under the supervision of expert Ayurvedic doctors, and is customised for each guest with their specific constitution in mind.
Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at Ananda, Dr. Naresh Perumbuduri said, “After the winter, many of us feel slow and sluggish, sometimes experiencing joint stiffness and overall fatigue. These indicate signs of toxin build up in the body and mind. It’s good to utilise the next six months to cleanse the system and feel completely rejuvenated. The traditional science of Ayurvedic Panchakarma offers the most natural and complete cleanse. It is the ideal method of detoxifying and rejuvenating the body and mind and healing from within.”
Overlooking the spiritual Ganges river in the Himalayan foothills, Ananda creates an idyllic setting for a holistic cleanse. From April to September the mild tropical weather amidst verdant Sal forests is perfect for a Panchakarma programme. The 21 night programme follows three distinct stages, and those with less time can choose the 14-day introduction version of Panchakarma instead.
The Stages of Panchakarma
Stage 1 – Purvakarma or pre-purification measures
Before purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body with prescribed methods to encourage it to release toxins. The programme starts with improving digestion both at the cellular and gastrointestinal level through digestive juice stimulants (dipana), and digestants (pachana). This is followed by Snehapana or consumption of medicated ghee for 3 -7 days in different doses depending on strength and nature of an individual. (In the shorter 14-night program, Sadhyo-snehapana will be 1 or 2 days with fixed dosage of medicated ghee). Next is Snehana which is the application of oil to the entire body with a massage technique that helps toxins move towards the gastrointestinal tract. Alongside this is Svedana or ‘therapeutic sweating’ and is given every day following the Snehana.
Stage 2 – Cleansing Panchakarma processes
These include Vamana – emesis, Virechana – purgation, Basti – oil and decoction enema and finally Nasya – elimination of toxins through the nasal passage.
Stage 3 – Paschatkarma
This final stage focuses on special diets to rest and rejuvenate the cleansed system, along with natural herbal remedies to replenish the digestive enzymes and immune system. Lifestyle changes are also prescribed following the guest’s return from Ananda.
The full 21-night Panchakarma programme includes approximately 55 therapies and sessions*, but the experience is customised for each individual based on age, health conditions, constitution, gender and other factors like digestion and existing toxin levels. Guests are asked to share a detailed medical history prior to their visit which is used, alongside the detailed consultation on arrival, to create a completely bespoke program by Ananda’s Ayurvedic experts.
Dr Naresh added, “Ananda’s Panchakarma programme together with Yoga and Meditation is not only a physical detox but also an emotional and mental cleansing process. It is an intensive programme, with strict restrictions but tangible end benefits. For the most effective results guests are advised to adhere to the schedule and dietary restrictions as prescribed by the Ayurvedic doctor.“
The new Panchakarma programme at Ananda costs from USD 400pppnt (£305.90), based on two sharing. Prices include accommodation, all meals, treatments and taxes.