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Kerala is the state of India where Ayurveda, the ancient form of science and the holistic system of medicine is practiced with absolute dedication and perfection. Vacations Kerala provides Kerala Ayurveda Tour which offers Kerala Ayurveda treatment, Kerala Ayurveda massage, Yoga and Meditation which gives you an understanding of the connection between body, mind and soul, offering advice for a more natural healthy life-style, emphasising the importance of discipline in our professional and personal lives.

Ayurveda treatment
corrects the metabolic process through proper diet and how to stimulate the body’s own healing powers. Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of herbs and medicinal plants and extended monsoon season (June - November) is most suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative treatments.

Ayurveda in Kerala is the 5000-year-old natural herbal health care system has been recognized the world over as the most perfected body-mind health care system. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word, derived from two roots Ayur which means life and Veda which means knowledge. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with the treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life.

THE SEVEN MOST COMMON AYURVEDA THERAPIES ADOPTED FOR REJUVENATION PACKAGES ARE:
Abyanga: Full body massages with herbal oils that tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthen all the tissues so as to achieve ideal health & longevity.

Elakizhi (Patraswedam): The entire body is massaged with herbal poultices prepared with various herbs and medicated power dipped in warm medicated oils.

Njavarakizhi: The whole body is made to perspire by the external application of medicated rice packs in the form of boluses tied in muslin bags.

Pizhichil: Lukewarm herbal oil applied with fresh linen all over the body in a rithamic manner for a particular period.

Udhwardhanam: Therapeutic massage with herbal powders. Therapy treatment for obesity and rheumatic ailments.

Dhara: Herbal oils, medicated milk or butter milk and decotions poured gently on the forehead/whole body in a continuous stream. This therapy is mainly for stress, mental tension, insomnia, headaches etc.

Nasyam: Inhalation of medicated herbal preparations, decotions, oils, ghee etc. to eliminate the morbid factors from the head and neck area.

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA
Ayurveda was revealed to the sages of India thousands of years ago. Ayurveda is the science of life or science of longevity which promises better health, prevents diseases and helps in achieving a long life. According to Ayurveda, the right balance of the three subtle energies, called Vata, Pitta and Kapha, is what maintains health. The biological air humour, Vata is responsible for all the movements in the body. The biological water humour or Kapha is responsible for strength and immunity while the biological fire humour or Pitta is responsible for digestion and metabolism.

Vata: Ether and air combine to form the biological humour, Vata, which is responsible for controlling destruction. The different sub-types of Vata are Prana (life energy) - its main function is respiration and control of all sense organs; Udana ( upward movement from naval-diaphragm) - it helps the process of speech and memory; Vyana -this is responsible for the circulation of blood and nutrients obtained from food to all the cells of the body; Samana (balance) - it brings all the digestive juices from the tissues into the hollow organs for digestion and metabolism and Apana (downward moving energy) - it is responsible for the action of all pelvic organs.

Pitta: Pitta or Fire, the thermogenic humour, organizes body activities after transformation. The various sub-types of Pitta are Pachaka (the main site is the stomach and it helps in digestion); Ranjaka (its main site is liver and it is responsible for secondary or tissue digestion); Sadhaka (resides in the heart and brain and is responsible for the digestion of knowledge and the preservation of our cognitive memories); Alocchaka( It is in the eye and enables proper vision); and Bharahaka (in the skin and responsible for digestion and absorption of all oil massages.

Kapha: Water and earth combine to form the biological humour Kapha, which is responsible for maintaining creation. The five sub-types of Kapha are Kledaka (resides in the stomach and protects the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract from the hot and irritant fluids of pitta secretions); Avalambaka (it is in the heart, lung apparatus and vertebral column and protects them from wear and tear); Bodhaka (is in the mouth and protects the mucous membrane and the tongue to give proper taste to food); Tarpaka (in the spinal chord; it protects the spinal chord and is also responsible for mental peace); and Shleshaka (in the joints; it prevents wear and tear of the joints during movements). As long as these energies are in equilibrium, the health of the body is maintained. The purpose of Ayurveda and Panchakarma (a treatment method in Ayurveda) is to bring these forces into harmony so that they promote physical, emotional and spiritual growth in every living being.

The Body: According to Ayurveda every individual is made up of five elements " Prithvi or earth. " Apa or water " Tejas or fire " Vayu or air " Akash or space. The structural aspect of the body is made up of these five elements, but the functional aspect of the body is governed by three biological humors. Ether and air combine to form what is known in Ayurveda as the Vata dosha. Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. Fire and water combine to form the Pitta dosha. The Pitta dosha governs the process of transformation or metabolism. The digestion of food in our body is an example of Pitta function. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism. Finally, the water and earth combine to form the Kapha dosha.

There are seven body types: mono-types (vata, pitta or kapha predominant), dual types (vata-pitta, pitta-kapha or, kapha-vata), and equal types, (vata, pitta and kapha in equal proportions). Every individual has a unique combination of these three doshas. To understand the uniqueness of every individual is the very basis of ayurveda.

The Mind: Ayurveda classifies human temperaments into three basic qualities: satvic, rajasic and tamasic. Satvic qualities imply purity and clarity of perception which are responsible for goodness and happiness. Rajas is responsible for all movements, and activities. It leads to the life of sensual enjoyment, pleasure and pain, effort and restlessness. Tamas is darkness, inertia, heaviness and materialistic attitudes. There is a constant interplay of these three gunas (qualities) in the individual consciousness, but the relative predominance of either satva, rajas, or tamas is responsible for individual psychological constitution.

The Disease Process: According to Ayurveda, health is a state of balance between the body, mind and consciousness. Within the body, Ayurveda recognizes the three doshas( bodily humors) vata, pitta and kapha; seven dhatus(tissues), blood, plasma, fat, muscle, bone, nerve, and reproductive; three malas(wastes), feces, urine and sweat; and agni, the energy of metabolism. Disease is a condition of disharmony in any of these factors. The root cause of imbalance, or disease, is an aggravation of dosha, vata-pitta-kapha.

Ayurveda is the system of medicine incorporating centuries of wisdom in it. The emphasis here is on ways to promote health rather than just treat disease. The beauty of the system is that every individual is unique rather than being just another case of particular disease. It is one of the few systems of medicine taking mental, emotional and spiritual well being into account. All the suggestions and remedies prescribed are totally in conjunction with nature.

Yoga Ayurveda
Yoga and Ayurveda are interlinked and both have equal tradition of about 5000 years. Yoga is encompassed with body, mind and spirit, involving exercise, breathing and meditation. As in the case of Ayurveda, Yoga has also originated in India and yogis (sages) are the originators. The first archaeological evidence of yoga was detected in stone seals excavated from Indus valley in which yoga postures were carved. Yoga has three approaches – power, meditation and therapy.

Power: The wholesome objective of yoga is to gain control over body and mind. The physical and mental exercise results in the linkage of body and mind. Yoga - vigorous and disciplined exercise - provides controlling power over body and breath. At this state the mind gets glued to concentration. The power of control is derived from three sources.
  • Control of the body via physical postures.
  • Control of the breath by breathing techniques.
  • Power of concentration by mental techniques or say willpower.
Meditation: Self inquiry is the primary focus of meditation. Here yoga acts as a tool for deeper relationship with one’s sense of soul severing unwanted thoughts and feelings and underlying in deep concentration.

Therapy: Yoga acts as a restorative and preventive therapy to overcome emotional and health problems. It makes the body viable to cure diseases and disease resistant in many cases.
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