Did anyone else go through a jam-packed 2014 where every week felt like a year’s worth of happenings? Or maybe you felt stuck or stagnant, watching the clock tick the year away waiting for 2015 to start?
Either way, the shedding of the previous year makes for a powerful new opportunity to get into shape—mind and body!
Some of us just need an intense cleanse in order to refocus our diet/nutrition. A lot of us need to “sage” the shit out of our lives in order to rock this year out without anything holding us back.
By turning to ancient yet timeless practices that address the balance of mind, body and soul.
AYURVEDA, the 5,000 year old health system, originating in India, which translates as “science of life”; and
PANCHAKARMA, an intensive Ayurvedic mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and wellbeing.
For y’all reading this Sanskrit and going “HUH?!”—let me break it down:
It’s basically 5 actions done in 3 stages (some of the actions like vomiting and blood-letting are no longer used—Thank baby Krishna).
Stage 1 — Pre-treatment: pre-cleansing the diet, eating primarily vegetarian, and a lot of khichadi.
Stage 2 — Purging: laxatives and enemas along with oil massages and nasal clearings.
Stage 3 — Restorative: nourishing and relaxing the mind and body to rebuild.
Basically NO area is left unpurified. You clear out your digestion, organs, mind, muscles and lymph.
I heard about this, of course, from Madison Madden, the only gal I turn to when it comes to hardcore Ayurveda. Madison is fresh back from India, and she’s facilitating Panchakarmas as we speak, write, read.
Here’s a quick overview, straight from the expert herself:
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is an intensive Ayurvedic mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and wellbeing. Although most modern detox methods are rooted in the Ayurvedic Virechena (one of the Panchakarma therapies), Ayurveda takes an approach to cleansing that is fundamentally different from the current state of most modern detox methods, many of which can be harsh and leave the body weak and vulnerable post-cleanse. Ayurveda emphasizes the need for the body to be in a relaxed state in order to release toxins, as well as the importance of mindfully rebuilding the body’s strength post-cleanse. Therefore, Panchakarma prepares the body and mind steadily through a completely customized, nurturing and natural 5-10 day detox experience.
How does it work?
It’s a little different for everyone. Typically your home-prep consists of simplifying your diet (vegetarian during the therapy), taking digestive herbs and herbs catered to your condition, and sometimes ingestion of medicinal ghee. Then you come in for therapies, taking as much rest as possible for the 5-10 days, and eating a very simple diet. Therapies vary depending on your constitution and condition, including herbal oil massage (Abhyanga), Shirodhara (relaxation therapy for the central nervous system), herbal steam, virechena (intensive intestinal cleanse), basti (herbal enema), local treatments for pain/injury, and various other traditional Ayurvedic and Integrative Therapies. Afterwards, you start to reintegrate foods and take rejuvenating herbs, in order to bring strength and vitality to your system, post-cleanse. We ask everyone to come in for a follow-up appointment 1-month later.
Why do it?
As a Practitioner, I recommend Panchakarma only when it is appropriate and when someone is really ready and willing to unplug and give themselves the experience of a “personal healing retreat.” There is so much more to cleansing than just losing weight and cleansing toxins from the liver and intestines. I am interested in helping people cleanse deep-seated, systemic toxins and health patterns, and build a sustainable lifestyle thereafter that supports the change. That is what drew me to Ayurveda, the whole-body, whole-life approach that acknowledges the multi-dimensional nature of wellbeing.
Who will benefit from it?
Those looking to balance their system through holistic means, and willing to act as a partner in their own health. Panchakarma is great for people with digestive imbalances, post-trauma, stress-related ailments, substance detox, weight loss, injury, and chronic conditions.
Who should take a pass?
People who are looking for a pill or prescription to heal their ailments, or a quick fix.
One Cleanser said:
“I chose to undergo Panchakarma at Pacific Coast Ayurveda with the aim of purging my body of years’ worth of accumulated toxins. It was a transformative experience in ways I could never have anticipated, to say the least. Each day of the process was a new chance to reexamine my approach to physical and mental health as a whole. In daily appointments at Pacific Coast Ayurveda, I would receive several treatments, each specifically tailored to my own needs. Every day, I would go home deeply relaxed and rejuvenated and every concern of mine, without exception, was addressed with the utmost sensitivity.”
SIGN ME UP!
If you fit the above and are serious about bringing the purest version of yourself to all you do this year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.