Ayurvedic Support for Grief: Ayurveda offers a traditional support treatment to assist in healing the emotional heart from loss, life transitions, and mourning. Grief, different than depression is usually associated with the loss of a loved one, home, health, job, or pet. According to the American Psychiatric Association; grief includes the following symptoms: sadness, mourning, low energy, frequent tears, poor sleep, poor concentration, and possibly, mild feelings of guilt.
Ayurveda offers a body and vibrational treatment traditionally called hrdya basti or heart basti which is a dough dam placed over the heart chakra and filled with herbalized oil that contains SVA Ashoka herb, rose, and Arjuna herb. The oil helps to absorb stress and assists the release of sadness and grief. The basti is preceded by transdermal marma therapy in which herbal creams are gently massaged onto 25 energy points on the body. Emotion coaching called sattvavijaya is offered which is an Ayurvedic term in Sanskrit which means overcoming darkness with the light of consciousness.
This treatment does not claim to cure grief but offers compassionate support in the process of it, to help the heavy emotions move along, and possibly lessen the weight of the emotions. This treatment can also help with depression. Time of treatment: 90 minutes. I am currently offering this treatment at Marin Ayurveda in San Rafael, CA. and in Berkeley CA. For information, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
In 1991, my former husband and I opened a Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Seattle WA which offered detoxification therapies called pancha karma. In the midst of that operation, there was an announcement that an Ayurvedic Training Course would be offered in Fairfield Iowa. The course was to be taught by some physicians trained in Ayurveda. Maharishi at that time was in Holland. After some discussion we agreed that Martin would attend the course and I would continue to run the operations of the clinic in Seattle.
Martin called me from Iowa and he said that only a handful of people were on the course, maybe 12 people and that when Maharishi heard that there was such a small course he said that he wanted to teach the course himself. He invited everyone on that tiny course to be with him in Holland. But he wanted to keep it small so he did not open the course to anyone else. I was sad that Martin was going to see Maharishi and I was left out of going to Holland. If people knew that Maharishi was going to teach the course live there would have been thousands of people applying for the course. In other words, the course was closed, no more students were admitted in. When Martin got to Holland, he asked someone if I could also be on the course since I was the one who started the Ayurvedic clinic and that maybe it would be a good idea for me to attend. The answer was yes, that I could come and the movement even paid for my airline ticket and waived the course fee!
I felt like I had won a lotto ticket or the boy named Charlie in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when he opened a chocolate bar only to unexpectedly find the Golden Ticket. Going to meet Maharishi in Holland was the last thing I ever expected. I had always wanted to meet with him personally to thank him and also on some level, validate who he was, a real seer. A sage in a culture where there were few sages. Something vitally missing from society.
The previous year, I had been in Holland on the Maastricht course which Maharishi taught. . There were thousands of people on that course, but I never had the opportunity to actually meet him personally something that was very much in my heart. On the Maastricht course, on the last day of the course, feeling kind of left out from meeting him, I thought and said out loud with much conviction: the next time I see Maharishi, it’s going to be a small intimate course. I had said it with a lot of power and desire on the last night of the course. I did not actually believe that it would be materialized without effort the following year. This is the power of doing the TM-sidhis program, which develops the ability to manifest things with more ease. Sidhis or not, there are times when something bigger takes over your life in a good or bad way without any way that you orchestrated it. It’s a like higher power takes over. This phenomena happened when I was wisked to multiple trips to Nepal and India back in 2008, 2009 and 2013 by friends who wanted me to travel with them.
When I got to Holland, I took a cab from the airport to Vlodrop were Maharishi resides. I remember the cab driving down a very long tree lined road, which must have been several miles or it seemed like it to Maharishi’s place, which happened to be a gigantic old monastery. The cab dropped me off and my heart started to beat more quickly, and I felt a little nervous. The door was one of these huge Cathedral wooden domed shaped doors with iron slabs and an iron doorknocker.
I tried to open the door. The door was locked. I used the doorknocker and knocked timidly a few times and then waited. I think I waited about 5 minutes which seemed to feel more like 15 minutes. No answer. I knocked again, this time a little harder, perhaps no one heard me the first time. It was about 11:00 a.m. at that time. I waited another five minutes, no one answered. These were the days before cell phones were around. Had it been currently, I would have called to let them know that myself and another student had arrived. All kinds of thoughts went through my head, would Maharishi open the door? Would a staff person open the door and then I would immediately escorted to the classroom with Maharishi there? What if I was in the wrong place?
I then knocked a 3rd time (the magic 3rd knock), with a little more force and waited for about 5 minutes. A man about 30 years old opened the door slightly and stuck his head out and looked at me and said something in German. He reminded me of the man in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy and her entourage are at the door to the Wizard's house and a man with a green hat sticks out his head and tries to shoe them away. I said "I am here for the Ayurveda Course". He said, " I’ll check", in broken English and he closed the door and left me on the doorstep. It seemed like we waited an hour in the hot June sun. I was starting to get angry and irritated. I thought, unwelcome to Vlodrop, what else do you expect? I don’t know how much time went by but its seemed like a long time. And that was the beginning of letting go of how things aught to go.
In Vlodrop, It’s not like you plan to go to a meeting at 2:00 pm and then the meeting starts at 2:00 or 2:30. It’s more you plan to go to a meeting at 2:00 and then you wait until 6:00 pm and then the meeting ends at midnight. It was totally unpredictable in a cosmically orderly fashion. It’s embracing the opposites. Maharishi said somewhere that enlightenment is the co existence of opposites. Disorganized organization. The unbounded and the point value. Infinity and the boundaries both together at the same time. Not one or the other. No black and white thinking but everything in between.
The man with the German accent came back and let me into the corridor and said a van was coming to pick me up because the women are staying in another place in Valkenberg, I was let down. It did not meet my expectations, at least in that moment.
Everything was non linear in my experience with being with Maharishi and one of the main things was waiting. Waiting to get into the meeting hall had become a spiritual practice. Anyone who has ever been with Maharishi understands the waiting period before you get to be in a meeting with him. I had to wait about a week before I got to see him the first time. But it was worth the wait, considering I had been wanting to meet him since I had become TM teacher back in 1987. A kind of purification happens when you wait. Waiting turns into being. Being aware, aware of being present to the moment, and then one stops anticipating the meeting with Maharishi. And one is forced to go beyond all logic and reasoning and become one with whatever you are going through internally and it’s different for everyone. But it’s like an advanced technique to wait in the hallways to see a sage. No amount of impatience would make the clock tick faster, Waiting was the process or working through your stuff, just in the same way, I wait for things now.
A week later, the first time I got to be in the meeting hall with Maharishi was with our Ayurveda course, about 15 of us. I had gotten over jet lag, adjusted to my routine with the other course members, and I was no longer feeling angry. Impatient, but not angry at least. And now that I was all rested and somewhat happy, the universe thought I was now ready to meet my teacher. At some point in the meeting, there was an opportunity to go up and give him a flower. I remember looking into his eyes, thinking, is he the real thing? There’s skeptic in me, even after all these years, I wanted to know and I would know if I could meet him. And, yes, I discovered, he’s the real thing. I had come eye to eye with a very wise man, a sage.
When I looked into his eyes, I could see compassion and infinity and I felt that he could really see into my soul, like he knew who I was to the core. Despite all the hype that surrounded him, I could see that he was an uncomplicated person and just as curious to meet me, as I was curious to meet him. His presence was very peaceful and I seemed to go into an altered state of consciousness being in his presence, and that was a level of deep peace, connection, and oneness. Like being in envelope of soft peacefulness.
Maharishi was in meetings all day and night consulting with people from all over the world about various projects to help people. Our Ayurveda group was just one project he was orchestrating out of perhaps hundreds. He was in meetings until 3;00 am. (he was not on an Ayurvedic routine). But ultimately the experience is yours, an internal one, nothing on the outside world could make sense but you would ultimately have to face your own self because there were no distractions. That’s why I say it’s an advanced technique. Maharishi never seemed tired, groggy, or even cranky. If I worked that many hours, I would be falling apart. Maharishi never carried a notebook yet he could remember people’s names from 30 years ago or he would talk about minute details depth of vedic knowledge and other business things. His level of productivity and clarity and sense of humor really amazed me. He may have been in his late 70’s at the time. Nobody could keep up with him.
The way Maharishi taught Ayurveda was that he had experts from India sitting beside including the late Dr Tri Guna Ji who was one of the world’s experts in pulse diagnosis. Also, his scientists including Raja Ram, and a bunch of others. He would then have a pundit, someone from India who is an expert in reading the Veda, and chanting the Vedas in Sanskrit. He would have them chant one sentence from the Charaka Samhita (ancient Ayurvedic textbook) and then Maharishi would pull apart every syllable and word and translate it into English so that we could understand. He would then perhaps spend several hours on the meaning each word and sentence. It was intense. It was very detailed. But it gave a deep understanding of the living Veda, Ayurveda. He had instructed us to learn Sanskrit as well on our own time during the course. And we had gotten as far as learning the alphabet. He emphases the importance of learning Sanskrit as a technique to improve brain function.
The most memorable experience I had with Maharishi is meditating in the room with him. The silence was very deep and the level of transcending was profound. As if the whole room was breathing in synchrony, it was the breath of Brahmin Consciousness and just that alone was life changing for me, on an internal level of fulfillment though I could not pin point to anything on the outer.
One other experience I wanted to share was that toward the end of the course, we had been there almost three months; maharishi had discussed a few Ayurveda projects to work on with him. In my mind, I thought, once I leave here, that’s it, no more contact. He’s a busy man with a lot of secretaries answering the phone for him and he’s impossible to get a hold of. So I raised my hand, and said, maharishi, how shall we get in touch with you about these projects? I think he must have been sensing my frustration, he hesitated for a moment and then said, “I’ll give you my number and then you can call me anytime you want and get through right away”. I think everyone in the room’s jaw dropped because we have all had the experience of never having any direct contact with him to clarity about projects etc. That evening Nader Ram, gave us the secret number and a way to get through by writing as well. IF you wanted to give him a message you could call him and tell the secretary your name and you would supposedly get through. If you wanted to write a letter you would put the letter in a manila envelope and in red pen writing put on it VERY URGENT.
When we got back home to Seattle, Martin and I did actually get through to him via the phone while we worked on a real estate project. It was extremely demanding and nerve wracking because he would ask you to the math with him on the phone, like how many courses could you teach to pay the mortgage? He heard us scramble to get the calculator. Then he would say figure it out and c all me right back. Then we would call back and the secretary would answer, we would say this is a very urgent call from the Bretts (that was the pass code). We then had to wait because he was in a meeting. They would say, call back in three hours, Maharishi was in a meeting. We would call back in three hours and the secretary sometimes would put us through or say call back after a meeting.
Maharishi often asked us to offer half the asking price on real estate. It was very challenging. I also was pregnant with Anna during the course of looking for properties. The owners of the real estate would become enraged by the ridiculous low offers. But at some point it worked and two building were purchased in Seattle to use as Ayurvedic Universities. Maharishi was not just a spiritual teacher but he seemed to be a very good business man who excelled in real estate. Amazingly enough, the building Maharishi purchased in Seattle had the same key make as our apartment building which I discovered when I failed to pick up the keys to the new building. I was so frustrated that I could not enter the building after crossing across town, I said as a last resort, I am going to try my house key and sure enough it opened it, talk about synchronicity!
The Ayurveda course was nothing like I anticipated. It was not just lifestyle, herbs, and diet, but the purpose of Ayurveda is to refine the nervous and brain physiology in order to cultivate expanded and refined states of awareness. The way you do this is to open the channels of the mind and body. Ayurveda helps you to open these channels. The physical channels are called srotas, these comprise the veins, arteries, colon, lungs and digestive canal, and any tube in the body. These tubes get clogged up with toxins created by undigested food. This toxin is called ama. And there are four main types of ama, environmental pollution, undigested food, emotional ama, ama that goes deep into the tissues and spreads. There are also more subtle tubes or channels called nadis. There are over 90,000 nadi’s in the body the width of a hair. These subtle tubes carry prana or chi and circulate prana in the body. These tubes get clogged up and blocked with emotional and physical toxin including EMF.
Ayurveda has proven methods to cleanse the channels and remove these blockages. The main area Ayurveda focuses is on digestive fire called agni and diet. IF you have the perfect diet but the Agni is not functioning then you make ama. So a lot of time needs to focus in repairing Agni, and there are 13 types of Agni that cook and metabolize your food. The opposite of ama is ojas. And ojas is the product of perfect digestion. Ojas gives good eyesight, subtle perception, radiant skin, immunity, and bliss and ability to overcome stress quickly. Ojas is a physical substance created in the body and that is connected to what is called Soma. Soma is the consciousness component of the physical ojas. Soma is what helps to refine the perception to be able to see deeper values of nature and reality. It is soma that is needed to keep refining the NS and nourish the brain allowing the individual to develop expanded states of consciousness. So ultimately the aim of Ayurveda is to culture a state of enlightenment by opening the channels, cleaning the channels, and digesting food in a way that it creates ojas and immunity and a long happy life.
Some of the techniques Ayurveda offers are knowledge of Agni and ways to improve Agni, the digestive fire. Some people have too much Agni and some people have too little. So there is not one general recommendation except for eating on time and eating healthy nutrient rich organic foods. Avoid eating late at night, avoid eating ice cold drinks, and avoid eating stale or junk foods. These all dampen Agni and there by make ama. Ama can create arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Lifestyle is also important in culturing the development of consciousness. How we digest our experiences in life. One suggestion for everyone, go to bed early about 10:00 pm and get up before he sun rises, about 90 minutes before he sun rises is called Brahma hurt, when all the laws of nature wake up. It’s good to go for a walk and then meditate at this time. But in order to do this one must go to bed very early and make sure the ama has been cleansed.
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You are invited to participate in an Autumn Cleanse and Detoxification this November. In terms of Ayurvedic Medicine, it's recommended to cleanse the body at the junction point between the ending of one season and the beginning of a new one. In particular, the transition from Summer to Autumn is very important for maintaining the health of the body. Just as one changes the oil in the car every several thousand miles to maintain smooth functioning of the car, the body also needs to cleanse every few months in order to maintain smoothness in the mind and body.
In the summer, heat (pitta) accumulates in the body and in the autumn this heat can become aggravated resulting in skin conditions, irritability, poor digestion, constipation, insomnia, low immunity, and fatigue. In addition, vata is aggravated in the Autumn time creating restlessness, fatigue, and dryness throughout the body. This dryness aggravates prana vata, functioning of the mind and contributes to ama or toxins in the body.
I am offering an Ayurvedic Cleanse based on Vaidya Mishra's protocols. This will include a personal consultation in person or via the phone or skype, SVA Ghee, SVA Prakriti Tablets, SVA Detox Tea, diet and recipe recommendations, lifestyle recommendations, email correspondence during the cleanse. You may choose to do the cleanse for 7, 14, or 21 days. Recipes may involve foods that detox the body such as bitter melon, louki, drum stick, and other foods. This is a home cleanse and the cost for the cleanse which includes the above products, consultations, recipes costs $225.00. This does not cover the cost of any other products or treatments that I recommend such as massage oil for home massage, nose oil or herbal memory nectars. If you prepay by November 1st the cost is discounted at $200, a savings of $25.00.
Ayurvedic Detox Body Treatments: I also have available a few treatment sessions open between November 1 -29th. I will be starting to work full time at my practicum site on November 30th and so there is a small window with few appointments for body treatments days.
Some of the treatments included are daily Ayurvedic Massage with SVA Transdermal Marma, Shirodhara, and one other treatment will be decided such as an herbal oil dam (basti), sinus treatment (nasya), or herbal steam bath. The cost of each day of detoxification which includes 3 treatments and a light lunch is $450. You may choose to do one to five days of treatment. If you choose to do five days. it's possible that I can do the treatments in your home. All treatments need to be prepaid at least 2-3 weeks in advance in order to hold the reservation because I am only able to schedule 4 people in November. These detox treatments do not include the above consultation and products.
The anticipated results of doing a personal cleanse are increased flexibility of the mind and body, increased bliss and lightness through out, more energy, and greater immunity.
If you are interested in the cleanse, please email me back a time you would like a consultation or call me to set up an appointment at 530 401 8627.
Lately, when I stand in line at a Starbuck's or Peet's Coffee I imagine all the adults who are sipping on sweet, warm, milky coffee drinks are instead, sucking on baby milky bottles. And this milky bottle is the sooth saver for millions of patrons who invest hundreds of dollars per year to get their infantile needs met. It's as if our collective culture is yearning for the delicious nourishment and peace that can only come from a loving mother with an endless supply of breast milk. I notice the tension of those who wait in line, I feel my own anticipation (for a decaf, low-fat, latte). I see how relieved people are once they take their first sip of the morning. Like a child anticipating the first milk sipping of the day, hungry and lonely from the long night. I wonder about this connection, this human yearning for milk (dairy or soy) which seems so infant like. Perhaps I will stand out in front of that Solano Starbucks and offer long hugs and there would be a a line of people anticipating a warm embrace after a long and lonely night.
Bonita Carol, founder of Bliss Ayurveda, will be offering an Advanced Ayurveda Studies program based on her many years mentoring with Vaidya Mishra of the Shaka Vansya Lineage. The study can be long distance and some hours will be required in person depending on your choice of study. The program is for those who have already completed a core Ayurveda curriculum and want to deepen their Ayurvedic practice to serve as the next essential step toward the 1000-hour Ayurveda Health Practitioner certificate with the Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America (AAPNA. Org). It is also for practitioners who want to deepen and gain confidence in their practice.
Bonita is an approved continuing education provider by NCBMTBW (National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Body Workers). Hours that students participate in the studies and/or are a massage therapist versed in Ayurveda will be awarded continuing education hours according to each module. For those still needing the core Ayurveda program, a 500 hour curriculum will be offered through Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, a California State Approved school and also serves as a dual cert in massage therapy. I will be starting a new class in Feb. 2014.
The Advanced Studies will begin at the end of January, dates will be announced. You may also schedule your studies by appointment according to your convenience by phone or skype if you are from out of town.
The program will draw on Bonita’s 24 years as an Ayurveda Health Educator and 16 years in clinical PK Ayurvedic setting. She studied with Ayurveda and Vedic studies with Vaidya Mishra, Dr. Koriela, Dr. KrishnaTalavane, and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She is a life long student and practitioner of a transpersonal coaching method called Voice Dialogue, a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, and author of Natural Approaches to Weight Loss with Ayurveda.
You will deepen your knowledge and experience:
· Assist you in protocols for your existing clients
· Develop understanding and confidence in doing assessments
· Pulse Diagnosis
· Emotional Processing
· Treatment protocols
· Herbal formulas
· Disease Management
· Scope of Practice
· Advanced Ethics
· Personal guidance in one’s health and balance
· Cooking (in person)
· Pancha Karma is a separate full time training to announced with APTKA
1. Must have completed or be currently enrolled in an Ayurvedic practitioner or health educator program (minimum 1 year). Or you can take our standard test to test out of it if you have had other training.
2. Must have a personal daily meditation practice. I offer courses in Turiya Meditation for an additional fee if you have not already learned. Ayurveda is based on the experience of consciousness and inner silence. In order to feel the pulse, a quiet awareness is required.
3. Dedicate 4 to 6 hours per month toward Advanced Study.
4, Helpful, but not required, have been through a week of in residence pancha karma treatments.
7. Be willing to take recommended Ayurveda herbal and lifestyle prescriptions and invest in yourself and your health.
Course fee: $200 per month or $50 per hour. There will be three to four classes or appointments per month. You will also get continuing education credit for internship hours, practice, and applied knowledge or class projects. The total amount of credit hours per month is 20 hours unless you come up with an alternative plan. We can develop a personalized study map on your first appointment to assess where you would like to strengthen your skills.
Schedule of studies to follow soon or please make a personal request of what you desire to learn. Please contact Bonita at 530 401 8627 Have a great holiday and hope to see you soon.
Celestial Health. What is Celestial Health? It is the enlivenment of our vibrational body. Beyond our fat, muscle, and bones we have thousands of tiny channels called nadis that circulate prana. These normally can not be seen but are felt during pulse diagnosis to understand where prana is being blocked and thereby create a problem in the physical body. Once our physical body is healthy then we can go beyond that to polish this subtle body and unblock prana and energetic ama (toxins). What I have experienced in my own life and observed in others is in this polishing process comes more love and connection. A connectedness with self and the universe in the form of soft love and an observation to its opposite qualities of unlove, a dual experience. In addition, the senses become super senses. The ability to perceive more colors, deeper richer colors and colors in people's auras. I believe what we are achieving with Ayurveda is polishing all the sheaths to reach our human potential. What else is there after we have good health? Celestial Pancha Karma polishes, refines, and purifies our bodies through Transdermal Marma points, gemstones, pranyama, yoga, and herbal formulas that activate the brain. Celestial Ayurveda is for those seeking optimum health for the vibrational body. In this body we see that our nature in infinite and everything is pos
AYURVEDA DETOX AND REJUVENATION
Traditionally, classical Pancha Karma (5 actions) is done in residence for 28 days with a minimum of 2 weeks of rest afterward to integrate the treatments. If you are over the age of 40, then 28 days of PK is recommended a minimum of twice per year to maintain youthfulness and good health. The only clinics I am aware of that offer the full 28 days are in India, Thailand, and Nepal.
The good thing about long treatments at these clinics is that if you have a more challenging health condition or addiction, then this full time rejuvenation can have a profound and lasting effect on the improvement of health. You also have the value of having the guidance of an experienced vaidya (physician trained in Ayurveda from India) on an almost daily basis to chart your progress and monitor your treatments. It is a good way to “unplug from the daily grind” allowing one to have a deeper experience. It takes at least 7 days of treatments to reach all the tissues or dhatus. The extended amount of days, the deeper level of the body you can get at to remove physical and emotional toxins. You also receive Ayurvedic meals. Appropriate food has a big role in creating the maximum benefit.
What is contradictory in this type of overseas treatment is the amount of air pollution in some of the cities. New Delhi and Kathmandu have severe air pollution problems. So while you are detoxifing, you may also be breathing in lead and other harmful chemicals from the lack of regulations in air quality.
The other challenge that may pose a threat to health but may not be so apparent is that if you do Panchakarma in India when it is winter here, coming back to a cold season has a damaging affect to the channels of the body. During Panchakarma both physical and vibrational channels open in order for toxins to flow out. When you come back into the cold weather the channels go into shock and shrink. The shrinkage of these channels can block toxins from flowing out of the body. So on one level you have done a great thing for your body but there will be a side affect from returning in the winter that may contra indicate the treatment.
Be aware of herbs purchased directly in India and other countries. Lead and other harmful chemicals have been found in these products producing long-term health problems. You may want to have them tested at a lab to be safe.
If you choose to do classical Panchakarma in Asia, try to find a clinic outside of large cities with a reputable vaidya and get referrals before you go. I have heard wonderful reviews about Dr. Raju in New Delhi. He also has a clinic with his brother in Hyderabad. Also, Dr. Rishi Koirela in Kathmandu has two clinics. The one outside Kathmandu is located in Pokara. I can attest for the one in Kathmandu. I was fortunate to get a taste of two weeks of treatment this year. The technicians were highly skilled and nurturing and Dr. Rishi was very perceptive of my health challenges. The clinic was very clean, uplifting, and orderly and the food was great. However, you could hear a lot of street noise that I gradually transcended. It’s also polluted at certain times of the year. His clinic in Pokara is quiet, filled with beauty and solitude.
The other possible scenario that could arise from classical Panchakarma is that your health problems could increase or if you do not have a health problem one could arise. You can possibly get damaged from this type of treatment. According to, Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician, says he has seen more damage from detoxification. If the channels of the body are not prepared properly or the channels are too acidic, it’s very possible that the toxins start to leave one organ but end up not being able to leave the system entirely due to the channels of evacuation being too dry, acidic or narrow. What happens? If a toxin is trying to leave the liver but does not make it out, it can go to another organ or system and create illness in that area. He says it’s very dangerous. I have heard of people going through PK and having muscle soreness and other problems after their treatments. This indicates that toxins could not get out. He says purification that is too quick and harsh is jarring for the body and traumatizes the fine channels. He recommends that detoxification should be done over a period of time giving the body a chance to naturally detoxify without forcing.
Dr. Mishra offers a protocol to help soften impurities in a gradual way that is safe. It can take up to 7 weeks of a home program to purify gently as to not disturb or shock the organs and channels. There are several physicians trained in his protocols. Dr. Maryanne Teitlbaum and Dr. Doug Beech are personally trained by Vaidya Mishra to address all types of imbalances and are doing great things with people’s health. I highly recommend them. If you have a general imbalance and are in general good health I can help assist you in these detox protocols.
If you are not in a position to leave for long periods of time then one-week long Panchakarma therapies are recommended with the change of spring and autumn. In the winter toxins accumulate due to lack of circulation. The cold weather shrinks and narrows the channels of the body as the weather gets warmer the channels open and toxins start to flow out naturally. Panchakarma assists that purification so your body can regain balance, lightness, vigor and bliss. Ideally, a clinic with an experienced vaidya would be the best choice. If you have a specific health condition, I highly recommend seeing an Ayurvedic physician trained in nadi vigyam or Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. Once you have found your physician ask for referrals of people he or she has treated successfully with your condition. I also recommend working in combination with a medical doctor who is trained in Ayurveda so the two physicians can coordinate a health regime for maximum benefit and safety. The reason I recommend a vaidya trained in India is that pulse diagnosis is deeply ingrained in their training and are more experienced and advanced and than most Westerner trained ones. It’s been my experience that their perception of the underlying imbalance is more accurate. However, the skill of nadi vigyan varies among vaidyas as well.
If that is not available then you can choose a practitioner that uses organic freshly made massage oils and products, uses hand held shirodhara equipment rather than electric and does the treatment in a pure and quiet environment. The purity of the environment, both physically and vibrationally is important because Panchakarma opens up the channels and they need to be protected during this process. The treatments are recommended to be given by experienced technicians that live a pure lifestyle and have a happy disposition. The practitioner should be knowledgeable of thorough home preparation treatment, called snehana and virachana that is gradual and safe.
Home detoxification is the first step towards effective pancha karma treatments. It helps to prepare the channels so you can gain maximum benefit. The home detoxification program is just as an important step as the PK treatment is. In addition, the Post Panchakarma diet, herbs and recommendations play an equal part. Post PK emphasizes the role of herbal remedies called rasyanas. Now that body has been deeply cleansed the value of rasyana can penetrate to the deepest cellular level to further produce balance, clarity of mind, and increase the production of ojas. Ojas is the connecting glue for all the organs and systems and produces a natural state of contentment. All three; pre-treatment, treatment, and post-treatment should be valued equally. It’s really a 4-7 week cleanse when you put it all together. Most people just focus on getting the actual treatment, but without the proper preparation, you will not receive more than 50% the expected benefit. Following the whole program brings optimum results. Health improvements such as increased energy, improved sleep, better digestion, increased happiness, more youthfulness, vigor and improved appearance are predicted benefits.
Since the channels in the gross and subtle level of the body open during the treatment and following treatment, it is important what we are exposed to. Use of cell phones, computers and other sensory stimuli are not recommended at this time. It’s best to schedule your treatments when you can take off work and minimize responsibilities.
Most Panchakarma sessions include relaxing and pleasant treatments that include Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage), Shirodhara – (oil gently and continuously poured over the forehead). Shirodhara deeply relaxes the nervous system and purifies the channels in the head, brain, sinuses, neck and shoulders. Another treatment may be Swedana, which is a warm steam treatment that opens up the channels to release toxins. Other treatments such as marma (energy points on the body to produce balance) and an elimination enema called basti may be recommended to further purify the body. Specialized treatments such as the EMF detox and Ayurvedic facials may be recommended. An Ayurvedic consultation is required before treatments begin to determine the types of herbalized oils used and specific treatments.
There are many good places that offer Panchakarma treatments in the United States at various price ranges and treatment options. The Raj in Vedic City offers a nurturing luxurious treatments for about $500-$600 per day. The Life Spa in Boulder Colorado runs about $350 per day and Dr.Vasant Lad in New Mexico. There are many individual practitioners as well that I am happy to refer you to.
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How do you feel when you wake up first thing in the morning? That is the first question that I ask my clients. How you feel in the morning tells the whole story of your physical, emotional, and mental health. According to Ayurveda, the ancient and natural medicine from India, a sign of good health is waking up feeling refreshed, clear, and enthusiastic about the day. If you can't get going until you have a cup of coffee, it could be a sign that diet and lifestyle need some fine-tuning. If you are still tired even if you went to bed early or there is still some sluggishness, this may be due to a variety of reasons. It is possible that a meal was too heavy or eaten too late the evening before which created toxins due to undigested food. Ayurveda recommends having a smaller, lighter dinner ideally eaten before 7:00 pm.
Rather than starting the day with drinking a cup of coffee, drink a cup of hot water with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This is the like an internal bath or shower. Then if you need coffee, take it after that and gradually move toward less acidic drinks such as green or white tea. An occasional cup of organic coffee is fine, but if you are dependent on it for energy then I would recommend another source of healthier energy either from high nutrition foods, exercise, or improved quality of sleep.
Stiffness, joint pain, and immobility first thing upon arising could be due to a build up of toxins, called ama. Taking an Ayurvedic herb called triphala the night before will help reduce ama in the joints. There are many levels of ama in the body. The most important is avoiding the build up of ama through diet and lifestyle. If the toxins have been there for a long time then a 3-4 home cleanse or a more intensive cleanse done in residence that include Ayurveda rejuvenation therapies called pancha karma may be recommended.
Fatigue, could also be an indicator that the quality of sleep is poor, either difficulty in falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, and oversleeping. Do you ever feel more tired when you sleep in the morning? According to Ayurveda, the best time to wake up in the morning is before 6:00 am before it is the ‘’kapha” time of the day. Kapha is the quality in nature and in the body comprised of earth and water. It has a cold, heavy, thick, quality that has to do with structure, phlegm and heaviness. Excess kapha in body can increase phlegm, weight, and fatigue. Waking up congested, or having to spit phlegm may be due to a kapha imbalance as well.
Depression and heaviness in the body could be a build up fatigue over time, an indicator the body is crying for deep rest. Give yourself several days of just taking it easing and allowing the body to rest and do nothing for a few days or a few weeks. Or depending on your situation and body type, what may be needed is more exercise.
Cloudiness in thinking may also be caused by constipation, dehydration, or indigestion. Fatigue can also be do to thyroid problems, blood sugar levels or heart problems.
If you would like to wake up early, fresh and happy (even on rainy days) then I would begin by keeping a notebook by your beside and write what your first impression is of the day. It could just be one word such as tired, grumpy, achy. Include what you ate for dinner and the time you ate it the night before. If you have difficulty with elimination try to keep a record of the times you had a bowel movement. Proper elimination is also one of the keys to good health according to Ayurveda.
Try to have a lighter dinner before 7:00 pm as the digestive fires called ‘Agni” start to get less as the sun goes down. It’s about connecting with nature. The life giving Sun also called Agni starts to set, and as the Sun sets, our inner Agni or digestive fires start to get less. That is why digestion is strongest between 11:00 am and 2:00 PM, when a larger meal is recommended. A smaller dinner, earlier, will help to digest easier. With this, the quality of sleep with improve and you will start to wake up fresher.
There is whole protocol for sound sleep and digestion in Ayurveda. Finding out the causes of morning fatigue are many and each recommendation is catered to that specific reason and imbalance.
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Bonita Carol has been an Ayurveda Health Educator for over 25 years and offers Ayurvedic Health Consultations in the Bay area and Nevada City, California.