We weave threads of Ayurveda, the ancient art of health and longevity, into all Yogandspice retreats at Valley View. But we also offer specialised Ayurvedic breaks to rebalance and detox.
Ayurveda is also known as ‘the art of conscious living’. It teaches that nature is the greatest healer, and that we should live in tune with the seasons. So Ayurveda helps us understand how the elements or ‘doshas’ of space, air, fire, earth and water work in the body. And, moreover, it explains how, when out of balance, the ‘doshas’ create ‘dis-ease’. Through diet and lifestyle choices we can return to wellness (Ayurveda a brief introduction and guide).
Ayurveda is a transformative practice. It encourages us to consider every aspect of how we live. Yet many of its principles are simple to adopt. Moreover, they can profoundly affect health and well-being.
If you would like to find out more, Yogandspice offers:
‘Ayurveda in your life’
Two night Ayurvedic breaks with yoga, three workshops and cooking sessions. We look at Ayurvedic dinacharya (daily routines), the principles of Ayurvedic eating and how to know your ‘Dosha’ (Ayurvedic type). CPD points for Yoga Teachers. For Ayurveda in your life programme click here
Ayurveda to rebalance and detox
Ayurveda teaches that if we eat food in season the bacteria in our gut will flourish. And if we look after our digestion better we can banish, or minimise, many common ailments. The Yogandspice three or five day detoxes feature a simple gluten free plant-based diet. The meals are complemented by toxin burning herbs and teas. Each participant has a 30 minute individual assessment to determine their unique type. Then they can choose the foods most suited to them. There is appropriate yoga and plenty of time in nature. When you clean up your diet in this way you will feel mentally and physically lighter. And become more aware of which foods do not suit your constitution.
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Ayurvedic cooking sessions
Unless food is freshly picked it is devoid of ‘qi’ or ‘prana’ – energy. Growing our own food is a big part of the Yogandspice ethos. Mark offers advice on growing your own vegetables. Lorraine explains how to use Chinese, Indian and Western herbs and spices. These balance the flavours in a meal and the enhance absorption of nutrients. We build in foraging trips according to the season.
Help recognise your body type and put together a wellness programme to help rebalance your doshas. With supporting cooking or yoga sessions if required. Contact Lorraine to discuss or book an appointment. First session (90 minutes) with written recommendations £60. Follow up £35.