Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The joys and benefits of ayurveda. And how to slow down the aging process.

Enjoying the sunset and the beautiful views
after spending an afternoon by the pool, living a Travelife...

Yesterday morning, after my ayurveda treatment at the Six Senses Spa of the Kandalama Hotel in Sri Lanka, I had some time before lunch.

So I sat on one of the comfortable benches in the spa reception area talking about ayurveda with Deepak, the spa manager.

Each time I'm in Sri Lanka, I get a treatment here, just because it's so conducive to rest and relaxation.

Scroll down to read more...




Kandalama is truly one of the most peaceful places on earth, as far as I'm concerned.

And everyone who's come along with me on a Travelife is really enjoying this very special place. It was one very long and arduous drive to get here -- but we all agree that our efforts were worth it.



ANOTHER PERFECT DAY

It was another perfect day in Sri Lanka, living a Travelife.

The weather was neither cold nor hot -- in fact, it's the best weather I've had so far in all my trips to Sri Lanka -- and the views outside were gorgeous as usual.


THE BEST OFFICE IN THE WORLD

After my ayurveda treatments, I took my computer out to the hotel's infinity pool, which overlooks the dramatic Kandalama reservoir.

Here, with one of the best views in the world as a backdrop, I spent the afternoon editing articles for the next issue of Travelife Magazine.

In fact, I posted a photo of my "office" on Twitter, and someone posted back: "Is that called work?"


https://twitter.com/TravelifeMag



TALKING TRAVEL AND LIFE AT SUNSET

When the sunset hour arrived, my friends and I just sat by the pool, enjoying the cool breeze and talking about Travel and Life.

We also discussed ayurveda, which is such a new topic to many.

I've been reading up and studying a lot about ayurveda in my spare time. And now that I'm in one of the two countries where ayurveda is a way of life, I'm taking advantage and talking to doctors and practitioners about its principles and practices.

A LIFE OF BALANCE



Ayurveda is not just a bunch of treatments, but an entire way of life based on balance.

It's this balance that promotes good health and a peaceful state of mind.

Illness of any kind, whether physical or mental, comes when there is some imbalance in one's life.

HOW TO SLOW THE AGING PROCESS


Of course, I asked Deepak the million dollar question every girl wants to know: how does one slow down the aging process?

He said a lot of stuff, but frankly it's not anything I don't already know. Anti-aging is really a matter of eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, and -- in the case of ayurveda -- also practicing and experiencing the principles of ayurveda.

WAKING UP AT 4 AM

The ayurvedic lunch at Amangalla, the Aman Hotel in Galle

In daily life, many things in ayurveda are hard for ordinary people to follow.

For example, Deepak told me today that ayurvedic texts say that one must rise at 4 AM and start the day by performing all sorts of ablutions, for good health.

Considering I get to sleep at 1 AM on most days, regardless of what time zone I'm in, a 4 AM wakeup call is just impossible for me.

Then there's the ayurvedic diet, which requires a tailoring of cuisine to one's dosha. Again, for someone who eats out practically every night of the year, this is just impossible to follow. But I do try to eat as healthy as possible when I'm traveling -- and in Sri Lanka, I've stayed away completely from meat and processed foods.

THE EASY WAY OUT 

The Six Senses spa at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Sri Lanka
But basically, if I wish to practice ayurveda, I'm stuck with the ayurvedic treatments -- and happily so.

I try to do as much of these treatments when I am in Sri Lanka, India or Manila. Talk about the easy way out, to have a couple of massages using ayurvedic herbal oils.

But I figure it's better than doing nothing.

THE KANDALAMA COMBO

So yesterday I did a package called Kandalama Combo, which included a massage and a facial using ayurvedic herbs and ingredients. Then, to make it more ayurvedic, I asked for an ayurvedic oil for the massage.

At the very least, ayurvedic massages bring peace and calm to my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





TRAVELIFE MAGAZINE on Facebook

No comments:

Post a Comment