So today is Day 4 of my week-long ayurveda detox, which is a program I started on the spur-of-the-moment last Saturday at the Arogya ayurveda center.
It was really now or never, as I hardly ever have a week I can block off with relatively few activities.
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WHAT'S IN AN AYURVEDA DETOX
The ayurveda detox, you see, involves treatments, diet, and a mental and emotional detox as well.
You're not supposed to exert too much physical activity or cram your schedule with too many things. Otherwise, they recommend you postpone your detox for a less busy time.
In fact, you're supposed to turn in as early as possible every night and slow down the pace of your life temporarily.
IMPOSSIBLE IN A NEVER-ENDING TRAVELIFE
If you read this blog, you'll know all of the above are basically impossible in a never-ending Travelife. However, this week offered a window of opportunity to do so, just with some slight adjustments.
Basically, it was either I did this now or I would have to wait until a free week next year. Yes, 2015.
The ayurveda detox, which is called panchakarma, is supposed to restore balance, improve immunity and encourage wellness and healing. It's a deep cleansing that goes as little as 7 days and as long as 21 days.
EVERYONE ELSE IS ON A TRAVELIFE
Ironically, everyone else in Travelife is on a Travelife or about to go on one -- which is probably why I'm at home minding the office.
EVERYONE IN TRAVELIFE
GETS TO LIVE A TRAVELIFE
Travelife General Manager Gel Bayona is in Goa, India as I write this, while Travelife Marketing Manager Meg Caligner is enjoying the cherry blossoms in Tokyo.
Travelife Creative Director Bryan Arevalo is on his way to Seoul, while Managing Editor Ceia Ylagan is getting the team ready for a trip to Dubai soon.
Editorial assistant Jean Mangonon and Mitos Lusterio, one of our account executives, just returned from Bohol.
Meanwhile, Travelife TV head Carlo Velasco and his crew are flying to Malaysia soon as well.
And while everyone in Travelife Magazine has been on a plane or a train over the past few days, I've been home re-organizing my rooms, working out with a trainer, diligently attending my Pilates sessions, and getting my ayurveda detox treatments.
BACK TO A TRAVELIFE SOON
It's probably all good, as well, since my life starts to get busy again pretty soon. I just booked my tickets for two trips this month -- including one halfway around the world -- today, after dilly-dallying for so long.
Yes, my schedule is pretty tight for 2014.
Just yesterday, someone asked me if I had a free weekend to visit a resort in Bohol; and the next available free weekend for a proper trip -- after all, I'm not talking about opening up my schedule for simply a Saturday night dinner here -- is in November.
To think April has just begun.
So this week was really the perfect time for a week of ayurveda treatments and lots of rest and thought before my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife starts up all over again.