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 massagesusing 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.