|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.
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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.
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.
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?“
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.
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.
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.
|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 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.
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.