For this retreat in Greece, you can choose one of these 3 options :
* local care to select among the following choices :
60 minutes care
Abhyanga: application of medicinal hot oil on the body
Siro Dhara: continuous Flow of medicinal oil on the forehead
Pidichil: continuous Flow of oil on all the body.
Local care from 30 to 60 minutes
Kati Vasti, Greva Vasti, Janu Vasti : local medicinal bath in hot oil on your lower back, neck knees
Pichu & Ayurvedic Beauty Therapy: Local Application of hot oil & Facial treatment
Nasya: Medical treatment of upper respiratory tract
Pada Beauty: Ayurvedic Treatment of feet
Ayurveda is a holistic science of health care that focuses not only on preventing the disease, but also approaches solutions to the chronic health problems.
Our teachers in Ayurveda focus on this practice on its primitive form, integrating the traditional Vedic wisdom of Ayurveda.
This documentary is a good introduction to the birth and evolution of Ayurveda in India.
Vedic masters of the Antiquity inform us that all the sufferings in life are due to the violation of natural law, whether conscious or unconscious. Ayurveda generously gives the guidelines to live in agreement with the laws of Nature, with the aim of helping to prevent the disease and the misfortune in life. These guidelines are simple tools to maintain the balance in life. Lifestyle, food, knowledge of herbs, and behavior are drawn for every individual according to their unique body-spirit type.
Modern society is mainly centered on the management of disease when the symptoms are already here. Allopathic medicine prescribes drugs that target the symptoms and often have side effects.
In Ayurveda culture, it is said that the rishis of ancient India, through deep meditation, have pierced the veil of illusion and see the mechanisms underlying the manifest world.
What they could see was that everyone and everything is made of five elements that exchange and transform into what can be seen, touched, heard, tasted and smelled. These fundamentals are air (vayu), space (Akasha), fire (agni), water (jala) and earth (prithivi).
They also discovered the source of the five elements that are pure silence and unlimited consciousness.
The most fundamental element is space. Space is unlimited and infinite. It is also called Akasha and is the first manifestation of pure consciousness. When we think of space, we can imagine the unlimited canopy of heaven or the infinite galaxies and in the human body, it is the hollow spaces and cavities in the bone structure and colon. As space becomes condensed, the atoms and molecules gather there and are manifested by air. Air is moving, it is light, fresh and unstable, and as it moves faster and faster friction is created and it turns into fire. Air is connected to thoughts and movements in the human system.
Fire is hot, it is consumption, processing, and powerful. In the human body, it is connected to the metabolic functions, digestion, blood, and hormones.
The fire melts all in a liquid state and the liquid is the element of water. The water is cool, heavy, flowing and humid. This water then solidifies in the Earth element.
Earth qualities are strength, rooting, freshness, moisture and density.
These are the basic elements overlapping with each other, are combined, and fluctuate continuously throughout the manifested creation. Every animal, mineral, and human is a unique combination based on the structure of these five elements.
Specific combinations of elements are called doshas and classified as Vata (a combination of air and space), pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (Earth and water).
The Dhatus are tissues.
Ayurveda recognizes seven major tissues that occur sequentially from the first to the last. The cloth 8 is formed only if the first seven have been properly trained. Lymph, blood, muscle, fat, bone marrow and nerve, bone, sperm and egg. If all seven tissue are properly formed, then the tissue 8 which is formed is more subtle and is called ojas.
Ojas is what gives a healthy glow to the skin, strong immunity, energy and allows to experience natural happiness and happiness in individual life.
Ayurveda takes extensive precautions to protect ojas through diet, digestion and healthy lifestyle.
Body tissues are transformed by Agni (fire element). There are many types of Agnis working in the body. There are like little flames that help transform tissue, transform food into energy, and transform food into waste called Malas.
An ayurvedic practicioner will ensure that these agnis are working properly.
If the fire is too strong, then it burns quickly, and it does not allow the tissue to develop fully.
If on the contrary the agni is too low, then it can not do its job.
Medicinal plants and healthy eating will be recommended to obtain the return of agni to a normal work.
Malas are the feces, urine and sweat. The formation of Malas is something that Ayurveda also analysis to help understand the state of the body’s health or disease. Burning urination could be a sign of Agni’s excess. Loose stools and smelly sweat are a sign of toxins in the body. These toxins are called “ama”. To eliminate ama, therapeutic detoxification procedures called panchakarma are recommended.
Three humors or three doshas
Ayurvedic medicine is based on the concept of the three doshas – Tridosha. Dosha commonly means “ force” or “fault”, something that can easily get out of balance, leading to a disorder in the body or mind.
The concept of dosha recalls the traditional Western idea of three basic types of body – ectomorph (thin and delicate), mesomorph (compact and muscular) and endomorph (stocky). Most of us are a combination of two or three types. Ayurvedic tridoshas are known as Vata (the lightest, portrayed by the color blue), Pitta (middle, red), and Kapha ( heaviest, yellow).
Someone with a dominant Vata energy tends to be thin, restless and creative; Pitta mostly conforms to a happy medium; Kapha people tend to be heavy, slow and lethargic.
Ayurveda teaches that everything in the world is made up of a combination of three doshas and that doshas consist of two of the five elements. Vata is ether and air; Pitta is fire and water; Kapha is water and earth.
The treatments proposed during this retreat will be:
Abyanga : 60 minutes
Abyanga massage based on physical and spiritual principles. Touching the body in its totality, it takes into account the seven chakras, the fourteen nadis and marmas : these strategic points, stimulated by different methods, adapted to the client’s constitution, are called sensitive areas and affect the flow of vital energy throughout the body.
Shirodara : 60 minutes
The practice of Shirodhara consists in a slow, fluid spill of an oil jet in the forehead. Applied over the entire face, the solution can, in some cases, focus on the center of the top of our face, called “third eye”.
Nasya : 45 minutes, respiratory care
Mukhabyanga : 30 minutes, facial massage
Pada : 30 minutes, foot massage
Udwartananam : 60 minutes, care to help treat the excess water and fat
Netra : 30 minutes, eye care