Join us and restore your beauty from the inside out.
Ayurvedic Health and Wellness Coach Luciana Ferraz and Fernanda Jabali invite you to The Rejuvenation Retreat in India January 31 – February 8, 2020. In a place overflowing with Ayurvedic living and tropical beauty, you’ll have a unique opportunity to renew your mind and body and deepen your knowledge of the “science of life.”
The AyurSoma Ayurveda Resort is located in Somatheeram, an Ayurvedic village with 60,000 square meters of tropical gardens in the state of Kerala, South India. It offers stunning sea views and is within walking distance to Chowara Beach. Both the resort and the village have been recognized with numerous national and international awards for excellence in Ayurvedic treatments. Learn more (starting on page 10) or watch a video clip.
Every day, we will enjoy purification, relaxation and rejuvenation through an Ayurvedic routine consisting of yoga, meditation, consultations with Ayurvedic medical doctors and treatments tailored for your doshas. Learn more (starting on page 8).
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to hold your space for this retreat and it is due at the time of registration.
For the remaining amount, you have the option of paying in full or setting up a payment plan.
After you submit the registration form below, we will follow up to initiate your choice of payment via credit card or debit card.
The full amount is due by October 15, 2019.
If you have to cancel, a full refund minus the $500 deposit will be issued as long as you cancel by November 30, 2019.
Travel health Insurance is mandatory.
RATES AND WHAT’S
Accommodation in double room (shared with a roommate) or single room of choice with a sea view (See room rates and descriptions starting on page 2.)
Initial, daily and final consultation with Ayurvedic doctors
Free medicines during the treatment period
Protocol to take home (cost of medicine not included)
Daily Ayurvedic treatments (2 hours per day for 7 days)
Delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
Individualized diet recommended for your dosha
Cooking class (upon availability)
Guided yoga and meditation
Transfer from Trivandrum Airport (TRV) to/from AyurSoma Ayurveda Resort
Other resort amenities
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Transatlantic flights from the USA or Brazil to India
Luciana Ferraz is an Ayurvedic Wellness & Health Counselor, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga teacher. She empowers clients to implement a healthier lifestyle and harness the body’s natural ability to heal itself and work to its greatest potential. She has a degree in Ayurvedic Wellness from Sai Ayurvedic College, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and certifications from Yoga Alliance and Evolutionary Global Prana Vinyasa Yoga. Luciana has also completed the Gurukulu Program from the Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India, and also holds a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College. She is currently completing a practitioner program and internship at Kerala Ayurveda Academy and Clinic in Kochi and Bangaluru. More about Luciana
Fernanda Vivone Jabali specializes in life mediating, chanting and heart-centered hypnotherapy. She has participated in PTI (Personal Transformation Intensive) retreats for the past two years and looks forward to assisting in future workshops. While she completes her internship in heart-centered hypnotherapy through the Wellness Institute in Seattle, Fernanda is helping develop and open Heart’s Tapestry, South Florida’s first community Healing Center. A native ofSao Paulo, Brazil, Fernanda also holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in child development.
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In this workshop, you will learn the origins of the ancient science of Ayurveda, receive an assessment of your doshas and their main characteristics, discover a daily routine that aligns your mind and body with the rhythms of nature, and get hands-on experience with dinacharya practices. You will want to wear yoga clothing, bring a bathing suit or shorts, top and towel. It will be a lot of fun!
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Do you ever start the day thinking, “I’m going to work
against myself today?” Of course you don’t. Not knowingly. The thing is: The
way you go about your day does affect how you feel and how your body functions.
So if you’re like most people I talk to, who could benefit from greater life
balance, let’s talk about something that really works. There is a way: how to intentionally
start your day so your mind and body can work in harmony as you’re challenged
with day-to-day tasks, distractions and everything else that comes your way.
It’s an Ayurvedic practice called dinacharya.
What dinacharya is and how can it help you
Dinacharya is a powerful daily routine used in Ayurveda. In Sanskrit,
the word dinacharya means to follow the knowledge of the day, and that’s what
we are doing: following a schedule of practices that are aligned with the
natural rhythm or flow of life. This puts you in control of your day—and it can
bring radical change to your mind and body. For example, it stabilizes your circadian
rhythms, eating patterns, and bodily functions, which in turn improves your
digestion and your overall feeling of happiness.
What it means to follow the rhythm of the day
Even if you’re not well-versed in Ayurveda, you probably
already know how certain things like sleep are best to keep at the same time
each day. To understand it from an Ayurvedic perspective, let’s look at our day
in terms of doshas. During the day, we flow through
different phases: vata, pitta and kapha. Just as these three doshas, or energetic
forces of nature, make up your personal constitution, they are also represented
in the day. When our practices follow the flow of the day, we set ourselves up
for optimal digestion, focus, productivity, health and wellbeing.
6 a.m. to
10 a.m. is kapha time. This can be a sluggish and heavy time, making it
ideal for lighter eating and Ayurvedic practices (introduced in the next
section) to start your day well.
to 2 p.m. is pitta time. This can be characterized by increased heat in the
air and in our bodies, which can be harnessed for productivity and high agni (a
Sanskrit word meaning “digestive fire”).
2 p.m. to
6 p.m. is vata time. This is generally a time of transition, good for
promoting creativity, problem solving or peaceful comfort, depending on your
6 p.m. to
10 p.m. is kapha time. The return of sluggish and heavy feelings influence
a smaller meal and winding down in a soothing way.
to 2 a.m. is pitta time. Active qualities return in the form of internal
2 a.m. to
6 a.m. is vata time. As another transitional time, it can promote deep rest
and peaceful rising.
11 Dinacharya day-starters that promote overall balance
Here are my 11 favorite Ayurvedic practices for starting the day. They’re things I like to do before breakfast and looking at my phone. I realize that may sound like a lot, but don’t let it overwhelm you. When adopting Ayurvedic practices, start gradually and realize even small, consistent changes make an impact. For me, these morning rituals take 1 to 1.5 hours and make all the difference, helping me feel more grounded and peaceful as I go about my day.
1. Wake up early for optimal refreshment.
It is best to wake up before sunrise, or on average before 6 a.m. It can be far more refreshing to rise and start your day when vata is dominant rather than kapha’s heavy, sluggish period. Before going to bed, set an intention to wake up early and dedicate it as a time of self-care. It’ll be your opportunity to create inner awareness through silent practices. Putting it first allows you to harness this energy throughout your day and ensures other demands won’t get in the way of this important practice.
2. Set an intention before getting out of bed.
Say a positive affirmation, prayer or mantra with personal meaning to set your intentions for the day.
3. Makeover your mouth with oil pulling.
Oil pulling cleanses your mouth and strengthens your teeth, gums and mucus membrane. It also aids with bad breath and inflammation when present. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil to your mouth, swish it around 5 minutes, spit it into the trash and then rinse. I love Banyan Botanicals’ Daily Swish. Another option is swishing herbal tea.
4. Enhance skin and circulation with dry brushing.
Dry brushing promotes cell renewal by exfoliating dead skin while also increasing circulation and helping flush out toxins. Use a dry brush with natural bristles to brush your entire body, starting with your extremities and working in toward the lymph nodes. This practice can be done daily or three times per week.
5. Massage your body with warm oil.
Abhyanga massage is widely practiced in Ayurvedic medicine and is a good daily health practice. In addition to nourishing and softening the skin, it enhances circulation, lubricates joints, removes metabolic waste and helps balance your doshas. After dry brushing, incorporate a few minutes of self-massage with coconut (pitta), almond or sesame (kapha), or sesame oil (vata), and follow with a shower.
6. Clean your teeth naturally.
Use a natural toothpaste, such as a neem clove toothpaste to brush your teeth. Herbs like neem and clove have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and pain relieving properties that not only cleanse and freshen breath, but also enhance taste buds and help with sensitivity. This toothpaste can be found online and in some stores where vitamins or natural products are sold.
7. Detoxify with tongue scraping.
Use a metal tongue scraper to remove residue that has built up over night, including bacteria, dead cells and toxins you don’t want to reabsorb. Tongue scraping should be performed lightly 1 to 3 times with a stainless-steel tongue scraper, or copper if it’s available and you are kapha-dominant. They can be found at most drug stores and online—just refrain from choosing plastic.
8. Hydrate with warm lemon water.
Drinking warm water with lemon in the morning is a great way to energize, rehydrate, increase your metabolic rate, stimulate your digestion, maintain your body’s pH balance, help fight infections and help your liver flush out toxins that have accumulated overnight.
9. Tune into your breathing with pranayama.
Using breathing (pranayama) techniques helps balance your body’s energetic channels (nadis) and bring heightened awareness and clarity to your mind. These are some techniques you can try while seated:
Alternating nostril breaths (nadi shodhana)With your right hand, you will use your thumb to control passage of air through your right nostril and your ring finger for your left nostril. To begin, gently close your right nostril and breathe in slowly through the left nostril. Next, close the left nostril while opening the other so you can exhale slowly through your right nostril. Inhale slowly through your right nostril, and repeat for around 12 total rounds, or longer if you’d like. This can be practiced no matter your constitution.
Cooling breaths (shitali): Stick out your tongue and roll the outside edges inward so your tongue forms a straw-like tube. Inhale and exhale through your rolled tongue around 16 times. Since it has a cooling effect, it can be especially balancing for pitta.
Short, fast breaths (bhastrika): Inhale and exhale through your nose forcefully so your abdomen expands and contracts with equal duration—about one or two seconds each. Complete around 10 breaths, rest with a couple of normal breaths and repeat (slowly building up to 5 or 10 rounds). Since it can have a warming effect, pitta should practice gently, in moderation. Do not practice this if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or any illness.
10. Activate good vibes and focus with meditation.
Meditation offers a feeling of relaxation followed by a release of energy boosting endorphins. It’ll help spring you to life—without coffee—and get your mind into a flow state to handle the day’s challenges with greater ease. If it’s new to you, start with a 5- or 10-minute practice, and work up to 15 minutes or more a day. There are many techniques, such as mantra meditation or Empty Bowl Meditation, as well as many resources like local classes and mobile apps.
Contact me if you’d like direction, and don’t think of meditation as taking up time. The focus and energy you get can make you happier and more productive.
11. Get moving with exercise.
In Ayurveda, regular physical activity early in the morning increases stamina and stimulates the immune system while promoting circulation and burning accumulated fat. Yoga is by far my favorite physical and mental activity as it also encourages the flow of oxygen, moves toxins, nourishes joints and stimulates the digestive fire in the body. Ayurveda generally recommends breathing through your nose and exercising at 50 percent capacity, until you break a mild sweat. Or from a doshas perspective: mild exercise for vata, moderate for pitta, vigorous for kapha.
Important healthy practices for other times
I could fill a whole new post with practices for other times
of the day, but there a few I feel just have to be shared now.
Take a digital detox and get your Z’s.
A good night of sleep is extremely important for good health. During the night, cells repair more rapidly. Your digestive system gets a break, giving the elimination process an opportunity to catch up. Your mind also needs plenty of rest. Plan to get at least 8 hours of sleep each day. To help you sleep well, lower your consumption of TV, cell phones, iPad, computers, etc., at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. Remove electronics from your room, and if an alarm clock is essential on your cell phone, place it in airplane mode.
Flush toxins with a steam treatment.
Swedana is a treatment performed at an Ayurvedic clinic that consists of an oil massage followed by a steam bath. The heat enlarges your pores and increases circulation, aiding digestion, the release of impurities, elimination of excess water weight and reduction of inflammation. It also promotes healthy, glowing skin and deep relaxation. It can be a great treatment to have when you’re dealing with a cold, sinusitis, aches, some digestive issues or as a pre-operative procedure.
Pamper yourself with another favorite.
Have you heard the saying, “Take care of yourself before you take care of others?” Self-care is absolutely essential for a happy life—and when you tend to your own needs, you are more open and present to support others. Choose one of your favorite pampering rituals and make that part of your weekly routine. Whether you take time for a massage, acupuncture, a visit to the nail salon, a walk on the beach, or something else, taking regular “me” time is a very important part of healing and balancing your dosha.
Now that you have several
ideas you can incorporate into your dinacharya, don’t think of this as another
to-do list. By aligning the activity of your mind and body with the natural
rhythms of day and night, you will set yourself up for optimal health,
happiness and productivity.Commit
for a few weeks and start gradually. Add more only as you feel inspired and
don’t be hard on yourself if you veer off course. Simply return to what serves
you best, and enjoy.
Until next time, live well!
All material and information presented by Blueberry Bunch is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on bluberrybunch.com is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.
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