It’s Easter Day at home but feels far from it here after just having celebrated the New Year. I start the morning with a lovely long walk around the lake to discover more new areas in this fascinating city.
I have a full day ahead with private Yoga and Ayurveda classes in the morning then almost 3 hours of treatments in the afternoon.
The Ayurveda class that Dr Rumee leads along with Dr Samichha is very good. Although I’ve been immersing myself in Ayurveda of late, with books, podcasts and other online resources, I learn many new things to further my knowledge in this absorbing field.
Aside from the history and what Ayurveda actually means (that I have already touched on in the About page), I learn about the five elements of space, air, fire, water and earth; how these five elements work with our five senses; the three biological humors also known as doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha); and their characteristics and functions as well as their relation to the five elements.
The marathon of treatments this afternoon starts with a Citz Bath. The purpose of this is to clean and rejuvenate the basic energy points by sitting in warm herbal liquid. This bath is both cleansing and therapeutic in nature. This is followed by another 90 minute oil massage of which I’m getting very accustomed to.
Next on the agenda is a Siro Dhara. My first ever and it is pure bliss where I spend half an hour drifting between consciousness and unconsciousness.
Siro Dhara helps to achieve a total sense of balance by using the flow of natural oil on to the forehead. This is a distinctive Ayurvedic treatment that calms the mind and relaxes the central nervous system. In Siro Dhara, a continuous flow of Ayurvedic herbal oils or therapeutic liquids are dripped onto the forehead. A metal vessel, the patra, is suspended directly above the forehead. The oil or therapeutic fluid is poured into the pot and seeps through a hole onto the centre of the forehead, also known as the ‘third eye’. This classical treatment is meant to be maintained at a certain rhythmic speed while awakening the third eye. This treatment can initiate miraculous healing.
Siro Dhara helps with the following conditions:
- Helps to evoke deep cognitive memories and restore good health.
- Enhances memory, clarity, comprehension, concentration and creativity.
- Very good for relaxation.
- Assists meditation and gaining benefits from meditation.
- For headaches, migraines and sleep disorders.
- For stress, and anxiety.
- Rejuvenates the senses and mind, and improves brain functioning.
That evening at dinner I get to know my fellow guests a bit better and enjoy hearing more about their last week of travels. It certainly sounds like I made the best decision to come straight here and skip the sightseeing. After dinner we all enjoy another group meditation.