Day 4 and final medicated ghee day. This time I get two cups of hot ginger tea to mix my ghee concoction with making it a bit easier to get the increased dose of 60ml down.
I head back to my room to finish off my morning routine activities then meet Dr Kristina downstairs for my morning breathing practices and neti. I’m feeling a bit dizzy today so she takes my blood pressure which has dropped slightly from 120/80 on my arrival to 110/80. Nothing to be concerned about but she said Dr Rumee would take it again tomorrow morning.
Time for breakfast which is the usual yummy porridge and steamed apples. I so love this being cooked for at every meal and knowing that all the food they are lovingly preparing for me is exactly what my body needs. I enquire about cooking classes during my stay but unfortunately they don’t offer this however I’m welcome to hang out in the kitchen whenever I want to observe. The ‘homeladies’, as they are called are all very nice as are all the staff here. The homeladies take care of all the cooking and cleaning, then there are a number of office staff who look after our schedules and anything we need during our stay, there are many therapists both female and male. Female guests only get treated by the female therapists and the male guests the male therapists. They are all highly skilled in the Ayurvedic therapies and I’ve had some of the best massages here I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot!
There are four doctors – Dr Rumee, Dr Kristina and Dr Samichha who are based here in Pokhara permanently and Dr Rishi who co-founded the Ayurveda Health Home, first in Kathmandu almost two decades ago and later the Pokhara center in 2009. I have not yet met Dr Rishi but have spoken on the phone and Skype twice since my arrival and he will be here on Saturday when I get to meet him in person for a long consultation.
I don’t have a private yoga session today so I do my own practice. The yoga room is busy so the office staff prepare the roof top room for me which is very pleasant and there’s an even better view of the lake up there. It’s directly above my bedroom and slightly above the new building that blocks a lot of my view. By the look of it up there they’re putting in another floor on which is a shame.
Lunch is another delicious delight – tasty pigeon pea soup followed by extremely yummy vegetable burgers, sweet carrots, fried cauliflower and onions and a beautiful green tomato chutney. I think I’m finding food particularly exciting lately as I know today is my last ‘real food’ for a few days before I embark on Virecana – the main procedure of the first stage in my Panchakarma. More on that later.
My afternoon therapy today is another goodie. A full body scrub by two therapists then immersion into a hot steam tub. Nothing like a good detox to get me further prepared for the big purge.
I have another wander down to the lakeside and check out the New Year’s Eve scene going on down there. Tomorrow begins a new year in the Nepalese calendar and the year date is 2074. Dr Rumee explains to me that their calendar started 57 years before ours so I’m wondering if that makes me 110 years old? Or am I still 38? Either way I know this Panchakarma will do wonders for my longevity.
That evening as I drift off to sleep, I hear the wonderful sounds of Nepalese music and chanting, in fact this started quite early in the day. At one stage the chanting then turned into a huge group singing ‘Wonderwall’ – not what I was expecting! There is the usual chorus of dogs barking in the night too, not such a pleasant sound.