India Retreat 2019
Join us at One of the World’s Top Spa Destinations!
August 3rd - August 11th
Where will we be staying?
Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills, Northern India (where the Beatles learned to meditate), Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. Ananda, one of the best luxury wellness retreats in India, integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.
What is included?
· Six (6) nights accommodation at Ananda in a Deluxe Palace View room
· Two (2) nights accommodation (pre/post) at The Lodhi Hotel in a Lodi Room with Plunge pool
· Orientation and yoga consultation
· Daily Morning Yoga Sessions while at Ananda (2 hours) (Mantras/Asanas/Pranayama)
· Daily Afternoon Meditation session while at Ananda (1 hour)
· Daily Evening Discussion on Yoga Related Topics/ Video Satsangs (viewing of talks by Eminent Gurus)
· One Neti cleansing (optional)
· Two Spiritual ‘Kirtan’ sessions
· One Ayurvedic wellness consultation
· One signature Ayurvedic therapy (55 minutes)
· Organic Wellness meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while at Ananda.
· Trip to Sivananda Yoga Ashram and experience of the Ganga Aarti on the Ganges River
· 20% discount on all additional wellness therapies while at Ananda
· Transfers; to/from Delhi Airport, to/from Dehradun Airport, to/from Ananda, to/from The Lodhi Hotel
· Internal Air; Delhi / Dehradun & Dehradun/Delhi
What is the Ayurvedic Tri-dosha theory?
According to Ayurveda, the universe is made of five primordial elements, namely earth, air, fire, water and ether. These elements themselves are inanimate, but in combination, give rise to three main biological forces or principles in the human body, called doshas – , and, as every human being has a different balance of elements, one dosha is typically predominant in our constitution and ascertains our personality.
The Tridosha Theory
When the five eternal substances – space, air, fire, water and earth combine to form the human body, they do so by creating three vital energies, or doshas. These are the forces that govern all psycho-physiological functions in the body and mind respectively. They construct the body and serve to maintain it in a dynamic state of health. However, when these vital forces are aggravated, due to improper gross or subtle factors, the body- mind connection begins to suffer and the disease process begins.
It is the most powerful among the doshas. Formed by the interaction of space and air, Vata is movement, the body in motion. Warm food, moderately heavy textures, added butter and fat; salt, sour, and sweet tastes; soothing and satisfying foods, All are good for settling the disturbed Vata. Use food such as: warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, and hot cereals, fresh baked.
Formed by the interaction of fire and water…the polarity of these two elements plays an important role for Pitta, which regulates the body metabolism and transformations in the body’s form. Cool or warm but not steaming hot foods; bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes, are what are perfect for this body type. Take cool, refreshing food in summer. Reduce the consumption of salt, oil and spices, all of which are “heating” to the body. Salads are good, so is milk and ice cream.
It is formed by the structural properties of earth, with water in its role as a lubricant to different tissues of the body, which also aids strength and adds stamina to the body. Warm light food, dry food, cooked without much water, minimum of butter, oil and sugar are recommended for this body type. Stimulating foods with pungent, bitter and astringent tastes and deep fried foods are best avoided. Eat lightly cooked foods or raw fruits and vegetables. ‘Eat’ spicy, bitter and astringent foods. Watch out for eating that little bit extra, a typical Kapha tendency
What will we be eating? - Ananda Gourmet Cuisine
Ananda’s healthy cuisine incorporates key principles from Ayurveda, which takes into consideration not just taste, but suitability to body type. The emphasis is on fresh natural foods low in fat and calories using whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and the avoidance of added or artificial salts, colors, flavors, or preservatives.
The Ananda Healthy cuisine App enables healthy eating with recipes listed for body types (doshas) and for certain dietary restrictions like gluten free, nut free, dairy free etc. Utilizing the principles of Ayurveda in western and eastern cooking techniques, there’s healthy eating guidelines in it for everyone.
Who/what are Ananda’s visiting Masters?
Ananda offers special workshops and private sessions with Visiting Masters in different areas of well being. These teachers, therapists, healers, Ayurvedic doctors and guides visit from around the world to share their talents and gifts with those who choose to explore and understand the deeper realms of holistic well being for the body, mind and spirit.
What type of yoga/movement classes will we explore?
Every class is designed to meet ALL levels of experience. You are welcome to participate in any and all that you are called to! The Yoga at Ananda is completely pure and traditional in form, stemming from the roots of Hatha yoga and adapting it to suit individual needs. It cultivates the ancient discipline of yogic practices to recharge yourself by enhancing clarity of thought. Every aspect of your mind, body and soul achieves a heightened sense of balance.
What if I travel alone?
More power to you, girlfriend! This week is designed for you to refresh and recharge your body and mind. We welcome and encourage you to join us!
**Please note that pricing is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available for an additional $1,000.
Payment plans are available after deposit is made to secure your spot**
August 3rd -August 11th, 2019
MEET YOUR GUIDES FOR THE WEEK
Christa Russo is an Inspirational Speaker, Lifestyle & Spirituality Coach, International Retreat Leader, Hatha Yoga trained Instructor, International Wellness Specialist and Founder of barefoot yogi, a personal growth platform that is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people all over the world to grow and live life as their authentic and highest selves. An entrepreneur, traveler and avid dreamer, Christa dedicates her life to raising the collective vibration and empowering others to RISE UP into their highest selves.
Kate Strakosch is a nourishment coach, yoga teacher and retreat leader who believes in the inner and outer connection of wellness and radiance. She is the owner and founder of Sunshine Kate’s wellness center, with two locations in Wanamassa and Middletown, NJ.
Her passion of health and travel has blossomed into leading domestic and international retreats dedicated to self care and adventure. Kate connects nourishment through weaving together nutrition, movement, self-care and creativity.