Yoga Retreat at Kairalii Ayurvedic Healing village helps introduce with Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet

Kairali Healing Centers

Kairali Healing Centers

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Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest natural healing system with the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda endorses in building good health and immune system rather than fighting symptomatic diseases. Kairali Ayurvedic Villages are natural retreats custom designed for you to give a living experience according to vedic tradition and culture. Kairali yoga and Ayurvedic practioners use natural medicines with curative powers to strengthen your immunity and body functioning. Your body will experience good health only when your body, mind, and spirit are in harmony and perfect balance. Visit Kairali- The Ayurvedic Healing Village to acquaint yourself with the ancient 'science of life'.

Did you know almost 80 percent of people in India resort to traditional medicine for treatment and Ayurveda reserves a big chunk of that number? Ayurvedic experts believe that to analyse a person and diagnose a disease, it is essential to assess his prakruti; prakruti is basically the physical and mental constitution of the person. This is where the tridoshas come into play - vata, pitta and kapha.

So now imagine an Ayurvedic village that helps you eat Ayurveda and live Ayurveda - that's Kairali, the Ayurvedic Healing Village for you. As the owner puts it, "Kairali is a resort built around a hospital." Set in 50 acres of luscious greens, sprawling paddy fields and towering palm trees in the forest region of Kerala, Pallakad, hospital does seem like a rather harsh term to define it. Nevertheless, Ayurveda is at the bottom of it all, truly and wholly.

In contrast to a luxury resort, Kairali is a place that realigns your senses and gives you a sense of well-being that lasts long after you shake the last memory of the place. The health village gets tourists from across the world who turn to Kairali to rejuvenate and treat health issues like obesity, stress, arthritis and even skin disorders like psorasis.

At Kairali, your stay begins with a personal medical and wellness consultation with the resident doctor who assesses your body type (tridoshas - vata, pitta and kapha) and prescribes Ayurvedic therapies and Ayurvedic diet.

Designed to ease you into the massage routine to follow, you are treated to a unique form of Abhyangam massage, where two masseurs simultaneously and rhythmically massage you with herbal oils. Massages such as classic Sirodhara and herb-poutli Podikizhi are rejuvenating in their own way. Once in Kairali, regardless of how much you detest oil in your body, you will start to accept it as your second skin. And be prepared to be in the buff - yes! That's how 'natural' the massages are!

You will savour the menu at the Ayurvedic restaurant, especially if you have a penchant for south Indian food. They only serve vegetarian Ayurvedic meals, ingredients of which are picked right before cooking, from their own herbal garden. The menu is strictly vegetarian and thoroughly imaginative. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all gloriously healthy meals of local fruits, freshly prepared juices, healthy soups, salad ingredients and locally grown vegetables and grains. Mind you, you cannot cheat your way through desserts if the doctor has advised against it. The chef and the serving staff are informed beforehand about your diet plan. One very interesting part of the resort is that you get only treated 'pink' detox water, which takes it color from the tree bark in which it is boiled.

Once you get addicted to the stillness and slowness of life at Kairali, you'd not want to come back! And to be honest, it is souvenirs like these that make all the difference.