Here’s how we lost weight, removed toxins, and gained a disease free body…
6am, February 16 2016.
The alarm goes off pulling us out of some lovely dreams (I think I was eating cake 😉
We uncomfortably stumble out of bed.
It’s too early for us but this is what we signed up for.
The night before we had a very healthy but delicious celebratory Valentine’s Day Dinner. It will be the final meal of our choice for the next 21 days.
Today we begin our journey to cleanse our bodies of toxins, give our organs some much needed love and rest and of course lose excess weight 🙂
We do this with the help of Ayurveda, specifically Panchakarma.
We’ll tell you what that is in a moment.
We’ve played with many health modalities over the years… raw food, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, fasting, not giving a fuck.
Ayurveda is a new territory for us and we enter the space open to receive whatever it may bring. We’ve heard great things and read a bit about it. Now it’s our turn to dive in and experience the magic of a this powerful 21-day healing journey for the body, mind and consciousness.
The video above goes over Ayurveda & Panchakarma at AmrtaSiddhi Ayurvedic health center in Ubud, Bali.
What Is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is an ancient cleansing and rejuvenation program, which consists of series of individualized therapeutic treatments that clear ama (toxins) and excess doshas (subtle energies) from the deep tissues of the body. According to Ayurveda’s ancient texts, panchakarma can both prevent and cure disease, and it is particularly successful with chronic illnesses that allopathy hasn’t conquered, such as allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and migraines. On a deeper level, panchakarma can increase an individual’s sense of clarity and inner peace.
So basically it is the ultimate healing experience for the body, mind and consciousness.
It is highly individualized based on the needs of the individual depending on the Ayurvedic constitutional type, dosha imbalances, age, digestive strength, immune status, and many other factors.
According to Ayurveda, our natural state is one of health, happiness and an inner sense of well-being. Health is defined as the body being clear of toxins, the mind is at peace, emotions are balanced, wastes are efficiently eliminated and organs are functioning normally. In a busy, stressful and toxic world, our physical and mental systems accumulate toxins causing deterioration in bodily functioning. This eventually weakens our systems, which opens the door for chronic, degenerative, and non-specific diseases to develop. These can evolve into serious specific diseases, ultimately damaging an individual’s health and wellness.
That’s where Panchakarma comes in. This full-body detoxification is one of Ayurveda’s most potent healing tools.
Panchakarma Health Benefits
- Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind
- Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness
- Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to illness
- Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind
- Slow down the aging process
- Enhance strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity
- Bring about deep relaxation and sense of well-being
- Restore your body’s own ability to heal itself
First, an Ayurvedic practitioner assesses your current body-mind state (vikriti) and compares it to the unique Ayurvedic constitution with which you were born (prakriti). Both your prakriti and vikriti are a unique blend of the three doshas — vata, pitta, and kapha — and numerous factors can disrupt their delicate balance.
Then, the practitioner creates a specific protocol which consists from medicated ghee, herbal supplements as well as foods to avoid and daily treatments.
The program itself starts with detox part which is based on the intake of medicated ghee over a period of around 5-7 days. This, combined with medicated oil massages, scrubs, yoga, meditation, sets the course for optimal health at the end of the treatment.
Throughout the 21 days there are almost daily treatments that are tailored to you utilizing Ayurvedic herbs.
So after the first week of pulling toxins, it’s elimination time with daily oil enemas for 4-5 days. The detoxing part works on a deep cellular level (by removing dosha) and thus resets your constitution back or close to its normal state.
Once the body is rebalanced, it is easy to absorb the rejuvenative effects of the treatments that form the last part of the program.
Make sure to watch our journey through 21-day Panchakarma: