Although Ayurveda has been practiced for thousands of years, it is still a mystery to many. However, with the growing interest in holistic and preventative medicine, particularly since the pandemic, bookings at The Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC), specializing in yoga and Ayurveda, have surged by 35 percent.
In honor of Ayurveda Awareness Day on November 11, 2023, the center is offering multiple ways to explore Ayurveda, India’s ancient healing system and the sister science to yoga. Interested in learning more? Here, are five opportunities to find tools and practices to optimize heath through the wisdom of Ayurveda.
1. Join a complimentary online “Introduction to Ayurveda” talk
If you’re intrigued by Ayurveda but not yet ready for a deep dive, you can join Kimberly Rossi, wellness director at Shankara Ayurveda, for a free online session on Instagram. The chat, which will provide straightforward and actionable tips for enhancing the quality and duration of life through Ayurveda, will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 1:00pm EST.
2. Visit the Art of Living Retreat Center with a day pass
On November 11, the center is inviting guests to visit the campus for a full-day celebration and opportunity to experience its vegetarian meals, yoga and meditation classes, Ayurveda workshops and more. The schedule for the on-property Ayurveda Day Retreat ($175) includes:
9:45 am Ayurveda & Yoga Asana—a yoga class to pacify your dosha.
9:45 am Ayurveda & Digestion—a workshop to explore and understand the foods and practices that are right for you for the foundation for optimal health.
11:00 am Mind & Meditation
12:00 pm Dhanvantari Dance Celebration—Celebrating the creator of Ayurvedic Medicine
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Introduction to Ayurveda
2:45 pm Yoga Nidra
7:30 pm Gathering/Music—discussing the significance of the oldest natural healthcare system on the planet.
To book a Day Pass for Ayurveda Day, visit here.
3. Escape for the weekend with an Ayurveda immersion
Offering two weekend getaways, the retreat center lets you take advantage of its full schedule of workshops and amenities as well as its Ayurveda Day program with the R&R Weekend Retreat, slated November 10-12, 2023. The R&R Retreats include access to a variety of life-enhancing workshops and activities that reduce stress, increase mental focus, revive the senses, and strengthen overall wellbeing. Guests can upgrade their R&R experience with the Ayurveda Wellness Escape, which includes all the amenities of the R&R retreats, plus soothing Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda Wellness Escapes are available for solo travelers, couples, girls weekends, and more.
4. Want to learn on your own? Discover your dosha, what foods you should eat, and more.
For those who like to learn on their own at their leisure, the Art of Living Retreat Center has simplified how to understand Ayurveda with multiple online learning materials, including:
- An online “Do You Know Your Dosha” Test
- Online brochures for Pitta, Vata, and Kapha to understand how to live life fullest based on each individual dosha
- Enjoy on-demand eLearning programs here
5. Take advantage of a video or in-person consultation and pulse assessment with an Ayurvedic practitioner
The Art of Living offers consultations via video or in person. An experienced Ayurvedic practitioner conducts an in-depth doshic evaluation, which may include a pulse assessment, to determine what your natural state of being is, identify any imbalances, explore concerns, and set health and wellness goals together.