Frequently Asked Questions about Ayurveda and
I do not know that
much about Ayurveda, do I have to learn a lot to get the treatments
or Pancha Karma?
No, you do not even have
to know anything about Ayurveda/Pancha Karma (PK) for it to 'work.'
It is a tried and true 7,000-year old science. However, chances are
you will learn a bit about yourself and Ayurveda in the process. We
guide you along every step of the way.
there a better time of year to come for my annual Pancha Karma
The weather on Kauai is
great year-round and Pancha Karma retreats are beneficial anytime.
Yet, according to Ayurveda, it is best to receive Pancha Karma at
the junction between seasons. And, certain seasons can be better for
you depending on your body type.
With regard to the Pancha
Karma Retreat at The Ayurvedic Center of Hawaii, what will I
do with my time when I'm not receiving treatment?
The primary reason for
receiving Pancha Karma is to cleanse and rejuvenate your body/mind.
It is a time when your energy and attention have an opportunity to
turn inward. The mind quiets and the body relaxes. If you pay
attention, you will notice many subtle changes that occur during the
days of your treatments.
In every day life, your
attention mostly goes outward and is spent. Each day, in your free
time, you might want to practice meditation, journaling,
contemplation, or reading spiritual books. If you like to partake in
other activities such as walking or yoga, we suggest you do so with
less intensity than usual. Basically, your PK retreat is a time for
repose and restoration. If you like, we can provide you with a
suggested schedule for you to follow during your stay.
many days of Pancha Karma do I need?
This usually depends on a
and the suggestions of
your Ayurvedic practitioner.
People usually receive
anywhere from five to ten days of Pancha Karma. If you have only 3-5
days available, you will still experience great benefits.
Seven (or increments of
seven) is the optimum because there are seven constituents that make
up the body, they are, in order from superficial to deep: plasma,
blood, muscle, adipose (fat), bone, nervous system tissue, and
reproductive tissue. Each day works on a consecutively deeper
tissue, thus for a 'complete' PK you need at least seven days. The
Ayurvedic Center of Hawaii offers PK from one to twenty one
do I stay during my retreat?
We have the convenience
of being on the same property as the Hanalei Colony Resort.
They have spacious 2-bedroom condominiums for reasonable
prices. Please see our accommodations
page for more details.
I continue to take my vitamins during PK?
Before making any changes
to your lifestyle, please consult your primary physician. With that
said, it is generally not advised that you take vitamins during PK
and for several days after that.
can I expect during Pancha Karma?
that everyone is different, so what you experience will be unique to
you. People who receive PK each year have varying experiences.
should I dress?
There is no need to dress
up here because your retreat is all about relaxation and
rejuvenation. Be comfortable. Bring appropriate attire for before
and after treatments, yoga, relaxation etc. In Hawaii it is
customary to take off your shoes before you enter a dwelling so we
recommend that you bring slippers/flip flops.
can I take my experience home?
During your completion
consultation we make suggestions for your self-care program. Our
goal is to give you new skills and offer innovative approaches to
being more mindful in your everyday life. Without focusing on it,
you'll discover new things about yourself during your stay. The
Ayurveda/Pancha Karma process reveals many interesting &
wonderful ideas for refining your old self-care program. Insights
come naturally, ideas about the foods you eat and ways of being flow
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service you'll receive when you are here. Choose your favorites
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for individuals, couples and groups.
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