Nazeera Dawood is a physician who has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a medical degree from Bangalore University, India. Recently, she embarked on a spiritual journey to take a break from the stress and mental troubles of everyday life and find a solution. She visited an Ayurveda retreat center for alternative medicine in Bengaluru, India and was mesmerized by her Ayurvedic Trip there.

There she learned the meaning of Ayurveda: Ayurveda means the’ Science of Life’. Ayurvedic medicine is a whole-body healing system and practice that is more than 3,000 years old. Developed in India, it is based on the belief that health and well-being depend on a delicate balance between body, mind, and spirit. Its emphasis on prevention enables good health outcomes to be actively promoted apart from treatments that target revealed health issues. 

As part of their intake process, the practitioner explained to her that the Ayurveda practice asserts that every person is made of five basic elements of the universe: space, air, fire, water, and Earth. These basic elements form three types of energies, or doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Just as every individual has a DNA which is a mixture of chromosomes, each person has a unique mix of doshas within his or her body. Vata (air and space) are associated with movement. Pitta (fire and water) relates to the metabolic system. Kapha (earth and water) represents body structure. At this Bengaluru center, they design a treatment plan according to a careful calculation of the particular doshas that govern one’s physical and emotional health. Additionally, one of the goals for the treatment, called Panchakarma, is to cleanse the body and help restore harmony and balance. 

Nazeera Dawood had gone to this Ayurvedic Trip to rejuvenate and re-energize. There were time-scheduled activities throughout each day. Her first morning started at 6 with a yoga session for an hour and right after that a mountain hike. She also had dosha-prescribed morning massages which were done using heated essential oils. The head oil massage featured friction-based strokes with warm oil that enabled deep relaxation of the mind and body. The one element of this process that stood out most for her was called Shirodhara. A soothing stream of warm oil was gently poured onto her forehead for a period of time which caused a feeling of an unburdening, a lightness and a sense of balance while also pleasantly aromatic and uplifting.

The meals she had there were well balanced and included roti, vegetable curries, rice with buttermilk and the water was always served warm and had a cumin powder taste. Other activities included guided meditation and educational sessions on naturopathy. At a cost of $300 for a three-day stay, such an experience would be a wonderful gift to someone you love. Every moment was a magical, exciting, unforgettable and cherishable experience.