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Spirit Of Ananda Dec 2015

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This issue of Spirit of Ananda themed ‘Healthy Ageing with Ayurveda‘ includes recommendations on healthier living from our resident Ayurvedic Physician, Dr. Shijoe Mathew. Our Yoga expert shares asanas for relief from Sciatica – a common age related ailment. Chef Narendra suggests a delicious Carrot & Ginger Torte recipe to add to your Xmas menu.

There couldn’t have been a better close to 2015 as Ananda is announced ‘Favourite Destination Spa’ at Conde Nast Reader’s Travel Awards 2015! As we bid farewell to the current year, here’s wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2016. At Ananda, we will continue to inspire you on your journey to wellness and beyond!

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Effectively address ageing issues with Ayurveda

Ayurveda divides human life into—childhood (up to the age 16 years); youth and middle age (from 16 to 60 years (charaka) or 70 years (sushruta)); and old age, wherein after 60–70 years the body elements, sense organs, strength and so forth begin to decay.

While describing aging, Ayurveda takes in consideration Prana (life energy that performs respiration, oxygenation and circulation). It governs two other subtle essence ojas and tejas. Ojas (the essence of the sevendhatus or bodily tissues) is responsible for the auto-immune system and mental intelligence, it is necessary for longevity. Displaced ojas creates the kapha-related disorders and decreased ojas creates vata-related reactions. Tejas (the essence of a very subtle fire or energy) governs metabolism through the enzyme system. Agni (central fire or energy source in the body) promotes digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. Tejas is necessary for the nourishing and transformation of each dhatu. Aggravated tejas, burns away ojas reducing immunity and over stimulating pranic activity.

Aggravated prana produces degenerative disorders in the dhatus. Lack of tejas results in over production of unhealthy tissue and obstructs the flow of pranic energy. It is important for longevity that prana, ojas and tejas remain in balance.

The tridosha theory ( ) play a very important role in the maintenance of cellular health and longevity. Kapha maintains longevity on the cellular level. Pitta governs digestion and nutrition. Vata, which is closely related to pranic life energy, governs all life functions. Proper diet, exercise and lifestyle can create a balance among these three subtle essences, ensuring long life.

Ayurveda recommends the following five elements that must form part of a senior citizen’s routine:

  • Morning Yoga or stretching. Stiffness is one of important issue that has to be taken care.
  • Drinking lots of water, herbal teas etc. Keep hydrated well to prevent dryness issues.
  • External oil application followed by warm shower once or twice a week, to keep circulation better and joints nourished.
  • Eat lightly in general especially after sunset. Light food in Ayurveda means less of grains and no animal products.
  • Do fasting once a week to keep metabolism strong and body light. You may have fruits and vegetables on the fasting day, but strictly avoid all grains and animal products that day.


Ananda Renew is a wellness program designed for mature spa enthusiasts keen on healthy lifestyles. This program provides a safe and effective way to revive, unlock the youth, beauty and rejuvenate the body and mind through the sacred rituals of Yoga and ancient beauty and healing experience combined with modern day effective anti-aging products. The Program starts with a detailed Ayurvedic consultation to ascertain the body ‘dosha’ type. Every other aspect of the program is then customized in accordance. During the Program, personalized yoga and meditation sessions pay attention to the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects which revive and revitalize the body, mind and soul.

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Yoga asanas for relief from Sciatica

Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes. Usually only one side of the lower body is affected.

Bound Angle Pose

Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, or groins are tight. Exhale, bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, then drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together.

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Carrot & Ginger Torte with Berry Sorbet (Sugar free)

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Intensive Myofascial Re-patterning Therapy with Resident Expert Gregory Ugrin

Experience a masterful fusion of Myofascial Release Therapy, Tender Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy and other cutting-edge Western therapeutic massage modalities in this highly customized and individualized treatment with Resident Master, Gregory Ugrin.

This powerful two-hour treatment is specifically tailored to the individual to undo years of accumulated physical stress, re-patterning the body into a more healthful balance. Gently release and open up tight, restricted tissue, soothe the nervous system, improve your posture and experience greater freedom of movement — all through a deeply relaxing and luxurious massage experience. Deep pressure is woven with slow stretches and lighter strokes for a hypnotic result.

The first session starts with a 10-minute assessment and consultation, including postural analysis and discussion of chronic pain, restriction, or any other areas of concern.

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