• Travelling with Ayurveda

    Travelling with Ayurveda

    It’s vacation time! For most people, vacation means resting, relaxing, and taking a break from their often hectic daily life. But vacations can also present a great opportunity to discover something new.
    We’ve put together a little Ayurvedic travel kit and will show you how Ayurveda can help you slow down and recharge.

    Slowing down with Ayurveda

    Vata Aroma Oil, your ideal travel companion, will help you ease into relaxation mode. With its soothing composition of sweet orange, rose geranium, basil, marjoram and fennel, this natural oil blend spreads a pleasant scent and sense of well-being.
    The soft sounds of Maharishi Gandharva music clear the path to inner peace. Depending on your personal taste, inner needs and the time of day, there is a great diversity of eternal melodies of nature to choose from. Here are a few samples of Amar Nath playing the bamboo flute:

    Holiday reading

    Are you looking for something to read that will enrich you beyond your vacation? How about “In Balance leben: Wie wir trotz Stress mit unserer Energie richtig umgehen” [Living in balance: How to handle your energy despite stress, in German only].
    Based on Ayurveda’s ancient knowledge of healing, the acclaimed author presents you with six steps to help you “manage” your energy more successfully.

    Would you like to set aside some quiet time during your vacation to learn more about the many possibilities Ayurveda has to offer? “Ayurveda für jeden Tag” (Ayurveda for every day, in German only) by Ayurvedic physician Dr. Ernst Schrott contains many Ayurveda tips on nutrition, body care and health. Perhaps you would like to try new Ayurveda recipes? And if you ever have any aches or pains, Dr. Schrott reveals in the chapter “Beschwerden von Kopf bis Fuß” [Pains from head to toe], how Ayurveda can help with sunburns, headaches and infections.

    Start your day out strong

    You know that something is good for you, but there just isn’t enough time for it during the day. Does this sound familiar? Often, we don’t find the necessary time for things that are important to us and provide well-being until we’re on vacation.
    Why not use your next vacation to regularly start your day with the Ayurvedic morning routine? Not only will it kick-start your digestion and metabolism, it will also make you feel fresher and fitter. This way, you can enjoy your vacation even more!

    Time for yourself: Ayurvedic head massage

    An Ayurvedic head massage is a particularly simple and effective way to pamper yourself on your vacation. The very act of consciously touching this very sensitive area helps us gather our thoughts and relax.
    A gentle head massage will equally touch body, soul and spirit. It stimulates blood circulation in your scalp and nurtures and strengthens your hair and scalp. We recommend you massage your scalp twice a week in the morning before washing your hair, using a hair oil that suits your Dosha type:

      Vata hair oil

      The herb mixtures and fine herbal oils made according to ancient original Ayurvedic recipes benefit both your body and mind.

      Our summer tip: If the sun tends to bleach and dry out your hair, mixed Vata types in particular should use Vata Hair Oil. It will provide an extra layer of protection and nurture your damaged summer hair.

       

      Spices, mint oil and tea with unusual dishes

      According to Ayurveda, spices can help make dishes that are difficult to digest more agreeable, particularly unusual dishes served in foreign holiday destinations.
      Our churnas, which you can use to spice up your dish depending on your taste and the time of year, are especially popular on trips.

        Pitta Churna

        • Vata Churna: especially for foods that stimulate Vata, such as cabbage, broccoli, corn, legumes and lettuce
        • Pitta Churna: a spice for hot days, e.g. with tomato dishes
        • Kapha Churna: Spice up your meal! Kapha Churna for hot and spicy and slightly fiery, but also heavy dishes

        All three churnas are available at Maharishi Ayurveda® in organic quality.
        You should always have a bottle of Ayurvedic herbal oil with mint on you, just to make sure the unusual cuisine doesn’t spoil your vacation. If you feel unwell after an exotic meal, just add 1 – 2 drops to a glass of hot water and drink it.
        Digest Plus Tea is used in Ayurveda as a healthy alternative to aperitifs and bitters. Hot and spicy, Digest Plus Tea is a popular travel companion that you ideally drink one hour before or after a heavy dish or big meal.

        Dosha teas instead of cold drinks

        If you’re longing for some peace and quiet, don’t forget to pack some aromatic Vata Tea. A regular cup of this tea can help you balance excess Vata.
        As tempting as it is, you shouldn’t drink ice-cold drinks on hot days because our body goes into “heating mode” to bring the cold liquid to body temperature. What we initially perceive as refreshing generates extra inner heat in the long run. That is why, according to Ayurveda, you should drink warm to lukewarm water or tea to cool off on hot summer days. We recommend in particular one to two cups of Pitta Tea per day. Try it!

        Sunbathing with no regrets

        Aloe VeraDo you love the sun? If so, it’s best to enjoy sunbathing before noon, when the sun’s rays aren’t quite as intense yet. Your skin will thank you!
        Afterwards indulge yourself and your skin in a nice cooling after-sun care with Maharishi Ayurveda® Aloe Vera Gel. Applied externally, it is a boon to the skin after being out in the sun. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, just rub on the Aloe Vera Gel, let it soak in and then apply a body lotion, based on your skin type, or the Ayurvedic After Sun Oil.
        To help your skin recover from the intense sun, you can also drink one to three glasses of aloe vera juice per day. Aloe vera juice is available in most well-stocked drugstores.

         

        Packed just for you: your Ayurvedic travel kit

        Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, you should always carry these Ayurvedic products with you:

          Herbal oil with mint

           

           

        • Tips for pampering your mom – and not only on Mother’s Day!

          Tullips with small heart to the right

          It is remarkable what mothers do: They give life, love and recognition, take care of our everyday needs, have a sympathetic ear for worries, provide comfort, are companions in good and bad times, and many are breadwinners as well. A mother’s role is quite challenging.
          That is enough reason to say “Thank you”. In any case, that’s what Ann Jarvis, the childless American woman thought when, after the death of her mother, she started campaigning for a special day for mothers. We owe Mother’s Day, which has since been celebrated in many countries, to her.
          Mother’s Day is a unique opportunity to clearly say “thank you”. But, if we still have the opportunity to do so, we can also frequently show our mothers with many small acts in between Mother’s Days that what they have done and are still doing for us is not taken for granted.
          We show you how to do this in our Thank You Tips for Mothers.

          Giving time

          Surveys show that mothers who are still in the midst of raising their kids wish for one thing in particular: time for themselves. Everyone benefits if once in a while others take care of the kids, clean or cook while mom can finally read or go for a run in peace, to then be relaxed when returning to her tasks afterwards.
          Once the kids leave the house, things often change faster than desired: it’s unusually quiet in the house. In retirement, life can become too quiet for some mothers. Maybe, there’s time now for doing something together? So, a gift to your mother could be a visit to the zoo together, hiking to one of her favourite places or going to a concert or show? What did you do together in the past? Perhaps it can be followed.
          Such (joint) experiences can bring especially long-lasting joy. Besides, almost all mothers enjoy being invited to be a part of the lives of their children and grandchildren in this manner.
          It doesn’t have to be a big event. You can bring your mother joy by simply inviting her to lunch or tea. You can find all sorts of recipes here.

          Helping

          Surely, there are tasks that your mother does not like doing or that she finds particularly difficult. Those could be, for example, technical challenges related to her cellphone or computer, weeding, washing and hanging up drapes, or painting the kitchen. No doubt you can find something you’re good at which will make your mother happy.

          Giving health and inner balance

          Health is a valuable asset that mothers appreciate, too. Who doesn’t want to be healthy and fit even at an old age? We can contribute a lot to it, and suggestions and help can also be gifts.

          • Relaxing music not only pleases the ears but can also contribute significantly to well-being.
          • Does your mother like to read? In the book “Ayurveda für jeden Tag” (this book is only available in German) you find many valuable ayurvedic tips for a healthy life that can also be easily put into practice in your daily routine.
          • Regular physical exercise strengthens both body and mind. Ayurveda recommends daily exercising. For individuals over 40, it recommends exercising moderately, but also regularly (i.e. ¼-½ hour per day). So how about a yoga, pilates, dance or other type of class for your mother? Maybe even use this opportunity to stay fit together?

          • Especially in times of hormonal changes, many women miss their usual inner strength and calm. Maybe, you can please your mother with Maharishi Ayurveda’s® Ladies‘ Rasayana. According to Ayurveda, the harmonizing mixture of herbs and fruits unfolds a wonderful harmonising effect on the entire female organism (see product information).

          Thinking of you

          There are many opportunities to show your mother, without too much effort, how important she is to you. Why not write her a postcard while on a business or weekend trip, send her a text message, or show her where you are and what’s going on via WhatsApp. Personal post cards or emails can be created with snapshots of your everyday life.

          DIY

          Grandparents almost always love their grandkids’ crafts. Maybe, your kids can simply make (with your help, depending on their age) a nice greeting card, a drawing or a cloth bag. With pictures of the family, many gift ideas from mugs to a photo album can be easily realized. Now that downloading music is so simple, you can also conveniently put together CDs, exactly to you mother’s taste.

          Treats

          Homemade treats are always appreciated. How about an ayurvedic energy ball? The sweet temptations not only taste good but also provide quick energy. See the recipe here.

          For mothers who are coffee lovers we suggest Raja’s Cup as a healthy ayurvedic alternative. It can also easily be prepared as an espresso or cappuccino.

          Care products for pampering

          Vata care creamA maturing woman’s skin tends to become drier and more wrinkled. Whether it’s a shower gel, body lotionmassage oil or face cream, now is the time for Vata products. They nourish and care for the demanding skin, exude a lovely fragrance and ensure a comforting feeling of silkiness.

          You’ll surely come up with more ideas that will give your mother particular pleasure. Use this special day to show your mother how grateful you are for all she has done!

           

           

        • Interview with the winner of the London trip

          Winner with partner and Mrs Buchzik in London

          This time, Nicoletta Czechowska won the jackpot of our contest. As the winner of our trip to London, she was able to attend the 2nd International Ayurveda Congress. We asked her about her experiences and impressions before and after the Congress.

          Interview Part 1 (before the Congress)

          Q: Welcome to London, Mrs. Czechowska. Congratulations again on winning the contest. How did you originally come to hear about Ayurveda? Have you known it for long?

          A: We met an ayurvedic doctor from India in Poland who, in the past, once helped me with a health issue. Since then, Ayurveda has somehow always “been there”.
          We then tried to purchase high-quality Ayurveda products in Germany. That is how I discovered Maharishi Ayurveda. Maharishi Ayurveda products are available in health-food shops, where I’m used to shop. That is how we gradually began to use the brand. The quality quickly convinced us.

          Q: What part of Ayurveda is most important for you? What do you value most about this ancient health system?

          A: It is so old and, therefore, tried and tested that it always works. This is very different from Western medicine where, in my opinion, there is quite a lot of testing.
          Ayurveda is comprehensive, yet also simple. Even spices, such as turmeric, have an effect.

          Q: Do you have an Ayurveda tip of your own for our clients?

          A: There are so many little things that are effective, such as waking up before 6 a.m. It’s hard to imagine it, but if you try it for only one week or even a few days, you will notice the difference.
          Just see what works for you and what benefits you.
          Or cooking with spices – that makes a big difference. Not just salt and pepper, but experimenting with what spices you cook with. And then not simply one spice, but six. Then you will notice very quickly that your digestion is better or that you feel better – and in the end, it tastes better. You feel more satisfied at the end of the meal without having the feeling that something is “missing”, and still being hungry for chocolate or chips.

          Q: What was it like when you first heard that you won the trip? Describe this moment.

          A: I was in the health-food store when the phone rang. I couldn’t believe it. I had never won anything, and suddenly someone was calling from a Dutch number and saying that I had won a trip to London for the 2nd International Ayurveda Congress. I was so excited. It happened in January and the year had just begun. It was a great start to the new year.

          Q: What are you looking forward to?

          A: Tomorrow we are going sightseeing and then we are looking forward to the Congress starting on Saturday. We chose the subjects in the parallel events that especially interest us. We will definitely also attend the concert on the evening of the first night.

          Winner with partner in London

          Interview Part 2 (near the end of the Congress)

          Q: The 2nd International Ayurveda Congress is coming to an end. What did you like in particular?

          A: Overall, we really liked London and the Congress. Thank you again for everything. As a microbiologist, the links between ancient traditions and the newest scientific studies especially impressed me because this shows that Ayurveda really works – and not only in old books, but today in labs and hospitals.

          Q: Were there any people who impressed you?

          A: Oh yes, very many. We also really enjoyed the presentations about yoga and Ayurveda.

          Q: Is there anything that especially impressed you?

          A: It was particularly impressive to see how people work together when it is for the common subject of “Ayurveda”. The sometimes quite controversial discussions were always carried out in a very pleasant manner. We thought it was remarkable to see that variations are possible and not everything is set in stone, and that people still treated each other positively.

          Q: How would you describe the atmosphere of the Congress?

          A: Very warm-hearted, at times even intimate. I had the feeling that most of the people knew each other and that new participants were warmly integrated.

          Q: Do you think it’s worth it to come back? In two years, the Congress will take place in Brazil.

          A: If it’s possible, for sure!

          Q: Was much of what you saw, heard and learned at the Congress new to you?

          A: We were familiar with some of it, but definitely learned a lot of details. For us it was especially nice to encounter international cultures.

          Q: What would you like to tell people who couldn’t attend this year?

          A: That it’s totally worth it to share your experiences with other people. It’s worth it not to sit at home in your practice, but instead share with one’s colleagues.

          Q: Thank you. We really enjoyed welcoming you here. We hope you have a good trip home.

        • Spring into Spring Energised – Tips for the Kapha Season

          Tips for the Kapha Season

          With spring comes the Kapha season

          Change is all around: The biting cold of winter is giving way to higher temperatures, and everywhere the first spring flowers are waking up from their winter sleep. After the snowdrops start to awake, the crocuses, daffodils and tulips rise with their colourful splendour and announce the change of seasons. All these are signs of the beginning of the Kapha season, which from an ayurvedic point of view goes from March to June.
          Prompted by the cold and heavy foods during the winter months, Kapha has increased quite a bit. As a structuring principle, Kapha stands for characteristics such as cold, liquid, heavy and tough. Many people now feel the Kapha dominance as a burden of additional pounds. For others, less noticeable metabolic ballast has accumulated during the winter months.
          With the rising temperatures, the Kapha in nature and in our body dissolves and liquefies. From an ayurvedic point of view, wetness and rain are proof of this as well as runny noses, wet coughs and hay fever.
          The common spring fever, which Kapha types suffer from in particular, is considered in Ayurveda as a consequence of Kapha dominance.
          Accordingly, in spring it is now important to maintain Dosha balance during the change of season. The ayurvedic seasonal regimen, Ritucharya, teaches us how. We have compiled the most important advice for the Kapha season so that you can enjoy spring fresh and energised.

          Follow the biological rhythms

          We remain especially well-balanced if we follow the biological rhythms of the seasons and the corresponding Doshas. Light, day length, temperature etc. are important pacemakers that help us keep our mind and body in sync with the rhythm of nature. This not only goes for the seasonal rhythm, but also for our daily rhythm.
          Along the same lines as the shift from winter to spring, every morning at 6 a.m., we experience a transition from Vata to Kapha. In this sense, spring can also be considered the dawn of the year.
          According to the awakening day, Ayurveda suggests waking up at the latest at the end of the Vata time at 6 a.m. without an alarm. Those who go to bed no later than at the end of the evening Kapha time (i.e. before 10 p.m.), as suggested, will also have an easier time getting up early. With this daily rhythm you will support the inner rhythm of your mind and body, which will help you be in harmony with yourself and nature. This support is especially important during the Kapha season and will help you get through spring without excessive fatigue.

          Time for inner cleansing

          Use inner cleansing measures to help your body release the accumulated Kapha.

          • Regularly take time for cleansing measures in the course of your ayurvedic daily routine. This includes mouthwash with cured sesame oil as well as cleaning your tongue in the morning with a tongue scraper.

          Garshan Massage gloves

          • With a “Garshan” dry massage you can stimulate the blood circulation of the connective tissue. This will stimulate your metabolism, activate your circulation and reduce excess Kapha. Specially designed Garshan massage gloves made from raw silk are ideal for dry massages.
          • Once in a while eat light and indulge in a “go easy” day, e.g. a rice or liquid day.
          • You will experience a particularly intense form of inner cleansing with a Panchakarma treatment. There are great offers in Germany and Europe, where you can let yourself be pampered without being deterred by a long trip.

          No matter how many of these suggestions you implement, each individual measure will help you effectively master the change in seasons.

          Use products suited to the Kapha season

          At this time use ayurvedic products the components of which precisely match the requirements during the Kapha season. Each of the products contains immense ayurvedic know-how that, thanks to modern production methods, are easily obtainable for everyone. The following are examples of ideal companions for the Kapha season:

          • Kapha Tea: spicy, aromatic pick-me-up, brings warmth from within, ideal for cold damp spring days. Enjoy your Kapha tea from an organic source!

          Kapha Balance

          • Kapha Balance: ideal food supplement for a lively start into the Kapha season. Take two pills per day for inner balance and to reduce Ama and excess Kapha.
          • Kapha Aroma Oil: warming and stimulating aroma mix for harmonisation in the event of Kapha dominance – during the Kapha season and for Kapha-type individuals.

          Products for Kapha types

          Kapha types often suffer particularly from spring fever and other symptoms that accompany the Kapha season. You’re a Kapha type? Then indulge yourself now in care products created especially for your Dosha type:

          • Kapha Massage Oil (CNC): Awaken your spirit with a refreshing morning massage. The right massage oil with natural citronella aroma oil for oily and blemished skin.
          • Kapha Hair Oil (CNC): Enjoy a stimulating scalp massage before washing your hair. The ideal hair oil for Kapha types.
          • Kapha Shampoo (CNC): Especially gentle care for normal to strong and oily hair, with natural essential oils.

          Kapha showergel

          • Ayurvedic Kapha Shower Gel (CNC): Experience the refreshing smell of pure orange and geranium oil with this shower gel for Kapha types. Feel the soft cleansing and care of your skin.

          An overview of suggested Maharishi Ayurveda® Kapha products is available here.

          Stimulating scalp massage for the “crown of one’s personality”

          Precisely during the Kapha season, marked by things being dissolved and moved, many people value a stimulating scalp massage. In the opinion of Ayurveda, regular oil massages before washing your hair improve circulation in your scalp and strengthen the roots of your hair.

          In the ancient ayurvedic manual, Charaka-Samhita, Sutr. V 81-83, the scalp massage is praised as follows: “Those who regularly oil their scalp with sesame oil will not suffer from headaches, baldness, greying hair, nor will their hair fall out. The scalp and forehead will be notably strengthened. Hair will become black, long, and have deep roots. The senses will work well and the facial skin will glow. Applying oil to the scalp promotes deep sleep and happiness.”

          So treat the “crown of your personality” – in Ayurveda that includes namely your scalp – twice per week before washing your hair with a soft massage. To do so, first slightly warm some oil in your hand, then softly massage you scalp.
          Keep adding some more oil to your fingers. It is best to let the oil sink in for 1–2 hours and then wash it out with a soft shampoo. A wonderful stimulating feeling for your hair and senses!

          It is best to choose the massage oil based on your hair or Dosha type:
          Kapha Hair oil

          Based on old original ayurvedic formulas, each of these hair oils contains an ayurvedic herbal blend suited specifically to the respective Dosha type, as well as healing sesame oil.

          Warmth

          Don’t let the first sunny day tempt you to wear overly light clothing. During the Kapha season, warmth promotes our wellbeing. That goes for clothing as well as nutrition (e.g. Kapha tea).

          The right food for the Kapha season

          Kapha types especially should watch what they eat right now. Foods should be light, dry, and warm.
          Fresh green vegetables such as various cabbage types, spinach, chard, arugula and chicory are ideal for light spring cooking. Your meals will be even easier to digest if the vegetables are lightly steamed or braised. However, long-chain fatty acids and animal proteins are hard to digest and shouldn’t be eaten very often.
          Ginger and black pepper stimulate your Agni digestive fire and spread inner warmth. Both also reduce Kapha – as do asafoetida, garlic, turmeric and cumin – and are thus ideal for spring dishes. Accordingly, Kapha tea with ginger, cloves, black pepper, turmeric and saffron is an excellent source of warmth for this time of year.
          Cooling and Kapha-promoting foods such as milk products should only be consumed sparingly in the spring.
          Since our digestive fire is weakened in the spring due to an excess of Kapha, it is now especially important to consume our main meal at a time when our Agni is strongest. You should therefore eat your main meal at noon, and in the evening only a soup, for example.
          There are some interesting food supplements that suit this time of year and correspond in particular to your body’s needs during the Kapha season. This includes, for example, Kapha Balance (which has already been mentioned), Meda I for individuals with a normal appetite, Meda II for those with increased appetite, and Prana Rasayana for those whose airways were stressed by the cold.
          Kapha tea is especially suitable (1-2 cups per day) for the Kapha season. A hot water drinking programme of 2 to 3 weeks is also highly suggested.
          To find out more about nutrition during the Kapha season, read our tips entitled “Fit through the Spring”.

        • Enjoy an Ayurveda Weekend

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          Well-being and Regeneration in One

          Does it ever feel as if your body and mind needed a freshness booster? Would you like to feel more awake again, to look forward to your everyday challenges and to be able to go through the day with an open mind for its little pleasures?

          Then try Dr. Schrott’s Ayurveda Revitalisation Weekend! You can do it comfortably in your own home, without the hassle of travel and accommodation costs. In his book "Ayurveda für jeden Tag", Dr. Schrott explains how you can follow a complete ayurvedic fitness and regeneration program over just one weekend, for the good of your mind and body.

          This is how an Ayurveda weekend works:

          Before You Start: A Few Pointers

          • Prepare your Ayurveda Weekend without stress. This way you can start looking forward to the weekend while planning your meals and doing groceries.
          • Ayurveda classics such as breathing exercises, yoga asana and morning ”oil pulling” (gandusha), i.e. swishing ripened sesame oil through your teeth and mouth, will be your constant companions during this weekend. If you like, you can already familiarise yourself with them in advance.
          • Make sure that you have no other commitments for this weekend. After all, you should be free to act in tune with your inner needs during your personal fitness and regeneration weekend.
          • Approach your Ayurveda Weekend in a relaxed manner. Even if you don’t implement all suggestions perfectly, you will noticeably profit from this weekend.
          • Let your happiness guide and inspire all your activities.

          Friday: Starting to Relax

          After the routine of a whole week is behind you, a shower or bath will help you relax. Maybe treat yourself to a nice bouquet of flowers that will stimulate your senses and will accompany you throughout your Ayurveda Weekend.

          All-round relaxation

          Take 15 minutes for some simple yoga postures and breathing exercises that will help you release blockages and strains and improve your mind and body coordination.

          If you like, you can top this off with some Transcendental Meditation. This will give you deep calm and new energies. Regular Transcendental Meditation is proven to improve your health (for more information visit http://www.tm.org).

          Light dinner

          How about a nice watercress soup for your first dinner? You can get the recipe here. However, in the evening the soup should be prepared without crème fraiche.
          A light vegetable dish or a vegetable soup would also optimally support your inner cleansing. Hot water, vata tea or a mild herbal tea are particularly suited to drink with your dinner. You can sip these beverages during every meal.

          To strengthen your agni (“digestive fire“), choose a small digestive drink (pancha) matching your dosha type, which you drink 15 minutes before each meal:

          • Vata type: ginger juice with unrefined cane sugar, some salt and lemon
          • Pitta type:  light tea made from fresh ginger and some unrefined cane sugar
          • Kapha type: ginger juice with honey

          You’re not sure what Ayurvedic dosha type you are? Take our dosha test to find out!

          Let the evening fade away

          Now let your first evening fade away with, for example, a short after-dinner walk or a relaxing bath before you go to bed during the Kapha phase (until 10 p.m.)
          Soft music and an aroma lamp with Vata aroma oil will help you relax and fall asleep even more easily.

          To prepare your cleansing for the next day, drink a light laxative drink before going to bed, consisting of the following:

          • 1 tbsp castor oil
          • Some water
          • A few drops of lemon juice
          • A pinch of salt
          • Some ginger powder

          Saturday: Cleansing

          It’s best to start your second day early, if possible before 6 a.m. during the morning Vata period. Cleansing and detoxification are on today’s agenda. You can best support this by drinking a glass of water at room temperature immediately after waking up, followed by a glass of lemon water.
          Next within the course of your Ayurveda morning hygiene routine, clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Two to three minutes of oil pulling also contributes to cleansing.
          Ripened sesame oil is absorbed especially well by the skin and is thus also ideal for your subsequent 10 to 20 minutes of self-massage. Warm the oil to body temperature and massage it into your skin. Enjoy the feeling!
          After a hot bath or shower, you can comfortably repeat the yoga postures and breathing exercises from the previous day. For more information about the Ayurveda morning routine click here.

          A breakfast suited to your dosha type

          Your inner cleansing will be supported by a particularly light breakfast suited to your dosha type.

          • Vata type: soaked almonds or dried fruit; alternatively, spelt porridge – shortly boil spelt with water or milk and add maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric
          • Pitta type: a glass of lukewarm water with some honey, or some fruit
          • Kapha type: only hot water; may be supplemented with diluted fresh juice, or fruit

          Promote elimination in the morning

          An extensive walk or light sport will stimulate your metabolism and make elimination easier. Enjoy a visit to a sauna to stimulate elimination via the skin. Your dosha type will tell you what type of sauna is best for you.

          • Vata and pitta: slightly humid heat, i.e. a steam bath or infusion sauna
          • Kapha: dry sauna

          Lunch

          For lunch we suggest a light rice soup and a lassi. Depending on your appetite, you can add dry bread (toast, crisp bread).
          Take a rest, but do not nap, then take a “digestive walk”.

          Relax in the afternoon and evening

          In the afternoon you have plenty of time for light exercise and relaxation. Do whatever brings you joy. Read or enjoy your hobby. If you didn’t go to a sauna in the morning, you can do that now.
          Your dinner will be the same as your lunch: a light rice soup, lassi and optionally bread. Another digestive walk will stimulate your metabolism and awaken your spirits.
          In the evening you can treat yourself to a facemask suited to your skin type. Depending on your skin type, gently remove the face mask after 10 to 20 minutes with a cotton pad soaked in almond oil. After a cleansing day like today, your skin will absorb the healing substances of the face mask especially well and can then thoroughly regenerate overnight.

          Sunday: Regeneration

          Today you will again start with the Ayurvedic morning routine including morning drink, mouth cleaning, breathing exercises, yoga postures (asanas) and ayurvedic self-massage. This will get your circulation going, revitalise you, and make you feel fresh for the day.

          Strengthening breakfast

          Sunday is meant to transition back to a normal diet and to regenerate. Therefore, your breakfast can be a little heartier today. Your morning activities can also be a little more intense. Maybe you feel like going for a hike or on an outing?

          Lunch – your banquet

          If you want to have guests over during your Ayurveda Weekend, now is the best time. Treat your guests and yourself to an Ayurvedic banquet!

          • Aperitif: ginger water that matches your dosha type

          For the main course you have a choice between:

          • Main Course 1: Asparagus and zucchinis on basmati rice topped with basil sauce and some moong dal. If asparagus is not in season you can prepare the meal without it.
          • Main Course 2: Eggplant & tomato puree on pineapple rice and red lentil dal.

          Your meal will be accompanied by:

          • Lassi with the main course
          • Fig & whipped cream dessert
          • Chai for dessert

          Enjoy your afternoon

          The afternoon should be all yours. After an extensive walk, do whatever brings you joy.

          Dinner

          For dinner have a light rice or vegetable soup again. After a short break to relax, enjoy the fresh air during a leisurely evening walk.

          The finishing touch

          Fully enjoy this last evening of your Ayurveda Weekend! Listen to relaxing music or read a good book. Treat yourself to a foot massage with warm cured sesame oil. Soothed by the smell of Vata aroma oil, you should be able to easily fall into a relaxing sleep.

          Thank You

          In a way, an Ayurveda Weekend is a wellness, fitness and regeneration program all in one. For newcomers to Ayurveda it is a great opportunity to get to try out many of its time-tested recommendations. This weekend is also a good opportunity to find your way back to new energy, wellness, a fresh look and a clear mind. Treat yourself to this mini-vacation without much effort and expense!

          A big thank you to Ernst Schrott, M.D., for his wonderful suggestions for this weekend!

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          Our 30-Day Tips for Your Health

          We at Maharishi Ayurveda® Europe are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. We see this as a welcome opportunity to support your health and well-being with these 30-day Tips. Get to know the range of Maharishi Ayurveda of 30 days each.
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        • 30 years of Maharishi Ayurveda

          The global success story of Maharishi Ayurveda began already in the late 1970s. At that time the Vedic scholar and sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi invited thousands of delegates from many different countries to a large conference in India. The best Ayurvedic scholars from all over India, plus Western doctors and scientists, came to Delhi to bring the various ancient traditions of Ayurveda together and bring them to completion, and later to evaluate them with modern scientific methods.

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        • Win a trip to London for two to the second International Ayurveda Congress!

          30 years of Maharishi Ayurveda Products

          We invite you to attend one of the largest Ayurvedic conferences in Europe. Renowned international Ayurvedic experts will present the latest scientific research results, give highly stimulating talks, and interact with you at the second International Ayurveda Congress on 1 and 2 April 2017. A great event for all Ayurveda fans.
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        • Your chance for a personal Ayurvedic consultation!

          We are delighted that we will again be able to offer you the possibility of an exclusive Ayurvedic consultation with one of the world’s best Ayurveda experts this year.

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        • Summer goes – Pitta stays?

          Are you easily irritated, or do you tend towards perfectionism at this time of year? If you are a ‘Pitta type’ or spent your holidays under the southern sun, it could well be that Pitta has gone out of balance. Pitta Dosha stands for the fire in our physiology, and according to Ayurveda it accumulates as summer progresses.
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