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July 14, 2015


What are we actually doing here?


I keep using the vague term  ‘Ayurvedic ashram and treatments’ without going into any specifics. Lets start at the very beginning: Back in the ages, Ayurveda was one of the three sister sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish (Astrology). All three disciplines were taught and practiced cohesively. Of course as time went along, concepts and practices changed to suit the modern man’s needs.


 Ayurveda treats the whole person, and each person as an individual. Even if two patients have identical disease and symptoms, they will most likely undergo very different treatment based on their individual physical and emotional constitution (dosha). And that is what makes Ayurveda so exceptional; it understands and differentiates the subtle nuances that make you unique, and then seeks to address your issues based on your particular needs. However there are no short cuts. You manifest symptoms of actual disease after about three years of it cooking in your body/mind;...

July 12, 2015




How can the stories be complete without introducing the cast of characters residing at the ashram?


They are a family of four, Papaji, Amma, Dr. Ash and his wife Savi (also an Ayurvedic doctor). A young Ayurvedic doctor, Manisha, who is interning with Dr. A, Kalayani who works here, and currently a 29-year-old Brazilian girl who is studying Ayurveda. Plus of course the patients, not so many in the monsoon season. I can write pages on each character, but will keep the descriptions brief.


Lets begin with Papaji. Papaji is Dr. A’s father, about 5’9, slim, semi balding, wears glasses, and he is the backbone of the place. Dressed in his little lungi and t-shirt, he is always working, always. I have never seen him just sitting with his feet up. From serving us food, to keeping the fire burning under a huge water tank, to going grocery shopping, to helping with the treatments, to kneading the dough and making dosas. He is always smiling and very kind. You can go to him with any operational...

July 10, 2015




And so, the saga continues.


Today is the 5th day and life has assumed a rhythm. It took a few bumps to get there, but finally, it seems that a routine has been established.

Morning begins at 6.30 a.m. - I stumble out of bed, pick up the umbrella and walk down to the dining area; there Amma has a big cup of tea waiting for me. Have to back track a little on this - the normal steel glass that they serve tea in here is as large as our tequila shot glass...that threw me for the first 4 days, but finally desperation set in and I requested a bigger glass. So today Amma gave me this big steel mug full of steaming tea, which I gratefully bought back to my room, snuggled back into bed and enjoyed every sip.

At 7.00 a.m, Dr. A comes knocking on Amar's door, gives him his ghee concoction to drink, says a prayer over his head and gives him directions for the day. Then it is my turn. I go in for my treatments. So far it is a massage with medicated hot oil and the 2nd treatment involves pourin...

July 9, 2015


So finally it has happened!

I am sitting here in the hills of Karnataka in an Ayurvedic ashram. This place is small and privately managed by a husband/wife doctor team, and his parents who do all the cooking. This place is a village with literally one street which sells some basic amenities. The larger town of Koppa is about 10 miles away. The ashram is three small adjoining buildings in a gated compound, with dense tropical foliage on two sides of the compound. Currently since it is the monsoon season, there is pretty much non-stop rain.

The rooms are decent, very clean, BUT, absolutely no frills. It is down to the basics here also - bed, chair, one table...and there is absolutely no sense of decor. If I was rating the place in hotel terms, it would be half star. There is an attached bathroom, all modern, very clean too. They give you only one bar of soap and one towel when you arrive....and you have to ask for toilet paper.

For food, you have to walk (20 seconds) to the doctor's...

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