Sponsored: Bliss amidst the Himalayan Foothills
An urban lifestyle is stressful and entails juggling multiple responsibilities at the workplace, home and other social settings. This is all the more applicable to today’s working population, as cities get more congested, commutes get longer and hours get irregular. This new year, break away from your routine for an immersive wellness experience at Ananda Spa. Nestled in the shadow of the mighty foothills of the Himalayas, Ananda Spa is a destination spa like no other. Overlooking the towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh, it is a palace estate which offers many opportunities to take in striking vistas of the surrounding forests and the mighty Ganga. Situated in the lap of nature and serviced by world-class amenities and luxuries to boot, Ananda Spa is a space most conducive to delivering on its commitment to holistic healing for the mind, body and the soul.
Going back to our ancient roots, this tranquil haven offers a wide range of wellness programmes founded on traditional regimes like Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta. A team of Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists and yoga experts strive to create a nurturing environment for guests, where they can immerse themselves completely into the wellness programme of their choice. This year, whether you’re just looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or a gradual shift to a healthier lifestyle altogether, Ananda Spa offers you a selection of three-night programs which employ different techniques to improve your physical, mental and spiritual self.
Ananda ACTIV Fitness
It is almost a long-accepted truth now, that health is wealth. But the modern man or woman often cannot subscribe to a lifestyle that maintains an optimal level of health and fitness, owing to work pressures, the proliferation of fast food options and the sedentary lifestyle of the 21st-century workplace. This year, if you are looking to break this pattern and work on your physical fitness, try out a curated mix of indoor exercises, personalized training and outdoor treks in the Ananda ACTIV wellness program.
The perfect way to get into shape, this program entails up to four hours of planned exercise per day. Rehabilitation – which is critical to maintaining a healthy physical state – is also provided on a personalized basis, keeping in mind previous chronic illnesses and injuries. Apart from conditioning your body through physical exercise, guests can consult with in-house experts who will prescribe a customized diet which is best suited to their needs and fitness goals, devising an all-round strategy to achieve your fitness goals.
The RENEW program at Ananda is a three-day intensive program which focuses on cleansing and restoring the sheen of our largest organ, the skin. The outermost shield for our body, the skin is subject to external stressors like pollution and extreme weather. Moreover, internal disruptions like an irregular sleep cycle, hormonal changes and physical or mental stress often manifest in the form of skin ailments. The body’s capacity to fight off these ill-effects further diminishes as we grow older, and our immune system weaker.
At Ananda, the aim is to rejuvenate the skin and retard the negative effects of aging through traditional wellness remedies and effecting changes in lifestyle choices. Through Ananda Fusion therapy, Ayurveda Tan Lepa herbal masks and Pizhichil massages, the skilled practitioners help aid the detoxifying of the immune system and hence, rejuvenating skin health. This introductory programme also enhances the benefits to skin by improving digestive and musculo-skeletal health too.
Ananda REBALANCE program
The human body is designed to function according to its own internal clock. This clock is dictated by our circadian rhythm, which influences our sleep cycles and eating habits, and regulates other important bodily functions. Disruptions in the circadian rhythm can however lead to damaging consequences for the body, causing chronic ailments, obesity and mental strain.
The Ananda REBALANCE program helps guests actualize their circadian cycles by enhancing digestive and neuro-muscular health. The program relies on techniques like Abhyanga, Dhara treatment, Grounding Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage to optimize blood circulation and boost the metabolic system. The backbone of the program is Dinacaharya, an Ayurvedic guide to follow an optimal lifestyle which harmonizes the body’s circadian rhythms and the cycles of sleep, diet and activity. This program serves as an excellent stepping stone for guests who are looking for an introduction to wellness programmes before pursuing more intensive and more specialized ones. Available in packages starting from just three days, this program is an immersive experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges of day-to-day life.
A quick retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to relax? Maybe a tried and tested path to achieve your physical fitness goals, or understanding what your body needs to function optimally. Whatever it is you’re looking for, head to Ananda in the Himalayas and return a rejuvenated and enriched you!