Mind, Body & Soul
When it comes to wellbeing, we love to talk about healing our ‘mind, body and soul’. But what does this actually mean, what are we referring to. The ‘body’ is probably the simplest to explain, as it’s the physical vessel which carries our mind and soul. The ‘soul’, which for some is known as spirit, is our conscience, the ‘I’ when we talk about ourselves. The ‘mind’ is often confused with the brain, but the mind is not a physical thing. It produces ideas, emotions and memories, and it controls the body. The phrase ‘healthy mind, healthy body’ refers to the mind-body connection which innately links all three parts together. Removing negativity and promoting positivity in one’s life encourages a harmonious balance.
The body needs the right nutrition, physical fitness and adequate rest. The mind needs both a positive self-image and positive thoughts, alongside laughter, love and relationships. The soul requires inner calm and openness. To achieve balance, there are wellness retreats and programs that can teach you how to achieve your goals.
The Origins of Yoga: Spirituality and Religion
India is a diverse and rich land, with precious jewels, abounding faiths, intricate architecture and stimulating cuisine. Indian culture, spirituality, and religion have a far greater reach than many appreciate. The sacred Vedas texts, composed by Aryans in 1500-500BCE and written in Sanskrit are a collection of hymns and other religious texts which are considered to be divine revelation. Within the pages of the Vedas, the reader is introduced to the ‘yaga’ (sacrifice) and ‘yajna’ (ceremonies) which were used to promote the well-being of individuals and society. The Vedas provided the spiritual and philosophical foundations of yoga and Hinduism.
The practice of yoga has spread far wider than its humble beginnings in India and is now practiced across the world in various different forms and levels. For those who want time away from the rat race, there are a selection of worldwide retreats which offer predefined or personalised programmes, led by experts in their field. Ayurvedic treatments refer to the Hindu system of medicine, found in Atharva Veda, which strives for balance through diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. Similarly the practice of meditation forms an integral part of the Vedic teachings. Practiced religiously to reach a higher level of self, away from material wealth and other worldly distractions, meditation would aid the individual to achieve reincarnation.
India: Amanbagh, Rajasthan
Situated in rural Rajasthan, in the Aravelli Hills and once used by Mughal Princes, Amanbagh has a rather decadent heritage. Carved from pink marble and sandstone, the architecture will leave you breathless. Harnessing India’s tradition for wellness, their immersion programmes include sessions with the in-house Ayurvedic physician who will tailor the program to suit your needs. With daily therapies, delicious meals and access to the Ayurvedic spa, you’ll feel like a whole new person!
India: Ananda, Himalayas
An award-winning luxury retreat in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda combines Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta guided by expert doctors and nutritionists. Focusing on both physical and mental fulfilment their programmes teach techniques that create a sustainable lifestyle.
Thailand: Soneva Kiri
Begin with a wellness screening which is a non-invasive reading of your body’s composition, then have a program tailored to your requirements, as you take part in yoga, guided meditation and self-study. In Koh Kood, you’re away from the busy hotspots and instead you’ll stay on the most uninhabited island in Thailand, giving you the luxury of both space and serenity.
Indonesia: Como Shamballa
An initial consultation will set out your personal goals, and then a comprehensive plan will be designed. Full of activities, treatments and healthy cuisine, you’ll achieve maximum results with a long lasting change to your lifestyle. From mud wraps and baths to take care of your body, massages to relieve tension and targeted therapies from healthy eating and yoga you’ll get a full experience.
Located on the shores of Ago Bay, this ryokan inspired retreat offers guests the chance to float in the mineral rich natural hot springs and sample local delicacies. The area itself is a holy area, with UNESCO pilgrim trails and sacred forest. Offering three award-winning Wellness Immersion programmes, Amanemu is a luxurious retreat with a true holistic approach.
Mauritius: Shanti Maurice
Awaken your senses at Shanti Maurice, from detoxes to weight management, meditation to yoga Shanti offers something for everyone. Hone in on one aspect for improvement or create a program where you can try different styles and techniques. Return to nature and enjoy hikes and treks around the island of Mauritius for a change of scenery and practice the balance of healthy body, healthy mind.
Maldives: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Ayurvedic Immersion in one of the most idyllic places on earth. Try anti-gravity yoga or aqua yoga, guided by resident yogi’s who will help you to re-align your body. Your Ayurvedic physician will design a cleansing program to remove deep-rooted stress and bodily toxins. With a stunning backdrop against the crystal clear waters or on the overwater deck take part in meditative yoga to clear your mind.
Turkey: Six Senses Kaplankaya
Begin with a scientific health screening to pinpoint areas which require attention under the supervision of leading experts. Work to remove toxins and boost your immune system with a bodily cleanse. Personalised wellness activities, balanced nutrition and low intensity exercise will leave you feeling renewed.
Spain: Shanti Som
Using a real mix of techniques from around the world, Shanti Som offers ritual and healing therapies. From oriental steam rooms and Reiki which is a Japanese technique for stress relief, to aromatherapy and Ayurveda massages, there’s something for everyone.
Nestled in the Thiersee Valley, at a 900m altitude the Sonnhof Resort encourages the philosophy of Ayurveda in the heart of the Alps. Promoting the belief that the ‘body is a temple’, you’ll find a spiritual and holistic approach at the retreat. Panchakarma enhances physical and spiritual wellbeing, beginning with a diagnosis and then by tailoring a program to re-balance the body.
With a portfolio of retreats around the world, we can recommend a wellness break for you. Whether you prefer a pre-definined programme or want something tailored to you in resort, let us find the perfect fit!