I just got back from a month in true retreat. I was rather cryptic about where I was heading and I committed to not sharing my experience in real time on social media. Golly, what freedom! I’m happy to now flesh out the details because I reckon a few of you will find them interesting.

Refugee chic: I took to winding my hair in a rag.
I took to winding my hair in a rag.

Where did you go?

India. To a hard-core Ayurvedic clinic – Vaidyagrama – in Tamil Nadu, an hour from Coimbatore, which is just north of Kerala. Which is to say, eons from any semblance of a tourist trail.


As many of you know, my autoimmune journey is a perpetual one. I manage my disease. And I do this by experimenting. I’d been told for years that Ayurvedic treatment was a boon for AI. I very much subscribe to the Ayurvedic tradition of yoga, meditation and the eating principles of this ancient discipline. But I wanted to see if a committed 3-4 week panchakarma (see below) treatment would take my healing to loftier heights.

I’ll be frank. I didn’t want to go. My acute sense of smell and hearing rendered India a torturous prospect. Every bit of me wanted to go hiking in Switzerland. And I even had an escape plan if I couldn’t cope (I’d researched plane flights to Paris). But something kept drawing me back to giving it a crack…

And why that clinic?

As with everything I do, I researched the bejesus out of “most authentic Ayurvedic clinics in the world”. There are three main types of treatment centres – austere clinics run much like a hospital, and, at the other end of the spectrum, plush, white-robed luxury retreat centres with a westerner-friendly treatment regime chucked in. In the middle are comfortable homestays run by, usually, one doctor and an assistant, and day clinics (where you stay in your own digs nearby).

Needless to say, I went the austere clinic route. Vaidyagrama is a live-in clinic where you’re assigned a doctor and therapist who monitor you daily. The medicines are prepared on site, all food is cooked to strict Ayurvedic principles (and, mostly, grown on the property) and delivered to your room (where you eat solo) and prayer and meditation – in sanskrit – are part of the program.

The wonderful Dr Ramadas: he who took great delight working through my existential torments. A smart, kind, worldly man who "got me".
The wonderful Dr Ramadas: he who took great delight working through my existential torments. A smart, kind, worldly man who “got me”.

Vaidyagrama takes the authentic schtick even further: the building itself is made from the clay it stands on; everything is recycled (excess food is composted and fuels the hot water for instance); and a chunk of the proceeds from the clinic fund the surrounding villages, setting them up with farming land so they can grow veggies to sell back into Vaidyagrama and feeding the villagers.

The place accommodates 20-30 patients at a time who drip-feed in from around the world. All of us have chronic diseases. All of us are on journeys.

Oh, another reason I chose this place – it entailed the smoothest journey in and out (important when you’re off to get healed; frenetic travel can undo the good work). Coimbatore is an international airport, so no internal transfers or passings through Delhi or Mumbai required.

So why no soap or loo paper?

If you’re going to do something, do it properly. Vaidyagrama oozes this mantra. Avoiding chemicals (soap) and disposables (loo paper) are part of the deal. I respect this and it added to my experience. After treatment we were washed in mung bean powder. Yep. And we hosed our bottoms. There were no towels (we used torn up cloths), TVs, air-con, daiquiris by the pool.

You? No exercise?

Yeah, this bit hurt. We were asked to move as little as possible to allow the treatment to break down the body, release the toxins and then to rebuild. For the duration of my stay I was allowed to do 2-3 laps of the quadrangle a day. Yep, images of a jail stint came to mind. The quadrangle is covered – sun exposure is also advised against (again, it comprises the bodies ability to release and rebuild). Robust reading, phones, internet, animated chats are all discouraged for the same reason. I came to fully appreciate the worth of these stipulations… more on this later.

But as with all things Ayurveda, there is no right or wrong. Just better ways to live.

What was the actual treatment?

Panchakarma. Which is an intense detox, with the purpose of strengthening the immune system and restoring balance throughout the body. It works across body and mind and is considered the most effective healing treatment in Ayurveda. You can read more about how it works.

My days went like this: awoken at 5.45am for kashayam (a home-brewed Ayurvedic medicine of herbs and spices). Then prayer/chanting with the other patients for an hour. Then breakfast (red rice and veggies in coconut oil and mild spices, or idli with a coconut “chutney”). Then hang in your room staring at the ceiling fan. My lovely doctor would visit and assess my progress (tongue, pulse, eye readings) and chew some spiritual and philosophical fat for a bit. Then lunch in your room (red rice, buttermilk, a mung bean soup flavoured with curry leaves and mustard seeds, and 2-3 vegetable dishes of yam, gourd, beetroot or okra). Then yoga nidra and your treatment (some sort of massage with either oils, milk or rice powder, depending on your dosha or health need). Then satsang (a lesson from one of the doctors). Then more prayers. Then dinner in your room (same as lunch, but half the size). Repeat for 27 days.

Vaidyagrama rice gruel.
Vaidyagrama rice gruel.

(To learn more about Ayurvedic eating check out the Ayurvedic cooking tricks I use to help with gut bloat, or these seven Ayurvedic spices for sugar cravings.)

A typical non-treatment day lunch: from bottom centre, clockwise: carrots in curry leaf, buttermilk, salt (I got special salt privleges), chapati, mung bean stew, red rice and beans in coconut.
A typical non-treatment day lunch: from bottom centre, clockwise: carrots in curry leaf, buttermilk, salt (I got special salt privileges), chapati, mung bean stew, red rice and beans in coconut.

The above is punctuated by treatment blocks. Depending on your health issue, your treatments might be a ghee purge, vigorous scrubbing with herbs, nasal cleansing…and during these treatment periods most of us revert to “the boiled rice water diet”. As it says on the packet, it’s water leftover from cooking the boiled rice. Sounds gross and scary from a nutritional POV. But my experience of it countered my fears. Indeed, the diet during my stay went against everything I normally live by – it was vegetarian, grain-based etc. But due to the mindful prep and the spices used, I experienced only sound digestion and satiation.

Said boiled rice diet
Said “boiled rice water diet”…

Surprising discovery: I didn’t crave anything while I was there.

This is the sell-in line of Ayurveda: it doesn’t work to macro or micro nutrients. It uses the five tastes (and the right combination of them) to nourish and satiate. Hard to fathom until you try it. My experience was that within three days I had no desire for any of the usuals – coffee, wine, pork, chocolate.

Did it work?

I won’t know for a bit. It takes a few months for the deep benefits to kick in. But I have certainly experienced a very new (to me) calmness and steadiness since getting home. My treatment was compromised by the fact my period came early, and twice. Plus I got a bronchial infection. So treatment had to be modified and toned down for me. But my doctor was calmly convinced this is all just as it was meant to be. Which leads me to the real benefit of the whole caper…

The best but hardest bit?

The mere fact I was confined in the most extreme sense for almost four weeks was the real gift.

* It forced true retreat upon me. If you’re like me, this notion seems alluring, but in practice it requires serious rewiring. I was rendered choiceless. Or rather, I sought out this choicelessness. I write of this often – creating our own boundaries.

* Further, it forced me to face my deepest demons. Like many of you (I think!), I have a habit of blaming when things get uncomfortable – my parents, co-workers, cab drivers, the weather. At Vaidyagrama not only was I thrown into extreme discomfort (thus thrusting up my control freak demons for full-frontal examination), I was also alone. In a room. With only a ceiling fan and some geckoes to rail at. My ego screached through all kinds of hell during my stay. But I can confidently say I emerged, stronger and steadier for it.

Said ceiling fan...
Said ceiling fan…

The short explanation: I surrendered. Which is a process sometimes we have to be forced into.

My room, from where I dried my washing and ate my lunch, delivered in a little pale each day.
My room, from where I dried my washing and ate my lunch, delivered in a little pail each day.

And afterwards?

Flinging back into the real world is discouraged. After panchakarma, you’re left very raw. I decided to ease my way back with a four-day stint at a gentle, Ayurvedic retreat that had a yoga focus. In comparison, Shreya’s Retreat in Nelamangala, Bangalore was Ayurvedic-lite (in terms of the food and treatments), however the yoga (gentle but intentioned hatha and ashtanga) and meditation (sublime one-on-one sessions with former monks who’ve worked there for over a decade) is at the perfect pitch for someone in my state. (BTW – if you’re wanting an Ayurvedic-inspired yoga/detox holiday and you haven’t done a stack of yoga before, then this place could also be your cup of chai.)

The view from my luxury tent at Shreya's. Delightful.
The view from my luxury tent at Shreya’s. Delightful.

It was an easy jaunt there – a 50-minute flight to Bangalore where you’re whisked from the airport to the jungled grounds and planted into your luxury “tent”…with soap and loo paper and white robes and the rest. One word of caution for the noise-sensitive among us – it is very close to a train line, which kind of disrupts the serenity (ask for a room by the pool!). One word of advice: be sure to get a massage in the hut in the vegetable garden (which supplies the kitchen). Another word of advice: think about not even going into Bangalore for a day before flying out. I did and it truly hurt my sensibilities. But, then, I don’t like noise, smells, big cities, malls, shopping or hotels. I did, however, enjoy this dosa from a place set up in a carpark where locals hang on a Sunday morning and gossip over their chai.

Masala dosa at Airlines Hotel (a cafe set up in a carpark).
Masala dosa at Airlines Hotel (a cafe set up in a carpark).

I also loved this palak paneer from Koshy’s, an institution in Bangalore.

Palak paneer is my dream food.
Palak paneer is my dream food.
Sunday morning at Koshy's cafe: gossip, filter coffee and curry.
Sunday morning at Koshy’s cafe: gossip, filter coffee and curry.
My first coffee in four weeks. Good enough for the Queen of England.
My first coffee in four weeks. Good enough for the Queen of England.

As an aside, I have recipes for both these dishes in my next book, out October.

If you’re after a good list of breakfast joints in Bangalore, this one worked for me.

If you have any further questions, post below. Myself and Nadia from The Mudita Institute (Nadia’s contributed to my site a few times recently as an Ayurvedic expert) will be happy to help where we can. You can also read reader Stephanie Morish’s account of her time at Vaidyagrama

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Alessandro Pagani

    Seems like a worthwhile experience. Well done

  • Amy Landry

    I’ve been really anticipating this post Sarah – loved reading of your experience! I had an inkling you would’ve been at Vaidyagrama of all places in India. Thank you for sharing a little insight into your experience. Sounds like it was rewarding in a myriad of ways! xo

  • Georgie Hendl

    Wow a super interesting read, thank you for sharing Sarah ! Do you find you’re craving those same similar foods now (more grains, less meat) ?

    • hmmmm, only cos I came back and got too heavy into work

    • fawn

      I wondered about this too. The ayurvedic diet almost appears to be at odds with a paleo diet which is very “rajasic.” Please keep us updated. 🙂

  • Anna

    Sarah, did you have bloods taken when you got back? Interested to hear if your thyroid anti bodies etc were reduced by the treatment.

    • I did. Waiting for them to come back!

      • Anna

        Oh that’s great, could you keep us posted? Ps am trying nuerofeedback therapy with an amazing Dr I stumbled across in Melbourne. Have heard this can help with AI. Fingers crossed!

      • Anna

        Hi Sarah, what did your blood tests show in the end? V interested. Anna 🙂

  • Kimiko67

    Hi Sarah, well done for completing this challenge. I’ve done panchakarma about 6 times now, and certainly the first one is the hardest ever. I can completely relate to your fears and the pre-planned exit route! I remember getting off the plane and driving 3 hours to my asram (only 100km away, so average speed approx. 30kmph along monsoon destroyed roads) and wondering what the hell I was doing.
    You might have been told by your Vaidya to try to complete three treatments in 2 years. Despite my first round experience, I did go back to do this and found each time a deeper and more fulfilling experience. I have a neuro disease and after the first 3 panchkarmas, I went into a partial remission of symptoms which continues to this day some 7 years later. I try now to go for a top up every couple of years. I find I actually crave the silence and that ceiling fan moment more than anything!
    Best of luck for your ayurvedic journey and keep being gentle with yourself now that you’re back x

    • Basak 8

      Hi Kimiko,
      Your healing journey is inspirational. I want to ask you for your recommendation of an authentic hard core panchakarma place like Vaidyagrama. I have been to Vaidyagrama before and not that I have recently contacted them, I have been told they are fully booked until March 2019. Thank you

  • Belinda Nair

    Sounds great. Thanks for explaining the difference between the types of ayurvedic centres. I haven’t been to this place but friends from Tamil Nadu speak of it. Must be good if the locals recommend it.

  • Stinie

    Seems like a tough but essential to your journey month! Were you allowed to write while you were or was that off limits as well? I feel that would make it that bit more difficult as you’re stuck with your thoughts – no where and no vessel to release them…

  • Daniel L

    Bravo Sarah!
    I’ve been waiting for this post with patience, since I knew it is going to be a great story 🙂 Another amazing thing that you have done! I particularly like you frankness about potential escape plan if you couldn’t cope with it … 🙂
    Congratulations on your determination to stay in these austere conditions and thrive completely out of the comfort zone…
    It is such an inspirational journey and I hope that you are going to get a lot of benefits from this experience, much more than you already received… It would be great to read even more about this particular experience later, in a few chapters, from all the angles of view that you have …
    Well done and welcome back 🙂

  • Charmaine

    So enjoyed this post Thankyou Sarah I have been looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Thanks so much xx

  • Emma Galloway

    So much respect to you Sarah! I have a strange longing to do something similar. Have you ever done a 10-day Vipassana course? I’ve done a few and it also brings up some of those feelings you described, mostly because of the no talking for 10 days bit. Well done x

  • Tamara Armstrong

    Whoa! And Wow! I was honestly super intrigued to know where you were off to and very eager to read this post. I love hearing and reading about these kinds of experiences. Getting comfortable in the uncomfortable. Some days I think being left alone in a quiet room to stare at the ceiling would be such a treat, but for a whole month! Can only imagine what that would be like for the mind. Good on you Sarah, you’re so wonderful for sharing this particular experience, especially after having that time to just experience it alone, and without all of us peering in. I hope you continue to tread lightly and stay true to yourself now that you are back in the big noisy world. Big love to you xx

  • I’ve really been looking forward to this post too! Thank you for sharing your experience so honestly, as always. I’m so glad you went to
    Vaidyagrama… Kester and I are really looking forward to going next
    year for our second PK. I found the first one so difficult for similar
    reasons – the lack of ‘doing’ nearly drove me crazy for the first week
    and a half, maybe two weeks… let’s just say I was counting the days… and the ceiling fan rotations! But I slowly settled into a level of calmness I hadn’t experienced before (or since). The deep, deep power of vata-pacifying REST. I got calluses on my bottom from so much resting! I’m also so happy that you got to experience an
    authentic Ayurvedic diet (albeit a very light, cleansing one!). The rice
    water is surprisingly delicious hey?! I hope you are able to ease back
    into life reasonably slowly. If there is anything we can do to support you, please let us know. Congratulations… you are a brave, brave
    woman doing it alone! Lots of love Nadia xxxx

    • Hey Everyone, this is Nadia. If you’re in Byron area, she and Kester are THE Ayurvedic gurus to see.

  • Rachel

    You are very brave and very honest. I admire you so much. Thank you for sharing. I really want to do something like this but the loneliness would send me crazy I worry! I am not sure how you do all the things you do alone – and enjoy it – but I admire you. Well done and thank you again for sharing. You are an inspiration

  • Adore Yoga

    Been to Vaidyagrama myself and wholeheartedly agree with the caption “The Wonderful Dr Ramdas”. Wonderful doesn’t cover it, that man is a treasure.

    • I agree. I adore him.

    • Basak 8

      Hello Adore Yoga 🙂
      I want to ask you for your recommendation of an authentic panchakarma place like Vaidyagrama, if you know any other. I have been to Vaidyagrama before and now that I have recently contacted them, I have been told they are fully booked until March 2019. Thanks a lot. Namaste

  • Elle

    This experiences sounds terrifying to me! Being in an unfamiliar environment without usual routine and having to sit with yourself so much. I fear I would go crazy without any of my usual comforts or distractions. Did you find this or no?

  • Christine

    I just want to chime and say thank you. How incredibly brave of you for committing to it and generous of you for sharing. All the best.

  • Sue A

    Thanks for sharing your experience Sarah. My friend has been to the same
    place and found it a worthwhile experience. My AI condition wouldn’t
    allow a trip there at the moment but it sounds like something to
    consider later. I have just completed my first online IQS program – it
    was great! Besides the interesting topics you write about, I just wanted
    to say how soothing I find your writing style is – thoughtful, simple,
    honest – I don’t get overstimulated or struggle to concentrate (AI
    symptoms you may be familiar with). Thank you.

  • Nicky

    Hi Sarah, how fitting that on the day I write to thank-you for a travel recommendation, I find a new post about your travels! I’ve followed your blog for many years and always find your articles wonderfully thought-provoking. My partner and I relocated from Australia to the UK last year and I was delighted to read about your hiking trip through Wiltshire and Somerset, where we now live. On your recommendation, we stayed at the Queens Arms and had such a lovely time that we are returning their next month for our wedding. Our honeymoon later in the year will include a trip back to Desa Seni in Bali which is now a favourite location of mine and which was another excellent recommendation from you. So thank-you for sharing the details of your experiences and opening them up to your readers! I truly hope you continue to feel further benefits from your trip to Vaidyagrama and wish you all the best on your journey of life. Nicky x

  • Donna Smith

    Sounds fantastic Sarah. What would be the minimum time you would suggest staying, as a month is out of the question for me. Thanks Donna

  • Lauren Rose

    Hi Sarah,

    I really, really enjoyed reading this. I have spoken to you before that I also face many AutoImmune issues (recently diagnosed, the struggle is real at the minute) and also from a young age (I am 23 now, but started around 20).

    It is a dream of mine to travel to India, and complete a stay like this. I am trying to find the right way of eating to help my stomach but it’s very, very difficult. My only fear is that my sensitive (to put it mildly) stomach would not allow me such a visit. And unfortunately, being young to the workforce and having just decided to return to studying, it’s not something that is on the cards for me financially for many years to come.

    I appreciated living vicariously through your experience! Hopefully one day I will live it for myself!

    What practices have you taken home with you, that you will work into your every day life/replace old practices with?

  • Urban Fringe

    Sarah, thanks for sharing this experience. I was wondering (in response to an earlier post you wrote requesting questions/topics) if you write more on how you recover from illness (flus, infections etc) while adhering to those principles that you find useful. I’ve found your posts on coping with ‘thyroidy’ days very useful but wondering if you could write more on how you deal with days when your health is totally compromised by acute and/or chronic illness.

  • Brooke

    Great post Sarah – was really looking forward to hearing of your adventures and had no idea what it would be. Thank you for sharing and giving us such a personal insight – can’t wait to hear of the many discoveries I am sure you are yet to realise since coming back

  • SO enjoyed reading this! xx

  • Kristina

    Hi Sarah,

    Well done for completing the Panchakarma. I did my first one ever in a clinic about a 3hr drive out of Kerala June last year.
    Its funny how you stumble across places like that and the people you can find in them and how they are often going through something quite similar to you.
    I was very much at breaking point with an ongoing health issue and after trying every western trick in the book I needed to try something else. So I packed up and left even though everyone around me thought I was nuts for doing so!

    Its hard to explain to people what exactly happens while you’re there, (eg. ghee purge!) but somehow I have changed as a person, my state of mind and how I approach thing in life is completely different. Its hard to explain to someone as Its not anything maybe an outsider or even those closest to me can see. But I’m different and for the better!

    I went into a panchkarma really having absolutely no idea what I was in for, if I had known I don’t know if I would have had the nerve to do it. I think it would take me a long time to have the courage to do again, but whoa-such an experience!

    • kristina

      I also recommend not coming home straight after. You really need some time to ease yourself back into life and just reflect on everything you’ve been through. In my experience the journey became even more profound to me in the months after I was there.

  • Gabi

    I visited Vaidyagrama last year on the recommendation of a colleague from Coimbatore and loved it – the staff were wonderful and the food was incredible! However I have to admit I really struggled with the lack of exercise and things to do and I was only there for a week, but I was coming to peace with it by the end of my stay. The full oil body massage aspect of the treatments were a highlight!

  • Belinda

    You amazing woman! I admire you being able to do something like that for yourself, I for sure would have opted for white fluffy robes!

  • mw

    How did you find the prayer ?? Gosh ! .. You surrendered .. really ?

  • Courtenay

    I was keenly awaiting this post, like many others I think! Curious about your experience with eating gluten. You mentioned it didn’t impact you. Since discovering I have auto-immune issues I’ve been rather scared of consuming even a speck of the stuff, not so much for digestive issues but more so those related to mood etc. Should I not be so concerned?

  • Melinda Luck

    Yes sounds intense. That kinda isolation and deprivation is huge. Well done is what I feel like saying but also whoa!!!

  • Wow – just WOW!
    What an amazing commitment to your health. A whole life attitude to well-being.
    You are inspiring.
    Thank you for sharing this arduous journey with us.

  • Suzanne Anderssen

    It’s fascinating to read about your month in India Sarah. It’s inspiring to me how committed you are to your own health and a pleasure to read that you are aware how much of a habit it is for you to blame others when things get uncomfortable. How common is such a habit these days?!
    I’m not sure though how isolating yourself from people can be truly healing. We are all here to live together on this planet, to gain support from one another and to work truly in brotherhood. Taking time out to stare at the ceiling fan certainly creates a stop moment for one to feel where they are at in life, and that’s definitely needed. But as life is medicine, could this stop you so needed and wanted be achieved all the while continuing to engage and remain committed to your own life?
    We all desperately need to feel more still and steady in life, to allow what our body is wanting to tell us to be heard. I suggest that perhaps there is a way to create space in our lives that provide opportunity for true healing to take place without needing to escape from reality every so often. It would stop the yo-yoing way of living so many people live as their ‘normal’. with love Suzanne

  • Emma

    Hi Sarah! Many thanks for sharing your incredible journey with panchakarma, I’m hoping to go to Vaidyagrama later this year so it was exciting and inspiring to read your post. If I may share a recent experience for those who might need some assistance and can’t manage to get overseas, I spent a week with the Mudita clinic in Mullumbimby (Kester and Nadia who you know!) who have been godsends in my healing journey since I started practicing Ayurveda. I desperately needed some calming and rejuvenation (to put it mildly) and couldn’t manage to get to panchakarma quite yet. I already had a very shaky and burnt out nervous system and then I went through an emotional trauma and it completely flattened me. Kester and Nadia organised a program for me to spend a week getting daily treatments – daily Ayurvedic massage, and then for me it was shirodhara and heart dhara, Ayurvedic consults, counselling and then rest, rest, rest! Kester, Nadia and the Mudita team are the loveliest, most nurturing people you could hope to meet, so I felt so incredibly supported and nothing beats having warm oil poured all over you! By the end of the week I was sleeping again, my mind was calmed, my external (and internal) shake had subsided. So I thought I would mention for those who might need a bit of additional assistance and take some time out from the world. Thanks again for sharing Sarah, you’ve made me all the more excited for my Vaidyagrama experience – I hope I can be as brave as you! – and thank you for your fantastic blog, it’s always such a pleasure to read. x

  • Yazdi Jehangir Bankwala

    Hi Sarah, nice to read of your experience. I just left after my 64 days retreat at Vaidyagrama.

  • Lisa Clegg

    I loved your story Sarah. I’m an Ayurvedic practitioner based in Perth , and just back from 2 months in India working and studying an an Ayurvedic college and hospital there (SDM, udupi). It was amazing to see Ayurveda in action and the power it has to help people living with chronic conditions and pain.

    What I realised from my own experience with panchakarma is actually the month when you are being ‘instructed’ what to do, what to eat, having the treatments whilst challenging may possibly be the easiest part because you know it’s going to be tricky and get ready for that. when you try to take those lessons/ habits out of the hospital and hold onto them in the context of real life for many people, that can be really hard.

    In my experience, the whole process involves months of effort to see lasting benefit and I’m excited to hear the rest of your story.

    Big love and here’s to fabulous health x

  • Nicola Read-Jones

    Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing this and having met you today and after hearing more about your journey with hashimotos you have given me the kick up the back side to get back on track. I can’t wait to try your recipes, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find you. This experience in India sounds incredible, I will now be following you with interest. ps Great to see you walking the talk, very inspiring, thank you so much.

  • joyinmyfeet

    Oh Sarah! Just reading this made me long to return to India. I was there for 6 weeks earlier this year. Next time I’m going on retreat like you for sure! I experienced two Ayurvedic massages and a foot massage whilst I was there and they were transformative. And just the thought of Idly with chutney- yum. I was thinking about the Indian breakfasts this morning as i ate an unspeakably bad breakfast in my London hotel, just to “save money”. Blerg

  • Michelle

    I have been wanting to do this for years! Please keep us posted on your progress. This reminds me that I need to start gearing up for my Fall Ayurvedic cleanse 😀

  • Mina

    That’s intense. I have trouble sitting on a beach and not doing much during summer holidays for a week to slow down my pace (because I can’t sit still), so I can’t imagine how challenging this experience would be. I’m told my boredom during my beach holidays is “part of the de-stressing process”. I have contemplated such retreats but am starting with a two day yoga retreat before I work myself up to anything like what you have described. I look forward to reading more about your experiecnes in India.

  • Sheryl

    Hi Sarah, I’ve recently also just done my first Panchakarma. Thanks for sharing your journey. Its a very intense journey and sounds similar to my experience. which I actually found hard to talk about, so tis nice to have your article to send to people to explain roughly what I experienced.

  • Joe

    27’days kudos! One observation. The foods you listed as things you avoided all have one thing in common. They are acids. All disease comes from inflammations which is acid based, perhaps removing these from your diet permanently would help. Or at least those comprise of less than 20 percent of your total diet. There is plenty of evidence that 80 percent plus alkaline diet regenerates human tissues! ??

    Joe Krakoski

  • dhananjay shedbale

    amazing n eager to experience this wful locale

  • melanie_sakowski

    I fell in love with India when I was in Mumbai for my YTT. (The coffee reunion is real)…also: PALAK PANEER🙌🏻