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Some of your Questions:

Q. What is a retreat ?

Retreats are a modern answer to modern living. Going on a retreat means taking time away from your ordinary life and situation. It is a special time to give yourself some peace and calm. You might be stepping away from a hectic lifestyle full of being too busy. You may be taking a break away from the responsibilities of children or caring for someone. You may be escaping from a bad emotional situation. You may just want some quiet and to be left alone for a day or two. You may just want some tranquility in which to consider where you are in life.
A retreat lets our feelings open out and gives us access to both the light and dark corners of our deep feelings. It can bring understanding of where we are in relationships too. All the great spiritual traditions are about discovering ourselves in ways that help us to grow in happiness and love. For many people a retreat will be an awakening to the presence of God in their lives.

Q. Is going on a retreat a new idea ?

Men and women have always needed at times to withdraw temporarily from daily living in order to nourish their inner life of the spirit. Moses retreated to Mount Sinai. Jesus went into the desert. Buddhists annually make a retreat. Moslems go for a day of prayer and fasting within the mosque. The Hindu withdraws to the temple or wanders alone across the land. Native Americans journey to the spirit world. In our ordinary lives, the kitchen or the shed at the bottom of the garden may be where we go to retreat from the world.

Q. What is an 'inner journey' ?

In opening up your interior self, you may find an empty inner space you never knew existed. Suddenly, there is no constant background of human activity. No gossip, no grumbling, no meetings, no decisions, no interference in where you are inside yourself. You are faced with you alone. At long last! You begin then to slip into a slower physical, mental and emotional gear and start to think differently. Your body gears down. Your mind drifts from thought to thought. Slowly deep feelings arise. Some may be good. Some may be bad. All of them are from within your interior world. All of them belong to you. What you do with them is up to you and a retreat is one of the best places to start to deal with what these feelings mean to your life.

In such moments your retreat truly begins for this new consciousness starts a meditation about yourself that is the giving of undivided attention to your spirit. Some say that it is opening the door to God.

Q. Is this spirituality just stuff inside my head ?

Going on retreat is not necessarily about having spiritual. You might have one but most people don’t. It is about refreshing yourself, relaxing, and taking a journey into the deeper self. Reassessment about your life and relationships and values can happen. And why not? What other time have you ever had to do it?

It does not matter how many spirituality books you have read or how many self-development courses you have attended or what spiritual techniques you have practiced for deepening your inner awareness. Unless you stop and let go of your ordinary concerns, the spirit can not speak to you. The present moment is where the spirit lives so you have to let go of yesterday and cease to look toward tomorrow which has not yet arrived. You need to stay in the present moment long enough to listen to your inner spiritual voice. Be like the flowers in the field, Jesus told us. They do not worry about this or that but just live. The Buddhist say that this state is the place of reality. Going on retreat gives you a chance to explore these dimensions of yourself. Not in your head but in your soul.

Q. Is silence necessary on a retreat ?

It is not true that you have to be silent all the time on a retreat. Many retreats have little or no silence and there are retreat houses which can seem busy when fully booked. If the combination of silence and stillness is too much on a retreat for you, you may find that a quiet physical activity such as walking, sewing, or painting is the best way to regain a sense of peace. That is why there are now so many kinds of retreats on offer.

Q. Who goes on retreats ?

At a retreat centre you will meet people of all ages and from every kind of background – factory workers, unemployed, students, housewives, grandparents, business people, millionaires and famous celebrities. A retreat is a kind of spiritual club with membership open to all. A group retreat can be fun and a time of making new friends. Even on a private retreat you are likely to meet interesting people.

Q. Do you have to be religious or be a church-goer ?

You certainly do not have to be religious to go on a retreat. Men and women of all faiths and those of none go on retreat. You do not have to be a Christian or Buddhist to go on a retreat even in a monastery run by monks or nuns. You do not have to believe in God. What is vital is your positive decision to take time for your spiritual life. If you want to go to places of the Islam faith, you must enquire first as to the situation. You should also enquire first at places of Hindu worship and study. While you may not have to be religious, you must respect the faith of the people in the place you are visiting. For those in Britain, The Inter-Faith Network can be helpful. Go to Helpful addresses

Q. What kind of people will I meet on a retreat ?

Almost everyone comes back from a retreat feeling good about the people they met there. But it is true to say that you may meet people you like at once, those you do not want to know better and those who may make a nuisance of themselves. There are people who will hammer away about God and salvation or the greening of the planet or why vegetarianism or raw juice or deep breathing is the secret key to good living. This is apt to annoy even the nicest person. If cornered by this sort of person, just excuse yourself go away at once to your room or for a walk. You are there to listen to another voice - your inner spiritual one

Q. What is Ayurveda ?

"AYURVEDA" is made up of two words-Ayuh and Veda. Ayuh means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Thus "AYURVEDA’ in totality means ‘Science of life’. It incorporates all aspects of life whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social. What is beneficial and what is harmful to life, what is happy life and what is sorrowful life; all these four questions and life span allied issues are elaborately and emphatically discussed in Ayurveda. It believes the existence of soul before birth and after death too.

Q. What is the origin of Ayurveda ?

Ayurveda, the ancient most health care system originated with the origin of universe. With the inception of human life on earth Ayurveda started being applied. The antique Vedic texts have scattered references of Ayurvedic Remedies and allied aspects of medicine and health. Atharvaveda mainly deals with extensive Ayurvedic information. That is why Ayurveda is said to be the off shoot of Atharvaveda.Written documents date more than 4000 years old.

Q. What is Ayurvedic viewpoint of structure and functions of body ?

Ayurveda believes that human body is a part of this universe and is likewise made up of five basic elements collectively called ‘Panch Mahabhootas’. These are Aakash (Ether), Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Aapa (Water) and Prithvi (Earth). The sixth mandatory component of life is Atma (life spirit) without which life ceases. The human body is made up of Doshas (Bio-humours), Dhatus (7 Structural tissues or Body matrix) and Malas (extractable products). Vata, Pitta and Kapha, known as Tridoshs are physiological entities of the body which are responsible for carrying out all the functions of the body. Dhatus are the structural entities of the body. These are Rasa (Plasma), Rakta (Blood cells), Mamsa (Muscular tissue), Meda (Fatty tissue), Asthi (Bony tissue), Majja (Bone marrow) and Shukra (Hormonal and other secretions of genital). Agni (Metabolic fire) is in thirteen different forms and carries out the whole metabolism of the body. The waste products of the body, which are extractable, are produced in the body as bye-products of metabolism. These are known as malas which include pureesh (faeces), Sweda (sweat) and Mutra (urine). All bio-transformations within the body occur through Srotases (body channels) which are the sites for action of agni.

Q. What is the Ayurvedic approach for the prevention of diseases?

The concept of pathogenesis in Ayurveda is basically different from the modern medical science. Ayurveda defines health as the state in which the dhatus are in equilibrium if this is disturbed disease is caused. Therefore the prevention of vitiation of the doshas (3 biological forces) is the first step in prevention of diseases, whether agantuja (exogenous), nija (endogenous) or manasa( mental) in nature.

Q. What is the method of Diagnosis in Ayurveda?

Diagnostic procedures in Ayurveda are two pronged; one is aimed to establish the state and type of pathology and second to decide the mode of treatment to be applied. The former implies examination of the patient and make different investigations to diagnose the disease entity. Inspection, palpation, percussion and interrogation are the main modes of physical examination. The second type of examination is to assess the strength and physical status of the individual so that accordingly the type of management required could be planned. For this examination of Prakriti (Body constitution), Vikriti (Pathology),Saar (Tissue quality), Samhnan (physique),Pramaan (Proportions of the body), Satva (Mental strength), Satamya (specific adaptability), Aaharshakti (diet intake capacity), Vyayaam shakti (exercise capacity) and Vaya (age) is done. On the basis of this examination the individual is decided to be having Pravar bal (excellent strength), Madhyam Bal (moderate strength) or Heen Bal (low strength).
Physician also assess the Pulse,Urine,Stool,Tongue,Sounds,Touch, Eyes and Shape of the body.
Hence it’s a quite elaborate assessment, which an experienced Vaidya (an Ayurvedic doctor) can do in 20 – 30 minutes.

Q. Are there any side effects of the medication?

One of the greatest advantages of these medications is that there are absolutely no side effects of the treatment. The dietary guidelines and exercises are so designed that any average person can follow them without any major disruption to their lifestyle. The diet is advised according to the constitution of a person and the condition of disease. We place a great emphasis on making the treatment easy to follow, because that in turn ensures greater patient compliance.

Q. What are the kinds of restrictions associated with Ayurvedic treatment?

‘Pathya’ is the term to denote the diet regimen that forms an integral part of most treatments. For the proper assimilation of drugs as well as food the patient is advised to follow a new daily routine while undergoing treatment. A diet that might cause the opposite effect of the drug taken is to be avoided and that which increases the potency of the drug, to be followed. Since the drug-diet interaction is considered a significant factor, the physician decides on a suitable pathya after considering various factors like the nature of the illness, the constitution of the patient, his tolerance to various regimens and so on.

Q. Does Ayurvedic treatment take a long time to treat diseases?

No;this is a common misconception regarding Ayurveda.
The question you have to ask yourself is: are you looking for a quick fix or mere suppression of symptoms or are you actually seeking to dissolve the deep-rooted cause of the imbalance and rejuvenate deeply?

We recommend if you are looking for a quick fix or a quick suppression then Ayurveda is not the right modality for you. But if you are looking to get to the bottom of your imbalance then Ayurveda, in a relatively short time (you will be surprised) will begin to offer its benefits.
In reality, the time to heal any imbalance depends on various factors - age, type of disease, degree of imbalance, whether it is acute or chronic, how many doshas, tissues, organs and channels are involved in the disease process. If the disease is newly formed and is with a single dosha and tissue involvement, then Ayurveda can balance this condition very quickly. On the other hand if the condition is formed with the aggravation of two or three doshas, and if more organs and channels are involved, and it has become somewhat chronic then naturally, the treatment takes longer time to restore this imbalance.

Q. Is there any code of conduct for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in Ayurvedic Pharmacies?

Till date there was no provision/regulatory binding for ensuring good manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. Imposition of GMP through an amendment in the current licensing procedures has been implemented w.e.f. 23-6-2000. This will not only pose stringent guidelines for having standard hygienic conditions in the pharmacy, but will also help in improving the quality of medicinal products.

Q. Which are the authentic texts, on which these health care products are based?

Ancient classical texts of Ayurveda Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanaga Samgraha, Ashanga Hridaya, Sargadhara Samhita, Bhaishajya Ratnavali etc. are the treatises of effective practices and formulations and these form the basis of Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals. Recent scientific research has proved the efficacy of herbs used and also the formulations.

Q. What are popular pharmaceutical forms of Ayurvedic medicines?

  1. Fermented preparation (Asavarishta)
  2. Medicated Ghee (Ghrita)
  3. Paste (Lehya)
  4. Incinerated metals and minerals (Bhasma)
  5. Fine powder (Churna)
  6. Coarse powder for decoction (Kashaya Churna)
  7. Decoction (Kashaya)
  8. Pills (Gulika)
  9. Capsules and
  10. Oils

Q. What is the Ayurvedic view of skin and hair care?

Ayurveda emphasis the all important value of good diet as it creates good quality nourishment. (Rasa) which in turn will nourish blood (rakta) and subsequently influence the skin. Ayurveda says that skin diseases occur primarily due to sluggish liver function which leads to ‘pitta’ and ‘kapha’ dosha dysfunction. Another vital factor that contributes to healthy appearance is the clean bowel. Hence the need for regular and complete bowel evacuation.The hair is the metabolic end product of bone and marrow. Thus if thediet falls short of nourishing bones, the quantity of hair is affected. Similarly stress and worry leads to unhealthy hair. Wholesome diet is necessary for good skin and hair. Ayurvedic skin and hair care products are formulated with this fact in view.

Q. Spa FAQs-How should I prepare?

Always arrive for your massage treatment at least 10 minutes early so that you can check in, have a cup of tea, and relax before your treatment. You will be massaged with special herbs and oils, so please don't wear perfume, heavy aftershave, or strongly scented lotions that might interfere with the treatment.

Q. Spa FAQs-Can I eat before a treatment?

 To get the full benefits of your massage treatment, don't eat beforehand (especially heavy meals). However, if you are very hungry, it's better to have a small snack so that you aren't distracted by a growling stomach during your treatment.

Q. Spa FAQs-What should I wear?

Please wear something comfortable, such as yoga-style clothing. Since we encourage you to let the Ayurvedic oils soak into your skin for a few hours after the massage, don't wear expensive clothing that could be stained by the oil.

Q. Spa FAQs-What should I bring to the massage treatment?

Just an open mind! Ayurvedic therapies are wonderfully soothing and nurturing, so let yourself relax as your Healing Arts Master takes you into a blissful experience.

Q. Spa FAQs-What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Ayurvedic massage is a powerful treatment that heals both physical and emotional pain. Here are just a few of the healing benefits:

  • Soothe tired, overused muscles
  • Release endorphins
  • Improve circulation & lymph flow
  • Relieve PMS
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Enhance immune function
  • Increase flexibility & range of motion
  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Diminish chronic pain
  • Relieve stress & anxiety
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Stimulate weak muscles
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Improve body awareness
  • Satisfy need for nurturing touch
  • Foster peace of mind

Q. Spa FAQs-What is the ideal frequency of treatment?

It depends on the individual, but we strongly recommend getting a massage treatment at least once a month and twice would be even more beneficial. During a difficult or stressful time in your life, a weekly massage can help immensely.

Q. Spa FAQs- Will a single massage treatment help me feel better?

Yes, but to receive the most benefits, we recommend getting regular spa treatments. 

Q. Spa FAQs-How can I get the most from my massage treatment?

Just remember to breathe and let go. Your healing arts master will do the work, so all you need to do is relax. Some people like to repeat a mantra, sutra or affirmation during their massage. We also recommend that you and your therapist set an intention for your treatment at the beginning of the session. 

Q. Spa FAQs-Are your services covered by health insurance?

Most insurance companies don't cover massage therapy, but please check with your provider to verify since some insurance providers are beginning to cover massage treatments. 

Q. Spa FAQs-Have the treatment products been tested on animals?

No. All of the oils, herbs, and aromatherapy products we use are 100% natural and haven't been tested on animals. 

Q. Spa FAQs-Do I need to tell the therapist about any medical conditions?

Yes, it is important for your therapist to be fully aware of all your current medical conditions because in some cases, massage therapy is contraindicated.

Q. Spa FAQs-Can I get a massage treatment if I'm pregnant?

Yes, but please check with your doctor before you book your treatment. In general, massage therapy is recommended after the first trimester.

Q. Spa FAQs-Are spa gift certificates available?

Yes, you can purchase it from Ayurvilla website ( or by calling 01217065566.

Q. Spa FAQs-Which massage treatment is right for me?

We offer a variety of Ayurvedic massage treatments for cleansing, healing, rejuvenation, and many other specific purposes. Our guest consultants can help you choose the most appropriate massage for you.

Q. Spa FAQs-What happens at the end of the treatment?

 After all of our treatments, we invite our guests to relax quietly on the massage table for a few minutes, luxuriating in the peace and bliss of the experience.

If you have booked a massage treatment with the Chopra Center, you have full access to the amenities at Spa La Costa for the entire day. You are invited to relax in the spa garden courtyard and enjoy the saunas (dry and wet), whirlpool, and Roman waterfall. Avoid getting into the swimming pool after your massage, however, because chlorine will strip away the oils that have just been carefully massaged into your skin. Let the oils soak in for at least a few hours to receive their full healing benefits.

Q. Spa FAQs- Do I need to tip the massage therapist?

Tipping is at your discretion. If you do wish to leave a gratuity, the industry standard is approximately 15-18%. You can put the tip on your credit card or leave it for your therapist in an envelope at Ayurvilla's front desk.

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