Top five wellness experiences in the Himalayas

Here's a round up the best stress-free experiences at Ananda in the Himalayas.Tuesday, 26 November 2019

By Ananda in the Himalayas

The foothills of the Himalayas remain the undisputed epicentre of spiritual travelling. Just a short flight from Delhi, the region is a world away from the Indian capital’s urban bustle. Home to the mystical towns of Haridwar — where the sacred Ganges River emerges from the hills — and Rishikesh, known as the yoga capital of the world, the forested landscape is the ideal setting for a spot of reflection and relaxation. Ananda in the Himalayas, the country’s premier health retreat and spa, lies in this picturesque setting. It provides the perfect base for experiencing a mindful lifestyle, integrating ayurveda and yoga with healthy cuisine and wellness activities in the surrounding nature.

1. Embrace mindfulness and meditation
The beauty, silence and tranquillity of the Himalayas makes it the perfect place to escape modern life, manage stress, take time out to reflect and discover calmness. Trek or sit quietly amid majestic mountains offering extraordinary views before enjoying guided meditation at one of the region's leading spa retreats, Ananda in the Himalayas. Here, visiting masters, as well as in-house teaches and therapists, help to bring a balance between mind, body and soul using holistic techniques. 

2. Unwind and rejuvenate with yoga
The Himalayan mountains are the root of spirituality and the motherland of yoga where you can practice in a comfortable climate amid a scenic, unspoilt environment. Stretch and strengthen your mind and muscles with some of the world's most renowned yogis at Ananda, where seven- and 14-night programmes include group and private instruction to achieve truly transformational results. Each session builds on the previous one, allowing guests to increase their endurance by practicing powerful yoga asanas, correct ineffective breathing through advanced pranayama and achieve deep relaxation to the mind, body and soul.

3. Connect with nature
The Himalayas is an idyllic place to discover harmony, deepen your awareness and connect with nature among the peace and quiet of the mountains, crystal-clear rivers and abundant wildlife. Experience the healing effects of the great outdoors on one of the region's challenging hikes offering views of the area’s snow-capped peaks at sunrise, or take a gentle downhill trek through the Sal forests to the Ganges where you can stop and appreciate the spiritual energy and enchanting landscapes and the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh.

4. Explore the ancient art of Ayurveda
Originating more than 6,000 years ago in India, the ancient Hindu healing art of Ayurveda is a natural, holistic practice centred around the basic principle that good health depends on achieving balance between body, mind, spirit and social wellbeing. Discover the remarkable health benefits associated with Ayurveda at Ananda, where Ayurveda Rejuvenation programmes are tailored to help individuals attain inner harmony. Be pampered with Ayurvedic massages and spa therapies; find calmness practicing mindfulness and meditation; and feast on delicious food and herbs that help eliminate toxins, improve metabolism and immunity, and enhance energy.

5. Taste the soulful cuisine
Please the palate and satisfy the soul by following an Ayurveda diet that aligns the imbalances of your body type or 'dosha'. The health benefits of adopting an Ayurvedic diet can be discovered at retreats like Ananda in the Himalayas where chefs tailor-make gourmet menus for every single guest after consultation with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor. Meals incorporate the six Ayurvedic tastes or 'rasas' — sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent — to help reduce the urge to snack, while ingredients are seasonal, colourful and fresh with no pesticides, additives, artificial colours or preservatives.

Essentials
Ananda, situated in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India, offers a variety of comprehensive wellness programmes that incorporate all of the holistic activities and ancient arts mentioned above. For more information, visit anandaspa.com

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