4 Ayurvedic Tips To Improve Digestion

Survivor and spiritual seeker, the dynamic Vaishali has harnessed her years of learning and well-earned wisdom to become an international health and wellness speaker. Here, Vaishali offers 4 simple Ayurvedic tips to improve digestion.



NYC: $89 for Four Treatment Ayurvedic Package

Shake off midwinter chill and banish the blahs with this extraordinary opportunity: Try four different Ayurvedic treatments for just $89. You’ll be soothed and energized by a 30-minute full-body Abhyanga massage with warm herbal oils, followed by a 20-minute head and facial massage, 20 minutes of hand and foot reflexology and 30 minutes of Shirodhara, a calming, centering therapy where warm herbal oil is gently poured onto your third eye.

Cherry Steamed Pudding


Spa Recipes from Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda in the Himalayas is a destination spa devoted to holistically healing the mind, body, and spirit through its philosophy of combining Ayurveda, Vedanta, and yoga. Nestled near the shores of the River Ganges, Ananda, once the residential palace of a maharajah, has created a spiritual oasis against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Offering cuisine designed to rejuvenate, Ananda’s food concept incorporates the fundamental principles of Ayurveda and is created to suit each of the body constitution type —Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The following is a popular recipe for the Vata dosha type, courtesy of the Ananda Kitchen.

Shirodhara Treatment


Spa 101: Introducing Shirodhara

Part of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, Shirodhara is the pouring of a thin, steady stream of warm, herb-infused oil onto the center of the forehead. You lie face up while the oil runs from a copper funnel that hands overhead; the therapist may move the apparatus so that the oil falls in small circles or figure eights, and the oil runs off your forehead into your hair.



My Voyage into Ayurveda

I booked two treatments, at FineLiving New York Ayurveda in New York City, (earning me 180 SpaFinder Rewards Points just for booking online!). The first treatment was a type of Ayurvedic massage called Abhayanga (ah-bh-yan-ga) and a traditional (but oh-so-strange-to-me) treatment called Shirodhara (shear-a-dara), an herbal hair and scalp treatment where a warm stream of oil is poured gently on the forehead, to create a state of meditation.