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What is Ayurveda and How Can it be Used in Modern Life

Every year, World Ayurveda Day provides an opportune moment to delve into the profound impact of Ayurveda on contemporary lifestyles. In a world beset by stress, environmental pollutants, and unhealthy living habits, the age-old wisdom of Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to well-being. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life


According to this theory, disease is caused by an imbalance in consciousness, and health and wellness are determined by a delicate balance among mind, body, and spirit. Dharana at Shillim strongly believes in the holistic healing properties of Ayurveda and uses it as a key component in providing and promoting wellness.


The Advantages of using Ayurvedic practices in your daily life :


  • Harmony of Mind and Body:

Ayurveda acknowledges the intrinsic connection between mental and emotional well-being and physical health. The 21st century is rife with stress and anxiety, culminating in an array of health maladies. The Dharana Way of Life pertains to the act of immersing oneself completely in the object of meditation as outlined in the 6th stage of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Ayurveda offers practices such as meditation, yoga, and herbal remedies to mitigate stress and reestablish the equilibrium of mind and body. Dharana’s Resilience Retreat programme focuses on stress reduction and holistic healing using Ayurvedic Preventative Medication and Pranayama Meditation.

  • Natural Healing and Preventive Care:

An outstanding facet of Ayurveda is its accentuation on natural healing and preventative care. Ayurvedic therapies encompass the use of herbs, spices, and natural remedies for the treatment of various health issues. Dharana at Shillim ensures Ayurveda and natural medicine are integral components of all programmes and provides preventative medication and sustainably sourced nutrition to enable complete healing. The Healing Holiday programme incorporates all these elements to ensure holistic healing. These natural interventions not only address symptoms but also target the root causes of ailments.

  • Individualised Treatment:

Every individual is made up of a unique composition and standard treatment may not be as effective as a customized treatment. Treatments like detoxification, rejuvenation, or tailored diets and daily routines need to be curated to the individual’s health needs and history.  The wellness journey at Dharana begins with an in-depth assessment, from a nutritional questionnaire to non-invasive tests, and the data helps develop an individualized Dincharya (daily routine), treatments, and diet plan.  

  • Sustainable and Balanced Lifestyle:

In a contemporary world characterized by breakneck speed, Ayurveda promotes a sustainable and balanced lifestyle. It fosters a mindful and conscientious approach to nutrition, physical activity, and daily living. Ayurveda provides guidelines for seasonal eating and sustainable nutrition as well as the significance of regular exercise and meditation.. Dharana Shillim’s Cooking School and Farm highlights the importance of sustainably sourced nutrition and educates on continuing this practice once your stay has ended. 

  • Specialized Healing Programs

Dharana offers a wide range of programmes that focus on the holistic wellness of specific ailments or health concerns by incorporating Ayurveda into your daily routine. Ayurvedic Panchakarma aims to analyze any Dosha imbalance and use preventative medicine,  and personalized wellness rituals to have a Samadosha, Samagni, and Samadhatu (Creating a balance of all humoral body & mind factors) to achieve optimum health & wellbeing. The Rasayana Retreat programme is focused on increasing the body’s immunity,  while Dharana Endurance focuses on increasing physical strength and cardiovascular performance. Sustainable Weight Management aims to help individuals with weight management beyond diets and calorie burning by using Ayurvedic therapies like Rookshana to help heal and detox the body. Ayurveda is highly beneficial in detoxing. Panchakarma in Ayurveda is the process of removing harmful toxins from the body. Our Art of Detox programme is a holistic approach to detoxing using Ayurveda, preventive medicine, and dietetics while focusing on your spiritual well-being.


Dharana at Shillim provides a highly evolved approach apart from just individualized treatment as it involves using Ayurgenomics. Ayurgenomics integrates concepts in Ayurveda with modern genetics research. It correlates the combination of three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, with the expression of specific genes and physiological characteristics. Using this precise research, treatment protocols related to metabolism, lifestyle diseases, physical performance, and nutrition can be more effective and specialized to individual needs.


Recently, Padmavati Iyenger, a distinguished authority in the field of health and wellness, visited Dharana, imparting valuable insights regarding Ayurveda. Emphasizing the importance of tailoring Ayurvedic healing methods to suit an individual’s specific constitution (Dosha), she recommended the incorporation of Ayurvedic practices into one’s daily routine. Her counsel extended to seeking guidance from an Ayurvedic practitioner, initiating gradual dietary and lifestyle adjustments, or considering participation in wellness retreats during seasonal shifts, facilitating a more seamless transition into a new and balanced way of life.


The influence of Ayurveda on modern life is profound. Using Ayurgenomics for personalized wellness and holistic principles of natural healing, Ayurveda shines as a beacon of hope for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. At our wellness retreat, Ayurveda is not merely a component of our programs; it is the fulcrum of our dedication to your well-being. Embrace the age-old wisdom of Ayurveda, and experience the transformative power it can bring to your daily existence by booking your stay immediately.