Offbeatuk With a long history of Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation, Uttarakhand has become an ideal destination to learn, practice and master these ways of life. The state has lately come to be known as the Yoga Country on account of the number of ashrams, health centres, retreats and high-end spas, it is home to. These institutions have retained the essence of an age-old wisdom of the land in order to cater to the novel needs of an ever-evolving society. There are people who come to learn Yoga as a way of life, and then there are those who come to seek Ayurvedic treatment for a range of their maladies. Whatever the reason, each visitor invariably finds an apt solution to his problem and goes back with a sounder mind and healthier body.
In ancient times ascetics made arduous treks through hostile terrains to reach the core of the Himalayas, There, in the tranquil surroundings, under the shadows of virgin peaks, they meditated and performed penance to attain knowledge and wisdom. Among the many sciences that they developed, practised and perfected were Yoga and Ayurveda. Yoga helped them achieve a perfect balance between a healthy body and a sound mind- a prerequisite for survival in the harsh climatic conditions of the Himalayas. Living in a world far removed from civilization, these wise men extracted medicines from herbs obtained from the plentiful forests around. Thus was born the science of Ayurveda (literally meaning - the science of life). Both Yoga and Ayurveda offer a holistic approach to achieving mental and physical wellbeing through diet, exercise, breathing practices, herbal remedies, meditation and physical therapy. Over past centuries, Yoga and Ayurveda have both come to be acknowledged in the mainstream and are widely practised.
Today, when spirituality is being defined as wellness, healing and rejuvenation, Uttarakhand beckons you as the perfect destination for cleansing your system of toxins and relieving the stress of everyday life. Here, the essence of the age-old knowledge systems of Yoga and Ayurveda and new age healing systems like Reiki are offered and are accessible in a number of health centres, ranging from top-end spas to affordable health resorts to the traditional ashrams. Stress management as well as preventive and curative therapy for a range of heath disorders are the most vital factors of contemporary treatments for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals.
Uttarakhand offers all this and more.
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