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Ayurveda at Ananda

About Ananda Spa Resort
The 21,000 square foot spa offers an extensive menu of over 79 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.

With unique focuses on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ananda Spa creates the skillful synthesis between age - old therapies and modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activities programs is designed to meet individual needs and health goals - de - stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti - aging, weight and inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.

DESCRIPTION OF ANANDA
20 treatment rooms with specialised areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western and Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments - all gently guide you towards a better lifestyle.

Ananda Spa also houses the only 'Aveda' Beauty Institute in India , an international beauty line now part of Estee Lauder. With extensive recreational facilities as the outdoor lap pool; the 16 - station life - cycle gymnasium; Squash court; 6 hole golf course; opportunities for outdoor adventure activities like rafting, trekking, wildlife safari and the art and culture programs, the spa rests on the multiple pillars of physical, mental and emotional well being.

At Ananda - In the Himalayas, the calming integration of lush greenery, fresh mountain air, Himalayan spring water, the luxurious therapy rooms overlooking the holy River Ganges and the mystifying Himalayas , provides the ideal environment for rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

Location of Ananda Rishikesh
265 kms from New Delhi , 55 kms from Jolly Grant (Dehradun) Airport, 45 kms from Haridwar Railway Station, 25 kms from Shivpuri river rafting camps on the Ganges .

Facilities in Ananda Rishikesh
The preferred destination for the discerning traveller, Ananda offers 70 deluxe rooms and 5 suites, each with unparalleled views of the river Ganges, the town of Rishikesh or the Palace. Adhering to the concept of holistic health and well - being, is the tempting cuisine at the Restaurant, carefully prepared to rejuvenate, revitalise and renew you.

The gastronomic experience at the Restaurant offers a delectable Spa Cuisine menu, in addition to an unbeatable fare of India , European, Oriental and World cuisine.The menu highlights the philosophy of better living, by providing food enriched with the vivid flavour of organic vegetables and herbs. The Restaurant is built in a grove of old Sal trees, overlooking the valley of Rishikesh , thereby enhancing your sensual journey.

Amenities in Ananda Rishikesh
Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Fitness, Cooking demonstrations, Excursions, Foot Bath, Heated Lap Pool, Indoor and Outdoor Jacuzzi, Steam, Sauna, Chill Plunge Pool, Kneipp Hydrotherapy.

Accomodation of Ananda Rishikesh
76 Rooms, The rooms at Ananda are infused with natural Himalayan light, designed to imbibe the feel of the mountains. Built on a mountain ridge, the guest rooms offer breathtaking view of the valley and the city of Rishikesh or the Palace. The rooms have been designed in a minimalist and holistic fashion with wooden floors offset by essential furniture, walk - in closet and well - lit marble bathrooms with sunken bathtub facing bay windows offering exquisite views. One of the main features of the rooms is the independent patio balcony with breath taking view of the Himalayas , where one can relax or even practice Yoga.

Ananda Activities
An array of outdoor adventure activities and thrilling explorations into the Himalayas , Ganges and surrounding National Parks thrills you as you explore the unbridled wilderness through wind, water and trekking encounters. Experience the elements as you discover the thrilling powers of the waters, winds and terrain.

Ananda Adventure is the perfect foil to a DAY filled with relaxing treatments at the spa. While the spa experience is designed to calm your nerves, the adventure explorations are geared to set your adrenaline flowing.Choose from a wide range of activities that range from the sublime to the absolute daring, and become one with the pristine powers of Nature.

Meditation at Ananda Rishikesh
Gautam Jain, a disciple of Swami Parthasarathy shares his thoughts on holistic lifestyle, stress management and maintenance of optimum health. Gautam ji completed a brilliant academic career in the United States . He has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Albert Bell prize for Academic excellence and the Charles Dana Foundation award for outstanding contribution to college life. He has completed a decade of full time study and research of Vedanta. Having dedicated his life to further research and propagation, he actively propagates the knowledge through public discourses and seminars.

Cuisine at Ananda Rishikesh
Food is an integral part of rejuvenation and forms a quintessential element of Ananda philosophy. The spa's basic guiding principle says - A spa should not necessarily be looked at as a place to diet and lose weight but should instead be a 'Way of Life'.

Our approach and philosophy on spa - food is a healthier alternative to regular meals consumed while on leisure travel without having to go hungry. The basic foundation is : low - calorie, high nutrition meals, exotically flavoured and aesthetic in presentation for the guest to fully enjoy. Each menu has been devised by crea.

Ayurveda at Ananda

Panchakarma - (The full program takes minimum 14 Days)
Pancha means five, Karma means therapy. This five - fold purification therapy aims at correcting the imbalance of the body's bio energies (the Doshas : Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in order to maintain their inherent equilibrium. Like the earth these bio - energies also have their own seasons. When one of the doshas accumulates, the body becomes imbalanced and prone to illness. Ayurveda recommends a thorough internal cleansing therapy to clear and balance the bio - energies. The clusters of five cleansing procedures or shodhanakarmas, comprise of emesis (therapeutic vomiting), laxatives, enemas, nasal cleansing and blood purification.

This therapy also combats neurological ailments like paralysis, arthritis, rheumatism, dermatological problems and mental disorders.

Abhyanga (45 minutes)
A synchronized whole body massage performed by two therapists using a specific herbal oil selected according to the body type. The massage is followed by a steam bath and a hot shower. The treatment brings about improved physical consistency, induces deep relaxation and is very beneficial for vigor and vitality. In Ayurvedic classical texts, massage is mentioned as a preparatory measure, which stimulates various body systems, thus increasing the efficacy of any other treatment undertaken as part of an overall program. It has been known to greatly assist in improving the symptoms of rheumatism, improving eyesight, promoting sleep and creating a glowing appearance to the skin. Abhyanga has a rejuvenating effect on the whole body.

Udwarthana (30 minutes)
This is a typical deep and dry massage using herbal powders. This massage is done in a proper manner so as to stimulate hair follicles and subcutaneous fat tissue to break down subcutaneous fat storage. The dry powder massage reduces blood cholesterol, obesity, skin problems, imparts mobility to the joints, strengthens muscles and refreshes the body. The most promising effect is the slimming of the body.

Choornaswedan (30 minutes)
This therapy begins with the application of a Dosha specific massage oil to the entire body. The entire body is then subjected to exude profusely after a thorough massage of herbal powders made into a bundle. This relieves neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and sports injuries.

Njavarakizhi (45 minutes)
A massage to the body with small linen bags filled with cooked Njavara rice after a liberal application of medicated oil over the whole body. The rice is cooked in cow's milk mixed with a herbal decoction. The bags are dipped in the same mixture and applied all over the body to induce sudation (sweat). This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stresses and strains of a busy lifestyle. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin. This is a strengthening fomentation employed in neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and malnutrition of limbs.

Pizhichil (60 minutes)
This therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). In this highly sought after rejuvenation treatment, lukewarm herbal oils are applied all over the body by two Ayurvedic therapists in a special rhythmic movement. The massage is very slow and light without exerting much pressure. Pizhichil is considered as the most natural way to purify different body systems. This massage protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the aging process.

Sirodhara (45 minutes)
Luke warm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead, while receiving a gentle massage on the forehead. Sirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis and other neurological malfunctions. Sirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.

Takradahara (45minutes)
Takra means buttermilk and Dhara means pouring. This therapy calms the individual down by using medicated buttermilk, which is poured onto the forehead to relieve insomnia, depression and other stress related problems. It prevents greying of the hair, reduces headaches, increases digestive power and alleviates anorexia. In cases of psoriasis, Dhara is performed on the affected area to have a curative effect.

Tarpana (30 minutes)
Medicated ghee is retained in a reservoir made over the eyes with black gram powder. This therapy will have a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes. This relieves eyestrain, improves eyesight and other eye related problems.

Gandusa (20 minutes)
This therapy involves the retention of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth for several minutes. The benefits of this therapy will bring a glow to the face, improve lines and wrinkles, tone the skin and assist with any kind of mouth, voice or teeth disorders while cleansing the ear, nose and throat pathways.

Kaval (20 minutes)
This therapy requires the retention, movement and gargling of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth. This process is highly beneficial for ear, nose, throat disorders and improving the voice while bringing a glow to the face.

Vamana (30 minutes)
Ananda's gentle version of Vamana, is performed by administering herbal decoction. This process will induce therapeutic vomiting. This is a very beneficial therapy for Kapha predominating disorders such as asthma, cough, psoriasis and skin disorders.

Virechana (30 minutes)
This therapy alleviates excess Pitta from the body. Ananda's version of Virechana is performed by administering Virechak Aushdhi (purgative medicine) in milk or warm water preparation. This therapy alleviates excess Pitta in the body and is extremely beneficial in Pitta disorders such as dermatitis, chronic fever, heartburn and jaundice.

Sneha Vasti (30 minutes)
The main seat of the Vata Dosha is Pakwashaya (large intestine); therefore Vasti, an oil enema, is the main therapy for all Vata disorders such as constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism.

Kashaya Vasti (30 minutes)
This therapy is normally done after a course of Sneha Vasti. This is a cleansing enema where honey, oil and an herbal decoction are administered. The results nourish and rebuild the Dhatus (body tissues), strengthen their activities, restore and strengthen the body's immunity. This is very nutritive while removing accumulated Malas (toxins) from the colon.

Nasya (30 minutes)
The face, shoulders and chest are massaged with a specific herbal oil and made to perspire. The medicine in exact doze is measured and poured into the nostrils, while inhaling. After this process, the area around the nose, chest, palms and foot are massaged vigorously. This treatment is highly effective for headaches, sinusitis, migraine and rhinitis.

Yoga at Ananda

Yoga at Ananda acquires a special meaning in the exquisite setting of the lush Himalayan Sal forest. Located in the picturesque and historic birthplace of the ancient Indian sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation, Ananda overlooks the holy river Ganga and the spiritual town of Rishikesh .

Ananda Yoga enhances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities of guests utilizing three branches of Yoga : Hatha, Kriya and Raja. Beginners and experienced participants are encouraged to experience a higher level of personal contentment through individualized practice incorporating devotion, dedication and discipline to one's lifestyle.

The principal Yoga instructor begins your visit with a personal consultation session to focus your Ananda Yoga experience. The physiological, philosophical and theoretical yogic goals are explored with the recommended activities.

Ananda offers stunning panoramic locales for Yoga sessions, be it one - to - one or a group session. With breathtaking view of the Himalayan foothills and the heady fragrance of the mountain air as your constant companions, Yoga at Ananda becomes a unique experience to rejuvenate your soul. Some of the most preferred locations for Yoga are as follows :

Ma Anandamayi Abode - Renowned spiritual figure around the world, Ma Anandamayi was respected for her propagation of universal love. The Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal made a very special abode for Ma Anandamayi and being a highly spiritual person, invited her to bless his Palace with her presence. The Abode is a preferred venue for personal meditation.

The Music Pavilion - A majestic open - air marbled floor shelter with gold leaf ceiling fresco, surrounded by a still and peaceful water pool at the south end of the expansive Palace Lawn, the intimate setting receives the best sunset views and is ideal for individual instruction or private meditation.

Viceregal Hall - Once the recreation hall for the guests of the Maharaja, this impressive wood floored room with a 15 - foot tall ceiling, is the largest in the spa. Nestled atop a Sal Tree valley, this space is ideal for the more active forms of Yoga.

Board Room II - Glassed on four sides, this intimate indoor setting commands impressive panoramic views atop the Viceregal Palace roof.

Winter Garden - Adjacent to the Ma Anandamayi Abode, this outdoors area overlooks a dense grove of Sal Trees. The tranquil presence of the spiritual leader enhances the experience. Spa Cuisine at Ananda

Food is an integral part of rejuvenation and forms a quintessential element of Ananda philosophy. The spa's basic guiding principle says - A spa should not necessarily be looked at as a place to diet and lose weight but should instead be a 'Way of Life'.

Our approach and philosophy on spa - food is a healthier alternative to regular meals consumed while on leisure travel without having to go hungry.

The basic foundation is : low - calorie, high nutrition meals, exotically flavoured and aesthetic in presentation for the guest to fully enjoy. Each menu has been devised by creating dishes that provide maximum nutrition and a high and constant release of energy.

When devising menus, the spa's in - house nutritionist is consulted to calculate the nutritive values of dishes and to give advice of the effects on the body when lowering certain energy intakes. A well calculated low - fat, low - sodium and high - fibre diet is the corner stone to Ananda delicacies.

Restaurant at Ananda

The Pavilion : The Pavilion is a casual and elegant setting for drinks and light snacks. Located in the Restaurant building, the Pavilion is the ideal venue for intimate gatherings. Enjoy a drink or savour a complete meal under the expert guidance of our staff. The decor and the cosy ambience of this venue is reflective of the warmth of the English period.With a bar that features the finest wines and liquors, the Pavilion is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions with family and friends.

The Tree Top Deck : The Tree Top Deck is a delightful outdoor venue of the Restaurant that is built on treetops, thereby infusing your meal experience with the beauty of the Himalayan mountains and the fresh, natural surroundings. Inhale the freshest air while enjoying a spa meal. Let the clear blue skies and the lush green vegetation serenade you while your palate is gently tempted by the exotic gourmet delight. At night, this venue offers a unique romantic dining experience, with the fireflies and the crickets, playing music to your meal.

The Tea Lounge : Located in the Viceregal Palace , the Maharaja's Tea Lounge is a warm, romantic setting for an afternoon cup of tea and light snacks, taking you back to the by - gone Days of the British Raj and royalty. The lounge walls are adorned with the portraits of the erstwhile Maharaja and the other political dignitaries who visited Narendra Nagar during the reign of the Maharaja. Of particular interest and mention are the signatures and pictures of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India. While the lounge quietly tells a story of the Days of yore, relax on the lounge sofas or admire the rich, brocaded tapestry, dating back to the royal times. Enjoy spectacular sunsets or appreciate the beauty of the well - manicured gardens. Savour the cup of tea at the royal card tables, which have been retained from the time of the Maharaja. Exquisitely crafted to perfection, these card tables have the enclosures made of glass. The tapestry and the curtains exude the warm and inviting hues of yellow and blue, both traditional colours of Indian royalty.

Facilities at Ananda

Empower your body with the encouragement and expertise of a personal trainer. Work yourself to peak fitness in the 16 - Station Life Cycle Gym. Lose weight; tone up with strength and stamina enhancing equipment.

Dive into the 25 - meter temperature controlled lap pool and set your own pace.

Assess your fitness level and allow our fitness specialist to test your aerobic capacity, body composition, blood pressure, flexibility, muscle endurance and strength in order to customize an exercise programmed for your lifestyle.

Choose from an exhilarating array of sporting options, indoors and outdoors, as well as challenging adventure expeditions.

Spiritual Fitness

The ancient Hindus were known to be highly intellectual and sensuous people. One of their cardinal principles was that there is no dividing line in human personality between the mind and the body. The mind is body and the body is mind. Also, that if beautifying the mind is to beautify the body, the converse is equally true. Beautifying the body is to beautify the soul.

It is with this philosophy, together with the tools of Ayurvedic science, that Ananda's line of skin care products has been created.

The Ayurvedic system of medicine provides a fundamental understanding of the five basic elements of nature. These elements express themselves into three operating principles within the physiology referred to as the three Doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Individual constitution, which is acquired at birth, is expressed through Ayurveda in terms of these three doshas and Ayurvedic medicine draws upon its rich traditions of herbs and roots to effectively balance these. Each product at Ananda Line is steeped in this philosophy.

Spa Treatments at Ananda

The ancient Hindus were known to be highly intellectual and sensuous people. One of their cardinal principles was that there is no dividing line in human personality between the mind and the body. The mind is body and the body is mind. Also, that if beautifying the mind is to beautify the body, the converse is equally true. Beautifying the body is to beautify the soul.

It is with this philosophy, together with the tools of Ayurvedic science, that Ananda's line of skin care products has been created.

The Ayurvedic system of medicine provides a fundamental understanding of the five basic elements of nature. These elements express themselves into three operating principles within the physiology referred to as the three Doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Individual constitution, which is acquired at birth, is expressed through Ayurveda in terms of these three doshas and Ayurvedic medicine draws upon its rich traditions of herbs and roots to effectively balance these. Each product at Ananda Line is steeped in this philosophy.

Ayurveda believes that the body produces certain toxins that are harmful if they are not flushed out regularly. The skin forms a large organ, which helps the body to rid itself of toxins and impurities. Ayurveda advocates three precise steps for this detoxification and cleansing process - Snehana, Swedana and Snana. Snehana extracts toxins from the body with the use of scrubs, wraps and packs. Swedana goes a step further, and here detoxification takes place through saunas and steam baths. Snana or the bath, is the last step in this holistic cleansing process. Ananda Line of skin care incorporates this philosophy and offers products for each step of cleansing.

The range of skin care includes moisturisers, exfoliating creams, hair care products and shower gels. All these products have been created with pure herbal ingredients and with the gentlest care in mind. Pure herbal distillates, essential oils, plant extracts, crushed flowers, roots and barks have been blended together to create unique formulations. Exotic fragrances of Himalayan herbs and flowers make the range uniquely Indian and an experience to remember.

The development process involved extensive research of ancient Indian manuscripts to learn more about the properties of various types of herbs, flowers and roots. Precise extraction methods were also learned in order to retain the essence of a old traditions. Thus this exotic line of products was born, exclusive and not available at any other destination spa.

Ananda - In The Himalayas has a vast commitment to the environment and has ensured that these skin care products have not been tested on animals. Also, they do not contain any alcohol or perfume. Care has been taken not to use any herbs on the Endangered Species list.

Each guest room features Ananda Line as part of the guest amenities. They are also used through the Wellness Centre and in all spa treatments.

Accomodation at Ananda

Guest Residence : 70 deluxe rooms and 5 suites all with panoramic views of either the city of Rishikesh , the Ganges Valley or the Palace.

- Wooden flooring.
- Walk - in closet.
- Television with entertainment and news channels.
- International direct dial telephones with data port.
- In - room safe.
- Tea/coffee making facilities & private bar.
- Personal yoga mat.

Ananda bathroom :
- Bathtub with spectacular view.
- Separate shower.
- Hair dryer & magnifying shaving mirror.

Rooms
The rooms at Ananda are infused with natural Himalayan light, designed to imbibe the feel of the mountains. Built on a mountain ridge, the guest rooms offer breathtaking view of the valley and the city of Rishikesh or the Palace. The rooms have been designed in a minimalist and holistic fashion with wooden floors offset by essential furniture, walk - in closet and well - lit marble bathrooms with sunken bathtub facing bay windows offering exquisite views. One of the main features of the rooms is the independent patio balcony with breath taking view of the Himalayas , where one can relax or even practice Yoga.

The Viceregal Suite
This Suite, with a wrap around terrace, outdoor Jacuzzi and its own telescope, embodies the graciousness of a bygone era. Located in the Palace annex, in an area of 220 sqm, it exudes the warmth of Indian hospitality, with special local touches in the décor - framed antique Jamawar fabric, gold painted wooden artifacts and pillars with intricate paintings by Rajasthani master craftsman. The other facilities of this suite include a spacious dining and living room with seating for six, a bedroom with a four - poster bed, an adjoining dressing area and a separate shower and steam room.

Deluxe Suites and Ananda Suite :
The superb one - bedroom deluxe suites are located on the first and third floor, while the spacious and delightful Ananda Suite is located on the ground floor of the guest residence. These rooms have a separate living room with a dining area and Ananda Suite has its own private garden. Overlooking the Rishikesh valley, the river Ganga or the landscaped garden and Palace, the suites feature a private bar, a walk - in closet, in - room safe, bay - window bath tubs and separate shower, tea cove making facility and telephones with data port and voice mail.

 




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