112 CON­NECT TO SELF

Three well­ness ex­perts share with Eve Tedja the philoso­phies be­hind Reiki, Ayurveda and chakra heal­ing.

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Un­lock the power of Reiki, Ayurveda and chakra heal­ing

Ahol­i­day is an an­ti­dote to take our mind off stress­ful sit­u­a­tions or neg­a­tive emotions. We go on a trip to es­cape, heal and come home feel­ing a bit bet­ter. We sign up on a well­ness re­treat be­cause we de­serve some self-care and to pre­vent burnout. Some­times, we need the help of ex­perts who can as­sist us in get­ting well.

When we talk about well-be­ing, it isn't just about sign­ing up for a Hatha yoga class or eat­ing a bowl of vegetable salad. It is an on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion about our body, mind and spirit. It is a jour­ney, one that we have to learn and ex­pe­ri­ence while be­ing acutely aware and mind­ful on each and ev­ery step along the way. Prana, Ayurveda or chakra prob­a­bly sound un­fa­mil­iar to some, but these an­cient heal­ing prac­tices have been prac­ticed for cen­turies by dif­fer­ent cul­tures of the world. The ques­tion is, how we can ben­e­fit from this knowl­edge in our daily life. We talk to three well­ness ex­perts on how they de­fine heal­ing and what to ex­pect from dif­fer­ent heal­ing meth­ods for our mind, body and soul.

EN­ERGY OF LIFE

When we talk about well-be­ing, there are chiefly three as­pects: the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and spir­i­tual. As well­ness man­ager of The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali, Ji­ten­dra Pokhriyal is tasked to de­sign a holis­tic pro­gramme which cov­ers all of these three as­pects. Bring­ing his ex­per­tise in yoga, acu­pres­sure, acupunc­ture, med­i­ta­tion, prana, and seven chakras heal­ing; Pokhriyal is cur­rently in his third year with the re­sort and is recog­nised as one of the lead­ing ex­perts in heal­ing on the is­land.

Hail­ing from Rishikesh, In­dia, Pokhriyal grew up in a Brah­min vil­lage un­der the shadow of the Hi­malaya. The holy Ganges River runs next to his house and stu­dents come from all over the world to his home­town to learn about the heal­ing power of yoga and med­i­ta­tion. Through his up­bring­ing, Pokhriyal dis­cov­ered his path in heal­ing and spir­i­tu­al­ity. He firmly be­lieves in sci­en­tific spir­i­tu­al­ity. Heal­ing needs to make sense first be­fore one can ac­cept and em­brace the process.

Through per­son­alised in­di­vid­ual ses­sions with Pokhriyal, guests can learn about heal­ing them­selves. The Reiki Heal­ing, for ex­am­ple, utilises prana or life force to bal­ance the body’s en­ergy. Prana heal­ing be­lieves that there are three en­ergy chan­nels in our body: the left nos­tril, the right nos­tril, and the spine. Sim­ply put, by im­prov­ing the qual­ity of breath­ing and pos­ture, we re­move tan­gles and knots from our bod­ies and im­prove our en­ergy flow. Through Pokhriyal's pro­gramme, he aims to add value to his guest’s life, phys­i­cally, men­tally or spir­i­tu­ally, dur­ing their stay. “Of­ten, guests come here and tell me that they are hav­ing mi­graine, anx­i­ety, di­ges­tion, in­som­nia, or back prob­lems, ex­pect­ing for some instant fix. More of­ten than not, I found that their phys­i­cal prob­lem is con­nected with their emo­tional con­di­tion. Through Reiki, I can help them make the con­nec­tion and heal them­selves,” states Pokhriyal.

HOLIS­TIC KNOWL­EDGE

There’s hardly a more idyl­lic lo­ca­tion for a re­treat than COMO Shamb­hala Es­tate in Payan­gan, Ubud. It is a lush ta­pes­try made of trop­i­cal for­est and rivers, burly trees and evoca­tive bird songs. A stroll on its grounds pro­vides a soothing balm for one’s soul. As the first res­i­den­tial health re­treat of COMO Group, the es­tate has in­creased its reser­voir of well­ness knowl­edge over the years. The re­sult is vis­i­ble in each and ev­ery de­tail of its four per­son­alised well­ness pro­grammes. Renowned as the sci­ence of life, the re­sort's Ayurvedic Pro­gramme is a holis­tic ap­proach to re­store one’s con­sti­tu­tion through a se­ries of treat­ments, be­spoke eat­ing plans, ex­er­cises, and med­i­ca­tion. A res­i­dent Ayurvedic spe­cial­ist will pro­vide a con­sul­ta­tion based on one's med­i­cal his­tory, fol­lowed by a phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, and pulse read­ing or nadi parik­sha.

“Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old wis­dom, founded on a be­lief that hu­man is a minia­ture of the na­ture, a mi­cro­cosm out of the macro­cosm. There are five el­e­ments in na­ture: earth, fire, wa­ter, air, and space. In Ayurvedic prin­ci­ple, we be­lieve that the hu­man body is made of these five el­e­ments in dif­fer­ent por­tions which

we di­vide into three con­sti­tu­tions or doshas. There is Vatha with its dominant air and space el­e­ments, Pita with its dominant fire and wa­ter el­e­ments, and lastly, Kapha with its earth and wa­ter el­e­ments. To be healthy, in body, mind and spirit, a per­son has to recog­nise his or her own dosha and make sure that the el­e­ments are in bal­ance,” ex­plains Dr. Saraswathi Dwarakanat­h, the cur­rent Ayurvedic spe­cial­ist of the es­tate.

This recog­ni­tion of the dif­fer­ent body types and their needs is what makes Ayurveda spe­cial, apart from the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits, which in­clude weight loss, stress relief and detox­i­fi­ca­tion.

It is a way of life and not an instant fix. Apart from re­lax­ing treat­ments such as Ab­hyanga and Shi­ro­dara, where a rhyth­mic mas­sage us­ing herbal oil is used to stim­u­late the blood cir­cu­la­tion and im­prove clar­ity of mind, tak­ing a pranayama and med­i­ta­tion class is sug­gested to com­plete the heal­ing process. “Heal­ing comes from aware­ness within one­self. When one wants to get bet­ter, a change has to be made in the sub­con­scious mind. To go there, one has to be calm, be at peace, and stop think­ing. That’s where breath­ing ex­er­cise and med­i­ta­tion come handy. Heal­ing is a con­tin­u­ous prac­tice of mind­ful aware­ness,” states Dr Dwarakanat­h.

HEAL THYSELF

“I am not a healer, think of me as your spir­i­tual friend,” says Heny Fer­awati, Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Sayan’s res­i­dent well­ness men­tor. Warm and ge­nial, Fera as she prefers to be known, was a Bud­dhist nun. For seven years, un­der the name of Ag­gasavika, she ded­i­cated her life to Bud­dhism and found peace in the seren­ity of tem­ple life in Myan­mar. “I was deeply un­happy and I didn’t un­der­stand the rea­son of my un­hap­pi­ness. Dur­ing my time as a nun, I learned a lot about my­self and when, be­cause of per­sonal rea­sons, I gave up my robe in 2014, I found that I am healed. I have whole­heart­edly ac­cepted who I am and be­came a good friend to my­self. That’s some­thing that I want to share with the guests here,” shares Fera who ad­mits that her cur­rent oc­cu­pa­tion is the con­tin­u­a­tion of her prac­tice as a nun.

Nes­tled within the pro­lific val­ley of Ayung River, Sa­cred River Spa is a ded­i­cated sanc­tu­ary for well­ness. It fo­cuses on restor­ing the bal­ance of seven chakras through rit­u­als, med­i­ta­tion and treat­ments that cov­ers body, mind and spir­i­tu­al­ity. The seven chakras, or wheels, are the cen­tres in our bod­ies in which en­ergy flows through, start­ing at the bot­tom of the spine to the top of the head. Each of the chakras is as­so­ci­ated with a dif­fer­ent

Ji­ten­dra Pokhriyal, well­ness man­ager of the Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali

The us­age of warm herbal oil on the skin en­cour­ages the re­lease of tox­ins, calms the senses, and pro­vides relief from an over­ac­tive and dis­tracted mind.

Pulse read­ing is es­sen­tial to de­ter­mine one's well-be­ing and dosha in Ayurvedic medicine.

Na­ture is never far at COMO Shamb­hala Es­tate

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