The Maharishi AyurvedaSM Approach to Weight Loss
There are many factors involved in becoming overweight and the most effective programs for weight management address the full set of issues at its basis. For this reason the multi-modality approach of Maharishi Ayurveda used at The Raj is an ideal match-up to the problems involved in overweight conditions.
Following is a discussion of the major contributing factors in the overweight condition and a description of the corresponding treatment programs used at The Raj.
Determination of the Appropriate Weight for your Physique
The first issue to address is the realization that there are different healthy weights and builds for different people. Ayurveda has a deep understanding of body types or psycho-physiological constitutions. Modern medicine also has touched on the reality that different people by nature have different builds through its description of ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph physiques.
Both systems understand that, by genetic nature, some people will have heavier builds at a certain height than others. Heavy-built individuals are still healthy at weights that would be unhealthy for individuals with a genetically thinner build constitution.
During the initial Ayurveda consultation at The Raj your Ayurveda Health Consultants will determine your body type, describe its characteristics when balanced, and better help you understand the weight that is healthy for your height. The understanding of one's body type is important as often the body size image portrayed as desirable on TV and in advertising may not be natural or healthy for an individual who has a heavier physique by genetic nature.
Diagnosis of Root Imbalances at the Basis of Overweight Conditions
Maharishi Ayurveda contains unique assessment techniques to determine the state of balance and imbalance in the physiology. Ayurveda evaluation aims to discover the root causes of a condition and not just determine gross physical abnormality or symptoms.
There can be many factors creating the overweight condition and it is important to determine which ones are predominant in each individual if the treatment program is to be most effective. Your Ayurveda assessment will help determine the predominance of the various factors in your individual condition, so proper emphasis can be put on the most relevant natural treatments.
Dietary knowledge is a foundation of the Ayurveda approach. Your consultation will provide you with detailed understanding of which foods to favor and avoid. Avoid foods that are hard-to-digest, clogging to the physiology and heavy in nature. Favor foods that are easy-to-digest, help cleanse the physiology, strengthen digestion and balance metabolism.
One of the great strengths of the Ayurveda dietary approach is that it contains knowledge of how to have a light, easy-to-digest diet that still is both satisfying and nourishing. Many individuals have easily followed this diet and lost many pounds in the process.
Creating strong digestion
Our ability to properly digest food is as important as what we eat. Incompletely digested foods create toxins and impurities that are eventually absorbed, travel throughout the physiology, and localize in tissues disrupting their function. This process is at the basis of a wide variety of complications in the overweight condition.
There is a wealth of knowledge in Maharishi Ayurveda about improving digestion. Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will provide recommendations for strengthening digestion including information in the following areas:
- Proper use of spices and cooking oils.
- Herbal preparations for improving digestion.
- Important differences between breakfast, lunch and dinner foods.
- A simple system to determine a balanced diet.
- Digestion enhancing foods to favor.
- Digestion depressing foods to reduce.
- Eating behavior for maximum digestion.
- Proper food combinations to avoid indigestion.
- Non-dietary regimens to improve digestive strength including. exercise, specific Yoga asanas and breathing techniques.
Preventing the buildup of toxins and impurities
It is one thing for extra tissue and structure to accumulate in the body but, when the accumulation includes damaging toxins, the most serious effects of being overweight begin. According to Ayurveda, almost every major disease condition from arthritis to allergies to cardiovascular disease and menopausal symptoms is primarily caused by the buildup of toxins in tissues and blockage of circulation.
Your weight loss program at The Raj gives you treatments for reducing the major sources of toxin accumulation.
- Elimination: You receive recommendations to improve elimination so impurities are removed from the digestive tract before they have a chance to be reabsorbed into circulation.
- Metabolism: Dietary and herbal recommendations help the body restore balance to metabolic processes that cleanse the physiology.
- Circulation: Dietary, herbal and physical treatments like Yoga asanas, massage and heat application are used in Ayurveda to remove blockages and open circulation.
Maharishi RejuvenationSM Therapy
The most powerful treatments for removing toxins and opening circulation are the Maharishi Rejuvenation therapy treatments you receive each day of your in-residence stay. Through the daily combination of traditional Ayurveda massage, heat and internal cleansing therapies our In-residence program is able to provide a deeply powerful cleansing and healing experience for the entire body.
Herbalized oil massage
Your Raj program involves two types of Ayurveda herbalized massage:
- The home program involves herbalized self-massage for 5-10 minutes in the morning before you take your shower.
- During the in-residence portion of your program, highly trained Ayurveda technicians daily perform very specialized massage for you, using oils in which as many as 50 herbs have been cured. These special oils are only available as part of the in-residence program.
Many individuals experience that improper eating habits and cravings are worsened by heightened stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. It is common to find that accumulated stress and mental imbalance drive the eating behavior at the basis of overweight conditions. In many individuals the overweight condition cannot be overcome without powerful intervention to reduce the mental stress at the basis of cravings and unhealthy eating behavior.
Learning the Transcendental Meditation technique during your in-residence stay at The Raj is a powerful step in removing the mental and stress components of the overweight condition.
If you choose to learn meditation during your in-residence stay at The Raj, highly trained teachers of the TM program are available to instruct you in the practice. The TM technique has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the factors influencing overweight individuals. Research also shows that the TM practice creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.
Practice of the TM technique twice a day is as an ideal mental approach to the overweight condition. The TM program at The Raj gets your practice off to a superb start, and your instructor will help connect you with the local TM program center in your home area for any follow-up that you may desire.
Proper Lifestyle and Daily Routine
One of the most important factors for balancing digestion and keeping the natural cleansing processes strong is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot digest, cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely important for reducing the overweight condition.
Your Ayurveda Health Consultant will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to help create a daily schedule that will increase balance in your physiology and aid in healing your body.
Ayurveda Herbs and Reduction in Free Radicals
Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will select the appropriate herbal formulas for strengthening digestion, balancing metabolism, and helping the body purify itself of toxins, including free radicals.
Free radicals are a specific class of chemicals that are highly irritating to the physiology. Scientific research has found that free radicals contribute to a wide variety of disorders. When appropriate, our Ayurveda Health Consultants can recommend Ayurveda herbs that research has shown to be powerful anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers. These herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.
Traditional Ayurveda theory says that herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing program. The cleansing and rejuvenation treatments that you will receive daily are the main focus of your in-residence stay. Once this program is finished, you are ready to gain maximum benefits from your herbal program.
Exercise and Flexibility Education
Maharishi Ayurveda considers proper stretching and flexibility exercises to have a very positive effect on digestion, metabolism and elimination. During your in-residence stay at The Raj, we offer Yoga classes every day and teach you a simple but profound set of postures that can be practiced daily to create a healthy flexibility throughout the body. We also instruct you in individualized Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.
The Raj weight loss program is conducted by qualified Ayurveda Health Consultants and draws on knowledge from the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health care. The program provides the most comprehensive approach in natural health care to remove the imbalances at the basis of the overweight condition.
For detailed information on program structure and fees see Program Overview.
Wishing you perfect health,
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