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Kalari Kovilakom, Kollengode palace, Kerala
Kalari Kovilakom The palace of the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala now converted into a palace for Ayurveda, offers Ayurveda in its most authentic and substantive form as the Rajas of Vengunad would have had it. Wiithout wine, meat and shoes. Adhering to the strict tenets of Ayurveda as an universal healing art rather than a medical system, the treatment offered is a combination of the physical, psychological and spiritual therapies in our approach to health that is relevant to the modern world as it was to the ancient world.
Nothing has been re-invented, nothing diluted.

Surrounded by paddy fields and the hills, Kalari Kovilakom is in Kollengode, Palakkad, Kerala. The heartland of Ayurveda, picturesque Kollengode is a pleasant two and a half hour drive through the countryside from the Cochin International Airport. And an hour and a half away from the Coimbatore Airport.
The Ayurveda treatments are complemented and supported by yoga and meditation practices.

Ayurveda works from outside in.
Yoga works from inside out.
Both in harmony works towards the wholeness.

While living in the comforts of the "The Palace", you will have a glimpse of an experience of the lifestyle that was advocated in the ancient Indian Traditions. This lifestyle helps you to balance your energies, to balance the outer material world and the inner spiritual self.

"Most people live - Whether physically, intellectually or emotionally - in a vertical circle of their potential being."

The Princely Path
Kalari Kovilakom offers ayurveda unveiled in its most authentic form. The herbs used are pure and freshly picked, usually from the herb gardens maintained on Kalari Kovilakom's own extensive grounds. All food is prepared in a fully fledged ayurvedic kitchen, using pure spices and ingredients to create simple, yet delicious vegetarian meals that form an integral part of the treatments. And the therapies are in strict accord with the ancient texts of Ayurveda.

Massage in Kalari Kovilakom Through a combination of massages, herbal treatments, medicines, diet and purifying baths, the Kalari experience promises you a chance to see the world afresh, to be twice born. 10 therapy and massage rooms offer a complete range of treatments. Expert masseuses and therapists work with you from head to toe, bringing new life to tired muscles, bones and tendons. The healing continues at our Yoga and meditation centres, and even at the dining table. And of course, hovering protectively over your whole treatment are Doctors Shreelatha and Jain, qualified ayurvedic physicians with years of clinical experience.

Kalari's Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapies aim at arresting and reversing this process. By keeping the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, the cells are revitalized and their composition is changed. The nerves and bones are kept soft and smoothened; the tranquility of the mind is promoted. Ayurveda prevents the process of ageing and makes the individual free from diseases even at an advanced age. Those who want to live a long life, keep fit and stay free from illnesses, should try our Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapies!

What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an intricate system of medicine that originated in India thousands of years ago. In Sanskrit (India's classical language), Ayu means life, in the combination of mind, body, senses and the soul. And Veda in a simplified sense, means "knowledge". Therefore, to know about life is Ayurveda.

There are several aspects to Ayurveda that make it a unique system of alternative healing:
  1. Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding which foods and which lifestyle they should follow in order to be completely healthy. This is due to its use of a constitutional model.
  2. Everything in Ayurveda is validated by observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts.
  3. It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas.
  4. Because Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship and the wellness of the mind is an integral part of any ayurvedic therapy.
The Three Doshas
Vata Pitta Kapha DoshIn Ayurveda, all bodily processes are said to be governed by a balance of three elements called the doshas. The 3 main doshas (medical humours) are Vata (resembles the classical element air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water).
Each is present in every individual, but the extent varies, creating hundreds of differing constitutions. Whichever dosha appears to dominate a person's behavior and physique is called his constitution type. Each constitution type has particular strengths and susceptibilities.

Vata
Vata, composed of air, governs all movement in the mind and body and must be kept in good balance. Too much vata leads to "worries, insomnia, cramps and constipation. Vata controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind." Vata activates the nervous system, hearing and speech; and expresses as enthusiasm and creativity. Vata also controls the other two principles, Pitta and Kapha, and is usually the first cause of disease.

Pitta
Pitta is said to be composed of fire and water; it governs all heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body. It controls how we digest food, how we metabolize our sensory perceptions, and how we discriminate between right and wrong. Pitta must be kept in balance, too. Too much Pitta can lead to anger, criticism, ulcers, rashes and thinning hair. A balanced Pitta mind makes one a good leader with a warm personality.

apha
Kapha is the watery humour. Kapha cements the elements in the body, providing the material for physical structure. This dosha maintains body resistance and lubricates the joints. It provides moisture to the skin; it helps to heal wounds and fills the spaces in the body; it gives biological strength, vigor and stability; it supports memory retention; it gives energy to the heart and lungs and maintains immunity. Kapha is responsible for emotions of attachment, greed and long-standing envy; it is also expressed in tendencies toward calmness, forgiveness and love." Too much Kapha leads to lethargy and weight gain, as well as congestion and allergies.