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ONEWORLD Ayurveda  The leading authentic Ayurvedic Panchakarma centre in SE Asia.

Yes, there is life after Pancha karma, as demonstrated by long-timers Peter and Tirza.
On leaving OWA, you may feel overwhelmed by the changes you think you need to apply to life back home.
All you need to do is less, doing your best to stick to the diet you were following at the centre: warm, vegan food, without alcohol or coffee.
At least for as long as you did Pancha karma for.
So if you were with us, say, for a fortnight, you'd need to spend another fortnight continuing the OWA diet and lifestyle.
Going to bed early, not exposing yourself to swings in temperature by going swimming.
Reducing travel and other stressors.
Eating a diet which is nourishing and wholesome.
Not tiring yourself by going to parties.
Going to bed early and waking early to yoga and meditation.
Enjoying the way you feel, perhaps better than ever before in your life.
Photo, with thanks: @claudeinbali

The six tastes: bitter
Located slap bang on the middle of the tongue, this is a taste we often avoid.
Light, it is made up of ether and air, therefore balancing pitta and kapha, but throwing vata out of balance.
So if you're feeling heavy and sluggish, have lots of mucous, are over-heated, have a rash or are carrying too much weight, increase the bitter taste.
Found in bitter melon, burdock root, leafy greens (like kale, collards, dandelion greens or yellow dock), eggplant, Jerusalem artichokes. As well as in sesame seeds, sesame oil, coffee, dark chocolate.
And in cumin, dill, fenegriek, saffron, turmeric.
Consuming this taste should result in clarity, introspection, self-awareness and detachment from the material.
However, when over-indulged in you might experience cynicism, rejection, boredom, isolation, separation and loneliness.
The bitter taste is deeply cleansing to the body because it scrapes fat and toxins from it. It improves the sense of taste, reduces thirst, stimulates the appetite, kills germs and clears parasites from the GI tract.
It's good for the blood and can reduce itching.

What's its relationship to the pool?
During Pancha Karma swimming should be avoided, hope this doesn't leave you with a bitter taste!
Photo, with thanks: @michaelsimpson8811

Lovely OWA therapists, their touch as soft as butter, yet with the strength of steel.
They nurture you, care for you as well as give you various types of massages - abhyanga, for the initiated - and other preparatory treatments such as shirodhara and herbal baths.
Plus the five treatments constituting pancha karma.
Most of them still live at home with parents, brothers and sisters.
Here they raise an imaginary glass to your health!
Photo, with thanks: @noracoers

The six tastes: pungent or fiery
Located on the central part of the tongue, pungent taste is one of dry heat, found in many herbs and spices.
Heating, it warms up and evaporates water, so is good for Kapha (water and earth).
It will aggravate Pitta, which already has plenty of fire, as well as Vata, whose ether and air elements will initially like the warmth but soon find it overpowering.
So if you find you're feeling cold, heavy, sluggish, suffer from mucousity, attachment or greed, add spice to your life!
Amazing how profoundly a few spices can affect your body and your sentiments.
Soon, you should experience enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity, clarity, vitality, vigor, concentration, and expansiveness.
However, if you then overdo it watch out for irritability, aggression, anger, rage, competitiveness, envy and pride.
Photo, with thanks: @michaelsimpson8811

What do we do for FUN at OWA?
After all we need a bit of a break from Pancha Karma or even to break out every now and then.
Time for a heavenly walk through the jungle and the rice-fields.
Even dr Ninnu has managed to find the time and that's saying something. As our resident Ayurvedic physician he'll be the first you'll see, taking your pulse the morning after your arrival and being there for you throughout.
In the jungle you'll see banana trees, palm trees, coconut trees where the coconuts are gathered by someone shimmying straight up the tree. Papayas and tree squash. Plus all the flora we would normally have to visit our local botanical gardens for.
No predatory animals anymore, sadly, nor monkies. Many butterflies though.
Ursulina intrepidly leads the way.
Photo, with thanks: @tekok

The six tastes: salty
This taste, located on the rear edges of the tongue, is derived almost entirely from salt.
It balances Vata, ether and air, but being comprised of fire and water it aggravates Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth).
Practically, this means that if you suffer from pain, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, anxiety or fear you could check your salt consumption.
If, on the other hand, you're quite a fiery person who tends to fly off the handle, be jealous, controlling, irritable or angry and have skin issues, see if you can reduce salt.
Or if you tend to put on weight, suffer from mucousness and heaviness as well as have the tendency to become overly attached, try cutting out salt.
The salt taste promotes courage, confidence, enthusiasm and interest.
Photo, with thanks: @michaelsimpson8811

Very effective in reducing swelling, pain and crepitus in the knee joint. Janu means knee in Sanskrit and Basti is a cleanse. So we’re in fact cleansing the knee of any toxins and waste materials which may have got stuck there. We pour warm, medicated oil unto the knee, using a wall made of chick-pea paste. This is left to penetrate the joint, in the process drawing out impurities. Afterwards a herbal paste is applied covered by moringa leaves. The knee is then bound with the paste allowed to sink in for several hours.
Video: @oneworldayurveda

The six tastes: sour
This taste is located along the front sides of the tongue and is the second largest portion of our diet.
Ayurvedically, sour increases Pitta, or the fire life-force.
Particularly affects the digestion, eye-sight (fire gives us light by which to see), skin.
And gives us charisma, leadership, clarity, the ability to set goals, put a team together and achieve those goals.
Too much sour - as in these tomatoes from our own perma-culture grounds - lemon, butter, alcohol or bread might result in a rash, excema or pimples.
Or you may suddenly feel selfish, irrational anger, jealousy or irritation towards one of your team members.
Perhaps your eyes become red or start to tear.
All of these are indications to let go, bring some sweetness into your life.
And increase sports which are cooling, swimming being a great one.
Watch out though, that it's not competitive or you'll aggravate your fire again!
Photo, with thanks: @noracoers

Ideally, we would live 100 years.
That gives us enough time to complete the four stages of life, before taking that which we have learnt with us on the next step of our journey through infinity.
The first stage is dharma: finding our path. Getting an education, setting ourselves up in something we enjoy doing.
The next stage is artha: material comfort. Once we're doing something we enjoy and are good at, the rest follows of its own accord. There's plenty for everyone's need, but never enough for greed.
Next comes kama: enjoyment.
These are the (hopefully) golden years. When we're still strong enough to enjoy our hobbies and interests and have the means to do so.
Finally, taking us up to 100, comes moksha: freedom.
Where we let go of the physical, the material. The body shows us the way, it becomes less of a driving force as we become more and more contemplative, wiser, more cerebral and spiritual.
We give away many of our possessions and no longer feel the need to identify with what we once did or were, how good-looking we were, where we lived etc. Finally relinquishing the body.
Photo, with thx: @michaelsimpson8811

More on the six tastes: sweet
If you look at your tongue, the tip detects sweet foodstuffs.
Which does not necessarily mean sugar.
Just like Ursulina is surrounded here by this taste - in the form of rice - so too are we.
Most of our diet is sweet: dairy, fruit, veg, grains, nuts, legumes, even meat and some fish fall into this most appealing of the six tastes.
As well as a number of herbs and spices: basil, bay leaf, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, mint, nutmeg, saffron, tarragon, vanilla.
The effect is satiating, moistening, laxative, diuretic, demulcent, emollient, antispasmodic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory.
Sweet is good for vata (space and air) and pitta (fire). It increases kapha (water and earth).
It encourages love, sharing, compassion, joy, happiness and bliss, the most sattvic of flavours.
But if we over-indulge we'll probably suffer from attachment, greed and possessiveness.
Photo: @oneworldayurveda

This beautiful and slightly shy lady has brought offerings to place at our neighbouring building, a temple.
Why does she carry them on her head?
It's not because her arms are too weak, nor because she wants to maintain her upright posture.
No, it's because the offerings are for You and carrying them on her head places them closer.
Photo, with thx: @michaelsimpson8811

How to avoid cravings?
That sudden inexplicable rush for something sweet. Or for a coffee. Or something heavy and satisfying. When you just can't stop stuffing yourself. And feel ghastly afterwards. Something we all recognise, but wish we didn't. Sometimes it's due to our cycle. And often it isn't.
Ayurveda to the rescue!
All you do is include the six tastes in at least one meal daily, thereby satisfying your taste buds.
These are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent.
Most of what we eat is sweet, here sweet potato, olive oil and ghee. It's the predominant taste.
Sour can be a squeeze of lime.
Salty, as in Himalayan rock salt.
Pungent: nearly all herbs and spices are heating. Here ginger, cumin and coriander do the trick.
Bitter, as in most greens.
Astringent, as in broccoli.
A huge step on the path to balance.
Photo: with thanks @noracoers

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