India reopened its international borders to tourism fully since the onset of the pandemic just this past March 2022. Famed for its iconic cultural and heritage sites, India is also well known for its emphasis on wellness and healing amidst majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys, tranquil rivers and more. Award-winning wellness retreat Ananda in the Himalayas emerges from the pandemic with an even more specialized and focused wellbeing mission and recently announced the launch of several new wellness programs and extensive renovations reflecting the importance and emphasis of prioritizing one’s physical and mental health.
Ananda’s wellness programs which integrate traditional Ayurveda with classical Yoga and Meditation have now introduced an entirely new platform of Emotional Healing and therapy. Emotional Healers with expertise in spiritual healing, hypnotherapy, and energy work help guests understand their challenges from a deeper level of awareness to create a life of emotional balance. Expanding the range of traditional healing techniques are Oriental therapies including Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tibetan Kuu Nye and other practices to rebalance and center the physical and energy systems.
Located in a Maharaja’s palace estate surrounded by a 100-acre forest nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and overlooking the ancient Ganges river valley, Ananda in the Himalayas is a multi-award winning, destination spa and wellness retreat. Since its inception 20 years ago, Ananda in the Himalayas is a pioneer in holistic health and wellness and is dedicated to those searching for harmony, and wellbeing. Grounded in Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation and Vedanta philosophy and integrating contemporary international experiences, Ananda is the ultimate escape from the mundane to the spiritual, where every corner spells harmony and every color soothes the senses. The expert team of over 60 Ayurvedic Physicians, Yogis, therapists, Emotional healers, Physiotherapists and Chefs trained in healthy cuisine ensures a complete wellness transformation for their guests. Ananda uses its own signature range of spa products, made locally from the purest indigenous essential oils, muds, clays, gels, and vegetable oils, all lovingly blended for their therapeutic energy.
NEW WELLNESS PROGRAMS
Ananda’s signature wellness programs such as Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Panchakarma, Holistic Detox, Dhyana Meditation, and Stress Management are an annual pilgrimage for many. New wellness programs to meet our changing world include:
Newly introduced Oriental therapies to treat hormonal imbalances. Addresses changes in the symptoms of the menopause in women and testosterone and other hormones in men.
Ayurvedic Rejuvenation & Immunity Booster
Improves vitality through Panchakarma, Ayurvedic treatments, a nourishing diet, immunity-boosting rasayanas and yoga.
Chronic Pain Management
A highly customized balance of physiotherapy procedures, topical Ayurvedic therapies, stress-relieving yogic postures, and an anti-inflammatory diet.
Post Covid Rejuvenation Program
Seeing the prevalence of Long Covid (nearly one in five American adults still suffer from long haul symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive problems and several other issues according to the CDC), Ananda now offers a Post Covid Rejuvenation wellness program to build immunity, nourish and revitalize all systems. The new program starts with a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s specific symptoms and system dysfunction. Treatment program includes Ayurvedic therapies, diet, herbal medicines and supplements, yoga, pranayama, and meditation.
In June 2022, Ananda in the Himalayas completed the final stage of a 3-year renovation program that began in 2019. The final stage focused on the renovation of the villas, restaurant, and enhancements to the spa. The exquisite 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villas with their temperature-controlled pools amidst Sal forests offer unparalleled privacy. The new designs are inspired by local Himalayan craft and vibrant colors reflecting the natural flora of the surrounding forests. The expansive 45 sq meter deluxe rooms renovated earlier this year combine a timeless charm with modern amenities and balconies that offer relaxing views of the gardens or the valley.
Ananda’s renovated restaurant integrates the calming environment of Ananda and blends in elements of traditional gond and yantric art with colorful tapestries inspired by the ancient Himalayan hill kingdoms. The restaurant now offers a new show kitchen where weekly classes by the experienced Chefs showcase signature dishes from around the world inspired by Ayurvedic principles. Gourmet wellness menus at Ananda present locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients fortified by Ayurvedic and native Indian medicinal ingredients from the herb garden on the estate.
The refurbished spa now includes a new Physiotherapy facility with state-of-the-art equipment including Cryoscreening, Gait and posture analysis, laser therapy and includes a new Infra-Red sauna chamber. Programs integrate Physiotherapy with Ayurveda and other wellness offerings to provide customized solutions to address various musculoskeletal issues.
Five Pillars of Wellness
Ananda in the Himalayas’ mission centers on five pillars of wellness that represent its philosophy and long-standing tradition: Ayurveda and Holistic Wellness, Healthy Cuisine, Yoga and Meditation, Emotional Healing, and Spiritual Awareness.
Ayurveda and Holistic Wellness
At Ananda, the Ayurvedic experience is transformational, from massages and detoxifying therapies to specialized diet programs. Its commitment to this ancient life system is evident in the use of authentic ingredients, herbal supplements, and treatment rituals, with therapists trained in traditional Ayurvedic schools and guidance from expert Ayurveda physicians.
Ananda’s menus are tailor-made for each individual based on their specific wellness programs and needs. From Ayurvedic menus for each body type (dosha), to detox diets, to fitness regimes and balancing yogic menus, the culinary offering at Ananda is a nutritious, balancing, and healthy journey incorporating fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Yoga and Meditation
Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga Meditation at Ananda are a completely traditional practice to balance and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. This is achieved through asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, shatkarma and meditation, all a pathway to a higher level of consciousness. The aim is to curate a personalized everyday sustainable practice for each individual.
On the path to a balanced self, release of emotional blockages is critical to come to terms with circumstances that have shaped us. Spiritual Hypnotherapy, regression, inner child healing and energy therapies are just some of the techniques used to heal stress, release blockages, and create a life in alignment with one’s greatest potential.
With the preparedness of Ayurveda, yoga, and emotional healing, one is prepared to awaken the inner self. Ananda offers different paths to enlighten oneself, from exploring the ancient philosophies of Vedanta, to higher states of meditation and mantra chanting, to self-study or swadhyaya and conscious spiritual practice or sadhana.
About Ananda in the Himalayas
Opened in 2000, Ananda in the Himalayas is a multi-award-winning luxury wellness retreat in the Himalayan foothills, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains, the birthplace of India’s ancient practices of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. Ananda is located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate and features exquisitely landscaped gardens, 70 elegant rooms with panoramic views of the valley or of the palace from private balconies, 4 suites with secluded private gardens, a historical Viceregal Suite with its own private terrace and 3 private luxury villas with 40 sq. meters private villa pools in the midst of Sal trees. Ananda’s signature wellness programs such as Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Ayurvedic Panchakarma, Detox, Yogic Detox, Dhyana Meditation, Weight Management, and Stress Management are world renowned. All customized programs begin with personal wellness consultations and follow a holistic approach towards achieving the best results in a safe, nurturing atmosphere guided by our team of expert Ayurvedic doctors, skilled therapists, nutritionists, yogis, and spa cuisine chefs. The expansive 25,000 sq. ft. spa offers 24 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness and Physiotherapy center, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool and luxurious hydrotherapy facilities. Ananda is acclaimed for its gourmet wellness cuisine. The daily changing wellness menu is based on Ayurvedic principles and is customized based on individual dosha or body type. Guests at Ananda can experience the grandeur of the Himalayas with outdoor adventure options including trekking, nature walks, white water rafting and jungle drives in the Rajaji National Park. A special highlight of this destination is a tour of the ancient temples and monasteries surrounding Rishikesh and ending with an unforgettable spiritual experience of the Ganga Aarti ceremony performed each evening on the banks of the holy river Ganges. In-room amenities include fresh cotton Kurta pajamas to be worn on premises, an exotic selection or aromatic baths, special morning elixir of ginger, honey or lemon teas, choice of classic to exclusive neck support pillows, turn-down service of healthy snacks with good night cards with profound quotes, complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TV, DVD player, coffee and tea machine, bathrobes, and bedroom slippers. For more information, visit www.anandaspa.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.