My Ayurvedic spa in India – herbal massages, yoga, steam bath – and lifestyle changes it induced me to make

I felt like a kid playing in a puddle, just that it wasn’t a puddle of water, but oil. I tried to get up but skidded and slid on the wooden table on which I was lying.

My therapist, 47-year-old Satyabhama, extended her arms to steady me. I was in Kairali The Ayurvedic Healing Village in Palakkad, a town in the verdant, southern Indian state of Kerala.

Ayurveda translates as “the science of life” and its therapies are based on natural principles. Maintaining a balance of the three doshas, or…

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