Ayurveda, is a 5,000-year-old complete healthcare, that originated in ancient India. Ayurveda has more than just individual benefits; it offers a path to harmony and wellness for couples, too. In the serene setting of an Ayurveda retreat, couples embark on a transformative journey, embracing ancient wisdom to nurture their health and relationship.
This blog explores how Ayurveda retreat for couples can deepen their bonds and enhance their well-being through shared Ayurvedic experiences.
The Principles of Ayurveda
Ayurveda focuses on the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, which represent unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental attributes. Understanding each other’s dosha can lead to a deeper understanding and acceptance, which is crucial for a harmonious relationship. At an Ayurveda retreat for couples, duos learn about these energies and how to balance them through diet, lifestyle, and treatment, creating a shared language of health and empathy.
Here are the three aspects of a relationship between couples that Ayurveda improves.
In any relationship, the first issue Ayurveda can help with is compatibility. The doshas give the couple a good idea about the predispositions they bring to the relationship, and from there, they can consciously decide where they are most compatible with each other and how much they will need to accept and adapt to their predispositions.
For example, a person with strong Vata is usually erratic and unpredictable. When Vata is balanced, these qualities will be part of an eager, enthusiastic, charming, and creative personality. The person with a strong Pitta sets a high expectation of discipline and order, which the Vata partner with Vata is unlikely to meet. Thus, it creates a discord in the relationship.
If the partner has a strong Kapha, there is natural steadiness and stability, which is also contrary to what a person with a strong Vata can contribute.
These imbalances cause missing pieces in a relationship. Ayurveda Retreat for couples allows the time, mind space, and methods to look objectively at what is natural for them and their partners.
Each dosha type has its own habit of thinking, feeling, and talking.
Vata brings a tendency to think quickly and spontaneously, to change moods rapidly and unpredictably, and to talk quickly, often in disconnected bursts. You will not share these traits if you are strongly Pitta or Kapha.
Pitta brings a tendency to think decisively, set feelings aside in favour of intellect, and talk directly.
If doshas are balanced, these traits do not have to conflict with a Vata partner. The Pitta type has to resist the urge to be in charge, listen to, and be receptive to what the partner with strong Vata wants to express.
A Kapha type thinks methodically, feels caring and patient, and speaks in support of other people. In many relationships, the partner with strong Kapha provides stability and grounding.
But there is a tendency for Kapha types to carry this too far. They can start to overlook their own needs in an effort to always be there for the other person. If taken too far, the Kapha person loses interest in the relationship, stops communicating, and feels indifferent or depressed.
You can gain enormously in your relationships by working on the two areas of compatibility and communication. But Ayurveda aims at something higher, a relationship based on awareness. Couples have to be aware to address the issues of compatibility and communication. A relentless awareness in relationships focuses on how to evolve together.
Consciousness is the source of the values in life: love, compassion, truth, beauty, creativity, inspiration, empathy, kindness, peace, and inner growth. These values only exist once they are experienced personally. Therefore, the ideal relationship is one in which both people do everything to allow the other person to share their feelings and experiences.
A relationship in which a couple does everything to allow the other person to experience these values has a strong spiritual dimension. It is evolutionary for both people. Also, when you are focused on how to evolve together, there is less temptation to be selfish.
After the phase of romance wears off, one choice is to fall back on your separate egos, which people do unconsciously as a default setting. Then the relationship may become a negotiation, a give and take between two different agendas, each driven by individual motives.
The other way is to find areas to mutually support each other to evolve together so that love, which begins as romance, deepens and matures. However, it does not happen automatically or by default. It requires conscious intent that two people share.
Recognising how your doshas work with another person’s doshas can make a huge difference in the relationship’s success. A relationship based on mutual awareness is the highest, most evolutionary, and most deeply spiritual choice. Ayurveda has the potential to catalyse this process.
How can Ayurveda retreat for couples help foster relationships?
An Ayurveda retreat for couples creates opportunities to understand their physical constitutions that are contributing to their relationship and gain the ability to find common grounds for them to rejuvenate their relationship. By participating together, couples can:
Shared Ayurvedic Practices
Ayurveda retreat for couples organises several activities designed to align their physical, emotional, and spiritual health:
- Dietary Adjustments: Nutritional guidance is provided based on each individual’s dosha, encouraging couples to prepare and enjoy balanced meals together.
- Yoga and Meditation: Shared yoga and meditation sessions allow couples to connect on a deeper level, aligning their energies and intentions.
- Massage and Bodywork: Learning and practising Abhyanga, or other forms of Ayurvedic massage, allows couples to give and receive a healing touch, enhancing physical and emotional intimacy.
- Herbal Remedies: Understanding and utilising herbal treatments can be collaborative, with each partner supporting the other’s health needs.
Overcoming Challenges Together
Adopting a new health paradigm isn’t without its challenges. Couples might find it difficult to adjust to new routines or confront health issues together. Ayurveda retreat for couples provides professional guidance and a supportive community to navigate these changes, emphasising patience, persistence, and the power of a shared journey.
Many couples leave Ayurveda retreats feeling rejuvenated, more connected, and equipped with the tools for continued health and harmony. Stories of relationships deepen, health issues are overcome, and lifestyles are harmoniously aligned through the shared commitment to Ayurvedic principles.
An Ayurveda retreat for couples offers a unique blend of relaxation, healing, and relationship enrichment. By embracing the principles of Ayurveda together, couples enhance their health and fortify their bonds, creating a shared journey of wellness that extends far beyond their time in the retreat. As they return to their daily lives, the wisdom and practices of Ayurveda continue to nourish their relationship and well-being.