Pancha Karma for River House
The purchase of River House for Rasa Ayurveda was completed in December, 2010. For our small company to acquire this lovely building was an awesome feat, only accomplished through the involvement and support of many women who have experienced the healing and self-renewal that can be found at Rasa Ayurveda, and who want our small clinic to have a permanent home.
It was explained to me that once we owned the building, we would have no problem getting a bank loan for renovations. Well, as many logistical, financial and legal processes go in India, it was not that simple. After much effort, inquiry and frustration I finally accepted that a bank loan was not possible, a huge disappointment and set-back. But not the end of the story!
At last, we’ve gathered up enough paise together – (one paise is 1/100th of a rupee) – that we are now beginning work on River House! We are delighted to share our hard-won progress with you here:
Just as when a woman comes to Rasa Ayurveda with a hope of awakening into her best healthy and happy self – her vision gathering clarity in her being even as she makes her plans to come to Rasa Ayurveda–we’ve have a clear sense of the beauty and function we hope to realize through this “treatment” for the River House. Not every detail has been decided upon, but as we move into the transformative process, we come upon elements we recognize will bring goodness to this home for Rasa Ayurveda, and when we do, we say “yes!”
Here, Sanju holds a sample of a clay – or “mud”– roof tile. Simple and traditional Kerala clay tile, yet with an uplifted line that reflects a pleasing attention to detail. We said “yes!” to these roof tiles, bought them and set them aside. Just like a woman starting in on her experience of pancha karma–the Ayurvedic process of detoxification and rejuvenation which will certainly bring her greater function and beauty inside and out – our house project does NOT begin with applying the decorations! First, we have to loosen up the undesirable elements we want to remove: the areas of decay, the ugly excesses.
We’re got to lighten up on the functional requirements temporarily–purify and strip down to the essentials–even if this leaves things looking a little plain for a short while.
Removing superficial excess is always a part of the healing and transformative process. And it feels so good to simplify!
Next, we clear away any complications or blockages so all can move freely and easily through natural pathways.
We invite more intimate contact with the 5 elements of Nature – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
We create expansive sattvic, sacred space to welcome physical and mental/emotional learning and creativity. A place dedicated to healthy connection with others and to a deepening realization of Self, and self-worth.
As in good Ayurvedic treatment, abundant time is a necessary element of a powerful and positive transformation. While we look forward to the day we can wrap River House in her gorgeous sari and a few touches of jewelry and show her off to the world, we are enjoying the entire process and all it brings, day by day and step by step.
We look forward to your continued support as the rebirth of River House continues. We will share all the details of the finished project with you soon!
With kind regards and all blessings for your health and happiness ~
Founder & Director
Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women