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Goodbye Rasa Ayurveda

Goodbye Rasa Ayurveda

After spending much of the last 9 years here in Kerala, South India – a time richly abundant with life, love, learning and service–the moment has come to permanently close Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women. Rasa Ayurveda Traditional...

The Wish

The Wish

Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women began as a wish in my heart, a wish to offer women the opportunity to experience authentic Ayurveda in a sacred, ashram-like environment where the guru each woman listened to is her own inner wisdom. In addition to...

Meet Anjana

Meet Anjana

Today is a special day for my niece, Anjana S. Nair. It's her birthday! Traditionally, birthdays are not celebrated during the first year after a close relative passes away. But she has been on my mind and in my heart so strongly, I can't help but at least acknowledge...

Bindu G. Nair

Bindu G. Nair

Bindu G. Nair has joined the team of MayaShakti Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. ~ For her entire adult life, Bindu has been a supportive wife of our recently deceased Manager, Sanjeev Kumar S. - best known as 'Sanju,' and a devoted mother to their daughters, Aiswarya (15) and...

Sanju’s Passing ~ Your Prayers

Sanju’s Passing ~ Your Prayers

It is with great sadness that we at Rasa Ayurveda share our truly tragic and shocking loss of Sanjeev Kumar S. – known to all as "Sanju." Sanju aniyan's passing is an enormous loss we cannot begin to fully understand at this time. As my adopted Malayalee brother,...

Pancha Karma for River House

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...

Woman Power in India

Woman Power in India

It's not always easy to make a business work. Any business that involves caring for, housing and feeding people around the clock will be extra challenging. Making it all work in India? A fierce dedication, a whole lot of energy and quite of bit of good luck have GOT...

Monsoon Meditation

The sensory qualities of monsoon make it a natural time to turn one’s attention within. Meditation comes easily now. The world is soft and quiet, and every storm washes the inner and outer worlds clean. Even if you can’t come to Kerala to receive Ayurvedic treatment...

Found My Bliss at Rasa Ayurveda

Found My Bliss at Rasa Ayurveda

I’ve had the good fortune to be lovingly looked after by the very capable staff at Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women twice now, and I’m eagerly awaiting visit number three! My first time to Rasa Ayurveda was for a women’s retreat offered through...

Foundation for the Future

Foundation for the Future

Dear Friends ~ Great news! With the help of so many from all over the world who encouraged, donated, made advance purchases of treatment time and offered heart-felt prayers, we are thrilled to announce the  purchase of River House for Rasa Ayurveda! Besides just...

Dosa ~ Super Tasty!

Dosa ~ Super Tasty!

Here in Kerala, everyone loves dosas! A dosa is a thin, crepe-like pancake. Most commonly made from urad daal (a tiny white bean) and rice, dosa is a ubiquitous item on the breakfast menu in every Malayalee home and hotel. My brother Sanju – our manager at Rasa...

A Team Approach to Healing

A Team Approach to Healing

Tona Leiseth came to Rasa Ayurveda for group trip last year thru AyurvedaTrip.com. She’d been struggling with health issues for years, and still lacked a diagnosis she could trust. We felt confident that if she extended her stay to focus on her health, we could help...

Prayers for Gabe

Prayers for Gabe

Namaskaaram to you~ With sadness and concern, the staff at Rasa Ayurveda received the news that my son Gabe, 19 years old was terribly injured in an accident in the U.S. in which he lost both of his legs. Since then, our Rasa Ayurveda family has been a wonderful...

Earth Day, 2009

Happy Earth Day! Photo: The paddy field, adjacent to Rasa Ayurveda. Our Mother Earth is even more vital to our survival than well our actual mother…! We all arise from Her, take all our sustenance from Her, and rely on Her to deal with our wastes. And ultimately, our...

Staff Recreation Days

Staff Recreation Days

Namaskaaram to you~ At Rasa Ayurveda, we treasure our staff members! Every year in early March, when the annual temple festival season heats up along with the temperatures and our season of healing winds down. The staff take a bit of a break before coming back...

Making Mukuttu

When you come to Rasa Ayurveda, you'll have the chance to see, smell, touch and experience the healing power of traditional medicinal oils like Murivenna, Mukuttu, Pinda Tailam, Chinjaadi, Karpooradi and Bringaamalakaadi, to name a few. In the last few weeks, we've...

Rasa Ayurveda is One Year Old

Can you believe it? It's Rasa Ayurveda's 1st birthday! Here are our favorite local kids enjoying masala doshas at our inauguration celebration one year ago. They look good here… happy and fine. But you should see them now! In the last year, they’ve grown up a lot....

Traditional Thatch

Traditional Thatch

Namaskaaram to you~ The weather in Trivandrum is hot and dry now, so it’s a good time to re-thatch the treatment rooms on the roof at Rasa Ayurveda. It won’t be long until monsoon begins in June, the classically perfect time to take traditional therapies. Kerala, as...

Karthika: Light Up the Night

Karthika: Light Up the Night

Karthika – a beautiful night of lamp-lighting–was celebrated here tonight. A Tamil festival, Karthika arrives very close to the Winter Solstice, when Mother Nature Herself invites us to remember that as individuals and as a vast human family we have the power to leave...

Warming Up with Rasam

Here in Kerala, South India, the agni-boosting qualities of this thin, spicy soup are relied upon at large wedding and other celebratory meals. (Toward the end of the meal, as you lean over your banana leaf plate feeling full of the rich wedding feast, knowing you...

Enjoying the Present, Growing the Future

Thank you to so many who called or emailed today in the midst of all the reporting on the Mumbai terrorist episode to check on us here at Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women. We're happy to say that we are all well and fine here. All is peaceful here in...

Thulasi Devi

In the midst of a significant life transition, Christina Reinhart came to Rasa Ayurveda to experience and learn Ayurveda. A recent graduate of Bastyr University in Washington, U.S., Christina lives in Fargo, North Dakota. The photo shows her blooming in Rasa’s...

Shirovasti: Crown of Calm

This beautiful woman from Wisconsin told us she hadn’t had a good night’s sleep since her children were born 25 years ago! After a five-day series of shirovasti therapy, she slept perfectly throughout the night. She slept like the babies who’d triggered her shift to...

Cookin’ with…Waste!

Rasa Ayurveda is situated in a quiet neighborhood, just outside the ancient, small city of Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. In many good ways, life is still very local and slow. Consider trash, for instance. No big trucks come ’round weekly to collect garbage. No it...

Mm… Mm… Amla

Mm… Mm… Amla: It’s a fruit. It’s a medicine. When I'm shopping for produce here in Kerala and point to this round green fruit, if the shopkeeper speaks English, he will say, Gooseberry? The amla fruit also known as amalaki, or nellikka here in Kerala's Malayalam has...

A Blessed Beginning

A Blessed Beginning: Wise and wonderful Ganapati clears the path ahead. Have you seen the chubby elephant-faced god, Ganesh? Here in India where Hindu culture thrives, there is a deity a particular manifestation of the One Faceless, Divine Cosmic Energy for every...

Suma

Suma

Assistant Cook & Laundry Person

Rema

Rema

Cleaner & Emergency Cook