A Traditional Healing Centre for Women
At Rasa Ayurveda we’ve been devoted to every woman’t health and happiness, East and West, for many years.
Because when a woman feels healthy and happy, she naturally expresses her beauty, intelligence, joy, authenticity and strength. She’s able to make her unique contribution to her loved ones, and to our world.
And don’t you agree that our world can use all the positive shakti—or “woman power”—we can offer in these times?
Rasa Ayurveda was operated by MayaShakti Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd., India. Website and Marketing by MayaShakti Ayurveda, LLC., USA. MayaShakti Ayurveda–East and West–have been founded on socially-conscious and ecological business principles.
But everything has it’s time.
Every good and beautiful living thing sprouts, takes root, blooms, fades away, and offers its seed for the future.
Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre was a stunning bloom of no equal. The time has come to permanently close Rasa Ayurveda.
Please read a message from the Founder and Director of Rasa Ayurveda, here.
When one things ends, another begins. Niika has been busy planting the seeds of the future of Ayurveda for women, and we’d love to welcome you to our sister website – just sprouting up – AyurMama.com to explore how to bring Ayurveda to your life wherever you are right now.
If you’re ready to learn more about how the power of Ayurveda for women can bring transformation to your health, your life and your sense of self, we invite you to join Niika Quistgard and women from all over the world at http://ayurmama.com, a special Ayurveda resource for women.
The word “rasa” means “juice,” “essence,” “taste,” and “top enjoyment.”In Ayurvedic terminology, a Rasayana is any substance or practice bringing rejuvenation. In Ayurveda’s theory of metabolism, Rasa is the foundation of all our bodily tissues, and the primary source of our fertility and immunity. High-quality rasa leads to physical health, longevity and mental well-being.
Cofounder, Rasa Ayurveda
I’ve had a heartfelt relationship with Indian philosophy, spirituality and culture since I was a young teen. In the early 80’s, I traveled and lived in Maharashtra, India for a couple of years. While in India, I discovered Ayurveda–the science of life and longevity–and later undertook formal study. I’m a bit older now, and after almost ten years of clinical practice and teaching Ayurveda for women in the West, I came to the Indian state of Kerala for my own session of Ayurvedic rejuvenation.
On my very first trip, I simply fell in love. Kerala is the sweet spot of India–the birthplace of Ayurveda, and Trivandrum especially continues to resonate with the life pace of ancient times. I liked it so much, I stayed on half-time and began looking for an opportunity to establish a women’s Ayurvedic healing retreat. I had dreamed of creating a place that truly honors each woman’s power to heal her body, her mind, and even to transform her life. A place where eastern and western women learn from and support each other. A place promoting conservation of native medicinal plants and sustaining healthy traditional practices of lifestyle and diet.
My teenage son joined me here for several months, getting to know Kerala and advising me in my quest. We enjoyed developing relationships with the loving people in our Trivandrum neighborhood. We also had the good fortune to forge close ties with Sanjeev Kumar (Sanju) and his family. Sanju is a skilled and caring Siddha therapist with more than 20 years experience treating patients from all over the world. Over time, Sanju became a true uncle to my son, and my heart’s adopted brother.
I’d noticed the positive effect Sanju had not only on the patients he gave therapies to, but even those he simply spoke with. As we found time, we shared many conversations about the true essence of healing and the value of happiness–enjoyment, juice, rasa–in life and health. He’d say to me, “Chechi” (chechi means sister)—”The patient herself is 40% of all healing. Without a good mind state in the patient, we can give so many therapies and so many powerful medicines, but if the patient is unhappy, how can they have their full effect?”
His respect for the divinity inherent in every body shone through his work and his words. He explained to me, “Chechi, we can think of what we do as therapists as simply removing rust in those places where there is rust. Our treatments cleanse off impurities and highlight the goodness of the body. We are not adding anything to the patient that is not already there itself. When the patient admits these treatments with 100 percent of mind, the results are outstanding.” I was delighted to have found this person who shared my conviction in the patient’s innate wholeness, no matter the imbalance that may be manifesting.
Continuing to explore possibilities for establishing a healing center, I talked with people and looked into locations, but the right situation didn’t present itself. My son had gone home, and eventually, I returned to my practice in the U.S., helping women discover the power of Ayurvedic knowledge and experience.
Five months later I made one more trip to India, thinking I’d have a nice visit with my Malayalee family, pack up my Kerala home and maybe let go of my dream for a while. This time, though, Grace flooded each day! Everything magically fell into place. First, Sanju’s employer moved out of town and accepted his resignation. He is only a fine healer and teacher, but also an experienced clinic manager. I knew he would be an enormous help to establishing the women’s healing center, and he agree to work with me. Next, a perfect center site became available right here in my neighborhood. Local supporters seemed to walk out of thin air to help us in the tasks of establishing Rasa. Clearly, the unseen force–the MayaShakti–was behind all the unfolding.
I feel incredibly blessed to live a life of Ayurveda in Kerala. It is with much gratitude that we welcome you to Rasa Ayurveda – a place to live some days in the company of the local people and plants, to steep yourself in Ayurveda, to hear, smell, taste and be touched by Mother Nature–our ultimate healer, our source and our home.
“I loved the personal approach and atmosphere. Rasa Ayurveda was a home away from home. Great doctor and therapists. The treatments were specifically designed for me, and the massages were beautiful.”Prabha Claire Demasson
“Rasa Ayurveda has such a warm, supportive, caring family-like atmosphere which is so important when receiving treatment. The garden and land are magical. Watching the preparations of medicines was so good. The whole experience was well integrated, an informal, yet well-organized approach.”Krystyna Zaremba
“It’s so easy to forget our connection with Mother Earth in the West, but here at Rasa Ayurveda the respect for the healing properties of plants, energies and the knowledge of how to use them put me in touch with myself again. Also, the therapists are confident in their abilities and give so generously through their touch.”
“I really think that my stay at Rasa Ayurveda was perfect.”
“I’ve been sharing my Rasa experience whenever I can. I had such a peaceful time there that supported me through my transition. This could not have been possible without your incredible staff.”Maria Carbonell
“Wonderful people, relaxed atmosphere and great treatments really gave me the opportunity to completely rest without being worried, feeling guilty or any other things popping into my mind. Through this process I feel I was able to let go of old patterns built up from when I was young, and don’t need anymore.
“I can only say Rasa Ayurveda is surely the place I was looking for to do my Pancha Karma treatment. I hope I will have the opportunity to come back in the future. I know now that I can feel very much at home in a place so different from Holland.”
What is Pancha Karma?
Pancha Karma is the classic Ayurvedic regimen for purifying and rejuvenating the physical and emotional bodies.
Originally designed to bolster the health and longevity of royalty, Pancha Karma is a wonderful process designed to “hit the reset button” in our health and lives. Considered most valuable for protecting natural balance and preventing disease, the clearing and restoration available thru Pancha Karma is powerful preventative medicine. Through Pancha Karma, toxic residue, energies and blockages can be guided out and away from the body and mind before obvious symptoms become manifest.
Pancha Karma can also halt disease in some patients, reverse the disease process in some, and potentially heal previously damaged tissues in some women. At Rasa Ayurveda, we feel particularly confident treating digestive imbalances, sinus difficulties, joint problems, reproductive and hormonal disorders, overweight and underweight cases, some auto-immune diseases, “burn out” and other mental/emotional/nervous system imbalances. Post-chemotherapy patients have also benefited greatly from treatment.
A Pancha Karma program involves three parts:
1) Poorva Karma – Preparation
After an initial consultation, dietary and herbal practices prepare or “ripen” the body and mind for complete detoxification and elimination of excess doshic energies.
2) Pancha Karma – the “Five Actions”
As diet and herbal support continues, customized therapies act to coax toxins and excess doshic energies from deeper tissues into the digestive tract. These toxins and forces are then eliminated through those of the five actions determined most appropriate for you. The five actions of Pancha Karma are designed to eliminate excess toxins and doshic energies from the tissues and pathways of the body and mind to support health, increase digestive power, build the vitality of the tissues, nourish the nervous system, balance the mind and restore the senses to clarity.
3) Rasayana – Rejuvenation
Once body and mind are clean and clear, it’s time to build all the tissues with excellent nourishment for sustained well-being and longevity. A customized Rasayana program includes nutrition plan, herbal supplements, therapeutic self-care practices and lifestyle choices.
Pancha Karma is thought to increase healthy longevity, improving one’s capacity to accomplish one’s dharma (sacred life purpose) while fully enjoying all the natural pleasures of life.
Pancha Karma effectively “hits the reset button” in body and mind, and almost always results in a true experience of “re-birth,” when a woman can experience what it is to be renewed in mind, body and spirit.
To learn more about some of the many traditional Ayurveda and Siddha Vaidya therapies offered at Rasa Ayurveda, click here.
Many choose to do Pancha Karma after a period of stress or overindulgence in poor dietary choices. Some make Pancha Karma an annual birthday gift to themselves, or do PK at every change of season. (That’s three times a year, according to Ayurveda.)
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