Ayurveda Journey

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 Ayurveda Health Retreat, Tuscany, Italy, August 24-30, 2014, Five nights at a stunning 17th century eco-villa surrounded by 750 bio-dynamic acres of rolling hills, forests & vineyards. Bucket list worthy retreat. California-based Ayurvedic author and expert, Talya Lutzker, a certified Ayurveda practitioner, yoga teacher, and professional chef and author of two Ayurvedic cookbooks, including the newly released, The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen: Finding Harmony Through Food, and Gayle Olson, yoga teacher and author of The Yoga & Fitness Guide for Women, are hosting an Ayurvedic Health & Yoga Retreat in Italy. An exotic exploration of Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurveda as a foundational, do-it-yourself medicinal path you can incorporate into your everyday life, and Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa-inspired yoga classes will be taught in an ancient shala, overlooking Tuscan hills and groves. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Originating in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: ‘Ayu’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means the knowledge of. To know about life is Ayurveda.

Located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena near the famous medieval towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, this beautiful villa and retreat center could not be more perfectly situated for privacy and nature, while granting access to charming villages for shopping and sight-seeing. The meals -featuring organic, vegetarian and Ayurvedic, farm-to-table fare, are served on a terrace overlooking a lake. The produce and grains are grown on bio-dynamic land or sourced from neighboring organic farms. Bread, honey, jams, wine, olive oil, soaps, toiletries, and other herbal products are all made from natural sources from the estate and the surrounding areas. A Mediterranean-Style Yoga Retreat that blends good health with good living. Designed as a healthy holiday that promotes physical health and well-being, while immersing you in an old-world appreciation of culture, slow-food cuisine, connection to the land, and the value of a good siesta! For information on this journey and more visit Exotic Yoga Retreats.