Frequently Asked Questions

Ayurveda Questions

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is translated from Sanskrit as the "science of life and longevity." It is the art of living in harmony with the laws of nature to preserve health and heal disease.  According to Ayurveda, perfect health is achieved when each of our three fundamental biological energies are in balance, and through proper nutrition, rest, meditative practices, seasonal cleansing, and medicinal herbs we can revitalize our bodies physically, mentally and spiritually.


What conditions can Ayurveda treat?


Offering personally tailored rejuvenation programs based on Ayurvedic principles for conditions such as arthritis, back pain, headaches, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, chronic fatigue, muscle cramps, circulatory, digestive and skin problems. If you seek to enhance and improve your overall health, wellbeing and boost your immune system, the Ayurvedic rejuvenation and panchakarma programs offered here are ideal.

What does the Yoga Veda Ayurvedic Detox entail?

This program is rooted in the wisdom of Ayurveda and draws from its recommended daily practices for wellness.  We will eliminate meat, dairy, gluten, refined sugar and processed food to eliminate common obstacles to healthy, easy digestion.  The staples of the solid food diet will include organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains.  By lightening the digestive load, you'll free up energy to be redirected to immune function and cell rejuvenation.  After just one cleanse, you'll see the effects of this repair in the quality of your skin, eyes and hair, and after several cleanses, you'll notice that your immune system is significantly stronger.  Each day, you'll practice a traditional morning ritual to reduce inflammation, cleanse the kidneys, liver and gut, soften the skin, boost circulation, rev the digestive fires, increase elimination, and reduce bacteria in the mouth. 


What is panchakarma?


Panchakarma (detox) is a rich experience that leaves both the mind and body feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Recognizing that many illnesses result from the build-up of toxins in the body that impair the functioning of its natural defenses (lymph, circulatory and immune systems, together with respiratory and elimination systems), panchakarma promotes healing and restoration by eliminating toxins from the channel systems in the body. Unlike other detoxification programs, panchakarma is a gentle process that achieves deep cleansing without discomfort, and allows rejuvenating energy to flow freely through the body. Panchakarma is Ayurveda's powerful five step detoxification therapy consisting of a series of massage and cleansing treatments which are used to release the physical and emotional toxins stored in the body.


Why should I attend an Ayurvedic detox?


You were born with everything you need to heal yourself. After millions of years of evolution, your body is equipped for any challenges that comes its way: germs, cancer cells, you name it. But a huge, profit-driven medical establishment has been built around healing from the outside in, instead of inside out. The power of self-healing starts with detox. Yoga Veda detox retreats empower you to get well and stay well.


How do toxins accumulate in the body?


Toxins enter our body through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and even through our skin. Excess stress hormones make it more difficult for our bodies to lose the fat we are trying to get rid of. Yeast can also overload out bodies with toxins that cause our immune systems to work overtime; inflammation sets in, leading to inflammatory weight gain. This is a simple fact of life. Additionally, exposure to processed foods, prescription and over-the-counter medication, alcohol and pollution in the air can really take their toll on our bodies. Particularly our digestive systems. Our native ancestors had access to pure air and clean foods that helped keep the waste their bodies produced moving swiftly and efficiently out of their system. However, today your system can easily become clogged with toxins and metabolic waste.

Is juice included?

Juice is not included.  Juice is not traditionally used in Panchakarma detox so in keeping with the tradition we have not added any juices to our programs.  This allows for a reduced sugar intake, and aids in digestion.    

Will I be able to work out?

You will move through energy highs and lows - some days you'll feel more energy than you've felt all year and you may want to run several miles, and on other days when you might usually engage in vigorous exercise like weight lifting or power yoga, you may opt for a gentle morning yoga class or a few twists and stretches on your bungalow terrace.  Each day, you are asked to practice yoga for at least 20 minutes, even if it is just a few poses you remember from class practiced alone.  This daily sadhana not only continues to wring toxins out of the body, it fosters self-awareness and self-care, which really stands at the core of the program.

Is this program appropriate for beginners to cleansing and/or yoga?

Absolutely.  All of our programs are suitable for all levels, but most of the people that join our retreats have never cleansed before.  This detox is thorough but gentle and guided every step of the way.  You will ease in and out of the most deeply cleansing days slowly and will be instructed on the best foods to eat to ensure easy digestion before and after the cleanse.  

What can I expect to happen as a result of the cleanse?

Our bodies are such powerful detox machines that in just a few days, you'll notice clearer and smoother skin, brighter eyes, a natural flush in the cheeks, a rosy tint to the lips, softer, fuller hair, a flatter belly, less gas, less body odor, more balanced emotions, a sharpened mental clarity and brighter outlook, and (in most cases) weight loss of about 3-15 pounds, depending on constitution and the amount of weight one has to lose.  Because your body can process and metabolize food more efficiently after the detox, most keep the weight off and often lose more in the weeks and months following the program.

Is the detox appropriate for women that are pregnant or nursing?

No - it is best to avoid detoxification programs, especially those including fasts, while pregnant or nursing.  Our Ayurvedic Wellness Retreat is a better option for those who are looking to become healthier during pregnancy.  Jackie is also a mother who can guide on the many benefits of adopting an Ayurvedic Routine before, during and after pregnancy. 

Is the detox appropriate for those with other health conditions?

It is best to seek the opinion of your doctor, explaining the details of the cleanse outlined above.

Will I have to stop taking my medications during the detox?

No, you should not stop taking your medications without first consulting your doctor.






Yoga Veda

Ayurveda & Yoga Education

based in Thailand

offering international retreats, 

worshops and training programs


Yoga Veda 

Monte Vista Retreat Center

162/1 Nai Wok Beach 

Koh Phangan


Mobile +66 089-402-7727

USA 1-321-215-4588