"Rejuvenation" is something that Ayurveda is famous for. It means "practical reversal of the aging process". It is one of the eight specialized branches of the practice of Ayurveda: 'Rasayana'. It deals with the maintenance of health. Rasa means juice or fluid, it is the vital fluid that we extract from the food we eat. It brings nourishment, it carries off toxins, it enhances our immunity, it looks a lot like what modern physiology calls lymph and plasma.
So Rasayana/Rejuvenation is the way to restore and maintain the fluids, the juiciness in our bodies. It restores our health and vitality, and in that way, our youth. Rasayana therapy is any herb, food, or therapy that restores youth, or heals imbalance. If taken or done in the right way it will keep you young and active, or restores this youthfullness, both physically, as well as mentally.
Rasayana therapy can be an ongoing practice in adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle, and taking Rasayana herbal formulations that rejuvenate different organ systems, such as chyavanprash, brahmi, triphala, and shilajit.
Rasayana therapy also can be going on retreat to receive special treatments with oils, herbs and foods. A dedicated time for healing and rejuvenating the body/mind.
By functioning according to nature’s clock we go with the flow of the universe. We’re not swimming upstream by separating ourselves from the natural flow of waking and sleeping, sunlight and darkness. Ayurveda suggests a daily routine, dinacharya, and a seasonal routine, rutucharya, that follows this natural flow. And it uses the simple laws of nature to balance the adverse effects of the passing of time and choices we make, understanding that:
Some elements of a Rejuvenating lifestyle are
Thousands of years ago the therapies of panchakarma and kaya kalpa were designed for the kings and queens, who wanted to live forever and never be old. They were isolated from their regular lifestyles so that they could rest and meditate. They were given special foods and plant preparations. Hot oil and herbal treatments were administered. They were purified and detoxed and then given pure, nourishing, harmonizing and health-building foods to rejuvenate them on a deep cellular level.
Nowadays we can all be kings and queens, by going on a retreat, doing panchakarma, doing a rejuvenating cleanse... and by applying Ayurvedic lifestyle principles. An Ayurvedic lifestyle is a way of treating ourselves that maximizes our bodies' self-healing capacities. Ayurveda teaches us to get out of our own way, and to learn to flow with the energies of nature. Regular rejuvenation/deep cellular detox is part of that lifestyle.
by Simone de Winter
Certified Ayurvedic Specialist and
owner of Marin Ayurveda