Many often assume that newer is better. Through this line of thinking, it’s thought that the modern world has delivered us to the peak of human progress in areas ranging from technology to philosophy to healthcare. However, despite our advancements, the increased comforts of modernity have also brought many problems, paving the way for diseases such as diabetes to run rampant throughout the world. Perhaps it’s time that we take a step back and consult the wisdom of the past in order to establish a healthier future.
One practical way that we can do this is through Ayurveda, India’s system of health care that is more than 5,000 years old. Although Western medicine has made great strides toward curing diseases, many find it lacking when it comes to preventing diseases in the first place when compared to Ayurveda.
This difference is especially important when it comes to diabetes. Although it’s quite difficult to cure type 2 diabetes once a patient is diagnosed, the ailment is relatively easy to prevent. For that reason, many patients experience great outcomes when using Ayurveda in tandem with modern treatment options for diabetes.
Western Medicine's Approach to Diabetes
After being diagnosed with diabetes, doctors practicing Western medicine typically prescribe treatments involving a combination of medications, diet, and exercise. For those with type 1 diabetes, regular insulin injections are required as well.
Prescription medications are essential for the treatment of diabetes from a Western point of view, unfortunately, these medications often carry negative side effects.
For example, medications such as Metformin, which help the body regulate blood sugar and respond to insulin, can have challenging side effects such as diarrhea and flatulence. The FDA recently determined that Canagliflozin, a drug used to lower blood sugar, causes an increased risk of leg or foot amputation. In addition to those challenges, diabetes drugs such as Pioglitazone and Januvia can increase the risk of bladder cancer and thyroid cancer. Not only do these drugs have negative side effects, but they are sometimes ineffective as well. In fact, up to 10% of patients stop responding to type 2 diabetes medications each year.
With these ineffective and sometimes dangerous interventions, despite Western medicine’s best efforts to cure diabetes, incidences of the disease continue to rise. Ayurveda provides an alternative approach that can be taken alongside your current, doctor-recommended, for managing diabetes that is both effective and safe.
Managing Diabetes with Ayurveda
Ayurvedic practitioners have been working to help patients with diabetes for thousands of years, with the earliest recorded reference to the disease originating between 1500 and 1000 BC in India’s Vedic texts.
Rather than simply putting a band-aid on the problem by using prescription meditations, Ayurveda tackles the root causes of disease, which are often found in imbalances in a patient’s diet and lifestyle. Although Western medicine looks at these areas as well, their analysis is shallow compared to Ayurveda’s in-depth approach of analyzing body types to determine the best approach for each unique individual.
Ayurveda uses the philosophy that like increases like and opposites balance. After understanding how a patient is imbalanced, Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe foods, herbs, spices, and exercises to bring the body back into a state of balanced health. With this technique, Ayurveda can remove the symptoms of diabetes and increase patient well-being.
In general, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are caused by an imbalance of Kapha dosha, which is comprised of the elements earth and water. Just like Western medicine, Ayurveda offers treatment in the forms of diet, exercise, and herbal medicines to help balance kapha.
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Ayurveda for Care and Prevention
With such a challenging outlook for those with diabetes and obesity in our country, it’s clear that we need a new approach outside of conventional methods.
Even if you’re not experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, if you have any of the risk factors, taking control of your health and preventative steps can mean you avoid ever being diagnosed. If you’ve already been diagnosed, Ayurveda is a natural, effective way to approach diabetes through time-tested methods of detoxification, rekindling the digestive fire, diet, and lifestyle.
Type 2 diabetes, and the leading cause of diabetes—obesity—are preventable.
Ayurveda is a transformative health-care and wellness system effective for centuries in the holistic management of health conditions and the restoration of well-being and optimal vitality. Clients often report weight loss, a reduction in medication, increased energy, improved stress management, enhanced quality of life, and more.
Diabetes and Weight Loss Wellness Program & Retreat Goals
Reduce weight and sustain healthy weight.
Reduce or slow diabetic progression.
Learn to to better manage diabetes and prediabetes.
Remove ama, or toxic buildup in the body and mind.
Improve Energy and Vitality
Reinstate healthy digestive processes.
Restore natural balance to your body.
We take an integrated, holistic approach to health and well-being and have a board-certified western medical doctor and an Ayurvedic doctor on-site during treatments.
- We take an integrated, holistic approach and have a western medical doctor and an Ayurvedic doctor on-site for the duration of the residential retreat.
- The entire program, start to finish, is 6 months. It starts with a consultation, recommendations before you arrive at the Center, and seven follow-up one-on-one calls with the doctor and community support after you attend the residential retreat.
- We only accept 12 guests at a time so that we are able to maintain a high quality of individualized service, attention, and care.
- Art of Living faculty comprises world-renowned Ayurvedic doctors from our Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research Hospital in Bangalore, India.
- The Art of Living has a dedicated university for individuals practicing to become Ayurvedic doctors.
- After the retreat, you’ll receive ongoing support and guidance through seven follow-up calls with the doctors, as well as our unique community support.
The Diabetes & Weight Loss Wellness Program and Retreat includes an 10-day residential retreat at our award-winning specialist Ayurvedic facility, Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center, Boone, NC.
During your residential retreat, hotel room and retreat room lodgings at the Shankara Ayurveda Spa will be provided with the program. Rooms include either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath, and complimentary wifi.
- Steam Room
- Movement Studio
- Relaxation Room
- Dedicated Dining Area & Demonstration Kitchen
Your all-inclusive package for the 10-day retreat features:
- Daily freshly prepared, nutritious, and tasty specialized meals
- Hotel & retreat room lodging
- Gentle yoga specific toward diabetes and weight loss
- Meditation & mindfulness sessions
- Access to herbal supplements
- Stress management coaching
- Community support
- One-on-one coaching
- Ayurvedic spa treatments, including an authentic customized Ayurvedic cleanse
After the immersive cleansing experience, clients often report feeling revitalized, lighter both mentally and physically and energized from the inside out, ready to manage their health.
We support you every step of the way on your journey to renewed health. Beyond the 10-day residential retreat at our award-winning specialist Ayurvedic facility, you receive 6 months of consultations and support from our Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor and unique community.
A week before your arrival to the 10-day residential retreat, you will receive a one-on-one consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor to facilitate and jump-start the cleansing process—this stage includes the introduction of medicinal herbs and simple diet cleansing instructions.
After the 10-day retreat, you will be provided with seven follow-up phone consultations that offer support, guidance, and ensure your health and wellness goals stay on track. There will also be instruction on which herbs to buy, how to take them, how to perform at-home treatments to mobilize and eliminate residual toxins, and a specific customized diet plan to follow. We are with you every step of the way.
Diet and exercise alone are often unable to clear the body of toxins that build up over time. During your treatment, we will focus on removing these toxins through a unique, customized Ayurvedic approach to cleansing. This process that has been shown to help those with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and weight gain restore digestive power, energy flow in the body, inner balance, and vitality.
In Ayurveda, it is recognized that each individual has a unique genetic makeup or constitution, and what is good for one individual may be bad for another. During this specialized program, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our world-class Ayurvedic doctors and board-certified Western medical doctor who will determine a customized diet and cooking plan specifically for you. Some adjustments to your diet will start just after registration for the retreat and continue beyond the retreat to support your journey to wellness.
Our mind, body, and spirit are so deeply interconnected that true restoration of health only happens when we treat the whole. Ayurveda is grounded in this principle. After consultation with our Ayurvedic doctor, our highly-trained Ayurvedic therapists work with your body and unique constitution to encourage healing, growth, and physical stress relief, bringing you into an open, blissful, and restored state.
Ancient Ayurvedic Medicine
Support your health with the most natural, highly effective, remedy the planet has made available to us for thousands of years. There will be many different customized combinations of herbs used throughout the program to help with circulation, blood sugar levels, pain, digestion, anti-inflammation, immunity, weight-loss, and more.
Yoga for Mind-Body Balance
Strengthen your mind, body, and soul through the practice of yoga. Gentle and accessible for everyone, the benefits of yoga are vast. We’ve designed a special yoga sequence to bring more energy to the pancreatic area to help cleanse, activate, and tone up the internal organs. Aside from supporting internal organ function, yoga enhances physical fitness and the restoration of mental and emotional balance. The many benefits of yoga extend far beyond prediabetes, diabetes, and weight loss, hence why yoga is continuing to grow in its popularity.
Evidence-Based Stress Reduction Practices
Stress is an important component to consider when considering the right treatment for prediabetes, diabetes, and weight loss. When chronic stress occurs, the hormones used in short term stress get left turned on for a long period of time. This can result in glucose piling up in the blood which can cause insulin resistance due to high glucose levels. Meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, chanting, and mudras are not only proven effective stress-reduction tools but are also much more accessible and more cost-effective compared to traditional Western approaches because you can easily practice them at home at no cost.
Throughout the program, we’ll empower you with healthy living seminars focused on diet and lifestyle choices for restored health, vitality, and lifelong well-being. Our expert team understands the importance of support, motivation, inspiration, and connection in helping you maintain lifestyle changes beyond the 10-day residential retreat. You'll receive one-on-one follow-up calls to keep you on track with your wellness goals and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also have access to our educational webinars and seminars with our Ayurvedic doctors and a board-certified Western medical doctor providing specialized guidance and information to help you make the most informed lifestyle choices. We support you every step of the way on your journey to health.
Natural Movement Fitness
We provide exercise options that are the most natural movement for your body, such as walking in nature or practicing gentle yoga. All of our exercises are easily achievable at home so you can continue your progress. These mindful exercises will help you to lead a more active life and balance your blood glucose levels. In addition to getting your heart rate up, yoga postures are specifically beneficial because they help to stimulate the pancreas to cleanse and activate internal organs, as well as relax the body-mind complex. We have seen 30 minutes of exercise per day drastically improve results for individuals challenged by diabetes, weight gain, and obesity. Say goodbye to gym memberships and hello to success!
10-Day Residential Retreat + 6-Month Support Program (Starting at $6,995)
We support you every step of the way on your journey to renewed health.
The program is designed to yield the highest results pertaining to the treatment of diabetes and weight gain. It begins one week before your arrival to the 10-day residential retreat and continues with 6-months of ongoing coaching and support.
You begin with a simple, fully guided, 7-day at-home pre-cleanse, which prepares your body and mind to make transformational changes during your residential retreat and sent home with guidance and support.
Outline for the 6-month program, including the 10-day residential retreat below. Please note, this schedule is subject to change and will vary based on the guests’ needs.
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Shankara: Authentic Ayurveda
Experience our award-winning Ayurveda health facility at Shankara Ayurveda Spa located deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We combine ancient Ayurveda with contemporary wellness to bring you the ultimate therapeutic experience.
Our team of Ayurvedic doctors, practitioners, highly-trained therapists, and esteemed board-certified western medicine doctor are dedicated to providing excellence in Ayurvedic health and well-being. Together, we specialize in individualized holistic care to the whole mind-body complex and the management of health conditions.
From the moment you arrive, we take care of everything so you can focus on what matters most—your health and well-being.
Relax and rejuvenate in the deeply healing and restful setting of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, and enjoy a blend of facilities to support your well-being, including a relaxation room, steam room, movement studio, dedicated dining area, and a cooking demonstration kitchen.
Your journey to health and vitality begins here.
“A 380-acre sanctuary… a balancing act of rest and activities”
Currently, we are catering to Type 2 Diabetes who are not on insulin or anyone that is pre-diabetic or has any case of insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.
We are currently not able to accept anyone that falls into the following categories:
- Anyone using insulin- either type 1 diabetic or complicated type 2 on insulin.
- Diabetics on 4 or more diabetes medications.
- Recent hospitalization within 1-year with diabetes-related complications.
- If within 6 month had gastrointestinal bleeding- either due to stomach ulcer or from the colon.
- Had weight reduction surgery like lap band or Gastric bypass within 1 yr. (Liposuctions is ok).
- If your mobility is extremely restricted due to weight gain and can not walk, cannot sit or participate in any form of exercise.
- Pregnant with gestational diabetes or lactating.
During your initial consultation with the board-certified western medical doctor please inform them of any current prescription medication you are taking and medical history.
Please discuss your special dietary need or allergies with an Ayurveda specialist. Dietary requirements, such as gluten-free and vegan options are generally available.
No. If you have diabetes, you will work with our team to help manage your diabetes and/or lose weight. We will have both an Ayurvedic doctor and a board-certified western medical doctor on staff to care for you during the process. However, it will be up to your primary care provider to make the decision. We encourage that you share all your herbal and non-herbal supplements with your primary care doctor.
No. If you have diabetes, you will work with our team to help manage your diabetes and/or lose weight. We will have both an Ayurvedic doctor and board-certified western medical doctor on staff to care for you during the process. However, it will be up to your primary care provider to make the decision. We encourage that you share all your herbal and non-herbal supplements with your primary care doctor.
During this specialized 6-month program and 10-day retreat, you’ll receive an individualized diet specific to your unique body type to rebuild your body and your digestion. A lot of the foods that will be prepared and recommended are based around a plant-based diet.
Aside from your personal effects (and any medication), we suggest you bring comfortable clothing and layers (mountain weather can be changeable), and anything that will help you feel more at home.
You may wish to also bring swimwear for use in the steam room.
Each studio space at the Center is equipped with yoga mats, blankets, and blocks.
During your pre-cleanse, cleanse and post-cleanse a plant-based diet is recommended. However, we will create a program which is sustainable for long-term success.
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness.
*NOTE* Please avoid using GPS. It will take you up a private road to a locked gate. Use directions provided on this site.
Distance from Nearest Airport: 2 hours by car without traffic
Absolutely, for an additional fee. You can create your own vacation with an R&R Retreat and spend some additional days relaxing at the Center. Choose from a variety of daily classes, activities, and spa treatments, as well as an abundance of nature trails and quiet spaces. Please discuss with our Ayurveda specialist for details.
You’ll receive an individualized diet plan specific to your unique body type to rebuild your body and your digestion. During the residential retreat, you’ll be served a plant-based diet to support the process.
Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.