Ayurveda orginated in the Indian subcontinent however you do need to travel that far to enjoy the benefits of this lifestyle. A hidden gem can be found tucked away in the Tyrolean Mountains, the 30-room Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, led by Dr Alaettin Sinop. Be inspired and refreshed by their take on Ayurveda, that offers exceptional value for money, and is only a couple of hours travel from London.
An Ayurveda team of 13 specialists offer a huge range of programmes, from Shirodhara, acupuncture to the full-on traditional Panchakarma detox. The daily programme is comprehensive In terms of activities, you have yoga, breathing exercises and meditation by the lake, as well as the best oil massages you will ever experience
Nutrition plays a prominent role in Ayurvedic medicine and is considered one of the three pillars of health. In Ayurveda, there are three constitutional types (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), and the suggested meals for each constitution differ. Guests are provided with detailed instructions regarding meals alongside their Ayurvedic treatment programme.The food is delicious and healthy, colourful and enticing offering a balanced vegetarian cuisine that is based on the principles of Indian healing but adapted to suit western taste buds. The ingredients are sourced from local farms and markets and are first class.
Sonnhof is perfect for those who would like to sample the principles of Ayurveda, without having to schlep to the Indian sub-continent. For those who are knowledgeable with Ayurveda and love its principles then the Sonnhof offers great value for money, it’s perfect for all spa lovers. Sonnhof is a family-run affair and the owner, Johann, is always on hand to ensure that guests have all they need for the perfect stay. He is assisted by his daughters Lisa, who teaches many of the yoga and meditation classes, and Christina, with her Ayurvedic degree, who is involved in the daily running of the Ayurveda programme.
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