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What is Ayurvediya?
Ayurvediya is the adjectival form of Ayurveda in Sanskrit. It means “Ayurvedic.”

We are a spa/healing center/hospital looking to implement Ayurvediya treatments in a safe, effective, authentic manner. How can SA help us?
We recommend you browse this site. If you do, you will be introduced to the questions and issues we feel are important to address when you are aiming to introduce Ayurveda into your facility. You may find the “Education” page a good place to start. We aim to bring to light issues that you will need to address in order to implement safe, effective, authentic Ayurveda into your facility. We also offer certification and can organize trainings appropriately tailored to skill and education level.

I am a consultant who wishes to train a spa/healing center/clinic to introduce Ayurvediya treatments in a safe, effective, authentic manner. How can SA help me?
Please see the answer given above. The same applies in your situation.

What is the difference between shamana and shodhana and how do they relate to purvakarma and panchakarma?
“Shamana (palliative treatment) is that which does not expel the increased dosas (out of the body), does not excite (increase) the normal (dosa) but makes the abnormal (dosas) normal.” Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana: XIV: 6- 6 ½
Ayurveda treatments may fall under one of two categories: Shamana (Palliative Therapies) or Shodhana (Cleansing/Purification Therapies).Shamana works by pacifying excess doshas (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) in the body; restoring balance gently. Two common forms of shamana are snehana—literally “oiling”—and swedana—literally “sweating.” Snehana is often offered in the form of external application of an ample amount of warm, usually medicated oil. Swedana is often offered in the form of a steam room or steam box; it could also be offered in the form of a warm bath or soak.
Shodhana practices are designed to forcibly expel excess doshas or ama (toxicity) from the body. These practices often include purvakarma and panchakarma.
Purvakarma literally translates as “actions that come before.” In this case, the actions that precede panchakarma, which literally translates as “five actions:” medicated enemas, therapeutic vomiting, purgation and mild blood-letting and cleansing of the nasal passages.
Purvakarma techniques include internal snehana practices (including the intake of ghee or castor oil), external snehana practices (like abhyanga, pizichil and shirodhara), and swedana (sweating). While some of these practices can also be used in the context of shamana, in that context they are gentle and care is taken to limit their use and intensity. When they are employed within the context of shodhana, which is a more drastic cleansing regimen, they support excess circulating doshas to move to the koshta (digestive tract), from where they can be eliminated. Once the excess doshas have returned to the koshta, shodhana practices like panchakarma are used to expel them.
Shodhana requires the concurrent use of herbs, a simple diet, the supervision of highly qualified practitioners of Ayurveda and a medical setting. Most spas can safely and effectively offer shamana techniques. Shodhana techniques, like panchakarma, being more medical in nature, are more appropriate for clinical or hospital settings. There is greater potential for complications to occur in patients undergoing shodhana, so it requires more monitoring of patients, and more direction from trained, experienced practitioners.
Please see the Resources page on this website for reference material and educational opportunities to understand this better.

Many spas offer panchakarma techniques. How can I know if they are safe?
It is actually rare for a spa to really offer panchakarma, whether they are aware of this or not. What most spas offer are purvakarma techniques. These can act as shamana techniques or can be employed to prepare someone for panchakarma. It is a good sign if the spa knows the difference between purvakarma and panchakarma and between shamana and shodhana and can explain where their treatments fit. If panchakarma is indeed what the center offers, it is important to have a well-trained, experienced practitioner of Ayurveda to coordinate and monitor your treatments.

How often can shamana practices be safely used?
This varies, as there are contraindications for different shamana practices.  Even with simple shamana treatments, it will be best if guests are advised to follow certain lifestyle and dietary guidelines, and they should be monitored to make sure the treatments are not excessive for their particular needs and constitutions.
If treatments are offered too frequently outside of the context of panchakarma, there is a risk of moving ama and excess doshas out of the deeper tissues and into circulation in the body. Without proper support, this can be uncomfortable, even harmful, without using shodhana practices that aid to release or remove the toxicity and proper guidance.
For more information on this, please see the Useful Forms page.

Where can I go to receive more education on how to safely administer shamana or shodhana techniques, or to learn how to implement them in my facility?
Please see our Resources page and SA Workshops and Trainings page.

What is SA Certification?
SA Certification is designed to assist spas and clinics to meet high standards of safe, authentic Ayurveda practices and to provide consumers a way to immediately recognize distinguished Ayurveda spas .

What is the purpose of SA Certification?
Ayurveda has been rapidly spreading around the world over the past decade. In the early ‘90s, it was difficult to find a spa or facility that had even heard of Ayurveda; today it is unusual to find one that has not. Hearing about Ayurveda is one thing; knowing what is authentic, beneficial Ayurveda is quite another. Offering safe and effective Ayurvedic therapies requires further effort. Though there is now no lack of facilities that offer some sort of “Ayurvedic” treatments, there has been no way until now for the discerning client to determine whether or not the treatments offered are authentic. SA was created to address these needs.

When was SA Certification created and who created it?
SA Certification was launched in April of 2009 by Drs. Robert Svoboda, Ramkumar, Claudia Welch, and Sampath.

How can I gain Certification from SA?

Please go to our Certification page.