Panchakarma (five actions) is a
cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and
consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall
health, wellness and self-healing.
Contact this department at (505) 291-9698, Ext. 114 or by email at Panchakarma.
Our Natural State
According to Ayurveda, our natural state
is one of health, happiness and an inner sense of well-being.
Health is defined as the body being clear of toxins, the mind
is at peace, emotions are calm and happy, wastes are efficiently
eliminated and organs are functioning normally. In a busy,
stressful and toxic world, our physical and mental systems
accumulate toxins causing deterioration in bodily functioning.
This eventually weakens our systems, which opens the door
for chronic, degenerative, and non-specific diseases to develop.
These can evolve into serious specific diseases, ultimately
damaging an individuals health and wellness.
Panchakarma can help by reversing these
negative effects of daily living. It can restore your natural
state of health and wellness by cleansing your body of toxins,
bringing balance into your system and improving bodily function.
It can also help you sustain this process by making positive
changes in lifestyle.
The Panchakarma therapeutic process appears
quite simple in its application. However, its effects are
powerful and effective. Panchakarma is a unique, natural,
holistic, health-giving series of therapeutic treatments that
cleanse the bodys deep tissues of toxins, open the subtle
channels, bring life-enhancing energy thereby increasing vitality,
inner peace, confidence and well-being.
Our Panchakarma Program
Our five-day program, designed by Vasant Lad and based on his
30 years of clinical Ayurvedic and allopathic experience,
is custom-tailored to your current state of health, wellness
and constitution. It is the starting point to pro-actively
manage and improve your own health and wellness. Personal
attention is given to each clients specific needs.
Our Basic Panchakarma Program includes:
orientation on Sunday evening before your program begins on
Ayurvedic consultation assessment including a pulse evaluation
Ayurvedic treatments of approximately two hours consisting
of: Abhyanga (a two-person synchronized oil massage), Swedana
(individual herbalized sweat therapy), Shirodhara (pouring
of warm oil to the forehead), Udhulana (herbalized dusting
of the body)
chromo (color) therapy session
Ayuryoga® classes that assist in eliminating toxins and doshas,
and have a therapeutic and restorative effect on the system
with a Panchakarma Consultant throughout the week to monitor
therapeutic diet of kitchari and herbal teas provided daily. All of the food and tea served is 100% organic.
and diet recommendations specific to each individual
attendance of Ayurvedic education classes with Vasant Lad, Monday-Thursday,
6-9 PM when the Ayurvedic Studies Program is in session, or
by his advanced students when Vasant Lad is not available
environment that provides space for true contemplation and
for herbal rasayanas (rejuvenatives) for you to take after
health and wellness program for healthy diet, exercise and
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Panchakarma is an effective and powerful
self-healing process. Clients report significant improvements
in their health, wellness and vitality.
my favorite. It was
a completely relaxing, very uplifting,
expansive and deep experience.
T.J., San Diego
I felt the cleansing
effect of the toxins
being removed. The therapists were very sensitive and
responsive to my needs.
really impressed me was that
several months after my treatment
the effects did not fade.
You too can experience these benefits.
The following services are available at
an additional charge:
private yoga sessions
subtle therapy treatments that may be prescribed
housing nearby conducive to a healing, quiet and supportive
Ed Danaher is the manager of the Panchakarma Department at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He first studied Ayurveda with Maharishi Ayurveda while at the university, working on graduation as a panchakarma therapist at Maharishi Ayurveda Clinic in Fairfield, Iowa. He has been studying Ayurveda with Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute for more than 24 years. After taking the Ayurvedic Studies Program, he completed the Gurukula Advanced Studies Program and was subsequently licensed as a massage therapist to continue his work as a panchakarma therapist.
||As the panchakarma department grew, Ed became department coordinator and ultimately department manager. In this position, he works intensively on a one-to-one basis with Vasant Lad, practicing the advanced and finer points of Ayurveda. As department manager, he is responsible for daily follow-up with panchakarma clients, training new panchakarma therapists, department planning, and oversight of daily operations. Since 1997, the panchakarma department has remained open when Vasant Lad is not in residence, at which time Ed sees clients and is responsible for all evaluations and consultations.
the past 27 years, I have personally supervised more
than 5,000 clients in their panchakarma programs. Panchakarma
may seem simple, but it begins a process that brings about
significant shifts in body, mind and spirit. Clients move
toward renewed health and wellness in ways that they often
have been unable to achieve otherwise."
~ Ed Danaher
||Manager of the Panchakarma Department since
1988, Ed Danaher works closely on an almost daily basis
with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, consulting with clients and directly overseeing
panchakarma programs. A skilled panchakarma therapist, he
has been a student of Vasant Lad's throughout this time
and is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Studies Program and the
more advanced Gurukula Program. He is experienced in pulse
analysis and all forms of panchakarma therapy as well as dietary and lifestyle