APR 2017

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Page 65 of 100 • april 2017 • [ 63 ] Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur Standing on the top of Chittar Hill in Jodhpur, famous for its blue-hued buildings, Umaid Bhawan Palace boasts a storied past. Built in 1943, this royal residence functions not only as the Maharajah's private home, but also as one of the world's most palatial hotels, having hosted everyone from Prince Charles to Liz Hurley, who married Arun Nayar in the beautifully manicured gardens. Located under the hotel's 148-foot-high cupola—the tallest in India after the Taj Mahal's—the subterranean Jiva Grande Spa features three treatment rooms, a couples' suite and an Ayurveda room. The latter is equipped for services such as Pichu, which uses an herbal poultice with hot medicated oils; Mukhalepa, an herbal facial; and Abhyanga, a highly popular hot oil body massage. Spa manager Savita Yadav, who holds a doctorate in Ayurveda, explains that here, it's common practice for therapists to seek blessings from Lord Dhanvantari, the god of Ayurveda, before working on clients. Furthermore, "the treatment table, or dhroni, is made of Neem wood, which has medicinal properties that are healing to the guest," she says. "Many of the vessels we use to hold Ayurvedic oils are made of brass or copper, which have potent anti-infl ammatory and antimicrobial properties." The spa menu also lists meditation and yoga, key tenets of Ayurveda. Needing to unwind, I booked the signature Samattva (120 min./$37), a balancing treatment that takes place in a yoga room adjoining the gym. After consulting with my yoga instructor, I was led through a series of breathing exercises, including alternate nostril breathing and customized yoga postures, followed by a round of fl ame-gazing meditation, gemstone visualization, intention setting and yoga nidra (yogic sleep). According to Yadav, this so-called conscious deep sleep "amplifi es a relaxed state of being. It helps our guests attain poise and equilibrium in mind, body and spirit, which they can incorporate into their own lives." And she's right. The experience loosened me up; I felt clearer and more centered. I'm happy to report that back home in busy Los Angeles, I've been meditating regularly and feeling all the better for it. u COURTESY UMAID BHAWAN PALACE Buy direct and save on over 100 products including spa disposables, towels, waxing, manicure and pedicure supplies. ZZZVSDUHQLW\FRPRU&DOO7ROO)UHHWRRUGHU 63$ )D[(PDLOVSDUHQLW\#\DKRRFRP

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