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At Kare Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat, a variety of treatments and programs are offered and each guest can find what suits him best, with guidance from the experienced doctors and personnel. Kare teaches you to live in such a way that the disease process does not occur in the first place. The team strives to maintain the perfect harmony between an individual's body, mind and soul, by means of Ayurveda therapies, Iyengar Medical Yoga and serving food according to the body constitution.
Each room at KARE is individually designed to create an ambiance of calm, relaxed and soothing comfort in an environment that brings you one with nature.
Beautiful cottages, with ethnic interiors allow residents a serene setting to live in. All modern amenities ensure that you are in complete comfort while experiencing the carefully administered treatments that Ayurveda has evolved through the ages. At KARE, the team's hospitality is always at hand to serve your needs.
Ayurveda emphasizes on preventive and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system; it is a science and art of appropriate living, which helps to achieve longevity. It can guide every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise, to restore balance in the body, mind and soul, thus preventing disease and maintaining health.
At Kare Retreat, Iyengar medical yoga is conducted under the supervision of qualified and expert teachers. One-on-one yoga lessons are also conducted for persons ailing from debilitating or painful illnesses and for the very elderly.
Iyengar yoga is meant for all and is a way of life. The use of props, designed by B.K.S. Iyengar Guruji, such as wooden gadgets, belts, ropes helps the practitioner to achieve perfection in any asana. Kare's aim is to teach the guests in such a way that they can carry home what they have learnt and continue their daily practice at home. Regular practice of 'Iyengar yoga' definitely integrates the body, mind and emotions.
Dr. Roli Rangappa was born into a family of Ayurvedic doctors that traditionally treated several Indian royal families of repute. Dr Rangappa dreams of nothing short of spreading Ayurveda throughout the world, especially the magic treatment of Panchkarma. Dr Rangappa holds a BAMS degree from the Bhartiya Vidyapeeth university and has attained post - graduate proficiency in Panchkarma from the Tilak school of Ayurveda.
Dr. Prakash Kalmadi, a doctor of western medicine, has practiced medicine for more than 35 years. He experienced the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment in his own personal life which brought about dramatic transformation in his health. Dr. Kalmadi's belief in Kare philosophy is reflected in his day to day actions, and is a motivating factor for his staff. He is also passionate about Iyengar yoga, not only as a practitioner, but also as a teacher of Iyengar medical yoga in the treatment program at Kare.
Looks after the aesthetic interiors of the retreat may it be residential rooms of the guests or the therapy rooms. Being a psychologist she also boosts of the morale of the staff when they get over stressed with work, and also interacts with the guests to make their stay more pleasant. She is also the brain behind the culinary expertise of the retreat.
Mr. Ratanlal Shah may have a 76-year young body - but has spent a lifetime practicing Iyengar yoga, over 40 years in fact. He is one of the most qualified yoga teachers from the Iyengar institute. He brings with him his rich experience, expertise with total dedication and devotion. He was privileged to learn medical yoga from the Master [Dr.B.K.S Iyengar ] himself and developed into a professional yoga teacher.
Dr. Rohit holds a B.A.M.S. Degree from Punes Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed university, and is well trained in pulse diagnosis. His family roots lie in the spiritual city of Varanasi, the home of gods. His all - consuming passion to study Ayurveda provided him the opportunities to be trained under great teachers. His expertise in pulse diagnosis or Nadiparikshan astonishes one and all.
Dr. Sucheta is a young, compassionate, and highly professional individual who has graduated from Muniyal Institute of Ayurvedic health science, Mumbai. She has been actively involved in the preparation of herbal oils and other herbal formulations. Dr. Sucheta also manages other specialized treatments like deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, thai massage and aroma massage at Kare.
Diet and cooking was Dr. Bindiaa's passion from childhood. Dr. Bindiaa is doctor of Ayurveda who has specialized in Ayurvedic dietetics. She excels in counseling our guests. She helps them appreciate the science behind the healing science of Ayurveda, and is adept at combining modern dietetics and Ayurvedic principles.
Set atop a hill, Kare overlooks the quiet waters of the Mulshi lake against a backdrop of flowers and verdant green. Landscaped gardens and lawns, rippling brooks that create the music of gentle water flowing by, a world of timeless beauty. Truly, at Kare you are one with nature's beauty.
Metered taxis and auto rickshaws ply the city streets; the latter are the most popular mode of transportation in Pune, as they are economical and fast. Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) buses reach every part of the city and the suburbs from the terminals at Swargate, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune station, Shivaji Nagar station, M G bus stand, Pune Corporation and Saras Baug.
The food at Kare is designed as a healing diet that gladdens the heart and nourishes the body.
According to Charaka and Sushruta, fathers of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery, "the entire world seeks food; it is the life source of all beings; clarity, longevity, intelligence, happiness, contentment, strength and knowledge are all rooted in food".
The body needs different types of nutrients that perform various functions. The body gets these nutrients from the vast variety of foods available according to age, sex, physical activity, physiological conditioning, and one's constitution. Ayurveda recommends food that is "Saatvic" in nature. "Saatvic" food is vegetarian, has a light sweet taste, with mild flavors of spice and is easy to digest. It consists of fruits and vegetables, and mainly focuses on freshly prepared and properly cooked food, consumed at the right time, and in the right quantity. A balanced diet includes all the six tastes - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent.
At Kare, the diet is customized as per individual body constitution keeping in mind, the principles of contradictory food combinations (Virudha Aahar), and the order of tastes in the meal. They use only the purest ingredients recommended by Ayurveda - rock sugar / jaggery, rock salt and cow's ghee. The foundation of food prepared at Kare is based on the fundamental principle of Ayurveda.
Kare has an extensive library, indoor games, and an outdoor walking track. Nature lovers can trek up the hill to see the Ganesha temple, and experience the breathtaking view at the top. They can also meet the village inhabitants, who have been living there for centuries. Guests can also have an exhilarating walk to the lake. %There are a Durga temple, Hanuman temple and Shiva temple, on the premises. The spiritually-inclined can join in the Satsang, and Bhajans being held every Thursday and Friday.
Sightseeing trips to view the sunset point and the famous Tamhini temple are organized for guests staying for a week and more.
Pune's Airport (PNQ), at Lohegaon, is 12 kilometers from the city center. Daily flights connect it to Mumbai and Delhi, as well as to other cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Private cabs, auto rickshaws, or city-airport shuttle buses will cover the distance from the airport to the city center.
Pune is one of the most important rail junctions in the central railways zone of Indian Railways. Plenty of trains connect it to major destinations in the south, north and west of the country by mail, express and super-fast trains. The Deccan Queen and Shatabdi Express are fast commuter trains from/to Mumbai, with travelling time of three-and-a-half hours approximately.
Pune is well connected with many of the major cities in Maharashtra by state owned bus services. Private luxury deluxe buses are operated from Pune to many cities in India, including Goa, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Regular frequent bus services are connecting Pune with Mumbai, nearly a distance of 200 kilometers.
Most people travelling to Pune from Mumbai, Nasik or Aurangabad, prefer to do so by road, as the distance between Mumbai and Pune is 170 kilometers, Nashik to Pune 209 kilometers, and Aurangabad to Pune is 230 kilometers. The roads are well maintained, with conveniently located motels and service stations en-route.
"This has been my first experience in an Ayurvedic retreat, you do not go there thinking of it as a vacation, but rather to unplug from your everyday life, to join a different life style and a world of peace, quietness, almost in a slow motion, and to find yourself far away from the problems left behind. But it is also a good opportunity to clean our body, with a strictly vegetarian diet, exercise through daily yoga classes and enjoy daily Ayurvedic full body massages in a natural environment among hills overlooking the Mulshi Lake."
"But nothing would work out without the professionalism and dedication of the people working at Kare, the Ayurvedic doctors, the yoga teachers and the therapists, among others. I wished I could have stayed longer but even for the short period I could see the benefits of Ayurveda and I am sure I will be back and I would like to strongly recommend this experience to anyone who is looking for a real evasion."
April 22, 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited, edited
"The retreat is located in a very beautiful place, just 1-1,5 hours away from Pune. When you look out of your window, you might not feel like in India at all, as it is far from city noise and crowds. The view from our window was fabulous, we even had a terrace overlooking the lake, but to our surprise the door leading to the terrace was bolted shut, so to reach it, one had to go out of the main door and around the bungalow, so it was a little let down, as it prevented us from enjoying it thoroughly.They serve only ayurvedic food there which (for a person like me who normally don't eat ayurvedic food) was surprisingly tasty. But even though they give you advice on what kind of food based on your own type (vata, pitta or kapha) you should or should not eat, the food contains everything, so it's kind of made for everybody, but not specifically for your needs.The program includes also yoga sessions twice per day. And even though they were conducted in a little confused manner (as most of the things there) when people wander around and do their own thing, we enjoyed them. I imagine that those yoga sessions are designed perfectly for people who stay there longer - for 10-20 day programs, but as we were there only for one day, it was little confusing.For me as a massage snob, the treatments felt little rushed and aloof. But I must admit, they felt professional. I just got a feeling that my therapist was so bored with her job and repeating the same thing over and over that she is not giving enough attention to the person she is attending to. All the right words were said, all the right motions made, but the spirit was not there. Maybe it was just a bad day for her... So I will give them one more chance :) My friend enjoyed her therapy though, so maybe I just have too high standards! "
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"I visited Kare at the beginning of my 1st trip to India and was highly impressed. The location was beautiful and the staff were all very helpful. I enjoyed the yoga and treatments and found the daily schedule was balanced enough to provide time for relaxation in amongst the programmes. Each day included a morning two hour yoga session followed by breakfast, then a 1 hour ayurvedic treatment, then lunch, a relaxing yoga session, another treatment followed by dinner. However, the meals were all very small, so I did feel hungry sometimes. I would recommend this retreat - its a great programme in a beautiful location."
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"This is no regular hotel, it is an ayurveda and spa centre. With amazing massages and nutritious food served, the peace all around is a perfect blend. Recommended for people looking for a stress buster and relaxing stay / day outing."
July 6. 2015. Tripadvisor website, edited
"We really enjoyed our visit to your Yoga Health Retreat. The staff are absolutely amazing, efficient and very friendly. We feel very relaxed and healthy which makes heading back to work a lot easier. The setting is great, our room had a wonderful view and we would like to thank everyone involved who made our visit so enjoyable. I miss the Yoga each day, it was so good "
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"KARE has changed my life in such a short time! I came to KARE in desperation. Apart from being in constant pain, (back, knees, ankles) due to my excess weight, just 1 day prior to my arrival in Mulshi, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and had been warned by my doctor (in a very grave voice, I might add) that I was a definite candidate for a heart attack, a stroke or indeed, death. In just 10 days, KARE has given me a new lease on my life! I lost 6.5 kilos and 19.5 inches! My blood pressure is normal and I feel young again! My stay at KARE has rejuvenated me in body, mind and spirit. For the first time in 5 years I am emotionally and physically energized than ever before. AND I can walk without pain! At KARE I learnt that I MATTER. I learnt that my body and mind need to be cherished. KARE has shown me the way and has given me the tools to do that. When I left KARE, I KNEW I knew I was never going back to neglecting my body and soul again. "
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"KARE situated on a mountain slope facing the Tata Hydro electric reservoir, amidst dense forests is a sight to see by itself. All around, the peaks invite you and it is difficult to resist this mountain call. And the sparkling water in front, reflecting the morning and evening sun takes you to a different world. And this is the place you are not made to starve to lose weight. KARE feeds you "satvik" vegetarian food three times a day and you are free to drink herbal tea as much as you want. The secret of losing weight or treatment for a health problem lies in their twice a day yoga and various types of body massages. It is a great place to relax, play, walk and get a cure for many ills of mind and body. Even a week's stay makes a lasting change within you. "
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"We spent a quality time at Kare Mulshi, its been a wonderful experience in a lot of ways, the people around here know their Job and do it with a great positive zeal. I would recommend this to all, specially the young people to help them achieve a greater understanding of their body improve health and lifestyle. "
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