- How long has The Raj been open?
- What makes The Raj experience unique?
- How were the programs at The Raj developed?
- Why Iowa?
- Why should I worry about toxins and impurities?
- Can you describe a typical day at The Raj?
- How do I book a stay?
The Raj opened its doors in April 1993 and soon gained a reputation as America's premier Ayurveda Health Center. It is the only such facility outside of India specifically built to offer traditional Ayurveda rejuvenation treatments. The French country-style facility encompasses 36,000 square feet and is situated on 100 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands in Iowa's heartland.
At the heart of The Raj programs are the profound treatment programs that help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanisms. But the treatments are only a part of a comprehensive approach to creating health. Guests at The Raj also gain an understanding of how all the various aspects of their lives are interrelated and contribute either positively or negatively to overall well being. Guests learn to understand how individual factors in their make-up affect physical tendencies, moods, cravings, motivation, and behavior. And guests learn how simple shifts in diet, exercise, and daily and seasonal routines can enhance their progress toward increased strength, stability and vitality. Not only do our guests go home feeling renewed in body and spirit, they also report that the benefits from their stay continue to grow long after they have returned home.
The Raj continues to receive guidance from a council of Maharishi Ayurveda expertsAyurveda experts from India who refer to the original classic texts in verifying every step of every procedure that is then offered to our guests. This maintains the highest level of integrity in all of the treatment programs. The Raj is careful to use the term Maharishi when referring to The Raj Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, and Maharishi RejuvenationSM Program. People will come to recognize the term Maharishi as an indication of authenticity. Everything we offer has been verified in the classical texts.
Fairfield, Iowa is the home of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) and the Maharishi College of Consciousness Based Health Care.
In 1990, at an international conference in Holland where experts in the field of Ayurveda gathered under the direction of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the concept was introduced of creating a “Mayo Clinic" of prevention based on Maharishi Ayurveda. Because of all the research in the field of Ayurveda that was being conducted through MUM, it was decided that Fairfield would be the ideal location for the new project. Eventually the development that included The Raj and the NIH-funded Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention grew to become its own city: Maharishi Vedic City, the first new city in Iowa in over 25 years.
Pioneering research on the Maharishi Ayurveda Approach to Health continues to be done through the University and the Institute including the recently published research of Dr. Robert Herron, showing that the Maharishi RejuvenationSM Programs can reduce fat-soluble toxins by over 50%.
When we talk about toxins and impurities, we are generally referring to two categories of damaging chemicals. The first deals with impurities that we create ourselves because of poor digestion and bad eating habits. When our digestive system can no longer break our food down properly, large molecules get absorbed that the body can not process.
These molecules clog our cells, arteries and tissues, blocking ideal functioning in those areas. In addition, if we are not effectively digesting our food, this means that even if we are eating good, healthy foods, we are not able to pull out the important vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc. that our body needs to function at its best. This lack of proper absorption can lead to many problems, including a lack of energy, loss of memory and brain functioning, and a compromised immune system. The treatment programs at The Raj help both to remove years of accumulated clogging and to reset the digestion process.
The second category of toxins that we talk about is environmental toxins. Whether we realize it or not, our environment is becoming increasingly toxic. Recent research warns against eating farmed salmon because of dangerous levels of PCBs. DDT levels across the country are rising due to the influx of fruit and vegetables from other countries. These toxins are known carcinogens and have been associated with hormone disruption, immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, several types of cancer and other disorders.
Most environmental toxins (including the ones mentioned above) are fat-soluble, which means that when they enter the body they attach themselves to the lipid layers that surround each cell. Western science knows of no way to safely remove them from the body. Recently published research has shown that the Maharishi RejuvenationSM Programs at The Raj can remove over 50% of blood levels of fat-soluble toxins.
A stay at The Raj begins with meeting your Ayurveda Health Consultant. The evaluation includes Maharishi Ayurveda Pulse Assessment, an ancient diagnostic technique acknowledged by the World Health Organization. By placing three fingers on the wrist, the Ayurveda Health Consultant can feel the level of imbalance in the body, even before specific symptoms of imbalance become manifest. A Maharishi RejuvenationSM Program is then designed for the particular needs of each guest.
Each day guests receive a series of recommended treatments that last from two to three hours. These treatments, while luxurious in nature, have profound healing and purifying effects. Guests rave about both the experience of having the treatments and the results they feel afterwards.
At meals guests have the option of joining other guests or eating at a private table. This tradition of family-style meals makes The Raj enjoyable for those traveling alonemany guests remark on the friendships that are established during their stay. The vegetarian diet is organic, low fat and specifically designed to support the treatment program.
During non-treatment times guests can take a walk, weather permitting, on acres of trails threading through forests and meadows or enjoy classes and videotapes on Ayurveda principles. Yoga classes are offered twice a day. The Yoga classes at The Raj are not intensive, but teach a simple series of exercises that can be done at home.
Dinner is followed by a guest speaker either an Ayurveda Health Consultant or a visiting expert on some aspect of Ayurveda knowledge. Lectures are given in a relaxed living room-style setting. Before retiring to bed for the evening, guests share hot, spiced milk and then are encouraged to listen to Vedic sounds, which are piped into all the rooms.
There are a few important questions that our schedulers will want to ask you before confirming your reservation at The Raj. This will ensure maximum results during your stay with us, and at the same time create the basis for increased vitality and well-being when you return home. Either call our schedulers at 800 864-8714 ext. 9000 or click book your stay to send us your preferred dates. A Raj representative will call you back to confirm your reservation and to share important health information.