Live a clean communal life near Hyderabad at Ridhira Zen – The New Indian Express


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It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a forest, a garden and a park to move from illness to well-being. It’s beyond charcoal detox smoothies or moringa-turmeric herbal shots on holiday weekends.

The new narrative is that well-being is less about doing than about being. Staying in a wellness commune surrounded by the small Japanese forest of Miyawaki, walking in the reflexology park and meditating in the aroma garden can catalyze transformation.

Or Ridhira Zen, billed as India’s first wellness-themed resort town, which opened to the public near Hyderabad in December 2021, would have us believe. Considering the June 2020 Gartner report, which highlighted that 68% of organizations introduced at least one new wellness benefit at the end of March 2020 to help employees during the pandemic, we know that wellness is serious business.

“The wellness commune is built around the Japanese small forest technique Miyawaki. We have incorporated everyday elements such as the hydroponic vegetable farm on campus and hold digital detox weekends here for guests and residents. Wellness is longer what you do on weekends, but what you are every day,” says Ritesh Reddy Mastipuram, CEO of Ridhira Zen, the new Bali-themed wellness community , 45 km from Hyderabad on the Shankarpalli highway.

Miyawaki is a Japanese technique, pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests. It involves planting dozens of native species in the same area and becomes maintenance-free in three years. “Living in a forest with fresh air and prana is the best thing you can do for yourself,” he adds.

The other concept that the town boasts about is the reflexology park. “Brisk walking on stones stimulates reflex points in the feet, leading to health benefits such as increased blood circulation, better digestion, improved balance, pain relief and reduced stress,” adds- he.

During sensory experiences, it also informs about plants with medicinal properties. It is a conservation of over 300 plants on three acres ranging from thyme, basil, rosemary and lemon verbena to local varieties of tulsi such as Krishna, Vana and Karpoora Tulsi. “Each herb also comes with a QR code so you can read the benefits of the herb and even map it according to the disease you have,” says Mastipuram.

What is his favorite activity for a lift-me-up in the municipality? “Drinking organic cow’s milk from the farm while watching a sunset. It’s therapeutic,” he concludes.

Wellness elements for everyday use


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