Q+A With Carina Preuß From Ayurveda Parkschloesschen
I met Carina Preuss on my recent Ayurveda trip to Europe where I was fortunate to stay at the Ayurveda Parkschlesschen for a few days.
The ayurveda parkschloesschen was founded by Carina’s father, wolfgang preuss in 1993 based on a deep desire to make traditional ayurvedic art of healing accessible to as many people as possible.
Carina has since taken over the realms as managing director and truly is no better example of living Ayurveda, together with her team.
Below I chatted to Carina about her personal life, life as a consultant (you find her personal business page here), the future of Ayurveda and the ayurveda parkschloesschen.
How did you get into Ayurveda?
Ayurveda came into my life when I was 3 years old. My father went through a 2 week Panchakarma Cure and felt transformed to an extend that he wanted to open a Panchakarma Cure Centre himself. He envisioned it to be of highest Ayurvedic and Hospitality standards and a place where guests can fully unwind, retreat and detox. For me Ayurveda Parkschlösschen was first a playground (a 3 year construction site). Later on I ate lunch there every day after school and started working in the Shop to earn my pocket money when I was 12. With 17 I decided that I would like to continue my parent’s work some day so I later on studied Hospitality Management, became an Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach and a Yoga teacher. Today I am 33 and the General Manager of our beautifully grown Ayurveda Resort which helped tens of thousands of guests to find to their optimal health through Ayurveda over the past decades.
Has it helped you with any personal health or beauty concerns?
I do not only love my job but I am personally in love with Ayurveda and spirituality. I live an ayurvedic lifestyle and like to pass on my experience and knowlegde to our guests or online. Ayurveda has helped me reach energy and wellbeing levels I didn’t know before I could reach and it also helped me cure a strong bladder infection sensibility which I had as a teen.
How do you incorporate Ayurveda into your everyday life?
I live by the natural biorhythm, do tongue scraping and oil pulling every morning, drink a lot of lukewarm water in the morning, take care that I have regular bowel movement every morning, eat vegetarian or vegan and always based on ayurvedic nutrition principles, adapt my movement or relaxation methods to my current stress level and help myself with many ayurvedic tricks or ayurvedic supplements. I truly can say Ayurveda is infused into my every day life – privately and professionally.
What is your favourite Ayurvedic recipe?
All sorts of curries and the golden ayurvedic sleeping milk.
What is your favourite kitchen ingredient and why?
My favourite kitchen ingredients are fresh spices and especially our own signature Ayurveda Parkschlösschen masalas. They just make EVERY dish taste delicious so easily.
What is your favourite herb and why?
Curcuma! I love it for its vast effects and use it in so many ways. I cook my curries with it, put it into my golden milk, drink it with ginger in hot water to boost my immunity, eat it with honey when I fall sick, put it on wounds with water to take out bacteria and so on.
What is your favourite Ayurvedic beauty product?
Coconut oil. I cook and bake with it, too, but I also use it on my body and hair. It nourishes and cools down.
As an Ayurveda Consultant, what are your top tips to people when adopting Ayurveda into their lives?
1) Learn how the laws of nature work in your body and mind by theory (via an Ayurveda Resort or Ayurveda offline or online courses)
2) Try all ayurvedic tricks and recommendations out for 2 weeks (not all together though) and see what happens to gain practical knowledge
3) only eat when you are hungry as your gut only then has enough gastric juices to properly digest. this does, however, not mean you should always eat when you are hungry as your digestion power gets less with every hour of the evening and goes to sleep when you sleep, too. late dinners will not be digested properly, unless you are still awake and active for 3 or more hours afterwards. and also: if you are underweight this suggestion is not for you.
4) And eventually live by your inner wisdom and let your body tell you what it needs (not to confuse with any addictions of e.g. sugar and alcohol or with sheer appetite for unhealthy food)
If you combine all those points you will live a wonderfully healthy, light and energetic life!
How is Ayurveda and natural medicine in Europe and Germany? Are there countries or places where it's more common than others?
Germany is actually THE country with the most Ayurveda companies in Europe. There are many resorts who have Ayurveda wings, there are a few who fully focus on Ayurveda like us, there are training schools, online businesses and many more. It is fastly growing here at the moment but also picking up in many other European countries. I am really glad about that as Ayurveda is the true Health system – it is knowing how to live in accordance with the natural laws that govern our bodies and minds and Ayurveda teaches us to take care of ourselves. Which to me is extremely empowering and the only logical way to lead the life I like to live. That does not mean I do not value the comparably young modern medicine system which saves so many lives day by day with their machines and wonderful skills to repair bodies when needed and when Ayurveda cannot help anymore. The two systems should and I hope will work hand in hand in the future.
In your opinion, what are the main health concerns for people in Germany?
The German population has all modern civilisation sicknesses and burn-out is definitely on the rise.
What is your vision for the future of Ayurveda and the Ayurveda Parkschloesschen?
Ayurveda Parkschlösschen was always and will always be the perfect retreat place for a thorough detox and to fully unwind. It is a place where guests come back to feeling themselves fully and it is the kick off for them to start caring for themselves again. While we of course work on getting better at what we do every day, we do not change the concept. We have more than two and a half decades of experience in Panchakarma Cures and I reckon the world out there changes to finally identify the need to regularily undergo such a cure in order to live a healthy life and utilize the full power a body can provide.
What makes the Ayurveda Parkschloesschen different to other Ayurveda centres in Germany and the world?
Ayurveda Parkschlösschen is the only 5 star Ayurveda Resort that solely focuses on Ayurveda and nothing else outside of India and Sri Lanka. We are also one of the few oldest Ayurveda Panchakarma Resorts in the world, including India and Sri Lanka, where the big Ayurveda boom started only about 10 years afterwards. We have been strongly promoting Ayurveda since day one on in the press in order to educate the west about this wonderful holistic medicine system because we believe everybody should know about it. Our guests feedback that our Ayurveda service level is indeed the highest compared to other centers and for us the health of our guests is our highest aim. Alltogether we are a team of 100 staff with one mission: to make the world a healthier place, one person at a time.
What is your favourite quote or words to live by?
Live by your inner wisdom.
Ayurveda lies within you as you are a product of nature. Learn how to live after the laws of nature and you will unveil a potential that you do not know you carry within yourself at this present moment. Start one step at a time and see!