Thursday, March 27, 2014

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December 11-18, 2015
Vaidyagrama Healing Village, Coimbatore, India

Exploring holism or interconnectedness in the context of the nine grahas (planets) and their influence on all aspects of life and living, as understood by Ayurveda and allied knowledge systems, will be the theme of the Fifth International Conference on “Ayurveda – Where Science Meets Consciousness.”

Ayurveda declares unambiguously that every cell in a living being is representative of the entire universe, and that every aspect of the external universe can be seen in each cell of the living being. When we increase our understanding of this relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we can apply this knowledge to clinical and daily practice, and enhance positive results for our patients, for us, for the earth, and beyond.

During the seven days of this conference, scholars, physicians, astrologers, students and preceptors from around the globe, will deliberate and discuss the qualities and movements of the navagrahas (nine “planets”), the twelve constellations of the rashis (zodiac), and other celestial influences impact human physiology and experience, how we might detect those their influences, and how to improve our relationship with them.

Venue for the conference is at Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Village in the outskirts (30 kilometers) of Coimbatore - a tranquil, pollution-free setting amongst small villages engaged in agriculture at the foothills of the Nilgiri mountain ranges.

Presenters include Mother Maya (Bri Maya Tiwari) , Dr. Vasanth Lad, dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Myra Lewin, Dr. Claudia Welch, Shri V. Vasudevan, Shakta Kaur, and Rose Baudin.

Further information is available online at

The Mountain Times
March 27, 2014

The Art of Living Retreat Center (otherwise known as the Art of Living’s International Center for Meditation & Well-Being) invites those looking for an informative and empowering total health experience to join the inaugural Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend April 3 to 5.

“With the majestic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the serene, self-rejuvenating haven offered by the Art of Living Retreat Center, the immersive weekend will guide attendees as they start their journey to wholeness and balance,” an Art of Living spokesperson said.Lectures, evaluations and treatments will all focus on the ancient Indian health practices of Ayurveda, healing and prolonging life through diet, exercise, meditation and spa bodywork.The weekend will be led by Dr. Thomas Mitchell, D.C., a Raleigh-based chiropractor who specializes in holistic and Ayurvedic treatments.

With nearly 20 years of experience practicing Ayurveda, Mitchell is also a trained instructor for Art of Living Foundation meditation courses and one of the leading experts in Ayurvedic pulse assessments in both the United States and India.

Pulse diagnosis, the cornerstone diagnostic tool for Ayurvedic practices, includes monitoring an individual’s pulse to notice imbalances and early stages of various diseases. Mitchell will conduct these assessments and provide each attendee with personalized recommendations to “eat well, feel well and be well,” based on their own unique needs.“Ayurveda is the oldest and most relevant system of natural medicine,” Mitchell said. “Pulse assessments provide incredible insight into the body and help identify the best treatments and lifestyle choices to directly improve and prolong life. Together, with the Art of Living Retreat Center and its Blue Heaven Spa, we will help Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend guests achieve their best possible health.”Each retreat attendee will receive three transformative spa treatments during their stay courtesy of Blue Heaven Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center, one of the only Ayurvedic spas in North Carolina.

Treatments involve massages customized for the individual based specifically on the findings from pulse diagnoses with Mitchell.The three-day event will also include morning, afternoon and evening meditation sessions, yoga, Ayurvedic health lectures and a take-home Ayurvedic self-care kit. The Art of Living Retreat Center will provide a two-night stay in its spa suites, as well as Ayurvedic meals, incorporating fresh seasonal taste and texture to satisfy the five senses and promote a calm body and mind. “Our vision is to become the North American spiritual epicenter for inner peace, personal transformation and service to humanity,” said Neil Srivastava, managing director of the Art of Living Retreat Center. “As part of that vision, we are thrilled to host the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Weekend, the first of its kind at the Art of Living Retreat Center. Attendees with gain an incredible amount of self-awareness, empowering them to achieve balance and lead their best lives.”

The Art of Living Retreat Center opened in 2011, when the Art of Living Foundation purchased a 381-acre property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The foundation, a global humanitarian organization founded by international spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, then restored the property and developed it into its first and only retreat center in the United States. Today, with its wide range of housing facilities, holistic spa, wholesome vegetarian cuisine, panoramic mountain views, serene meditation halls and retreat offerings, the Art of Living Retreat Center is considered a refuge of self-renewal for its many visitors from around the world.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call (828) 264-8382, email ( or visit


The Himalayan (Himalayan News Service)
March 25, 2014 11:12 PM

Birgunj, Nepal: Students of Ayurveda Medical College in Birgunj have complained about lack of infrastructure at the college.

Affiliated to Tribhuvan University, the college had come into operation four years ago with the permission of Ayurveda Medical Council, in Shreepur Tole of Birgunj. A total of 51 students are pursuing Bachelor’s in Ayurveda Medical Science (BAMS) at the college.

According to students, the college does not have adequate teaching staff, classrooms, and other basic equipment for practical classes, among other things. The college does not even have its own building and a hospital.

Despite the requirement of at least 15 teachers for the course, the college is making do with only four teachers, including part-timers.

“The management only approaches us at the time of fee collection,” lamented a student. “College Principal Dr Krishna Mohan Jha is never around. The college infrastructure is no different than that of a village school. That should explain the dwindling number of students in recent years,” the student said.

A total of 17 and 22 students were enrolled in the first and second batches respectively, while the latest batch has only nine students.

Apart from these problems, there is an ongoing dispute between two groups of board members over whether or not to shift the college to the Capital city.

“Though the board committee Chairperson Pradip Shumsher JBR and his group want to move the college to Kathmandu, local investors are against it. “Students had also written to TU Institute of Medicine, Ayurveda Medical Council, and the district administration office informing them about the sorry state of the college, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, the academic director of the college Dr Devesh Chandra Pathak claimed the college had been maintaining good academic standards.

“We may lack good infrastructure due to fund crunch, but the academic part is going on well,” he argued, claiming the college is yet to collect about Rs 18.7 million in dues from students. Hospital Board Committee Chair Pradip Shumsher, however, said there was no point in further investing in the college unless it was shifted to Kathmandu. Pathak, however, said the college will soon construct its own building on a plot of land in Birgunj.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Miami, Florida USA
March 12, 2014

Sai Ayurvedic College now offers an online program of courses via a one year program leading to the Certificate in Ayurvedic Studies. Registration is on a rolling basis and is open at all times for the course program.

From its founding in 2006 up to the present, the College has offered two options for enrollees in its one-year certificate and two-year degree programs: residential classroom attendance at its Miami, Florida facility or participation via web conferencing broadcast of live classes. Classes take place once monthly, on a Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

In its new online program, class recordings will be provided in a specially tailored format to individuals who wish to undertake Ayurvedic study on their own schedule, without the need to set aside an entire weekend monthly for web-facilitated attendance at lectures. The college’s online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals and others with family and work obligations and who require a maximum degree of flexibility in their study schedule. The program is also designed to fit the needs of international and other students residing at great distances from the school and in varying time zones, for whom classroom attendance would be unwieldy. With a rapidly growing global interest in Ayurveda, the provision of such training abroad is becoming of increasing significance. All courses are taught by experienced scholars and practitioners.

As participants frequently note in post-course comments and observations, Sai stresses academic quality, caring and a close and highly interactive teacher-student relationship as well as economic affordability in all of its educational options.

For detailed information, inquirers may contact Mrs. Cookie Tello, C.A.P., the College’s Director via e-mail at or by telephone at (305) 380-0652.

New Jersey (PRWEB)
March 06, 2014

Santhigram Kerala Ayurveda Wellness Center, a leading alternative health-care facility in the US (based in Edison, New Jersey), has launched its new e-commerce portal, The website features authentic Ayurvedic herbal medicines and supplements providing a distinct online shopping experience for those who seek credible, natural remedies for various health conditions.

Dr. Gopinathan Nair, the President and CEO of Santhigram says, “We have launched a new ecommerce website to sell high-quality Kerala Ayurveda herbs, oils and formulations. With the increasing consumer focus on healthy living, popularity of TV shows and books on self-healing techniques in Ayurveda, there is an ever increasing demand for Ayurvedic products online. We are diversifying into e-commerce business with this launch. Our business is built on the trust of our customers, and we see this as an opportunity to engage with new customers and help them follow through with expert services at our wellness centers.”

"This a great opportunity for Santhigram to help consumers find safe Ayurvedic herbs and formulations online," comments Dr. Raj Guptan, senior holistic consultant and drug safety physician.

The company's existing website,, is an engaging informational portal on Ayurvedic wellness therapies. It is built on an e-commerce platform which allows clients to schedule appointment online for services at all Santhigram locations across the US. The new website,, is fully integrated within the existing e-commerce platform, thus adding convenience and helping to build a direct to consumer relationship. Clients will have access to excellent customer service round the clock.

Ayurveda is an ancient medical system from India that encompasses a range of natural treatment procedures including medicinal herbs, nutritional supplements, Panchakarma rejuvenation/detox therapies, Marma energy healing, meditation and yoga to restore and maintain health and wellness. The word Ayurveda in Sanskrit, means “science (or knowledge) of life.” It is the oldest, continually practiced health-care system in the world. The tradition has been handed down from masters to pupils for more than 5,000 years.

The Ayurvedic therapies offered by Santhigram Wellness Centers help to rejuvenate body and mind by reducing stress and restoring wellness. "Chronic conditions are healed and signs of aging are reversed," said Dr. Ambika Nair, a highly reputed holistic practitioner and the Chief Consultant of Santhigram. With over 25 years of experience, she has been making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people in India, US and many other countries. The centers are staffed by trained professionals with dedication and passion. Each client is treated like family. Ayurveda is rooted in the belief that health results from harmony between mind, body and spirit.

In the United States, Santhigram currently operates in six location: three in New Jersey, two in New York and one in Chicago. According to Dr. Gopinathan Nair, the company is launching two more locations, Houston and Wisconsin, in another two months and has immediate plans to expand operations to other cities in the US, as well as internationally through franchises.

Arab News
Monday, March 10, 2014

In the monsoonal blast of June-July that washes Kerala off its heat and humidity in the Arabian Sea, the southern Indian state unleashed the curative power and grandeur of the millennia-old Ayurveda as a formidable tourism advertisement. While Kerala’s famed beaches and backwaters took a temporary backseat during the downpour, Ayurveda, the ancient healing and wellness system played the game-changer for the state’s tourism.

“Basically, it was a metro-centric media campaign where we highlighted rejuvenation as one of the key elements of Ayurveda to attract tourists. The Middle East has huge potential for Ayurveda tourism as the Arabs are now showing interest in Ayurveda as a cure for their lifestyle diseases. Suman Billa, secretary-tourism, said.

Kerala Tourism has already set the ball rolling by launching two e-books on Ayurveda to reach a global audience fascinated by alternative systems of medicine. The books, released by state Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar, are the first electronic publication of its kind by a tourism board in the country.

The e-books on Ayurveda are the award-winning coffee table books "Panchakarma: Ayurveda’s Mantra of Rejuvenation," explaining panchakarma as a holistic rejuvenation therapy to detoxify and revitalize the body system; and "Ayurveda: The Mantra of Niramaya," an introduction to the medicine system using texts from ancient scripts to modern research papers. These e-books, available at online stores for purchase for easy reading on e-book readers, mobile phones or computer screens, are part of Kerala Tourism’s continuing efforts to inform the global audience about Ayurveda, which is practiced in its purest form in the state.

“Ayurveda, especially its Panchakarma treatment, brings repeat tourists, which is vital to ensure operations for Ayurveda hospitals and resorts,” the tourism secretary said, adding that the state’s excellent institutions like Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Vaidyaratnam, Nagarjuna, Somatheeram and Pankaj Kasturi College of Ayurveda are providing treatments of unmatched quality. Significantly, Ayurveda has made Kerala a long-haul destination with tourists’ stay going up to 18 days, the highest in the country — at least 14 days for rejuvenation and four days of sightseeing.

“The importance of Ayurveda stems from this fact. I don’t have to look for footfalls. People are now coming from the Gulf, Germany, Russia and Australia. There are strong and unbroken traditions of Ayurveda in Kerala. There are Ayurvedic hospitals, resorts and spas owned by locals. That is why there is a corpus of doctors and medicine-makers, a fact that sustains Ayurveda tourism in the state,” he said.

S. Harikishore, director-tourism, said Ayurveda’s potential in providing relaxation, rejuvenation and treatment is well-known. “We are hopeful that our efforts would give a fillip to monsoon tourism with Ayurveda as its key driver,” he added.

Friday, March 7, 2014

by William A. Courson
Sai Ayurvedic College
March 8, 2014

Just four or five short years ago, there was not a single online ayurvedic journals much less peer-reviewed English language journals keeping practitioners, students and educators up-to-date on the latest developments in their discipline. Now one finds the internet populated with a growing number of just such periodicals. Whether your interest is in Ayurvedic research, education or clinical practice, the following are among a growing number of open source (i.e., free) information sources online that will be an immeasurable boon to everyone in the Ayurvedic profession and community.

The International Journal for Ayurveda Research is a completely free online publication of the Dept. of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani,Sidda Medicine & Homeopathy) , Ministry of Health of the Government of India, IJAR is a Quarterly peer-reviewed international journal in English. The journal’s full text is available online at . The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of manuscripts and even for color reproduction of photographs. This is the first journal from India that can present to the world the wealth of science generated in in the ayurvedic medical schools and research organizations in the country. The journal’s purposes will be to provide a common platform for publication of research in Ayurveda, promote a research culture among students of Ayurveda, update research in Traditional medicine in India and abroad, describe various centers and academic institutes conducting research in Traditional Medicine in the world to enhance interaction, and to gve Ayurvedic students a direction for their future goals. Archives afford free access and include all back issues to volume 1, issue 1 (January 2010).

The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (J-AIM) [ISSN 0975-9476] is a peer reviewed, open access international circulating professional journal published by the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine ( As a trans-disciplinary platform for integrative health sciences, J-AIM aims to explore the relationships between Ayurveda, biomedicine and other contemporary health sciences, encouraging meaningful collaboration to promote effective, safe and affordable global health. All manuscripts contributed to J-AIM are examined by the editorial staff and all original articles are evaluated by peer expert reviewers assigned by the editors with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Journal is published quarterly. Archives afford free access and include all back issues to volume 1, issue 1 (January 2010).

AYU: An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda, is published quarterly by Institute for Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar. The full text of journal is accessible on the website at The journal allows free access(open access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of manuscripts and for color reproduction of photographs. Started in 1964, the journal has continuously contributed for the research, education and propagation of Ayurveda on the national as well as international platform. Archives afford free access and include all back issues to volume 27, issue 1 (January 2005).

Annals of Ayurvedic Medicine is intended to function as a platform to enhance communications between practitioners , researchers, academicians and policy makers in the field of Ayurveda primarily focusing into its application based appreciation in India but with a constant watch for its benefits which can be offered to the mankind surpassing the geographical and cultural boundaries. To meet its objectives, AAM invites from researchers, philanthropists and practitioners, articles on Ayurveda and allied subjects. Articles can focus upon Ayurvedic fundamentals or their clinical applications. There can also be the articles on clinical, interventional or observational researches and reviews related to the field of Ayurveda. Case reports, series, hypothesis, book reviews, life profiles, short communications and letter to the editor are also welcome as a submission to AAM. ‘Annals of Ayurvedic medicine’ is currently indexed in Index Copernicus International. Archives afford free access and include all back issues to volume 1, issue 1-2 (January 2012).

International Journal of Advanced Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy is peer-reviewed, open access online journal which welcomes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public a greater global exchange of knowledge. Archives afford free access and include all articles and other items dating back to 2013.

JAHM encourages and publishes critical aspects of intellectual and scientific communication amongst contemporary health knowledge systems keeping Ayurveda at the center. It publishes articles explaining and exploring principles of Ayurveda, articles encouraging evidence based clinical practice of Ayurveda, articles promoting research culture amongst the Ayurveda fraternity and seeks to provide a common platform for publication of research in Ayurveda and to promote research culture among students of Ayurveda. JAHM also appreciates researches that strive to design new instruments to simplify the Ayurvedic pharmaceutics, quality control of Ayurvedic drugs and clinical practice of Ayurveda. The content of JAHM focuses on three broad themes: Theoretical Research (Epistemology, Fundamental Concepts, History, and Literary studies related to Ayurveda, Yoga, modern medicine and science); Experimental Research (Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, phytochemistry, Drug Discovery & Development), and Clinical Research (clinical trials, Case reports, case series, cohort and case control studies, epidemiological and public health studies). Archives afford free access and include all articles and other items dating back to volume 1, issue 1 of 2013.

International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine (IJAM) is an international peer reviewed online open access journal. It is intended for the publication of original research articles in the field of Ayurveda and other allied systems of medicine. It invites articles in literary research in the basic concepts of Ayurveda and the principles of Ayurveda, pharmaceutical research in the pharmacognostical, phytochemical and pharmacological evaluation of the herbal, animal, mineral and metallic drugs and formulations and other drug materials, ethnobotanical, ethnomedicine and clinical research in all the subjects of Ayurveda like Kayachikitsa (General medicine), Shalya Tantra (Surgery), Shalakya Tantra (ENT and Ophthalmology), Stri Roga Prasuti Tantra (Gynecology and Obstetrics) and Kaumarabhritya (Pediatrics). It also covers subjects like pharmacovigilance, drug standardization etc. Review articles based on the Ayurvedic principles are also accepted for publication. Archives afford free access and include all articles and other items dating back to volume 4, issue 4 of September, 2013.

International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy (IJRAP) is an online and print Journal. IJRAP endeavor is to promote Research and Development in Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Sciences through its scientific and authentic research publication. Researchers may submit (1) Original Research Articles (2) Review articles (3) Short Notes (4) Abstracts and (5) Letter to the editor. Ayurvedic topics include Kayachikitsa, Rachana Sharira, Panchakarma, Dravyaguna, Rasashastra, Roganidana, Bhaishajya Kalpana, Shalyatantra, Prasooti & Striroga, Siddhanta, Shalakyatantra, Kaumarabhritya, Swasthavritta & Samitha. Archives afford free access and include all articles and other items dating back to volume 1, issue 1 of September, 2010.

The Journal of Homeopathy and Ayurvedic Medicine is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal which aims to provide the most rapid and reliable source of information on current developments in the field of Homeopathy and Ayurveda. The emphasis will be on publishing quality papers quickly and freely available to researchers worldwide. JHAM appears to be a new journal, and there are as yet no archives.