Thursday, August 28, 2014


The Bodhananda Vedic Institute School Of Ayurveda in Kalamazoo, MIchigan, wil open its doors to its firs class of studnts in Spring 2015.

Founded and operated by The Sambodh Society, Inc., a Michigan Ecclesiastical Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation established in 1998, and guided by His Holiness, Swami Bodhananda Sarasvati, the Bodhananda Vedic Institute is offering a syllabus of courses in the study of Ayurveda, a spiritual science that encompasses and supports all dimensions of human life, in particular a healthy body, mind and spirit. Classes will begin on Saturday, April 18th, 2015.

The program, which is one year in length and leads to certification as an Ayurvedic Consultant, takes place over twelve consecutive months with one entire weekend per month given over to intensive classwork and lecture by a distinguished faculty with both extensive instructional as well as clinical experience. Coursework is designed to thoroughly educate students in the art, science and philosophy of Ayurveda and its evaluative procedures and its therapeutic and preventive protocols.

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New Delhi: The government will work for strengthening global acceptance of ayurveda as evidence-based medicine, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Sunday.He was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a "Global museum of Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine" at yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Yoga Peeth near Haridwar, according to a health ministry release,

"For the first time since 1947, the government's health policy is going to lay primary emphasis on the ayurveda siddhanta. This is in tune with the times as World Health Organisation (WHO) has given considerable importance to Ayurveda in its activities related to traditional medicine," Harsh Vardhan said.

The release said that WHO has contributed substantially towards the implementation of "pharmaco-vigilance" in Ayurveda. "Now every AIIMS centre will have an indigenous medicine department of which ayurveda will be a major component," the minister said. He said that AIIMS Rishikesh will take the lead on the issue as steps were underway to have a 100-bed AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy) hospital.

He said the government has set up a "committee of directors" on AYUSH to recommend a blue print for operationalising a yoga training and therapy centre at AIIMS Rishikesh. "The old, allopathy orientation of AIIMS is out of sync with the contemporary trend of integrating indigenous and western forms of cure. That is why I wish to give Yoga, along with ayurveda, unani, siddha and homoeopathy pride of place in the AIIMS system. "All the six new AIIMS will be dynamic institutions of integrated medicine in the years to come," Harsh Vardhan said.

The minister had a detailed discussion with the yoga guru on research trends in modern science and clinical applications of yoga and ayurveda.


Times of India Friday, August 22, 2014

Varanasi: The Government Ayurveda College and Hospital, situated on the campus of Sumpurnanand Sanskrit University, is struggling for existence. The college was denied recognition by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) in 2012 due to lack of faculty members. It had again applied for recognition this year.

The Central Council of Indian Medicine, the governing body of medical colleges, ranks the colleges on the basis of strength of faculty members and infrastructure. "The CCIM had denied recognition to our college in 2012, as it lacked required faculty. According to norms, there should be 12 teachers, including readers and professors. Earlier, we had only 10 teachers. But, now we have 13 teachers after three new teachers joined the college. We hope this year we get recognition," said Dr Vinay Mishra, chief medical officer of Government Ayurveda College and Hospital. Principal S N Singh said that they have applied for recognition this year.

Since the college was denied recognition there have been no new admissions on the 50 seats for the last two academic sessions (2012-13 and 2013-14). Another problem being faced by the hospital is poor infrastructure, which needs immediate attention.The number of patients coming to the hospital had also decreased. For a long time, the woman ward remained locked as there were no patients. The CMO said that earlier about 300-350 patients used to visit the OPD everyday, mainly for the Panch-Karma treatment, but now the number has decreased to 150-200. He added that most of the patients are from the slum area but the hospital is located in the interior of Sumpurnanand Sanskrit University, so people hesitate to visit. Although the hospital has all the required equipment and adequate staff for healthcare but it suffers due to poor infrastructure. Moreover, sanitation and cleanliness of the hospital is also in bad. The hospital welcomes its patients with a huge heap of stinking garbage at the entrance. Toilets also need proper cleaning and maintenance.

The principal said that till 1981, the college was a part of SSU but later it came under the state government. "We are making all efforts to re-establish the hospital. We have created all required facilities. We have also demanded specialists like radiologist, pathologist and a surgeon for better healthcare," he said. A new building is ready to accommodate the college and hospital outside the SSU campus.

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.

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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.