By TNT Bureau
Mar 4, 2016: An expert in yoga, meditation, and a holistic and wellness consultant, Dr Swati Dhawan has encompassed the fundamentals of medical science with eastern Vedic wisdom, offering health in its truest sense and perspective—physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual, as defined by the World Health Organization. SwatiDhawan has worked in the healthcare sector for many years, and this exposure has helped her to recognize, identify and acknowledge the diverse ethnicity and distinctive spirited environment existing in various companies and sectors.
In a conversation with ThinkNaturalToday, Dr Swati Dhawan, who believes that modern medicine has failed to heal the woes of modern mankind, shares her opinion about natural health therapies and their benefits on our health.
What is the demand for yoga and ayurveda in our country? Are there any significant differences between the two in terms of practice and popularity?
The demand of yoga, ayurveda and alternative healing systems is growing exponentially as modern medicine has failed to heal the woes of modern mankind. Ayurveda is a healing system and yoga is a path of spiritual conduct, whose offshoots have done great good to mankind since time immemorial. With respect to popularity, spiritual exponents and practitioners in our country have made both popular.
What is the level of awareness in people about yoga, ayurveda and other natural healing methods and their benefits?
Awareness for yoga and ayurveda is growing but disappointingly people know very little about their immense benefits. With awareness, all natural healing methods will become successful in curing all problems of modern lifestyle.
What are the current trends in the field of yoga and ayurveda in India?
Today, people in India are adopting yoga asanas and pranayama as a cure to many diseases. They are slowly realizing the benefits of the natural ways of health and happiness. On the other hand, in ayurveda,as side effects of mainstream medicine are well known, which not only affect health, but also destroy psychic and cosmic pathways to wellbeing by destroying the aura and meridians. Ayurveda being organic regulates and refines the aura and the pathways. However, people rarely consult an ayurveda practitioner, as the faith for these natural treatments is still not strong enough. Modern medicine is covered under health insurance and the burden of paying for ayurveda and yoga is an out of pocket expense, which reduces its popularity and trend. People use yoga for weight loss,body sculpting,mind body medicine,increasing their vitality. Meditation is becoming popular for psychosomatic disorders,alleviating pain in cancer patients, preventing side effects of modern medicine,in improving mobility in joint disorders,detoxing and relaxation.
Do you think the Indian government’s supportforyoga and Ayurveda is sufficient?
The government’s support is minimal through Ayush.The government has opened a newayurvedic hospital in Delhi which hasonly 500 beds. It is supporting more research in ayurveda and yoga as an answer to the demands of pivotal pharmaceutical industry questions. We have to go a long way as baby steps are still taken. The government should think of bringing yoga and other alternative healing systems to mainstream economy. The government needs to do extensive clinical trials and prove that these traditional methods are backed by sound knowledge.
How important is yoga and ayurveda in today’s time?
The importance of mainstream yoga and ayurveda is immense. Yoga can solve management woes and give us a sustainable and safe environment.It reduces the carbon footprint and its manufacturing index for the environment like water,air,sound is redundant.
How can one apply yoga and ayurveda in everyday life? Pl share some tips.
Organic food habits and pranayama can heal many health problems that we face on a daily basis. Equalising your breath holds the key to a long and healthy life.We are given breaths rather than time as life,staying in equanimity,that is, not wasting your breath in crying,laughing,anger,remorse,complaining,speaking unwantedly. This helps. Equalising breathing, that is, breathing in for 2 seconds and breathing out for 2 seconds for 30 minutes is important .Do this for 15 to 30 days and then start holding the breath for 2 seconds. Ujjayi,Bhastrika,Kapalbhati can be practiced regularly!
When it comes to yoga, a number of people still think of difficult and impossible asanas. What do you have to say in this regard?
Asanas can be simplified and tailor-made to the needs of the practitioner. It is about being ergonomic and focused rather than complicated and scattered.
Does ayurveda help to treat all major diseases? What can yoga do in case of surgeries?
A good ayurveda practitioner can cure all lifestyle and infectious diseases. In case of surgeries, we have to resort to other alternative systems. In fact, surgeries can be avoided if yoga is coupled with meditation and practiced as a routine. Breath control and music can be an alternative to surgeries, as well.Sound is the food for the ears and hearing the right sound at the right time with the right frequency and then using prana management to reach the target organ and undoing the complex bioacoustics and bio actives which are a result of noise pollution and sound effects in media. This creates blocks in the subconscious plain, and is the solution for surgeries.