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02: Spirituality, Astrology, Vastu & Yoga

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

GITA RAMESH, FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE KAIRALI AYURVEDIC GROUP, IN HER SECOND TALK WITH ZUZANA ZWIEBEL, EXPLAINDS THE CONNECTION OF AYURVEDA WITH SPIRITUALITY, VASTU SHASTRA, ASTROLOGY & YOGA.

GITA RAMESH, Founder and Joint Managing Director of Kairali Ayurvedic Group. She holds  Bachelor in Alternate Systems of Medicine & Surgery and Master degree in Biochemistry. Hailing from a family of acclaimed Vaidiyas , together with her husband Mr. K. V. Ramesh carried forward the legacy of ayurveda through Kairali brand. She launched the first "Kairali Ayurvedic Centre" in New Delhi in 1989 followed by an ayurveda resort and retreat "Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village" opened in 1999. Today the company under its umbrella has over thirty centres spread in India and abroad and provides employment to over 700 employees in 35 locations across 10 countries.  In 2017 during the 7th Annual Women Leaders Conference in India, she was awarded  as "The Leading Women in Ayurveda".

She has authored two books “Ayurvedic Herbal Massages” and “The Ayurvedic Cookbook”.

HOW IS AYURVEDA CONNECTED WITH SPIRITUALITY?

Spirituality is something that everyone has to believe in.  There is something really supernatural much above our intelligence. That’s what we call God. Ayurveda has Dhanvantari as its God. We believe in Him a lot because without His blessings nothing will happen.

Whatever happens, we say it’s the blessings of the God. For ultimately, it is He who decides what has to happen. We are only people on our journey of life, which is already written for us. We’re going through it and doing it in a best possible way. We should have a healthy body, we have to take care about our health till the end of our life.  The God is the one, who helps us. That’s where spirituality and ayurveda are connected.

WHEN YOU HAVE BUILT KAIRALI RESORT, YOU HAVE CONSIDERED ALSO THE FLOW OF THE ENERGY. ASTROLOGY AND VASTU SHASTRA EXPERTS WERE INVITED. HOW HAS IT REFLECTED IN THE CONSTRICTION OF RESORT ITSELF?

Yes, it has reflected! We belong to the family of ayurveda physicians. We knew, that if we really want the complete 100% results of the ayurvedic therapies that we are offering (even for just relaxing purpose), we have to invite experts for the Vastu Shastra and Astrology.

We brought in people who understood the Vastu Shastra art of the building and Astrologers, who combine their skills. It was kind of show, they were saying: "Okay, this is right. This is wrong." That's how we combined everything and everybody and then placed the cottages accordingly.

We didn't make a huge structures. We have built independent cottages each facing towards the sun. If you walk around, you will see, that the most of the cottages face to the sun and have the sunlight coming in. As I have mentioned before, every cottage was named after a Nakshatra (Star in Vedic Astrology). In every room was placed sacred conch shell which gives a positive vibrations. We planted trees and herbs in and around the cottages. The very air that you breathe itself has a very curative effect. Open space was very important. The water flow idea also came in because we have to have always some music like effect around the place. That gives you a really relaxed feeling in the body.

YOU ARE STILL COOPERATING WITH ASTROLOGERS, WHO ARE VISITING KAIRALI RESORT. GUESTS ARE INTERESTED IN THEIR DESTINY, BUT HOW DO YOU COMBINE HEALING WITH ASTRO-AYURVEDA?

We believe in the healing power of Astro-Ayurveda. Astrology is, again, a Vedic science coming from the same Vedas as ayurveda. It's a part of ayurveda. 

When you are very sick and you realize that whatever we are doing, it's not helping you, it's not curing you, then we look into astrology. We check the houses of your astrology chart, looking at the position of the planets and stars. If we see, that they are effecting you, we try to eliminate the power of disturbance. Based on the astrology chart, we offer the pujas to the gods of the planets. We try to reduce their influence in effort to get better results in the healing process. 

If we really want to find the answers for curing process, we always combine astrology with ayurveda treatment. 

ASTROLOGY REPRESENTS THE CONNECTION WITH THE UNIVERSE, BUT ALSO THE WORD YOGA MEANS THE CONNECTION. HOW DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN AYURVEDA AND YOGA?

One could say that yoga is a sister of ayurveda. Both are mentioned in the Vedas, both are focusing on healing and health. Whatever you're doing in yoga, it leads to healing and you are making yourself healthy. The digestion is improving, your laxity in the body is increasing, immunity system and alertness is increasing. Same things is happening, when you are practising ayurvedic treatments.  Taking care of your body is helping you to live healthy. So ayurveda and yoga, both are the pillars of the same subject. 

Yoga and meditation helps a lot in keeping yourself healthy. To all people who come to visit Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village, we offer the yoga and the meditation practices. But in some cases, if they are undergoing certain therapies which won't suit the yoga, then we restrict them from practising the yoga exercise. It is up to the doctor’s decision. He decides after checking, consulting and examining the patient, whether he could practice a certain yoga that is being offered at our property.


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FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF KAIRALI GROUP

GITA RAMESH

She is heart and soul behind the Kairali Group since its inception. Her status as a pioneer in the health and travel industry is reflected in award "Best Woman Entrepreneur for Promoting Wellness, 2010".

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