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Willow Urban Retreat
(03) 9822 8778
1203 High Street
Armadale VIC 3143
21 August 2018
At the heart of the Willow Urban Retreat experience is Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that has been brought together, ‘Ayu’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means knowledge. Ayurveda has its origins in India and has been around for tens of thousands of years. It is a holistic system that considers all aspects of the mind and body. It provides us with a system of healing that considers our individual constitutions, lifestyles and state-of-mind.
Our founder Sharon fell in love with Ayurveda and wanted to be guided by this lifestyle, she says, “Making sensible food choices according to my constitution and practicing yoga and meditation resonates with me.”
This is why we searched the world for a Doctor of Ayurveda to help bring this profound Eastern system of healing to Melbourne. Dr Kalyan Chakravarthy holds a masters degree in Ayurvedic Pharmacology and joins us all the way from India. He has chosen to move here to continue to spread Ayurvedic practices in the west. When you step into the Willow Urban Retreat experience you’ll find you have the option to see an array of experts in the wellbeing space. We’d like to introduce to you, Dr Kalyan Chakravarthy our resident Ayurvedic specialist.
Q & A with Dr Kalyan Chakravarthy
When did you begin learning about Ayurveda?
I Started learning Ayurveda from my grandparents, parents since my age three as a part of our daily routine.
Why do you believe that Ayurvedic practices are so important for our health?
Ayurveda is the only science that is a “health science” rest are medical sciences. Ayu deals both health (maintenance of health, promoting health, avoiding diseases) and disease (treatment) with same importance, where as other systems are much involved in treatment of diseases. Keeping healthy is positive health. And Ayurveda promotes it in the first place. The aim of this system is to prevent illness, heal the sick and preserve life. This can be summed up as follows:
Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam – to protect health and prolong life.
Aturasya vikaara prashamanamcha – to eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body.
And both these are aimed towards the promotion of health on three levels; mentally, physically and spiritually.
What’s your morning routine look like?
My day starts at 5 am and starts with prayer, followed by meditation (TM) yoga and physical exercise.
What excites you most about joining the Willow Urban Retreat team?
The best part which excited me to join willow is the thought of bringing all natural healing systems under one roof to enhance healthy living and to cure the diseased. To have a disease free society.
What’s your top tip to living a happy healthy life?
Eat when you’re hungry and eat what’s suitable for your constitution. Always keep some empty space in your stomach. Do things which you’re capable of and stretch yourself to the maximum limit without hurting your physical and mental health. A cup of Hot water sipping hourly once during the day keeps you healthy. Health is pivotal to do Dharma – following the righteous path, Artha – to earn in right path, Kaama – to satisfy one’s self, Moksha – to get rid of all the materialistic things.