If Western medicine leaves your health a lot to be desired, then perhaps Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar might be of some help. He will be visiting Maui this week to teach Ayurvedic healing at the Maui Academy of Healing Arts.
Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India, developed over the last 5,000 years. Popularity and awareness of Ayurveda is on the rise in the U.S., partly because of the popular writer Deepak Chopra. Ayurveda is different from Western medicine as it focuses on prevention and illness with a set of health theories and practices centered around diet and lifestyle.
“Ayurveda is a consciousness-based approach to health,” says Dr. Suhas. “It is even more necessary today as it is a preventive based medicine. It is a true mind, body and spirit medicine that allows our bodies to live in harmony with mother nature. Healthy foods, nutrition, daily and seasonal routines, yoga, meditation, exercise and detoxification are pillars of natural health, which is why Ayurveda is getting more recognition.”
Suhas arrives on the island with his family this Thursday. He is a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician born and raised in a traditional Vedic family. In Santa Cruz, he directs the Ayurvedic Healing and Integrative Wellness Clinic. He often shares the stage with motivational speakers like Chopra and Wayne Dyer.
“It’s a self referral science, which tells you that you must be responsible for your own well being,” says Dr. Suhas. “It is a science of life which allows us to understand and live life to its full potential. Western medicine has no role for prevention, it can only help once you have a disease or a diagnosed condition. Ayurveda is a health and wellness-based science which is far better than pill for every ill.”
Suhas was recently re-elected for a third term on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Suhas says being raised in a traditional Vedic family is an “awake” life. He says as a result, he has a spiritual foundation and avoids wastage, focuses on frugality and sustainable living and maintains an eco-friendly attitude. He says the Ayurvedic diet is what you take in from all of your senses: it will give more value to “what you digest than to what you eat.”
For more information, visit ayurvedichealing.com or call 808-250-7161. The first day seminar is $150 and runs 9am-6pm; all three days cost $325.