Dr.Aparna (BAMS, MD, PhD) is one of the few specialists with a PhD in Ayurveda. She is dedicated to spreading the ancient wisdom of this science of life to the world, keeping it truly traditional and authentic.
Dr. Aparna was born into an Ayurvedic family and grew up seeing her father Dr. Padmanabhan successfully treating numerous patients for over 35 years. He runs an Ayurveda Panchakarma hospital in Kerala and was awarded Best Physician by Ayurveda Medical Association of India. Thus, Ayurveda was incorporated into Dr. Aparna’s life from a young age and she fell in love with this ancient holistic science and decided to pursue further education in the field. She was presented the Jivaka Award for her outstanding academic performance during her studies. Her post-graduation research thesis on rejuvenation therapies in Ayurveda was selected as the best thesis in her college. She did her PhD in India’s pioneer Ayurveda institute, the Gujarat Ayurved University. Her PhD was on the role of yogic practices and Ayurvedic medicine in generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
Dr. Aparna has presented papers in numerous Ayurveda seminars within and outside India as well as published articles in various academic journals. Her main fields of interest are mind-body medicine and Vedic medical Astrology.
She is married to a dedicated Ayurveda doctor, Dr. Abhishek Joshi (BAMS,MD,PhD). Dr. Aparna moved to Bali with her husband who was appointed as the chair of Ayurveda in Universitas Hindu Indonesia, Bali, Indonesia.
Ayurveda helps us to find the harmony within us and with the nature.
How do you attain balance in life?
Principles of Ayurveda have helped me to find balance through eating the right quantity and quality of food congenial to my constitution and in adopting some practices which help in attaining a happy and calm mind, clear intellect, feverishness, free senses and a pleasant soul.
Your top wellness tip?
Wellness is a journey from what I ‘feel’ is good towards what is ‘best’ for me.
To those who may not be familiar with the term, what is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the ancient science of life originated in India 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. This holistic science advocates that health and wellness depend upon a delicate balance between the mind, the body, and the spirit. It is based on concepts in maintaining health, preventing and curing disease by promoting the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and further unique health practices.
Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique Prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements.
Daily routines, called Dincharya, and seasonal regimens, called Ritucharya, are recommended. Following these individualised plans help users of Ayurveda to attain robust physical health as well as mental and spiritual harmony.
How has Ayurveda benefited your life?
Ayurveda helps me to listen to my body and mind. I am a complete foodie and I enjoy trying different cuisine. When I eat food which my tongue likes but my body doesn’t, I know what spices and herbs I have to include in my diet the next day in order to better digest and detox my body in a natural way. I cook food according to the state of my bio-energy and this helps me to stay healthy. I am a regular practitioner of yoga for 15 years now; my knowledge of Ayurveda has also helped me in selecting the most suitable yoga program for my Prakriti (body-mind type).
What can we expect from The Ayurveda Way retreat?
Ayurveda is the traditional healing modality of the Vedic culture from India. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “the wisdom of life” or “the knowledge of longevity”. It combines the complete knowledge on how to make us physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.
The Ayurveda Way is designed in such a way that it harmonises your own rhythm with the rhythm of nature by adopting Ayurvedic principles. If you are looking for a more balanced and harmonious life – ‘ The Ayurveda Way ‘ can be the answer.
Who should join this retreat?
Anyone who wants to return to and maintain a healthy life in harmony with body, mind and spirit is welcome to this retreat. This retreat will enlighten you with the help of simple Ayurvedic techniques, which will balance your elements and bio-energies.
And now, can you tell us more about yourself?
I was born into a traditional family who lives the principles of Ayurveda. My father is a very successful Ayurveda physician running a traditional Ayurveda hospital healing thousands of people in Kerala, India.
I grew up eating and living healthy. Whenever anyone of our family members fell sick my father gave us herbs which healed us. My mom has always cooked special food “The Ayurveda Way”, with a variety of healing spices and herbs. It was the confidence in Ayurveda which grew along with me and when it came to selecting a profession, I chose to be an Ayurvedic doctor, who will be able heal people – physically, mentally and spiritually.
I am blessed to be married to Dr. Abhishek Joshi, who was my senior in post graduation and PhD in Ayurveda college. He helps and supports me in living my life to the fullest. My PhD research was on Anxiety and I could develop a yogic protocol and Ayurvedic medicines which could benefit my patients, especially with regard to this topic.
Live healthier, happier and grow younger the Ayurveda way. Longevity is one of the aims of Ayurveda. Aging is natural process but there is a lot we can do to make it smoother, to maintain good health and prevent illness.