SVADHYAYA – THE HOLISTIC WELLNESS UNIT
In order to enhance and live up to its vision and mission of promoting Holistic Health,
Excelcare Hospitals has undertaken a pioneering initiative to promote Integrative Healthcare in the North East of India.
Integrative Healthcare brings Conventional (Western/Allopathic) Medicine and Complementary Medicine (that which has origins outside of Western Medicine) together, in a coordinated way. This approach empowers patients to fully participate in their own healing process and embrace lifelong wellness.
With this objective in mind, a fully functional Wellness Unit — Svadhyaya – was inaugurated at the Hospital premises on 10th February, 2019.
WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
SVADHYAYA is a Sanskrit term which implies ‘self-study’. (Sva-self; Adhyaya-stiudy).
It has been drawn from the ancient oriental philosophy of Yoga and is one of the prescribed rules for personal development in the practical application of the science of yoga as an art of living.
In context of a healthcare service platform, Svadhyaya promotes self-analysis, in order to enable patients to understand themselves better. Then when patients can be motivated and stimulated to make a sincere and dedicated attempt to regain their lost health, happiness and wholeness through unitive methods, they become empowered to take charge of their own healing and well-being through Positive Health Practices.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Svadhyaya- The Holistic Wellness Unit at Excelcare Hospitals is keenly intent on the practice and promotion of health in the spirit of this definition of health by the WHO.
We believe that a healthy, happy, individual, with a secure inner environment has the capacity to affect the outer environment in the best way possible, so as to lend to a healthier, happier and productive community.
We recommend Svadhyaya because it assures:
- A New Awareness –
There is a rising awareness of and a pondering on the larger issues of the phenomena of life, health and healing so far as healthcare is concerned.
Although medical treatment and over the counter drugs are what most people reach for as one seeks to heal, however, the reassurance and comfort that humane contact brings is just as valuable.
Wellbeing of an individual is essentially linked to the wellbeing of the community and for this, it is important to shift from a state of contracted awareness to a state of expanded awareness.
- Health and Wellbeing –
We want to move away from defining health solely in physical/clinical terms, to defining health as a state of dynamic balance between the body, breath, mind, spirit and consciousness.
Prevention of disease is important so as to avoid future pain and suffering.
Awareness and conscious self-analysis helps us to understand that disease is not something to be feared but is an indicator of where we have been erroneous in our lifestyle, thinking patterns or diet. Sva-Adhyaya or self-analysis, can then become an impetus for healthy change, putting us back on the right track to a happier and healthier life.
WHAT AT SVADHYAYA?
At Svadhyaya, programs for healing are based on principles and techniques of Ashtanga-Yoga as codified by Sage Patanjali.
These will empower practitioners with a sustainable set of health practices which can be easily woven into the daily regimen.
By addressing the mind, body, breath and spirit, these practical techniques will ensure prevention of impending ailments and faster recovery in case of disease, injury and any conditions of unease during pre-natal, postnatal and geriatric conditions. These in fact are for anyone who along with contemporary western or allopathic medicine, seeks a self-driven approach to heal themselves.
The primary objective is to enable a participant to eventually establish a healing self-practice at home, especially after any kind of medical intervention.
On completion of the prescribed duration of customised Restorative Yoga sessions, with close supervision of the Consultants, Mentors and Teachers, a participant will regain confidence to step with renewed vigour into mainstream life.
PROGRAMS AT SVADHYAYA- THE HOLISTIC WELLNESS UNIT
I.REGULAR YOGA SESSIONS:
Based on the Iyengar tradition, these classes are designed for anyone with minor health issues, or those seeking a general wellbeing of the body, mind and spirit.
Classes are held twice or thrice a week according to the schedule given below.
Saturdays and Sundays: 7 to 8.30 AM (yoga asanas and pranayama)
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month: 7 to 8.30 AM (guided practice, concepts of yoga philosophy)
II. RESTORATIVE YOGA SESSIONS:
Based on the Iyengar tradition, these classes are for those who have pressing medical/clinical health issues such as:
- Cardiac conditions
- Arthritic conditions
- Chronic pain
- Endocrine malfunction
- Menstrual disorders
- Pre and post-natal conditions
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Nervous Disorders
Consultant Physicians at Excelcare Hospitals ,at their discretion, recommend patients to enrol for these sessions. In such cases, regular communication with the concerned physician helps to monitor the clinical condition of the patient.
Participants can also opt for these classes on their own, without referral from any physicians.
These classes are held twice or thrice a week according to the following schedule:
Wednesdays and Saturdays: 9.30 to 11 AM
Participants can sign up for a single session. However, a regular attendance of a minimum of 10 to 30 sessions is effective.
Meditation is a tool for rediscovering the body’s own inner intelligence. Practiced for thousands of years, it’s not about forcing the mind to be quiet; it’s about finding silence that’s already there and making it a part of your life.
Silence is the birthplace of happiness, creativity, and infinite possibilities. From this field of pure potentiality we get our bursts of inspiration, our most intuitive thoughts, and our deepest sense of connection to the Universe. Practicing meditation on a daily basis allows us to create a life of greater compassion and fulfilment. Meditation is a journey to the centre of our very being; a journey to emotional freedom; and a journey to the reawakening of our unconditioned self.
Nowadays, doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illness. Even though meditation should not be considered a cure itself, research has shown it to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems.
At Svadhyaya-The Holistic Wellness Unit, Excelcare Hospitals, one can sign up to learn Primordial Sound Meditation — a meditation technique originating in the ancient wisdom of India, in four short sessions over a period of a few days.
Primordial Sound Meditation helps to eliminate stress as our minds and bodies begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality and happiness.
It is recommended for anyone who wishes to enjoy deeper peace, greater freedom, and mastery of life.
Primordial sounds—the basic, most essential sounds of nature—are used to disconnect us from the activity and the din of life. These individually selected sounds, known as mantras, are based on the vibration the universe was making at the moment of one’s birth.
Once your Primordial Sound mantra has been determined, you will be taught how to use it on a daily basis to reawaken balance, tranquillity, and compassion within.
Primordial Sound Meditation is a technique of meditation developed by Doctors Deepak Chopra and David Simon who founded the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, to offer individuals from around the world, programs in stress management, mind-body medicine, emotional healing, and life transformation. They have both practiced and taught the fusion of Ayurveda with modern science for over 35 years.
DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D.
Acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind-body-spirit medicine, Dr. Chopra continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health and healing. The author of more than 55 books, Deepak is changing the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness.
DAVID SIMON, M.D.
Dr. David Simon, a board-certified neurologist, is a pioneer in mind-body-spirit medicine. Since he co-founded the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing with Deepak Chopra, M.D. in the early 1990s, Dr. Simon has become one of the world’s foremost authorities on the effective and appropriate use of holistic healthcare practices. He is also the author of many popular wellness books, and continues to develop programs dedicated to helping people consciously heal and transform their lives.
At Svadhyaya– The Holistic Wellness Unit, Excelcare Hospitals, your Chopra Center certified instructor will help you to integrate this practice into your daily routine.
The four sessions are described below:
In Session One, your Chopra Center-certified meditation instructor will introduce you to the basic principles of meditation, its history, and the importance of your mantra.
In Session Two, you will receive personal instruction in your Primordial Sound mantra and learn how to use it. You will try meditation for the first time using your Primordial Sound mantra.
In Session Three, you will learn the practical aspects of meditation, share your experience, receive answers to any questions, and meditate with your instructor.
In Session Four, you will attend a lecture about the higher states of consciousness that can be achieved with regular Primordial Sound Meditation practice. Your instructor will share Deepak Chopra’s vision of these higher states.
Primordial Sound Meditation sessions are held once every week on Thursdays, between 7.30 to 8.30 AM.
Participants (old and new) are encouraged to join in the Group Meditations every Thursdays from 8.30 to 9.00 AM
New Participants are encouraged to join in the first week of any month.
IV.POSITIVE HEALTH PRACTICES:
Positive Health Practices (PHP) is a comprehensive service designed to address the requirements of those people who are admitted to the hospital due to acute medical conditions which require urgent interventions by our physicians.
After necessary medical treatment and before discharge of the patient, Consultants and assistants at Svadhyaya conduct at least one PHP session of 40 to 50 minutes duration.
This session includes counselling, mindfulness practice, essential postural alignments, techniques of breathing for optimum, restful sleep which is essential for faster recovery.
Depending on the individual and unique capacity and requirement of a person and on the discretion of the Consultant, techniques of breathing to stimulate the life force (pranayama), simple techniques of concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana), transformational therapy and psychological counselling are also provided.
‘Positive Health Practices’ are recommendations drawn from the ancient Vedas and the philosophy of Yoga, the wisdom of our forefathers.