Dr. Mahesh Kalra completed his Ayurveda training in India and his Acupuncture and Naturopathic degree in Melbourne at the College of Natural Medicine. He has many strings to his bow, cherry picking from his intimate knowledge of Reiki, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Nutrition, Flower Essences, Ayurvedic Metaphysical Counseling, Lifestyle Management and Stress Management to prescribe tailored solutions for his patients. His real specialty lies in combining Ayurvedic Medicine with Reiki and Acupuncture. These are the three ancient healing systems that address both the physical and spiritual levels. Dr Mahesh is a registered member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Victoria (Acupuncture is registered in Victoria). He is also a provisional member of AACMA (Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association) and a registered member of ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society).
Ayurveda doctor Dr. Rama Prasad has been promoting Ayurveda with his consultations, presentations, courses and training internationally for the last 25 years. He has organised and been part of over two dozen international ayurveda and yoga conferences in India and Australia. He has identified around 2,000 classical Ayurveda herbs in Australia, including many species that are endangered in India. Rama has been a working and training practitioner in 1) Ayurvedic tongue analysis and 2) The five elements based body type analysis over the past 20 years. He promotes Ayurveda as a science of common sense. He specialises in "stress and its effect on the body" and uses effective mind-body approaches. He is part of a vibrant Ayurveda community with passionate professionals and participants in Australia. When he is back in Trithala, his Kerala village with his 8-year-old daughter, he still performs his traditional duties - helping his mother making Tulsi and Vilwa garlands for their local temple deities.
Carla Fraser, is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, qualified Yoga teacher and creator of The Nourishment Garden. Carla trained through the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies, with Dr S.Ajit (BAMS, PCAS), Satyananda Yoga Academy, and the Australian Yoga Academy, completing the Ad. Dip (350-hour) Yoga Teaching and is currently completing her Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda . A member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda, (AAA) Carla is passionate about the growth and accessibility of Ayurveda in Australia, for both the general public and practitioners alike. 'Traveling to India in 2015 for the International Conference of Ayurveda solidified my that this is my path, this is my dharma.'
Carla Practices in St Kilda, Melbourne offering dietary and lifestyle consultations and a variety of therapeutic Ayurveda treatments. You can also find Carla regularly hosting Ayurveda cooking classes and urban retreats. "It's my hope for more reputable awareness of Ayurveda in Australia and for our community of Doctors, Ayurvedic Practitioners and health care professionals to come together, sharing knowledge, passion and experience, for the growth of Ayurveda in Australia.
Phillipa Joy is a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant from the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies (AIAS) studying under the mentor Dr S.Ajit (BAMS, PCAS). She has been a practising Reiki Master for more than 10 years and runs a small business consulting and offering therapeutic treatments: Ayurveda Joy. A chef by trade she has worked in numerous countries across the globe, having had the opportunity to work from kitchen and garden to the table. This work has led to her greatest interest of using food as medicine in the Ayurvedic model and she is passionate about educating people about the healing properties of food and how important it is to eat seasonally, choosing food suited best to specific needs in order to maintain good health and prevent disease. She regularly hosts workshops and weekend retreats about Ayurveda and Yoga as therapy. Balance + Transform Having worked as a manager and Event Coordinator namely in Europe, the UK and Australia in many different establishments and styles of events, she joins the team in an assistant role to help coordinate the conference.
Shameela Khambhaita, the Founder and Director of Subconscious Health & Beyond, Cherub Veda and The Transform Veda Program is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Pharmacologist, Nutritionist, Transformational Coach, Educator, Entrepreneur and Public Speaker who immigrated to Australia in 2006 from England where she was born. After over 15 years in the Clinical Research Corporate World with a background in Clinical Pharmacology, working directly with the FDA and a vast number of major global Pharmaceutical organisations to support the development and marketing of a wide range of therapeutic compounds and vaccines, Shameela left that aspect of her life behind in 2012 to pursue further education in Ayurveda, Mind Therapy and Yoga. As a public speaker, Shameela spends a significant amount of time sharing her knowledge of the ancient wisdom through global media talks, presentations, workshops, community events, workshops and seminars across Australia and beyond.
Shameela is committed to empowering and inspiring as many people as possible internationally based on her own personal Ayurvedic transformative journey and is scheduled to launch her first book in 2017 to support her path serving humanity. Shameela is delighted to be part of the Ayurveda Conference 2017 team in the capacity of Event and Publicity Officer and is also very excited to be the MC for the conference.
I am a student of Ayurveda and, as such, I spend my time understanding - intellectually and experientially - the phenomenon of Life with all that it involves. Pure philosophy, which is what I studied at university, enabled me to ask big questions - but not to answer them. Then a masters degree in Development Studies (focused on how to make the world a better place) also provided no real answers. I had learned critical thinking and could see all that was wrong in the world, but nothing was said about how to make things right. So… what to do? Stop. Wait. And then came Ayurveda, along with her inseparable sister sciences Yoga and Astrology, to provide some of the most solid, profound and logical answers. Learning wisdom, rather than academic jargon and hypotheses, felt very different. It was applicable, offering direct experiences rather than disputable beliefs, and answering deep as well as practical questions in an ever-inspiring style. It is truly “The Science of Life”, one of the greatest treasures we have been gifted by the past, and I wish to dedicate my whole life to passing it on. I am currently training with esteemed Dr Ajit of the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies. My other greatly influential teachers have been Doctors Rama Prasad and Shaun Matthews from Sydney, who I look forward to meeting again at the upcoming conference, and Dr Vasant Lad, who I had the honor of meeting at the 2015 Ayurveda Conference in Vaidyagrama, India. It is now a privilege to be part of the team, who have brought the Ayurveda Conference to life in Melbourne!
Herbalist for around 50 years and Ayurveda coach for 25 years!
Dr. Swami Shankardev
MB,BS, M.Sc, Dip Medical Hypnosis, Grad Cert Mental health, Yoga Acharya., A medical doctor, yoga therapist, author and workshop presenter.
Dr. Ajit Singh
Dr. Ajit has a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.), PCAS
PhD Candidate at University of Western Sydney, Masters of Applied Science by Research (RMIT) Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, (RMIT University).
Dr. Marc Cohen
MBBS (Hons), PhD (TCM), PhD (Elec Eng), BMed Sci (Hons)
Dr. Vijay Murthy
PhD (Aus), MPH (NZ), M.Surgery (Ayu), B.Ayu Med & Surgery (IN), B.Nat (NZ):
Dr. Sanjay Raghav
MBBS MD DM (NEUROLOGY) FRACP
Clinic Director, Naturopath, Medical Research Scientist
Dipika Delmenico Naturopath, Ayurveda practitioner, Anthroposophical Medicine
Dr. Siby Chiramel
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Shaun Matthews
M.B., B. Ch. (Ireland ), Cert. Ayu Med (Gujarat ,India), Cert. Yoga Teacher Training (Bihar , India, Cert. Somatic Integration, Cert. Astrology (Nature Care, Sydney)
Dip Nat, Dip Herb, Adv. Dip (Ayur. Med), Zen Monk
B.Hlth. Sc. (Nat.) Dip (Ayur. Med) N.Z.
Dr. Tim Carr
MBBS, D.Ay, D.Yo.
Dr. Sandeep GuptA
GP, nutritional & environmental medicine, Ayurvedic consultant and Wellness coach
Dr. Priya Kalahasti
MBBS, MD Nephrologist
Presenter Topic Information
Ayurvedic Integration into Western Herbal Medicine.
Western Herbal Medicine has arguably become practised as 'phytotherapy' with an almost compulsory emphasis on phytochemistry to substantiate it's clinical applications. Useful as this may be, to some degree, the present dominance of this model has overlooked, arguably to it's detriment, the more traditional and historical ways of prescribing herbs based on well defined subtle 'constitutional' and 'energetic' considerations and as such is giving limited results. Ayurveda is one of many traditional systems, which whilst undergoing some modernisation, utilises an ancient but yet adaptable interpretation of health, disease and the treatment of disease particularly but not exclusively with herbs. Even elementary consideration and application of the theory of the 'doshas', concepts such as 'prakruti' and 'vikruti', key concepts of Ayurveda, when appended even to the Materia Medica of Western Herbalism can lead to a more wholistic, individualistic and frequently surprisingly superior treatment by the practitioner of Western Herbal Medicine. Such is the way that Denis Stewart, an avowed, longstanding exponent and practitioner of Western Herbal Medicine utilises Ayurveda - integration of it's key practical points to augment his otherwise conventional practise of Western Herbal Medicine.
Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati
Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy
Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy are based in Samkhya, the oldest Indian philosophy. Samkhya enumerates the building blocks of the macrocosm and the microcosm and provides us with a deep understanding of how the components and elements of the body and mind work to support health and wellbeing. This lecture will give an overview of Samkhya, which provides the theory, and Yoga Therapy, which provides tools to manipulate the elements of the body and mind and connect our awareness to higher consciousness. The ultimate aim of yoga is to support the evolution of consciousness to realisation of the true nature of self, and from the yogic point of view this is the ultimate healing that liberates from suffering. Reference will also be made to yoga psychology and psychotherapy which are branches of yoga therapy.
Ayurveda - Filling the Gaps
Nowadays, despite the best efforts of people to live a healthy life, new diseases are on rise like an epidemic. One wonders why this is so? And what is the solution? The ancient science of Ayurveda gives answers to both, which is why adopting an integrative approach to deal with ailments at a national level in each country can have a huge impact on the health of a nation. Ayurveda can contribute a great deal to integrative medicine with its ability to offer practitioner’s a simple but integrated pathway to health that focuses on achieving balance for their clients at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It also gives practitioners an expanded range of health assessment instruments and therapeutic treatments that offer exceptional results when coupled with our current national medical system. This is achieved by a profound understanding of how our lifestyle, dietary choices, our thoughts and behaviors and even the seasons can impact on our bodies and create imbalances that impact on our health.
1) Lifestyle Medicine: moving a 'nice idea’ from a philosophy to a discipline in Australasia
2) Delivering experiential comprehensive lifestyle change online: the Open Health project.
1. Lifestyle Medicine in Australasia formally commenced in 2008 with the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association, now the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (www.lifestylemedicne.org.au), although informally some years earlier through the efforts of pioneers like Prof Garry Egger. Twelve years later, the field has matured with around 15 societies internationally, but Lifestyle Medicine still needs recognition from, relevance to and reach into the professions. Apart from lack of resources, an important barrier relates to the difference between a philosophy and a discipline, in that practitioners encountering Lifestyle Medicine for the first time are invariably taken by the concept but find it difficult to engage with, let alone put into clinical practice which introduces numerous systemic barriers. In this part of the presentation, some challenges and opportunities establishing Lifestyle Medicine in Australasia will be explored with particular focus on development of a discipline in the face of health system barriers.
2. There is no lack of evidence of the health enhancing benefits of 'comprehensive lifestyle change' programs, however there remains a significant knowledge/implementation gap. Such programs are commonly conducted face-to-face in small group settings, therefore lack accessibility, cost effectiveness and scalability. Online delivery would seem to be the solution, but while apps and devices tackling a single behaviour, condition or risk factor proliferate, research continues to indicate that health and health behaviour are multi-faceted and a product of their social and environmental context. The literature also favours programs that address multiple behaviours using multiple techniques, yet are highly tailored and provide personalised feedback, amongst other things. Based on a large systematic review, this presentation explores behaviour change frameworks, techniques and characteristics of successful online delivery of multiple health behaviour change using the experience of developing the Open Health project (www.openhealth.org.au)
Prof Marc Cohen
Tulsi- A Herb for All Reasons (VIDEO)
The activities we perform each day have a profound and lasting impact on our health and the health of our families, communities and environment. Ayurveda, focuses on good health through healthy lifestyle practices and the inclusion of health promoting herbs as part of everyday life includes the use of culinary and medicinal herbs drawn from India’s incredible biodiversity. This presentation will review the science behind the use of Ocimun sanctum, also known as Tulsi or ‘the Incomparable One’, in combating the stress of modern life. Tulsi’s potent adaptogenic effects, which include actions against physical, chemical, metabolic, infective and psychological stress, make the regular consumption of Tulsi tea comparable to the regular practice of yoga through nurturing and nourishing the body, mind and spirit while fostering a sense of relaxation and wellbeing
Dr Vijay Murthy
Application of classical concepts of Ayurveda; Fasting & ingestion of fats in managing metabolic disorders (ViDEO)
Living in accordance with nature by adapting to the evolutionary influence on human health underpins the concepts and approaches in classical Ayurveda. The emphasis on the principle of Agni in diagnostics and treatment is an ancient and yet a highly current concept initiating new developments in integrative health care. Of the six classical therapeutic approaches in Ayurveda, fasting (a method of Langhana) and ingestion of fats (a method of Snehana) have influenced my clinical practice particularly for addressing metabolic disorders. The very recent scientific evidence on the role of intermittent fasting and fat rich diets in the prevention and management of metabolic disorders have challenged an era of fat avoidance and criticism of fasting. As a result, nutritional guidelines in disease management developed through the last century are now being questioned. The epidemics of diabetes, hypothyroidism, obesity, cardiovascular morbidity and cancer stand as examples for poorly understood lifestyle related conditions. In human genotype development, efficient energy utilisation is believed to have evolved since 600,000 BC. In this context, the sudden abundance of food since industrialisation and unnatural food habits due to urbanisation are the focus in understanding metabolic disorders. Several physicians, both from the conventional medical and traditional systems of health are reporting encouraging outcomes from intermittent fasting and/or high fat nutrition in metabolic disorders. In this presentation, I will be interpreting classical ayurvedic concepts and therapeutic approaches in clinical practice by linking Ayurveda to emerging scientific evidence. This presentation will be of interest to integrative medical doctors, health researchers, ayurvedic practitioners and nutritionists who work with patients seeking support for effective prevention and management of metabolic disorders.
Dr Sanjay Raghav
Role of Ayurveda and Yoga in Neurological Disorders- A/Prof Sanjay Raghav
Ayurveda is a holistic medicine originated in India about 5000 years ago. This is a complete and integrated system of natural health care which looks after the mental, physical and emotional sides of life. Ayurveda is based on the principle of Tridosas and considers neurological disorders to be the result of a Vata disorder. The vitiation of Vata dosha causes an imbalance and disharmony in the human system that leads to neurological disorders. Ayurvedic treatments for neurological disorders aim to rectify this Vata imbalance and bring the Vata dosha in harmony with pita and Kapha dosha. Ancient text on Ayurveda gives detail description and treatment of various neurological disorders which include Parkinson’s Disease, Headache, Paralysis, Restless Leg Syndrome, Epilepsy. It uses a range of treatments, including Panchakarma (‘five actions’), yoga, massage and herbal medicine in various combinations. This can be integrated with mainstream medicine as well. '
Dr Siby Chiramel
Ayurveda In Cancer Management
Ayurveda provides novel approaches to cancer prevention and treatment that are considered safe. Ayurveda adopts a holistic approach and propounds a broad-based understanding of the entities of life, health and disease. Holistic treatment is the hallmark of Ayurvedic treatment Moreover, the principles of Ayurveda are universal but the practices are localized and individualized. This is a unique feature, which ensured sustainable utilization of Ayurveda principles in providing health care universally Ayurveda is the first system to emphasize health as the perfect state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual component of a human being.Ayurveda can be helpful in the management of cancer in many ways such as—preventive, palliative, curative and supportive.
Ancient Ayurveda Principles and Treatments to Strengthen the Philosophy of Modern Naturopathic Practice.
A Women's Health and Fertility Focus.
Description: Modern Naturopathic practice is changing. The traditional arts of naturopathy - observing the body signs, constitutional assessment, looking for patterns of dis-ease, and prescribing according to these philosophies - have lessened in popularity. In contrast, modern scientific practices growing in popularity are prescribing according to integrative pathology results, disease protocols, and treating to surrogate markers; concepts that speak the language of science but lack the established experience of traditional clinical practice. Integrating ancient ayurveda principles such as identifying the qualities and patterns of presentations can help the clinician succinctly identify suitable treatments and remedies according to qualities, individual dietary and lifestyle pillars of health and to seek a movement of imbalance back to a state of health. The focus on the qualities of the individual and the reduced reliance on technology hastens and improves the clinical decision making process. This presentation will use the experience in the area of Women's Health and Fertility to highlight how practice in a dynamic area with many complex layers to cases can benefit by incorporating grounded, ancient philosophy.
The Wisdom of Menopause: Radiant health in Second half of Life
Menopause is the beginning of the second half of a Woman’s life. The Wisdom Years. When a woman has healthy metabolic function and menstrual cycle then menopause can be an easeful transition of natures cycles and rhythms. However, in our Western culture, for many women, menopause is seen and experienced as a major health challenge. As the pillar of family and community, many people are impacted and affected by a woman’s experience and the task of this transition. Menopause becomes misunderstood in our culture and even feared as a syndrome or health condition it is not. Menopause is not a dis-ease. These challenges call us to really understand the transitions of womans life from menstruation to menopause and beyond. We look at three phases of woman’s life and how to create vitality and wellness during menopause and thereafter, with the practical healing tools and wisdom of Ayurveda. You will see how the fruits of menstrual years can be embodied as wellness in aging. This addresses commonly experienced symptoms, what is creating them and how to manage. Imparting the greater understanding of what is occurring in all aspects of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being of woman. Integrating Ayurveda into the demands and expectations of living in a modern world creating connectedness and empathy to one’s own nature and womanhood. This includes looking at HRT and synthetic treatments in management of symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Ayurvedic Psychology; A Contemporary Approach
Ayurveda and its sister science Yoga acknowledge that the body is wise. In this context physical and mental symptoms need to be honoured and acknowledged. A careful listening needs to be developed over time, a listening which can inform our choices around food, drink, exercise, work, rest, sleep and even the company that we keep. In this way our bodies are our greatest allies and can help us live into our full potential as human beings. Drawing from clinical cases, Dr Matthews will explore these tenets of Ayurvedic medical practice and will also look at the role of contemporary approaches to healing deeply held mental traumas, approaches that work directly with the body.
Clinical Case Paper of a patient with Chronic Anxiety and Insomnia
Explaining the root cause of these conditions from an Ayurvedic perspective. He'll then share the advice he gives his clients and the results they have experienced by following Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle recommendations and taking simple herbal medicines. As part of this presentation he’ll outline how the Ayurvedic understanding of these conditions differs from other systems of medicine and modalities and why this knowledge is so powerful. Kester has decided to cover these conditions because they are so incredibly prevalent in our modern world. They often go hand-in-hand with other debilitating conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Wayne Celeben Ayurvedic approach to metabolic disorders
Subtitle: How classical ayurvedic approach to diagnosis, pathology, treatment and modifying panchakarma to suit a Western context can enhance clinical results with special reference to metabolic conditions.
Outline: This case presentation will track the treatment and progress of a patient presenting with metabolic and respiratory complaints over a 6month period. The objective of this presentation is to outline the relevance and effectiveness of implementing traditional ayurvedic principles in a modern clinical practice. We will explore some of the core ayurvedic concepts relating to clinical assessment, diagnosis, pathology and treatment strategies. Special reference will be made in providing a clear understanding of the reasoning and methodology behind the ayurvedic concept of manifestation and process of disease (samprapti). The first part of the presentation will emphasize the importance of developing a sound understanding in case taking and interpreting clinical data, using both ayurvedic and western diagnostic tools. The second part will focus on treatments strategies and follow up findings. We will look at the role of nutrition with consideration to ethnicity and geographical location, herbal medicines and developing effective combinations of ayurvedic and nutritional supplements; as well as the role of panchakarma and how to apply it in a western context.
Maharishi Ayurveda; The Key to Effective Preventive Medicine
Despite modern medicine’s tremendous technological advances, in medical practice today we see the same patients returning with the same or related health problems. It has been estimated that around 30- 40% of the adult population now suffer chronic disease. Clearly we are missing something fundamental in our current prevention strategies To effectively prevent disease we need to understand how any dietary, behavioral or environmental change may affect the whole mind-body. This is readily achieved when we understand everything in terms of the three Doshas – the core principle of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the oldest and hence most time-tested of all medical traditions. Ayurveda provides a detailed framework for assessing the patient’s Doshic balance, digestive status, mental stability etc, thereby enabling the health professional to more completely know the patient and to determine the suitability of an intervention for the patient. Maharishi Ayurveda, in addition, identifies the Self- referral dynamics that uphold health (known as “Swastha” which literally means established in Self). This, along with Ayurveda’s Tri-Dosha concept, provides the foundation for holistic health care, which is compatible with any contemporary health care modality. The approach of Maharishi Ayurveda allows the health professional to more accurately personalise diet and lifestyle prescriptions. It empowers the patient to be more Self-referred, to be more aware of their body’s cues and to assume more responsibility for their health. It provides methodologies to detect and correct pre-clinical stages of disease. It thereby provides the essential keys to effective preventive medicine. Evidence for and clinical experience with the preventive strategies of Maharishi Ayurveda will be discussed.
Key concepts of Ayurveda for integrative medicine practice
One of the keys of integrative medicine is to seek the root cause of medical problems. The other is to individualise treatment according to the patient, not the disease. Ayurveda provides some key insights to assist with an integrative medicine program including the importance of individual constitution. Based on the person’s constitution, the approach to a holistic medicine program is different. If the patient is strong and the disease is weak then detoxification methods can be used. However if the patient is weak and the disease is strong then strengthen the patient first. The importance of agni or digestive fire is another key principle from Ayurveda. Without digestive fire, the patient is unlikely to digest food in its entirety and thereby is going to have production of digestive toxicity (ama). The lifestyle of the person needs to be centred around their constitution and needs to include significant time for rest and healing. A strong healing intention and an intention to grow and develop spiritually is extremely helpful too, and emphasised in the Ayurvedic tradition.
Microbiome and Kidney disease (VIDEO)
Chronic Kidney disease affects 14 % of the general population in the United States. More than 661,000 Americans suffer from Kidney damage. Diabetes and Hypertension are the commonest causes of kidney disease. Eleven to thirteen percent of the population in the world is affected by Chronic Kidney Disease. That’s the bad news. The good news is that majority of patients have stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. Why good news? Because that is the stage which can be modified. Today we will explore the role of the gut, ie, the microbiome in kidney disease, and the role of Ayurveda in the maintainance of the microbiome.
Online presentations by
Dr. Vijay Murty and Prof. Marc Cohen