Humans have for thousands of years created concepts, ideas abstracted from the concrete realities of our lives. One of the earliest was that of the passage of time, which originated in awareness of the movements of the sun, moon and planets and expanded exponentially in complexity and significance after we invented the notions of past and future. The body of any living being exists within time and understanding the nature of time cycles is crucial to our physical health. But like space, time exists in the mind only, and misperceptions of time can wreak havoc on us, particularly since in the context of pure consciousness time does not exist at all.
Internationally acclaimed Ayurvedic Dr. Robert Svoboda (PhD) who is leading a retreat at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh spoke exclusively to THE MAN. Excerpts from the interaction:
There are so many similar retreats, what is special about The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh?
What is the philosophy behind it? How we deal with or fail to deal with stress is crucial to our wellbeing. Modern life uses the clock to imprison us in a prison of stress, a prison from which we must each escape into being more spontaneous and open to the moment-by-moment miracles of life. This retreat is all about learning how to balance the linear world of schedule and timetable with the natural world and its very different sort of time.
What would be your focus at the retreat at The Oberoi Sukhvilas?
The retreat has been deliberately kept small so that all participants can fully enter into transformative “retreat time and space” in which we will move the body, challenge the mind and enrich the spirit.
What are the most effective oils and herbs?
There is no one “most effective” oil or herb, each person has to learn which substances work best for him or her, and which don’t work well at all.
What are the key differences between an Ayurveda retreat and other systems of treatment?
Ayurveda focuses on all aspects of embodied life, not simply disease and its treatment.
How did you get into Ayurveda?
After traveling in Africa I realised that there was more to health and healing than modern medicine could provide, so I started looking further. I first heard about Ayurveda in Nepal, and was extraordinarily fortunate to be introduced to Pandit Shiv Sharma, who was at that time India’s most eminent Ayurvedic physician. Thanks to Panditji I got admitted into the Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya of the University of Pune, from which I graduated in 1980.
Is it really possible in current times to live a slower and a more healthy life? It is not only possible, it is essential to live a slower and a more healthy life. We all used to live slow lives, but now we have forgotten how to do so and must relearn traditional wisdom.
Rejuvenating wellness workshop: up to February 14, 2020
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh
Royal Tent with Private Swimming Pool approx Rs 29,500 – 59,500