Manifesting your life vision – Speech at BVI annual conference Jan 2013

This is a video of my speech at the BVI annual conference held in Goa in Jan 2013. Thank you all once again for all the love, appreciation and support I received at the conference. Narrating my personal story and lessons I learnt with you all was a heart-warming experience. I look forward to meeting […]

India – Launching a New Era into Wellness

India: Launching a New Era in Wellness (Jan. 2013) Posted By National Wellness Institute, Tuesday, January 01, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 By Preeti Rao Health/Wellness Coach & Consultant India, as the world knows, is a wellness destination. The important question, however, is whether the existing wellness models in the country cater to the social, […]

A miracle called ‘Life’

In the past year, as I pay close attention to my surroundings even more than before, nothing seems short of a miracle. Life is truly beautiful.  Only Walt Whitman in his poem ‘Miracles’ can express it in the way I want to but I am unable to. Thought I will share this beautiful poem with […]

Ayurveda and Cancer

During my internship at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, I had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Anand Dhruva. Dr. Anand Dhruva is a MD and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Dhruva is on the Hematology-Oncology faculty at UCSF, and is also a graduate of the distant-learning Fellowship […]

India’s Health Report Card!

For the world, India is a go-to-destination for Ayurveda and Yoga but unfortunately India is fast losing the importance of the age–old wisdom that came from these practices.  The WHO report identifies, the fast adoption of a western lifestyle with fast food restaurants sprawling not only the metropolitan cities but also smaller towns and villages, […]

Compassion

A praise of compassion by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “Live with compassion Work with compassion Die with compassion Meditate with compassion Enjoy with compassion When problems come, Experience them with compassion.” I have tried my best to embody compassion in my life.  But this Saturday a simple act of compassion truly touched my heart. And this […]

Can dancing heal?

Well, those of you who know me personally know how integral dance has been in my life. Dance for me has always been a form of expression, an emotional release, a way to connect to another whether in a group class or in an intimate ballroom dance session. Ever seen two bodies dancing in perfect […]

Wellness Coaching – Somatic Approaches to the Rigid Character Defense Structure in India

Interestingly enough there are strong cultural implications of an Indian society that amplifies the rigid character defense. Through Barbara Ann Brennan’s work, we know that the main issue of people with the rigid character defense is claiming their authenticity (Brennan, 1993). This is caused by separation from their core essence and complete focus on keeping […]

The ‘Thin Privilege’

We live in a society that is obsessed with thinness and sadly associates thinness with beauty and even surprisingly assumes that a thin person is a fitter person. Good health on the contrary does not have much to do with the size of one’s body or appearance. I read the following article recently and feel […]

Introduction to Acupuncture – Part 2

The term acupuncture is derived from the Latin word ‘acus’ means a needle and the word ‘puncture’ means to puncture (Ehling, 2001). And it is through these acupuncture points that access can be gained to the internal circulation of Qi and blood in the body (Beinfield, 1991). In TCM, the needle used in acupuncture is […]