As in any undertaking, everything starts with a dream, becomes a burning passion, and then develops into clear vision. Such is the story of Shanti Ayurveda.
The moving force behind Shanti Ayurveda is Sona Roy. He was born at Sehara village of Barddhaman district, West Bengal, India into a family background of traditional healers and educators. Life in the rural neighborhood was simple and in harmony with nature. Home-served warm meals for family members were brought in straight from their own garden-fresh harvest. Treatment to common cough and colds, wound scratches, or even indigestion was taken from the backyard herbal garden and spices from the kitchen.
From his childhood age of eleven, Sona already had this great enthusiasm for Ayurveda way of life and the passion in practicing yoga meditation, as his great grandfather and grandfather were well-regarded doctors. From such genetic lineage and wanting to become an Ayurveda doctor are reflective of his passion for holistic health endeavors.
Ayurveda, which originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. Ayurveda experience and word-of-mouth knowledge passes down through generations. The knowledge of Ayurveda lifestyle permeates in household and influences the rhythm in daily life, what to eat everyday, during season changes and the Ayurveda home remedies that are prescribed for common ailments. Hence, there is an alignment of Sona’s dream of putting up an Ayurveda Health Center that provides natural healing system integrated with Ayurveda lifestyle, natural rhythm in life disciplines to end the suffering of common sicknesses, restore health and balance and improve the quality of life.
Sona believes that God had a given him a unique place to complete life in full circle. For example, in 1977, his higher discipline experience made him the lead as a volunteer missionary, traveling to Africa for social work. In 1991, he arrived in the Philippines and after a year was engaged in managing relief operations in Zambales with the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Then in 1993, he put up the Eco-Village resettlement project in Iba, Zambales for the victims of Mt. Pinatubo, which he credits for germinating the seed of his dream in establishing Shanti Ayurveda Center and Shanti Institute of Ayurveda. Shanti means “peace” and Ayurveda means “science of life”.
Sona and his wife, Dr. Sharon Roy established Shanti Ayurveda Center in 2013 as an avenue of bringing authentic Ayurveda from India to the Philippines. Shanti Ayurveda envisions to build a healthy society without sickness and suffering where people live in a natural environment of love, compassion and peace ! The Mission is to produce healthy human beings by providing Ayurveda lifestyle education to ensure “your health is in your hands”. Ayurveda lifestyle is a simple and effective solution that benefits humanity in all aspects of life. Shanti Institute of Ayurveda (SIA) teaches Ayurveda lifestyle to the children, families and communities for building a better world for all !
Today, awareness of Ayurveda is rapidly increasing and many people experience its benefits across the world. Its growing popularity stems from being tried and tested, and now scientifically backed studies, such that western culture has embraced it in the same way as it had with yoga, the ancient twin of Ayurveda.
At Shanti, we are committed to provide traditional healing of Ayurveda that have been practiced for thousands of years in India and guide you also to understand how this ancient medical science is relevant today in your day-to-day life and well-being goals.
Your life transforming journey through Ayurveda begins here ! It is courage, compassion and confidence, everybody can do it!