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 twelve, Sona already had this great enthusiasm for Ayurveda 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 healing endeavors.
Ayurveda, which originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, is the oldest continuously practiced holistic healthcare system in the world. The ancient word-of-mouth knowledge of Ayurveda lifestyle passes down from one generation to the next in families. Ayurveda lifestyle principles, Dinacharya (daily routine) permeates in household and influences the rhythms in daily life, balanced diet, what to eat everyday, during season changes and home remedies for common ailments that have been practiced for thousands of years in India. Hence, there is an alignment of Sona’s dream of putting up an Ayurveda Center that provides natural healing and an Ayurveda Institute, a center for lifestyle learning for preventing illness and living a healthy life.
Sona believes that the universe 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. He arrived in the Philippines in 1991 and engaged in relief operations in Zambales after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. He put up Abs-Cbn Eco-Village resettlement project in Iba, Zambales in 1993 for the victims of Mt. Pinatubo, which he credits for germinating the seed of his dream in establishing Ayurveda healthcare project in the Philippines.
Sona and his wife, Dr. Sharon Roy established Shanti Ayurveda Center in 2013 as an avenue of bringing authentic panchakarma treatment from India, known as the land of Ayurveda to the Philippines. Shanti means “peace” and Ayurveda means “science of life”. Shanti Ayurveda envisions to build a sustainable society without sickness and suffering where people live together happily in a natural environment of love, compassion and peace. The mission is to provide authentic Ayurveda treatment for healing and rejuvenation and to teach Ayurveda lifestyle to increase happiness and health in everyday life.
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.
Ayurveda is a simple and effective healthcare solution that benefits humanity in all aspects of life. At Shanti, we are committed to provide traditional and authentic healing of Ayurveda that have been practiced for thousands of years in India and to teach Ayurveda lifestyle to the children, families and communities to understand how this ancient medical science is relevant today in our everyday life and well-being goals. Your life-transforming holistic health journey with Ayurveda begins here.