Holistic healing through exercise and diet
Peeyush Agnihotri

Holistic healing through exercise and diet

Published on http://canadianimmigrant.ca
October 14, 2011


Pills are passé. More and more Canadians are focusing on preventative forms of holistic healing rather than the conventional pharmaceutical style of therapy. Such holistic healing therapies — e.g., yoga, dietary restrictions, spiritual healing, ayurveda, homeopathy, and acupuncture — are being taken up by health-conscious Canadians as an alternative to those blister packs of capsules.


Perhaps one of the simplest forms of holistic healing is a regimen of exercise and nutrition.


Jamie Basanti had some issues with her body weight, lacked energy and concentration, until she turned to preventive form of holistic therapy, combining yogic exercises and dietary regimen.


“Without a healthy body you cannot have a healthy mind. It’s hard to believe that such a strong connection exists, but it’s a universal truth and once you start this way of living you will see it, too. No medication, no quick fixes, no magic pill — the truth is what we eat is what we become,” says the Indian-born immigrant who lives in Vancouver.


Indian-born Tanveer Sidhu, a Surrey-based accountant, also underwent the same preventive therapy classes as Basanti, which were privately led by Amar Chandel, a holistic healer and the author of Perfect Health in 20 Weeks. Sidhu now vouches for it. “Holistic healing made me realize that my mind and body are connected,” Sidhu says.


The holistic healing classes focused on the right food-water intake, breathing exercises, meditation, sleep cycle and body awareness, and positive attitude.


“A person can digest anything in youth, but the results and the brunt on the body may manifest after a decade. The physical destruction on the body starts showing as soon as a person hits middle age. The sedentary lifestyle of the West compounds the problem,” says Chandel, who, although based in India, frequents Canada to teach this form of holistic therapy. He says bad health not only affects the body, but may also change the nature and temperament of a person.


“The mantra lies in eating right without dieting, doing essential exercises in minimum time with minimum effort and avoiding stress. One has to spend at least six months practising this to repair the damage done over a lifetime. That is a very small period for curing dreaded diseases without any medicine or hospitalization,” he says.


Calgary-based Spiritual Directions Centre also has a spiritual angle attached to this form of healing. “When we use the term spiritual healing, we mean attending to the mind, body and spirit — a holistic approach to healing. Traditional healing is usually about physical healing and is often limited to medication and some forms of exercise and nutrition. In spiritual healing, there may be journaling, reflection on the meaning of life and illness, energy work to release trauma or many other tools and approaches to assist the body in recovering its place of balance (healing),” remarks John Griffith from the centre, adding that practitioners at his centre are grounded to various modalities.


Whatever the holistic method, the target is to maintain a healthy lifestyle without medication, and Basanti and Sidhu are happy to share what they’ve learned with other Canadian immigrants.


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