Sivakumar Varma


Sivakumar Varma is a Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) trained in India. He's a certified Yoga Therapist, and certified as a Mind Body Educator by the Chopra Center for Well Being. With years of experience under a traditional master in ayurvedic medicine, mind/body counselling and yoga, he brings a timeless wisdom to his unique consultations and treatment programs.

In addition, he is an international speaker, and has assisted in organizing two world Holistic Health Congresses and innumerable health expositions and seminars. He is a pioneer in setting up Ayurvedic Spas and retreat centers around the world. Varma made a presentation at an Institute for Ethical Leadership meeting in 2003 and in it he outlines the philosophy of Ayurvedic teaching. It is a very interesting read and contains concise information on the basics of this philosophy and how the body gets in and out of balance.

Presentation at Institute for Ethical Leadership


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In June 2011 Varma consented to meet with me at his integrated health space in Richmond BC, Revitalize Integrated Medical Solutions, where he works alongside other holistic and traditional health providers.

What would you say are the three most requested Ayurvedic treatments people are aware of?

Shirodhara and Abayanga are two treatments that the public is most aware of due to the increasing popularity of Spa going and with multiculturalism Spas are beginning to offer modalities from different countries. Panchakarma is a popular treatment that Dr. Varma specialies in, balancing the person by encouraging elimination of toxins that drag the body and mind down and encouraging healthy flora in the body that brings in energy and optimism.

What illness are you seeing on the rise in our society?

He was thoughtful of answering and replied that in the past people were concerned with mostly physical ailments but now there seems to be a increase in the concern for emotional or mental issues such as insecurity. There are many different factors that may lead to this feeling of insecurity: marital breakdown creating single parent families decreasing the level of income and leading to poverty for some of these families, job market challenges of being well educated and not being able to find a satifying job, environmental concerns, the growing level of personal debt and loss of hope in financial security, the erosion of established religions as the public get disillusioned with their leaders due to past and present misuse of power. All these reasons encourage feelings of insecurity, a feeling of not knowing or having a strong base physically, mentally and emotionally.

What do you see as a need on our society?

Mothering is a big need, not just mothers but the nurturing qualities of a Mother; caring, sympathetic, encouraging, understanding and loving unconditionally. Mothers are more stressed today with the demands to be 'Supermom' in our society and it is being evidenced in illnesses such as IBS (Irritated Bowel Syndrome), Chrone's Disease and other gastro-intestinal problems. Our common Mother Earth is not being nurtured properly, we are raping Her by extracting her life's blood that is oil, and ravaging her water and land resources in our ever-expanding need to grow and develop. In 100 years population has expanded from one billion to nearly seven billion and due to reach ten billion in another twenty years. No wonder She is rebelling. We ned to put more value in Mothering, give it more respect, raising the future generation is the most important job in the world and by educating parents in Mothering skills it will help create a society that is self-confident and caring.

Belief in and having a Value System is important, a lot of people haven't found a replacement for their loss of trust in the governments and the religions. Values and Ethics are needed to connect people together in helping and respecting each other. In the past children were taught values from school, church and family all working together in harmony to instill 'proper values' and morals. Now children are leaning towards their peers for a value system because parents are too busy working to maintain a living and schools are forbidden to bring religion into the classroom. It would be healthier for us to educate our young by bringing a course into the schools that includes understanding of the many religious beliefs that people hold today.

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