For the sake of global health and wellness, the wellness of our planet earth, natural resources and all other living beings, it is so important to realize that we are all so interconnected in the web of life.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Tanvi Gandhi ND, L.Ac. She is the founder of Shiva-Shakti Acupuncture and Ayurveda LLC and the creator of Sri Wellness Space, a healing concept described as a sacred space conceived with intention for self and group healing. She is already applying this concept at multiple locations in Fairfield county in medical, corporate and local settings. Most notably, Stamford Health is hosting Sri Wellness Sacred Circle, as part of their Chronic Pelvic Pain program. She is also in the process of offering it as a part of their respective corporate wellness program at Southwood Square residential community and executive search firm SpencerStuart. Dr. Tanvi is extending this concept to the local communities at Barefoot Living Arts in Fairfield as part of their Mid-Week Retreat and Enjoy Community Wellness in Stamford. She is also one of the Board members of Life Savers Healing, a nonprofit organization that offers integrated therapeutic programs for service personnel.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your backstory?
I have been always fascinated with the incredible ability of the body to heal itself and with the healing power of nature. My journey on this career path began in high school when I wrote a wellness article in Indian Express about Drug-Abuse in teenagers in India. Later, during my undergraduate Microbiology, Immunology and Genetic studies at University of California, Los Angeles, I was intrigued by the intelligence and diversity of nature’s microbiome and had first-hand scientific research exposure and patient-centered experience at University of California, Irvine Medical center and National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. I was able to integrate my eastern roots with western medicine via Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture education. I became passionate about empowering my patients with holistic tools for self-healing, relaxation, and restoration. I did extensive research during my doctoral thesis to explore the healing effects of Sound and Meditation and most recently received my Level 1 Yoga Nidra Meditation training with Integrated Restorative Institute.. The root of these meditation practices is strengthening the connection between emotional and physical or heart, mind, body and Mother Earth to further cultivate self-compassion and inner peace.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
The concept of Sri Wellness Space was inspired during a group meditation experience, while I was finishing up my acupuncture program. I was attending a one-day Kundalini Yoga White Tantra in Massachusetts. During long meditation sessions of about 2 hours, there was a deeper sense of connection and joy within the group. And from my training, I knew that a sense of connection is one of the most important factors for a healthy, happy, and a long life. That’s when I had the spark that my patients will benefit a lot from exposure to collective healing methods.
After further research, I found Lynne McTaggart ‘s work “The Field”, where she discusses the power of people coming together in the group to create a great shift in consciousness, which Yogis call it deep meditative bliss “samadhi” state and Qigong practitioners call it “qigong” state. The group’s emotional and creative intelligence is higher and more powerful than any one individual. This concept is displayed in nature via quorum(community) sensing in microbiome. The technologies of the future, like blockchain, are also using this concept. This has been the inspiration to model sustainable acupuncture and meditation to bring a community together with the common intentions of collective healing, cultivating peace, harnessing abundance through the power of group energy fields.
Sri Wellness space is a community medicine program. It includes guided meditation, pranayama, acupuncture and tea ceremony circle. Sri Wellness Space is co-created sacred space when a group comes together for self-healing, community healing and planetary healing. The group field effect promotes abundance, gratitude, compassion, coherence and inner peace
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?
Yes, I am currently excited about helping women with their mind-body wellness and fertility. Many health problems affecting women today are caused and/or worsened by stress related to modern lifestyles and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by their #metoo experiences. One of the most effective ways to offer relief is the ancient healing practice of Mayan Abdominal Therapy. Stress doesn’t manifest only at the emotional level, it is also felt and accumulated in the abdominal area of women’s body, affecting the digestive, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems. That’s why I pursued professional training in the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy. My patients have felt improvements in their overall health and wellness even after only one therapeutic session.
Between work and personal life, the average adult spends nearly 11 hours looking at a screen per day. How does our increasing screen time affect our mental, physical, and emotional health?
The mental and emotional are affected by our physical health, so lack of movement is the most obvious one, but it has a lot of other consequences for the body that are less obvious, like the poor regulation of hormones. The screen light effect has an impact on the pineal and pituitary glands. Lack of blood flow, lack of oxygen affects the functioning of internal organs and circulation of electrons/energy flow. It can result in overall slower metabolism, lack of motivation, low affect, lack of focus, fatigue and depression. Because of lack of human-human connection or human-nature connection, it can be overall ungrounding as well as sense of isolation/disconnection with self or community.
Can you share your top five ways people can improve mental wellness and create a healthy relationship with technology?
1. Meditation and breathing exercises throughout the day: to help focus and come in the present moment.
2. Frequent breaks every hour should be followed by movement breaks such as stretching, yoga, qigong, etc.
3. Sun gazing in am and pm with sun rise and sunset to strengthen and vitalize eyes.
4 .Optimal hydration with natural mineral spring water or electrolyte water and optimal nutrition with organic, unprocessed, whole foods.
5. Earthing/Grounding the electrons: spending time in nature, forest bathing, barefoot walking at the beach, using grounding mats, receive energy-balancing and detoxification with, Acupuncture, Sauna and other mind-body therapies.
6. Connecting with community socially or for group healing sessions.
51% of Americans say they primarily use their smartphone for calls. With the number of robocalls increasing, what are ways people can limit interruptions from spam calls?
Blocking is one obvious way but also reducing time on internet itself makes less susceptible to robocalls.
Between social media distractions, messaging apps, and the fact that Americans receive 45.9 push notifications each day, Americans check their phones 80 times per day. How can people, especially younger generations, create a healthier relationship with social media?
- Creating healthy boundaries: To set up social media apps on computer and not on their cell phone.
- To limit the use and no electronics hours between 10pm-6 am
- To limit the use during night and early morning.
80% of smartphone users check their phones before they brush their teeth in the morning. What effect does starting the day this way have on people? Is there a better morning routine you suggest?
· Follow your inner circadian rhythm
· Waking up with sunrise and sungazing meditations.
· First two hours in am for self-care: To move the energy( Qi) and build the prana with mindfulness, meditation, yoga, qigong, walking, gym etc.
· Intentions and preparing for the day and writing/affirming or visualizing how the day will unfold. In this way we are seeding the intentions in unconscious and subconscious to stimulate our neurons and direct our energy flow for productivity.
· Hydrate: Water is most powerful cleanser and mover of electrons and nutrients!
· Nourish: Breakfast is very important for blood and energy flow and then look at the calendar, phone, etc.
Can you please give us your favorite life lesson quote?
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again”
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
#sriwellnesspace: When a group comes together for self-healing, community healing and planetary healing. For the global health and wellness, the wellness of our planet earth, natural resources and all other living beings it is so important to realize that we are so interconnected in the web of life.
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Originally published at medium.com