Janesh Vaidya (MD – Vaidya’s Ayurveda Village, Kerala, South India) An internationally renowned Ayurveda practitioner from India, often visiting Europe and United States, lecturing on Ayurveda lifestyle and diet. Over the years, Mr. Vaidya has treated thousands of people and helped them find their own physical, mental and spiritual powers. In 2010 Mr. Vaidya made his debut as an author with the autobiographical novel In the last rain. In the following years, his books Ayurveda for your mind (2011) and Food is my medicine (2013) became best sellers in Sweden. Janesh Vaidya’s new book Yoga is my therapy will be released in Sweden in May 2014. For more info about Janesh Vaidya’s lectures and books, visit: www.janeshvaidya.com

What’s your best advice to those who struggle with a stressful and unhealthy lifestyle? Simply said, self realization is the first step to health, which means understanding the meaning and purpose of life. Realization is understanding what’s most important in your life. Understanding that what is making you stress at the moment is not at all important in the future. Understanding health is the most important wealth in your life. 

What is Ayurveda, according to you? What’s the most important thing that we could all learn by practicing Ayurveda? When you realize that your health is the most important wealth in your life, you will search for it’s sources and your search always ends up in one place – the nature that has the power to heal you. Ayurveda means life wisdom, the knowledge about your nature – inside and outside. The practice of this ancient science is all about the connection between these two natures. 

When first starting with Ayurveda, it can seem like a like lot to take in. What’s your advice on this, where do we start? How do we introduce Ayurveda in our lives? Practicing Ayurveda means connecting your inner and outer nature to balance your elements – (Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth)) - in your body and mind through the three basic practices – Aahar (food), Vihar (lifestyle) and Vijar (thoughts), which you can read about in my book Ayurveda for your mind (Ayurveda för ditt sinne).

Growing up with an ayurvedic background like you did, how has that had an impact on you as a person? Since I was born in a Vaidya (traditional Ayurveda practitioner) family, my childhood gave me the most important lessons in life. What I learned during those years is more than enough to spend and live as a ‘rich’ person in this life, considering health is the biggest wealth. 

How are we to think about love and compassion? Love is nothing to think about, but to feel inside. Love is the language of your heart and the ultimate solution for all your problems in life. If you approach your life with unconditional love in your heart there won’t be any problems rest to solve in your life. 

What’s the best piece of advice that you have ever got (that you would like to share)?  Love life because love is life.

What is good to eat and what is not? How should we relate to food in our daily life? See every meal as your medicine and make the food your only medicine; make an effort in choosing the right food for your constitution while shopping, cooking/preparing and eating your food. You can read more about it in my last book Food is my medicin (Maten är min medicin).  

And last but not least, for my readers that haven’t tried meditating yet: do you have any good meditation training advice that could help them getting started with their practice? The key practice of Dhyana (meditation) is Dharana (focus). To prepare the mind for meditation I suggest to my students to get focus in a single thought that makes their mind steady in the moment. For instance; I give simple exercise like, to count back with the breathing (inhale and exhale) from twenty-one to zero for beginners prior to any meditation, which helps them to keep their mind undisturbed from external thoughts during the meditation. If interested, more meditation practices can be learned from my book Yoga is my therapy (Yoga är min terapi).