Modalities and Therapies
With more than 170 practitioners from over 60 different countries, modalities in Auroville cover a wide range of practices and healing protocols. These practices can be classified into 8 complementary fields: Medical, Psychological, Body-Mind related, Naturopathy, Yoga, Manual Therapies, Sound-Energy, Coaching, and Well-being.
- Alternative Practitioners and Healers
- Ayurvedic Doctors
- General Practitioners
The “Medical” field covers not only Allopathy, Pharmacy and Midwifery, but practices that are commonly defined as academic from their tradition or country of origin: Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Chinese (including Acupuncture) and Tibetan Medicine. Homeopathy is the world's second most practised medicine, and in existence for 200 years.
The “Psychology” field covers not only the western mental-related health practices, like Psychiatry and psychotherapy but also cognitive and behavioural practices, like NLP, Hypnosis and Coué Méthod, Sophrology and Bioenergetic Analysis, EMDR and EFT, Gelstat, Body-Mind related practices such as Somatotherapy, Art-therapy, Voice-therapy, and Integral regression therapy, which offers a vey spiritual practice unique to Auroville.
Animal-Assisted-Therapy and Equine-Therapy, are also part of this field. Not to forget the spiritual aspect, related to Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga.
“Naturopathy” covers nutrition and dietary, Hydrotherapy and Sun-Baths, Pranayama, Homeopathy, detoxification and seasonal cures, mono-diets and therapeutic fastings. Mud-baths and Algae-baths, use of medicinal clay, Aromatherapy, Chromatherapy, Floral-Therapy, Lithotherapy, Oligotherapy and Gemmotherapy, Radiesthesia, Morphology, Iridology and Auriculotherapy, Ozone Therapy are an integral part of this field.
Several types of Yoga may come under the scope, such as Hatha yoga, Raja Yoga, Iyengar yoga, Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga and yoga Nidra. Tummo and Laughter Yoga are also practised.
Manual Therapies comprise Kinesiology and Acupuncture, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Watsu, different types of therapeutic drainage and deep-tissue massage, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Microkinesitherapie, aerobic gymnastic and Soma stretching, Biodanza, Pilate and Mezieres method, Feldenkreis, etc.
Energy and Sounds Healing practices comprise Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Qong, Katsugen Undo, Tao Yin, Musico-Therapy and Tibetan Bowls, Quantum Touch, Bio-Energy and Aura-Therapy, Reiki.
Coaching and Counselling practices may be highlighted with Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s teachings, aiming at better harmonising one’s practical life with her/his spiritual path.
Vision and Philosophy of Health in AurovilleVision and Philosophy of Health in AurovilleThe chief role of the doctor is, by various means, to induce the body to recover its trust in the Supreme Grace.Since Auroville is a spiritual place, and health in Auroville is intended to cover all the aspects of the human being, from the higher spiritual to the incarnated physical aspect, health becomes the main component of a lifestyle full of joy, good sense, and daily commitment. Health is deeply connected to all the other aspects of one’s life in Auroville, be they external or internal.
Food as MedicineWhen diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.Society has always acknowledged the health benefits of food. However, with the development of chemical drugs and pills, we have forgotten that the food we eat is directly linked to our health. Foods, in fact, are the best medicine and therefore we should take into account carefully how we perceive and use them. This is an active effort in Auroville.