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.
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, as well as 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, 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
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.
Health Care Facilities & ServicesHealth Care Facilities & ServicesDo not love your ill health and the ill health will leave you.
With residents from 59 nations, Auroville is rich with different approaches and perspectives on health, all empowered by the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the Community’s spiritual guides. In Auroville, each health practitioner and healer not only bring their own particular skill, from the country of their origin, but also the wisdom and knowledge drawn from their former home.
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.