Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center

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Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center
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Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center
Location Lonavla, Maharashtra, India
Type Healthcare, Education, Research
Opened 1924
Website
www.kdham.com

The Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center (abbreviated Kdham) is a spiritual, therapeutic, and scientific research center with a specific aim to coordinate ancient yogic arts with modern science.[1] Kdham is located in Lonavla, Maharashtra, India, with smaller branches elsewhere in India, France, and the United States.

Kdham performs scientific research and provides Ayurvedic healthcare and education. Kdham hosts approximately 250 students per year for its various courses. Students come from India and abroad, primarily from China, Japan, Korea, France, United States, and Canada.

Kdham is a public charitable trust which receives some funding from the Government of India.

History[edit]

Kdham was established in 1924 by Swami Kuvalayananda in Lonavla, Maharashtra, India. Swami Kuvalayananda led the facility, which was primarily used to further his scientific research into the yogic arts, until his death in 1966.[2]

Kdham publishes the quarterly Yoga Mimamsa journal, which Swami Kuvalayananda also founded in 1924.

In 1944, the Philosophico-Literary Research Department was created in order to explore the interpretation and translation of traditional yogic texts.

To help train others in the theoretical and practical aspects of yoga, the Gordhandhas Seksaria College Of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis was opened in 1951. The College was named after Gordhandas Seksaria, the father of donor Sheth Makhanlal Seksaria. Shri B. G. Kher, the then Chief Minister of Bombay State, formally inaugurated the college in October 1951. The first convocation was held in May 1953 where Shri H.V. Divetia, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, delivered the convocational address.

In 1962, Kdham was declared an All India Institute of Higher Education by India's Ministry of Education.

In 2004, India's Human Resource Development Ministry affirmed it as a national resource center for the introduction of yoga in schools.

Facility[edit]

Library and Philosophico-Literary Research Department

Kdham sits on 170 acres of lush forest on the edge of Lonavla, Maharashtra, India. The campus consists of eight primary buildings which house its five departments: Scientific Research, Philosophical-Literary Research, Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Central Administration, and the Shrimati Amolak Devi Tirathram Gupta Yogic Hospital and Health Care Center. In addition, several buildings house students and visiting staff. Kdham can house up to 150 students at a time.

Two kitchens serve up daily Ayurvedic meals for students, faculty, and staff, often using locally-grown rice and on-site cows for milk. Meals are strictly vegetarian. A naturopathy center provides Ayurvedic spa-like treatments for patients and visitors.[3] Extensive Ayurvedic gardens provide many of the naturopathic remedies. Several smaller buildings provide classroom spaces for asanas and lectures.

The Gupta Yogic Hospital and Health Care Center provides treatment facilities utilizing yoga, naturopathy and Ayurveda. It is open to both indoor and outdoor patients. For individuals who suffer from specific ailments, a tailor-made programme is designed with the most appropriate treament prescribed. A resident medical officer and visiting Ayurvedic physicians provide care and consultations. There are also facilities to handle the disabled and elderly.

Degrees and Programs[edit]

The Gordhandhas Seksaria College Of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis at Kdham grants diplomas and certificates for several specializations. There are a total of seven courses for yoga students, yoga teachers, academics, students of Ayurveda, medical professionals, and school teachers.[4]

  • Diploma in Yoga Education
  • Diploma in Yoga Therapy
  • Certificate Course in Yoga
  • Certificate in Introduction to Yoga and Ayurveda
  • Certificate in Introduction to Traditional Texts of Yoga
  • Reorientation Programme for Medical Professionals
  • Orientation Programme for School Teachers

Faculty[edit]

Kdham has 18 full-time faculty members whose specialities includes the areas of Sanskrit studies, psychology, ecology, philosophy, yoga practice and teaching methodology, psychiatric counseling, anatomy and physiology, and Ayurveda,[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Tune in to the Yogic way", The Times Of India, Mumbai, 25 October 2004. Retrieved on 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ Wathen, Grace "KAIVALYADHAMA & YOGA POSTURES", Livestrong.com, Austin, 1 July 2011. Retrieved on 12 November 2012.
  3. ^ Ramchandani, Anita "Spirit Centers - The higher reaches of yoga", Lifepositive.com, New Delhi, September 2000. Retrieved on 12 November 2012.
  4. ^ Kdham education web page kdham.com
  5. ^ Kdham faculty web page kdham.com

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Coordinates: 18°45′40″N 73°24′54″E / 18.761°N 73.415°E / 18.761; 73.415