Ancient’s Best Ayurveda and Yoga
Ancient’s Best was first established as a business in Singapore in 1988. We now have bases in both Singapore and in Marlborough, New Zealand and we travel to other centres on a seasonal basis to offer training, treatment and workshops.
The company represents the traditions of Ayurveda and Yoga as taught by the ancients and passed down from teacher to student as a spiritual study with very practical applications to everyday life. The founder, Vaidyar Mani, comes from such a family tradition.
A Singaporean national, Mani carries the title of Vaidyar, a name bestowed upon those who practice Ayurveda in its traditional and authentic form.
Vaidyar Mani comes from a lineage of both Ayurveda and Siddha practitioners on both his mother and father’s sides of the family with his grandfathers and great-grandfather renowned Vaidyars in Tamil Nadu, India. He was also tutored in the classical way by his father through practical daily lessons from early childhood.
The purpose of Vaidyar Mani’s work is to retain and share the inheritance of this great tradition, with the spiritual aspects of Ayurveda and Siddha his primary interest and responsibility. He practises the rare and almost lost science and art of pulse diagnosis known as ‘Nadi Parikshai’ which provides ‘The Key’ to understanding each person’s unique body and mind.
Under his guidance and support, patients and students develop their awareness and stability, so the true goal of this practice is understood. That is, the realisation of the Self through the instruments of the Body and Mind to attain to the state of Yoga.
Nicky is a New Zealander and owns and runs Ancient’s Best Ltd in New Zealand in partnership with Vaidyar Mani.
Nicky is certified as an Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant and Therapist and she also teaches regular Yoga and Meditation classes in Blenheim, New Zealand.
She works together with Vaidyar Mani on training and treatment programs in other parts of New Zealand and abroad, as well as managing online shop sales.
Yoga, Meditation & Breathing Classes
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Classes available in Blenheim, New Zealand
Small classes are available at our centre in Blenheim. New students are welcome and classes are suitable for all levels. For more information or to express your interest email Nicky at [email protected] or give a call/text to 021 0259 2428. You can also visit our new local Marlborough one page website.
Winter 2 2018
9 Aug – 30 Aug (Four classes) – Thursdays 6pm – 7:30pm
15 Aug – 5 Sep (Four classes) – Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
4 Oct – 25 Oct (Four classes) – Thursdays 6pm – 7:30pm
10 Oct – 31 Oct (Four classes) – Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
These class dates will be confirmed plus any additional dates for the year soon.
One hour classes by arrangement. Improving your breathing is the key to managing your thoughts and increasing vitality. Learn techniques to help you develop more self awareness and improve your ability to relax and concentrate deeply. For those interested in learning about Yoga and Meditation a Breathing Workshop is one of the best ways to start.
$20 per person (2-6 people) at our clinic, $150 per group (maximum 10 people) if held in-house for corporate workshops
Gain an understanding of the 4 approaches to Yoga, learn different meditation techniques, and discover what techniques are suitable for you. Meditation can help you improve your concentration and focus, and understand the meaning of accepting things they way they are.
Our next workshop is planned for Saturday 1st September 2018 from 8am to 12 noon with Vaidyar Mani from Singapore. Please email us at [email protected] to express your interest. Cost is $80 for this 4 hour workshop with a small group. Both theory and practice will be included. Individual sessions can also be considered upon request.
Bhagavad Gita Study Group:
Bhagavad Gita “Commentary of Commentaries” with Vaidyar Mani in August-September 2018 in Blenheim. This is a small and interactive discussion based group for serious yoga students.
Ayurveda and Yoga Workshops:
"Food is Medicine - an introduction to Ayurveda"
Christchurch on Sat 28 July 2018 at Piko Wholefoods (upstairs) from 9-11am $35
Blenheim on Fri 3 August 2018 at Ancient's Best from 7-9pm $35
Nelson on Fri 7 September 2018 at Wellness Movement from 6-8pm $45
"The Practical Application of Ayurveda" in Blenheim on Sunday 5 August 2018
9-12 noon 'Applying Ayurveda in your life' $70
1-4pm 'Food and Ayurvedic Dietetics' $70
Individual Pulse Diagnosis Appointments:
These appointments are made available on the morning(s) after an introductory talk. Students get the opportunity to learn about their unique Prakriti (birth constitution) and Vikriti (current disturbed constitution) and will get guidance on how to use this knowledge to best adjust their food, exercise, daily routines and manage any issues they are facing.
The cost is $150 at Ancient's Best in Blenheim and $175 in other locations.
Other workshops we offer from time to time include Ayurveda Lifestyle, Ayurvedic Cooking, “A Yogic Approach to Chronic Pain Management” and “A Classical Appreciation of Yogic Anatomy and Physiology”.
What is Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan?
Yogi Bhajan was an Indian Sikh who brought the ancient teachings to the US in 1969, with the aim of creating teachers rather than students. He reached out to young people, many of whom were involved in experimenting with drugs, recognising their desire to find meaning and deeper spiritual experiences. Kundalini Yoga offered a natural and profound alternative as well as helping those damaged by drug abuse.
This type of yoga was designed for the householder (rather than for monks and yogis who withdrew from the world), and is known as a technology of awareness. Knowledge only becomes real wisdom when you experience it for yourself, when it becomes your own personal experience. This experience comes through regular practice. All you need is already with you. The teacher is within.
Kundalini Yoga brings together different aspects of yoga: regulation of prana through the control and manipulation of breath (pranayama), posture (asanas), hand positions (mudras), exercise sets (kriyas), sound (mantra), body locks (bandha), relaxation, and meditation. There is a strong devotional aspect to this practice.
As with all tools associated with attaining Yoga, once one has evolved and attains self realization the tools themselves become unnecessary. The attitude should then be “if it is there fine, if it is not there, that is fine also.”
Contact us if you would like to learn more about Kundalini Yoga or join a class.
- $60 for 4 weeks
- Booking and prepayment needed to hold your placel
What is Ayurveda?
‘AYUR’ in Sanskrit means ‘Life’ or ‘Longevity’ and ‘VEDA’ means ‘Science’ or ‘Knowing’. Ayurveda can be described as ‘The Science of Life or Longevity’ or ‘The Yoga of Life’. It is a system of Yoga.
However, we should not get too caught up in terminology; Ayurveda is an idea, and if we understand our individual constitution and the environment in which we live and respond to that, then this is Ayurveda regardless of what word we use to describe it. Each person will practice and live differently as each person is different.
The Goal and Purpose of Ayurveda
The highest or ultimate goal of Ayurveda and Siddha treatment is to attain absolute detachment of the body and mind and becoming one with the ‘Atman’ or ‘Soul’. This is the state of liberation or ‘Moksham’. However for practical and commercial purposes this is hardly ever emphasized or practiced. At Ancient’s Best, this is our Physician’s primary emphasis. At the same instance, the body, mind and its equipment are not neglected but brought very much into focus and attention, as it is the only means of realizing the Self or Truth.
Practical application of Ayurveda
With the science of Ayurveda we learn to manage our bodies and minds as instruments given to us in this life for a specific purpose. With discipline, application of the natural laws, and by taking responsibility for our attitude and actions, we prepare the field (the Body and Mind) and allow our true nature to prevail, and we learn to live in the present moment.
Rather than seeking Yoga as something outside ourselves we prepare ourselves to experience it – there is nothing to seek as nothing has been lost – we are simply unable to see the Truth as we are drawn away by the senses and attachment to the Body and Mind. Yogic practices such as Ayurveda are there to help us remove those things that keep us ignorant of the Truth and cause us much suffering.
The differences of approach and the working of the Eastern mind and the Western mind has and will create some difficulties in understanding fully the techniques utilized by Ayurveda. Many concepts are expressed in a way that is symbolic rather than literal. This helps to convey subtle concepts that cannot be expressed fully through language but must ultimately be experienced personally.
Though, there are bound to be questions as to the “How?” and “Why?” of certain methodology and treatments, it is inevitable that some of these must go unanswered. We have encountered similar circumstances in modern Western medicine, where certain concepts are proven to work, without the reason behind their phenomenal success being fully understood.
Massage Treatment in Ayurveda involves the application of specially prepared and warmed Dosha Pacifying herbal oils to the whole body. Such treatment can be undertaken regularly at home as self massage or as part of a short term treatment program at our clinic.
Benefits of Ayurvedic warm oil massage:
Ayurvedic Head Massage
Ayurvedic head massage focuses on the shoulders, neck, face and head, the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension. The head massage induces a state of calm, peace and tranquility and promotes high levels of alertness and concentration.
During the Ayurvedic Head Massage, Ayurvedic oil will be kept for a suitable period on the head of an individual. This is called Moordha taila or oiling of the head.
The client lies on a specially designed table. A wide mouthed vessel with a small hole at the bottom is hung above the head of the client, so that the wick hanging from the vessel is about two inches above the forehead. The special medicinal oil, milk, or buttermilk, etc, that is poured into the vessel is made to flow in a continuous stream through the wick on to the upper part of the forehead. The eyes are protected with cotton pads to prevent oil from dripping into them. The warm oil or other medium used, is collected, kept at a constant warm temperature, and re-circulated, and the process continues for 60 to 90 minutes depending on the Dosha. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair. The client can then dress and go home and it is recommended to rest quietly for at least a few hours.
What are the results of the Shirodhara Treatment?
- Primary detoxification tool to remove excess toxins and aggravated Dosha
- Prevention and correction of aging process (jara)
- Helping to overcome fatigue (srama) from hard work in life
- Corrects and prevents disorders caused by afflictions of the nervous system (Vata)
- Improvement of eyesight (dristi prasada)
- Nourishment (pusti) of the body
- Promotes longevity (ayur) of an individual
- Help for sleep (svapna)
- Promotes sturdiness (dardhyam) of the individual
Ancient’s Best Ayurvedic Facial Treatment complements your overall Ayurvedic detoxification program though its benefits can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone process.
You can enjoy your own facial at home (simply purchase the Dosha specific skincare products from our online shop) or at our clinic.
You could choose to come to our clinic for a single treatment or combine a facial with your Ayurvedic Massage treatment. With our Facial package of four treatments we offer a complimentary set of our special Dosha Pacifying Skincare which can be used on a daily basis at home for cleansing, toning and moisturising.
The products used come from Ancient’s Best Skincare Range and are natural herbal products that are made in New Zealand and formulated according to ancient Ayurvedic principles.
For a home treatment you will need a Dosha Pacifying Skincare Set, Herbal Body Wash Powder, Herbal Face Mask, and a Dosha Pacifying Massage Oil. Visit our online shop to order the right products for your constitution.
Since Ayurveda recognises that each and every one of us is a unique individual, the correct oils and skincare products will be chosen to help pacify the predominant Dosha (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha).
Pancha Karma Therapy
Panch’ means five and ‘Karma’ means therapy or action. Pancha Karma refers to an intensive detoxification program using five actions or procedures to remove toxins from the body and mind.
These five actions are:
- Mesmerizing and calming effects
- Treatment of several diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat
- Helpful against insomnia
- For nervous disorders and dispositions
- Helps relieve tension headaches
- Reduces shoulder and neck pains
- Prevention of premature graying of hair
- Increases luster and form of hair and more
Pancha Karma is a very ideal and a perfect solution and is a totally holistic detoxification. This is because it not only works on the physical system but it works on the mental and the subtle energies as well.
What happens after Pancha Karma treatment?
For some days following the Pancha Karma you may continue to experience the effects of detoxification and it may take some time for your system to settle down again. Let things take their course and take plenty of rest. There will be constant and regular support provided so you can discuss any concerns or fears throughout the entire process.
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- Vamana – emesis / induced therapeutic vomiting (for Kapha)
- Virechana – purgation (for Pitta)
- Asthsapana Vasti ― Herbal Decoction Enema (for Vata)
- Anuvasana Vasti ― Oily Enema Therapy (for Vata)
- Nasya – nasal administration (for Kapha)
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