Dr. Yash Welankar gives meditational guidance through public seminars and group talks. He has designed a very impactful mindfulness app. He helps young kids and needy from rural and urban India and supports them in fighting anxiety and addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. He travels in India and abroad, including the United States, France, UK, and Canada, to help leaders, business decision-makers, key executives, and the mass needy public to improve focus, reduce distractions, manage stress, and improve productivity. He authored nine books until now. Notably, few of them are award-winning in the psychology domain.
Please tell us about your background?
I was born and brought up in a small village named Vijaydurg district Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. My father was a farmer, and my mother was a housewife. I am the youngest in four siblings. My family supported me in learning. I was lisping in childhood, and my mother used to take me to the city in public transport, which was 150 km away for speech therapy.
After my SSC, I came to the city and completed graduation in Ayurveda. Then I worked as a volunteer doctor in the tribal area for two years and returned my village to work as a family doctor.
After a vipassana course of ten days, I realized that I have more interest in psychology.
So I did two years post-graduation course in Psychotherapy and counseling.
Then I started to conduct lifestyle modification and stress management workshops at different places.
I was also studying research on the effects of meditation and wrote a book Dhyan vidnyan ( meditation and science), in Marathi. I have written about the latest neuroscience research and how meditation is useful as therapy. During that research work, I realized that meditation is useful as therapy in stress-induced physical diseases as well as in psychological disorders.
In Ayurveda, we have learned that in the ancient period, there was a psychotherapy named Sattvavajay. It was using meditation as a tool to cure psychological disorders. We reintroduced this ancient therapy and have been effectively using these powerful techniques in supporting people.
Please tell us about your work?
Psychological disorders and stress-induced physical diseases like hypertension and type 2 diabetes are growing fast. Spreading awareness about it and helping people to change their lifestyle is our mission. Mindfulness helps to replace old unhealthy habits. I have created an android app and website with guided audio to teach mindfulness meditation in Marathi and Hindi.www.sipemindful.com
I feel that every psychosomatic disease has an emotional root cause. A person tries to avoid that memory, but his body can’t forget it. That impact creates painful body sensations. It is the therapy to clean that impact by accepting those body sensations. It reduces stress and can cure psychosomatic diseases like IBS, migraine, hypertension, thyroid problem, psoriasis, and even heart disease. In reversing the heart disease experiment, Dr. Din Ornish has mentioned a similar technique. We have to realize this reason behind these diseases and build a system to cure them. I have started SIPE education what conducts a Certificate in mindfulness therapy for all people, and we teach these powerful therapies to Ayurveda doctors. I am working to build a team of Sattvavajay therapists and re-establish Sattvavajay as evidence-based psychotherapy. We will do multicentric research to prove its efficacy.www.ayursattva.in
We are conducting voluntary projects to improve emotional awareness in schools and teenagers. It will help to reduce impulsive behavior in adolescent age. It treats anxiety, depression disorders, and psychological stress.
What all challenges you faced carrying out this social mission?
Poor awareness about psychological disorders in society is a more significant challenge
Lots of people have psychological problems, but they don’t know that there are scientific ways to cure. We are using modern technology to reach out.
Another challenge in it is poor bandwidth in internet connectivity as well as mental blocks against new technology. People don’t take responsibility for their well-being and depend upon medicines or rituals is another challenge.
My worst experience was when our website and app got hacked. We worked hard to develop a more secure website, and all clients supported us with endurance in this process.
What are your good experiences in the journey?
When anyone shares how our app or therapy has changed, life towards betterment is the best experience for me. I get minimum one such experience daily, and it keeps me motivated. I think the key to success is Consistency, equanimity, and networking. It is not healthy to keep occupied in working for the results and success, but investing spare time in understanding and supporting people is the key.
What is your future plan?
As an educator of Sattvavajay therapist, I will try to facilitate research-based activities
Our certificate courses are recognized by the extension department of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University. We are working to develop Diploma courses in Ayurved Sattvavajay affiliated to Health Universities. We have a dream that students from all over the world will get an education in Ayurved Sattvavajay and help people in their countries.
We plan to develop a new Network of Well-being. It will work as a bridge between experts with common people to improve the well-being of society.
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