Gaia Institute of Vedic Education


Online Diploma in Ayurveda

The term “Ayurveda” combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Many Ayurvedic practices predate written records and were handed down by word of mouth. Three ancient books known as the Great Trilogy were written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago and are considered the main texts on Ayurvedic medicine—Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Astanga Hridaya.

Ayurveda is a system of natural healing and well-being. It is the knowledge that identifies what is appropriate and inappropriate in life, happy and sorrowful conditions of living, what is conducive or not conducive to longevity, as well as the measure of life span itself.

Ayurveda applies knowledge of health and disease, which are understood as balanced versus unbalanced states of being. It demonstrates how to correct, restore and maintain balance. Ayurveda is holistic, embracing all aspects of the well-being of living creatures – physical, mental and spiritual.

According to Ayurveda, health is not only the absence of ailment or disease, but rather is interrupted state of physical, mental & spiritual happiness and fulfillment.

Ayurveda is eternal; it has no beginning, no end, is vast and everlasting.

At G I V E (Gaia Institute of Vedic Education) we offer an online Diploma course in Ayurveda utilising webinar/virtual classroom software for broadcasting our lessons from our Ayurvedic doctors & tutors based in India. Please click on our course syllabus for further information.

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Certificate Course in Pregnancy and Childcare

In Ayurveda, the agglomeration of the six procreative factors (shad garbhakara bhavas) is a must to create healthy offspring. The physical, mental and even the spiritual well-being of the Mother and Father before pregnancy until the point of conception are all relevant in creating a healthy child. The need to rid oneself of “Dirty Energy” is imperative for the wellbeing of the child from conception onwards. Imbalances in any of the Doshas will be passed on through the Fathers sperm and/or the Mothers egg. Ayurvedic treatments and therapies can assist with the “cleaning” process.
During pregnancy, as the mother carries her unborn child, keeping to a strict regimen of yogic exercise, meditation and restful sleep, staying clear from negative habits and behaviours, the consumption of organic foods and drinks according to doshic constitution, not only benefits the child and the family when the child is born, but society as a whole as the child becomes an adult. Negligence of any of these factors can cause and create an unhealthy and defective birth and child.
Postnatal care is also of the utmost importance for the not only the Mother, but the newborn too. Again, certain regimens and disciplines should be adhered to in relation to breastfeeding, massage and oiling of the baby, specific diets and positive habits.

At G I V E (Gaia Institute of Vedic Education) we offer an online Certificate course in Pregnancy and Childcare utilising webinar/virtual classroom software for broadcasting our lessons from our Ayurvedic doctors & tutors based in India. Please click on our course syllabus for further information.

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Online Diploma in Vastu Shastra

Vastu Shastra has its roots in Vedic literature and describes the principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry. The designs are intended to integrate architecture with nature, the relative functions of various parts of the structure and ancient science utilizing geometric patterns, symmetry and directional alignments.

Vastu Shastra are the textual part of Vastu Vidya, the latter being the broader knowledge about architecture and design theories from Vedic India. Vastu Vidya knowledge is a collection of ideas and concepts, with or without the support of layout diagrams, that are not rigid. Rather, these ideas and concepts are models for the organization of space and form within a building or collection of buildings, based on their functions in relation to each other.

The term is derived from “Vastva”, which refers to any means of providing shelter, such as a house or other building. In Sanskrit, Shastra means a perfect system or set of laws. Therefore, Vastu Shelter refers to the laws pertaining to.

Vastu Shastra is about creating an ideal and enlightened environment by taking advantage of the benefits bestowed by the five elements, the Panch Mahabhutas, of nature, thus paving the way for enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and happiness. All human beings are also made up of these five fundamental elements, which come into play in different stages of life: our origin is from the earth, but we enjoy the other elements like air, space, fire (through sunlight and sun rays) throughout our lives, before entering old age and finally returning to the earth, either as ashes or through burial.

Vastu demonstrates how to create a home, office and/or environment, auspicious to the human mind body and soul.

At G I V E (Gaia Institute of Vedic Education) we offer an online Diploma course in Vastu Shastra utilising webinar/virtual classroom software to broadcast our lessons from our Vastu professionals based in India and Europe. Please click on our course syllabus for further information.

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 “The book of nature is written in numbers.” – Galileo

Life is full of numbers, from pin codes to bar codes as numbers are the silent vibration underlying the matrix of existence according to Vedic Numerology. Originally taught by sage Kapilmuni, then by Sage Vararuchi and Pythagoras, numerology recognises the resonance of each number, its symbolic significance and encrypted energetic effect. Quantum physics show there’s a unifying organising principle behind all existence rather than it being a random result of chaotic coincidence. Numerologists believe that numbers are the foundation of natural order and rhythm, the pattern holding life’s tapestry together.

Astrologers and numerologists consider one’s birth date the most significant indicator of character and karma. The study of numerology leads us to understand the attitude of a person when confronted with life’s obstacles, the composition of their mind and intellect and how they express their emotions.

The sister sciences of numerology and astrology acknowledge that the universe moves in predictable cycles, each expressing a special energy. As numbers and planets represent the vibration of this energy, astro-numerology marries numbers one to nine to a planetary partner. Numerology systems vary in their celestial correlations. Vedic astrology considers the moon to be the most important factor when analysing an individual’s inner self, their mind and soul. It uses the terms Rahu and Ketu to indicate the ascending and descending nodes of the moon, respectively. These nodes also indicate the points where the orbit of the Sun and moon intersect.

According to Vedic numerology, individuals have three relevant numbers and knowing these numbers equates to knowing the individual.

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Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology, also known as Jyotisha and Hindu astrology, is the astrology of India originating from the Vedas. The astrology of India, when practiced properly, has powerful predictive and protective value, profound spiritual implications, and sophisticated remedial measures to uplift the client. Based on the sideral Zodiac, Vedic astrology provides many varied tools for the aspiring practitioner. Vedic astrology is one of the oldest and most revered forms of astrology in current practice.  It remains an important facet in the lives of many Hindus today, and as such, newborns are traditionally named based on their jyotish charts.  Astrological concepts are pervasive in the organization of the calendar and holidays as well as in many areas of life, such as in making decisions made about marriage, opening a new business, and moving into a new home. Vedic Astrology retains a position among the sciences in India and is an important facet of Hindu folk belief in contemporary India. Heavenly bodies, including the planets, have an influence throughout the life of a human being, and these planetary influences are the “fruit of karma.”
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Yoga & Meditation

A new study explains how mediation and yoga can reduce the perception of pain.

Yoga practitioners know first-hand the physical and mental benefits the activity produces, as meditation is often embedded in yoga sessions. Now, yogis have got science to back their claims of well-being and focus, as new research shows more clearly how yoga-induced mindfulness has an impact on pain perception.

The findings come from research carried out by PhD student Tim Gard at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He started with recent findings showing that mindfulness can attenuate pain, and set out to discover more about the underlying brain mechanisms that are involved.

To do that, he carried out an experiment that involved applying unpleasant electric stimuli to a group in a meditative state and to a control group with a similar healthy lifestyle, each group comprising 17 volunteers. All test subjects were in an fMRI scanner when the stimuli were applied.

The experiment produced surprising results, as it revealed that mindfulness practitioners were able to reduce pain perception by 22 percent and anticipatory anxiety by 29 percent during a mindful state. The reduction of pain was associated with decreased activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex and increased activity in the right posterior insula during stimulation. During the anticipation of pain, the study noted increased activity in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex. These findings unveiled a unique mechanism of pain modulation, comprising increased sensory processing and decreased cognitive control. Gard says this pattern is the opposite of what happens in the brains of people who don’t meditate. He concluded that members of the meditation group could reduce their pain by tolerating the sensation of pain, instead of exerting mental control over it.

The fMRI scans helped the researcher shed new light on how the brain works, more precisely the unique neural systems in the area of pain processing. Apparently, veteran dedicated practitioners of yoga and meditation present better organized and sturdier brain networks, as the images showed. The brain scans also measured mental faculties in the form of fluid intelligence, which is the ability to reason in new situations. They showed that older practitioners of both yoga and meditation had a smaller decrease in fluid intelligence than the control subjects.

As human populations get increasingly older, this new knowledge could be useful for healthcare providers administering treatment mixes for chronic pain, and as a basis for mental health maintenance.

“It’s fascinating to see how yoga and meditation can positively influence our brains and our psyches, and thus can lead to increased well-being,” said Gard, who defended his PhD dissertation, The neural and psychological mechanisms of yoga and mindfulness meditation, in March.

Source: Maastricht University

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Arthurs Miracle Story

The Team

Stephen Holmes is the founder of G I V E and has been a student of Vedic teachings, sciences and practices for almost twenty years. He has a Diploma in Ayurveda and Panchakarma recognised by the government of India, an advanced qualification in Vastu Shastra, and a Diploma in Western Herbalism. Currently, he is studying for an additional qualification in  Vedic Numerology.

Stephen has practiced Ayurveda on many clients/patients during the past decade and has also spent many hours teaching others the wonders that Ayurveda has to offer.

As a humanitarian and visionary, it is the objective of Stephen to help drive the current Vedic Renaissance we are witnessing worldwide as he believes that this ancient knowledge can lead us back to the forgotten paths of Wisdom, Faith & Pride.

Stephen’s spiritual interests combine Vedic ideology that we are a spirit occupying a physical shell in the material world searching for the path home, and that of the Gnostic teachings which also endorses a similar theme. He believes that through Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation (balance of the mind, body and spirit) we can reconnect with our source outside of the material realm.

Dr Shamna Prajith completed her 5 1/2 year Bachelors degree from Parassinikkadavu Ayurvedic Medical College in Kannur, Kerala, India in 2010. Since then she has gained extensive experience through not only teaching foreign students from around the world, but also as a practising Ayurvedic Doctor at various clinics and resorts throughout southern India. Furthermore, Dr Shamna is married to Dr Prajith Parambath who is also an Ayurvedic Doctor continuing the family tradition of a very well renowned and respected family within the world of Ayurveda.

We are very privileged to include Dr Shamna as part of the team at G I V E and she will be conducting all of our Ayurvedic related courses that will include Ayurveda itself, Massage Therapy, Panchakarma, Beauty and Pregnancy & Child Care.

Dr. Anand Bhardwaj is one of the most renowned personalities among the world’s leading consultants dealing in Vastu Shastra, Fengshui & Pyramidology, past life regression, Pranic Healing, Aura Scanning etc. Born in 1957, he is amongst the seasoned Vastu advisors with a large experience of over 39 years in this field. Born in 1957, he is an M.A., M.B.A. (HRD), Ph.D (Sociology), Ph.D. (Vastu), D.Sc. Eq. D.Lit (Vastu) thus perhaps he bears one of the highest qualified status among Vastu advisors. His title of research for Ph.D. Degree was Scientific Application of Five Elements In Vastu Science, which is in itself a rare topic specifically focusing on the scientific facet of Vastu science. In his D.Sc. research he has devised a new era to Vastu research & development by way of introduction of voice recording from earth vibrations. This is a new arena in the studies & research in Vastu science.

Many times he has been awarded, rewarded & honoured by many Vaidic/ Social, and Cultural Heritage Organisations with medals, trophies and Mementoes like Institute of Vastu Science, G.K.I, Dew Delhi, Panch Tatwa, Gobind Puri, New Delhi, Bhawna Kala Mandir, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, All India Brahmin Sabha, Narnaul, IVS, Ghaziabad Chapter, Parichay Times, Daily News Paper, New Delhi. This is a part of an exhaustive index of achievements. Besides the above, given opportunities to address large audience in different seminars, symposiums, workshops etc.


Dr Ajay Thambi has a degree in Psychology and has been practising Vedic Astrology for the past 17 years. He gained his qualification through the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, Basic & Advanced, and he continues his Jyotish studies on a daily basis. He believes that it’s his spiritual path and duty.

Dr Thambi has assisted hundreds of clients and students from around the world during his time practising Vedic Astrology and his objective is to continue on this righteous path helping to guide individuals along their lives path.

Dr Thambi will be joining the G I V E team later in 2017.