Tell us about yourself and your background
I am a practitioner and consultant in Ayurveda, which is a traditional Indian medical science of healing. My specialization is Panchkarma, which is basically avery intensive way of internal cleaning and healing. It helps to retain health,negating the bad effects of various pollutants and other lifestyle or degenerating problems. I have been practicing this for 22 years. I have worked with many international groups, in the capacity of consultant, faculty, administrator and director. For seven years now, I have been working on my own adventure, Vedic Healers.
I belong to a uniformed service family. My husband and in-laws are serving officers in forces. My ancestors were Brahmins with lots of Astrology, Ayurveda and Vedic traditional knowledge. There were many handwritten manuscripts at my maternal, ancestral home.
Both of my grandfathers were police officers and my maternal grandmother was village head. She was the one who carried traditional knowledge of the family. She used to read family books and helped people by making medicines for them. My parents are very devoted academicians. Since retirement, they have shifted to our farmhouse. They produce organic herbs, organic grains for the family and in their free time, they used to educate deserving, poor students. They are basically content, down-to-earth and happy people. In their lifetime, they have very rarely taken any chemical medicines. They follow a very healthy and disciplined lifestyle in their farmhouse with many dogs, cats, cows and birds.
My mother retired as the principal from senior secondary school. She wanted the traditional family knowledge of healing and Ayurveda to continue and that’s how I came to pursue Ayurveda.
My paternal grandmother was a very spiritual person and she helped many migrated Sikh families during India-Pakistan partition. She was a follower of Anandpur Sahib.
The current generation has many more doctors. My brother is a cosmetic surgeon and my brother-in-laws are also doctors, settled in India and the States. My elder brother is an attorney, with a practice is based in India and the US. My sister, Dr. Mridula Sharma is doctorate and gives coaching to aspiring medical students. She is a very well known name in her field.
Tell us about the company you have set up?
My company Vedic Healers is almost five years old now. We started with panchkrama, herbal consultations, Ayurveda medicines and wellness centers. Over time, we have been doing very well in Ayurveda study courses and therapies, as an internationally known, learning Institute. Our target is mostly aware educated and spiritual people; people who are in pursuit of understanding the finer aspects of life; people who know where they are and what they want from life; people who are not living in a fool’s paradise but know the limitations of life with knowledge; people who acknowledge mystery of the world along with the limitations of human mind. Lastly, people who want to live every second of life by respecting and accepting life the way it is.
Why did you set up the company? / What drove you to become an Entrepreneur?
I may not call myself an entrepreneur; it’s just a happy choice to fill up the gap between life and death. It’s my way of giving back to the society and the
deserving. I am one of the luckiest creations of the all-mighty. I strive for respect and respectful life for every one. Spreading awareness and protect our resources is another well-thought choice of mine.
As an entrepreneur, I am providing respectful and healthy self-employment choices to my students, my employees and to society, who show enormous faith in us. That’s the best reward I get for my work when I see our students spreading Ayurveda and health in their respective countries and areas.
For me, I am the most important person, and after that it’s my parents, children and family. Next is my work for society. An unhappy individual creates imbalance in whole energy circle around him. So first we need to work on us by making us happy then comes society. That’s what I believe in.
I set up my own company because I wanted to genuinely help people without losing my own freedom. I am a free spirit and need to keep myself that way.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
Challenges have always been there and are mostly financial. This world is revolving around Maya. That’s the destiny of Kaliyug at this point. Money has never been a primary goal for me. So I am prepared for that type of struggle. Though there are always people who want to help with finances, but I never want my work to be like any other business.
As for now I provide free services to the deserving. If I take financial support from business minds, it will dilute my purpose, my happiness and my freedom. The teachings of my parents have been like that; that money should follow the work and not vice versa.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement is my family and children. My parent’s happiness is my biggest achievement. To add smiles and provide people a chance of selfemployment for a respectful healthy life is another achievement.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
The biggest inspiration in my life is my mother. Though I really feel every woman is an inspiration. Female laborers or maids reaching work on time in pursuit to provide a bright future of their children. Every woman is a support pillar when they fight with odd circumstances and take care of the family.
I feel awed when I see birds making nests, ants collecting food; I find inspiration in every small effort under normal circumstances. My view is to see life as a bit different, I find my inspirations all around me.
How do you balance your work life and home life?
I am a relaxed person. Except from health problems, I don’t feel any challenges. I have kept it very simple from the beginning. My children and parents have been my priority to date. So whenever they are around, most of my time is for them. I cherish every experience of motherhood. Some times, some commitments arrive that need to be addressed in time. When you know the chronology of priorities then you need not worry about any balance. Life’s inherent nature is very balanced, it’s we who mess it first and then start searching for balances. You never need to stress yourself if you are aware of your priorities. So that’s what what I believe in.
What advice do you have for women starting out on their own?
The physical structure of women is linked delicately to emotional health. In the struggle of balancing and perfection, we lose the simple joys and essence of life. Most of the times we are not anywhere, 100 per cent and that’s when deepseated anger and regret sets in. I try to live in the moment, whether it is painful or happy. I am fully aware and alive. My advice is only that work, status and money is important for sure, but don’t forget to live in this entire struggle. Life and nature don’t need any efforts. It’s already complete, every state is very temporary, enjoy before its late.
Can you recommend any organisations or networking groups that have particularly helped you on your journey?
I don’t have any recommendations. Most of the times you only need your own inner strength and inner voice. Everything else sets in its place afterwards.
If you could ask for one thing to help propel your business what would it be?
My own driving force. I don’t think any thing is unachievable, the only thing is how much your desire for it.
What does the future hold for you?
I believe in today. If today is happy for me, the future will take care of itself.
About Dr Meenakshi Joshi
I have a knack for social cause, working with local herbs and food habits. I am self motivated person, easy going and optimist. Aura reading, pulse examination, panchkarma and life style management with Ayurvedic herbs is my expertise. We are going to launch Yoga Teachers Training course from mid of 2016. By end of this year we are planning to launch premium range of herbs and aroma oil.