With over 23 years’ experience as an Ayurveda Practitioner, Vidhu Sharma has a vision to promote Western Australia as a place free of illness, mental health issues, misery, worries and violence by promoting the benefits of a 5,000-year-old healthcare system.
Migrating from her home in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the catastrophic 2010 earthquakes, Vidhu decided to make a new start in Western Australia.
A decade later, Vidhu was awarded the title Business Migrant of the Year 2020 at the recent 27th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards and is a finalist in the 2021 Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
Ayurveda, meaning the science of life, traces its history back 5,000 years to the Indus Valley in modern-day India. Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, it includes a number of disciplines including diet, lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, yoga, massage techniques and meditation.
Vidhu is also a finalist for Business Woman of the Year and Community Services Excellence Award at The India Australia Business & Community Awards in Sydney in May 2021. She also has the title of City of Swan Community Citizen of the Year Award 2020 as one of her growing lists of accolades.
Vidhu graduated from Punjab University Chandigarh, India with a Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, and as a qualified Ayurvedic Doctor. Losing her home and belongings in the catastrophic earthquakes in New Zealand, Vidhu and her young family spent time living in temporary shelters before settling in their new home of Western Australia.
Her business, Ayurveda for Wellness, provides face to face and online consultation services and treatments for health and wellbeing, especially focusing on mental health.
Vidhu explains, ‘The central philosophy is that complete physical health cannot be achieved without restoration of emotional, mental and spiritual health, and body, mind and soul have to be taken care of in an individual.
‘Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people have struggled in some way with their health or with mental health challenges, Ayurveda has a lot to offer.’
Vidhu says she has dedicated herself to promoting good will and harmonious relations between the Indian culture and heritage with the wider community in Australia.
Apart from leading several community projects, Vidhu has contributed to the community by promoting education and continuing to raise awareness about positive mental health and advancement of health and wellbeing.
She continued, ‘My passion and commitment to the community has given me the strength to devote most of my time to projects like domestic violence, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug-related issues especially in the ethnic community.’
The business offers workshops and presentations on Ayurveda cooking, immunity boosting tips and beauty treatments with natural Ayurvedic products. The business offers multiple complimentary therapies under one roof - Ayurveda services and Consultation, therapeutic specialised Ayurvedic massage treatments, reflexology and aromatherapy.
Continued Vidhu, ‘I also run free community workshops for culturally and linguistically diverse people. Online consultations continue as a permanent feature of the business in the future as the feedback from clients has been very positive. People can benefit from the online services even when they sit in the comfort of their own home.’
Vidhu receives her title of Community Citizen of the Year from City of Swan Mayor Cr Kevin Bailey on Australia Day, 26 January 2020. (Image Below)