Lilliana Flores Banavides
Lilliana Flores Banavides of Mexico is one of the most ardent followers of Ayurveda, someone who swears by this natural way of life.
Her dedication to Ayurveda is the reason why she keeps coming back to Jiva (she’s already been here three times).
During her visits, Lilliana always makes it a point to bring in people from her country, with the intention of enlightening them on the benefits of the ancient science of healing. During a freewheeling chat, she speaks to us about her love for Ayurveda, Jiva and India.
What is the response to Ayurveda in Mexico?
Right now, Ayurvedic knowledge is not very massive there. It is only followed by a select group of people. However, of late, we have witnessed a huge amount of interest in different kinds of alternative treatments, including Ayurveda. I am sure, with the right kind of promotional activities, we will be able to present the benefits of this science to a larger section of the Mexican society.
Have you adopted Ayurveda in your own life?
Ayurveda is a highly beneficial and interesting ancient knowledge system that should be adapted in our lives. It is not just effective in healing physical disorders, but also helps us in creating a better world. Personally, I am a huge Ayurveda lover and have adopted its principles in my life. I promote this science in my school and make efforts to bring students to Jiva. In fact, I have plans to invite Dr. Chauhan for a lecture in Mexico.
This is the third time you have brought a group of students to Jiva. What attracts you to this organization?
Dr. Partap Chauhan is the biggest reason why I come back again and again. He is not only an extraordinary doctor, but also a great human being. This is a rarely-found combination in our world today. Moreover, I have always enjoyed my stay at Jiva because of the love and affection that I get from people here. I would love to come here every year.
How have your fellow Mexicans found the experience of being at Jiva and India?
Initially, they were in a state of shock, which is quite natural because they witness an entirely different culture in this country. However, day by day, they begin to appreciate life here. About their stay at Jiva, I am sure they will take back very fond memories of the learning experience as well as the hospitality.
What do you like most about India?
The people of India. According to me, the people here are very friendly and kind. Irrespective of their financial status, they treat you with so much of compassion that it is really heartwarming.
What message would you like to give to Ayurveda enthusiasts around the world?
Everybody should have this experience of Ayurveda and enjoy its benefits. It will not only enlighten your lives, but also offer numerous benefits for your family and the community in general.