June 15, 2021 – Issue 576

New Maharishi AyurVeda Clinic Opens in Los Angeles

On May 14, the Day of Lasting Achievements in the Vedic calendar, MIU inaugurated the Navin and Pratima Doshi Center for Integrative Medicine in West Los Angeles, California. The clinic is located in an 11,000-square-foot building donated by philanthropists and LA residents Navin and Pratima Doshi.

Mr. Doshi, reading a poem he wrote, at the evening celebration with President Hagelin

Navin Doshi grew up in Mumbai and moved to the US in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Harbor, and worked as an aerospace engineer for over two decades. He has received NASA awards and US patents.

Later he started a business with the help of his wife, Pratima, and also invested in real estate and financial instruments. He has been involved in philanthropic work, mostly in the field of education. In 2019 he received a honorary doctorate from MIU for being a leading proponent of India’s Vedic heritage and its role in the modern world.

Manali (granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doshi) and MIU alumna Tara De Santis singing Mr. Doshi’s poem

The teaching and research facility is an extension of MIU and will provide health consultations to the public. The clinic’s supervisor is John Zamarra, MD, a cardiologist and clinical professor of physiology and health at MIU. The resident Maharishi AyurVeda expert is Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi. Patients visiting the health center will receive evaluation and recommendations from both a western physician and an ayurvedic expert.

Manali, granddaughter of the Doshis; Tara De Santis, MIU alumna; Mrs. Doshi; Mr. Doshi; Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi professor of Indic and comparative theology at Loyola Marymount University; MIU President John Hagelin; Deepak Shimkhada, professor of Hindu studies at Claremont Lincoln University; Louise Allison, director of Orange County TM center; Michael Busch, development officer Global Peace Initiative

The center will also give opportunities for MIU students to participate in patient consultations for their clinical training in the MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine Program. MIU’s program is one of only two accredited master’s programs in Ayurveda in the United States, and it is the largest, with 350 graduate students and 250 undergraduate students.

On the evening of May 14, MIU President John Hagelin invited local community leaders for a celebration in honor of the Doshis at the Sanatan Dharma Temple and Cultural Center in Norwalk, California.

Watch a replay of the inaugural broadcast by MIU here.

Navin Doshi receiving an honorary doctorate degree from President John Hagelin in 2019