Dotiv The Podcast

Dotiv The Podcast

Dotiv the Podcast (DTP) is birthed under Dotiv, a Marketplace for Complementary & Alternative Healthcare. Through open and transparent discussions, DTP's hosts, Guni and Thasha interview healthcare specialists; unravelling all things around integrative healthcare. Their goal is to facilitate a shift in consciousness and encourage agency around individual healthcare and wellness.

Gaya & Nibarna | Ep #56 | Experiences of Women from the Sri Lankan Diaspora (in partnership with SAHM)
Jul 27 2022
Gaya & Nibarna | Ep #56 | Experiences of Women from the Sri Lankan Diaspora (in partnership with SAHM)
Disclaimer - The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this conversation belong solely to the respective individual speakers and is a representation of their respective individual experiences only._________We kick off Season 2 with a special episode in partnership with the South Asian Heritage Month UK Organization ( @southasianheritagemonth_uk). We invited healthcare professionals, Dr. Gaya Gamhewage and Nibarna Kannathasan, to have an open dialogue with DTP hosts Guni and Thasha about what it's like to be women within the Sri Lankan Diaspora.They key questions answered:How did being Sri Lankan translate in your daily life? What makes you most proud of being Sri Lankan?What makes you least proud of being Sri Lankan?How does being Sri Lankan show up in your professional life in the healthcare industry?How does your Sri Lankan values show up in dating/ romantic relationships?  If given a chance, would you move back/ move to Sri Lanka?More about Dr. Gaya:  Dr. Gaya Gamhewage is a qualified Medical Doctor who works with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is based in Switzerland. She holds a Masters Degree in International Health and International Policy Making and Negotiation. At the WHO, she leads all Learning, Training and Capacity Building initiatives in the Health Emergencies Program, and is a Certified Life Coach and expert in  Adult Learning, Conflict Management and Negotiation. Gaya is also the Co-Founder of the Social Enterprise, The Wisdom House, where she combines her wealth of professional experience with her passion to help people learn and grow.To connect with Dr. Gaya and  her work, visit the Wisdom House WebsiteMore about Nibarna:Nibarna Kannathasan is a BACP accredited psychotherapist working from an integrative and transcultural approach.  She takes a specific interest in exploring accessible therapy that works from a transcultural and collective approach which places an importance on heritage and migration journeys.She currently works with survivors of rape and sexual assault within the NHS, supporting them from a trauma informed approach.  Nibarna is also a trustee at ANBU UK (Abuse Never Becomes Us), a charity working with survivors of child sexual abuse in the Tamil community and focuses on culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions.Nibarna has a small private practice, Nevana Wellbeing, where she offers therapy which contextualises clients within their heritages. Her current doctoral research focuses on bridging the acculturation gap between generations within the Tamil community following migration from Sri Lanka to the UK.To connect with Nibarna, you can follow her on IG @nevanawellbeing or via her website - Nevana Well Being !Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on YouTube , DTP Instagram or  LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Sonja Shah-Williams | Ep #55 | Bringing Ayurveda to Primary Schools?
Jun 8 2022
Sonja Shah-Williams | Ep #55 | Bringing Ayurveda to Primary Schools?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast - Sonja Shah-Williams !Sonja is the founder of her private Ayurvedic practice, Anala and is also the Governor of a primary school in London, where she focuses on safeguarding and the wellbeing of her students. She has also launched her own Ayurvedic body oils (which she hand blends) and recently,  homemade Ghee.  In our episode with Sonja, we speak about: What nutrition in school looked like for herHow nutrition in schools have changed, and potential reasons whyWhy it's important to be intentional with nutrition in primary schools (Gut-Brain axis)The reasons why parents can focus on nutrition and routine as a stepping stoneThe Ayurvedic take on Play time for childrenHow to take action immediatelySign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!Sonja studied and completed her  Ayurvedic degree  in London, which included an internship at a teaching hospital in India, almost 10 years ago. Her main areas of focus are 1-1 consultations, teaching, and talks. made from the raw, organic milk of grass fed, small breed, free roaming happy cows. Sonja is passionate about the principles of ancient Ayurveda, and brings the knowledge contained within it to modern human beings.To connect with Sonja, you can reach her on Instagram - @AnalaAyurvedicHealth or on her website Anala -- here .Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Fareeha Jay | Ep #53 | Intermittent Fasting - Another Diet Fad?
Jun 1 2022
Fareeha Jay | Ep #53 | Intermittent Fasting - Another Diet Fad?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast -  Fareeha Jay!Fareeha is an anthropologist turned Dietitian based in Plymouth, who currently runs her own private practice where she consults/ coaches clients across the globe.  Fareeha also works with the NHS as a Diabetes Specialist, and has a special interest in South Asian diets. Sign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!In this week's episode, we speak about / answer the following:What is fasting? What is intermittent fasting?  What are the benefits and risk factors to Intermittent Fasting? Is intermittent fasting healthy? Why has it become so popular? A brief overview of the mindset around diet culture?How can we avoid this mindset for future? As a Diabetes Specialist in the NHS for the last 5 years, her work is focused on delivering educational sessions to people newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Fareeha's special interest in South Asian diets ultimately led her to  develop the South Asian Eatwell Guide.  She has expertise in healthy eating and sustainable diets for ethnic minority groups, where she  uses evidence-based nutrition to support communication messages to the same target group, resulting in a larger social media following. In recent times, Fareeha has also conducted talks on sustainable eating, immune optimisation, and healthy eating on a budget. She has also run talks/ workshops to community groups, organisations and schools on varied topics around nutrition. To connect with Fareeha, you can reach her on   her Instagram - Dietitian Fareeha.Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Elle Fox | Ep #52 | What's Fermenting there?
May 25 2022
Elle Fox | Ep #52 | What's Fermenting there?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast - Elle Fox!Elle Fox is a Naturopath, Author, Researcher and Lecturer, with a background in Medicine and Education. She has 30 yearsโ€™ experience treating people with a range of health issues, but often focused on Gastrointestinal and Behavioural Challenges.  Sign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!The key areas discussed in this episode include:What the fermentation process is & examples of fermented foodsThe purpose of fermented foods in our dietAre fermented foods suitable for childrenHow to incorporate more fermented foods in our dietHow to make a Sourdough starter and KombuchaElle has been running her own private natural health practice since the mid 1990s . She is the founder and Clinic Director of her Integrative Medicine Practice and has supported well over 20,000 individuals with chronic pain, adrenal issues, chronic fatigue, gut and skin-related conditions, dysbiosis, depression and anxiety.  She firmly believes that cheap food is expensive food; it depletes us of resources and leaves us broke on every level.  Elle is very passionate about, and does charity work to support local, sustainable, ethically managed farming, food quality and fair earnings for the most important assets around - farmers and the land they are custodians of.To connect with Elle,  send her a message here !Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Dominica Collis | Ep #51 | Want to Herb up your life?
May 18 2022
Dominica Collis | Ep #51 | Want to Herb up your life?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast - Dominica Collis!Dominica is a Master Herbalist, Naturopath, Iridologist, Nutritional Therapist,  Trainer of the Soul Body Fusionยฎ method, and teacher of Slavic Gymnastics. She is also the owner and founder of her  2 businesses, Wellness Alchemy and Surrey Organics.  Sign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!Wellness Alchemy is Dominica's private practice where she provides individual naturopathic and nutritional consultations, meal plans, training and courses for individuals and companies. Surrey Organics is an organic vegan herbal cosmetics and dietary supplements company.  In our episode with Dominca, we explore the following:Definition of a herbDifference between herb and spiceHow & where to forage for herbsWhat are must have herbs in our homeHow to start the process to incorporate more herbs in our cookingFor almost 10 years, Dominica has been exploring the secrets of natural medicine, studying various holistic approaches originating from Europe and other parts of the world. She constantly expands her knowledge by studying health in practice, and conducting numerous individual sessions and training.She is also the author of the book "Greenlicious Cookbook", which introduces the reader to the secrets of the plant-based diet through nearly 100 quick, easy and delicious recipes, and explains how to balance it and use it to improve our health.To connect with Dominica, you can contact her on Instagram - @WellnessAlchemyHub or here !Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Simi Godagama | Ep #50| Are your Biological Clocks Ticking?
May 11 2022
Simi Godagama | Ep #50| Are your Biological Clocks Ticking?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast - Simi Godagama !Simi is a multifaceted Professional who studied Osteopathic, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is qualified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Acupuncturist!Sign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!She is also the founder of @rurifoundation - a non-profit organization that supports child protection in Sri Lanka, and also the author of the children's book - Sully's Glow.As a mother who conceived her twins via IVF,  Simi shares her story and gives us context to the challenges she faced in deciding to conceive via IVF as a Natural Medicine Practitioner. In our episode this week, we cover the key areas:The pressure of having to conceive naturallyThe treatment options considered via the 'Natural' route  before considering IVFThe internal battle/ challenge Simi faced in deciding to conceive via IVFHow natural/ traditional medicine supported her IVF JourneyThe mindset/ thought process adopted to navigate the emotional journeySimi is the Executive Board Director of The British Ayurvedic Medical Council, Chair of the Information & Communication Committee, Director and Owner of The Little Buckingham Clinic, a Child Protection Activist, South Asian Womenโ€™s Health Advocate, and also an Exhibited and Commissioned Artist.To consult with Simi, you can try the following:Drop Simi a Message Follow LBCFollow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Founder Series | Ep #49 | Andy Chan | Triathlon Preparation - Conversations on Recovery
May 4 2022
Founder Series | Ep #49 | Andy Chan | Triathlon Preparation - Conversations on Recovery
Meet the next Founder Series Guest on Dotiv The Podcast - Andy Chan!Sign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!Andy is a certified strength & conditioning specialist and educator. Drawing on his masterโ€™s degree in Exercise Science and influenced by his 10-year stay in the United States, Andy has a unique outlook on health and athletic performance.  He is also the Co-Author to the newly released book - Dynamic Balance  which looks at  the interconnectedness of diet, emotions, and training through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this episode, Guni speaks to Andy on the following:Concept of Ying and YangEating to what's local and culturally appropriate based on your environmentFlight or Fight  and Rest & DigestBeing Agile & AdaptableTraining in isolation vs total body movementsHow does recovery tie into training efficiency Andy's experience as a minority ethnic group in Sport & Fitness industry in USAAndy also teaches educational courses at the National Academy of Sports Medicine, TRX, Trigger Point Performance, and Power Plate.  He has also made guest appearances on Hong Kong television shows and  presents at  different public fitness events. To connect with Andy, you can find him here ---  Contact Andy . You can also purchase Andy's book here --  Dynamic Balance !Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Tharshini Nirmalarajah | Ep #47| Can TCM assist with recovery from early-stage pregnancy loss?
Apr 20 2022
Tharshini Nirmalarajah | Ep #47| Can TCM assist with recovery from early-stage pregnancy loss?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast - Tharshini Nirmalarajah -  a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and founder of Fertile Seeds of Life - a Melbourne (Australia) based TCM Fertility Clinic. Sign up to DOTIV's FREE  Monthly Newsletter Right Here !  Be a guest on DOTIV THE PODCAST !!Dr. Tharshini's specialisation is in fertility, hormones and the womb and is passionate about women's health and helping couples conceive. Her focus areas include, Gynaecology, Fertility,  Hormonal Imbalances, Menopause & Hysterectomies,Dr. Tharshini was also featured on Awake TV network in the US (which also featured Deepak Chopra), and hosted a 12 part episode series called, The Gift of energetic fertility healing which was live streamed around the world.In our episode with Dr. Tharshini, we speak about the following:Definition of an early pregnancy/ miscarriage meansSigns to identify if a miscarriage is happening Factors that impact the likelihood of a miscarriage - Genetics vs LifestyleTCM perspective on a body's experience of a miscarriage when happening & after it occursPhysical ConsiderationsEmotional/ Mental ConsiderationsGetting closure from experiencing an early pregnancy lossSteps to take to minimize the risk of miscarriagesWith over 17 years of experience in the health industry, Dr. Tharshini's mission and vision is all about helping women address and heal health problems in the womb, to better understand their bodies, and help couples understand that their fertility is way more than their age and lab results.For a full list of services, you can check out Dr. Tharshini's clinic - Fertile Seeds of Life . Alternatively, you can reach out/ connect with her directly on social media - Instagram - @dr_tharshiniFollow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Umesh Joshi | Ep #46| Do Conflicts with Cultural Identity Affect Mental Health?
Apr 11 2022
Umesh Joshi | Ep #46| Do Conflicts with Cultural Identity Affect Mental Health?
Meet our next guest on Dotiv The Podcast  -  Counselling Psychologist - Dr. Umesh Joshi.Dr. Umesh is a registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) with over 9 years of  experience. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds on their mental health.In this episode, Guni & Thasha speak with Dr. Umesh on the following:What is cultural identity?Conflicts with cultural identity and examples of how it looks likeThe Psychological/ Mental Health impact of having cultural identity conflictsThe concept of SplittingThe concept of Code-SwitchingThe Social Graces TheoryIntersectionality Impact of cultural identity conflict on physical healthDifference between Western vs Eastern cultures , and how that impacts Cultural Identity3 Practical solutions to navigate the experience of conflicting cultural identities Dr. Umesh believes that everybody deserves the right to access mental health services that meets their needs and is passionate about offering clients a safe space and an approach that works for them. His research interests are in diversity issues and developing the skills of healthcare professionals to be able to work with diversity. He aspires to use his educational and practical experiences to contribute to the therapeutic community through a combination of therapeutic work and research.To  connect with Dr. Umesh, you can reach out to him on:Contact Dr. Umesh for  services - South Asian TherapistsInstagram - Safe PsychologyWebsite - Safe Psychology Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Wendy Molefi | Ep #44| Is there a right time to speak about Menopause?
Mar 30 2022
Wendy Molefi | Ep #44| Is there a right time to speak about Menopause?
Meet our next guest - Dr. Wendy Molefi. She is a highly experienced GP and Menopause Specialist with the British Menopause Society Advanced Menopause Specialist Certificate. She is also the owner of Vital Wellness Clinic; a specialist menopause clinic based in Hertfordshire, UK.Wendy has a special interest in the psychological impact of the menopause on womenโ€™s quality of life, and with her background in wellness coaching and mindfulness teaching, she brings a holistic and preventative approach to her clinical practice and menopause service. In our episode with Wendy, we discuss the following:What Menopause isWhen we should start talking about menopause How menopause affects the physical health of women How menopauseHow to navigate Menopause with mindfulnessWendy also delivers teaching sessions on the menopause for fellow healthcare professionals, facilitates charitable community based menopause workshops to empower women with knowledge about the menopause and delivers talks in the corporate environment about menopause in the workplace. Wendy holds a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on โ€˜The role of Mindfulness Based Intervention in facilitating psychological adjustment in the menopauseโ€™ was published in the British Menopause Society Journal and presented at the International Mindfulness Conference in South Africa in 2019.To Connect with Wendy, you can try any of the following:Instagram -  @vitalwellnessclinc @themindfulgp Facebook @vwcwellnessTwitter @vwc_wellnessFollow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Krishna K. Vellasamy | Ep #43| Can Online Dating Lead to True Intimacy ?
Mar 23 2022
Krishna K. Vellasamy | Ep #43| Can Online Dating Lead to True Intimacy ?
Meet Krishna K. Vellasamy - a.k.a. Krish Vells - a  graduate Psychologist currently completing a (Western) Doctorate in Chartered Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, specialising in LGBTQ, BAME, Addiction and Generational Trauma. Currently, he is working therapeutically with Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Diaspora, BAME, Child Sexual Abuse  (CSA) in the Tamil Community and with Positive East - an organisation that specialises in HIV, in London.In this episode with Krishna, we cover the following:Breaking down what intimacy meansHow people show up on dating platformsHow dating is a privilege If there is a possibility that our unfulfilled childhood needs are projected onto dating platformsUnderstanding examples of intentions of being on online dating platforms,  with reference to dynamics in popular Netflix Documentary 'The Tinder Swindler'. 4 Key questions learned from Oprah for intimacyTop tips on how to build intimacyKrish believes that its time to stop talking about cultural appropriation and live a life of cultural appreciation especially in the therapeutic industry. He intends to specialise in Indian Sub Continent, including Sri Lankan Diaspora building on Western contemporary practises and Vedic approaches pertaining to Mind Body and Spirit.You can connect with Krish here - Instagram @Krishvells Follow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinTill then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Suki Hon | Ep #41 |  Can the Hustle Culture Lead to Burnout ?
Mar 9 2022
Suki Hon | Ep #41 | Can the Hustle Culture Lead to Burnout ?
This week's guest is Suki Hon - a Naturopathic Doctor who focuses much of her practice on  tackling highly prevalent modern-day conditions such as stress and burnout. Suki also covers issues such as  low mood, anxiety, sleep concerns, digestive issues, insulin resistance, irregular/ painful periods, and very importantly,  how to address it.In our episode with Suki, we unpack the following:What it means to be in a state of burnoutImpact on physical health/ how it shows up on the bodyImpact on  mental health/ mental state  - how it shows up in the mind How burnout impacts those in the BAME communities Tools/ Solutions to navigate a state of burnoutDr. Suki Hon offers a catalogue of free health & wellness resources on her website and can be accessed here (www.sukihon.com/resources). Suki believes that by addressing the key pillars of health (nutrition/digestion, movement, stress, sleep), we can build the foundations we need to lead a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.Suki is also passionate about creating equal health opportunities by increasing accessibility to naturopathic care. In considering the physical, mental, environmental, socioeconomic, cultural, and racial aspects, Suki strives to help you find sustainable healthcare solutions that work for you.If you would like to get in touch with her, you can check out her:To connect with Suki:๐Ÿ˜ŠSuki Hon - InstagramSuki Hon - WebsiteEmail: hello@sukihon.comFollow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv YouTubeDTP InstagramDotiv InstagramDotiv WebsiteDotiv LinkedinDrop us DM and tell us how you think we're doing so far!Till then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T
Satnam Kaur | Ep #39  | Unpacking Postpartum with a Doula
Feb 23 2022
Satnam Kaur | Ep #39 | Unpacking Postpartum with a Doula
Meet Satnam Kaur -  A qualified Yoga and Meditation teacher, Doula, Content Creator and Entrepreneur who is also the founder of Conscious Sisterhood. Much of Satnam's work is focused on using breathwork to empower women to get to know themselves in a more loving and meaningful manner. In our episode with Satnam, we focus on understanding the role a Doula plays to mother's generally, and take a deeper dive for the experience in the Postpartum period. We unpack the most common experiences Satnam has encountered in her practice , touching on hair loss, intimacy challenges when there is vaginal tearing and how family members can sometimes be a hinderance in the postpartum recovery journey. We also uncover how breathwork has been the most transformational tool in guiding and helping mother's amidst the overwhelming changes they experience. Satnam is also running a 14-day Program on Self-Love in March - to find out more, reach out directly to her via her website/instagram, as provided below. A note from Satnam: " Conscious Sisterhood was born when I awakened to my power as a woman and Iโ€™m here to educate and empower women to do the same through self love, spirituality and holistic living."  To connect with Satnam:Website - Conscious Sisterhood Instagram - Conscious SisterhoodFollow/Subscribe to Dotiv  on โœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š:Dotiv.Life YoutubeDTP InstagramDotiv.Life InstagramDotiv.Life WebsiteDotiv LinkedINDrop us DM and tell us how you think we're doing so far!Till then, Stay Well ๐ŸŒปG&T