From a Near-Death Experience to Promoting Health & Wellness through Ayurveda

Serena Parry is a natural health practitioner, specialising in Ayurveda and lives on the picturesque Queensland coast. She holds the distinction of being one of the only Chopra Certified Ayurvedic instructors in Australia and holds the privilege of being personally trained by Deepak Chopra himself.

one of the only Chopra Certified Ayurvedic instructors in Australia

She is also a trained Yoga instructor having completed her Yoga Teacher Training with the American Yoga Academy. She is also currently studying her Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda. She has also been mentored and has undertaken further training and study with some of the best ayurvedic physicians in Australia and around the world.

Serena with the rarely photographed Deepak Chopra

Serena had a traumatic experience growing up, beginning with her parents divorce at an early age. She then lived with her mother who was an alcoholic and later died in her early 50’s from lifestyle related health issues. Her father also passed away at a young age from a massive heart attack. Also the result of his lifestyle choices. To say that Serena had no idea of what good health looked like is an understatement.

With no family support, Serena learned very early in life to stand on her own two feet. She became the adult in the relationship as her mother’s health declined over her younger years. She was also bullied at school and always felt “different” from the other kids, not only because she was a foot taller than all of them!

Things didn’t seem to get any better. Serena’s formative years were tumultuous to say the least. She turned to drugs to escape from what was going on around her and even got involved with drug dealers. There were times when she wanted to kill herself.

The turnaround in Serena’s life came after her mother died. She visited her in the hospital and had to make the agonising decision about whether to switch of her mothers life support.

From that point onwards, Serena let go of everything and left it up to the universe to decide her fate. It was at that moment she felt completely at peace. She knew there was something better for her, she just had no idea what it was yet.

She also got off the drugs and stopped drinking alcohol. She began to study personal development and got her qualifications in finance and financial planning despite being told she was a failure by her mother and that she would never amount to anything.

The lesson Serena learned from her experiences was how a human survives in times of adversity and she became an “expert” at survival and overcoming adversity. She acquired the skills to help others not just live up to their potential but more importantly how to overcome adversity and come out the other side the absolute best version of themselves.

Going through perceived challenges needs to be seen as an opportunity to stretch ourselves and grow through those experiences, we become who we are meant to be and really see what we are capable of

In her own words, “Going through perceived challenges needs to be seen as an opportunity to stretch ourselves and grow through those experiences, we become who we are meant to be and really see what we are capable of.”

In a quest to search for natural solutions to achieving peak health and wellness – both for the body and the mind. Serena spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to find cures for her health issues only to realise she had the answers inside her all along – as does everyone else.

She was able to cure herself of debilitating anxiety and depression as well as a myriad of other health issues such as IBS, Reflux, Eczema, Allergies and food intolerances and got off prescription medication the Doctors said she would be on for the rest of her life!

This was what led her to the Chopra Center, where she learned about integrating Ayurveda into her life and she also became a Certified Instructor. In 6 months of studying Ayurveda  and implementing the principles into her life, it did more for her than more than 6 years previously of trying different specialists and medications. All of these “solutions” were to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause of what was going on for her – and that’s where Ayurveda came in and changed her life.

What’s special about Ayurveda is that it is able to identify health issues long before they physically manifest themselves in the body. This helps to prevent a serious issue or makes it easier to reverse as it is picked up much earlier.

There is no other healthcare system in the world like Ayurveda. In Fact, the World Health Organisation lists Ayurveda as “The most ancient, scientific, holistic and complete system of healthcare in the world.”

More than a mere system of treating an illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behaviour and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

The Perfect Health retreat which Serena now teaches has been developed by Dr’s Deepak Chopra and David Simon the co-founders of the Chopra Center

Ayurveda saved Serena’s life and she made sure she had the best training in the world so that she could empower others in overcoming health challenges as well. Ayurveda is also the only completely holistic health care system in the world that looks at balance in body, mind and spirit and she believes is the key to optimal health.

Using the knowledge she acquired, Serena has developed several online programs and a comprehensive Ayurvedic assessment that is the first of its kind in the world.

The Perfect Health retreat which Serena now teaches has been developed by Dr’s Deepak Chopra and David Simon the co-founders of the Chopra Center. It represents the integration between the principles of modern science and insights from the world’s timeless wisdom traditions.

What really sets Serena apart is the ability to combine her skills as a successful business owner with what she now knows about health and wellness to help individuals live to their maximum potential.