About Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and holistic health educator based in Sydney, Australia, where he runs and operates the Vital Veda clinic offering patients consultations, body treatments and detoxification programs. Aimed at uncovering the root cause of ailments, Dylan travels the world to share his holistic passion, to teach patients to effortlessly integrate new foundational habits into their daily life so they can thrive.

Regularly travelling to India to train with an internationally renowned family of Ayurvedic doctors, Dylan is devoted to learning, sharing and radiating this ancient knowledge for everyone to utilise and enjoy, to experience total wellness and bliss.

A Passion for Treating

The most important aspect when treating a patient is the physician (Vaidya/Bhishek).

Next in importance is the herbs (dravya), then the staff/helpers (upastata), then the patient (rogi) (their ability to surrender and adhere to the treatment plan).

This is a core Ayurvedic principle and one that I appreciate and experience.

What makes a treatment effective and profoundly change the physiology at a deep level with lasting effects is the energy, attention, purity and flow of consciousness from the physician ("Sattvic Soma").

I love exchanging my "Sattvic Soma" with clients and witnessing profound change, from subtle to gross, in their health, wellbeing and vitality.

A Passion for Education

As well as offering consultations and a diverse range of unique body therapies, Dylan's passion is to share the precious and highly relevant knowledge of Ayurveda and holistic health via the various learning resources on the Vital Veda website.

He also lectures and hosts workshops across the globe.

Dylan teaches more in-depth courses and programs for those who want to go deeper into the knowledge. He lectures on Ayurveda as part of a college in Australia and offers private intution and takes on interns, online and in-person.

Further learning here. 

A Passion for Herbs and Nature

What a playful journey it is developing my relationship with plants.
Increasing my depth of perception into these sentient beings.
With stellar awareness, I perceive the multi-dimensional vibratory particles in these substances.
Guided by knowledge I utilise these substances for medicinal use to allow others to unify with nature and heal.

At Vital Veda, we are pedantic about only using superior herbal preperations in our recommendations and treatments for clients. This means hygienic, purified and tested herbs that are gentle and harmonious with the body and mind while being potently effective and healing.

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How I Got Into Ayurveda

“I discovered Ayurveda while doing Panchakarma (an Ayurvedic detox and rejuvenation program) in India.

While undergoing my treatment in-residence, I was reading a book and came across the Vedic notion of “Dharma,” which translates to “contact.” This means acting in accordance with the need of the time. Taking today's need and placing it in contact with my consciousness. From here actions which support the flow of evolution spontaneously occur. Actions that are the most relevant thing one could be doing, Now.

Just reading this chapter on Dharma was a significant turning point in my life, and my slight reluctance towards continuing to study architecture at university became more certain. I wanted to contact the need of the time in a more functional and profound manner.

I had loved practising Yoga, and toyed with the idea of becoming a Yoga teacher. But then I met my current Guru (teacher). His name is Vaidya Dr. J.R. Raju (Vaidya means Ayurvedic physician). He is the senior doctor at his family clinic (that I was staying at) in South India. He knew my situation and simply suggested, “come study Ayurveda here. Krishna (his younger brother and the main Dr. at the clinic) will teach you. Don’t study anywhere else, just here.”

When someone that you respect and admire immensely, someone that when you are in his presence your nervous system resides in supreme contentedness and heart feels sensations, someone that you perceive as enlightened, when they make an offer as I received, it is not by chance. You most probably will listen, surrender and leap into action towards their direction with security from their guidance and mastery.”

Studies and Qualifications:

Dylan studied with Australasia’s most experienced; Dr. Ajit (BAMS), at the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies (AIAS). After successfully graduating as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (Certificate IV/Diploma), he opened the Vital Veda clinic in May 2014.

A few months after the clinic was up and running, he spent six months training and working at the Raju Family Clinic in South India, an internationally renowned family of Ayurvedic doctors. This revolutionised his Ayurvedic practice and increased the effectiveness and success rates of his treatments and prescriptions profoundly.

Since then until today, he continues to travel back and forth to the Raju Clinic in India annually to work and receive advanced teachings and initiations.

Annual Raju Australian Tour

Annually Dylan brings the Raju family to Australia to tour to offer consultations, the famous Banana Purification and knowledge sessions.

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Short Bio

Dylan Smith is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and holistic health educator who founded the Vital Veda clinic in Sydney and works very close with an internationally renowned family of Ayurvedic doctors. Aimed at uncovering the root cause of ailments, Dylan travels the world to share his holistic passion of radiating ancient vedic knowledge for everyone to utilise, enjoy and experience total wellness and bliss.
Learn more about Dylan -  https://vitalveda.com.au/2018/10/28/dylan-smith/

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The Raju Family

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practicing for over 13 generations, their speciality is a most refined, accurate and comprehensive patient evaluation through Pulse Diagnosis. They also specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

The Raju family clinic operates from Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable. At their clinic they are renowned for transformative Panchakarma treatment.

Members of the Raju family also travel the world to offer their valuable expertise of pulse diagnosis and the unique and powerful Banana Treatment.

The Raju Family

Family Heritage of Healing for Generations

The Raju family comes from a long line of distinguished Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) going back for generations on both the mother's and father's sides. They are native to Andra Pradesh where they have been practicing natural healing through Ayurveda for decades.

Vaidya Dr. B.A. Raju, Institute Founder, "Father Raju"

Served as director of the family health service programs for decades, offering consultations with a specialization in infertility. He was a published author and translator of sanskrit texts and in recent years enjoyed retirement with his family in Hyderabad, who treasured his presence and his wisdom dearly.

He had a passion for education, particularly empowering disadvantaged women in villages to become educated.

He was an expert in pulse diagnosis and treated using the rare technique of pulse vibration therapy.

Vaidya Dr. Sunanda Raju, "Mother Raju"

A master herbalist and key contributor to many of the very special Raju Family herbal preparations.

Vaidya Dr. Lakshmi Narasimha Raju, Maternal Grandfather

A renowned and royal vaidya to many great leaders of state, and prime childhood teacher to our cherished family vaidyas.

Vaidya Dr. Lakshman Raju, Paternal Grandfather

A great vaidya and author, who wrote a famous book on alchemy.

Nadee Praveena Vaidyacharya Dr. J.R. Raju

Dr. J.R. Raju, the eldest brother, was the pulse diagnostician and foremost disciple of the world-famous Vaidya Balraj Maharishi, who had the knowledge of 5000 herbs. They would hold “free camps” for a week at a time where the master vaidya and his students would treat thousands of sick people, then collect plants and process them for three weeks in preparation for the next camp.

Dr. Raju served His Holiness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to spread the knowledge and benefits of Ayurveda worldwide. Dr. Raju travelled the world over with Maharishi for thirty years, visiting over 100 countries and treating thousands upon thousands of people, including dignitaries and heads of state, all over the globe.

Along with spreading Ayurveda to the West in the 70’s & 80’s, he taught Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis to thousands of medical doctors including Deepak Chopra and Dr. John Douilliard. Dr. Raju currently travels the world and has treated hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide.

Dr Raju has developed strong international connections and has trained thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide in the fundamentals of Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis. He has developed courses for doctors, lay people, and students at all levels. He holds numerous positions including:

  • International Director, Maharishi Ayurveda University, Holland
  • International Program Director for Pulse Diagnosis, Maharishi Ayurveda University, Holland
  • Medical Technical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Products, India & Holland
  • Visiting Professor, Maharishi Ayurveda Universities Europe, USA and Russia
  • Former Advisor to Health & Family Welfare, A.I.R., Government of India
  • Advisor, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Bad Ems, Germany
  • Medical Superintendent at Maharishi Ayurveda Arogyadham in New Delhi, India
  • Leading member of the Council of Vaidyas, Dr. Raju’s Institute of Ayurveda, Hyderabad, India

Institute Director Vaidya Dr. A.V. 'Krishna' Raju

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable.

He is expert in pulse diagnosis, and is known in his family as the expert in knowledge of slohkas.

Dr. A. V. Raju holds:

  • Bachelor Degree in Ayurveda from Gulbarga University (1997), Karnataka, India;
  • Diploma in Yoga and Ayurveda (2003), Pune, Maharastra, India;
  • Certificate Course in Kshara Sutra Therapy;
  • M.D. Ayurveda in Panchakarma (2008) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India
  • MD Thesis: “A Comparative Study of Shukra Karaka Basti and Madhuka Yoga in Sukra Kshya (Olio Spermia).
  • Faculty head of the Panchakarma Department at PNNM Ayurveda College in Shoranur, Kerala, India since 2008
  • Advisor to Russian Indian Federation of Ayurveda (RIFA), Moscow, Russia
  • Advisor to Amaravati Ayurvedic Retreat, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Consulting Physician, Maharishi Institute of Medical Science (Kosla Hospitals), Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, India
  • Secretary for Kalyana Karnataka Educational Trust, Bidar, India
  • Technical Director, Ananda Vardhana Ayurveda Arogya Kendra, Sahara States, Hyderabad, India, since the year 2000
  • Board member and current secretary for the development of an Ayurvedic College and Research Center in Humnabad, India
  • Advisor, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Bad Ems, Germany

Dr. Padma Nayani Raju, Vaidya, Panchakarma Supervisor and Herbal Master

Dr. Padma is the 'Mother' of the Raju Health Center, supporting Dr. Krishna in day-to-day functions and making sure everyone is happy.

She is an expert in herbology, gynecology, pediatrics, nutrition and is a highly skilled and nourishing chef. She prepares all the menus and oversees meal preparation according to the traditional principles of ayurveda, to provide the best nutritional support for patients during Panchakarma (PK). She is also the lead organiser behind the Vedic Festivals regularly celebrated at the PK Center, and on top of all this is the mother of twins!

She prepares a lot of special medicines for patients and travels the world to offer pulse consultations and Banana Treatment.

Dr. Uma Rani Raju, Vaidya, Marma Therapist, Keeper of Knowledge

Dr. Uma was a skilled Vaidya who trained at home and university. She was renowned for her Suksma Marma Treatments on patients. She was an authoritative keeper of knowledge who would direct her family members in herbal preparations, treatment procedures and ritual procedures. In addition to her skills in Ayurveda, she studied philosophy and received a PhD in Telugu Literature.

She is survived by her daughter Ramya Raju and the rest of her family.

Vaidya Drs. Pavani Raju, Harsha Raju and Aditya Raju

All experts in Pulse Diagnosis and Suksma Marma Therapy, with advanced degrees specialising in both General Ayurvedic Practice and Panchakarma. The three children of Dr J.R. Raju and his wife Devaki lead the way for the younger generation of Raju Vaidyas, with extensive consultation and teaching experience in India, Europe and locations throughout the world. They run their own Panchakarma clinic in Hyderabad.

Raju Vaidyas in Training

Upcoming vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) in the Raju family ~ Even the youngest of the younger generation of Raju-vaidyas-to-be have begun their training in Ayurvedic healing.

Ramya P. Raju

The daughter of Dr. Uma Rani Raju and B.P. Raju has been studying this ancient system of natural health care since early childhood, supported by her entire family of experts in Ayurveda. She is currently working towards a Bachelors Degree in Ayurvedic Medical Science and says she can't wait to finish her studies and come home to help at the Institute's PK Center. She also currently travels the world to offer Banana Medicine.

Proper training in Ayurveda requires regular practice from early childhood, starting with the pulse knowledge. They also chant slohkas (vedic hymns) in order to orally acquire the knowledge and embed it in their physiology.

Because it is too late to gain full mastery when study begins later in life, the Raju family has started a foundation to select and educate gifted children in authentic ayurveda from this optimum early age.

Dr. A.V. Raju and Soujanya have two children who are learning. Dr. Padma and Harish Raju have two twins. Dr. Harsha Raju and Sri Lakshmi Raju have two children who are learning.


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