"Dhevaksha merges left brain science with spirituality and nature. She has the feminine 'Dr. Deepak Chopra-esque' ability to blend the best of Eastern and Western philosophies, and to me, there is no higher honor. With a beautiful energy and 1,000 kilowatt smile, are Dhevaksha's methods not the way forward at any time, if not in this time of uncertainty?" - Justin Charles, Former AFL Footballer
"Dhevaksha is like a female Eckhart (Tolle), able to channel a message and articulate it so clearly. It's a joy to witness her evolution, passion and inspiration. She has so much to offer." - Petrina Hargrave, coFounder, Thrivers Ark
PhD Candidate, Integrative Medicine, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Sydney 2019-2022
First Class Honours, Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, 2017
Bachelor of Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2008-10
Certificate in 200H Yoga Teacher Training, Sri Sri School of Yoga, Bangalore, India, 2019
Certificate in Laughter Yoga Leadership under Merv Neal, Melbourne, Australia, 2017
Dhevaksha facilitates speciality retreats at some of the world's leading Wellness Retreats where she also delivers seminars on the science and soul of wellbeing as a Guest Speaker
Wellness retreats and integrative medicine - Naidoo D, Schembri A, Cohen MM. The Health Impact of Residential Retreats: A Systematic Review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Published 10 January 2018; 10.1186/s12906-017-2078-4
Depression and mental wellbeing - Armour M, Smith C.A, Wang L.Q, Naidoo D, Yang G.Y, MacPherson H, Lee M.S, Hay P. Acupuncture for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(8), 1140; Published 31 July 2019 https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8081140
Complementary approaches for cancer – For all publications please see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dhevaksha-Naidoo
Doctoral Scholarship, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, 2019-2022
Western to the World Scholarship (for research in partnership the Blackburn Telomere Laboratory, University of San Francisco), Western Sydney University, 2019-2022
Winning Speaker, Thesis Competition, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, 2019
Vice Chancellors Award, First Class Honours, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2017
Tertiary Scholarship for All Round Excellence, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2008-10
Recipient Leaders of Tomorrow Tertiary Study Scholarship, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2008
Dhevaksha is a South Africa-Indian integrative medical scientist, meditation and yoga teacher, wellbeing entrepreneur and coach who has has been researching, teaching and healing through Eastern and Western medicine for over 14 years.
As a scientist, she is curious about how wellness retreats impact wellbeing. Her research focuses on how lifestyle changes learned on retreat influence stress perception, resilience and telomeric DNA changes, an indicator of healthy ageing and longevity. Dhevaksha has co-authored several papers on wellness retreats and wellbeing, complementary therapies and depression, and lifestyle interventions and cancer. She is currently analysing data for her doctoral thesis on the wellbeing impact of virtual retreats.
As a speaker and teacher, Dhevaksha shares her personal and professional journey overcoming illness and guiding others to realise their well nature. She shares her scientific and spiritual perspective at national and international conferences for integrative and complementary medicine and wellness retreats around the world. She hopes by sharing her story, others may feel empowered to embody change and realise their true wellbeing. Dhevaksha is also a certified meditation, hatha yoga, and hasya (laughter) yoga teacher and she combines these methods to create interactive and immersive programs and experiences.
Dhevaksha founded her first consulting company in 2011 (formerly Dhesign) which has evolved to specialise in advisory for the retreat and wellbeing industry (Dhevaksha Wellbeing). She discovered her passion for entrepreneurship early and was selected to represent Australia age 22 at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit in Moscow. She continues to mentor and coach entrepreneurs with a spirit-centred and service-led approach which has been her journey over the last decade.
Dhevaksha has personally been mentored by some of the worlds most renowned Doctors, Scientists, Inventors, Entrepeneurs, and Luminaries including Dr Marc Cohen, Dr Alan Bensoussan, Dr Elissa Epel, Dr Shieak Tzeng and Jeff Hoffman among other visionaries and leaders on the global stage.
“Dhe is a rock star who I have admired and believed in since the day we met (G20YEA, Russia, 2013) .” -Jeff Hoffman, Founder Priceline.com, uBid.com
Dhevaksha's research findings with Dr Marc Cohen and Dr Adrian Schembri have been featured in major media publications. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Time, WA Today, Medical Bulletin, Meditation Daily, and Spa Business Magazine amongst others.
Dhevaksha speaks to conference delegates from around the world at the 14th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research about the impacts of retreats on mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.