We blend it together to create a product line that uses the best from both the ancient eastern science of Ayurveda, and the western state of the art anti-aging science, to create breakthroughs that have never before been achieved.
How a Noble Cause Created a Company Shankara is truly more than a wonderful skin care line. Behind everything we do is a strong intent to serve humanity, from producing the finest, most energetic products possible to the donation of 100% of the net profits to global humanitarian work. Shankara was developed to support the International Association for Human Values or IAHV Foundation, after a core group of people who became Shankara’s founders were inspired by the organization’s good works.
Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1997, IAHV, focuses on upholding “the incorporation of human values into all aspects of life” with the goal of ”ultimately leading to the development of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.”The organization’s global activities are centered around uplifting the individual spirit through socio-economic development projects providing sustainable solutions and a forum for dialogues to create, leverage and nurture inspiring fundamental human values, such as compassion, friendliness and service. In fostering human values, IAHV works with other non-government organizations (NGOs), corporations and individuals. IAHV representatives also consult with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. After the Bangalore peace initiatives in 2001, a few people associated with the IAHV got together and came up with the original concept for what was to become the Shankara BioRegenesis Skin Care System. The support of a few private donors made the Shankara system and the company a reality. We believe that there is a synergy between taking care of oneself and taking care of the world. After years of research and development, the Shankara line of 74 retail and professional high-end skin care products was launched. The unique qualities Shankara brings to the industry and end-users have been enthusiastically embraced by renowned international spa consultants, such as Robert Zimmer and Frederique DeLeage in Southeast Asia. Liz Mazurski, former Editor in Chief of Spa Magazine, stated “Shankara is the most deserving skincare line to bring to the attention of spa goers.” All Shankara profits are funneled into community development projects implemented across the world through the IAHV. Our projects literacy and education programs, microfinance ventures for women and youth, disaster relief and rehabilitation projects. Shankara brings beauty and life to you and the world.
It was only natural for Shankara to open a Spa to share our knowledge of the best of both east and west with our diverse specialized treatments, and ground breaking formulas.
Set in the majestic beauty and tranquil landscape of The Blue Ridge Mountains is a sanctuary we call Blue Heaven Spa. You’ll find our unique collection of treatments, with a full spectrum of sensory pleasures, as stimulating and healing as the surrounding mountains Many of the treatments you’ll experience at Blue Heaven Spa can only be experienced here. Inspired by Ayurvedic ancient health and beauty rituals practiced throughout the world, our treatments and products are custom made for us by Shankara.
The Blue Heaven Spa is located on the property of The International Center for Meditation and Well-Being, a place of uplifting spiritual energy and serenity. The 381-acre facility purchased in October 2011, by Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth (The Institute for Vedic Sciences), a partner of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values.
The International Center offers self-development and wellness programs for people of all ages, and serves as center for the nonprofit service work for the three partner organizations and their affiliates. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, envisions the Center to serve as a platform to sustain and strengthen human values. The Center hosts events and programs that strengthen both individuals and the underlying bond we share as human beings.
Shankara products are based in Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old Indian tradition and philosophy based on knowledge of the youth-restoring effects and therapeutic uses of herbs and oils to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda, “the science of life” is built upon the understanding of the five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth).
When these elements combine they create three governing principles, or doshas. These are Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire with a little water) and Kapha (earth and water). Everything may be categorized according to its proportion of the doshas, including our mind-body (and skin) type. Radiant beauty and health is considered to be an outer reflection of the proper inner balance of the three doshas for our particular constitution.
Shankara BioRegenesis Skin Care System products are designed to maintain balance for your basic Ayurvedic skin type as well as to help correct a temporary imbalance that can result from diet, lifestyle, emotions, mental state or a change in climate. We aspire to help you attain the highest level of beauty…inner beauty, outer beauty and the lasting beauty that is the hallmark of being in a healthy state of balance.