SPOTLIGHT SERIES: AYURVEDIC INSPIRATION
I first met Dr Deepa in January of this year, while attending an Ayurvedic course at Ayurveda Pura in North Greenwich www.ayurvedapura.com. In the course of my lifetime, I have listened to thousands of lectures and seminars, from experts in their respective fields. Dr Deepa is the most inspirational speaker I have ever encountered, for many reasons, most notably for me, is her wealth of knowledge and that she speaks directly from the heart. It was clear to me that she lives and breathes all that she teaches – its not a case of do what I say, not what I do – as it is with so many self proclaimed ‘experts’ and ‘guru’s’ in the natural health field. If I had to select one reason why I was intuitively drawn to Dr Deepa, it’s that she has removed her ego from all that she does – allowing her to practice truly for the benefit of others. During her course I noted that she purposefully provided more information than the course structure outlined, adding value and ensuring that the student embraced the topic entirely.
I was intrigued to discover that Dr Deepa also teaches yoga – she believes that Ayurvedic medicine and yoga are sister therapies. Yoga was developed first to exercise and stimulate the mind. Subsequently Ayurvedic medicine evolved to treat the body, flowing as a natural extension to yoga. Ayurveda and Yoga have their origin in the Vedas, and thus share the same fundamental philosophical aims. Ayurveda’s predominant current aim is the treatment of disease, whilst Yoga has aimed at spiritual development. Hatha Yoga classes taught by Dr Deepa occur on a Monday evening at 7.30 pm.
Ayurveda Pura is a unique space that combines Ayurvedic courses, a vegetarian café and 4 treatments rooms. Dr Deepa’s vision was to create a subtle healing space away from the noise and the chaos of central London – where clients could give themselves permission to reconnect with their bodies and mind. Careful consideration has been given to the location, layout and interior, in accordance with Viaastu (Indian Feng Shui). The South East of London is linked to the element of fire, presenting an ideal location for healing and calming therapies. Ayurvedic colours have been selected for each room, orange and red to reflect fire and earthy brown to complement and calm.
The treatments offered are genuinely holistic – each one applies the principles of Ayurveda, and as such, works on a much deeper physical and spiritual level. As a therapist, it’s the little touches that you notice, like the perfect temperature of the room, wider than average beauty bed, nurturing colours used in the room, all used to create a womb like environment that soothes the soul. Each therapist connects energetically with the client during the treatment – this is unique, and as a result you feel that they care about your health and wellbeing.
I wanted to get to the heart of why Dr Deepa is so passionate about her Ayurvedic craft. Raised in a family of Ayurvedic practitioners – her mother had a profound effect on the direction her life would take. Originally Dr Deepa trained and qualified as a medical practitioner in India and practised as an Ayurvedic doctor concurrently. In India it is standard to choose to be treated by both medicinal and alternative medicine practitioners.
All Ayurveda Pura products are produced in-house and based upon ancient Ayurvedic recipes, the herbs are grown and harvested in India to local organic standards and with great care. I personally recommend the Holistic Essentials shampoo – over the course of years I have tried and tested hundreds of natural shampoos that have all underwhelmed me. This is the shampoo I actually use, as its perfect for my fine, long hair that has a tendency towards greasy roots, dry ends and tangling.
Dr Deepa will be speaking at the Vitality Gathering on 29th April in Greenwich, for more information and tickets, please click on this link http://www.bareskin-beauty.co.uk/find-usevents/secret-vitality-event.html.
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