Stress Management Through Ayurveda

Modern lifestyles cause an increase in stress disorders. The kind of jobs people do are not always causing the problem, it can be family, friends or social life. Ayurveda looks at external influences and how they affect a particular body type. How a person reacts is down to their internal constitution. Anything that affects the mind will affect the body. Stress is caused by impatience and an inability to find solutions.

Stress is seen as a Vata (air) and Pitta (fire) imbalance. The increase in heat in the body causes sweating and breathlessness – that is fire and air together.


  •  Spicy, salty and bitter increase feelings of restlessness and as the heat in the body increases.
  • Sweet and sour help to pacify and restore balance. Sweet flavours from nature such as fruit and vegetables rather than from chocolate or cakes are better.
  • Drinking cumin tea is good for stress and high blood pressure and reduces air and fire. Ginger and Lemon tea is also very good to combat stress.


  •  Massage is very good for reducing stress in the body. In Ayurveda we use oil therapies to calm down the mind by pacifying air and fire. Oil is heavy so it reduces fire. We never use anything cold, always warm.
  • Touch through relaxing massage helps reduce air movement. The direction of hair growth – always away from the body to relax muscles. If you wanted an energising massage you would go against the direction of hair growth, increasing the energy in the body.
  • Pinda Sveda: Ayurvedic herbal bolus treatment helps to calm down the nervous system and also helps to nourish it thereby bringing balance into the active mind and body.
  • Foot Massages: when done regularly this will help to release excess heat in the body and prevent recurrent headaches, sweating etc.


  • When people get very stressed they forget to breathe and their lung capacity goes down.
  • One of the best things to combat stress are breathing exercises.
  • Yoga concentrates on breathing and positions such as cobra and fish extend the body, expanding the chest and letting more oxygen in. Oxygen helps to heal the damaged tissues in the body
  • Alternate nostril breathing is one the best breathing exercises to reduce stress in the body. Approximately 6 – 7 rounds every day will also help towards restful sleep


  • Spices such as cumin, coriander powder and turmeric are very good.
  • Brahmi (Bacopa menniera) helps to strengthen the nervous and the circulatory system.
  • Turmeric helps to prevent any infections, stress related skin conditions and also tones the circulatory system

Life and Routine

  • This combines all the other elements. You should concentrate on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking increases stress so things like eating and checking emails at your desk are out.
  • Many people end up using bedrooms as study rooms too. And even at sleep time we end up looking at work which increases stress. The bedroom should only be for sleeping. It is about finding the triggers.
  • Taking regular breaks from work and stressful situation is essential. The body and mind need to heal before they are subject to further stressful conditions.

Dr Deepa’s Diary September 2014

Excellence in Education Awards by the FHT – Tutor of the Year 2014

This edition of the the blog is of course very special to me! I have some great news to share. I believe this would be a dream for anyone in teaching profession especially the holistic field. On 11th September 2014, I was very fortunate to receive the Excellence in Education Awards held by the FHT –

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Not only was it wonderful to receive the Award but I was very fortunate to meet some very wonderful people at the event, including Bharti Vyas, Annie Walling, Melanie Pearce, Karen Young.


Ayurveda Pura Academy Open Evening: We are pleased to announce that we will once again be holding the Academy Open Evening on 13th November 2014. After a  very successful event in 2013, we are here again with the event which promises lots of exciting networking, talks, offers on Ayurvedic products, treatments and courses. If you are interested in attending the event, please follow to Facebook: Open Evening Email or call us on 0208 312 8383 option 1.

Lately I have been attending various networking events focused on Women like the International Women’s Forum, Emerging Leaders Network, Women Empowered, Women of The Future! And I am glad I have been able to do this as I have made a lot of great connections and contacts. If anyone is looking to get involved in any such events or networks please do let me know.

And lastly please do not forget about the
6 Week Yoga for Weight Loss
course being run at our Spa/Centre in London.
Please click here for more details: Weight Loss Yoga



Here is wishing you a great Autumn as it comes along!




Wonders of GHEE: Natural Clarified Butter

Wonders of Ghee: Natural Clarified Butter


Ghee, also called as clarified butter has been an integral part of Ayurveda for a very long time. Ghee has been so much importance that it has been mentioned in the first few chapters of their ancient text books of Ayurveda.

As the word goes, it’s the clarified part of pure butter. When butter is cooked gently over low to medium heat, this result if formation of ghee. When we cook approximately 200gms of butter, the amount of ghee we get is only aroudn120gms. The rest of the 80gms would have been the unwanted fats and substances that are not needed by the body. Therefore ghee is called clarified butter because it has been cleared off of all the unwanted harmful substances that our body doesn’t need.

Ghee has been used not only as food but as a part herbal preparation and medicinal oils.


Indian ceremonies are not complete without the fire ceremony. Usually Ghee is used in the fire ceremony to keep it strong and going. There is a saying in Ayurveda: Just the way small amount of ghee keeps the ceremonial fire going, like wise intake of small amounts of ghee will help to strengthen the digestive fire or Agni.


Ghee has very good nourishing and lubricating effects on the body. When taken regularly in smaller amounts, ghee helps to nourish the skin and internal organs giving a lovely glow to the skin. Ghee is also known to have very good anti oxidant properties.

Ghee has been used widely in cooking. This doesn’t have to be Indian cooking only but it can be any other cuisine. Instead of using olive oil or any other oil, ghee can be used.  Likewise Ghee can be used in salads too. Ghee can easily replace butter on toasts, crackers etc.

gheeGhee when taken in small amounts regularly will also help to control cholesterol levels. The best remedy is to mix turmeric with half tea spoon of ghee and taken three times daily. Ghee contains essential fatty acids and is very easily digested. It also contains certain essential vitamins like Vitamin E and Vitamin A.

To help relieve constipation, ghee is mixed in half a cup of warm ilk along with half teaspoonful of turmeric and taken in the evening around bedtime. Once again ghee along with turmeric when applied locally helps with skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis.

Foot massages with ghee really helps with ailments like recurrent headaches, insomnia, hay fever, and migraines.

Ghee is also an essential part of the classical Ayurvedic cleansing therapies called Panchakarma. Ghee is usually taken internally for three to four days before the actual cleansing therapies commence.

Ghee has also been used widely in Ayurvedic beauty therapies. It has either been used as a facial cleanser or facial moisturizer.  At the same time ghee has also been used in various face masks with other natural Ayurvedic ingredients based on a person’s skin type or body type.

6 Week Weight Loss Yoga with Dr Deepa Apte: November 2014

Six Sessions Starting Sunday 2nd November 2014 to 7th December 2014


Time: 9 am –  10 am

Location: Ayurveda Pura Health Spa & Beauty Centre

Price: £80.00 for 6 sessions (No Drop ins)

To book a place, please contact us on Tel: 0208 312 8383 (option 3) or Email:

The Weight loss yoga course is structured to help improve metabolism at a physical, emotional and mental levels. Yoga positions are designed to target specific areas of the body to help encourage weight loss in a stable and healthy manner. Each session will comprise yoga positions, breathing exercises and meditation.  The course attendees will be requested to maintain a journal which will be reviewed by Dr Apte every week. Dr Apte will also be handing out individual plans which will involve diet, herbs or massage therapy suggestions to suit your individual needs and body types.

Ayurveda Pura Health Spa & Beauty Centre48 Newton Lodge, Oval Square, Greenwich Millennium Village West Parkside,North Greenwich SE10 0BA

The attendees will get a 15% discount on all Ayurvedic treatments until 10th December 2014

Dr Deepa’s Diary – August 2014

Life presents itself in very different and pleasant circumstances! And here I am on a cruise ship somewhere in middle of the Mediterranean Sea writing this blog. I feel very grateful that life has presented itself in this manner to me that I am able to enjoy some of life’s greatest experiences.

This has been my first ever time on a Cruise Holiday and without a doubt I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have been to countries and cities i would have never really dreamt of. Starting with the beautiful island of Santorini, then Istanbul followed by Kusadasi/Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens and the next stop Naples! World and nature are beautiful. And I feel absolutely blessed that I have been able to experience that.

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It’s hard to believe that we are in the middle of August already. Approximately 6 weeks ago my son Rohan started his school holidays and it felt like there was ample of amount of time. But then as they say, when you are having a good time, it flies! So did most of the summer holidays fly by for me.


aumARTWORK for SALE : During these holidays, I have rekindled my love and passion for art. Please see below some of artwork that I managed to complete during the summer. All of these will be going on sale. So if you are interested in buying any please let us know. Very soon a link to the buying page will be circulated via our Facebook page. And if you are interested in seeing them in person, then please visit our Spa in London where all of them will be on display. Also please note that 10% of all proceeds will be going toward charity organisations in India.

IMG_2092August has brought more changes. Carolin Engel one of our dearest staff from Ayurveda Pura will be leaving to go to Mexico to study and spend time there. But as the saying goes, as one chapter finishes, a new one starts. Joshua Clement, a new addition to our wonderful team will replace Carolin. We wish Carolin all the very best in her future endeavours and at the same time a very warm welcome to Joshua.

Ayurveda Pura is helping a charity event that takes place on 11th September. The entry tickets are only £10 per head and will be held in Kensington at an art gallery. Please see the link below if you are interested in coming along. A great way to network and meet new people! CLICK HERE for more details.

Here is signing off from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and wishing you great rest of the summer holidays!

Dr Deepa’s Diary July 2014

Time is flying! It’s already summer! My son has finished his school, ready for the break and I can feel the excitement of summer everywhere.

Last month was quite hectic, exciting with plenty happening both on the professional and personal front.

As you all know I was short listed for the AWA 2014 award. Unfortunately I didn’t win any award, but I had the great honour of meeting some really accomplished women and making connections. The event not only helped me to meet new people but to make new connections on a professional and personal front.

Another exciting event was appearing on Zee TV! For all the Indians around the world, as you may know this is one of the most popular Asian channels and I was fortunate enough to be a guest on their show: Zee Companion to talk about Ayurveda 

Dublin was another highlight for the month. I absolutely enjoyed the five days i spent in Dublin. The weather was beautiful and I was fortunate enough to be put up along the coast of Dun Laoghaire.

I would love to introduce Patricia Drum from Monaghan in Ireland. I met up with her during my visit to Dublin. She is one of the loveliest people I have met. She is a Yoga Teacher with a huge passion for Ayurveda. To find out more about her please visit her Facebook page at:

On a more personal front, nothing could compare to the happiness when I got to know that my son, Rohan was to receive an Award for Academic Achievement at his school, Eltham College. Being a parent, I would let go of several of my own awards to see him win just one award.

Talking about Academies, please save the date in your diaries for yet another exciting event in September. We will once again be holding an Academy evening on 18th September, Thursday, 2014. The main aim of this evening will be networking and finding more about how to use social media for Ayurveda. And I very much look forward to seeing you then.

While the sun is shining outside, I shall leave you with warm wishes for a great summer.  Wherever you are and whatever your plans are for summer, remember to integrate bits and pieces of Ayurveda into your everyday life to enjoy it more!

Dr Deepa’s Diary May 2014

What a wonderful sunny weekend we have had! Let’s hope the weather continues and helps us to get ready for summer.

As usual my schedule has been busy, hectic and exciting.

Finalist to A Prestigious Award
The most exciting news for this year has been the nomination and short listing towards the Asian Women of Achievements Award. I have been fortunate to have made it as a Finalist for the Entrepreneur category for this prestigious award. And for this I have one very wonderful person to thank. Her name is Karin Mochan. I had the great opportunity to meet her last year. And I am very grateful to her for having nominated for this Award.

Guest on Zee TV: Zee Companion: 2nd June at 6:30pm
The other great and exciting news has been that I have been invited as a Guest to the popular Asian TV Channel – Zee TV. This is to talk about Ayurveda and the program is going to be live! Very exciting indeed! So tune into Zee TV on 2nd June to watch Zee Companion at 6:30pm.

Writing My Book
I am sure quite a few of you already know about this but I am in the middle of writing a book on Ayurveda. With the busy and hectic schedule I am actually surprised that when it comes to writing the book I feel completely rejuvenated and excited. So watch this space and as soon as the book is published all of you will be the first ones to know. This has been my next big adventure and project and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

6 Week Yoga for Weight Loss: Starts 8th June 2014
Also I just wanted to let you know about the Weight Loss Yoga course that i run every summer. Yes i will be running this course yet again this time. The sessions commence on 8th June, Sunday 9am to 10am. This is a great way to kick start the summer season. To make it even more effective and beneficial, all the attendees will be receiving a tailor made therapy plan including foods, herbs, massage therapy suggestions. And as a part of the whole course the attendees will also receive a 15% discount on all Ayurvedic treatments for six weeks commencing on 8th June. Please bear in mind that the places are limited to 9 only, so if you are interested, please do book your place as soon as possible. Click Here for more details

Academy Evening Plus Networking Event
And yet another exciting event will take place in September. Please Save-The-Date of 18th September 2014. We are once again organizing an academy afternoon/evening for all lovers of Ayurveda. This time the focus will be on networking. I will be talking about Ayurveda and its scope in today’s media and marketing field. I will also be talking about digital marketing and ways to get your word out there. But the main aim of this event is to bring like minded people together to enjoy an evening of both professional and social networking. So do get lots of business cards along.

Travelling To Dublin in June 2014
As time is closing in, here is a reminder of my trip to Dublin from 16th to 20th June 2014. I will be running the first part of the Ayurvedic Therapist Course. So if you are located in Ireland and are looking to train in Ayurvedic therapies, please do get in touch with us.

For more information and updates do follow me on Twitter: @deepaapte

Enjoy the Sun!

6 Week Weight Loss Yoga with Dr Deepa Apte: June 2014


Six Sessions Starting Sunday 8th June 2014 to 13th July 2014

Time: 9 am – 10 am

Location: Ayurveda Pura Health Spa & Beauty Centre

Price: £80.00 for 6 sessions (No Drop ins)

To book a place, please contact us on Tel: 0208 312 8383 (option 3) or Email:

The Weight loss yoga course is structured to help improve metabolism at a physical, emotional and mental levels. Yoga positions are designed to target specific areas of the body to help encourage weight loss in a stable and healthy manner. Each session will comprise yoga positions, breathing exercises and meditation.  The course attendees will be requested to maintain a journal which will be reviewed by Dr Apte every week. Dr Apte will also be handing out individual plans which will involve diet, herbs or massage therapy suggestions to suit your individual needs and body types.

The attendees will get a 15% discount on all Ayurvedic treatments until 17th July 2014

Ayurveda Pura Health Spa & Beauty Centre48 Newton Lodge, Oval Square, Greenwich Millennium Village West Parkside, North Greenwich SE10

Dr Deepa’s Diary March 2014

As we see the first signs of Spring approaching just around the corner, March has added some spring into my step too. I would sincerely like to thank everyone who voted for me at the APCTC Awards 2014. Without your votes and support this would not have been possible. I feel absolutely delighted and thrilled to have received the APCTC Outstanding Achievements Award. APCTC Awards

Also please see  a video link of the the interview with the host of the evening Brett Moran. Please Click Here





Ayurveda Pura will be exhibiting at the Natural Products Exhibition held at the London Olympia on the weekend of 13th April 2014. I will also be there at the exhibition and it would be great to meet up with as many of you as possible at this wonderful event.

Ayurveda’s Oil Pulling Therapy:
Lately I have had several journalists contacting me inquiring about the “oil pulling” therapy. It looks like its the latest trend in the health field at the moment. Just a few pointers about this wonderful therapy. It originates from Ayurveda and the terms given to this in Ayurveda are either Gandusha or Kavalagraha.

Sesame seed oilThe best oil to use is warm Sesame Seed Oil and the best time to do this first thing every morning. Simply fill your mouth with warm sesame seed oil and move it around as though you were doing a mouth wash for approximately one minute. Then spit it out and wash your mouth thoroughly. when done regularly this one simple routine helps towards sharpened sensory functions especially the vision, smell, taste and hearing. it is great to help get rid of dark circles around the eyes and reduces the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Of course there are many more benefits than mentioned here. But this is just a start!

Once again a reminder about our Ayurvedic Therapist Course being held in Dublin, Ireland. The first module of 5 days will run from 16th June to 20th June 2014 and the second module of 5 days will run from 1st Sept to Sept 2014. If anyone is interested in attending this course to become an Ayurvedic Therapist and gaining a Diploma in Ayurvedic Therapies, please get in touch with us so that we can forward the details to you.

Here is wishing you some warm weather where ever you are!


Dr Deepa’s Diary February 2014

Time flies. Not only is it 2014 but its already February 2014. January flew by and here we are almost at the end of February too. Ever since my return from India a lot of positive things have happened.

The biggest one is that I have been nominated and shortlisted for the APCTC (The Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants) Awards. The two categories: The Outstanding Achievements and The Health Coach of the Year Award.

I would also like to let everyone know that we will be running the Ayurvedic Therapist Course in Dublin, Ireland in June 2014. So if you are based in Ireland and are really looking to do the course, please contact us on

Spa Review of the Month: This month I  had the opportunity to review a lovely center for Yoga and Ayurveda in South West London. Its called Samsara Mind And Body Centre. Read all bout this little secret jewel in the heart of Wimbledon here. Click Here

Along with being busy at work, this year I decided to spend more time with family. And this SP3SPresolution led me to spending a weekend away at Stoke Park Country Club with my family. It was absolutely beautiful and truly picture perfect.

But the most amazing thing was the wonderful people I got to meet at this place! So one never knows whats round the corner. Therefore never miss a chance or an opportunity that comes along.You might just be surprised with the results.


Talking of opportunities, we are looking for a part time Ayurvedic therapist for our Spa in London. So if you are interested or know of anyone who may be interested in taking up this post, please do let us know by emailing us at

We are getting busier than ever before and therefore are we looking for a new Ayurvedic therapist. This of course for all Ayurveda lovers is great news! So lets spread the good word around about this wonderful science called Ayurveda! :)