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 http://www.zeecompanion.com/dr-deepa-apte/ 

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: www.facebook.com/patriciadrumyoga

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: Spa@AyurvedaPura.com

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 0BAwww.AyurvedaPura.com

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 academy@ayurvedapura.com.

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 info@ayurvedapura.com.

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! :)

Review Of The Month: Samsara Mind & Body Centre

Over the past 10 years of running an Ayurvedic practice and company in UK, it gives me immense pleasure and happiness to see that more and more people have been drawn to Ayurveda and Yoga and completely believe in them. One such person in Helena Sain, Founder of Samsara Mind and Body Centre.

As you get out of Southfields Train Station, it is a lovely walk through quaint and pretty lanes to Samsara Centre. On arrival I was greeted by the pretty Helena Sain. The reception and welcome area of this centre is absolutely pretty yet oozes a sense of clarity.

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I was then introduced to the lovely Aneta Podlaska, the Ayurvedic therapist at Samsara. She guided me to their Ayurvedic therapy room which is a lovely brown and beige set up. After going through a short consultation, she checked my pulse and had a quick look at my tongue. Coming from a very traditional Ayurvedic background and having taught Ayurveda so many years, I hardly ever come across therapists doing this part of the consultation prior to an Ayurvedic massage. So I was quite impressed by her consultation manner. After a  short chat it was decided that I would be receiving Udvartana, the Ayurvedic Herbal scrub massage to help get rid of any residua toxins in the body and to give an uplifting sense especially to help against the dull and rainy weather.

aneta-podlaskaAneta is one of those few therapists with a “Pitta” or fire sense of attitude. She explained exactly what would happen during the treatment and what to expect at the end of it. The treatment commenced with pouring of warm oil all over the body followed by sprinkling of the Udvartana scrub powder. The warmth of the oil gave the sense of nourishment and yet the scrub powder gave the sense of cleansing. Its one of those feelings where one feels complete.

The hour passed by as if a few minutes. And like the conclusion of any classical Ayurvedic treatment I was directed towards the shower room.

You know the treatment was a success when, at the end of it, you feel completely refreshed yet very calm at mind. This is exactly how I felt when I emerged out of the room and back into the reception area.

The overall conclusion: Absolutely lovely!

Everyone living in Wimbledon should definitely try at least one treatment at Samsara and I can assure, you will be going back there again and again.

HelenaHelena found her way to yoga when she suffered from a back injury which led her to reluctantly attend her first session. To her surprise, Yoga gave her the peace that she had searched for. Yoga then led her to Ayurveda. She then moved away from her job in the world of finance to opening up Samsara and the world of health and harmony. Samsara Mind and Body is a wellness studio in south west London, offering Yoga, Pilates, Ayurveda and Holistic Health and Beauty Therapies in a purpose built, friendly and serene setting.


Samsara offer all classical Ayurvedic treatments from Abhyanga to Udvartana along with Ayurvedic reflexology to Ayurvedic facelift treatments. They are offering a 20% Discount to all the Newsletter Readers on all their Ayurvedic Treatments. The offer ends on 23rd March 2014. Please mention the code “Apura14″ when calling them to book your treatment. For more details please visit www.samsaramindandbody.com


Dr Deepa’s Diary January 2014

First of all here is wishing you all a Very Happy New Year! I hope that all of you have had a good break and every one is ready for the new year. Its hard to believe how quickly 2013 flew by and here we are with fresh opportunities and lots of promise for 2014.

I have had a great break with my family. It involved us traveling to India and discovering newer territories in India! :) And Rajasthan, Udaipur was on the list. Here are some beautiful pictures from my visit.

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While in India, I got the opportunity to review a few Ayurvedic Spas. Here is my first review of the The Spa @ Sheraton in Udaipur.  Click Here. Going forward please look out for this space as I plan to review an Ayurvedic Spa/Clinic/Centre every 2 months.

As we all know time flies. And time has flown for two of my special students for Yoga. Almost a year has flown by and now they are ready to take on their individual journey as Yoga Teachers.

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Sue Sharp: Sue, having worked in the TV/Media industry for the many years, decided to embark and continue on with her much loved passion of becoming a full time yoga teacher. She has been practising yoga for 20 years, incorporating different styles of Hatha yoga and has now completed the 200 hr teacher training course with Ayurveda Pura Academy. Sue currently teaches at her yoga studio on the island of Wheatleys Eyot in Sunbury on Thames. She hopes to be teaching on retreats. If you would like details on this retreat please contact: islandyoga@mail.com

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Pavlina Holicova: Pavlina is one of our Ayurvedic Therapists at the Ayurveda Pura Health Spa who went on to train as a Yoga teacher too. The training will give her a very good basis to combine Ayurveda and Yoga as one approach. Yoga practice has become an important part of her life as it gives her strength & energy & it helps her stay positive, keep her inner peace & be mentally & physically healthy. She is now trained in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Module and Ayurveda Pura Academy course is accredited by Yoga Alliance. If you are looking to book Yoga lessons with her you can contact her at pavayur@gmail.com

Talking about courses, the Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle Consultant Course which commences in February is getting filled up very soon. So if you are looking to train as an Ayurvedic Consultant, get in touch with our Academy team as soon as possible. The Ayurvedic Therapist Course too is getting booked up. so this is you chance to register on the courses to experience the wonderful science of Ayurveda.

Here is once again wishing you all a great year ahead and I look forward to hopefully seeing you some of you in this coming year!

Ayurvedic Spa Review: The Spa @ Sheraton Palace Hotel, Udaipur, India

Having practiced and taught Ayurveda for many years, one seems to become a little over cautious when the word Ayurvedic Spa pops along every now and then. However on my holiday to India, I decided to take the daring step of trying out one the Ayurvedic Spas in Udaipur. And I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised.


sherspaOn our arrival at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in Udaipur, it was time to take life a bit easy. And the word most synonymous with relaxation is none other then massage. And what massage can it be for me other than an Ayurvedic massage.

Having called the Hotel Spa I booked an appointment for a 90 minute Ayurvedic treatment. And unfortunately we were running late with out visit/tour of the city. Having called again to change the appointment time I was worried that they may not agree. But to my surprise they were most accommodating without making a fuss to change the time.

Here I arrived at the spa, not knowing what to expect from a Spa at a Hotel. But I was very impressed with what I received as a service. After a short consultation I was taken into a treatment room which was quite large and yet very simple and ornate with very little furniture and clutter. This immediately gave me that sense of clarity.

The massage was definitely a typical whole body Ayurvedic Abhyanga involving long strokes with hot oil. Being in the teaching profession, I am always mentally observing and making notes of what is being done. This generally would mean that I hardly ever doze off. But perhaps this was one of those exceptions when I fell asleep while my feet were being massaged.

And when I was awake I was soaked and drenched with oil from top to toe. And this feeling I love as it makes me feel nourished and looked after. Following a proper scrub with soap and water I felt quite rejuvenated and yet quite floaty.

The treatment itself lasted for an hour and half but I must have spent another 30 minutes before I emerged out of the therapy room feeling completely happy yet calm. The Ayurvedic therapist was at hand with a post treatment drink/tea. The staff at this place are very friendly and smiling. The usual Indian mannerism that makes you happy within. The cost of the treatment was also quite reasonable at approximately £45 for a whole two and half hour luxury.

I could have easily spent the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing in the comfortable rooms of the Sheraton. But the New Years Eve party in the evening sounded quite exciting to give it a miss.

The over all experience was very very good. I would definitely have gone back for another treatment had my plan not been so busy. I would definitely recommend the Spa at Sheraton Palace Hotel for all the visitors to Udaipur to experience a great Ayurvedic Massage.

Dr Deepa’s Diary December 2013

As the year comes to an end and everyone is getting ready for Christmas and the New Year 2014, lots of things have happened on my end.

First of all I now have entered into a decade and turned 40 this month! As I always tell all my students and clients, I aim to live for 100 years. So that means I have got 40 out of the way and 60 more to go! :)

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And with the start of a new decade of my life, I have plenty of things planned for the next one and the coming year. This starts off with a visit to India and no one knows what new exciting things the visit to India will bring. I will definitely keep you all updated on the latest and greatest from my visit.

A very quick reminder to everyone regarding the one day Polarity workshop that takes place on 10th January 2014 at out Spa. Lovely Jo Scrimshaw will be running the workshop so please put it in your diary and reserve your places as soon as possible.

While you are reading this newsletter, our lovely Carolin Engel may already be on her way to her exotic holiday in South America! Here is wishing her a great and lovely holiday and we will miss her a lot.


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And as I talk about holidays, here is wishing all our lovely readers a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Hopefully see you all on the other side of 2013/2014!

Love and Light from Ayurveda Pura.

Dr Deepa’s Diary November 2013

The last few weeks have been extremely busy on my side and also for Ayurveda Pura.

The Biggest News from my side is that I have been extremely blessed to receive a prestigious award in the field of Complementary Therapies. On 5th October at the CAMEXPO Exhibition i was presented with the “Outstanding Achievement Award – 2013” by renowned Dr Marylin Glenville. I extend my sincere gratitude to one and all who chose me for this award.

TKensington and Chelsea-20131005-00208his is what Dr Glenville read out at the award ceremony:

“””It gives me great pleasure to be asked to present the camexpo Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013. The Outstanding Achievement Award has been voted for by our industry and will now be awarded to the person that you feel most deserve this official recognition.

Here are just some of the comments made about our winner this year:

“She is the best Ayurveda practitioner I have known over the years. Her biggest asset is that she effectively combines her in-depth subject knowledge with individual client needs to achieve long lasting health benefits.  She is very passionate about Ayurveda and anyone who comes to know her realises that she lives, eats, breaths Ayurveda and has devoted herself tirelessly to spreading the knowledge and information of Ayurveda to wider world.  

Kensington and Chelsea-20131005-00211She has promoted employment in the local economy by creating jobs through her company and her influence has reached to countries outside of the UK of which, I am an example.  She is genuine with her intentions to help people, be it clients, friends and family or the community around her and is an inspirational and learned teacher who is trailblazing a path for Ayurveda in the Western world.

She is an Outstanding, friendly soul who make you feel at home and is one of the most inspiring and knowledgeable tutors and therapists that I have met over a 20 year education in the healing arts. She truly deserves to be recognised!”

The camexpo 2013 Outstanding Achievement award goes to Dr Deepa Apte. Please would you come and collect your award.”””

So thank you very very much to everyone who has made this achievement possible.

We have also been very busy with various exhibitions like CAMEXPO, YOGA SHOW. The shows were greatly successful and and was really good to see some old faces at these exhibitions.

Wellness Kits
One of the most exciting part of this newsletter is the Wellness Kits that are being launched. The Anti Hangover Kit is the best companion especially for the festive season. Also the Get Fit Kit is really good for people looking to get into shape for Christmas and New Years. Try them out and let us know your feedback.

New Academy Courses in Spain and Ireland
The Academy has been equally busy. People living in Spain and Ireland, please watch this space as we will be commencing new courses in these two places very soon. Please contact us if you are based in the areas and are looking to train in Ayurvedic therapies.

Dr Deepa Apte