Dr Deepa’s Diary – January 2013

Every sunrise brings a new day and every new day brings a new beginning ~ (Ayurvedic Aphorism).

A new year has commenced and all of us are very excited about what 2013 has in store for all of us.

2012 saw the “End Of The World” pass on 21st December 2012. But here we are in January 2013 and Mother Nature is still busy with her tasks! According to Ayurveda and Indian philosophies we see the whole cycle of life in a different light. First of all, there is no “end of the world”. One phase simply merges into the next one, endlessly!

Recently an astrologer and modern day guru Dattatreya Siva Baba while addressing public in Chennai said this about 2012:
“The world is changing for the good now. From December 2012 the world will move into a golden age, marking the beginning of Satya Yuga. This is not a smooth process though. There will be natural calamities, financial problems, wars and global warming. This is also the time when Mayans end their calendar. But our old ways of thinking, including our biology will change as the Sun, Earth and Pleiades line up in space. This will cause an increase in discharge of photons from the sun which is bound to cause changes in our brain pattern.”

Sudarshan ChakraAccording to the Indian philosophies, the universe begins in the Satya Yuga (Age of truth) and ends in the Kali Yuga (age of darkness). There are in total four Yugas but the cycle of life is never ending.

Satya Yuga lasts for 1,728,000 years. Treta Yuga lasts for 1,296,000 years. Dwapara Yuga lasts for 864,000 years and Kali Yuga for 432,000 years. It is widely believed that Kali Yuga began in 3102 B.C. So this means we still have at least another 400,000 years to go before anything else can happen! So let’s put our fears aside and plan the wonderful year of 2013!

Talking about the new year, one of the leading figures in Spa Industry  - SpaFinder’s president and industry expert Susie Ellis, predicts that there will be a revival of Authentic Ayurveda and other ancient therapies.  Here is what she says:

“Expect more aggressively-authentic and comprehensively-executed global wellness experiences at spas with a distinctly ancient look, feel and language – and a far more expansive, exotic menu of wellness traditions. Best known is the 3,500-year-old, Indian-born Ayurveda, a complex medical system identifying imbalances in a person’s “doshas,” and prescribing a personalized, detoxifying regime of diet change, exercise, meditation, massage and herbal medicine.”

Ayurveda says – “Preparation is the key to Success”. So 2013 is the year for Ayurveda and we at Ayurveda Pura are ready for it!

shirodara 2The Spa appointment books are already filling up with Panchakarma detox clients travelling from as far as Germany and America. Panchakarma is definitely one of the best ways to kick start 2013!

Going forward, as part of our newsletter, we welcome any questions regarding Ayurveda and Yoga, be it an ailment, clarification on ayurvedic principles or even a question as simple as “what is ayurveda”. Three best questions will be chosen and the answers will be published in the subsequent newsletter.

Ayurveda Pura Health Spa is also hosting two APA (Ayurvedic Practitioners Association) events. So if you are an Ayurvedic therapist or practitioner and would love to network with other like minded people, pencil in the dates of 7th and 8th February 2013.
7th February will look into how to set up an ayurvedic clinic, important tools and techniques of getting your name out there and simply enjoying the company of other friendly Ayurvedic colleagues. This one day seminar will be run by Rebecca Kriese and me. So if you fancy popping along for a hello please do so!
8th February seminar will be run by Anne McIntyre on the best ways to use Ayurvedic herbs in the west. Please follow the link to reserve your places.
7th February 2013 – Setting up an Ayurvedic Practice in the West
8th February 2013 – Ayurvedic Herbs

I look forward to hearing all of you and here is wishing you a “Fabulous 2013″
Dr Deepa Apte