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.