Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to spend much of the day embracing two of my passions - Yoga and Ayurveda. Regular readers will know through numerous blog posts just how essential both are during my middle years and undoubtedly the later chapters in my life (see here and here for starters). So London last week was a double winner and my new yoga pants are already well worn!
Ayurvedic retreats are the new superheroes of the wellness world as India’s traditional healing system comes centre stage as a balanced antidote to our chaotic world. While there are many established Ayurvedic havens in pristine off-the-radar locations, the folk from the mesmerisingly beautiful Ananda Spa at the foothills of the Himalayas teamed up with the yoga/lifestyle brand Asquith to talk all things Ayurveda.
I was fortunate enough to visit Ananda for myself some years back so can attest to its reputation for deep spiritual and emotional healing. Close to the ashram town of Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga and home of the gods where the cleansing properties of the Ganges are at their most powerfuI, Ananda to me meant surrendering to just 'being' midst this great peace, and that immense stillness I felt walking through the grounds to early morning yoga will stay with me forever.
Yoga and meditation midst the cleansing Himalayan air is the norm at Ananda, where the founding tenets of Ayurveda are authentically delivered through a healing combination of dosha-specific meals, yoga, meditation and hands-on treatments destined to rebalance wayward energy levels and rediscover internal stillness. For those wanting to delve deeper, there is ample opportunity for Swadhaya or deep self-reflection practice and in-depth discussion of yogic philosophy. A stay at Ananda doesnt come cheap but then again, nor does the opportunity to get some real peace and stillness into our frenetic lives.
While I had heard of Asquith, I honestly did not realise just how 'me' their clothes really are - think sustainability and comfort every step of the way. And when I compare their prices with those of other leading yoga brands on the market - real value too. My Heavenly Harem pants (above) are the cosiest yet and even better, I don't need to change after rising from my mat to start my day!
Dr Naresh Perumbuduri is Ananda's Senior Ayurvedic Physician. My consultation report is detailed but in essence, the gist of his recommendations include: daily yoga (I tick that box already - almost daily anyway!), pranayama (breathwork), coconut oil in cooking, fennel water, getting to sleep by 10pm to help balance my vata dosha and regular Ayurvedic massage. Specific skincare advice was also handed out including the use of Lodhra Powder QS with Multani mitti - more to come on this combination once I have sourced and tried them for myself.
For information on Ayurveda browse my blog and also check out the authentic Tridosha skincare range also featured.