Last week we had the pleasure of hosting our first ever event, quite remarkable since we have been around for over 15 years but it was definitely worth the wait. We wanted to share with you an exclusive behind the scenes look at our day of Ayurvedic-inspired healthy healing in collaboration with luxury hotel, Ananda in the Himalayas.
When deciding on how we wanted to run our day as if by coincidence the lovely team at Ananda got in touch. They were looking to do something similar and thought we could work well together. Once you see the pictures below you will see why it was hard to say no…
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas on the 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda was created as a destination for health and healing. Voted as the world’s best destination spa and one of the best luxury Ayurvedic retreats in India, it integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.
Ananda flew over their Head of Yoga and one of their Ayurvedic Doctors especially for the event, which was incredibly exciting and meant our guests, could learn from the very best.
We chose to host our event at the gorgeous Asia House in London. Tucked away behind Oxford Street it was originally a Victorian townhouse, it is Grade 2 listed and still features many of the original details.
Our super comfy, natural rubber yoga mats were sponsored by the lovely Yogi Bare.
Guests arrived and we started the day with a insightful yoga practice from Sandeep Agarwalla. Not only did we run through a small sequence but Sandeep taught us some yoga principles which we could implement into our day-to-day life. From sun salutations every morning to Pranayama breathing, yoga is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle according to the ancient Ayurveda texts and we couldn’t agree more…
We then stopped for a short tea break with Ayurveda inspired tea from Pukka Herbs.
After tea it was time to get stuck into the principals of Ayurveda and finding out our all-important dosha.
According to ancient Ayurveda we are made up of the five elements, fire, water, air, ether and earth. Each of these elements are combined in different ways in the ‘doshas’ and how these doshas appear and in what proportion is what makes each of us unique. We have broken down the basic differences and qualities of each dosha to help you to understand which one you may be most related to.
Hot, sharp, hungry, quick, fast, irritable.
Cold, wet, heavy, solid, slow
Dry, cold, light, mobile, irregular
Dr Naresh guided us through our dosha and how to make small changes to our daily routine so we remain healthy and in balance. Then it was time for lunch which was sponsored by lovely natural food company Pollen and Grace eaten to the sounds of incredible musician Sam Garrett. (Check out his beautiful music here)
The Goodie Bag:
Each guest left with their own goodie bag featuring a selection of our favourite products including a pair of our organic yoga pants and an organic yoga top, fermented turmeric supplements from Living Nutrition, an amazing Yoga Journal from Looxa, skin care from Ananda, Pukka Teas, chocolate from Seed and Bean and a drink from Skinny Lemon.
It truly was an inspiring day and we hope you are able to make it to our next one!
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*Book a 5 nights or more wellness programme at Ananda and get a Complimentary visit to the Ganga Aarti and an additional spa credit of INR 5000 per person*
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