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.

The Event:

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 in the Himalayas

Meditation at Ananda in the Himalayas

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.

Our Venue:
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.

Victorian House Yoga Event

Our super comfy, natural rubber yoga mats were sponsored by the lovely Yogi Bare. 

Victorian Chandelier

The Day:
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…

Yoga Pose on red yoga mats

Meditation on Red yoga Mats

We then stopped for a short tea break with Ayurveda inspired tea from Pukka Herbs.

Pukka Tea and Asquith

Ayurvedea:
After tea it was time to get stuck into the principals of Ayurveda and finding out our all-important dosha.

Dosha form from Ananda

The Doshas:
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.


Pitta

Hot, sharp, hungry, quick, fast, irritable.

  • Medium balanced build, often athletic.
  • Delicate skin, flushes easily and intolerant to the sun.
  • Straight blond, brown or red hair often early greying.
  • Soft, strong and pliable nails.
  • Light color eyes that are often sensitive to the light.
  • Fierce appetite, easily irritable if hungry.
  • Can suffer from heartburn and acidity.
  • Rarely constipated but can suffer from loose stools.
  • Sleeps well 4-7 hours, may have intense dreams.
  • Good, regular and consistant energy levels.
  • Can become addicted to work.
  • Likes cool weather, dislikes a humid environment.

Kapha

Cold, wet, heavy, solid, slow

  • Big bones, slightly stocky, wide hips, shoulders and short fingers.
  • Tends to excess in body weight and has difficulty loosing it.
  • Healthy oily skin, burns but then soon tans in the sun.
  • Hair is often dark, thick, wavy and there is lots of it.
  • Large, symmetrical nails.
  • Large, oval brown eyes.
  • Stable appetite, slow digestion.
  • Regular, sluggish bowl movements.
  • Heavy sleeper for often 8 hours or more.
  • Solid, consistent levels of energy but they are reluctant to use lots of it.

Vatta

Dry, cold, light, mobile, irregular

  • Very tall or very short and thin.
  • Low weight and finds it difficult to put on weight.
  • Skin is dry and can be chapped. Veins are visible through the skin.
  • Dry, thin curly or wiry hair.
  • Nails may be dry and brittle and are often irregular in shape.
  • Eyes are oftern grey, dark blue or dark brown.
  • Digestion is variable and can suffer from a ‘nervous’ appetite.
  • Can suffer from bloating, constipation and irregular bowl movements
  • Irregular sleep and can suffer from sleepwalking and talking.
  • Erratic energy that comes in waves.
  • Easily feels cold, likes hot drinks and food.
  • Dislikes cold, wet and windy weather.

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)

Lunch boxes from Pollen and Grace

Pollen and Grace Porridge Pots

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.

Asquith Goodie Bag

It truly was an inspiring day and we hope you are able to make it to our next one!

If you like the look of Ananda then why not treat yourself to a once in a lifetime wellness escape with this exclusive offer:

*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*

Valid for stay up to 20th Dec 2018, Standard Ananda T&Cs apply.

Offer code: ANANDAxASQUITH

Alice and the team from Ananda.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, Yogi Bare, Pukka Tea, Seed and Bean, Skinny Lemon, Living Nutrition, Looxa, Sam Garrett and of course Ananda in The Himalayas.

Shop our organic activewear for your next yoga retreat here…

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2 thoughts on “An Ayurvedic-Inspired Day of Healthy Healing

with Asquith and Ananda

  • Carina Billetun May 8, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Absolutely beautiful and lovely arranged. Congratulation. Wished I have been there.

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  • Kirsty Mawhinney May 11, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Asquith,

    How lovely this event is. I would be most humbled to know about any future events you have planned.

    Namaste
    Kirsty

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