Dr Deepa Apté MBBS (India), YLA, BYV, ITEC, MICHT. Fully qualified Indian medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India), Yoga teacher (specialising in Hatha Yoga and the Sivananda tradition) and Ayurvedic practitioner. I'm also a former external Examiner for a Masters degree accredited by Middlesex University. In 2013 I was personally awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award by CAMExpo, the UK’s leading exhibition provider for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and in 2014 the Outstanding Achievements Award at the APCTC. As an entrepreneur, I am one of the directors and founders of Ayurveda Pura and the supervisor of Ayurveda Pura's products. As a lecturer, I lead Ayurveda Pura Academy, where I teach both theoretical and practical aspects of Ayurveda
Minimize factors leading to stressful situations. Seek balance between work and leisure. Yoga poses like Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana), Plough (Halasana), Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana) and Locust (Salabhasana) are helpful. Ujjayi Pranayama is great to reduce stress.Think positive, take one day at a time and keep your cool in stressful situations.
The essence of Yoga itself lies in the way one breathes. Learn to breathe correctly and fully to achieve its healing, soothing and relaxing benefits. The art of breathing will lead to the correct art of living. Breathing is the most subconscious yet the most important activity in one’s life. One can survive for a month without solid food, a week without fluids or sleep but hardly a few minutes without oxygen. Correct breathing is an important part of yoga practice.
Ayurveda believes that beauty is not just skin deep but comes from within. For beautiful skin follow the 5 lines of treatment in Ayurveda: herbs and herbal remedies, food and diet, Ayurvedic massage/bodywork, Yoga exercises and daily lifestyle routines. Other Ayurvedic beauty treatments: Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Udvartana, Shirobhaynga and Marma Abhyanga.
Ayurveda sees everything in the universe, including human beings, as composed of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. It talks about five approaches: Foods, Herbs, Massages, Yoga and Daily Routine for healing. Some benefits are anti aging with Panchakarma, ayurveda has no side effects, helps in weight loss, stress and chronic illnesses.
Ayurveda has described three main body types or Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Those with vata dosha must practice sun salutations, forward bends, half spinal twists and more, yoga asanas for pitta dosha type are cobra position, tortoise pose and moon salutations and kapha body type: headstands, locust, half-moon positions and bow positions.