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Name: Dr Deepa Apte – Medical Doctor, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher

Bio: Dr Deepa Apté’s journey started in India, where she qualified as a clinical medical doctor. Always interested in a holistic approach to healing, she subsequently trained as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. To complete the circle of wellbeing she then qualified as yoga teacher, specialising in Hatha Yoga and the Sivananda tradition. After having run successful practices in India and Germany, she founded Ayurveda Pura in London in 2003 with her business partners. Her aim was to deliver superlative quality Ayurvedic health products and services to Western audiences, in an easy-to-access manner. With hers and her team’s passion and commitment to spreading the health and wellbeing benefits of Ayurveda in the UK and the rest of the world, Dr. Deepa Apté and Ayurveda Pura have become successful and widely respected. Her business provides employment to 40 people and the numbers continue to grow. She regularly supports charities and the local community and takes a great interest in the wellbeing of her staff, students and patients.

Practice: Ayurveda Pura Health Spa, Oval Square, 48 Newton Lodge, Greenwich Millennium Village, North Greenwich SE10 0BA. For all appointments call, 020 8312 8383 - option 3.

How long have you been practicing Ayurveda? 
Where/when did you first come across it? I was brought up in India where it is the most traditional, and widely used form of medicine.

What is your one top tip for people who want to introduce Ayurveda into their lives?
Just the way the earth revolves around the sun our own lives revolve around our digestive fire. Stronger the fire, longer the life. One easy everyday suggestion that can be easily incorporated in everyday life, is to start to the day with a mug or glass of hot water or ginger lemon tea. This not only helps to stimulate digestion but also helps in preventing many illnesses and ailments.

How would you describe Ayurveda in one sentence?
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic medical system, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature which is aimed at finding out your unique body type (which is like your DNA imprint) and following foods, herbs massages yoga and lifestyle based on this unique body type.