Equinox prepares us
for change

Winter is a time to reflect, celebrate, rest, restore and        set intentions for the coming Spring. 

The Winter Equinox on the 21st December, the longest night in the Northern hemisphere, is an opportunity to prepare for changes in the earth’s energy.  As we are drawn into the dark and restful period of the year we have the opportunity to plant seed intentions (sankalpa) to emerge in the Spring; changed, transformed and strengthened through our time of rest, nurture and restoration.

Top tips for winter:

  • Resist overeating by observing the quality, quantity and timing of meals. 
  • Resist exercise extremes either pushing yourself or sedentary lounging. 
  • Maintain your mood by disengaging from stressful situations and engaging in productive activity. 
  • Maintain a regular sleep routine.

What's on offer in 2020

Early January 2020 starts with the next three month module  ‘Ayurveda in Daily Life’ with YogaLondon.

Spring Yoga starts in January:
at Emerson College, Forest Row:

  • Tuesdays 08.45-10.15
  • Thursdays 18.15-19.45
  • Fridays 08.30-10.00 and

at Beacon Community College, Crowborough on Tuesdays:

  • Mixed Ability - 18.30 - 20.00
  • Yoga for Men - 20.00 - 21.30
Starting in February we are offering an exciting new course in collaboration with Dr. Vijay Murthy from
     ‘Living Ayurveda and Yoga’ developed from interest generated through the 'Ayurvedic Perspective' seminars. For three Saturdays over six months we will explore the fundamental principles of Ayurveda in relation to applied Yoga for personalised self care, holistic living and optimum wellbeing. The course is offered to all levels of enquiry and aims to provide a practical roadmap of authentic concepts to learn how to effectively utilise the tools of Yoga and Ayurveda for personalised health. 
More info on how to join us 'coming up' below.... 

Living Ayurveda and Yoga:
15th February 2020
4th April 2020
20th June 2020

Emerson College, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX

Book this workshop

Ayurveda in Daily Life:

4th and 5th January 2020
1st and 2nd February 2020
29th February and 1st March 2020

Oval, 40 St Agnus Place,  London SE11 4BE

Book this workshop

Transforming Menopause with Ayurveda and Yoga:
14th March 2020
09.00 - 17.00 
Satyananda Yoga Centre, 70 Thurleigh Road, London SW12 8UD

Book this workshop

Reflecting and Celebrating

2019 offered plenty of opportunities to celebrate wellbeing: 

The Tonbridge and Forest Row clinics continue to present a constant stream of inquisitive clients eager to investigate how Ayurveda can assist with their health challenges:

“I went along to see Kriya after being told I had arthritis in my foot. Kriya put me on a regime, which I followed exactly and have since reaped the benefits as no more pain from arthritis. I highly recommend Kriya as she is very knowledgable and is very helpful. I am pain free and have never felt better. Thank you Kriya 🙏 " Sam

February offered the first of six seminars exploring the 'Ayurvedic Perspective' of Rhythm with Dr. Vijay Murthy. 'Daily Rhythms Key to Wellbeing’ focussed on Dinacharya (daily regime). Ayurveda proposes that ‘dinacharya’ routines including waking time, elimination, hygiene, massage, exercise, bathing, contemplation and meditation, meals, study, work, relaxation and sleep are key to establishing balance, which promotes health and wellbeing.

The Spring issue of ‘Namaste’ (BWY News South East) featured my article 'Busting the Menopause Myth' which contributed to a capacity turnout at the Summer workshop 'Transforming Menopause with Ayurveda and Yoga':

“Menopause can be liberating. A hugely nourishing transition into graceful empowerment and living the life we dream of living. It is a time to emerge from the roles of daughter, lover, mother, carer, worker, colleague, partner, to claim back our identity, to nourish a new potential and to celebrate our lives. The gift of the menopausal transition offers the opportunity to regain our balance, to reset our systems and to realign our path. To step towards unity where our vital essence, our spirit, and our potential are harmonised. To share the experiences of our lives, to live in harmony with service from our hearts and honour our life purpose”. Kriya

Dr. Murthy’s March seminar ‘Balancing Seasonal Rhythms for Optimum Wellbeing’ offered an 'Ayurvedic Perspective' into working with seasonal change by making lifestyle and nutritional changes to improve digestion and immunity. This is the Ayurvedic concept of ritucharya.

In the May ‘Women’s Healing Power’ seminar Dr. Vijay shared the Ayurvedic wisdom tradition of cyclical wellbeing rituals which benefit women through the reproductive age to post-menopause.  He explained how digestive health, hypothalamic and overall brain/mind related functions, influence hormones. This was aptly followed in June by the ‘Transforming Menopause with Ayurveda and Yoga’ workshop for an inspiring group of practitioners and teachers from the British Wheel of Yoga.  Rachel Claridge, the county rep wrote this review: 

“A big thank you to Kriya for giving members of the British Wheel of Yoga southeast a wonderful workshop 'Transforming Menopause with Yoga and Ayurveda' on Saturday. The reviews were outstanding....we'll be inviting Kriya back for sure! “ Rachel


June took me to London to offer a CPD workshop ‘Connecting Yoga and Ayurveda’ for YogaLondon.  This presented an ideal opportunity to differentiate between the two sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga.  Yoga being the application of Vedic wisdom for self-realisation whereas Ayurveda is the Vedic method for self-healing through right living.

July offered time to delve deep at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales and conclude nine months of training in ‘Kriya Yoga’.  The training offered a rare opportunity to learn, explore and deepen the practice of this ancient system in an ashram environment for personal experience, insight and transformation. 

 “The purpose of Kriya Yoga is to transform the life of the practitioner so that it becomes a continuous expression of joy, meaning and positivity” Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati

I left the ashram with an understanding of how to develop the techniques over a further three years of daily practise to realise these aspirations.. time will tell!

Dr Vijay’s September seminar ‘Celebrating Adulthood’ offering key aspects on how to establish correct nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress management, detoxification and rejuvenation strategies, to prevent disease and develop and maintain wellbeing.  

As Autumn drew in I was blessed with the opportunity to teach ‘Ayurveda for Daily Life’ for YogaLondon at the Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Temple in London on the first day of Navratri.  Then on the 25th October alongside 35+ countries we celebrated International Ayurveda Day with this pledge:

“ I pledge to make Ayurveda an integral part of my daily life and thereby enable good health and well being for myself, my family, and my community, in harmony with nature.”


November’s 'Ayurvedic Perspective' seminar ‘Honouring the Latter Years’ explored the only known specialist branch in geriatrics - ‘Ayurvedic Rasayana – the art of rejuvenation’.  This was a fitting conclusion to the seminars which offered tools for empowering individuals to take personal responsibility for maintaining their health and wellbeing throughout all the stages of life.


As 2019 draws to a close the last of the golden leaves clung loosely to bare branches whilst others carpeted the ground in Kennington Park as the first module of  ‘Ayurveda in Daily Life’ concluded.  All around seasonal change was evident with VATA dosha emerging prominently in Late Autumn and Early Winter with its dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and mobile inherent qualities. These are some of the lovely student reviews: 

"I’m going to be having a blast incorporating and improving self-care awareness and life management skills into my routine." Stella

"The course has inspired me to adapt my lifestyle to integrate more Ayurvedic practices, but mostly inspired me to study Ayurveda more." Dee

"The course helped me understand more about lifestyle by noticing how toxic issues affect me and others and the wider planet." Alison

Enjoy the festive season, make time for yourself to rest, restore and set positive
intentions to further your enquiry and application for optimum wellbeing. 
Seasons greetings, wishing you an adventurous 2020 
and thank you for supporting Kriya Ayurveda.

"Give thanks for all that the earth has provided for you so far...
in gratitude open your heart to increase the flow of love and abundance…ask for, and receive guidance…
be open to changes to the direction of your life…  
state your intent to find inner wisdom… 
and follow your spiritual path."


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