Let us introduce ourselves:
Penny Spurr MAPA
For me Ayurveda is the culmination of my life’s work with a background of working in healthcare and the hospitality industry. After training at the Westminster Hotel School in London I initially worked as a Hospital Catering Manager specialising in nutrition and therapeutic diets at St George’s Hospital, London and The John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford. I later retrained to work in healthcare including working for the Alzheimer’s Society and as a Macmillan Professional. I am a trained chef and have a special interest in the link between our health and how we eat.
I enjoy travel and fine wining and dining and am always curious as to how I feel when I leave the dining table. So often chefs are not taught about the relationship between food, digestion and our health and create menus and dishes that in my view are often culinary masterpieces but gastronomic disasters.
Sarah Williams MNIMH MAPA
Rather like Penny, Ayurveda for me was the icing on the cake after training for four years as a medical herbalist and practicing in different parts of the world. Functional medicine is another subject which I have studied and am fascinated how cutting-edge research in modern medicine correlates with Ayurveda suggesting that it is as relevant now as it was thousands of years ago.
Ayurveda and herbal medicine are my passion in life and through them I have met many fascinating people and been to many exciting places. I travel to India most years in order to renew my relationship with Ayurveda and to take time out to meditate. I have also had the great good fortune to have been a senior lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in both herbal medicine and Ayurveda and watched the students become very competent practitioners.
"We are both qualified Ayurveda Practitioners having studied for three years with the European Institute of Vedic Studies and completed an internship in India."