“a warm welcome awaits you at our secluded beauty salon in Applecross” Agnelo and Saroj Velho
What is Ayurveda?
what is Ayurveda and how does it relate to beauty?
The Ayurvedic principles as they are practised in our salon encompass all physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They are both ancient and utterly modern – timeless principles which underpin our ability to recuperate, heal, and live life beautifully not just superficially but foundationally… truly vibrant for our entire life journey from the inside out.
Ayurveda is not about the genes we inherit, the visible cosmetic mask we wear, or our social standing. It is not about luck or heritage at all. Indeed, in many cultures beauty is at odds with our Western perceptions… tall, short, plump or finely boned – what makes a person beautiful or desirable is often merely a reflection of our cultural norms!
My friends, if I could tell you one thing about Ayurveda it would be this: nothing is in isolation. And everything on the surface is a result of our attention to nature. So it is that Ayurveda seeks to heal and renew that which exists for you now.
It should be said that whilst I absolutely respect the advice of medical professionals my culture and 25 year experience point me to immutable, timeless principles of health. Thus, if you are struggling with fatigue, hormonal or other imbalances, insomnia or bouts of low mood or depression – these and other conditions are all manifestations of a body out of balance (of which ill health results if left untreated by a medical professional).
We want you to feel beautiful. And in ‘feeling beautiful’ you are truly beautiful; transformed from the inside out…
Have you ever wondered why Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is considered the most sublime woman in art history? Certainly it is not her overt beauty for in truth she is not, to our Western eyes, ‘beautiful’. But there is a mystique, yes? She poses modestly for us, a little cold even. But look closely… she gazes into your eyes and invites you to find the mystery of womanhood. Her assuredness, deep contentment and sensuality is what we want you to feel as you leave Prana.
This is our philosophy and our holistic approach. Yes, we are ‘in business’ but more importantly we are ‘in service’ and there is a great distinction between the two. Here you will discover the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient and timeless approach to the creation of a more beautiful you that is much deeper and more lasting than the merely cosmetic.
We are ‘for you’ – male, female, young or old. At Prana, we are for humanity. All are made more sensual, more alive and more beautiful through the healing power of touch and the gentleness of environmentally safe, pure and natural treatments. So come. Text, phone or email our salon. If you live or work near Applecross, take a gentle stroll to our door. Place yourself in our caring hands…
You know how it is when you have to write something about yourself? It is an amazingly difficult thing to do, certainly for Saroj – who is quiet, contemplative, modest despite her accomplishments and talents. She has asked me to help. Not that she couldn’t express herself perfectly well without me; but because she is unused to (and a little reluctant to engage with) the self-absorption that these things demand. That last illustrates perfectly who she is. So Saroj, thank you for trusting me. This is your story… Chris.
Devoted wife. Partner in life and business. Loving mother of two beautiful young men. Advocate for only that which sustains buoyancy, health and longevity. Passionate cook. Vegetarian. Those are the facts unadorned…
People are too often labelled so I hope Saroj will forgive this observation: she is ‘a servant of Life’ – that is; she is here to do good, to make the lives of everyone she meets more beautiful, more tranquil, grounded and worthwhile. To that end, she practices Ayurveda, an Indian system of alternative medicine in which body, mind, and spirit are inextricably linked entities in the search for health, beauty and longevity. Thus, this is what guides her personal relationships, and her relationship to us as clients. Which is lucky for us! Her warmth translates to an experience rarely seen in salons these days: the luxury of natural products and treatments, genuine personal care and even rarer – time – to refresh ourselves and emerge not just more beautiful, but more content and alive.
This gentle and accomplished woman is also a passionate cook. Passionate about living well and nourishing our minds and bodies with healthy, delicious vegetarian food. If you love the colours, tastes and aromas of Indian food (as I do), you are going to love her online recipes. Enjoy!
When we listen to people – when we see the essence of their character – we are no longer strangers to their dreams, hopes and intentions. In the best of worlds, friendship blossoms; as it did for me. Come. Meet Saroj. You’ll be happy you did.
BA (Hons.) Psychology: University of Delhi
Dip. Beauty Therapy: Australasian Academy of Wellness Therapies
Full Professional Member: Assoc. Professional Aestheticians Australia Connect with Saroj on Linkedin