Peter Brown: So Vena, where did you first hear about Ayurveda?

Vena Ramphal: I first came to Ayurveda through yoga. I’ve been practising yoga for a long time and Ayurveda is very linked to yoga and they have a lot in common, so that was my entry point.

Peter: When did you have your first Ayurvedic consultation?

Vena: I had my first Ayurvedic consultation earlier this year and I had my first consultation with Dr Brennan more recently. I met him for the first time here, this week.

Peter: What difference did the consultation make for you?

Vena: It was very interesting and a very important part of my week here. More than anything it confirmed to me that listening to my body is the most important thing that I can do for my health.

A key moment for me when Dr Brennan said that ultimately Ayurveda is a self-referral system. He talked about listening to the body, listening to your digestion and how it feels and what it wants and taking your cues from that, as to what you should eat, how much you should eat and so on. That was brilliant for me because I love listening to my body, so that was great.

Peter: So here you are now, at the Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre in Skelmersdale, and you’re having some treatment. Is this your first treatment?

Vena: Yes it is, this is my first treatment.

Peter: And how has it been going so far?

Vena: It’s wonderful! Actually, today is my last day – I finish my Panchakarma this afternoon. It’s been amazing. It’s been a very full week. It’s been quite tiring. I can feel that my body has been working quite hard, but I expected that. I feel really light. I feel slightly like a newly hatched chick, which is why I’m all wrapped up in a shawl.

Peter: Yes, that feeling of re-newal is a common feeling when you come to have Panchakarma.

Vena: It is, I think it how little chicks feel when they come out of the shell. They feel the air more clearly and the body’s a little more sensitive to sensations.

Peter: And the senses open up and become more clear.

Vena: That’s right. Exactly.

Peter: Thank you very much Vena.