Sonja Shah-Williams BSc (Hons) APA (She/Her)

Ayurveda Practitioner & Founder of Anāla

I began my quest for balanced living at a very young age. My parents were born and raised in Gujarat, North West India, where the diet was, and still is, imbued with Ayurvedic principles and is heavily influenced by seasonal produce, thereby providing the nutrients and Ayurvedic qualities required to maintain health, both on a daily and seasonal basis.

I am a great advocate of our oneness with nature, our connectedness to the universe, and the divinity that is in each of us. Einstein’s words resonate profoundly with me. Health is not something we need glorify as a scientific goal; it should be seen as part of our being. I believe that once we discover the scope of Ayurveda, we witness a true sense of our self that cannot be explained by science.

I knew of Ayurveda as a teenager, through my regular family holidays to India, where many people rely solely on Ayurvedic doctors, but it was not until I commenced my degree in 2010 that I realised how powerful this medicine system is. During my internship at a teaching hospital in South India, I observed the dramatic improvement of chronic and complex diseases that allopathic doctors had simply been unable to treat. Patients were ‘miraculously’ healing, having been given an intensive programme of treatments known as Panchakarma. Witnessing such dramatic health improvements was incredibly life-affirming, and my experience confirmed to me that I was studying the right subject.

The Ayurvedic doctors in India who taught me and allowed me to observe them in their work, were humble and without ego. They felt honoured to have been gifted their knowledge to make their patients well again. I too feel privileged to be able to help my clients to heal themselves through Ayurveda, and to become truly, holistically well.

We must accept our place within the natural world and honour the importance of mutual respect between animals, plants and flowers. As an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, I teach through my work that Ayurveda is THE system of medicine that brings balance through our interconnectedness with nature. The healing power of plants and their flowers is simply amazing. My Anala pure flower Ayurvedic oils are a perfect way of allowing you to unlock some of the profound wisdom of Ayurveda.

My passion for Ayurveda and its place in modern life means that I love nothing more than delivering its message to as many people as possible through and my private, one to one consultations in London and Suffolk, short talks, workshops, supper clubs, and through my pure plant and flower hand-blended Ayurvedic body oils.

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