Discover the Ayurvedic Path to Holistic Wellness and Beauty
“Modern medicine, for all its advances knows less than 10 percent
of what your body knows instinctively.”
In this episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast I had the privilege of speaking with and interviewing business owner, entrepreneur, wellness consultant and product creator – Eranthi Bonney from Aika Wellness.
• Ever found yourself energetically drained and in need of some self-care?
• Like to find a path back to greater levels of natural health, energy and vitality?
• Want to live a healthier, happier and more vibrant life?
As a mother looking after young children, Eranthi was inspired to leave a career in corporate management and telecommunications to pursue her real love for personal self-care and the luxury spa industry. It was here that she began to weave together her passion for the natural wisdom and insight of Ayurveda… with a heart-felt desire to create a range of natural, organic and chemical free beauty products … to help women globally feel loved, nurtured and empowered.
Today Aika Wellness has grown into a thriving holistic beauty and luxury spa brand which is growing in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and is now looking to expand further into the US and European markets.
So if you’re ready to explore the power of self-care, the deep and insightful nature of Ayurveda, and what it takes to feel empowered and create a heart-centred vision that thrives … then make sure to listen to this episode!
After eight years climbing the corporate ladder within telecommunications and with two kids under the age of three, Eranthi felt something was missing.
Searching for a way to live a more meaningful life where she could live wholeheartedly and achieve her purpose for inspiring people to feel truly good about themselves, in the most authentic way, Eranthi felt a strong inner-desire to create a sanctuary of calm and peace for people, parents and corporates who were struggling with the pressures of a busy life.
Inspired by her passion for wellness, she left her corporate job and successfully went on to launch and run two of Melbourne’s most luxurious day spas. However, it was during this time she became frustrated with the lack of pure, organically certified skincare products, which she intuitively knew that her clients wanted. And this is where Aika Wellness was born.
Today, Aika Wellness has grown into a thriving holistic beauty and luxury spa brand which is growing in Australia and the Asia Pacific and is now looking to expand further into the US and European markets.
In this conversation we speak about:
- Trusting intuition when following your vision
- Valuing yourself and creating a sanctuary for self-care and restoration
- The ancient holistic wellness practice of Ayurveda
- The power of returning to our ‘true nature’
- Trusting yourself in the creative process
- Why the ‘intent’ behind your creative ideas matter
- How the energy of plants impacts our skin, health and wellness
- Why naming your workspace can raise the energy of your work
- Empowering women and growing an international market
- Self-esteem and the power to decide for yourself
- Why self-care and nurturing is essential for your wellbeing
- Lessons in growing a heart-centered vision and business
- The path of women, entrepreneurship and business
- And much more …
Thank you for joining us on the Leading in the Light Podcast the place where vision, heart and spirit connect to help you awaken your purpose, liberate your greatness, and stand more fully in your light. Now here's your host, transformational coach, author, speaker and intuitive Les Price.
Les Price 0:30
Have you ever found yourself feeling energetically drained and in need of some extra loving and self-care? Have you been wanting to find a path back to greater levels of natural health, energy and vitality? And would you love to discover how the ancient holistic wellness practice of Ayurveda can help you live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life? If so, then I have some good news for you today.
In this latest episode of the Leading in the Light podcast, I have the extreme privilege of speaking with an interviewing business owner, entrepreneur, wellness consultant and product creator Eranthi Bonney from Aika Wellness. As a mother looking after young children Eranthi was inspired to leave a career in corporate management and telecommunication to pursue her real love for personal self-care and the luxury spa industry. It was here that she began to weave together her passion for the natural wisdom and insight of Ayurveda with a heartfelt desire to create a range of natural organic and chemical free beauty products to help women globally feel loved, nurtured and empowered. Today, Aika Wellness has grown into a thriving holistic beauty and luxury spa brand, which is growing in Australia and in the Asia Pacific. And they're now looking to expand further into the US and European markets. So let's get ready to join Eranthi and myself as we explore the power of self-care, the deep and insightful nature of Ayurveda, and what it takes to feel empowered, and to create a heart centered vision that really thrives.
I'd love to welcome Eranthi Bonney to the call today. Eranthi, thank you for joining me. I know back in January, when we connected, we had a conversation during a strategy session. And I know as I was listening to what you were sharing and the passion you have for your business, and how it's grown over the last couple of years. I knew there were some important stories that really needed to be shared. So, thank you for joining me here today.
Eranthi Bonney 2:50
Thank you for inviting me. I'm actually quite excited about this podcast.
Les Price 2:53
Fantastic. And it's a bright, sunny day in Melbourne, very warm and Eranthi looks like she is enjoying the sunshine. So she's looking very relaxed. Also, you sound like you're at home there.
Eranthi Bonney 3:03
Yes, I'm working from home today. So I'm very lucky to be able to do that today and sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. I've got my two little pug dogs running around somewhere. So, if you hear the odd woof, that's what that is!
Les Price 3:16
Great. And I know with the two of us, when we actually connected and sat down, I felt it was a real affinity because we both have a similar passion for wellness for holistic health, and also for empowerment. Empowerment of people, of women of men, and humanity. And so that's why I was really excited to invite you along today and just explore a little bit about your journey. And also what brought you to where you are, and what you're up to, and also where your heart and your passion is for the work you're doing.
So, let's take a step back, and we'll go back into the future and talk a little bit about your journey. You were in corporate for a number of years and working with telecommunications and Telstra, and then there was a shift, it was almost a change for you to move into the spa industry in the spa business. So, do you want to share a little bit about that background? And what inspired that?
Eranthi Bonney 4:05
Yes. So Les, I pretty much went into Telstra straight after graduating from uni. And in the nine years I was there, I think I had about eight different positions. And so, it was an amazing opportunity to really learn different aspects of the business. And I did various things from you know, training to assessments to project management and business analysis, and strategy, from a more, I guess, a higher level position.
So, I really enjoyed that. But I get I guess I got pretty burnt out quickly. And what happened while I was there is I also fell pregnant with my first with my first child, my son Aiden, and then Kalma, my second child followed pretty quickly. And so I think that just that aspect of having my babies made me think very differently to how I had been before I was very ambitious, very motivated, and you know, had all these big dreams about climbing that corporate ladder, and I was part of the CEOs leadership program and doing an MBA and all that sort of stuff. And then suddenly, when I had my daughter and I had taken her, because of being in Geelong and Melbourne at the time, we were kind of traveling we had, my partner had a house in Geelong, and I was in Melbourne, and we kind of like used both homes.
I think I remember the turning point was months, a couple of turning points. The first one was when I was driving from Geelong. And then I went to Monash where I was studying my MBA, and I was literally breastfeeding my baby. I was doing an entrepreneurship subject, listening to someone talk about entrepreneurship and thinking, this guy doesn't even know what it is like to run a business. He's like a professor, he studies businesses.
And it's that kind of light bulb moment where that seed to do my own thing first came about. And then the second one was when we had worked on a really large project at Telstra, and we finished it after midnight. And I pretty much spent the whole day there. And then I was catching a cab back with my manager who lived around the corner from me. And we were just talking, and he says early start tomorrow, you reckon you could be there by about eight? And I think at that stage, I thought I really wasn't wanting that anymore. And so, I had the opportunity to take a package from Telstra which was on offer to certain areas. And I sort of kind of went and begged and said, 'Look, I really need to do this'. And I'm a bit stressed and burnt out and it all seemed like the right time, I had a chat to my partner at the time, the kids dad. And we just made that decision. As a mum with two kids working those long hours, I realised Telstra was no longer my passion anymore.
Les Price 7:04
And it's interesting, I think as you share that, I'm just reflecting. I feel for a lot of women, especially women who have been at home, a lot of them nowadays are starting businesses, and they're looking to be more entrepreneurial. And we hear about these entrepreneurial mums. I'm just always quite amazed with women, how they juggle and are able to do different things and balance the different energies. And I mean, they can only focus on one thing at a time. But to be honest, I give a lot of credit to the women out there that are managing to grow their businesses, look after kids, manage family. You know, there's so many different dynamics involved. So obviously an interesting journey for you to get to that point, and to make that choice.
Eranthi Bonney 7:39
I think when Telstra announced that they were restructuring, and there was an opportunity, and you could put your hand up, I really jumped on that. And it was quite interesting, because I didn't have any major plans.
At this stage though, the only plan I remember having was, let's go to the country and set up a B&B. So, it's been my dream to move to the country and just live a quieter, more sort of, I guess, peaceful life. And so that was something I was thinking about. And then after we decided not to do that, because I had the little one.
And so then after about six months, I think I started looking at areas that I wanted to work in and set up my own business. And it had been something I had been thinking about for over a year. And the idea of the day spa, or a wellness center, really, I don't even know where it came from. But the idea was somehow there. And I think it came because I used to have a few massages. When I was stressed out at work. That was how I used to relax and unwind. And I thought I could do this, I could set one up with other women, other busy mums, other professionals could also come and find like a little sanctuary. A little retreat where for an hour and a half, they could just escape and just, be at one with themselves.
And that got me thinking, so I did a lot of research. And by the way, in 2003 there weren't a lot of day spas. In fact, I think there was only one day spa in all of Melbourne at the time, it was very new. I knew it was quite risky to sort of set it up. But it was something I really set my heart on. And that's really how I set up my first spa.
Les Price 9:21
And it's interesting how things have changed, isn't it? You mentioned in 2003 how there were only a handful of spas. But if we look at where the industry is today, and look at how much is being spent, in Australia and worldwide it's quite amazing. But it's also tied to the fact that as human beings, you know, we've been properly worked to our bone. We've had that whole mentality that life is about work until we retire. And I think for people to take time out and to value themselves and to give themselves that sanctuary. It's quite a big consciousness shift. And other traditions, whether it be Indian traditions or Egyptian traditions tend to value rest and self-care more, but in Western society we've passed on this limiting mindset trap. So fantastic little journey.
I know you've been passionate, and your whole business is focused around a lovely area called Ayurveda. And it's one of the oldest holistic traditions of healing and health in the world. And I'd love you to just share a little bit about what got you into Ayurveda, and maybe a little bit about what it is.
Eranthi Bonney 10:32
So, I think the best way to explain what Ayurveda means to me is to look at my childhood in Sri Lanka, which is where I was born. And so in Sri Lanka back in the 1970s, like early 70s, mid 70s, we weren't hugely reliant on allopathic or Western medicine, because even though we had the opportunity to do that, and we were lucky enough to be able to do that, my family and I guess a lot of poor families couldn't afford to go to hospitals and doctors. They didn't have that sort of system of medicine that we have in Australia, where we had a free system back in the day.
And so they relied on what was the traditional system of medicine in India and Sri Lanka, and that's called Ayurveda. And it's the oldest system of holistic wellness in the world. It has a written history of over 5000, about 6000 years. And beyond that it had a very strong oral history where it was passed on from guru to disciple.
So, for me, even that was how we lived our life, it was more than just going to a naturopath or herbalist or a doctor and asked them for a solution to any illness. To me, it was what we ate, how it was cooked, the rasa or the flavours of the food. It was how we purify the house in the mornings. And at night. It was about the herbs that we use when we were sick.
So when we were sick, and we had a sore throat or a runny nose, we never took pills. It was always what sort of herbal remedy can be boiled up that we could drink. And the other really beautiful part about Ayurveda is that self-care is actually very important in the eastern traditions. And one thing that we are told in the West is how it's bad to be selfish, and selfishness is seen as a bad thing. And it can be when it's in a narcissistic way. But in Sri Lanka, and growing up in an Eastern culture, self-care was more about how do you look after yourself? And how do you look after the bodies of the little people around you.
So, when I was little, my sister and I used to get massaged by our grandmothers. So in our tradition, the grandparents lived with the family. And so every quite often every morning, before when we were little and would go to school, or once on a weekend, we would get what was called an oil bath, and we would be massaging herbalized oil all over and told to go sit in the morning sun. And you know, it's not like sunbathing and crazy heat, but it was more like around, you know, early in the morning where the sun was gentle. And that's the way we got our vitamin D.
And we got strong healthy bodies, and really, you know, nice lustrous strong skin, and also the oil massage for the hair. So that was very much a way that we grew up with that daily massage. The food that was prepared every day, my mum or my grandmother's would go and actually find the food, they would go to market, they would buy the vegetables and fruit fresh for the day. And the food would be cooked in a way that was if it was hot, then the food would be cooling food. And then in the cooler months, so we still have monsoons, the food needed to be strengthening and warming. So, the herbs and spices used were different. So yes, you know, it's just the memories are really beautiful.
Les Price 13:52
And it's amazing. As you're speaking, it's bringing back memories for me, because I remember my grandmother as a child, she would often have the olive oil out. I mean, mind you, she'd have spoons of cod liver oil, because that was for strengthening. So we get fed a lot of cod liver oil as a child.
But I remember the oil bath, she used to get the olive oil over the skin and do all of that. And then the natural bathing side of it. And I never quite understood it. But it was her way of caring, it was obviously a tradition, and something that was very natural for her. So, you're reminding me of that.
But I think the other thing you're reminding me of is this whole area of self-care that, you know, I see a lot of clients that I work with, and unless we're really taking care of ourselves and filling our own vessel. I like to think of it as energy. If we're empty, it's very hard to give, it's very hard to grow and to serve others. So, this whole thing of just nourishing, nurturing, and looking after yourself, I think is something that's very important. So it's lovely to hear that.
So Eranthi, obviously, you've started your business, Aika Wellness and, and it's obviously grown to where it is today. It's been a number of years that you've been developing it and growing it. So, what have been maybe a couple of the main lessons you've learned over this time? As you've built it up and in Australia and into Asia now. And I know you're looking to expand into the US and the UK markets. So, it would be nice to just share a couple of the key lessons you have gained along the way.
Eranthi Bonney 15:25
I think the biggest key lesson for me was learning to trust myself. And that came quite hard. Because I think we're taught that we rely on experts, or we rely on people who know more than us.
So the biggest lesson for me was trusting that I had the knowledge to do what had to be done, or to find people to help me. So initially, when I started Aika, I engaged the help of cosmetic chemists and looked at contract manufacturing. And I wasn't really happy, there was no heart in that method, it was just, you know, ingredients selected from whatever was available. I had no say in it. And then I just, you know, after several years of like testing that out, I decided I wanted to do this myself, and it was very scary.
Very scary to have to think that I'm going to establish this manufacturing facility, and which we call a lighthouse and create my own formulas. But, you know, I did complete a lot of research.. And also the fact that I had been working with these products that I was creating while I was running my day spas. So it all fell into place.
And it was a conviction that I can do this. I know what I'm doing. And when I'm relying on other people too much, I'm taking away that that power that I have, and it wasn't being right. It wasn't turning out, right. Yeah, it just wasn't. And then the moment I decided I can do this, I know what each product needs to have. I know how I want to make it. I know where I want to get these ingredients from. Everything just fell into place.
Les Price 16:54
I know when I spoke to you last time you say it's quite an intuitive process for you as well. It's almost something that you feel into or you feel you're guided to and you try different things. Is that how it is for you?
Eranthi Bonney 17:06
It absolutely is. And I think because I understand each ingredient, so well, I can't even explain how I work. Sometimes I'll be working with some herbs or oils. And I don't even know where it comes from. And I do think we tap into different sort of levels of knowledge that is around us. But I just sometimes know intuitively what quantity to go with what and I think of the person I'm creating it for.
So if I'm creating, say a beautiful cleanser for someone, that is what we call a Pitta dosha. Because the products are divided into Ayurvedic elemental mind body types, I get intuitively into the space of that woman and her skin and what her needs are. And then I'm guided by the aromas of the ingredients and the energy of the of the herbs. And that is paired with the fact that I've done a lot of research into the benefits of each herb.
Les Price 17:57
Obviously, Ayurvedic remedies revolve very much around the energy of the different herbs, plants and mixes. I know that they've mentioned, that in India for many years, a lot of the farming practices have actually taken a lot of that energy or prana out of the plants. And they're only now starting to go back to a lot of those organic practices that they used to use years ago. And they're finding that the yields of different herbs are growing even faster and better. But more importantly, that the prana and signature energy in it is what's really powerful. And it's been in the work you do and what products you put together for spas and for wellness. It's all about that, isn't it?
Eranthi Bonney 18:36
Absolutely. And this is why I was so passionate about making the products myself because it's ingredients, the quality of the ingredients determine the quality of the product, but the intent with which it is made and grown and harvested.
So the I guess the farmers we work with in India and Sri Lanka, where we get our herbs from most of them have always had an organic approach. Like these are generational farmers, their fathers and grandfathers have farms. So, they've always done it the organic way, literally using cow dung as manure. So, we work with some of those farmers. But in Australia, we work with organic farmers who are extremely passionate about the produce, so the energy of the sun and the rain and the earth and all that goes into that plant. And then you know, there's a saying in Ayurveda that 'the earth takes the water the plant takes of the earth and the human takes of the plant'. So it's like whatever we put on our skin or our body or we eat, we're taking that energy of that organism, that plant that we that we're using.
And then also in the way they are made, so making it with love and joy and intention and not in you know, a sterile kind of environment where people are making it without any real connection to what they're doing.
Les Price 19:46
And it's interesting, you mentioned that aspect because, there's been a lot of work done with Kirlian photography, which is a Russian photography system that can actually sense the energy of foods and substances and people. And they've actually shown that someone sitting in front of a bowl of beautiful fresh fruit, there's an energy that's flowing out of it, the moment that they actually bless it, the moment that they actually bring in prayer or that essence of sacredness, that energy of that grows.
So, it's the same thing you're mentioning, like with Italian nonnas cooking. The food is so beautiful. It's because of the love and the passion that's gone into the making of it into the energy. So amazing experience there.
I do want to find out, because you mentioned just before you call your little factory, 'The Lighthouse'. So, tell us more about that. Because I love that little image, and I've just been sharing metaphors of about lighthouses recently.
Eranthi Bonney 20:38
The background is that I want Aika to be a beacon for wellness and, and true wellness. And so, the lighthouse is where we make life happen, literally with our products. So I don't want to call it a factory or a facility. It is, but I still like to call it The Lighthouse because this is a our HQ, it's where we work, it's really cool I love into passion is where we make our products, we store them, we pack them with love, and then we send them on their way with love as well.
Les Price 21:16
So obviously, over the last 12 months, it has been quite challenging for a lot of people with COVID in the way industries and business have been. But I was quite interested to hear from your perspective, when I did speak with you that you actually had one of your best years, last year. And obviously, success takes time. These things don't often happen overnight. I think we often think about overnight successes and we see people, but we don't realize the work and energy behind it. Where do you see going and what's your kind of heart and vision for the business and the products for the next few years?
Eranthi Bonney 21:52
Yes. When I created Aika, I created it always with a global approach. So it was always going to be a global brand. And so, everything I did from day one, the branding, my idea, my client avatar, how we would scale everything was planned from day two in terms of how this brand would evolve. So where we are at the moment is that we service Australia, and we also export to certain countries. So where I would like to see Aika in the next few years is basically get more cemented in Australia. Because we're still new, we're only three years old. We're still a very new brand. And we haven't done any marketing. So, it's all been organic, we have an Instagram page, and it's word of mouth. But we haven't done any real branding in terms of PR work or, you know, SEO or AdWords or any of that.
So, I'm looking at that this year. This year, what I'm looking at is how to position Aika in an online way. So it's accessible to everyone around the world. And how do we make it easy to understand to people from different backgrounds and nationalities and languages that would want to buy Aika as well.
And also, I really want to go into spas because Aika was born in a spa. And so, we have a range of products that are specific to spa treatments. So while we obviously advocate a very strong self-care approach at home with our retail products, I want to also focus on spas so that we can improve our spas, our therapists, a beauty therapist, a massage therapist, to deliver treatments that are 100% organic.
So, using products that are free from pesticides, herbicides and nasty chemicals that are toxic to our body, so that they can then have a true alternative to what they've been using. So that's really where I want to look at.
Les Price 23:41
And I know behind it all, there is a desire to have as many women connecting with the products globally. Now, when you look at the heart of that in your purpose and your passion, I know part of it is to empower women. I know that's come from your own journey. What do you feel that essence is? What's that passion there to make a difference?
Eranthi Bonney 24:02
I'll tell you a little story. And I think this happened to me about a week or two, maybe a couple of weeks ago just before the lockdown. And it perfectly encapsulates why I created Aika.
I've started personal training again this year after having a couple of years and not really doing much as being absorbed by the business. And I thought this year I need to get my fitness up and I need some help doing that. So, I engaged a personal trainer and loving it because he's someone I've known for quite a while and you know, he's very, very good at what he does. But he's a dad and he's got three young children and his wife had a very serious case of aggressive breast cancer last year in the middle of COVID. And it shifted his perspective on what it meant to be a husband and a father and we were talking about you know, women and moms and you know what his wife had gone through and they're very much into their cricket and their footy and coaching.
And he said to me this quite shocking. He said to me, we were talking about women and some of the toxic relationships. Some of you know, the mums that he works with have with the partners that aren't really happy, but they're stuck. And I said, 'Why do you think they don't leave Jamie?'. And he said, You know what, I think they have so little self esteem for themselves after being in these marriages that they can't leave. And that was just kind of like a huge shock. To me, it was like, wow.
And then that's the story that I wanted to say is that we, as women, quite often were raised to think of everyone else, or husbands or partners, or children or elderly parents, we tend to take care in positions like teachers and healthcare workers. And there's very little energy left for us at the end of the day. And I felt that and that's why I left that corporate job, and there's very little energy, there's very little time, we're so busy, we are run rope. And so what I want Aika to do is I want Aika, to be able to give women that opportunity, and promoted whether they use a call or not to promote that they can spend that, that time in the day on themselves. And looking after your skin looking after your body. It's not a luxury, it's not pampering, it's an essential aspect of looking after yourself. So you stay healthy and well.
Les Price 26:13
And I like that, because it is essential. I think part of it is maybe society's conditioning, I'm not sure if the men really take the time to do that, I think we find other ways to kind of feel that energy need, I feel for some women as well. It's also this aspect of guilt, that if I'm doing this for me, and I'm taking time out of the day to nurture myself or to go for a walk or to go to a personal trainer to do those things.
There's this guilt aspect that I should be giving my energy to others will be there to cook and to clean and do all the other things that need to be done. So you're very right, I feel there's a sense of putting self last, to take the time out for beauty treatment for a spa, to have that time for nourishing self is very important.
Eranthi Bonney 26:57
And it doesn't have to be expensive. So it doesn't have to be done with the product, it could be done with incorporating an aspect of self-care, like mindfulness into your date. So, all our products come with a little prompt, you know, on the product that you can use as a meditation aid. And we have three pillars of wellness based on our three, I guess our three pillars of Aika, which is to cleanse and detoxify. And that intention is 'I create space for my unlimited potential to unfold'. And then our rejuvenating product, 'I love and honour myself'. And our balancing products, 'I am whole and complete'.
So, they are little intentions we put in all our products so that it gives women a reminder that this is the time that you take for yourself. And it doesn't have to be with a product, you could incorporate that as part of your morning ritual, which is you know, rituals are very important in Ayurveda. There's a certain term in Ayurveda called Acharya, which is the day's ritual, the day's routine. Having that routine itself. Waking up in the morning, before you start your day, and with having a routine that you end your day with. Having little routines in the day, even if it's taking one minute to go outside and breathe deeply, so finding that time for yourself care is very important.
And as you were talking, Les, I was thinking about something else that I battled with for a while is the guilt, and we have a lot of mother guilt being women. But the justification, and it came to me last year, the justification that I turned that guilt around and made it okay to give to myself, as I was so scared for many years thinking you can't give from an empty cup.
And so we to, you know, we have to look after ourselves and fortify ourselves in order to be the givers to others, right? Our partners, children, work colleagues. And then last year at the start, I think I talked to you about this when we had that coaching session last year, I had this little revelatory moment where I thought I am enough! I am worthy. Like, I don't have to do this to give to others. I don't have to fill the cup for others, I can fill my cup for me. And it's like, that is such a radical way to think that I was actually shocked by it. And I was like, oh, wow, you know, the guilt, you know, the selfishness all those things came the end of the day. It's like no, you can look after yourself for you. And that in itself is enough.
Les Price 29:19
And I think that's powerful. And what I'm really sensing as I'm listening to you and watching you is that became a belief. I've seen this in clients all the time when they have a paradigm shift. And this was obviously one for you.
So Eranthi, before we kind of come towards the end of our little chat today. And it's been fantastic just to hear some of the stories and I know the listeners will be just really connected with a lot of what you're sharing.
What's something practical that we could do to take better care of ourselves. And maybe you want to share if there's a self-care ritual that you have, that you've embraced in your own life that honours you?
Eranthi Bonney 30:03
Yes. And it doesn't have to be complex, I have a few things I do in my day, there's two things I can choose. The two things I would say that make a difference to me is starting the morning with meditation. So that works. For me, it may be different for other people, but that meditation, and it's really only 20 minutes, on days where I'm busy. And then days where I have more time, like a weekend, I might give myself the luxury of the full hour. But just even if it's two minutes doesn't really matter. Just that time where all you do is you sit, and you close your eyes, and you just reflect. And you could have a mantra, you could, you know, have prayer beads. And it doesn't matter if the thoughts come or go, the talks will continue to come we have a stream of consciousness and self-talk. And it's not being in judgment of what's coming into your mind. So it's just sitting in that silent space, letting whatever comes come and then just releasing it and then the next one comes and releasing it and just giving yourself that quiet time.
Second thing that I find really works for me is what's called a self-massage. And so in Ayurveda, it is recommended that you do a self-massage every day using herbal oils. And if you don't have herbal oils, you can use sesame oil. If you are a Vata type of person, generally people that feel the cold, they're very slim, they're small boned. Or you could use say coconut oil, if you're more Pita persons, if you've got more fire element, you tend to get hot, you know, you have a bit of skin sensitivity. And if you could use say mustard or you know, even sunflower oil. If you're a Kapha type, people that tend to be larger, build larger bones, you might be tending to be a bit more sedentary in your ways you like to sleep in to those kind of goals work for us that oils you can use.
And self-massage literally means covering your body in oil and massaging it. So, starting with warming some oil and then very mindfully, massaging it in very slow strokes on your arms and your legs on the tummy, your back, whatever you can reach. During that every morning, either before or after your shower, what you're doing is you're literally showering your body with love, because you're touching your body. And also, you are nourishing your body with the oils. And it has to be a natural organic vegetable oil if you can't get organic as natural as possible. Because oils nourish all seven tissues, or doctors as we call it, now you're better off the bodies, the oil actually goes into your body nourishes the skin, your muscles, your bones, like right down to the cells. And it basically oils, your body inside out. So, you're lubricated, you're hydrated. And that's a really nice way to show yourself that love in the morning. That's a wonderful little practice, you can embrace.
Les Price 32:51
I know, I've got a good friend of mine at the moment and she calls it 'pleasurising'. And she takes the coconut oil and she rubs it all over her skin. And it's just a way of honouring herself. And when I first heard that I thought, oh, maybe we have to find another word for it. Because I did find it hard to think of what gives you pleasure, what gives you nourishing. And so even in January this year, I did an Ayurvedic cleanse and detox to start the year. And all I simply did was just hold that word 'nourishing' in mind for the whole month of January. So, everything I ate, I just asked myself is this nourishing? And it was just a means of filling my body with the right foods, the right fluid, everything else that was nourishing, and it made a big difference because it was about honouring self.
What I'd love to know, Eranthi is with Aika, it's grown to a certain point, and it's been here. And it's come to you as a concept as an energy as a creative source from somewhere. And it's here to make a difference. You know, if you were to tune in as a heart-centered leader, what do you feel is the ultimate message of this business people for women in the world at this time?
Eranthi Bonney 34:14
I think for me, I'm going to say it's, 'to do what you love'. And it might sound very simple. But that's why I do Aika because I absolutely love what I'm doing. And I'm hoping that some of that love and that joy will be able to go into everyone that uses Aika. So, it's just basically whatever you do, do what you love. It shouldn't feel forced. And if it can bring joy and love to other people, then like what more can you ask for?
Les Price 34:42
Great. I love that very simple. But at the same time, I can almost feel the lighthouse growing there because it is about the energy and the difference. So look, thank you for joining me here today. I know we've had a short time together but I'm sure people who are listening in will get a huge amount out of understanding about Ayurveda, and hearing about what you've been doing and how you've been growing Aika and it's vision for the world. And more importantly, the heart that you have for people, which I really want to appreciate and acknowledge, and the way that you've openly shared here today. So Eranthi, if people want to connect with you and find out more about Aika, how can they do that? What's the best way?
Eranthi Bonney 35:17
Probably the best way is to email. So, they can, you know, go on to our website, which is a www.aikawellness.com. And we have a little form that they can fill. Or for the women listening to this, I'm happy for them if they have specific questions, they can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Price 35:37
Great. So two different ways to connect with you email@example.com or visit the website at www.aikawellness.com .
So Eranthi, thank you once again. It's been a real blessing to have you join me. So glad that we can connect and I'm looking forward to connecting with you in future as well. So, thanks for joining us today on this lovely session.
Eranthi Bonney 35:57
Thanks for having me, Les.
Les Price 35:59
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