“It’s simply about finding and maintaining health, balance, inner peace and happiness in every part of your life. The pandemic – which has forced all of us to spend time at home alone reflecting on what’s important – has brought that reality home to many people, some for the very first time.”
Born in Scotland, raised in India, and now based between homes in London and Scotland, Eiesha’s dual cultural heritage informed her understanding of health as well as her vision for wellness at Gleneagles.
“Here in Scotland, we have the most beautiful scenery in the world and it’s something I never take for granted. Standing on the Gleneagles estate, inhaling the fresh air, and looking out at the untamed landscape of the Ochil Hills, it’s really quite an extraordinary experience, especially if you live in a city. The restorative and health-boosting power of connecting with those natural assets – their ability to lift our mood and restore our balance – is truly incredible.
“In India, there’s an ancient tradition of wellbeing based on nature too, especially the health-giving properties of botanicals. When I was a child in India, my mother and grandmother never gave me tablets for headaches or used synthetic products for a grazed knee. Instead, Ayurvedic therapies and rituals, which have been passed down from generation to generation, were always the norm, and there was an effective natural remedy for every ailment – using a turmeric root poultice to reduce inflammation, special concoctions made with herbs or a fresh ginger and aniseed tea to soothe a cough, or liquorice root and coconut oil to treat skin conditions. Those Ayurvedic therapies have, of course, influenced Western medicine and spa experiences increasingly in recent years, but they’ve been a part of my day-to-day experience my entire life and, like my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother before me, I now use them on my children too.”