Tag: wellness

To complement their programme of world-class music, woodland-theatre, forest parties, talks and famed chef line-up, Wilderness have curated a tranquil realm of Wellbeing, a festival within a festival.

In their seventh year, Wilderness brings new talent and the most prestigious Wellbeing partners. Think masterclasses from eminent yoga leaders, workshops from renowned health experts and specially designed programmes from celebrated centres of excellence.

Nestled close to the soothing sounds of the emerald swimming lakes is The Sanctuary. A shanti space for winding down away from the bustle of festival life and exploring new practices. Whether it’s trying Hot Yoga for the first time with Fierce Grace, or getting balletic with Xtend Barre, or a luxurious therapy with Neal’s Yard Remedies The Sanctuary will provide something for what ails you.

The Sanctuary garden will become home to healers, yogis, and holistic practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and will offer more traditional classes for Hatha, Slow Flow, VInyasa, and Ashtanga, with plenty of options for all skill levels.

Acclaimed therapists from Neals Yard Remedies will offer their signature facials, deep tissue, and aromatherapy massage, which will leave you revitalised and ready to explore the wonders of Wilderness.

New for 2017, Carl Faure, the founder of renowned school London yoga studio Stretch, and Rocket Yoga’s Marcus Veda will be offering classes specially catered to men who might feel afraid to give Yoga a try. Adam Husler, will be hosting a workshop that aims to shed light on ‘The Real Reason Men are Terrible at Yoga’.

Cate Miller, founder and owner of Xtend Barre London, is at the forefront of the Barre movement. Her world-famous workout combines dance, ballet and pilates. At Wilderness, Cate will bring the classic Xtend Barre technique to Cornbury Park for a workshop sure to get your heart racing.

Further exciting highlights include partnerships with exceptional institutions such as The Life Centre, Sangye Yoga School, The Special Yoga Centre and Oxford’s Inner Space, each offering a unique style and experience.

Those looking to explore something new can try their hand at styles less familiar, including Hip Hop Yoga with Julie Montagu, super energetic and dynamic flow yoga to the more legendary hip hop tracks, to get your heart racing.

Nine Lives will be offering Acro Yoga, a workshop that seamlessly blends acrobatics and yoga. The blissful lake will host Paddleboard Yoga. Friends of Wilderness and Internationally acclaimed dance company Rambert will impart wisdom on the formal approach to movement and flow with their Movement Workshop.

Settled on the banks of the lake, The Wilderness Lakeside Spa is set to return for 2017. The Lakeside Spa has inspired many imitators, and remains the most stunning spot to relaxing a wood-fired hot tub by the clearest of lakes.

Wilderness provides a rare opportunity to experience the joys of a thriving arts community in resplendent surroundings, whilst cultivating your inner self.

"Where else can you have a fabulous massage and wallow in a hot tub in a field while a rocking' great festival goes off in the background?" 
The Tatler Spa Guide

“A weekend romping around the Oxfordshire countryside did wonders for the mind, body & soul” 
Women's Health

Wellbeing at Wilderness...
In The Sanctuary, the festival’s dedicated Wellbeing area:

Centres of excellence…
XTEND BARRE STUDIO / FIERCE GRACE
THE LIFE CENTRE / SANGYE YOGA SCHOOL / STRETCH / THE SPECIAL YOGA CENTRE

Masterclasses, Workshops & Talks from the experts...
YOGI ASHOKANANDA / JULIE MONTAGU / MARCUS VEDA / TANIA BROWN / G-LOVE / NINE LIVES / JEFF & JENNIE PHENIX / TAMMY MITTEL / AMBER SCOTT

Yoga Classes For Everyone…
HATHA / SLOW FLOW / VINYASA FLOW / ASHTANGA / YOGA NIDRA / JIVAMUKTI / KUNDALINI / RESTORATIVE & RE-ENERGISING YOGA / ROCKET YOGA
PILATES / MOVEMENT WITH RAMBERT / GENTLE YOGA

Try something new...
HIP HOP YOGA / ACRO YOGA / YOGA RAVE / YOGA LIGHT VIBES
PADDLEBOARD YOGA / FAMILY YOGA / YOGA BRUNCH CLUB

Massages, Treatments & Facials with NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES

Relaxation and Meditation...
MEDITATION WITH INNER SPACE OXFORD
MINDFUL EATING MEDITATION
OMMERSION
QOYA DANCING WITH YOUR WILD WOMAN in the forest
WOODEN STAFF WORKSHOPS, FANS AND MINDFUL MOVEMENT WITH TAI CHI LIFE
FOREST SCHOOL MOVEMENT
WILD FITNESS
WILD NUTRITION
‘THE REAL REASON MEN ARE TERRIBLE AT YOGA’ WITH ADAM HUSLER
NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES MASSAGES & FACIALS

To see the full programme so far, please visit:
www.wildernessfestival.com/2017-programme

A taster of the rest of the 2017 programme…

The Main Stage
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
GRACE JONES - BONOBO Live
FIRST AID KIT - MICHAEL KIWANUKA - TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
AURORA - RAY BLK
HUDSON TAYLOR - LOUIS BERRY - THE CORRESPONDENTS
THE TURBANS - SIGRID - THE SKA VENGERS - BRIAN DEADY
TEN FE - TENDER CENTRAL - CATHERINE MCGRATH

Long-Table Banquets
YOTAM OTTOLENGHI - NUNO MENDES - THOMASINA MIERS

Should-I-tell-an-alcoholic-they-are-in-denial-2
I cringe every time i think about communicating my feelings in a public way, and as a result, i don't do it. If i speak about something in a negative way to friends or colleagues, it is always a surface-level issue; not the deep route of my anxiety. I was recently working on a documentary to document my experiences growing up with a parent who was an addict, and how that had shaped the person i am today; but both disappointingly, and amazingly, the BBC ran an all-day news piece on the same topic not long after. While i was happy that this important message had reached a wider audience, i felt like i remained the same - perhaps selfishly, being a part of the documentary was going to be a cathartic process for me.
I grew up thinking that anxiety was a dirty word; whenever someone told me i was anxious, i didn't believe them. 'No i'm just worried', i'd say. Worrying about everything and anything became a regular day-to-day action for me; but i didn't ever say what was truly worrying me - i'd deflect the true worries onto smaller things... arguments with friends, someone saying something rude to me in a club, people not replying to messages, etc.
Being brought up by an addict has its plus sides - you get a lot of things almost instantly; but instant gratification sets you up for disappointment too. As a kid, my addict parent would do anything and everything to get me what i wanted straight away - this was down to their need to not think about it anymore; but it built an ability in me to be very quick-minded, not to think things through - to "treat myself" without thinking of the consequences, and to be overly generous. This also meant i wanted a quick fix to anything that went wrong in my life.
What having an addictive parental figure also taught me, is that you can spend years on end pretending that everything is ok, while there is a huge bubble of seriousness under the surface. My family could act like a 'normal' family, doing our day-to-day things, but really, we had a huge thing we should have all been tackling; coming to terms with;  dealing with head-on.
As a result, loosing that parent came as an absolute shock to me. I had normalised everything; hospital visits, intensive care, picking them up from the floor, cleaning, caring, organising housing. I couldn't find a quick fix for this; i couldn't get instant gratification. The constant level of stress in my life was so normal to me, that i didn't know how to cope without it - i couldn't understand that life could seemingly be stress-free, that you could think about YOURSELF and not someone else 24/7. I unconsciously began shifting this stress into other areas of my life. It was more comfortable to live with the stress than without it, and this meant my body began to create it, itself.
 
I spent the first few months after my addict parent's death feeling weirdly ok; i went back to work the next day, and i didn't stop - working more than 12 hours a day, every day. However, as time went on, and with me working obsessively, and being in complete denial, i began to crack. 
I extend the biggest of thank you's to EVERYONE (friends, colleagues, family) who has put up with me being pretty out of character, stress-filled and dramatic - i appreciate every single one of you. I carried around my stress, thinking i could carry on as i had spent my whole life - denying the truth. It wasn't until Father's Day weekend this year, that i realised i was doing everything i could to drown out my true feelings. This was the first year i didn't have a dad. I didn't feel like i could celebrate with everyone else, i had a moment of total crisis as to what my relevance was for those 24 hours. The night before i was stress personified, anything small that wasn't planned - i felt as a catastrophe; i couldn't help it.
 
However you need to release stress, you should do it - holding it in doesn't make you stronger/ the issue easier. Music massively helped me to do this, especially seeing it live; but more than that - i needed to find silence. I needed to find a space where my brain finally stopped whirring and only focused on me. For me, this was virtually impossible - meditation would take me years to get the hang of, and i sought to drown everything out so completely after the death, that i would sit on my emails with the radio on, and my headphones in one ear. (Sometimes on the phone too.) I couldn't stop. I didn't want anyone to ask me anything about my dad, so i'd change my appearance regularly - dying my hair, piercings, new tattoos. I'd also create an imaginary problem from something minor, just to be able to talk about that instead. With the help of incredible literature, understanding why i behaved the way i did, around 4 incredible people who i am close with, and the most beautiful Pilates and Yoga centre in the planet (Camden Town, Chelsea, and Central London branches), i finally had an epiphany. 
Allowing myself to feel what i am feeling deep down is still incredibly difficult, but i'm writing this piece to advise anyone to do the same, and as soon as you can. With my denial, came illness (my whole body seized up with stress, muscle pain, headaches, obsessive habits of pulling out eyelashes), stress, and someone i didn't recognise; i transformed from an energetic, positive person into a stressed, amped-up person. I began to try and control my life in every aspect; couldn't bare the thought of a minor disagreement, argument, or anything that could potentially hurt me. I was living in a fairytale, a fairy tale, with an added force-field - totally unrealistic.
Being in denial for too long will change who you are, and this isn't right.
 
This weekend, i finally said goodbye in my own way to my wonderful parent who is in a place of no pain, incredible memories and love. 
 
 
Good relaxation spots: http://www.triyoga.co.uk/

Vrumi Studiois opening up homes around London to inspire people to ‘Take a Leap’ in 2016 and practice their passion. Vrumi will be hosting a series of partnerships with small business owners and creatives, challenging Londoners to try that thing they’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s becoming a yoga teacher, a DJ, a photographer or an artist.

Research shows that workers are ending the 9-to-5, with 45% of Millennials choosing workplace flexibility over pay. There has been an increase in freelancing and self-employment, with workers choosing to seek work with a greater purpose, considering “a job where I can make an impact” to be essential to their happiness. Services like Vrumi are helping pave the way for flexible working. Vrumi is the revolutionary new ‘sharing economy’ service that specialises in opening up amazing homes as inspiring workspaces during the day. The service helps hosts to earn money from spaces that would have otherwise been idle, while guests save money on workspaces.

Fans of the service include Lauren Pope, who began her career as a successful DJ before joining the cast of TOWIE. Lauren went on to launch Hair Rehab London, a range of natural clip-in hair extensions which is now sold on the high street and internationally. “I love the flexibility of using a Vrumi space. There are so many amazing options to suit our needs, from private spaces to host a business meeting, creative spaces for photoshoots or open spaces for Hair Rehab London academy days," says Lauren Pope, founder of Hair Rehab London

Partnering with London creatives who have shunned a regular 9-5 job to pursue their real passions, Vrumi will be hosting a series of events showcasing how their spaces can be used:London Loves LA (2)

London Loves LA Pop Up Shop

Sisters Sophie and Ella created London Loves LA after they spotted a desire for the one-off, high quality, American vintage treasures that are so hard to find in the UK. The girls took a trip to The States and sourced the best vintage varsity and thrift from secret locations across LA. Their vintage selection is complemented by their own special line of London Loves LA designs, which have been worn by everyone from Harry Styles to Ellie Goulding and Little Mix. The London Loves LA girls will be hosting a pop up shop in a Vrumi space, showcasing their new collection as well as sharing their insider tips on running a small business.

Date: Friday 29th January 2016

Time: 2 – 9pm

Location: Unit B, 100 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1 4ENFat Buddha - Jess (2)

Fat Buddha Yoga with Jessica Skye

DJ Jessica Skye discovered yoga on a trip to Indonesia. After a few office-based jobs, she soon came to realise that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for her and she founded Fat Buddha Yoga, taking a

modern approach to the ancient art and science of yoga for the next generation of urban yogis. They regularly host pop up classes, including an class at a Vrumi space in East London.

Date: Friday 5th February 2016

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Unit B, 100 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1 4EN

https://www.vrumi.com/property/411-beautiful-spacious-light-warehouse-yoga-studio

Sarah Salter, CMO of Vrumi, said: “We’re excited to be working with creatives from different walks of life to show the diversity of Vrumi spaces and how they can be used to try something new. Our spaces have been used by lots of amazing people who have taken a leap, including new authors writing their first book, actors to practice readings, photographers, new start-up businesses and more.”

Visit https://www.vrumi.com and use the code TAKEALEAP to get £10 off your first Vrumi booking.

Available from 18 Jan - 29 Feb 2016.

London's a hectic place. There's not too many minutes in the day to take stock, it back and watch the world go by without feeling like you should be joining it.

But why not flex your eye muscles and take up a new hobby - sketching. Seriously therapeutic, no battery needed and available to all - sketching is getting a major revival in our London streets.

Now, if you're thinking well I can't draw what would be the point - we will tell you what the point is. Sketching is not only therapeutic but it will help you to look a the world in a new light, clear your mind and the more you do it the better you get - promise.

So - with that in mind we want to mention Moleskine, who not only do brilliant sketch books to carry around with you for whenever you feel the urge to put pencil to paper, but also have a wonderful section on their website showing all the sketches that people have done using their notebooks and sketchbooks. If you need some inspiration this is the place to go to.

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This - for example is Regents Canal by Paulina.

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And this, the Cornish Pasty Shop by Paul Wenman.

We urge you to put down your phones and tablets when you're out and about or at home and have a go. It'll do wonders for your stress levels and we promise you, in no time at all will be the trendiest thing to be seen doing.

it_was_cold__winter_morning__by_mala_lesbia-d4pmh8cOk so the nights are about to draw in, it's about to get a hell of  lot colder and often what comes with that is giving up on the gym, turning to comfort food and generally getting the sniffles when you get run down.

But we have some ways to change all that - here are our top 5 ways to stay tip top over the winter period.

1. Buy Echinacea and Berocca from Boots or a Wholesfoods so similar. These little beauties taken in the morning or evening if you begin to feel a little winterified will have you perked right back up again. Keep them stocked up in your cupboards when you need that little helping hand.

2. Don't oversleep! It may be about to get darker in the mornings but that doesn't mean you should sleep in more. Too much sleep plays havoc with your mood, immune system and more. It's been written about a bunch of times lately and the general consensus is that 7 hours of good quality sleep should be what you're aiming for.

3. Wash your hands. Think about it - money, the office kitchen and loo, the tube, the bus - all of these places are pretty bugged up - especially as germs start to go around come winter time. You don't need to go as far as getting one of those masks and carrying anti-bac but washing your hands regularly will help to stave off any unwanted germies ready to bed down in your nose or lungs for the winter.

4. Drink water! Ok so this should be drilled into you rby now but in the winter sometimes when it's cold we start to avoid water more. But with cold winds, heating and more you can avoid at least half of your dry skin and chapped lip problems by drinking enough water.

5. If you have forgotten to drink enough water then make sure you have some Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream at hand. This stuff is winter wonder cream when it comes to chapped lips and sore noses from colds. It pretty much solves any dry or chapped skin problem