LONDON'S TOP WELLNESS WORKSHOPS FOR 2017

The Mind Body Soul Workout
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We all know the wellness industry is booming, that’s nothing new. It’s a really exciting time to be part of such a fast paced industry and the trends for 2017 are looking pretty damn hot!

Of late we’ve seen a real shift in wellness 'feeling good is the new looking good'. We’re all waking up to the fact that this is an inside out job. What do we mean? Well, If you want to look good you gotta do a little digging and clearing out on the inside to make the outside glow. For real.

It's now totally the norm to head to Shoreditch House for a meditation session followed by brunch, or to finish your Sunday with a delicious sound healing session. With the world speeding up, content set to double in 2017, life isn't showing any signs of slowing down and certainly not in cities! Self care is no longer really a luxury in this modern time. We all need a little summin' summin' to help us slow down, get present and relax.

To those of you who are workshop newbies, think self development slash self love with a sprinkling of spirituality on top. And before you freak, It’s really not as ‘woo woo’ as you imagine and even if it is a little, rest assured you’re bucking the trend and joining the wellbeing pioneers who are not only leading the way with this work, they have fun in the process too - imagine that!

Finally as a side note, New York and LA are usually at least a couple of years ahead in wellbeing trends, having already embraced the inside/out journey and turning it into ‘the thing’ to do with your mates - we couldn't agree more. Welcome to the next frontier in wellbeing - A mind body and soul workout! Are you ready to dive in?

We’ve put together our top 5 favourite workshops for you all to try, there’s a little something in there for everyone. Disclaimer alert - all these workshops are entry level so if you’re thinking ‘I’ve never meditated before' don't let that stop you. Chances are most people won't have. Enjoy!

LIFETONIC - Jody Shield

A monthly event of “healing” and guided “meditation” in the city The perfect remedy for healing your modern woes. Founded and led by Intuitive Healer Jody Shield and held at the gorgeous Metropolitan Hotel by Como on Park Lane. The perfect zen den to clear out any blocked emotions. From stressed-out workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, boyfriends, LifeTonic helps anyone who wants to feel more confident, brighter, richer and anxiety-free. You’ll move through 3 hours of guided meditation as we touch on topics and pain-points which will completely resonate with you. The good news is, you can access the baggage and heal it painlessly and quickly in a healthy way. You can absolutely free your mind, body and soul of the pains of the past!

Join Jody for the next LifeTonic session in January. Click here to find out more.

JUST BREATHE - Michael James Wong

JUST BREATHE is the first modern meditation community in the heart of the UK where we come together to create an oasis of space amidst the London hustle, and it’s about time. We live in a busy world & day-to-day life can be chaotic. Especially in London It's a grind.

However, we are on the cusp of change. The time is now. It's time to wake up, and sit down. Each event will starts with music & an introduction to meditation & mindfulness, throughout the event you'll have the chance to connect with a like-minded community in London who are all there for the same reason. The night will culminate with a group meditation (20mins) to seal in the evening.

Join Michael and the JUST BREATHE community at the next session in January. For more information click here.


SOUND HEALING - Carly Grace

Our entire human body down to our very DNA is crystalline in structure, meaning that it responds and resonates with the pure tones of the crystal bowls, supporting deep transformation from the core of our being. The basic principle of sound healing is that everything in this universe is in a state of vibration including our mind, body, spirit, emotions and organs. By working with the vibrations of sound we can we can restore balance through emitting the correct frequencies, tones into the body. A sound healing treatment is received lying down, the session begins with a guided meditation and energy healing supporting you to relax and unwind so that you may open to the healing sounds. The experience of this feels deeply relaxing, soothing and supportive.

Join Carly and her teacher Yanataro for an exclusive series of sound sessions in January. Click here for more information.

THE BREATH GURU- Alan Dolan

This is warrior work - You can literally shift how you feel one breath at a time. Conscious breathing is a powerful and safe way to infuse the body with oxygen and energy, recharging our own (often depleted) systems to work to their healing capacity.

Humans have been aware of the healing power of their breath for millennia. Through the centuries we’ve developed a vast array of breathing practices, all designed to bring about physical and emotional wellbeing and connect with our deeper selves. in today’s society, we often neglect our bodies’ built-in capabilities. The fact is, most of us live in ‘standby mode’ most of the time. The most powerful mechanism is literally right beneath our noses waiting to be explored, yet we rarely give it more than a passing thought until now!

For information on 1:1’s or workshops with Alan head over to his website here.

OFF THE ROCKS - Ruby Warrington

OFF THE RÖCKS is an NYC event series for the “sober curious.” Curated by Ruby Warrington and meditation artist Biet Simkin, the concept is launching in London on January 11 2017.

Taking place at COMO Metropolitan London, the evening will feature a panel discussion on the concept of “high sobriety” a guided meditation from personal empowerment coach Chloe Kerman; a group intention-setting ritual for 2017; refreshments from Rooted London and The Hardihood; and mocktails in the Met Bar by Seedlip.

Timed to coincide with Dry January, OFF THE RÖCKS poses the questions: when did we decide to hand over all the fun times, all our down time, and all our sense of belonging, to booze? And what if, far from “boring,” opting for sobriety as a positive lifestyle choice meant feeling high all the time?

For tickets to OFF THE RÖCKS click here.

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