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Win a year’s subscription to Holistic Scotland Magazine!

Fancy winning a year’s subscription to Holistic Scotland Magazine for you or a friend? To enter, all you need to do is help us out with some feedback for our friends at Feel Good Pass.

Feel Good Pass is a new wellness pass designed to make wellness more affordable and accessible for people in Scotland. But before they can launch this fantastic pass and bring you some seriously good offers, they need to know what you would like!

If this sounds like a great idea to you and you’d like to get involved in shaping the future of Feel Good Pass, as well as be in with a chance of winning a Holistic Scotland Magazine subscription, just follow the steps below.

If you run your own wellness business, it would be really helpful if you could also complete this second survey to better understand how Feel Good Pass could help you.

Good luck and thank you for your support!

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Win two VIP tickets to Glasgow Vegan Festival!

The second Glasgow Vegan Festival is set to take place this year on 10 and 11 November at Trades Hall – and you could be heading there for free!

Holistic Scotland Magazine has two VIP tickets worth £30 to give away to one lucky winner and a friend.

It means that, if you’re our lucky winner, you’ll be heading to Glasgow’s Trades Hall  in November to enjoy a feast of mouth-wateringly delicious food samples from world food caterers, more than 100 fantastic stalls, exciting cookery demonstrations, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and lots of kids’ activities.

The food on offer includes an exciting array of hot and cold plant-based dishes, including traditional Asian, Mediterranean, Indian and Greek specialities, as well as hotdogs, burgers, street food, and raw and gourmet delicacies.Vegan Events UK Logo

And, with pies being a staple at football stadiums, they’ll be making an appearance too – courtesy of Cool Jerk Vegan Pies, whose range includes Hamish’s Haggis & Mash Pies, Mince & Gravy, Mac & Sheese and Gluten-Free.

Pasties will also feature galore, as well as cakes from Captain Cakeman, chocolates, Mariners Fudge, cookies, doughnuts, sandwiches and salads to take away, not to mention alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, juices, smoothies, tea and coffee. Plus there will be lots of exciting foods and other products not available in the shops!

Non-food stalls will be selling a variety of items covering fashion, footwear, jewellery, beauty and skincare products, candles, crafts, clothing, footwear, homeware, gifts and charity merchandise. Add to that live music and lots of interactive workshops and you have the perfect day out!

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“With the vegan lifestyle really starting to go mainstream there’s a massive demand for vegan-friendly events,” says festival organiser Victoria Bryceson.

“The Scotland festival is set to be a fantastic day out whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply vegan-curious. The idea behind the festival is to educate and inform everyone about the vegan lifestyle and offer support to anybody who would like it.”

Victoria, who is launching the event to help promote animal welfare and showcase how to live a healthier and more ethical lifestyle, says going vegan has transformed her life.

“I’ve never felt happier and healthier,” she says.

“There will be several animal welfare charity stalls raising awareness of their causes. For anybody who would like to get involved with volunteering this is an ideal place to talk to lots of different charities and gather information, and all the stall holders are happy to talk to people and answer any questions.”

Hosted by Vegan Events UK, the festival is being run in partnership with animal welfare charity Miracle’s Mission.

“It’s all about trying new things and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities,” says Victoria.

“Cutting out meat and dairy from your diet is easier than you may think and many people are increasingly looking for alternatives as they want to live more healthily and ethically. They want to find out more about the new innovative foods and recipes now available and want to do it affordably. Our festival will educate people on how to do all of this.” New Image Vegan Burgers

And the festival is set to help local homeless people too, while helping to reduce food waste. Stall holders are being asked to donate any surplus food at the end of the festival, for example, and a group of volunteers will distribute it to homeless people after the event.

To be in with a chance of winning two VIP tickets for you and a friend, head over to the Holistic Scotland Magazine Facebook page, where all you need to do is track down the relevant post, and tag who you would like to take with you in the comments. Good luck!

Event details
Glasgow Vegan Festival takes place on Sunday, 10 and 11 November 2018 between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Trades Hall, Glasgow.

Entry is just £3 (under 16s go free) and this includes entry to all areas and activities. Standard tickets can be purchased at the door on the day. VIP tickets are £15 each and include fast-track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers. These can be bought in advance but are likely sell out quickly. Find out more at Vegan Events UK or over on Facebook.

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Win a spa break with Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection has launched a competition for one lucky winner to land a well-deserved spa break as part of National Spa Week 2018 (10-17 September).

It’s inviting people across Britain to nominate a friend, family member or themselves to win a spa day experience and overnight stay at a Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection hotel.

Emma Leadbeater, Macdonald Hotels Spa Director, said: “There’s no better cure for something getting under the skin than a facial! If someone you know just can’t catch a break –  if they keep missing their bus or their computer crashed, and they’ve lost a big piece of work, then this is your chance to make their day by entering our competition.”

The Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection is a group luxurious retreats, providing rejuvenation and relaxation in tranquil surroundings, where highly-trained staff use the finest professional products from ELEMIS as well offering bespoke treatments which are as individual as each hotel.

Nominations can be made by using the hashtag #CatchASpaBreak on Facebook or by emailing macdonald@bigpartnership.co.uk to explain the reasons why someone you care about really deserves a special treat.

Regular spa visits are used around the globe as an effective way to combat everyday stresses, whereas in the UK a spa treatment is still regarded as a rare treat – that’s why spas across the UK have come together during National Spa Week 2018 to provide an antidote to life in the 21st century.

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On Monday, 1 October, five lucky winners will be informed that they have a free spa day in store, including lunch and an overnight stay for them and one guest.

Macdonald Hotels Spa Collection covers more than 20 locations across the UK and winners will be able to choose from any of the following participating hotels:

  • Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, Ascot
  • Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Southampton
  • Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, Peebles near Edinburgh
  • Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel Spa, Chester
  • Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort, Hampshire
  • Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle
  • Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, near Stirling
  • Macdonald Manchester Hotel
  • Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windemere
  • Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa, near Chester
  • Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

Find out more here

 

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What to expect from a Zen yoga class

The benefits of practising yoga are unlimited. From increasing your flexibility and improving joint health to boosting your emotional and mental wellbeing, yoga is a great, gentle way to bring natural health and wellness to your body and mind. And there are so many different classes to choose from, such as Astanga, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa and so on.

But we were curious about Zen yoga, whose traditions are rooted in Zen Buddhism, so we headed along to one of Positive Change Yoga’s Day Retreats in Dysart – led by yoga instructor Scott Hutchison-McDade.

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We learned that Zen yoga takes influence from lots of different types of yoga – sometimes adopting traditonal postures and, at other times, adding its own unique twist. That we can expect a range of movements and sequences in Zen yoga – some of which will be familiar and others which may be completely new.  There are elements of Qi Gong included in Scott’s classes, for example, which blend effortlessly with the fluidity of a number of traditional yoga sequences.

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Scott makes the class feel at ease and prepares us for a meditation.

“Don’t worry about emptying your mind,” he reassures. “It’s impossible. Your mind is like a train station. Trains (aka thoughts) will come and go but as long as you don’t get on and follow their journey, it’s perfectly fine.”

The meditation is one of many we practise throughout the day. For this one, we close our eyes and internally repeat a mantra to the sound of drums. For others, we use mudras.

After the meditation, we practise some classic Qi Gong moves, followed by balance work, squats and traditional stretches. It’s tough but, as Scott would say, it’s also beautiful and incredibly awesome.

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After a plant-based lunch, we practise Yoga Nidra, otherwise known as Yogic Sleep. We get comfortable under blankets and drift into a meditative state while trying our best to stave off sleep and wandering thoughts.

“If you find your mind wandering, or if sleep comes, just reconnect with my voice,” says Scott.

Our class concludes with some crystal therapy to rebalance our chakras and a sound bath.

The result is thoroughly chilled – and one that’s worth giving a go if…

a) you don’t take yoga too seriously

b) want to experience a myriad of movements, postures and benefits

c) want to feel more spirituality connected with yourself and the world at large

d) want to have the option whether to take things at a slower pace or step it up a gear

e) you are there to release tension, unleash your emotions and explore your best possible self

f) want the full experience e.g. incense, candles, drums, gongs, crystals, yoga, mantras, meditation, chanting and so on…

g) want to feel the love

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Find out more about Zen yoga and its origins here. Or to book a class or retreat with Positive Change Yoga, click here.

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How to reclaim your lunch break and enjoy a spa treatment at the same time!

When The Spa at The Principal heard that the average UK worker only takes around 20 minutes of their lunch break (for fear of not being able to complete all their designated daily tasks), the team wasted no time in developing a range of express spa treatments to help time-poor city professionals reclaim some of their free time.

The Spa, which is part of The Principal Edinburgh – Charlotte Square hotel, believes all employees deserve to take their full lunch break and time to relax. That’s why it’s introduced a new series of 25-minute express treatments, all of which can be taken during a break, after a stressful morning, or as part of an extended Friday lunch.

Holistic Scotland Magazine headed along to the Edinburgh spa to sample an ishga Express Massage and find out just what can be achieved in 25 minutes. Male_changing_room (11)

We discovered that the ishga part of the massage is the natural skincare range developed here in Scotland from organic seaweed and that the spa’s expert therapists really can work tension-relieving wonders in less than half-an-hour (thank you, Reagan!)

This particular massage focuses on the back, neck and shoulders to target areas of tension, release stress and relax the nervous system, while the Invigorating Body Oil works its seaweed-based magic to stimulate, revitalise and encourage self-repair.

Seaweed has been used for hundreds of years for its therapeutic and natural healing properties and contains a number of vitamins, including A, C and E, as well as trace elements and amino acids. It can help to contribute to healthy, glowing skin and has been said to improve certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Treatment_room_2Other treatments in the 25-minute range include the ishga Express Facial, comprising a professional cleanse, tone and moisturise with; ishga Salt & Oil Scrub, whose Hebridean scrub and body wrap is said to detoxify and nourish the skin, and ishga Foot Recovery, which combines a Scottish seaweed foot scrub, foot massage, and cooling foot mask.

The only problem is, after 25 minutes of relaxation and therapeutic bliss, you really don’t want to go back to work! Nevertheless, we think this is a great addition to The Spa’s treatment portfolio, which also includes a range of OSKIA facials and OPI ProSpa manicures, pedicures and nail treatments. And we love the fact that you can mix and match and try them all! You can create a bespoke spa experience, for example, and bolt on as many treatments as you like.

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Holistic Scotland Magazine recommends the Champagne Spa experience, which includes a 55-minute treatment and a 25-minute treatment plus lunch or Twilight Tea in The Garden and a glass of champagne. And, of course, you can take advantage of the pool, sauna and steam room while you’re there.

Why not treat yourself for National Spa Week?

To find out more, or to book, click here 

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The relaxation room