Health

EVENT: Wellbeing in the West End

Wellbeing in the West End will offer three days of self-exploration, nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation and mindfulness between 11 and 13 January 2019

If you live in the Capital and are looking to shape up, detox, chill out or become more mindful this January, get along to Edinburgh West End’s first ever wellbeing festival!

Local health professionals are coming together to host Wellbeing in the West End on 11, 12 and 13 January – when they’ll be offering a range of workshops and classes at different venues throughout the district – and they’re inviting you to join them.

The £20 ticket price, which will help to raise money for The Joshua Nolan Foundation and The Rock Trust, includes access to all activities, classes, workshops and talks – each of which have been designed to help nurture and nourish your own wellness.

According to organisers, the three-day celebration of self-exploration, nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation and mindfulness will be like nothing Edinburgh West End has ever seen before. The itinerary features a series of different talks, covering the likes of goal setting and managing anxiety, and exhibitors will showcase a range of health and wellbeing products and services, such as organic food, jewellery, crystals and therapies, at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.

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Beneficiary The Rock Trust works with homeless and socially excluded youngsters aged 16 to 25 across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Meanwhile, The Joshua Nolan Foundation believes it’s possible to prevent every suicide. The charity offers support, training and advice to people living in Scotland of all ages and gender identity, who may identify as being ‘at risk’ or affected by suicide.

Holistic Scotland Magazine stockist Calm on Canning Street is one of the West End venues taking part.

“We are so excited about this event, which combines all the things we love: community, self-care and self-kindness,” says Calm on Canning Street founder Katy Lomas (pictured).

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“We wanted to make this accessible and affordable for everyone and we are delighted to be able to support two very special local charities doing amazing work within our community, as well as support local therapists, wellbeing practitioners and promote all the amazing businesses within the West End.”

For tickets, click here 

Or, to find out more, check out the Facebook page 

 

 

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Revealed: The hottest fitness trends for 2019

As we enter another festive season of decadence and over-indulgence, some are already planning on how they can shift the extra pounds in the New Year, Nextatlas, a technology company that utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to spot trends before they become mainstream, has revealed the top five emerging trends in health and fitness.

‘Wellness’ and ‘recovery’ both play a key role in 2019, with a profound focus on low impact exercise and healthy minds. In order of strength, the key findings reveal the following fitness trends for the year ahead:

  1. Active Recovery Workout – new and traditional practices that focus on body awareness, recovery, and healthy mind-sets are emerging across the UK and USA.
  2. Low Impact Exercises – there has been a slow move away from high-intensity workouts this year, which will grow into 2019 towards more considered and mindful exercise, such as LISS (low-impact steady state) and HILIT (high-intensity low-impact training).
  3. Barre Workouts – following on from this, Barre classes focus on improving core strength and enhancing flexibility by performing isometric exercises and small movements.
  4. Wellness Festivals – over the past three years, wellness festivals, such as Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival, have become big business and this will grow even more in 2019.​
  5. Smart Clothing – from biometric measurement for an enhanced workout, to self-regulating materials that adapt to temperature, consumers will increasingly turn to wearable technology to enhance their workouts.

Mario Coletti, UK Managing Director of Nextatlas, explains: “The continued focus of well-being and mindfulness will evolve next year, showing people’s strong desire to take a holistic approach to fitness, whilst protecting both the body and mind. In particular, low-impact exercise and a focus on recovery will play a critical role in workouts in 2019, particularly through modern classes, such as Barre.

“Unsurprisingly, the uptake of technology in sport and fitness will also increase next year. This aligns with the broader movement we are seeing in ‘science-backed’ health and beauty. People want to understand how their bodies function and how to get the most out of their workouts; the adoption of smart clothing in the fitness sector will enable this on a much broader scale.”

Nextatlas constantly monitors the online world to spot emerging trends and is used by a number of high-profile brands. The platform uses clever algorithms and advanced AI to track social, consumer and online data, enabling it to quickly spot the next cultural movements and trend shifts before they actually happen.

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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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New Calm on Canning Street yoga studio opens in Edinburgh’s West End

A new yoga studio is set to open in Edinburgh’s West End this week after an extensive two-week refurbishment.

Calm on Canning Street is the newest of Edinburgh’s wellbeing spaces and has been founded by yoga practitioner Katy Lomas.

Katy says Calm will be more than just a ‘functional’ yoga studio and offer a sanctuary where people can relax and connect after classes. The studio also has three wellbeing rooms, which will offer massage, life coaching, counselling and other therapies. IMG_1069 2

The timetable will include Over 50s Yoga, Kids & Teen Yoga, Pregnancy and Parent & Baby Yoga, as well as donation-based ‘Karma’ classes. Katy says the studio will also launch lunchtime mindfulness sessions to help city workers manage their stressful lives.

Katy says the studio has a strong community focus and Wednesday afternoons will be reserved for charities and not-for-profit organisations to use free of charge. The first community partnership is with Four Square, which will be running an eight-week series of mindfulness sessions for clients at risk of homelessness.

The studio is even offering concession passes for doctors, nurses and social workers.

“Calm on Canning Street is the culmination of everything I have learnt over the last 10 years,” says Katy.

“Our core values are community, connection and consciousness and we’re truly committed to ensuring we bring yoga to the people who need it most. My aim with this space is to help people feel calmer and more grounded, support local businesses and to provide a beautiful sanctuary in the heart of the Edinburgh.”

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Katy says she has been on quite a journey since launching her marketing career in London on a Graduate Scheme with Barclays 10 years ago. After relocating to Sydney in 2010 and working in banking for nearly five years, she decided to give up corporate life altogether and explore off-grid living and an alternative, more simplistic way of life.

She relocated to Portugal and lived in her camper van in an off-grid community for eight months before travelling to India to become a yoga teacher. Motivated by the desire to spread the benefits of yoga to more people, she decided to move back to the UK and set up her own yoga business, Katy and The Calm. She moved to Edinburgh to be with her partner, Ross, and together Ross and Katy have created Calm on Canning Street as a combination of their passions.