After this last year I think it is pretty fitting to talk about how practicing yoga can help you maintain a healthy headspace.
I knows it’s been a wild ride since last March and I hope this shines a light on something that I know has certainly helped me and many others.
Life comes in waves, we have beautiful moments where we are at complete peace with ourselves and feel like we are on top of the world, and then there are times when we feel we need to reset the balance between our mind, body and soul. Jetting off on a healthy getaway to escape our daily modern routines to focus on our overall wellness always works wonders.
Thailand is known as the ‘land of a thousand smiles’ and for good reason. From its world-renowned southern beaches to the rich colours of the architecture, it is an idyllic setting for a yoga & culture holiday. Picture delving into a sunrise yoga session overlooking sweeping green hilltops in a realm influenced by Buddhist philosophies of kindness, followed by an afternoon of adventure exploring a city and beautiful temples. Dive into transformational energy, encompassed by culture, surreal landscapes, and ancient yoga practices to find a healthier, more holistic lifestyle.
High-intensity interval training combines very short bursts of vigorous exercise with even shorter recovery work or rests. Due to the often-extreme levels of exertion during the active phases, HIIT sessions typically last less than 30 minutes; as such they're an extremely time-efficient way to get fit and rev up your calorie burn. Nobody wants to spend hours sweating in the gym on a hot summer's day, which is why a regular HIIT session is just what you need to put a spring in your step over the next couple of months – and hopefully beyond.
Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports for so many reasons and it is becoming increasingly accessible on watersports holidays. It is a brilliant way to get in shape while having fun! It offers a full-body workout, which can burn more calories in an hour than most sports as it combines strength, balance, core and endurance. You’ll most certainly build up your tan and look even more radiant on and off the water. Being around large bodies of water can be incredibly calming, therefore paddling along while soaking up the natural surroundings is meditative.
If your dream getaway involves a spa holiday, tanzanite blue pools, breath-taking scenery and delectable dishes, along with some high-end cosmetic pampering to return home an even more beautiful and healthy, then you need a luxury spa holiday with a twist. The medical clinic sector in travel is ever-growing and it ticks all the boxes of a luxury escape along with state-of-the-art facilities, the best medical experts and you get to focus on yourself with non-invasive cosmetic treatments.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year, there is going to be an extra bank holiday from the 2nd to the 5th of June. Lucky for us, as with just 3 days of annual leave we can get nine days off – giving us ample time to enjoy a wellness retreat fit for a Queen!
It is no secret that the British Royals adore travelling, from Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands to Corfu, (after all, Prince Philip was born a Greek prince) to Mustique in the Caribbean, which was once solely reserved for the royals, particularly Princess Margret. So where should you travel to holiday like a Queen?
Christmas and New Years are a season onto themselves, filled with the best aspects of life that make you feel like maybe you are magic. While we’re terribly fond of our little island, let’s face it, December and January don’t exactly showcase Britain at its finest, so why not make the most of this magical season with a charming winter sun holiday escape?
After the last year of cancelled events, not being able to see the grandparents and home schooling, every family is craving a holiday! Whilst the sentiment at the moment is to stay domestic, that won’t stop us dreaming and we can start turning those dreams into a reality by planning a family holiday to look forward to in 2022. Break free from the normal routine, change up the scenery, and make meaningful memories while focusing on your wholefamily’s wellness.
Think of “weightlifting” and you picture muscle-bound strongmen straining under heavily- loaded barbells. As such, many women are put off lifting weights because they assume it'll make them bulky; the fact is that regular resistance exercises will create definition and strength, but stronger doesn't equal bigger for us females. Building and gaining muscle takes a great deal of dedication and it's actually very hard for women to bulk up - we simply don't have high enough testosterone levels.
Let’s be honest fathers are the most difficult people to get presents for! With mothers it can be flowers, a spa treatment, shoes, jewellery or even a home cooked meal… But the other parent is a completely different ball game – what do they want, need or like? There are only so many ties, hip flasks or mugs from the ‘World’s Best Dad’ collection we can get away with. With that in mind, why not give the gift of an active break for Father’s Day? They’re sure to appreciate the promise of a stimulating fitness-focused retreat to look forward to and the chance to spend time with their loved one. Get your cycling stamina, water-sport skills, and golfing down to a tee (pun intended) all while making meaningful memories with your pops!
Over the course of the last year, we have seen the engagements in our calendars rescheduled and eventually shelved indefinitely. From small everyday events like a cup of coffee with a friend or a trip to the gym to international events such as the Olympics, our routines came to a halt in an indiscriminatory way – nobody has been free from the effects of the pandemic. Given the frequently changing lockdowns and tiers, it’s easy to see how our perception of time has completely changed. It has meant many of us do not know where the virus year/s have gone. It is hugely down to the fact we separate time with distinguishing occasions – ‘the summer my son had his graduation’ or ‘it was the year we went to Dubai’… Without occasions, one day merely leans into the next, and the next, forming no memories.
On a slightly more optimist note, whether COVID-19 entered our lives or not, there are so many mental health and wellness benefits of having a holiday to look forward to which include:
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