Given the apparent explosion of conversation and the presence of debate spread across the internet discerning Cannabidiol (CBD) - including using CBD for health and wellness purposes and its legality - anyone would be forgiven in thinking that it is a new phenomenon.

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Anandi (Alison Francis) was given her spiritual name, which meaning ‘in bliss’, by her guru in India in 2007. She has been in the wellness field for 30 years as an Ayurvedic practitioner, senior yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer and a certified Chopra meditation teacher. Anandi is the founder of The Sleep Guru, the author of ‘Breathe Better Sleep Better’ which explains how to use the breath as a healing tool and the creator or Sleepology by Anandi®, a new wellbeing process and in-depth enquiry into the causes of stress, exhaustion and sleep issues.

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There are outstanding health and fitness retreats around the world waiting to help you reset and recharge your busy life while soothing your soul, enhancing your fitness, refreshing your mind and maintaining optimal health. Whether you are into yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Reiki, hydrotherapy, stress management or a spiritual and holistic detox, we reveal our month-by-month guide to help you discover the hottest wellness retreats for 2020, so you can make this the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.

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SHA Wellness tailors every aspect of the customer experience right down to the recipes they create, to ensure the ultimate healthy holiday. This recipe has been specifically designed to hit your calcium requirements, for healthy bones and muscular function. Get a full serving of those all-important greens, as the crunchy, peppery broccoli and creamy avocado provide a contrasting taste sensation, whilst the fresh salad is also packed full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and healthy fats to boost your immune system and wellbeing.

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Dr Niels Vollaard

Dr Vollaard completed an MSc in Human Movement Sciences at the University of Maastricht, followed by another MSc at the University of Aberdeen (in Sports Nutrition). He then returned to Maastricht for a one-year spell as a research assistant, looking at the validity of bioimpedance for assessing body composition.

Dr Vollaard subsequently completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Essex, investigating the effects of oxidative stress in exercise, endurance training, and tapering. His first lecturing position was at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2003-2011), after which spending 5 years at the University of Bath, before joining the University of Stirling as a Lecturer in Health and Exercise Science in October 2016.

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“I’m just too busy, I can’t take time off work”. The notion of being too busy, not wanting to miss out on opportunities, piling more work on to colleagues or the judgement of superiors are just some of the reasons why we are working late, skipping lunch and passing on annual leave that could be spent relaxing on holiday or embarking on longer term wellness sabbaticals. 

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This gluten-free, pescatarian salad is packed full of all the goodness you need. Longevity Health & Wellness have concocted a light meal rich in proteins and healthy fats, a great post-workout meal to fuel your muscles for growth. A salad low in carbohydrates but big in flavour, this is also a wonderful option for a hot summer day, refreshing taste without the heaviness.

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Absolute sanctuary models a holistic approach when it comes to health and wellbeing, ensuring a complete methodology to assist you in your fitness goals and their culinary ethos is no different. This salad packs a powerful plant-based protein punch. Packed full of flavour, from sweet edamame beans, strong mustard dressing and the tangy superfood, goji berries, this raw vegan salad is a source of important vitamins, antioxidants, and all the essential amino acids to keep your body functioning and thriving.

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December is fast approaching and it’s likely that the lyrics of Andy Williams’ ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ are now echoing through the shops, supermarkets and maybe even your office.

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With Men’s Health Awareness month aka Movember underway, there is no better time to highlight the importance of men’s health and happiness. So, let’s talk about the ways in which you guys can improve your well-being, and the wellness retreats we have to help you.

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Forecasting the next big trends in the $4.2 trillion wellness tourism industry for 2020, we live up to our reputation as the wellness holiday specialists. From increasing your longevity to rediscovering your wild side in nature, discover the hottest new trends and wellness holidays that will influence the wellness travel world in 2020. 

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Dr. Prasanth.V.S. is a qualified practitioner of Integrative Medicine with 22 years of experience in Traditional Indian Medicine of Ayurveda. In March 2015, he started working with COMO Shambhala Estate as their Wellness Expert. He graduated from Mangalore University, India and have been working in various Wellness Retreats in India and Malaysia before joining CSE, Bali.

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Paul is the co-founder and CEO of Samahita Retreat, Thailand’s very first dedicated yoga retreat, operating now for 16 years on the tropical island of Koh Samui.

In addition to running Samahita, Paul continues to teach yoga internationally while also researching its effects with an empirical scientific approach based in original textual study. He recently conducted a large clinical study as a PhD scholar at Emory University. As a scientist, educator and entrepreneur he drives the evolution of Samahita and its teachings, while still drawing from deep traditions of yoga and healthy living.

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Winter is coming. Our 50° to 59° latitude means long dark nights and cold wet climates which seep into our bones, but it’s not all doom and gloom because we have the perfect solution. 

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What makes Kamalaya so special?

I have been an advocate for Kamalaya since my first visit in 2012 - the location, programs, and property design are all geared towards a total wellness immersion. With this, I am delighted to report that it is still magical — a place where the time goes both fast and slow. I believe the secret ingredient lies in the knowledgeable and caring team members. This was my fourth visit but it would be the first time I am concentrating on improving my emotional wellbeing, taking part in the Embracing Change program.

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What is Almar Jesolo and who is it for?

A 5-star luxury lifestyle resort gracing the Italian Riviera, Almar Jesolo is designed for well-being with exquisite service, class, and an award-winning spa.

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If you like yoga and would like to book a yoga holiday, you might just love Aerial Yoga! This craze, also known as AntiGravity Yoga, has swept the globe, with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Gisele Bündchen and Kourtney Kardashian advocating it.

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Surrender to the force of gravity and enjoy your yoga pose favourites!

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A wellness programme for a healthy family bonding experience.

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From November 2nd to 9th 2019,  head to Bali for an eight-day wellness retreat designed exclusively for women with time shared between two COMO hotels. The retreat will be hosted by pro-surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons, winner of 11 World Surfing League World Tour Championship events and runner-up for the World Title for three consecutive years.

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