If you need a day away from city life, but don’t fancy a trek down to the county, then you must check out Honeywell Yoga Day Retreats. I recently joined Laura Currie, (Nutritionist) and Charlotte Lewis (Yoga instructor) at one of their day retreats in London that was a well-deserved break away from the norm to reset my body and mind.
Within stunning surroundings in an East London rooftop apartment, you are greeted with a sit-down breakfast of Chia Porridge and berries, tea and chats with the other attendees.
In the Western world, it seems impossible to argue against the idea that life is now is more comfortable, convenient and prosperous than it has ever has been. Yet with anxiety and stress swiftly becoming pressing health issues, people are beginning to ask themselves, why do we find the modern world so stressful?
Quite a few years ago I decided I wanted to learn to meditate. I had been reading for a long time about the benefits of mindfulness – the application of the skill meditation teaches you – which include such enticing things like living longer, the ability to heal yourself from many physical ailments and actually, changing your brain chemistry. Who doesn’t want these super powers?
So, I bought the most basic book I could find: Meditation for Dummies. And to its credit, it did what it said on the tin. It was a solid introduction, with no particular religious or philosophical bent. I learned a technique. Then dabbled – for years. In fact, having a little bit of a reading addiction, I’ve probably read more about the practice now than I’ve actually meditated. I’ve only ever succeeding in meditating maybe five or 10 minutes a day, and always in fits and starts.