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By Rosie Williams
On 19, Apr 2017 | In Arts & Lifestyle | By Rosie Williams
We are so excited to be giving away 3 pairs of weekend tickets to Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival taking place in Gloucester on 18th-20th August. The tickets are worth £400 per pair and include access to all workshops, yoga, classes and entertainment. We were lucky enough to experience the first ever Soul Circus festival in 2016 which consisted of so many high points that we had to share news of the second festival with you. Enter for your chance to win at the bottom of this page.
January starts with a bang but soon becomes a drag. And then February – a month of nothingness. Not the new year, and not yet close enough to March to warrant walks in the brighter air with a lighter heart. Before you know it, in walks Spring with it’s progressively longer days, medley of bird songs and signs of renewal.
Sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on the body. The human skeleton, with its 206 bones, and 112 joints that facilitate movement of this structure, is literally designed to move. However finding the time, and perhaps more crucially, the energy to move more can be difficult. Start off slowly, aiming to add 10-15 minutes of extra movement into your day, throughout the week and weekend, and you may find that your energy levels start to improve. Increase the duration of your activity as you start to feel the benefit of using your body how it’s been designed to be used!!
A Mindful Movement
We live in a busy world & engaging in day-to-day life can be chaotic, stressful and exhausting. Especially if you experience hearing loss or tinnitus.
JUST BREATHE is the first modern mindfulness meditation community in the heart of the UK where people come together to create an oasis of space amidst the London hustle, and it’s about time.
These warming colours and all the natural hues of mellow pastel green, of light brown and cream – are amalgamated in this this highly nutritious bowl of brain food goodness and go hand in hand with a rainy day in November.
‘Tis the season for soups! Roasting vegetables makes a world of difference, and so here’s an incredibly simple and wonderfully hearty roasted carrot soup, with a swirl of beetroot juice. I’ve added ginger and turmeric, both optional in this recipe, but so good to include in your daily diet, especially at this time of year. I try to add them to everything, from juices to soups and curries. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and turmeric make them a great remedy for muscle and arthritic pain, for digestion and for colds.
2 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon grated ginger
¼ teaspoon turmeric
½ cup fresh beetroot juice
Preheat the oven on 150C. Chop the carrots into small pieces and slice the onions, cover with some melted coconut oil, just enough to grease them. Then place carrots, onions and the peeled garlic cloves in the oven for around 20-30 minutes. Once cooked, place in a nutribullet or high speed blender, add water, salt and grated ginger and blend. Boil in a pan, adding more salt if required as well as the turmeric. Pour a swirl of beetroot juice when serving.
Brain Energy Tip
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and can be used whole but is most commonly sold as a ground spice which resembles a fine mustard powder.
This antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory is used regularly to season food in India where researchers found that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is 25 percent lower than in the U.S. In lab studies, mice that were fed curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) developed fewer amyloid plaques, associated with Alzheimer’s, than rats that weren’t.
More recent research published in Stem Cell Research and Therapy suggests it may boost your brain proliferation or its power to repair itself!
We all know the ginger root for its capacity to reduce nausea and pain reducing properties. However, recent research continues to demonstrate it’s brain boosting properties and potential to protect against cognitive disease. Ginger also has a sialagogue action, stimulating the production of saliva, which makes swallowing easier.
Carrots are known to be the go to food for good eye sight. However, they provide great benefits for the brain too. According to a study published in 2010 in the journal Nutrition the high levels of luteolin found in carrots could reduce age-related memory impairment and inflammation in the brain.
At Cubex we are planning on keeping the energy of summer alive during September and aim to spend the remainder of the year feeling healthy both physically and cognitively and we would like to inspire you to do so too.
We kick of the Autumn by participating in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and hosting another event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and in memory of those nearest and dearest to all of us who have lost their battles with cancer, including Lorna Frost (Cubex Audiologist) and Gloria Shulberg.
A coffee morning with a twist
As usual, we turn coffee morning on its head and invite you to join us for the evening instead and have opted for a more nourishing and healthier take on cakes and biscuits which are gluten free, sugar free, low fat and very high in antioxidants. So join us for the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of Macmillan and to see how easy it is to cook and eat healthily so that you can stay active and participate throughout the day with lots of cognitive energy.
Isn’t it time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
Join Michael James Wong as we step into the unknown for a once in a lifetime experience both on and off the mat… this is NOT your typical beach yoga retreat!
What to expect
What to expect
Leave your expectations at home and join fellow yogis from around the world as we explore the power of Mother Nature, and the power within us all, as we embark on an adventure that’s both breath-making and breath-taking. Throughout the week we’ll explore the highs and the lows, the fast and the slow of the practice, the beautiful winter elements and ourselves.
Yoga can benefit your brain and body in unique ways. There is a wealth of evidence that suggests that regular yoga practice can influence cognitive function, gene expression and immune response.
We caught up with London-based teacher, Global Yogi, meditator and lifestyle consultant, Michael James Wong who talks to us about who can benefit from yoga. Michael is recognised as a leading voice in the modern yoga movement around the world. His approach to the practice brings a strong anatomical focus and mindful approach to the movement, while aiming to teach traditional yoga concepts with a modern day attitude. Michael is also the Founder of BOYS OF YOGA , a global movement celebrated worldwide helping to bring more men to the mat and smashing the stereotypes and misconceptions of men who yoga which you can read more about in this post.
Soul Circus yoga festival is about shedding the constraints and stressors of your adult life and rediscovering the world through the fresh, open eyes. It is an opportunity to learn how to integrate your mind, body and soul with guidance from some of the worlds finest teachers, including our very own Cubex yogini and mindfulness coach, Henrietta Greene.