The natural way to succeed

To be successful both in business and saving the planet is downright impressive. Susie Ma Founder of Tropic has created a range that is ethical, sustainable, leaves skin feeling silky smooth and completely natural. Find out more about this amazing entrepreneur.

If the products you use to look after your skin make you feel good, help to look after our planet and are a pleasure to use then you’re on to a real winner.

Susie Ma Founder of Tropic skincare products managed to create just this and is without doubt an inspirational lady. She has created a range that is ethical, sustainable, leaves skin feeling silky smooth and completely natural.

Susie Ma Tropic Skincare
Susie Ma – Love for nature

To be successful both in business and ethics and looking after the planet is downright impressive. Not to mention the speed in which this remarkable entrepreneur has manged to enter the Forbes Under 30 list!! From humble beginnings in 2010 to a fabulous launch in 2013. #greenbeautyrevolution

Tropic Ambassador
Tropic Ambassador Jennifer Wheelan

It was thanks to a lady called Jennifer Wheelan that  I discovered this amazing story and can now have endless fun with my daily cleansing and moisturising routine – so I am just doing my good deed and passing on the great news. Jennifer offered a whole range of amazing beauty and cleansing products:

The Good for you Tropic products were my favourite, but there were also Kushboo soap bars that are are individually handcrafted, engraved and hand wrapped. Kushboo soaps are 100% natural and do not contain SLSs, parabens or other chemicals. They use only the finest ethically sourced natural plant based ingredients. Their soaps contain natural fragrances using pure essential oils, and look good enough to eat!

 

And I must not forget Susie Ma’s magic balm!

Healing balm
Tamanu Healing balm

The multipurpose Tamanu Healing Balm helps to repair scarred and damaged skin or just give your dry hands much needed moisture that lasts the whole day.

Go on! Brighten up your skincare range… naturally!

 

The 4 Doctors of Wellness

The doctors for happiness, movement, diet and quiet all work together to provide a healthy recipe for balanced vitality and good health. Try a dose.

The Only 4 Doctors You Will Ever Need

courtesy of

Graham Whitehead Health

First and foremost, I cannot take the credit for this concept and system, but through my training with the CHEK (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute I have applied it to my own life and I have coached numerous clients through the 4-step process.

Dr Happiness

Wellness - Dr HappinessWhat makes you happy? What makes you feel good? What gives you a sense of purpose? What are you passionate about? What would be your chosen career?

These are some of the questions you can ask yourself. Your Dr Happy is always there to lead us to a life that fulfils our individual wants and needs. Furthermore, it can advise us if we are leading a life that does not maintain our core values and if this appears to be the case then every facet of our life can become a burden.


Dr Diet

We all know diet is a key part of our health and wellbeing. The quality of our food and drink we consume will affect our energy levels, emotions, physical health, mental clarity, productivity, performance, and overall health.

Wellness - Dr DietThe interesting thing about Dr Diet is the fact that what we think is healthy isn’t and what we think isn’t healthy is. There is an awful lot of confusion out there regarding our perceptions of healthy foods. What I can tell you is that everyone’s nutritional demands will vary.

Time and time again when working with people individually I have found that when the diet is deficient there simply is not enough energy or clarity of mind to initiate and sustain the changes needed for self-healing.

Dr Quiet

Dr Quiet is the chief physician making it the most important of the 4 Doctor.

Dr Quiet is responsible for energy management and recovery. One of the most common Meditation - Dr Quietissues with Dr Quiet is sleep. People simply aren’t getting enough sleep. You can make some big improvements in your health if you get adequate amounts of sleep. I recommend getting around 8 hours of sleep per night. Timing is also crucial because our body’s circadian rhythms are related to the rising and falling off the sun. 10:00pm is an optimal time to go to sleep by as the time from
10pm – 2am is the stage in our sleep of physical repair and 2 am – 6 am is dedicated to cognitive and mental repair.

Dr Movement

Dr Movement is related to our exercise. Do you work out? Or do you work in? Working in is the body accumulating energy through activities such as yoga, tai chi, stretching, massage etc. Working out is the body expending energy, such as cycling, lifting weights, running, or playing sports.Wellness - Dr Movement

Quite often people do not really have the energy to work out because their body is short of resources and is not getting enough Dr Quiet, Dr Diet, and Dr Happy. When the 3 Doctors mentioned are balanced we can begin to exercise in a way where the body receives a positive response from exercise. Without the right amount of movement, we suffer not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I am sure you can begin to see how the 4 Doctors integrate with one another. Day in and day out I see how people’s daily challenges in life, occupation, relationships, and ambitions are heavily related to imbalances in their 4 Doctors. It is vital for health and wellbeing that the 4 Doctors are balanced.

Be your own doctor – the only prescriptions you’ll be writing are the ones that come naturally or free: happiness, exercise, good food and meditation.

Graham Whitehead is a Personal Trainer based in Harrogate, specialising in Injury Rehabilitiation, Wellness and Sports Conditioning, Weight Loss, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, Improving Posture, Corrective Exercise, Nutritional Coaching, and generally improving your health and lifestyle.

Singing the Praises of Music

We should all take a moment to remember how elated and alive we felt when we last sang or danced. Music plays a vital role in wellbeing, especially mental wellbeing. As Armstrong so eloquently put it in his poem on “The Art of Preserving Health, 1774”:

“There is a charm: a power that sways the breast
Bids every passion, revel or be still,
Inspires with rage or all your cares dissolves,
Can sooth distraction and almost despair –
That power is music
Music exalts each joy, allays each grief,
Expels disease, softens every pain,
Subdues rage or poison or plague.”

At the Health and Healing Festival, I had the privilege of hearing the ladies from Harrogate Rock Choir; they certainly manage to drown out and dispel any thoughts of sadness or negativity, with great choreography and uplifting songs, they will not leave you in anything but a happy state –

Whether you listen to it, sing, play an instrument or even dance to it, music is such a transporter of emotions. Even if you listen to the sad songs it can make you feel better about yourself in a poetic romantic way. You can still find your inner peace with an emotive piece from Bach or one of Adele’s many songs of rejection.

Just see how happy this one lady in the choir is… you can’t take your eyes off her, her joy is mesmerizing and contagious.

Music gives you a surge, like a electric shock to your emotions, its effects get right in there. You have no defence barriers. You don’t want any either, just flow with the emotions of the music. It will change your state of mind. Playing an instrument or singing is an even stronger medium for transporting your emotions as you are physically involved. Releasing your grief through singing (or shouting!) is very “medicinal”. In meditation the vibrations of our vocal actions on our organs have been found to be extremely beneficial and can qualm a lot of anguish and give us relief.

Check out the Rock Choir’s events near you and maybe even join! Or for more ways to be happy and put a skip back in your step, check out my step-by-step guide on how to put a skip back into your step:

A great book for feeling good about yourself and life
How to be Happy by Francesca Hepton

Singing brings out the BEST in us:

 

It can also push us to discover and release our full potential – achieve what we always and so for only dreamed of achieving. Let music be a part of your life and see what positive transformations it can bring into your life and mindset:

How to Get Fit with Reiki & Music
More than just a fitness guide, it’s a way of life

Release your inner champion and child with music!

 

Health & Healing Festival

I drew my Angel Card upon entering the Health & Healing Festival held at the formidable Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate this weekend, and what did I get?

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expectancy | ikˈspektənsē | noun (plural expectancies) the state of thinking or hoping that something, especially something pleasant, will happen or be the case: they waited with an air of expectancy.

Indeed I was not disappointed. My bubbling excitement and “expectancy” as the intoxicating aromas and positive vibes enveloped me was exceeded! Although a small-scale venue compared to some, when you open up the doors to this precious event in Harrogate, you are rewarded with a wealth of knowledge, dedication, motivation, spiritual uplifting, kindness, guidance, beauty and endless opportunities.

Opportunities to improve your health: Aloe Life – pure, natural, nutritious

The Aloe Vera Company
Forever Living Aloe & Healthcare Products

Opportunities to find inner peace: an inspirational talk by Jane Hay, Brahma Kumaris

Brahma Kumaris
When I change, the World Changes

Opportunities to help you on your journey: The Wiccan Lady

The Wiccan Lady - Decorated Besoms
Take Flight! Witches Broom Sticks to brush away negativity

 

Opportunities to feel elated: The amazing Harrogate Rock Choir

Harrogate Rock Choir
Moving, uplifting and inspirational

 

Opportunities to heal:  The Yorkshire Healing Association

Yorkshire Healing Association
Hands-on healing sessions

Opportunities to look  naturally beautiful: Good for you products by Susie Ma, Tropic

Tropic Skincare
Be part of the #greenbeautyrevolution

I shall of course be delving into each of the exhibitors and speakers over the coming weeks – after I have indulged in playing and experimenting with all the magical goodies and insight I acquired at the festival.

That could take a while!

Floral Town of the North

Our streets are paved with petals.

Standing barefoot on the grass in the middle of the stray in the spring surrounded by a sea of crocuses, you are swept away on a breeze ease, freedom and vitality. Against the backdrop of Georgian buildings, you always feel lucky to live in a town like Harrogate. Its amazing floral arrangement are the perfect example of kintalini in action: creating a balanced, vibrant habitat that feed the mind and soul. Such picturesque surroundings are not haphazard, they are the result of careful deliberations and voluntary work to making our town a beautiful place to live in. Many local groups and shop owners work with Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate Borough Council to make this possible.

A sea of crocuses on the Stray
A sea of crocuses on the Stray Park in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council does not just predicate wellness through a balanced habitat, its actions reflect this in many ways: great schools, tidy town, lots of green areas, clean buildings…. but one of the most obvious and visual ways is its support for the Harrogate in Bloom project.

Many of you may well be aware of the In Bloom competitions around the country. They improve our surrounding aesthetics, give people a sense of wellbeing and increase biodiversity, but its more than just pretty flowers.

It is more than just pretty flowers

The In Bloom criteria are looking for responsibility towards the environment and community participation – two boxes that Harrogate’s team ticks. RHS Britain in Bloom judges stated: ‘Harrogate demonstrated that it is still a flawless green town and now works closely with a range of volunteers to ensure that it’s reputation is maintained.’

harrogate flowers
Flowers everywhere you go

The council’s parks and open spaces staff, and Harrogate in Bloom, have worked with award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, to design and plant areas in public places that will increase biodiversity and create improved habitats for wildlife. The Nectar Bar planting is particularly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects, including moths.

Living in harmony is the key to wellness.

Let’s get together

Sofar Sounds is a growing movement across the world that Harrogate is now embracing. Just further proof of our town’s open-minded and creative nature.

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Intimate music gigs in Harrogate organised through Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds invites you to attend music gigs in everyday spaces – like a living room, rooftop, back garden, pub or retail shop. The venue is transformed into a glamorous sparkling setting but circumvents greedy business conglomerates while promoting fresh talent you’d otherwise never get to hear. Each Sofar Sounds gig is small, and typically features three diverse acts, with no headliner.

Check out their website for how it works and enjoy these exclusive, convenient and amazing venues. Sofar spreads the magic of music and all that it can offer to our health and well-being as a driver of relaxation, inspiration and enjoyment.

Join the action yourself! Get relaxed, get balanced, get entertained.

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Some of the gigs sofar!

Let’s Dance

Invigorating Salsa nights – Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Mental & Emotional Benefits of  Dancing

Incredible as it may sound dancing improves your body as much mentally as it does physically – and maybe even more. Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa if one form of dance that offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Invigorating Salsa nights are hosted all over Harrogate:

salsa harrogate
Dance your way to happiness

 

Is it endorphins, mindfulness, or simple fun? Experts around the world prove that dancing lowers levels of stress hormones and significantly
lowers levels of depression.

Counteracting the onset of depression

Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide. Finding an affordable , non-intrusive and effective treatment is an absolute must for society, not just on an individual level but also on a macro level where we are seeing depression impacting on productivity and as a srpingboard to further illnesses.

What better way to combat these effects than dancing!?

Naturally dancing comes with so many other benefits like improved cardiovascular function, increased body strength, improved balance and posture, enhanced agility and
coordination, as well as boosting your self esteem and confidence.

An antidote to aging – Just like Tai Chi but with more zazzle!

Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels . Two recent studies in the U.S show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and proprioception held in the cerebellum. Through regular exercise that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximise their brain function. (source: Salseros LA

Salsa Harrogate
Learning salsa requires you to focus attention and be fully present in the moment, much like the practice of yoga. Salsa is unique in that you must maintain constant awareness and connection with your partner.
This mindful focus can switch off the negative thought patterns associated with stress and depression.In a related study, dancing Salsa reduced cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. Dancing with a partner to music has more positive effects than dancing alone or moving with a partner without music.

Research also suggests that freestyle partner dancing may offer the best benefit
of all. So get your salsa shoes on and step up to the beat.

Thanks to Salseros LA

Gyms & Studios

A comprehensive list of over 70 fitness clubs in Harrogate. Always updated with handy links making it easy for you to search and join

Fitness Clubs in Harrogate

Keeping fit is essential for your mental health and as part of KINTALINI, let’s see where you can make all of this a reality.

So many great clubs to choose from… How many gyms does one town need!! Over 70 it would appear!! From the deluxe fitness studios to the sweaty boxing clubs

Fitness Clubs in Harrogate
Fitness for fun, sense of well-being and mental health

Of course we must firstly feature MY gym! Where the staff are super friendly and it has everything you need: classes with expert instructors, weights, sauna, pool steam room, spa, massages, bar and most importantly an area just for children and an area just for adults – kids needs a break from us too!

David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate

And here is a list of all the other great places you can go to get fit in a way that suits you best. Harrogate caters for expectant mothers, cool teenagers and the more reserved among us… contact me if you need help in choosing.

I’ll be setting up the links soon and also categorising them for you – please note that although there are 70+ options listed below, this list is not exhaustive!

 

Advantage Health Club – St George Hotel
AEGIS – Martial Arts
Alissa Lawrence Yoga
Arashikage Martial Arts Academy
Armed Forces Fitness Harrogate
B-Physical Personal Training Harrogate
Beckwith Health Club
Big Kat Martial Arts and Fitness
Bliss Yoga
Brimhams Fitness Centre Harrogate
Cannons Health and Fitness
Christine Chawla Pilates
CrossFit Harrogate
Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Curves – Gym
DariYoga Harrogate
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Dragonfly Yoga
EBMAS Wing Tzun Self Defence
Elev8 Gym
F45 Training Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Go Revolution Indoor Cycling Studio
Go Studios
Go Yoga
Goldsky Yoga
Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academy
Graham Whitehead Health
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Boxing Club
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Hydro Swimming Pool
Harrogate Jujitsu Club
Harrogate Personal Training
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
Harrogate Shotokan Karate
Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre Squash Club
Harrogate Yoga
HG1Pilates
HG3 Fitness
Innovate Fitness & Wellbeing – Harrogate
Joy Therapy Centre Harrogate Yoga studio
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.
Ladies Workout Express
LEAR Fitness
Nidd Hall Leisure Club
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
one wellness
Perfect Pilates
Performax Fitness
Personal Training & Therapy
Phoenix Fitness Harrogate Ltd
Pilates Fairy
Pole Academy UK
PureGym
Rise Pilates
Rudding Park Gym and Studio
Six Harmonies Martial Arts
Starbeck Swimming Pool
The Fitness Rooms at The White Hart
The Little Gym
The Body Docs
Urban Circus Pole & Aerial Fitness Studio
Victoria Boid Fitness Limited · Pilates Studio
Yoga Harrogate
Yoga With Georgie
YogaZEN Harrogate
Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing
Yorkshire Yoga & Therapy Centre
YuYoga

Acorn Wellness Centre for Yoga

H Hour Boxing

For greater ease I have also divided the studios and clubs into their respective categories so it is easier for you to find what you are looking for in Harrogate:

HEALTH CLUBS IN HARROGATE

Advantage Health Club – St George Hotel
Beckwith Health Club
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Rudding Park Gym and Studio

SWIMMING IN HARROGATE

Advantage Health Club – St George Hotel
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
Starbeck Swimming Pool

BOXING IN HARROGATE

AEGIS – Martial Arts
Big Kat Martial Arts and Fitness
Harrogate Boxing Club
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
H Hour Boxing
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.

GYMS IN HARROGATE

Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Curves – Gym
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Elev8 Gym
F45 Training Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
Ladies Workout Express
LEAR Fitness
Nidd Hall Leisure Club
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
Performax Fitness
Personal Training & Therapy
Phoenix Fitness Harrogate Ltd
PureGym
Rudding Park Gym and Studio
The Fitness Rooms at The White Hart

YOGA / PILATES CLASSES IN HARROGATE

Yoga in Harrogate

Alissa Lawrence Yoga
Bliss Yoga
Christine Chawla Pilates
DariYoga Harrogate
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Dragonfly Yoga
Go Yoga
Goldsky Yoga
Harrogate Yoga
HG1Pilates
Joy Therapy Centre Harrogate Yoga studio
Perfect Pilates
Pilates Fairy
Rise Pilates
Victoria Boid Fitness Limited · Pilates Studio
Yoga Harrogate
Yoga With Georgie
YogaZEN Harrogate
Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing
Yoga at the Acorn Wellness Centre
Yorkshire Yoga & Therapy Centre
YuYoga

FITNESS STUDIOS IN HARROGATE

Armed Forces Fitness Harrogate
B-Physical Personal Training Harrogate
BigKat Fitness and Martial Arts Centre
Brimhams Fitness Centre Harrogate
Cannons Health and Fitness
CrossFit Harrogate
Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Curves – Gym
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
EBMAS Wing Tzun Self Defence
Elev8 Gym
F45 Training Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Go Revolution Indoor Cycling Studio
Go Studios
Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academy
Graham Whitehead Health
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Boxing Club
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool
Harrogate Jujitsu Club
Harrogate Personal Training
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
HG3 Fitness
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.
Ladies Workout Express
LEAR Fitness
Nidd Hall Leisure Club
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
one wellness
Performax Fitness
Personal Training & Therapy
Phoenix Fitness Harrogate Ltd
Pole Academy UK
thebodydocs – Harrogate
Victoria Boid Fitness Limited · Pilates Studio

MARTIAL ARTS CLUBS IN HARROGATE

Martial Arts Clubs in Harrogate

AEGIS – Martial Arts
Arashikage Martial Arts Academy
Big Kat Martial Arts and Fitness
EBMAS Wing Tzun Self Defence
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academy
Harrogate Jujitsu Club
Harrogate Shotokan Karate
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.
Six Harmonies Martial Arts