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.

Wellness Warriors

Who are Harrogate’s Wellness Warriors? Who proactively promotes the health and wellbeing of our town’s residents? You’d be surprised with what I discovered.

1. The prime promoter of wellness and the kintalini way is the town’s own council. It may not be the glamorous or visually inspiring warrior you may have envisaged to top these polls of wellbeing, but Harrogate Borough Council has numerous projects and schemes in place to help us improve our health – both mental and physical – get our children off to a solid start, maintain the balance of country and town, encourage creative stimulus throughout the town in all areas and to keeping our stress levels down!

2. NHS Harrogate and Rural District – another unlikely suspect? With its pioneering NHS Natural Health services incorporating complementary therapies into the “traditional” methods used by GPs and doctors, our NHS reflects the open-mindedness and mindful nature of our local healthcare system. We should be proud of this. We are lucky enough to have choices.

3. OneWellness: A health and wellness provider that aims to help you get well, stay well and live well. It is Yorkshire’s first GP-led health and wellbeing coaching service to physiotherapy, health checks, personal training, workshops and specialist fitness classes.

4. The Acorn Wellness Retreat is a place that encourages individuals to find ways to improve their lifestyle whether it is through engaging in a new activity or simply by allowing themselves time out to reflect.

5. Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing – A wonderful centre offering holistic therapies, treatments and consultations promoting wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle: yoga, Reiki, massages, Ayurvedic practices and much more.

More to come… why not vote for one of your Wellness Warriors to be listed in our top promoters for health and wellbeing in Harrogate: cescahepton@gmail.com.

 

 

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