The Times journalist Anna Maxted came to see us with her 12-year old son, Conrad, who was displaying signs of anxiety.
“The next night, Conrad and I use our mantras to help us fall asleep. It’s a bit like learning to ride a bike. You don’t believe you can do it, but keep at it and all of a sudden this magical sensation lifts you up and away. I’d almost compare the feelings to a trance. My breathing calms, deepens and – while I’m briefly jolted by the cat’s miaow – I feel a blissful drift. How funny that despite my being a keen follower of all the latest anxiety relieving advice, it’s the technique with 10,000 years of wisdom behind it that has started a quiet anti-stress revolution in my – and more importantly – Conrad’s world.”
6 Ways To Beat The January Blues with Will Williams Meditation
While the first few days of January are filled with promise, steadfast determination and many a motivational Instagram quote, the remainder of the month is often a struggle. In fact, today is ‘Blue Monday’ – aka the “most depressing day of the year”.
In recent months, a number of scientific studies have shown gratitude and kindness are traits that lead to higher levels of wellbeing. People who are grateful and compassionate appear to be happier, less stressed, less likely to develop depression and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships.
In recognition of January's Blue Monday and this time of year being especially tough, we created a guide to feeling happier for Byrdie.
What we eat can have a huge effect on our physical and psychological wellbeing. In the last ten years, nutritional scientists have realised that the condition of our digestion and all of our gut bacteria (our microbiome) is essential for health, mood, energy, as well as emotional and psychological wellbeing. This doesn’t mean you have to down a kale smoothie every day, but do try to pack in some vegetables, fruits and drink lots of water.
London's wellness revolution is alive and vibing - with a new crop of healing-focused events, communities and space blossoming as naturally as English roses! We're delighted to be include in this guide to our capital.
1PM :: Vedic meditation at Will Williams Meditation
Fast becoming Europe’s biggest meditation hub, Vedic meditation teacher Will Williams and co-creator Jess Cook host regular introductory talks on Vedic meditation—a simple yet profound technique that’s rooted in the most ancient spiritual texts from India. Step into their gorgeous Soho HQ, grab yourself an herbal tea, and dive into discovering more about this perfect antidote to the stresses of 21st century living.
We're delighted to be featured in Byrdie's feature on how meditation can work wonders for your fitness life.
We all know meditation is a useful tool to help us unwind and combat stress, but did you know it’s also the perfect way to prepare for exercise? Meditation can help you get both motivated and focused to have a better session, be it on a spin bike, down the gym or at your yoga mat.
And it’s not as crazy as it sounds: Plenty of sports stars use meditation and visualisation to reach their goals. The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that after elite shooters carried out four weeks of meditation, they saw an increase in their performance scores. “This is almost certainly as a result of the reduction in performance anxiety and the improvements in sleep,” explains Will Williams, founder of Will Williams Meditation.
Will Williams speaks to The Daily Telegraph on how Vedic meditation can help ease the stress of the working day.
“If your work day involves a commute, maximise your time by meditating on the train,” Vedic meditation coach, Will Williams, says.
“Do so in the morning and you’ll arrive at work feeling refreshed and ready to deal with whatever comes your way that day. Taking a twenty minute break in the afternoon to meditate will help you to avoid the mid-afternoon slump and instead you’ll feel much more energised and positive.”
We discuss the powerful effects of Vedic meditation in transforming sleep disorders
Find out why Vedic meditation is a powerful, natural antidote for getting a great night's sleep.
Will Williams is an independent Vedic meditation teacher based in the UK. He believes the key to a good night sleep lies in meditation: “Many of us are sleep deprived due to the hectic nature of modern life – things such as too much caffeine, fast-paced working environments and too many screens overstimulate our nervous systems and leave us feeling frazzled.
Journalist Matt Rudd attended our first 'The Gathering' in September, which he described as 'a night of holistic hedonism - where booze and fags make way for lentils and meditation'. He was left 'on cloud nine'!