The stress of it all All this running around comes at a staggering cost. We have forgotten how to relax and switch off; consequently, we are collectively living with unprecedented levels of background stress, whether recognised or not. By 2020, depression and anxiety will be the number one cause of ill-health, worldwide. A quarter of all American women are on anti-depressants, with the UK not far behind. Levels of generalised stress, insomnia and chronic fatigue are sky-high and rising. In our culture of plenty and speed, we feel, at best, out of kilter. Yet sooner or later, our pace of life becomes unsustainable. Unfortunately, it can take a major health scare to come to this realisation - we stop because mind or body (usually both) comes to a crisis point. Making changes... All is far from lost. Increasingly, I think, we are coming to a conscious decision to slow down or stop. The phenomenal (and recent) popularity of mindfulness meditation and yoga speak to this need to pause and re-connect to ourselves, mind and body equally, as the two are inseparable. The recent massive growth of the ‘wellness’ industry means the consumer now has access to an unprecedented range of holidays entirely geared towards restoring mind/body wellbeing. Within this vast industry, yoga holidays, meditation retreats and spa breaks in every corner of the globe, have waiting lists. On the ground, yoga studios in the UK are springing up faster than ... read more
Satvada Retreats Blog
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