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We're featured by Wanderlust Journal

We're featured by Wanderlust Journal

From moon circles to plant medicines, tarot cards to astrology, practices that were until recently largely viewed as unattainable, esoteric and perhaps even suspicious, are being embraced as necessary tools for emotional and spiritual wellness.

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR WELLNESS BUSINESS PANEL - 26th JUNE

HOW TO BUILD YOUR WELLNESS BUSINESS PANEL - 26th JUNE

Our series of How To Build Your Wellness Business returns on June 26th in London!

Whatever stage you’re at with your wellness business, you can harness the power of growing your brand.

Join us at Benko and Bo for a panel on the key strategies you need to bolster your business, and learn from those who have already done it.

You’ll gain an understanding of how to turn your business dreams into reality, attract and keep customers, build a strong brand, pitch to influencers and journalists, financial pitfalls to avoid and how to harness the power of your network and build partnerships.

**20% OF TICKET SALES WILL BE DONATED TO EXTINCTION REBELLION TO SUPPORT WITH OUR CURRENT CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS**

Speakers:

Tamara Driessen, aka Wolf Sister, Crystal Healer, Tarot Reader, Reiki Master and author of 'The Crystal Code'

Stephanie Johnson, co-founder of Pollen + Grace

Jasmin Harsono, founder of Emerald and Tiger

Nicole de Leiburne, founder of Self Care Co. 

You’ll leave knowing how to:

Achieve cut through in a saturated market

Create an inspiring social media presence

Keep yourself motivated through challenges

Market yourself effectively

Build strategic relationships

Plus Q & A

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Please email hello@samsaracommunications.com if you require any more information

If you can't make it on the night, you can purchase your copy of the How To Build Your Wellness Business book here

INNER TRUTH LAUNCHES ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

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Back in 2012 investment banker David Newell was battling severe anxiety and depression, a host of physical illnesses and feeling increasingly disillusioned with life in the corporate world.

What followed was a deep dive into wellness and spirituality as David journeyed far and wide both literally and metaphorically to uncover his own inner truth, meaning and purpose.

The fruits of his labour are Inner Truth - the UK’s first audio platform for self discovery - featuring a host of interviews with leading writer, speakers artists and visionaries at the forefront of inner wellbeing including Ruby Warrington, former features editor of Sunday Times Style and founder of The Numinous, singer/songwriter Nick Mulvey and Hollywood’s favourite healer, Shaman Durek.

Inner Truth also hosts a range of transformational audio courses.

Please help support by subscribing to The Inner Truth Podcast on Spotify & iTunes!

Introducing...Otherness, London's new wellbeing events platform

Introducing...Otherness, London's new wellbeing events platform

We sat down with our newest client Alex Holbrook, founder of Otherness ahead of its launch on March 20th (Spring Equinox). Otherness is a new, easy way for Londoners to discover wellbeing events and seeks to make alternative wellbeing practices part of everyday life. 

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What inspired you to set up Otherness?

The idea for Otherness first sparked back in November when I was looking for some wellness event inspiration that I could take part in that night. As I was searching I realised that there was no dedicated platform that quickly, easily and beautifully showed these so I decided to create it! 

I wanted to build a hub of discovery, where you can always go to for inspiring events, to find hosts and try new experiences.  

What are some of your tools / practices / tips for staying grounded and connected to yourself in a busy city like London?

When you live in a city it is so easy to get caught up in the rush and lose your centre. I have a couple of practises that I do throughout my day (most days!), to make sure I stay calm and focused: 

- Three times a day I take a few minutes to take 5 breaths in and out to the count of six each. I do these when I first wake up, during the day and then before I go to sleep. This little time out helps me focus and gets my mind in check / relaxes me. 

- I go outside at lunch everyday, it could literally be five minutes to go and get a cookie! But getting out of the office and taking in fresh air connects really get me back to myself and gives me an energy boost, it can also shake off any stress wormholes / creative blocks I’m getting into!   

- I call one of my friends or family every day - it's so important to stay connected to your support group! Get into the habit of calling someone when you have a spare 5 minutes in your day - for me it's on the walk home from the station to my house and always lifts my spirits or makes me realise how lucky I am to have some of the people I do in my life. 

- Exercise is such a huge part of keeping me grounded and calm, even a 5 minute run can blow away the thunder of a bad day or frustration. 

What's exciting you about the wellness industry at the moment?

What's not exciting! I think the fact that things that were seen as very alternative are now coming into main stream consciousness and everyone is so open to trying new things. For me a huge demonstration of this is Balance magazine in London - a whole, monthly, FREE, magazine that covers all aspects of wellness - from meditations to gong baths - which is handed out at stations. 

What is your biggest vision for Otherness?

For everyone that has an interest in wellness to use the platform (aiming high!). Outside of this it is to help the movement that's taking place whereby everyone realises how important our health is - for mind, body and spirit - and takes the steps to look after themselves in each of these areas. 

I would love Otherness to become the point of reference for all - whether someone is just starting their journey into wellness, right through to someone who is a well worn wellbeing warrior - we can guide you on the path.  

Tell us an interesting fact about you...

I used to be a professional dressage rider! I could ride horses before I could walk and still ride now, but only every few weeks as Doodle (my horse!) is in Kent. 

BEING IN HEART WITH NICKY CLINCH

BEING IN HEART WITH NICKY CLINCH

Our client Nicky Clinch is a Transformational Life Coach, Certified Macrobiotic Chef and Counsellor who empowers and inspires others to come back home to their most free and authentic selves.

Through her powerful blend of spiritual and emotional healing and Eastern medicine, Nicky guides people to thrive in their health, lives and self-expression.  Nicky has been on her own personal journey of transformation over the past 20 years, from the depths of addiction and eating disorders to now fast becoming a leading pioneer in the wellness and self development world.
Also a passionate macrobiotic chef, Nicky is skilled in creating food that is delicious, abundant and beautiful that also creates a solid foundation for the transformation she takes people through. Nicky leads regular sold out transformational workshops, events, courses and a podcast, during which she takes her attendees through life changing breakthroughs.

Join her on February 16th for 'Being In Heart', her signature transformational workshop. 

In NIcky's words, "Being in Heart is a fully immersive transformational workshop, where you will be guided in breaking free of what is blocking your heart, allowing you to come back home to the authentic heart space that is your authentic YOU. So you can begin to feel more free and available in your life and come from a space of authentic love. Through many sensory tools, music, sound, movement and human stories we will begin to soften the holding of your hearts, enabling your heart energy to flow fully and freely. Together we will explore the journey of living fully as our authentic selves in our life, without the need to hide or run away. Becoming fully available to ourselves and others, allowing us to give and receive love fully. And softening into the very power, abundance, light and joy that lies within us."

 

 

DEMYSTIFYING HYPNOTHERAPY WITH STEVE DELL

DEMYSTIFYING HYPNOTHERAPY WITH STEVE DELL

Steve Dell provides Hypnotherapy for Londoners at his practices in Muswell Hill and Farringdon. Previously working in the advertising industry, Steve now helps Londoners overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, sleep troubles, stage fright, fears and phobias and more in just a few sessions. 

We spoke to our client Steve about what hypnotherapy really is and who it can benefit: 

What type of hypnotherapy do you provide? 

I work with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which is a modern, optimistic and positive form of therapy. Using this method, I avoid delving into and reinforcing any negative patterns of behaviour and instead I help my clients build new, mentally-healthy, positive ones - allowing the old ones just to fade away. Now as far as I’m aware, there’s no rule out there that says therapy should be arduous and punishing, painful and apologetic. The whole therapy experience is in fact allowed to be enjoyable and playful; with the delightful added bonus of profound results on the side! This is particularly a feature of the area of therapy I work in, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

Working together, we will be able to reduce your levels of anxiety or panic; leave any depressed moods back in the cave where they belong; conquer any phobias or fears; remove a trauma (including PTSD) and make it feel like a safe, distant memory; improve your sleep patterns; regain control over your weight; stop smoking or just generally feel more confident, creative, motivated and happy.

I guide and support my clients to get from where they are, to where they want to be, in a relatively short period of time. I then work to maintain those new-found mentally-healthy patterns. Removing the bad habits and negative patterns frees up so much spare capacity in the brain that the knock on effect will be a wonderful increase in optimism, energy and focus.

How can hypnotherapy help with, say depression?

There’s a part of our brain whose job is to step in when it feels that our life is in some sort of crisis or emergency. It’s popularly known as the Fight, Flight or Freeze part, it’s very primitive and it’s there to ensure our survival, and sometimes, as we saw with our cave-dwelling ancestors, sometimes that something is to do nothing, shut-down and stop interacting with the world.

Primitive survival often meant shutting ourselves away in our caves and conserving our limited resources, while waiting until the weather outside the cave improved or any dangerous threat outside the cave had moved on.  

We’ve adapted this particular primitive response to all our modern day symptoms of depression.  Sometimes though, shutting ourselves away in our cave can set about a self-defeating pattern of behaviour. The more we shut down, the less receptive we are to any signs of spring arriving; and the more stuck we feel. Depression can often happen as a result of a gradual build-up of stresses in our lives, coupled with our inability to process those stresses. And sometimes this overflow comes in the form of depression. It’s the Freeze part of the system and it’s the brain’s way of telling us to do something to ensure our survival.

With hypnotherapy, I can help you reduce that accumulation of stresses, bring calmness to your mind and help your brain reinterpret life rationally and appropriately. Removing these negative patterns frees up so much spare capacity in the brain that the knock on effect is a wonderful increase in optimism, energy and focus. Feeling gradually more confident, you will start to change those wintery patterns of behaviour to more positive ones outside the cave.  And soon you will find those low moods, that have too much control over your life, will make way for spring’s arrival.

How can it make a person more confident? 

Many of us are not so sure about our value in the world. What people think about us not only effects our mood, it also effects our employment, our relationships and our ability to achieve anything.What we really need is an appropriate amount of confidence, an absence of self-sabotaging thoughts and an ability to still make mistakes without feeling crushed and defeated. Resilience in other words.

I will help you to build up your confidence and the way you see yourself, using a combination of visualisation and suggestions as well as achievable goals that you set yourselves each week, so that your confidence moves in the direction you want it to, and is based on small but actual successes rather than imaginary wand-waving; And these successes will act as building blocks for further success. Success that will have the effect of increasing your resilience, giving you a feeling of mightiness and powerfulness so that you can even feel open to criticism and alternative views, without feeling your very being is under threat!

Real power, genuine confidence and healthy self-esteem.

Connect with Steve - Website | Instagram | Twitter 

EVERY BODY STUDIO LAUNCHES IN OXFORD

EVERY BODY STUDIO LAUNCHES IN OXFORD

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Meet our latest client - Everybody Yoga and Movement Studio in Oxford, which encompasses a brand new, inclusive, body positive and supportive approach to yoga and movement.

They support diversity in all its forms and teach beginners who have never been in a yoga class before, those who have an established practice and also have plenty to offer to full on yogis, alongside their barre, pilates and Qigong sessions. 

They understand that yoga can be an intimidating prospect, particularly if you’re not very flexible or the terminology is unfamiliar. But you can’t be bad at yoga.

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Yoga genuinely is a practice for all, and a growing body of research points to the benefits of yoga, not just for strength, flexibility and relaxation, but also for issues such as joint pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, back pain, digestion, anxiety and depression

Follow Every Body Studio on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  

If you're looking for support with promoting the launch of your wellness business through social media or marketing, you can get in touch with us by emailing: hello@samsaracommunications.com

INTERVIEW WITH WELLNESS BLOGGER CYN CITY

INTERVIEW WITH WELLNESS BLOGGER CYN CITY

You blog at Cyn City and work as a digital consultant - how do you keep a work-life balance in a hectic city whilst juggling multiple roles?

Very good question. This is actually where I got my inspiration for my blog - how to balance working long hours while also having fun, exploring new cities, trying new foods and keeping healthy. My blog is my way of channeling my balance and therefore my passions and interests outside of work support my blog in terms of finding content and relevance and keeping it creative.

I love style: I pick up style magazines, peruse Pinterest and get up early each day to indulge in putting together an outfit based on the weather. Like clockwork my neighbours will see me pop my head out of my window at 7.40am to check the forecast and also see if the London general consensus is that you need a jacket #CyntraIsWatchingYou.

I love to cook: therefore I will go and listen to talks from new and upcoming chefs, go to new restaurants for brunches/dinners to be inspired and get copies of new cookbooks that come out. In that way I am always able to support my Instagram feed order with images.  

I love balance: I believe that exercise can usually solve most problems. If I have had a hard day and the sunshine is out you will find me walking home from Soho with my favourite playlist on to let go of the day. I practice Pilates and will take time each week to keep sane. I also indulge with Rosé in the sunshine with pals when I just need to unwind.

All of the above keeps my mind balanced and my creative juices flowing.

What are your top tips for those looking to start their own lifestyle / wellness platform?

1) Ask questions and reach out to people already doing it. The network of other blogger friends I have is great and we always support each other.

2) Get a really good website designer who knows a thing or two about SEO.

3) Be authentic - it is very easy to see someone doing well and be like "yeah I want to do that" but unless it comes from the heart it will be transparent and you will lose interest.

What has been your biggest challenge since setting up Cyn City, and how have you overcome it?

Photography. Lifestyle platforms must be visually stimulating - it is what makes people come back for more. I have never been taught how to take pictures or edit for that matter and teaching myself has been a process of trials and fails but slowly I am getting there. The way I have over come it is by going to as many photography workshops as possible and YouTube videos - they really are so helpful.

Instagram: Taking pictures of myself. I hate it. I get so cringed out by having my photo taken and have done since a child. I would either go cross-eyed or stick my tongue out as a kid and now that has transpired to me always wearing sunglasses or going for a pout. The way I have overcome this - well I haven't - but it's just taking a breath and not being overly analytical when I post the photo.

How do you prefer to work with brands?

I only work with brands I like. Whether it is sponsored/ paid or on a gift basis - I will only represent brands I truly use or enjoy. I have been contacted in the past and been offered large amounts to put my face to some chemicals or pills which are supposed to make you magically: slimmer, prettier, sportier or a unicorn (I jest) but I feel that to truly represent myself and be authentic I only work with people or brands which I believe in.

By having this mantra, I have met some incredible people and brands and have stayed friendly building my network. It is lovely to see brands growing from strength to strength. I will quite often feature a product on my website from a brand I like just to show love and support when un-requested. As I said, Cyn City is my passion.

Do you have any tips you can share on how to build an authentic social media following in the wellness world?

Network, hashtag, comment and like within your niche. Never be afraid to ask for a follow back when you meet people. Comment on pictures - you will be surprised at how even the biggest bloggers out there will respond to you - which may lead to people click on your Instagram, which then may take them to your blog and there you have it - you have already grown your following.

Get out to wellness events and network. I have met some truly inspiring people by doing this. I have met, chatted and been followed by people who only had 3k followers at an event and now have grown to have 1.9million and love #midgettrees (no name dropping here).

Hashtag and check the hashtags you use to like others within your niche. I will always have a look at people who follow and comment on my pictures who found me through a hashtag and I will follow them back if I like their content.

If you do you and it makes you happy people will naturally align to that. Keep at it and stay positive, and of course, balanced.

Visit Cyn City here and follow her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook 

Interview with Kat & Vanessa from wellness blog Brunch n Grind

Interview with Kat & Vanessa from wellness blog Brunch n Grind

Your mission with Brunch n Grind is to 'demystify' the at times intimidating world of fitness - has fitness always been a big part of your lives?

Kat: Fitness and dance has been in my life from a very early age. Growing up I played netball and took my ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. However, as I grew up and went off to uni I lost my love for staying active. It wasn’t until I moved to London (in my late twenties) that I found the fun in fitness again. My approach to staying active is now different and I work out to have fun with my friends, get those endorphins pumping and to help reduce anxiety and stress. I used to see fitness as a chore but by trying lots of new classes in London I’ve found some great forms of exercise that I’ll happily get out of bed at 6.30am for!

Vanessa: In a word: no. After a decade of boozing and partying through my twenties, I suddenly found myself on the wrong side of thirty with a body I didn’t recognise! As a weight loss tactic, I took up running and fell into a love/hate relationship with it but went on to run 2 marathons and a handful of halves. I’ve been an on-and- off yogi for years, using it to counterbalance stress and keep me grounded, but I’ve always had a general dislike for gyms, feeling out of place or self-conscious. One of the main reasons we launched Brunch n Grind was to help others push past their comfort zone and get stuck in to everything from boxing to bouldering, until they find a form of exercise they love - paired with a fab brunch destination, of course!

Do you think it's important to have a niche as bloggers?

Definitely. The market is pretty saturated when it comes to blogging but we’re firm believers in raising each other up and making space for everyone to share the experience. We see Brunch n Grind as your ultimate guide to London’s wellness scene, like TimeOut but especially for fitness lovers and foodies. We want to be the go-to website for Londoners on the hunt for a sweat sesh and undiscovered brunch spot. We bring our readers reviews, tips, exclusive discounts, giveaways and opinion pieces documenting our own fitness journey.

How do you prefer to work with brands?

We reach out to brands that we know our audience will love and we also get approached by brands that want to work with us. We’re continually networking and discussing opportunities to collaborate with various studios, activewear brands and restaurants but at the heart of everything we do, we look for authenticity and aligned values. We know how important it is to gain our readers’ trust and loyalty so we’d never try to short change them with poor content or paid posts that don’t fit in with our inclusive, body confident approach to wellbeing.

Do you have any tips you could share on crafting a unique tone / voice / brand for would-be wellness bloggers?

We started by looking at other brands and bloggers that inspire us to see how they were creating content and building a brand. It helps to draw from a wide pool of references and create a list or mood board of things you notice from their written language and image treatment. Stay open to evolving your tone and branding as you get to know your audience demographic. It takes time to realise what your brand stands for and communicate that effectively, but don’t get too hung up on that to start with or you’ll never launch a thing!

What's your ultimate dream for Brunch n Grind?

We’ve been busy building this fabulous community of like-minded fitness and food lovers
and now we want to bring them all together in real life with a series of events! Ultimately
we’d love Brunch n Grind to grow into a well-known platform, spreading the endorphins and
brunch love far and wide! We dream of one day launching our own products from beauty and
activewear to books and apps or going global with content hubs for all continents. For now
though, we’re taking it one squat at a time on our journey to world domination!

Visit Brunch n Grind here and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

How To Work With Wellness Social Media Influencers

How To Work With Wellness Social Media Influencers

Working with wellness influencers is quickly becoming more and more prevalent in the industry. For wellness brands looking to increase their audiences, strategically partnering with those with large profiles is a great way to build your brand. Yet a social media influencer programme must be executed in a considered way - read on to find out how. 

5 Great Wellness Sites To Read

5 Great Wellness Sites To Read


With the wealth of information available on every aspect of wellness, it can be confusing and overwhelming to find exactly what you need. Here's our pick our favourite online destinations for high quality wellness news and advice. These wellness sites are our regular go-to sources for inspiration and we hope you find them useful.