Unravelling Stress, Paul Loomans

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Time Surfer In a time when we seem to drown in a wave of busyness, Zen monk Paul Loomans asks the essential: How can I ride the wave instead? A former theatre actor and director, Loomans is the founder of Unravelling Stress in Amsterdam, where he works with individuals and groups to regain a sense […]

Mental Focus: The Body, Tom Gold-Blyth and Luciana Fondaras

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Tai Chi Teacher & Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Our approach to mental health should be more varied and less talk-oriented, says body-based psychotherapist Luciana Fondaras. ‘Because if you’re in your body, you can’t be in your mind.’ And that, in turn, helps discharge the nervous system. For instructor Tom Gold-Blyth, the ancient Chinese practice of Tai […]

Mindful Eating, Melissa Hemsley

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The Art of Eating Well Making a simple, home-cooked meal is a ‘powerful thing’ and ‘an expression of love’, says the queen of healthy eating Melissa Hemsley. As the daughter of an English army father, Melissa moved constantly, learning the joys of cooking from scratch from her Filipina mother. Together with her equally glam older […]

Managing the Stressful Mind, Howard Napper

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Yoga, Diet, and Sleep Expert Stress is just our perception of a future event. Most often it doesn’t even materialize, says London-based yoga guru and health expert Howard Napper. Napper, a very fit fifty-something, started his own quest after hitting rock bottom as an eighteen-year-old boozing and drugging fashion designer. Through simple lifestyle choices, like […]

A Guided Meditation, Burgs and Bruce Parry

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A Guided Meditation Bad experiences are seldom the problem, it’s our thoughts about the experience that frazzle us, says author and meditation guru Burgs. Burgs, who has fast become one of Britain’s leading experts in meditation, quit his fashion business in the early Nineties to study meditation in the Far East. So far, this ‘very […]

Deep Jungle Healing, Bruce Parry

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Indigenous Peoples Explorer He lived with tribes in Africa, South-America, Greenland and the Himalayas. He has filmed himself taking hallucinogenic potions, which he credits with helping to heal his traumas. Bruce Parry, a former Royal Marines Officer and award-winning documentary maker, says there’s something about the connectedness of indigenous people that nourishes mental health far better […]

From Dark Depression to Sushi King, Simon Woodroffe OBE

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Founder of YO! Sushi When he was forty, Simon Woodroffe found himself divorcing, without an income, and battling depression. A few years later he stood at the helm of a hugely successful business empire: The YO! Sushi chain and other YO ventures. ‘If someone asks me ‘what inspired you to start YO! Sushi?’ I reply: […]

Finding your Inner Tortoise – The Slow Movement, Carl Honore

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Author of SLOW Like most of us, Canadian journalist Carl Honore used to be obsessed with speed. Cramming as much as possible into his waking hours. But when he started speed-reading bedtime stories to his son, he realized something needed to change. ‘We hurry through life instead of living it.’ While writing several international best-sellers […]