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Will Williams Meditation

Vedic meditation is one of the most ancient techniques on the planet. Its simplicity and effectiveness make it the perfect antidote to the demands of 21st century life, bringing more calm to our lives. A range of courses are offered at the Soho studio, ranging in levels and goals with emphasis on easing anxiety and everyday stress London throws at us.


bhuti is an eco wellbeing centre, day spa, yoga studio, wellbeing members club, and vegan cafe in Richmond, South West London. The yogi hideaway blends yoga and meditation together through its variety of classes. These include Aromatherapy Yoga, with carefully chosen essential oil blends to aid you physically, spiritually and mentally, while achieving that mental zen.

London Buddhist Centre

At the London Buddhist Centre, meditation and Buddhism are taught in a way that is relevant to contemporary life with the opportunity to experience these lessons either through a drop in session, a meditation course or going on retreat. While primarily based in Bethnal Green, the centre also does regularly run courses in Central London, opening up a greater space for people to find a mental sanctuary away from the bustle of the office.


Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester

At Kadampa, the purpose of the centre is to provide a source of peace and harmony for the people of Manchester by giving access to reliable methods for developing inner peace. The centre is open to everybody, regardless of belief, background etc. Whether you wish to learn some basic meditation techniques, hear more about Buddhism or just want some time out to experience some peace and quiet, KMC Manchester has something for you.

Manchester Buddhist centre

Like its London Counterpart, the Buddhist centre surrounds itself around the idea that Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It can help us develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and calm, seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and cultivate new, more positive ways of being.  In the introductory classes two traditional Buddhist meditations, Mindfulness of breath and Metta Bhavana for positivity are taught in the hopes of gaining a new perspective on life.


Insight for Wellbeing

Insight for Wellbeing is Leeds's longest established secular meditation centre based in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.  The centre offers a range of mindfulness classes, from day and evening classes and also a specialisation in Tantra Yoga Meditation. Courses are offered for complete beginners and also for the more experienced practitioners. 

Leeds Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and Kung Fu

The Lishi Lifestyle leads to a weekly class at this centre in St Martins View with each practice taking you on a journey of self-discovery as you get fitter, become healthier and gain more confidence. The physical body through the movements of Tai Chi and Yoga in particular becomes the focus for mindful exercise and moving meditation.


Cardiff Buddhist centre

Mindfulness through Meditation is an ancient Buddhist practice that has been integrated with modern psychological understanding. It opens up a more spacious way of living, helping you feel more confident, relax more easily and be fully present. On a mindfulness courses you’ll be taught a respected, proven approach by experienced mindfulness teachers. Becoming aware of the thoughts and reactions that hold you back is helpful if you’re working with challenges such as stress, anxiety or depression.


Kadampa Meditation Centre Birmingham

Kadampa in Birmingham offers lunchtime and after work breaks for the mind to create a peaceful mental state. The lunchtime mediation offers the opportunity for a midday mental uplift, while the after work classes help you let go of any stresses and strains of the day, all while being guided by the centres trained instructors.

Birmingham Buddhist Centre

The Buddhist Centre in Moseley is the heart of a network of spiritual friendships in which they teach meditation and Buddhism to anyone who is interested with open classes being offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening.


Transcendental Meditation Edinburgh

Effortless, simple and profoundly effective, Transcendental meditation is a unique form of meditation practised for 20 minutes twice daily, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. The ease off the practise allows anyone to participate. The technique allows the activity of the mind to settle down in a natural way until it is left quiet, yet wide awake. It allows stress and tiredness to be dissolved naturally, resulting in greater energy, clarity and enjoyment of life.

The Salisbury Centre

The Salisbury Centre exists to create a dynamic spiritual centre which provides for the City of Edinburgh by offering courses and experiences which actively support and encourage the development of responsibility and service to the community. The programmes are varied and accessible in order to offer people the opportunity to find their own spiritual path.


'Plane skin' - we've all heard how to counteract polluted air but what about cabin air when we fly? We know that we get super de-hydrated, but what is the best approach?  

Dr Jules Nabet, Medical Director at Omniya mediclinic has insight into how to keep your skin looking tip-top whilst you're above the clouds: 

With low levels of humidity in cabins, coupled with recycled air and lack of oxygen, our skin suffers major dryness, dulls our complexion and can make skin more sensitive. It can become more itchy, flaky and red. Essentially, our skin can't breathe.

So if you wear make-up, it’s best to take off all of it as soon you get on the plane, preferably with an oil cleanser to help nourish the skin at the same time as cleansing.

He urges, "Beware of clogged pores - the combination of dry skin and make-up is a perfect combination for break-outs. As when the skin is dry, it sometimes compensates by producing more oil instead of getting drier. Certain foundations and powders can dry out the skin even more, resulting in flaky, dull, grey looking skin and over time, wrinkles so you need to be careful to look after your skin in the long term." 

He continues saying that it’s best not wear any make-up to keep it clear in the dry, impure air. But it is advisable to moisturise well after cleansing and including a vitamin packed serum. Many beauty gurus opt for doing a mask mid-flight to help minimise dehydration which is a really good idea. 

It is better to wear a tinted SPF if one wants coverage or just a basic 30-50SPF.  UV rays and infrared radiation, are more damaging in-flight due to a higher altitude and thinner air so it’s recommended to wear SPF of some sort, preferably as natural as possible. Mineral make up is ideal as heavy make-up does not allow the skin to breathe. Make-up gives the dirt a surface to embed itself upon, which with environmental factors leading to free radicals can cause the breakdown of collagen resulting in wrinkles.

Is Anxiety causing your Breakouts?

Ever noticed that when you're stressed and anxious, your skin can suffer too? If you're prone to acne and breakouts, periods of elevated stress and anxiety can really make your breakouts worse. Hormone fluctuations are the main cause and anxiety may also cause you to do things like spot squeezing or skin picking which causes scarring and may spread bacteria - increasing the likelihood of a future breakout. No matter how 'satisfying' picking or squeezing is - seriously, try to avoid doing this.

Stress causes skin to produce more oil. This increased production of oil can easily clog hair follicles, allowing acne to form. Stress also causes blood to flow away from the skin and to parts of the body more vital to survival (that good old fight or flight). Reduced blood available to the skin can cause skin problems, such as aggravating acne. 

Anxiety suppresses the body’s immune system, which can adversely affect the body’s ability to fight off intruders - i.e bacteria. Anxiety also causes an inflammatory response in the body, which can cause the walls of pores to break. This can cause the body to respond with redness around the broken pore and an influx of puss (gross!).

Treating acne holistically is the most effective way to achieve long-term clear skin. Looking at diet, sleep pattern and stress is a great place to start. Integrating adaptogens  - natural plant extracts that help the body deal with stress, can be super helpful in combatting internal inflammation. Take a test to see what you're intolerant to - what inflames your body and causes a stress response. Finding better ways to manage stress and anxiety in the long term is also important - talking with a therapist or attending a support group can be amazing, and there are a loads of resources online too.  

 Skincare took the focus at Stella McCartney with Aveda using serums and oils to give glow

Skincare took the focus at Stella McCartney with Aveda using serums and oils to give glow

As firm advocates of a 'Skin first' beauty philosophy, we were excited to see Jakubowski, McCartney and House of Holland all send their models out with minimal make-up this fashion week. Embracing the 'non-touring' (as in no contouring) trend which leans more towards subtle concealing and strobing, Aveda used natural, nourishing face oils massaged into the skin under base to give lifted, sculpted skin that looks healthy, dewy and fuss-free. 

 The natural complexion took centre stage at Burberry

The natural complexion took centre stage at Burberry

 J W Anderson embraces clean, fresh skin

J W Anderson embraces clean, fresh skin

 Strong brows are here to stay (JW Anderson)

Strong brows are here to stay (JW Anderson)

 Aveda used face oils as foundation primer at Marta Jakubowski

Aveda used face oils as foundation primer at Marta Jakubowski

Keeping the philosophy of simple, clean skin, Models 1 turned to a £50 Decléor facial to recover their girls complexions from the hectic show schedule. The treatment, the ‘Recharge Vitamin Glow’ facial, provides a ‘natural facelift’ - promoting oxygen to feed the skin cells giving a fresh, 8-hours-of-sleep glow.  

 Models 1 sent their girls for Decléor facial

Models 1 sent their girls for Decléor facial

D.I.Y: We’ve all experienced winter skin once in our lives - dryness, dullness, and oily patches caused by getting slapped in the face with freezing winds outside, then moving inside to dry, stale, heated air.

According to Vogue "Your skin loses moisture and in effect can mean cakey-looking foundation. To combat this problem and make sure that the skin is moisturised at all times, makeup-artists have found it beneficial to mix a few drops of face oil to their foundations just before application to dramatically improve the quality of the foundation, and the skin beneath"

Disciple Good Skin contain natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and light-weight hydrators that will change the texture of your foundation sheer it out, resulting in a more natural, dewy finish. By adding oil to your foundation you’ll be using less product than usual, and will find it a whole lot easer to meticulously blend it in for a natural look. 

By Stella Goodwinn

Best 'break-out busting' facials in London this winter
 Gazelli House

Gazelli House

Best for Luxury - Gazelli House

Perfect for January skin, the Pro Recovery facial uses Oxygen Therapy and Gazelli’s signature White Oil TM to restore the essential antioxidants and minerals that modern living strips away. Beginning with a deep cleanse to purify skin, the treatment boosts hydration and protection and enables repair, so that skin is left looking healthy and revitalised. £70

Best 'no-nonsense' Treatment - London Professional Aesthetics

Elizabeth Rimmer - Director at London Professional Aesthetics is a fully qualified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in the industry. The clinic offer tailored clinical facials to combat acne including the DERMALUX Blue LED Facial - which after just one treatment energises skin cells to revitalise a dull and tired complexion (and can be done in your lunch break). A course of treatment offers long lasting results, stimulating the skin's natural rejuvenation and repair processes to promote healthy looking skin, accelerate cell renewal and resolve break-outs and scarring. From £50

Best on a Budget - REN express @ Soho Skin

The perfect skin booster - a cleansing and nourishing treatment, perfect for a quick pick-me-up slap bang in the middle of town. REN products have pioneered Clean Skincare: a smarter skincare which delivers high performance visible results whilst always being on skin’s side. Scrupulously avoiding any skin unfriendly, toxic ingredients. With just the right amount of naturally derived hi tech bio-actives that help the skin help itself. £35