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SAFARI RETREAT IN AFRICA

NEW WELLNESS SAFARI RETREAT COMPANY MAKES SPLASH IN AFRICA

For years wellness influencers have taken their show on the road to beautiful settings in the Caribbean and United States, but now The Safari Retreat company is giving wellness travelers the chance to combine the serenity of Africa with the exhilaration of a safari for one of the most unique travel offerings available.

The Safari Retreat company is the premiere wellness retreat company in Africa. Founder Becky Robertson came up with the idea to bring retreats to Africa to take advantage of the almost mystical quality of the land. Robertson’s family has offered traditional safaris for more than 35 years.

“I grew up in the safari business and saw first-hand how Africa awed, inspired and changed our guests,” she said. “I thought there was no better setting to offer transformative wellness retreats. Our programs allow people to disconnect through nature and the wild to reconnect with themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.”

The Safari Retreats couldn’t be more timely as the Global Wellness Summit named adventure wellness travel as a Top 10 Trend for 2022.

The Safari Retreats are held at personally vetted mid-range and luxury safari lodges in the private and off the beaten track region of Laikipia. Lodges such as Lewa Wilderness, one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari experiences, Borana Lodge and El Karama offer incrediable wildlife settings and experiences, with the chance to see the Big 5 at many locations. The Safari Retreat works with some of the top wellness influencers in the world to bring yoga, Pilates and mind/body retreats to Africa. The retreats blend the wellness programming with daily safari activities including; game drives, safari walks, horseback safari expeditions and camel rides. Each retreat includes all accommodations, meals, and transfers and travel within Africa.

For 2022 The Safari Retreat is pleased to offer the following retreats:

All Safari Retreats are designed to take people out of their comfort zones to allow them to have a-ha moments that truly change the way they think about themselves and their internal stories. Through adventure, slowing down and attuning to nature people are primed to have a transformational experience that goes far beyond simply traveling to Africa to view “The Big 5.”

About Safari Retreats

The Safari Retreat Company is Africa’s premiere choice for wellness safari travel. Working with personally vetted safari lodges in Kenya and East Africa, Safari Retreat Company combines the adventure of a traditional safari with wellness programming offered by the world’s top wellness influencers. Combining the serenity and beauty of Africa with transformative program, guests leave with a different mindset and an adventure of a lifetime in their memory.

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Apple Music Fitness DJ Mix Series

From Apple Music comes their very own DJ Mix series; a special space where all artists, DJs and producers can come together to produce an exclusive fitness experience, only on Apple Music.

Everyone has a distinguished taste for their workout music, and the Fitness Mix series allows artists to customize their own tracks to create an unparalleled experience for listeners.

The Fitness Mix series is separated into four differing subcategories, which includes Run, Ride, Gym and Yoga. Each mix is solely produced to be worked out to.

The first set of the Fitness Mix series includes mixes from Aluna (Ride), Loud Luxury (Run), Valentino Khan (Gym) and Above and Beyond (Yoga).

Detailed descriptions on what listeners can look forward to in the first round of mixes is featured below.

Aluna: Ride

The first Apple Music Fitness Mix for cycling showcases the British electronic producer and singer Aluna (formerly one half of AlunaGeorge). Aluna set out to encapsulate her DJ point-of-view in the mix, styling the mix for cyclists. “I take whichever club or festival I’m playing all around the world with my collection of global dance music,” Aluna tells Apple Music. “This time, it’s on a bike.” Crafted specifically with a cycle set in mind, the mix flows from a comfortable warm-up to a powerful set of climbs and sprints. Eventually, Aluna directs viewers to what she calls the “sweet spot” of 90 RPM. The combination of all of Aluna’s distinct songs in the mix sets up viewers for a kinetic cycling encounter.

Loud Luxury: Run

The LA-based house due Loud Luxury generated a mix sure to get listeners motivated and amped to run. Inspired by their own personal preference for fitness music, Joe Depace, one half of the group, told Apple Music, “in terms of the set’s structure, we were really intentional about having some sections that are very high-energy, big sing-along moments mixed with sections where it’s a bit more rhythmic and repetitive. The goal here is to keep you on pace so you’re never getting bored but also not losing all of your energy on one song.” The duo referenced their own busy schedules for creativity in the fitness mix, aiming to create something that would be easy to listen and get active to.

Valentino Khan: Gym

All Apple Music Fitness mixes have a shared goal in common; to pump up the viewers and give an essential boost of energy during workouts. Valentino Khan, an LA-based DJ/producer, created the fitness mix for the gym to get anyone through weight trainings, HIIT workouts or any other demanding fitness routines. Khan elaborated on his mix, stating, “I wanted to keep the energy high, while still selecting tracks that were pleasant to listen to play in any setting. It’s a bit of a crescendo, with the higher-energy tracks towards the later stages of the mix. At the same time, I wanted to give people a great ending that they can ride out to.”

Above & Beyond: Yoga

The UK trio Above & Beyond has released three albums since their Flow State project in 2019, with intention “to bring people’s attention and focus towards helping themselves find better mental fitness and overall happiness in life,” Paavo Siljamäki, one third of the group, tells Apple Music. Since collaborating in the past with yoga experts Elena Brower and ChauKei Ngai, the group was the innate choice to cultivate the Apple Music Fitness mix for yoga. The mix is a crucial one, as the flow of the mix will directly correlate to the energy and tempo during one’s yoga workout. “Through raised awareness, being more present, one can reach a state of flow: a creative and free state of mind where time, fear, and stress dissipate,” says Siljamäki. Above & Beyond strives to provide a sense of calm and comfort through this fitness mix.

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Six Hobbies That Relieve Stress

Some hobbies are excellent stress-relievers, as physical activity puts us in a meditative state. Doing something we enjoy triggers the release of dopamine. When you use your body or hands, your mind focuses on the task at hand. Add a bit of creativity to your life! Discover six simple activities that can give you a break from the constant barrage of stress.

1.   Dance

Research conducted by Pennsylvania State University has demonstrated the stress-relieving effects of dancing. Endorphins released in your body make you feel good. If you don’t have a Delta 8 hemp flower on hand, try dancing to feel better quickly!

It does not matter if you choose free dance, instructed dance, or dance workouts. YouTube has a plethora of tutorials for any style, from hula to ballet. All you need is some space and inspiring music to get your groove on!

2.   Drawing, sketching, coloring, or painting

Any of these activities will take your mind off the things that worry you. Focus on a creative project to de-stress. According to a study by Harvard, drawing and painting are particularly effective in this regard.

You don’t have to be an artist to experience the benefits! Download an app for digital sketching (for example, Procreate), buy an adult coloring book, or find some classes at your local Art supply store, museum, or library. The internet has a wealth of free information, including fun tutorials.

3.   Writing

Different forms of writing, from journaling to letters to writing stories, alleviate stress. Jotting down your emotions is a proven way to feel better. Even 10-minute writing sessions are guaranteed to bring positive effects.

4.   Playing a Musical Instrument

Listening to music and creating it can make you feel happier and more content. By playing an instrument, you will not only express yourself but also trigger an emotional release. According to a study in the Federal Practitioner, “there is evidence that playing an instrument elicits brain changes that positively influence cognitive functioning and decreases stress.”

Learning to play music is easier than before, as there are so many digital tools to help you. First, you can download apps for learning to play the guitar, piano, and other instruments. YouTube is packed with tutorials. Finally, you can always find private or group lessons. If you are too busy to learn, even listening to your favorite playlist will improve your emotional state.

5.   Knitting

This is another meditative activity connected to calmness and happiness. You can find a treasure trove of step-by-step videos on YouTube. Every week, schedule a time for a meeting, alone or with a friend! The positive effects of knitting have been shown in a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

6.   Photography

You do not need a high-end camera to experience the positive effects of photography. Even simple snaps with your smartphone can melt your stress away! Go outdoors and take photos daily to improve your well-being, slow down and find meaning in small things.

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How an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Helped Me to Overcome PTSD

By Beth Lauren, certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, founder of Sangha NYC and author of Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money and Love

It can be challenging to assess how the mind contributes to a person’s overall physical health. Still, the mind-body connection is now widely accepted by Western medical traditions as it has been by Eastern medicine for centuries.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event such as combat, a severe accident, or sexual assault. Studies have shown that the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD may also put a survivor in a constant state of stress and anxiety. It’s common knowledge that both put tremendous strain on a person’s body, increasing the risk for physical health problems including cardiovascular disease, asthma, chronic pain, sleep apnea, and a host of gastrointestinal disorders.

The mind and body work together in both harmony and disharmony. For years PTSD troubled my mind and continued its descent through my body, resulting in bouts of IBS, sleep apnea, and insomnia. PTSD was my enduring legacy as a rape survivor. I was just 12 years old at the time of my assault. I would be 46 when I first began to process this violent and painful experience that was too much for both my brain and body to handle for 34 years.

Five years later, I became an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and adopted the daily routine, or dinacharya, an Ayurvedic lifestyle recommends practitioners follow. And now, at the age of 55, I’m experiencing the best mental and physical health of my life.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system. Using a holistic approach, Ayurveda balances manas (mind), shareera (body), and atma (soul) for optimal health. The goal of practitioners is not merely to prevent and cure disease but to focus on optimizing physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Managing both mind and body together is the approach needed to treat symptoms of PTSD successfully.

Ayurveda also offers a personalized methodology that is well-suited for treating the individual needs of those who have PTSD. No one’s pain is the same. How trauma manifests in the body can be affected by climate, pre-existing health issues, age, genetics – so many factors.

An Ayurvedic way of living: diet, daily routine, yoga, and meditation 

On my journey, I found that I wanted my body and soul to follow once my mind was free from suffering. I began by paying close attention to how my eating habits affected my mood, digestion, and weight. It wasn’t just what I put into my body, but when I ate—the time of day and my state of mind when I was eating contributed to my malfunctioning digestion. Emotional eating was an issue for me, as it is for so many survivors, especially women. How many television shows and movies have we all seen where the heroine soothes her broken heart with a pint of ice cream?

In Ayurveda, food is medicine, not a consolation prize. Choosing foods that are in harmony with the season, grown locally, and favor one’s dosha—the energetic force of nature that comprises one’s unique body constitution—is essential for following an Ayurvedic lifestyle. I also found that eating primarily hot cooked foods and adding warming spices such as turmeric, cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon nourished my body and brain.

The more I learned about what an Ayurvedic lifestyle could offer, the more it seemed intuitive. Simple adjustments such as having my largest meal for lunch instead of dinner made sense to me. Why wouldn’t I give my body as much waking time as possible to digest heavy foods?

Digestive strength is paramount in Ayurveda. Maintaining strong agni or digestive power supports the body’s immunity, and a robust immune system is essential for managing daily stressors. Digesting doesn’t just apply to nutrition. We are constantly digesting our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Healthy agni is key to a calm and peaceful state of mind, so all three don’t overwhelm us.

My daily practice includes 1-2 cups of Cumin, Coriander, Fennel (CCF) tea, a traditional Ayurvedic blend that supports digestion and gently detoxifies the liver. CCF’s calming and cooling qualities work well with all constitutions.

Several Ayurvedic herbs nourish and calm the brain and body, but the one I recommend as the most productive is ashwagandha.

A powerful herb in Ayurvedic healing, ashwagandha has been used in India for centuries for a wide variety of conditions, including stress, anxiety, insomnia, joint pain – the list is endless, and it includes some of the most common PTSD symptoms. In Ayurveda, specific herbs are adaptogens, which help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. Ashwagandha is one of them.

Yoga is so much more than a way to stretch and strengthen muscles. Daily practice can provide mental clarity and peace, providing a spiritual and psychological foundation for Ayurveda. It’s no mystery why certification as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor includes a yoga module. For me, slow-paced yoga postures such as paschimottasana (seated forward bend pose) and matsyendrasana (half spinal twist pose) help to keep me calm and relaxed.

Given that the mind-body connection is fundamental to Ayurveda, it’s evident that meditation would be, like yoga, an integral component of its practice. Meditation helps us to attain awareness and harmony by experiencing inner calm and deep relaxation. While the violence I survived will always produce lingering feelings and thoughts resulting in anxiety, sadness, and eyes that fill with tears, all those emotions are less charged now. Those memories no longer imprison my body and brain. I can honestly write that a 5,000-year-old modality has been a massive part of my recovery, and for that, I am very grateful.

ABOUT BETH LAUREN

Beth Lauren spent over a decade in the film industry as a writer, producer, and director. She poignantly and humorously documents the devastating journey to produce her second feature in her memoir, Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money, and Love. Beth wrote and produced the feature film, Fairytale of New York, which premiered at the New Filmmakers Series 2000 in NYC. She wrote, produced, and directed the short films: Immaculate Concoction and Getting Ned, in addition to co-producing and consulting on several plays and short films.

She is a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and is the owner of Sangha NYC, where she offers virtual and in-person Ayurvedic counseling services and products. Sangha NYC enjoys a partnership with Nirogam, one of India’s largest and most trusted suppliers of Ayurvedic medicines. Beth is the Well-Tech World Summit organizer, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in March 2022.

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Pollen Presents Announces Golden Sand In Riviera Maya

Featuring Performances from 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Nelly, Sean Paul, Flo Rida, TLC, T-Pain

Four-Day Experience from January 12-16, 2022, Featuring Musical Performances, Pool Parties, Yoga, Snorkeling, and Much More

Leading technology company Pollen Presents has announced their first fully owned production today. Going by the name Golden Sand, the immersive weekend of music, exploration, and relaxation will take place on the luxurious beaches of Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mexico from January 12-16, 2022 for one unforgettable weekend in the sun.

Golden Sand boasts a hip-hop / R&B lineup for the ages with legendary artists taking to the stage throughout four days and four nights of unbeatable performances, pool parties, events on the beach, jungle adventures, yoga, snorkeling, and more. This will all be set across luxury accommodations at the Barcelo Riviera Maya resort with premium food & beverages included in the experience. The unique experience will eschew crowds at large festivals for something far more intimate, perfect for those looking to enjoy their favorite music in an environment with comfort and space.

Golden Sand will be headlined by an array of hip-hop, rap, and R&B icons from various eras including New York hip-hop legend 50 Cent, the iconic group behind the hit songs “Waterfalls” and “Creep” TLC, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Nelly, Atlanta megastar and rapper Ludacris, prolific Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul, Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, undeniable hitmaker and vocalist T-Pain, Brooklyn rapper and the original queen of hip-hop Lil’ Kim, Bronx hip-hop artist and music industry veteran Fat Joe, hit making maestro Flo Rida, an array of DJs and hosts to keep people moving throughout the experience, and more to be announced.

Beyond the music itself, attendees can also snorkel in the tropic shores of Riviera Maya, soak up the sun at the Barcelo’s eleven swimming pools, catch a wave on a FlowRider surf machine, eat their way through over a dozen restaurants across the resort, get a massage at a 10,000 square feet U-Spa Wellness and Fitness Center, pump some adrenaline through thrilling activities like ziplines, ATVs, and Go-Karts, play basketball or tennis at the Barcelo courts, or relax with meditation and dance classes in a one-of-a-kind destination setting.

Additional activities that can be booked directly through the resort include scuba diving classes, diving trips, jet ski excursions, deep-sea fishing, sunset boat parties, cenote excursions, day trips to Xcaret Park, hiking the ruins of Chichen Itza, and more. The area is also filled with delicious international cuisine, which includes Caribbean and teppanyaki grill, French bistros, buffets, traditional Mexican food, and much more.

Perched on the Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, Riviera Maya is a place to be envied. Known for its abundance of all-inclusive resorts and endless palm tree lined beaches, epic nightlife, and delicious cuisine, it’s a short drive from Cancun International Airport and traveling distance to Tulum. Golden Sand will take place at the Barcelo Riviera Maya resort, spread across the Maya Riviera, Maya Beach, and Maya Caribe.

Golden Sand is Pollen’s first fully owned venture and a product of their ability to identify the wants and needs of their core demographic. Golden Sand will offer attendees an immersive, curated entertainment experience; allowing them to reconnect with their favorite artists in an unparalleled tropical location.

For more information about the event, including payment plans, package upgrades and FAQs, visit the official website to stay up-to-date with the latest in lineup, pricing, and event news.

Artist Lineup (A – Z)
50 Cent
Fat Joe
Flo Rida
Kelly Rowland
Lil’ Kim
Ludacris
Nelly
Sean Paul
TLC
T-Pain

About Pollen
Pollen is a technology company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on pollen.co and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched experiences with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

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Secrets for Healthier Hearts and Sharper Minds

Secrets for Healthier Hearts and Sharper Minds By Dr. Stephen Sinatra, cardiologist, Healthy Directions

A sharp mind and a healthy heart are both keys to living a long, healthy life. However, did you know that your heart and brain – two seemingly different organs – are highly connected? In fact, they are highly dependent on one another. As a result, your brain and heart act almost as a figurative game of dominos – when one falls, the other falls with it. That’s why I’ve made it my mission as a cardiologist to focus as much on brain health as I do on heart health.

Making the Connection Between the Heart and Brain 

Your brain acts as the control center of your body, giving orders here and there to ensure that your natural bodily functions continue without issue. However, there are times when the signals your brain is sending to the different parts of your body can go awry. This can directly affect the heart because faulty signals can send its rhythm into haywire.

These two organs are further intertwined because of their relationships with the vascular system, which both depend on to bring them oxygen and nutrients while carrying away any waste.

Plus, both organs are highly susceptible to several ailments that can affect their efficacy. The main culprits include oxidative stress, disruptions in blood flow and chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be brought on by a lack of exercise, poor diet and exposure to pollutants, among other triggers. The intricate network of your brain and the 100 billion cells (or neurons) that make it up are even more vulnerable than your heart to these stressors.

The good news is that many of the same recommendations I make for keeping your heart healthy also boost the health of your brain and entire body. Here are some of the most important things that you can do to nurture the heart-brain connection:

  • Switch Up Your Diet: I’ve always been a proponent of the Mediterranean diet. Another diet that I recommend for heart and brain health combines elements of the Mediterranean diet with elements from the Asian side of the Pacific Rim, also known as the Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean (PAMM) diet. This diet puts an emphasis on healthy fats derived from sources like fish, nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil and DHA-fortified eggs, supporting overall brain health. In addition, the diet includes considerable amounts of vegetables and fruits. While doing this, you should also keep in mind the importance of limiting processed sugars and simple carbohydrates, two major contributors to inflammation.
  • Be Wary of Chronic Stress: Believe it or not, stress can play a major role in the health of your brain and heart. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone.” Short-term stress is okay because the body can return to normal. However, chronic stress accompanied by high levels of cortisol can affect the regions of the brain associated with memory and emotion, causing your autonomic nervous system to be on constant alert. Making time for exercise, maintaining health sleep cycles, and connecting with people around you can help combat stress. Additionally, you can practice meditation, yoga and breathing exercises to help. 
  • Put the Kibosh on “Invisible” Brain Threats: When people think of invisible pollutants, they typically think of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. However, there are other invisible pollutants out there that can affect the brain directly. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are emitted by everything from cell phones to wireless networks. Even home appliances can emit these EMFs that affect the electrical currents within your body, including the crucial ones tasked with regulating your heartbeat and the synapses in your brain. Limiting EMF exposure can be tough, but it’s also extremely important. Some steps include using a corded landline and only using your cellphone on speaker, which limits the exposure of radiation to your brain. You can also hardwire your computer instead of using Wi-Fi. Lastly, you can engage in earthing, which is when you connect to the Earth by walking barefoot or using a grounding pad, protecting you from EMF radiation.
  • Know the Link Between Your Brain and Statins: When looking at your medication list, it is crucial to be aware of cholesterol-lowering statins. These drugs suppress the production of cholesterol and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), resulting in brain fog. Additionally, lowering your cholesterol too much can also affect brain function since it depends on cholesterol to process information.
  • Keep a Close Eye on Your Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can pose a threat in ensuring your brain gets the oxygen it needs. Your brain takes about 20% of the oxygen you breathe, so a healthy blood pressure of around 120/80 mmHg will help maintain that. Include foods like beets, garlic, onions, and apples to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
  • Step Up Your Supplement Game: If you don’t have a solid supplement routine, now is the time to find a regimen that works for you. I recommend starting with a good multivitamin, CoQ10 (100 mg daily if you are taking a statin), omega-3 and magnesium. All these supplements will help support brain and heart health. For added protection, my new Focal Point Plus supplement uses a unique combination of clinically validated ingredients including Longvida Optimized Curcumin, CogniBoost American Ginseng, and vitamin K2 menaquinone-7 (MK7), which together can help support cognitive health and memory, healthy blood flow and arterial health.

As I mentioned at the start, think of your heart and brain as two dominos sitting next to one another. In optimal positions, they work in tandem—but when one falters, it can take the other one with it, leaving your entire body vulnerable. So, it’s important to keep both organs in tip-top shape so they can support you for a lifetime.

About Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is one of the most highly respected and sought-after cardiologists whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness. He has more than 40 years of clinical practice, research, and study, starting his career as an attending physician at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Connecticut. He is known as one of America’s top integrative cardiologists, combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies. He is an author, speaker and adviser for the research and development of nutritional supplements with Healthy Directions. Sinatra is a best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including, “Heartbreak and Heart Disease,” “The Great Cholesterol Myth,” “Reversing Heart Disease Now “Heart Sense for Women,” “The Sinatra Solution” and “Metabolic Cardiology.”

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Beyond Van Gogh Miami Extension

BEYOND VAN GOGH – MIAMI’S EXCLUSIVE IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXPERIENCE – EXTENDS SHOW AT ICE PALACE STUDIOS THROUGH AUGUST 14, 2021 

After selling over 100,000 tickets since its April 15 Miami debut, Primo Entertainment extends its production of Beyond Van Gogh with expanded programming through August 14.

Primo Entertainment is excited to announce the continuation of its wildly celebrated Miami production of Beyond Van Gogh at The Ice Palace Studios through August 14, 2021 (one extra month past its original 3-month period). Due to popular demand after a very successful initial 2 months in Miami, the traveling experience plans to lay deeper roots in South Florida to continue welcoming guests of all ages from all corners of the globe. Adding to the show’s already unique and innovative format, Primo Entertainment is adding more unique whimsy to its Ice Palace festivities.

Want a little bit of peace before the holiday weekend starts? Stop by Thursday morning and take a yoga class with Tifftopia Wellness while immersed in Van Gogh artworks. Not much of a yogi? Start celebrating Independence Day early at Happy Hour on Thursday or Friday. Saturday evening is the perfect day for you and your family to see Van Gogh recreation artist Daniela Viotti performing her iconic interpretation of Van Gogh art pieces.

This weekend, we invite you to celebrate America’s independence in the artsiest of ways! Join us at Beyond Van Gogh to experience and cover one of the many new family-friendly community activations planned throughout the show.

  • Wednesday 2pm-4pm, bring your kids by to create their own Starry Night at CRAFTING FOR THE KIDDOS.
  • Thursday 9:30am-10am, start your day with a guided meditation, sound bath, and yoga session with Tifftopia Wellness. 
  • Thursday and Friday 4:30pm-7:30pm, end the week in the Van Gogh Garden at our DJ-hosted Happy Hour.
  • Saturday 4pm-7pm, meet the iconic Van Gogh recreation artist, Daniela Viotti, as she brings human-scale whimsy within the exhibit.

Beyond Van Gogh, Miami has proven to be the breakout community hit of the season, proving how the power of art can pull people together in a safe and comfortable way. Because of this example set, Primo Entertainment is expanding its artful Van Gogh production to places like AustinSan DiegoSalt Lake City, and Latin America.

Visit the official website for tickets and more information about Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience and follow the Miami show’s creativity and programming on Instagram.

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Philadelphia × New Jersey Pride Events – Summer 2021

By: Ally Brewster

Philadelphia is a place with a vibrant, bright LGBTQ+ community. The Covid-19 pandemic put a pause on many events last year, but that’s not the case this year. With places opening back up, with covid guidelines, Pride events are back!

See below for a list of some (but by no means all) of the pride events in and around Philadelphia, as well as across the river in New Jersey, during the 2021 Summer:

BFSC Family Pride Picnic & Pool Party – Wednesday, June 23

  • Time: 5-8PM
  • Location: Barclay Farm Swim Club, 315 Whitemarsh Way, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
  • Price: Tickets Will Be Sold At The Door: $20 Each Adult, $10 Each Child
  • Description: Enjoy games, contests, door prizes, Mr. Softee and a dance floor! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bring your own picnic.

Pride Fashion Show! – Athleta & Ten Thousand Villages Virtual Event!– Thursday, June 24

  • Facebook Live
  • Time: 3PM
  • Description: “Athleta x Ten Thousand Villages are partnering in support of Valley Youth House emergency shelters! LGBTQ+ and Ally volunteers will be modeling Athleta’s Pride month clothing collection along with fair trade accessories to raise awareness for our June donation drive for Valley Youth House’s LGBTQ+ services. All donated items will go into backpacks for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Needed items: Socks, bras, menstrual supplies, soap, underwear, pyjamas, blankets, stuffed animals, board games, keychains, journals, art supplies & coloring books, gift cards Drop off at Ten Thousand Villages or Athleta (Bryn Mawr and Glen Mills).”

Franklin Institute Family Pride – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 12:00-4:00 PM
  • Location: The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Price: Included with museum admission. Free for Franklin Institute Members.
  • Description: Join the museum for an afternoon that blur the lines of science and performance! The Franklin Institute will partner with local drag queens for whimsical shows and dissections. It will be an afternoon of expressive coloring, roving demos, the science of bubbles and rainbows, photo-ops, colorful lights, and themed music for a community celebration!

Philly Pride! Make it Glow! – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Arrive 15 minutes early)
  • Location: 209 Leedom Street in Jenkintown Borough, PA 19046
  • Price: $38-$47 per person
  • Description: A night of painting with pride with your instructor Jay! A small class size. Reservations are required prior to arrival. The studio is BYOB, so you can bring your own food and drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks, no hard alcohol. Alcohol for ages 21+).

Pride Storytime – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: 175 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406-1851, United States | King Of Prussia
  • Description: Join Parker Edge at the UMT Park by the Gazebo @ 10:30AM for a pride-themed Storytime & activities!

Queering Wood Craft Virtual Event!- Saturday, June 26

  • Live on Zoom, hosted by The Center for Art in Wood
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
  • Price: Free! (With a suggested donation of $5 per person enables them to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year).
  • Description: “Independent scholar and curator John-Duane Kingsley will lead this roundtable discussion with leading queer woodworkers and artists in wood, sharing the ways their lived experience impacts their craft, process, and aesthetic. Join us for an enlightening and fun evening. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it.”

Upper Darby Pride presents Drag Queen Story Hour and Potluck – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 12PM
  • Location: Sellers Park, PA
  • Description: “Join your friends at Upper Darby Pride for an early afternoon of friends at Upper Darby’s history Sellers Park and Playground. Bring snacks and food to share with your group. Enjoy storytime with one of UD’s own drag queen readers, a great family friendly event for Pride Month 2021!”

LGBTQ+ Themed Children’s Story Time @ Perkasie Borough Farmer’s Market – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 09:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
  • Location: Perkasie Farmer’s Market, 1 S 7th St, Perkasie, PA 18944
  • Price: On the grassy area close to the Shelly’s Design Center sign at the corner of 7th & Market.
  • Decription: There will be blankets to sit on, a table display of Children’s picture books with LGBTQ+ inclusive themes and a pride themed picture book list that can be used to add to your personal library.

Upper Darby Pride Festival – Sunday, June 27

  • Time: 1:00-7:00PM
  • Location: Upper Darby High School, 601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA, 19026
  • Description: Attendees are required to wear face masks! Activities fun for all ages! There will be specific kid-friendly activities, vendors, music, opportunities to help fund our mural arts program, and much more.

Pride Power Flow – Sunday, June 27

  • Time: 12:00 PM TO 01:00 PM
  • Location: Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341, Exton, United States
  • Price: Approximate price $20
  • Description: Hosted by Blue Buddha healing arts. Join Krystal in a day of power and strength building yoga while supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Rainbow clothing encouraged! A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Trevor Project!

Our City, Your Orchestra: William Way LGBT Community Center – Monday, June 28

  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: One South Broad Street | 14th Floor Philadelphia PA | 19107
  • Description: “The first season of Our City, Your Orchestra culminates with a visit to the William Way LGBT Community Center in celebration of Pride Month in June. The William Way Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community of Philadelphia through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be joined by GRAMMY-winning composer and Philadelphia resident Jennifer Higdon and members of the Orchestra.”

History Talk: Before Stonewall, Before Gay Pride, there Was Philadelphia Virtual Event!–Wednesday, June 30

  • Zoom event (registration required)
  • Time: June 30, 2021 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
  • Description: “William Way LGBT Community Center curator Bob Skiba will present on the history of the Philadelphia LGBTQ movement while placing it in a national context of LGBTQ history. This hour long illustrated presentation begins by examining what it was like to be queer in 1950s and 1960s America, an America where anyone who was at all different was demonized, medicated or arrested. It continues with Philadelphia’s response to this relentless oppression – the annual Reminder demonstrations that occurred every 4th of July from 1965 to 1969 in front of Independence Hall, the first organized, regularly recurring protests for gay rights in the country. Finally, it tells how the Stonewall riots changed that paradigm for good, morphing those Annual Reminders into and Gay Pride marches and giving birth to the modern LGBTQ movement.”

In Honor of: GAY PRIDE on The Farm – Saturday, July 17

  • Time: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Location: The Farm. 130 Mill Road, Evesham, NJ 08053
  • Price: Free entry. Drag Queen performances by ticket only ($15-$30).
  • Description: Activities include Craft Show/Vendors/Food. Drag Queens performing in the evening (by ticket only). Your Hostess will be Ariel Versace. With her will be Chasity St. Claire, Kali Coutour, Zephyra Rivers, Stefani Steel & Vickie Versace.

Bucks-Mont Pride Festival – Sunday, July 18

  • Time: 1-6PM
  • Location: Abington Art Center – 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046
  • Description: “SAGA is proud to partner with several local organizationsto bring the first annual PRIDE Festival to Montgomery County, PA. Enjoy live music, food, community resources, family-friendly activities, and more at this free, outdoor event!”

Philadelphia Pride – September (date TBD)

  • After recent backlash of transphobia and racism, the group that has planned Philadelphia Pride in the past has dissolved (see more information from the Philadelphia Inquirer). Due to this, according to Abdul-Aliy Muhammad per the Philadelphia Inquirer, black and brown LGBTQ+ organizers of the local community are beginning to work on a more inclusive, accepting event in its place this September.

New Jersey Gay Pride Day – Sept 12

  • Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Cooper River Park. GPS users: Use address 7001 N. Park Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ (this is the business address of Standard Merchandising which is directly across the street of our location)
  • Price: Free!
  • Description: Bring your blankets, chairs and tables! Headliner: TBD Other Entertainers: Reigning 2017 Ms. South Jersey Gay Pride Ginger Alle, 2019 Mr. South Jersey Gay Pride Manny Tucker Lovett, 2019 Ms. South Jersey Gay Pride Karen Vonsay, Rasta Boi Punany, Jon Kem, DJ Deluxx, and more!

To find more LGBTQ+ events in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, visit Philly Gay Pride, Philly Gay Calendar and Visit Philadelphia!

Swimming article illustration by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE

MADELINE BANIC × X1-PRO

American Record Holder, International Swim League (ISL) breakout athlete Madeline “Maddy” Banic sets sights on Tokyo Olympics by training less, using X1-PRO

Madeline “Maddy” Banic, the 18-time all-American NCAA swimmer who earned a neck-load of gold medals while swimming for the University of Tennessee and broke out on the scene for the ISL in 2020, has signed with GMX7 as an ambassador, joining GMX7 ambassador and 4-time Olympian Ryan Lochte with sights on ever bigger aspirations for 2021.

According to Banic, while she’ll continue swimming with the ISL, her next goal is to hopefully make the U.S. Olympic Team to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s definitely my dream, and I’m pretty sure, it’s every competitive swimmer’s dream, to go to the Olympics,” said Banic, who broke the American record for the 50-meter fly at the ISL and was one of the top three breakout swimmers over the 8-week pro league. “I dream about it every day. It’s on my phone under my goals to have an American Flag Banic cap from the Olympics.”

Banic, who saw major improvements in her performance in 2020, attributes her success to a few key components, which includes practicing less.

That may sound counter intuitive, but it seems to have worked for Banic.

“Before COVID, I was absolutely murdering my body in practices, keeping my heartrate at 170 or above for several hours,” said Banic. “But when COVID hit, we weren’t able to train indoors, so I started boxing, cycling, running and kayaking and basically exercising outdoors. When I started swimming again, I was putting up decent times and that’s when I realized I had really been over doing it before.”

Then, at the end of May, Banic met David McCagg, the former 7-time gold medalist who started GMX7 and developed the X1-PRO resistance trainer, which Olympians Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel also use. McCagg met Banic’s training group in Naples where she was able to try the X1-PRO.

“At first, I was skeptical. I mean, racks and towers were the standard for resistance training, but the X1-PRO changes that. It really helped me with my underwater,” said Banic, who used the X1-PRO twice a week to prepare for ISL Budapest. “Now, I use it all the time and love the X1-PRO because it’s not jerky and it travels with you the whole 25 back and forth for continuous training.”

According to Banic, her routine typically goes like this. She wakes up at 7:45 a.m., has a banana and gets ready for practice. Then, she’s in the pool from 8:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., breakfast includes eggs, avocado, yogurt, some fruit and lots of coffee.

Then, it’s time to hang out with her 5-year-old Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix, named Remi. At 3 p.m. lunch is served which can vary, but often includes a sandwich, crackers, guacamole, salsa and dip. From 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. she’s back in the pool. After the evening swim, dinner almost always includes a meat, carb and veggie.

“That’s my typical doubles routine, but when I have singles, I’ll add in cycling with either a road bike or stationary bike, or I’ll do some yoga,” said Banic.

In addition to the workouts, and training with the X1-PRO, according to Banic, her other secret to success is her weekly massage.

“It’s an absolute must,” Banic said.

 

While 2020 was a tough year for many, Banic, who has publicly discussed her past struggles with depression and has helped others through her transparency, seems to have flourished and discovered more about herself. It has led to the realistic possibility of her perhaps earning a spot to compete in Tokyo at the Olympics for team USA.

“I’m definitely going to try my absolute best to make the Olympics,” said Banic. “I think that the ISL season proved that I’m kind of an underdog, but no matter how it goes, look out for the next ISL season.”

About GMX7

Founded in 2018, GMX7 is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and is dedicated to changing the world of swimming by empowering competitive swimmers with the best aquatic resistance training devices ever created. GMX7 was founded by David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist, former world record holder and winner of multiple national championships. The first device on the market by GMX7 is the X1-PRO. Designed by ROBRADY Engineering, it has already been the recipient of several international awards including the 2020 International Design Excellence Award and the 2020 Red Dot Award for product design.  

Yoga illustration for 360 Magazine

The Roots Between Yoga and Plants

Yoga is a way for humans to connect with nature, and plants play a pivotal role in that. Plants increase mood, they can help heal the body, and some plants can also clean the air, which can make a pretty big difference in how people feel as they practice yoga. According to Adam Husler, one of the UK’s most sought after yoga instructors, having a green, plant-filled space adds multiple benefits to your yoga practice. As Adam states it, plants bring four major attributes to one’s yoga practice: Air purity, Form and Structure, Mood lifting, and Meditation Anchors.

Air Purity

Breathing is the foundation of yoga, which allows plants to play a huge role as they purify the air. Living plants are natural air purifiers, removing carbon dioxide from the air and producing oxygen during the day. There’s nothing like an oxygen-producing plant to bring life, and fresh air, to an indoor room. This offers a healthy environment for your practice, and allows you to intake the good stuff and less of the bad.

Form and Structure

Yoga is about form, self-enquiry and exploring various shapes and poses. For the ultimate balance, this should also be reflected in your space through combining yin and yang, masculine and feminine colors and shapes. Plants with interesting structure amongst robust leafy plants can help balance the look and feel of your space and improve your practice.

Mood Lifting

Did you know that different plants have almost instantaneous effects on your mood? Creating a green space sanctuary can really lift your mood. Mixing plants and positioning plants in various locations instantly creates an urban-jungle vibe, which encourages a sense of calm and happiness. Some of these include Aloe vera, Ferns, and Lavender (for direct light areas inside). According to a study published in the “Journal of Environmental Psychology,” people reported higher levels of mood and perceived comfort when plants were present than when they were not.

Meditation Anchors

Plants are soothing and add to one’s calmness. The foliage from plants make for great meditation anchors – their leaves are intricate and hypnotic to look at, you can easily get lost in them. And how about a little fragrance! Adding a little fragrance to meditation has a very powerful, positive and supportive effect on any type of meditation and becomes a way of helping our mind to become focused, clear, balanced and peaceful.

Lively Root recommends the following plants for your yoga studio:
White Bird Dragon Tree (Dracaena warneckii ‘White Stripe’)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Wallisii)
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Variegated Snake Plants (Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
ZZ Plant/Eternity Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum ‘Petra’)
Peacock Plant (Calathea roseopicta ‘Medallion’)
Bromeliad

Perhaps the most low maintenance plants on our list are the ZZ Plant & the Snake Plant. They can grow in almost any location regardless of the lighting conditions. These plants, like the peace lily, have been shown to filter harsh toxins from the air including formaldehyde, toluene and benzene. As we said earlier, there’s nothing like oxygen-producing plants to bring life, and fresh air, to an indoor room.

For more information, please visit Lively Root’s website.

More about Lively Root
At Lively Root, the green spaces created have been instrumental in developing an ideal green space. Lively Root’s plants are home grown and full-scale fulfillment centers. They only sell eco-friendly products that are packaged and delivered right to your doorstep. Founding members have over a century of horticultural experience as growers, retailers, and landscapers, ranging from small plants, to indoor plants, outdoor plants, large trees, and flowering shrubs. They have planted & maintained trees on residential and commercial properties. Plants improve health by purifying the air, soothing stress, making people feel happier, and offering style and ambiance.