Here at The Handbook we aren’t going to tell you that to boost your health you need to down green shots and just work out more, although we’re fans of that too. Nope, rather we’ve got nine ways to boost your health this month which include yoga, relaxing, dancing and simply talking.
What: The Only Resolution We Want to Make
Why: Unless you’re talking about the festival at Juju, then we don’t want to hear about resolutions. Don’t be healthy because you want to be a new you, you’re great, do it because it makes you feel great and the Re:Solution festival is a month long festival of dance, yoga, workshops and fitness classes from the likes of Fat Buddha Yoga, Soul Sisters, Frankie Friday and Sanderson Jones. Start the year filled with endorphins, not failing at unnecessary resolutions.
Where: Juju's Bar & Stage 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
The Hard Yard at Pop Brixton
What: Try January
Why: Looking for a workout to get you out of that Stilton and mince pie coma? Let us introduce you to The Hard Yard, the fitness brand that trains and employs ex-offenders to deliver hard-hitting workouts without the gimmicks that will get you sweating, pumped and those endorphins flowing.
Every Tuesday, starting on the 9th January
Where: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ
Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House
What: Detox Menu
Why: We get that you want to detox but that doesn’t mean that you have to live off just salad, that theory went out years ago. Instead fill your diet with nutrient-dense, superfoods and hearty dishes all of which you’ll find at Wright Brothers Soho, Spitalfields and Battersea, who have launched a detox menu. Dishes will include superfood dressed oysters, pomegranate, crispy spring onions; seared yellow fin tuna, Goan spiced lentils, Greek yoghurt and rocket salad and roasted mixed beets with Graceburn feta and candied walnuts. As the saying goes: delicious and nutritious.
Available at Wright Brothers Soho, Spitalfields and Battersea
Where: Kingly Court, 13 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW
The London Edition
What: Sound Bath
Why: Rather than rushing back into the year with a hundred and one new things to do, ease your way back in and start the year calm and collected. As well as having lots of normal baths with plenty of bubble bath, you should also have a Sound Bath. Created by Sound Sebastien (Jasmine Hemsley and Toni Dicks) a Sound Bath is the ultimate relaxation, get cosy with blankets, silk eye masks filled with lavender, Tempur foam pillows and essential oils and then let the therapeutic tones of the Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls wash over you. Emerge from your meditative state, restored and calm. It’s time to turn up to turn off.
Monday 15th January and then selected Mondays until the 19th February
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
Website: Get Tickets Here
COMO Metropolitan London
What: Long Term Fitness
Why: COMO Shambhala Urban Escape (the holistic wellness centre at COMO Metropolitan London) has a new approach to the January cleanse. Forget quick fixes and detoxes, instead they want you to focus on your overall wellbeing both inside and out with a longer-term commitment. You can become part of their community with access to wellness events, inspirational workshops and treatments such as acupuncture. To start things off they are hosting a Body, Mind and Spirit package which includes: a COMO Shambhala treatment; a specialist COMO Shambhala treatment, a session with a professional personal trainer, yoga teacher or Rolfing expert, a copy of the COMO Shambala cookbook and an overnight stay (or two nights) with breakfast. Remember health is for life, not just for January.
Where: 19 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1LB
Asia de Cuba
What: Healthy Menu
Why: It’s not easy being healthy when you go out to eat, we get that, luckily though Asia de Cuba has created a menu that won’t leave you feeling like you need to go on a cleanse the next day. Dishes include calamari ceviche with tomato confit and ginger chimichurri; red quinoa salad, steamed seabass and a Thai coconut and lemongrass flan.
Available throughout January
Where: 45 St Martins's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX
100 Wardour St
What: 90's Dance Class
Why: End the month with Dance Cardio at 100 Wardour St, as part of the D&D Mindful City campaign they’ve teamed up with Frame to bring some of their favourite classes to Soho. The class is a chance to let your hair down, dance away to the best 90s tunes and get a work out in, although we can guarantee you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even notice.
Saturday 27th January
Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN
Mental Health Mates
What: A Chance to Talk
Why: Mental health is just as important as your physical health, your brain after all is an organ just like your kidneys and your heart and you wouldn’t ignore their health. Following on from her book, Mad Girl, journalist Bryony Gordon has created Mental Health Mates, a chance for people to come together, walk and talk about mental health issues without any fear of judgement. It’s good to keep talking.
Sunday 14th January
Where: Clapham South, Balham Hill, Clapham, SW12 9DU
Website: Register Here
What: Aromatherapy Yoga
Why: As part of Bluebird’s January campaign, Mindful City with D&D they have teamed up with Triyoga and Kiss the Moon to host a candlelit yoga session to give you the smoothest start to the week. Kiss the Moon will be filling the room with scented aromatherapy soy candles whilst you take part in the yoga (which is open to all levels) and then afterwards you’ll be able to have dinner in the restaurant. Say goodbye to miserable Mondays.
Monday 15th January
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU