Yoga On Demand – In The Air & On The Land
Across all industries, multinational corporations are leaving no stone unturned in their attempts at partnering up with Chinese companies in order to reach the largest national market (by population) on this planet.
And yet, in the midst of all the business news headlines and billion-dollar rumours, it is tech start-up FLYWELL (helmed by the empowered Dodson twin sisters, and based in Sydney) who have managed to sign a five-year licensing deal with Chengdu-based People’s Republic of China – Envee Inflight Entertainment Co Ltd.
A leading ‘Air Wifi’ technology company in this growing international category, Envee has become the top tech partner choice for Air China; they are also the first software development company in China to receive certification from IFE hardware providers (such as Panasonic and Thales).
A first in aviation history has been established by FLYWELL, as celebrity yoga teacher Charlotte Dodson has carefully designed and produced a comprehensive and interactive wellness program (in conjunction with her Business Partner and Manager, Georgina Dodson), which has been created with the goal of educating the everyday traveller about the various means available to stay healthy throughout their journey.
This is a great opportunity for FLYWELL
FLYWELL plans to license their wellness program to all airlines (as well as digital platforms) within China and around the globe. Their wellness program content offers a mandarin speaking option, which has been carefully selected for the Chinese domestic market, as statistics indicate that 75 percent of Chinese travellers in China fly domestically.
FLYWELL’s high-end production was creatively directed by Executive Producer and CEO, Chisholm McTavish of The Content.Company and filmed in Sydney with exquisite location backdrops; the elegant look and gentle feel of the technology’s content will suit travellers of any age, fitness level and background.
According to AIRBUS 3.6 billion people fly every year, and the world fleet forecast estimates an additional 32,000 new aircraft being added to the current figures between the years of 2014 to 2034. Airline passenger traffic is outperforming the world’s Real GDP growth rate by 5.8 per cent (as of May 2015).
It is expected that the propensity to travel via air services will reach 74 per cent of emerging country populations (including China) by the year 2034. It is predicted that domestic airports within the People’s Republic of China will be handling the largest Origin & Destination traffic numbers by 2034, surpassing the USA in this regard.
What exactly does FLYWELL do?
FLYWELL is a specifically tailored inflight wellness program for business professionals and holiday travellers, designed to make airline customers feel comfortable during a flight and refreshed upon arrival.
FLYWELL incorporates and interconnects relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, guided meditations, gentle yoga sequences into a menu option package, which encourages individual interests and preferences.
The service also provides travel related articles, tips and tools for aftercare, such as overcoming jetlag. There’s an ‘on demand’ comfort button to calm nerves, along with on-screen prompt options for passengers that will enable them to be guided by Charlotte throughout their journey, based on flight duration (for example, it is two hours into your flight time: ‘Charlotte recommends you drink some water so as to refresh your body and stay hydrated’).
Charlotte’s guided wellness program – in combination with her engaging (yet calming and relaxing) tone of voice – will provide passengers with feelings of comfort and ease throughout their journey.
16 yoga stars you should be following on Instagram
In celebration of the International Day of Yoga, we’ve rounded up the very best yogis on Instagram
If you like a healthy dose of #fitspo, mantras, green juices and new activewear in your feed, these are the girls to follow. No beach, field, tourist attraction or particularly photogenic footpath is safe from their backbends, natarajasanas and warrior poses, which they seem able to practice at whim – or at least when the lighting is perfect.
Whether you’re looking for motivation to make that early morning class or simply like to see what the human body is capable of, these Insta-yoga stars deliver in spades. Take a deep breath, then click through the gallery above for our favourites (and maybe read our tips on perfecting the yoga selfie). Namaste.
Pinetrees Lord Howe Island
Yogi to the stars Charlotte Dodson leads retreats at Pinetrees Lodge on the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island – far from traffic jams, emails and mobile phones (no phone reception here). The historic guesthouse offers a daily program of yoga taught by Dodson, Ayurvedic and spa treatments, massage, aerobic fitness, low calorie cooking classes and organic gardening classes. Swimming, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, walking and biking is on offer along with three gourmet meals, organic wine tasting and a chance to digitally disconnect. Yoga classes are held at the Pinetrees Boat Shed facing Lagoon Beach which Dodson describes as; “One of the most beautiful and natural locations to practise yoga”. Six night packages from $2130 twin share (flights not included).
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Is exercise good medicine?
BY Charmaine Yabsley freelance
Does it really help to “sweat it out” when you’re sick? Charmaine Yabsley asks the experts when you should train or abstain
If you’re sleep deprived or have insomnia: YES
When you sleep, your body repairs on a cellular level. Research shows not getting enough shut-eye can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cause weight gain, as well as a decrease in mood, energy and concentration levels. Exercise has been shown to help counteract all of these side-effects — plus, it’s proven to have you feeling less sleepy during the day, and help you have a better night’s slumber (especially if it’s moderate-intensity aerobic exercise).
+ The yoga expert says: Try some calming yoga poses to release any tension or stress in the body, yoga teacher Charlotte Dodson says. “Yoga helps a person unwind from stressful thoughts at the end of the day, and achieve better sleeping patterns at night,” she says. The legs-up-the-wall pose (viparita karani) “is an excellent pose to relieve tired legs and feet, helping increase blood supply to the brain while calming the mind,” she adds.
“It promotes a good night’s sleep as it calms the heart and relieves frustration.”
Sculpture Your Body
Sculpture your body
Define, tone and sculpt your body into shape, just in time for summer! Lose any extra pounds you gained during those winter months, and get toned so you can both feel lighter and build self- confidence. Practicing any type of yoga will build up strength, but you need to ensure you raise your heart rate enough (over a prolonged period of time) to make yoga a form of exercise that will help you to lose weight. It all depends on what type of yoga you choose to participate in, and how frequently you practice it. In order to lose weight, you must eat a healthy selection of fresh food, and burn calories by doing exercises that raise your heart rate on a regular basis (two-to-three times per week).
Maintaining a routine, and practising a powerful, dynamic sequence of yoga movements, are two good places to start. Even practicing 20 minutes on a daily basis will soon add up to hours ( and then weeks ) of physique-sculpturing workouts that will make you look and feel fabulous. So try not to brush a short practice aside – with just a little bit of effort, done often and consistently, you will keep building strength, massaging your organs, trimming your tummy, and toning your whole being.
Yoga is a well-being investment that your ‘being’ will be truly thankful for – but how can yoga help you sculpt your whole body while aiding you in losing those added extra kilos? Yoga can help reduce weight because it has no ‘break-down’ metabolic side effects within your muscle tissue. It ensures that you will become proportionate to your own body weight, in accordance to your height and lifestyle.
Yoga acts on the metabolic systems of your body as well as on your fat cells. As you breathe deeply while assuming every pose and movement, it increases the oxygen intake to the cells of your body, including the fat cells – which are ‘consumed’ in the presence of so much oxygen. Also, the practice of yoga can de-stress your mind-body connection, and help you to overcome anxiety – a major cause of overeating. Some of the yoga poses can help control your weight through stimulating your lethargic thyroid glands, thus increasing their hormonal secretions, which leads to weight reduction.
Also remember that yoga is a practice that works your whole being, not just the ‘physical’ side. It will feed positivity into all areas of your mental, emotional and spiritual life, and you’ll reap the rewards of a toned, lean body shape as an added bonus. There’s no time better time to “jump in” than the present moment, so lets begin!
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