Are you a fan of yoga, festivals and fun? New yoga and wellness festival launched this summer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Broga founder Matt Miller reveals details about Soul Circus, a yoga-orientated festival in the beautiful Cotswolds.

By Matt Miller

 

When I first moved to the UK from California a few years ago, I was totally enamoured with the idea of the British festival. Not only is it a culture we don’t have in the US but also it seemed an idyllic fantasy of what British summer country life would be like.

Sure, we have loads of summer music festivals and concerts in the States but nothing, (besides Burning Man), that is an immersive escape from the world we know everyday and a chance to escape through nature back to a simpler, carefree and more joyful life, like when we were kids.

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Stunning Tents will be providing luxury accommodation for the festival. Credit: Stunning Tents

Since then, I have tried many of them, from boutique to balls-out party time. And I have many good, and admittedly some rather lost memories of them too.

But festivals are big business and what was once a small, perfect-sized bijou, quickly turns into a bolthouse behemoth.

This past year, my business partners Roman and his wife Ella had what was billed as a ‘festival wedding’ over the course of three days in the Cotswolds. It was to date the most amazing wedding I have ever attended. And to be honest, the beautiful photo story of their wedding in Brides magazine did not even come close to doing the magic of the weekend justice.

 

So it dawned on us. What if?

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Broga founder and Soul Circus co-founder Matt Miller will be leading classes. Credit: Broga

We love the smaller festivals like Wilderness that cater to a John Lewis-loving middle class market wanting adventure but not skimping on luxury and pampering. But what if instead of having the wellbeing as a sideshow to accompany the music, we flipped it around and made the focus the wellbeing, and had the music as the add-on extra?

A whole weekend of just being good to yourself and enjoying nature with a little bit of raucous fun instead of debauchery with a bit of detox rehab served on the side.

We threw the idea on Stunning Tents, who supplied the Cirque de Soleil quality tents and glamping accommodations, and they loved the idea of hosting a luxury wellness and yoga festival.

Soul Circus was born.

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Soul Circus is a brand-new festival for this summer. Credit: Soul Circus

Wherever you are on your yogic journey, we want guests to have an ideal weekend. Our every effort is in pampering guests in every way. We decided to limit the numbers to 400 so it feels intimate but with enough people to be able to provide a wide range of delights, classes and activities.

With 18 classes a day, guests can fill their days with vinyasa flow and relaxing yin classes, or branch out and try circus aerial or kids body painting yoga.

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Stunning Tents will be providing luxury tents and accommodation for the festival. Credit: Stunning Tents

Whichever way you flow, you’ll learn from the UK’s best teachers who are coming from far and wide to host creative workshops and classes.

Not to mention there will be three distinct environments you will never get at your gym or studio at home: a party tent featuring DJ’s, live music and rave lighting; an ambient tent that will host both open air and steaming hot classes and an experiential tent with visual video projections on the walls to transport you to a different land.

And that’s just the yoga!! Music is the heartbeat of Soul Circus. Our experiences range from DJ-powered yoga classes to acoustic musical meditations to the electric main stage performances.

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Healthy food will be in abundance throughout the weekend. Credit: The Core

Whatever your taste, you’ll enjoy artists all day and into the secret woodland rave at night. You may even discover your next musical crush.

After a long day of activities, you’ll need some healthy sustenance. So we are handpicking local food vendors and clever street food carts who will offer quick bites throughout the day along with family style, farm-to-table dinners offering the pleasure of a delectable organic meal with friends.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the kids or some spa time either! Soul Circus is totally family-friendly with dedicated kids activities and an on-site spa for some alone time as well!

Excited as we are?  Check out the Soul Circus website

Soul Circus will take place from the 19th – 21st August 2016 at Elmore, Gloucestershire

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About Matt “the Pillar” Miller

Yoga and fitness fanatic Matt is the founder of Broga. Living in London, Matt is a perennially sunny Californian spreading fitness inspiration and wellbeing to a wide audience.

He has been an American Football athlete, a UFBB super heavyweight Bodybuilder, a member of the US National Association of Sports Medicine, has Multiple yoga teaching certifications, was one of the first (and the youngest) to have a total titanium femur and pelvic joint, and is an internationally known Celebrity Personal trainer as seen on TV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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This weekend: The Hot Yoga Society Big Weekender featuring yoga star Jessamyn Stanley

Broga founder Matt will be running classes for the big yoga weekender, taking place from the 3rd – 6th March at the society’s London Bridge studios.

For more information, click here

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Broga and Lululemon fundraiser for kids charity, Special Yoga

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Where: Lululemon athletica, Marylebone, 74 – 75 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5JW

When: Sunday 28th February, 10.15am – 12pm

Entry: FREE (Entry on first-come-first-serve basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.)

 

Join Broga and lululemon athletica for a feel-good morning of yoga, food and drink and entertainment in aid of an incredible charity for children, the Special Yoga Foundation.

Special Yoga is an inspiring charity that provides therapeutic and life-changing yoga programmes to children with learning and physical disabilities.

Special Yoga is in desperate need of funding. Alongside our friends at Lululemon we’ve decided to step in and help. All funds raised at this event will go directly to the Special Yoga Foundation.

Feel-good Yoga

Join us at Lululemon athletica, Marylebone on Sunday 28th February at 10.15am. Spaces are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment. The morning will kick off with a yoga class lead by Broga’s Matt Miller and Tania Brown, of Tania Brown Yoga.

While the main yoga class is taking place downstairs, Jo Manuel, Founder of Special Yoga will hold a separate class upstairs for children who regularly attend and benefit from therapeutic sessions at the Special Yoga Foundation.

After the yoga

Following the class we will move upstairs for some yummy refreshments, kindly donated by some awesome food and drink brands including The Coconut Collaborative and Rude Health.

An exciting silent auction will follow; prizes include training sessions with celebrity personal trainers such as Matt Miller, a subscription to Lifebox and much more! All proceeds will go to the Special Yoga Foundation and allow them to help more children in need.

Every guest will leave with a goodie bag packed with more products and treats donated by brands such as Inner Me.

This is a free event. You will have the opportunity to donate to the Special Yoga Foundation during and after the event.

About the Special Yoga Foundation

The Special Yoga outreach programmes offers free classes to almost 200 children a week. They also offer training to allow teachers to deliver this therapeutic program to children worldwide.

Your support for Special Yoga Foundation will help in the following ways:

▪       Subsidising the cost of 1-1 sessions and groups for the children and their families at Special Yoga Foundation, London Centre

▪       Subsidise costs in outreach work to schools, refugee centres, special needs organisations, care homes and hospices

▪       Offer bursaries for parents to take trainings to support their children

▪       Train and support in orphanages and special schools around the world

▪       Research projects to demonstrate the efficacy of our intervention

 

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To find out more about the Special Yoga Foundation go to their website. 

You can donate to this incredible charity via the Special Yoga Foundation’s Just Giving Page.

Any questions? Or would you like to donate an item to the silent auction? Please email victoria@broga.uk.

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How to get ripped like Bond – GQ notes from Matt

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1454726440635{border-bottom-width: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”]GQ Magazine have posted this article about How you can get ripped like James Bond – thanks to Matt Miller.

Without wishing to indulge in generalisation, fitness retreats tend to follow a predictable format. Read, morning class, buffet breakfast, beach, poolside lunch, beach and dinner. Eat, sleep, train, repeat.

Celebrity trainer Matt Miller of The Third Space gym chain is hosting an epic all inclusive fitness adventure this spring in South Africa. Located in an exclusive 20,000 acre private reserve near Johannesburg, this should be an adventure worth embarking on. Think James Bond on steroids.

Helicopter bungee jumping, night-time safari drives with military-grade infrared sight equipment, quad biking through the bush on safari. Fair to say you’ll cram a lot in. There is even a world class observatory and astronomy lectures at night. Even though you can enjoy an open bar with your own butler, the nutritionist-devised meal plan will keep you honest. Based on guests’ fitness goals, the plan should let you eat like royalty but not pile on unwanted pounds.

If you have any energy left, dip into one of the morning fitness classes or a sunset yoga session on a mountain top. Bond would be proud.

To find out more about fitness retreats or classes you can check out our classes across the UK and Europe at:
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About Matt “the Pillar” Miller

Yoga and fitness fanatic Matt is the founder of Broga. Living in London, Matt is a perennially sunny Californian spreading fitness inspiration and wellbeing to a wide audience.

He has been an American Football athlete, a UFBB super heavyweight Bodybuilder, a member of the US National Association of Sports Medicine, has Multiple yoga teaching certifications, was one of the first (and the youngest) to have a total titanium femur and pelvic joint, and is an internationally known Celebrity Personal trainer as seen on TV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Om Yoga Show London 25 October 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Matt Miller is presenting at the Om Yoga Show London on the 25th October 2014.

Matt will be taking a class to demonstrate how to do a Broga Upper Body Blast.

 

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About Matt “the Pillar” Miller

Yoga and fitness fanatic Matt is the founder of Broga. Living in London, Matt is a perennially sunny Californian spreading fitness inspiration and wellbeing to a wide audience.

He has been an American Football athlete, a UFBB super heavyweight Bodybuilder, a member of the US National Association of Sports Medicine, has Multiple yoga teaching certifications, was one of the first (and the youngest) to have a total titanium femur and pelvic joint, and is an internationally known Celebrity Personal trainer as seen on TV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Matt Miller man of the year 2014 GQ Magazine

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Checkout @brogauk and @Matt_miller_tv in this months #gq #manoftheyear2014 #gqawards issue #fitness #yogaformen #yogaforathletes #yoga #yogaeverydamnday

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