Dosage Visits Balance Health and Wellness Festival in London
Visiting Balance Festival at The Old Truman Brewery
By Dr Julie Moltke
Balance festival, third edition
The sun was shining down on a busy and bussing Brick Lane on a Saturday morning in mid-May. It would have been the perfect day for popping in and out of the vintage stores scattered all along the road, but this Saturday the steady flow of tracksuit dressed people were heading straight into The Old Truman Brewery, to be part of the third edition of Balance festival, that took place in London from May 10-12.
3 days of fitness, wellness and food
Balance festival had the most comprehensive line-up to date, with three main stages offering free yoga, fitness and meditation supported by various experts, on a mission to help visitors achieve their best self.
During three days Londoners had the chance to take part in guided meditations in the meditation dome, work on their yoga inversions with top yoga teachers, sweat away at the main fitness stage and join the healthy cocking theatre for a few tips on daily anti-inflammatory meals.
In addition to these free activities, boutique studios like Barry’s Bootcamp, Boom Cycle and Hotpod yoga, guaranteed you not to leave the participants perspiration free. Post-workout visitors then could regain their vitality with free green smoothies at the Breakfast bar sponsored by Almond breeze, calm their mind with CBD beverages, or treat their microbiome to sparkling kombucha.
Protein bar heaven and barista dreams
At La Marzocco Refuel Bar, visitors had the chance to live their inner barista dream while brewing their coffee on one of the impressive coffee machines before recharging on protein bars and shakes among the more than 200 brands across the three levels of The Old Truman Brewery.
Among my favourites were the wholesome herby houmous Pot by ChicP, the sweet and savoury Chocolate sea salt RXBAR and the delicious Kombucha treat after a challenging yoga class with Chris Magee, teaching me how to fly. My favourite moment was in the meditation dome, sharing peaceful breaths and minutes with strangers in joined meditation, before again entering the colourful and loud world of wellness and fitness.
I will undoubtedly make sure to return to Balance festival next year, to support this growing trend of wellness, self-care and mindful living, reminding us that true health means more than just going to the gym a few times a week: it is a conscious and all-pervasive lifestyle choice, which may have the power to help us lead a life of balance.