Last week I blogged about the top 4 food trends for 2019 so I thought it would be fun to look at the top 5 wellness trends to look for in the coming year.
As with food, wellness experts are tapping into things the yoga community has been doing for ages — sometimes literally centuries! The following five trends were highlighted by Forbes (read the whole article here).
Each of them, from unplugging to Ayurveda, are things that yoga actively fosters. Read up to realise just how much yoga is changing your life every day 🙂
Ayurveda for all
“Ayurvedic herbs [are going] mainstream. Ashwagandha and holy basil have been utilized and revered in India for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, each of these plants is considered a rasayana, or a restorative tonic that increases health and longevity. Today, Ashwagandha, holy basil and turmeric, are showing up everywhere, from adaptogenic supplements that support a healthy response to stress, to your herb-boosted green smoothie in the morning,” said Erin Stokes, naturopathic doctor and medical director at MegaFood.
“We are seeing a variety of apps and tools that help us monitor our use of social media. Sometimes consuming social media is important and can be helpful, but we often access this information mindlessly. I think we will continue to become more aware of the way we consume content, allowing us to unplug and avoid digital distractions that are not helpful,” said Dr. Alka Gupta, co-director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing program at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine.
“The most successful fitness workouts will create a space to tap into the emotional zone, where people can shift not only their physical energy, but more importantly their emotional energy. It’s a form of active meditation at a time where people are hyper-focused on taking care of their emotional and spiritual self, just as much as their physical self, so combining the two will be important this year,” said Tevia Celli, director of education at CycleBar.
“The emerging health trend for 2019 will be in sharp contrast to the technology-driven, metric-obsessed bio-hacking movement of the last several years…. We instinctively know how to care for ourselves, so look for a move away from health gurus and fitness experts, and the emergence of homespun, nature-based and community-oriented practices like forest bathing, outdoor churches, natural movement throughout the day and intuitive, whole-foods eating,” said Dr. Lisa B. Nelson, director of medical education at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Making time for rituals
“My prediction for 2019 wellness is the practice of creating small moments of magic for ourselves throughout our daily lives—making space for the action of lighting a candle to create a cozy environment, for the ritual of cleansing with sage to re-set your space, and the motion of putting on your favorite kimono to feel a moment of luxury,” said Ashli Stockton, founder and chief executive of Sunday Forever.
What wellness trend do you want to try in 2019? Share in the comments!