Longing for those balmy summer days spent covered in glitter? Treat future-you to a Soul Circus yoga festival ticket and start looking forward to summer 2018!
Yoga festival Soul Circus is back for it’s third year on 17-19th August 2018 and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.
Tickets are on sale now at £209 for a weekend ticket including camping and parking. Next year, everyone is a VIP and there’s only 2,000 tickets in total so get in there quick!
Full details on the line-up are yet to be confirmed, but here are our highlights from this year’s festival to whet your appetite…
Yoga festival highlights
After our road trip to the Cotwolds (it’s about a 3-hour drive from west London) we arrived at the yoga festival to check in and explore. We eased ourselves in with Yoga Nidra by Stephen Marks in the Flaming Phoenix tent.
This was the most popular tent all weekend because it was heated and cosy with a lovely warming energy. Stephen took us through two visualisations to guide us into a meditative state, it was wonderful way to unwind after a stressful week and reset for the yogi-weekend ahead.
On Saturday morning we joined Kelly Brooks for her uplifting Klub Yoga class, firing up our bodies and bending to the beat with deep house, glitter and good vibes!
Later we joined Steffy White’s mandala flow class, which really pushed us out of our comfort zone. The fast, fiery flow had us moving 360 degrees around the yoga mat in a four-part series to reflect the four elements: earth, water, air and fire.
The day was nicely rounded off by Ian Kershaw’s gong bath, which suspended us in rich sounds and vibrations.
On Sunday we ramped up the pace with a visit to the Psycle Spin tent, where the beats were banging and energy was at an all-time high.
Then we hung out with Flying Fantastic at the aerial yoga stand, where hoops, slings or silks were available to twist and turn yourself into a multitude of poses.
Solar Kitchen served up heavenly food all weekend, perfect for re-fuelling after a hard day on the mat. The dreamiest dish was butternut squash pie with sweet potato mash and gravy. It warmed us up from the inside out – real soul food.
Ice Green’s retro caravan was there to indulge our sweet tooth with gluten-free waffles and dairy-free ice cream. We chose the chocolate flavour with honeycomb topping, natch.
The bar was stocked with organic Prosecco and, in line with the festival’s low-impact philosophy, we were rewarded with £2 each time we returned a re-usable champagne flute. A nice touch that surely saved a shed load of plastic going into landfill.
Music and more
There were performances throughout the weekend, providing the soundtrack to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the food tent, but it was Maxi Jazz of Faithless who really got the party going long into the night as the headline act.
There were workshops galore, notably Will Young on his mental health struggles and nutritionist Angelique Panagos on managing hormones.
There were beautiful trinkets, jewellery and yoga-wear on sale in the Trader’s Market, plus a Shine Shack glitter station to add a dash of extra sparkle to your weekend. And the Lake provided a serene spot to sit and reflect, enjoy the spa or get involved in the rum shack’s happy hour…
Top tips for yoga festival fun in 2018
• Go armed with glitter and your jazziest leggings
Running away to the circus gives you the chance to become anyone you like for the weekend. So don’t miss the opportunity to channel your wild child with copious amounts of glitter, jewels and colourful prints. We got our fabulous outfits from Terez and Adidas at The Sports Edit.
• Bring your own yoga mat or rent a Liforme
For a £60 deposit you can borrow a Liforme mat and carry case all weekend. You’ll probably get so attached to your gorgeous new mat during the festival that you’ll want to keep it, and that’s cool too! If you don’t return the mat on the last day, you sacrifice the £60 deposit but you get to keep a top notch mat, worth £100 – bargain.
• Wrap up warm and waterproof
Those hot summer days are deceptive. As night falls you’re likely to be practising in open-sided tents and it can get VERY chilly. We made the error of not bringing a coat or blanket, so shivered our way through the evening classes. Also, this is England, so the chance of rain is 99%. Come prepared for all weathers!
• Take a refillable water bottle
Soul Circus is committed to have minimal impact on the environment, so you can’t buy throwaway bottles of water, instead there’s a water tap to fill up in between classes. We took marble-print S’well bottles, bought at The Sports Edit.
• Fuel up between classes
With such a jam-packed schedule of classes, it’s easy to get wrapped up in yoga and forget to eat! We ended up rather dizzy during one practice and had to hurry off afterwards for an emergency acai bowl. Take plenty of snacks to pop in between classes to keep your stamina up.
• If in doubt, treat yo’self to a hotel
If you’re not naturally outdoorsy, then the idea of camping might be holding you back from enjoying this amazing festival. Kat doesn’t camp, so we booked a nearby hotel room to rest our weary bodies and indulge in a hot bath at the end of each day. Sheer luxury!
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Soul Circus festival – it’s a must for die-hard yogis and a great way for beginners to dabble in new practices or workshops all in one place. You’ll make new friends and bump into old friends, enjoy delicious food and come away feeling energised and refreshed.
See you at the circus next year!