60 Seconds with Soul Circus
Craig Hough talks to Ella Wroath, one half of the free-spirited, fun and driven duo behind the pioneering Soul Circus festival
For those who have yet to hear about Soul Circus, what can people expect from the festival?
Soul Circus is a festival all about balancing health with hedonism. By day you can try every style of yoga, dance or fitness that tickles your fancy and by night you can sip on a cocktail and get down to some iconic DJs. It is a yoga festival for a devout yogi but it is also a yoga festival for someone who's never even tried yoga. We welcome every BODY and invite them to celebrate the skin, muscle, bones and all that make up who you are and what you love. It allows you to take a break from life in a fun festival atmosphere but without the festival hangover.
As a wellness festival, what kinds of classes are on offer to festival-goers throughout the weekend?
Everything you could possibly imagine and more! From a well-seasoned yogi to a complete beginner there is something for everyone. This year is set to be our biggest and best yet with over 15 different yoga and wellness venues. We have the main stage offering live DJ classes with Drum and Bass DJ Goldie and Mr Good Times Norman Jay MBE. We have our hot yoga tipi offering Fierce Grace classes, warm juicy Yin and more.
The sound healing tipi has a full line-up of gong baths and crystal bowls to heal transform on a cellular level. We also have a giant aerial rig and a body positivity Tipi with a sexy line-up of Burlesque classes, Dance like Beyoncé sessions and Tantra!
New this year is our Introducing Stage which will host all kinds of weird and wonderful workshops in lucid dreaming, manifestation and out of body experience workshops. Our aim this year is open people up to new experiences and encourage them to fall helplessly in love with their bodies and their minds.
This year you have added new attractions, which are you most looking forward to?
New to the circus this year is the fabulous Lululemon Tipi. Lululemon is the number one yoga and fitness apparel brand and we are absolutely over the moon to be working with them. Their space will offer awesome yoga, feisty HIIT and Lululemon's signature personal development sessions from world-renowned coaches. We also have another exciting new addition, Stuart Sandeman from Breathpod, who will host an entire space for transformational breathwork to assist in gaining peace, clarity as well as accessing your inner guru!
What have been highlights of previous events?
There are so many, it's hard to choose! But if I had to it would be the live DJ yoga class with Maxi Jazz from Faithless in 2017. Equinox Gym hosted an absolutely amazing area last year with kickass fitness classes and inspiring instructors. Jasmin Hemsley has graced us for cookery demos and talks in the past and her energy is just beautiful. DJ Yoda really bought the party last year as well as Keeley Dann, an ex-Rhianna dancer who had everyone, including my husband, dancing like Britney!
We've had people meet their fiancés at Soul Circus, we've had friends reunite after years apart, there's so many beautiful and moving moments to this magical festival it's difficult to pick just one!
What food, drinks and entertainment are on offer at the festival?
This year we have an array of handpicked, vegetarian and vegan traders as well as our Soul Café serving buddha bowls, pizzas, amazing breakfasts and more. Cedars Drinks are hosting a non-alcoholic lounge and Cotswold Bar Company are serving alcoholic cocktails and more. Westons Cider is our drinks partner this year, serving delicious organic cider as the sun goes down and we have our infamous Rum Shack serving rum cocktails straight to your lakeside hot tub!
We have our lakeside Soul Spa with a full menu of massage treatments to ease those tired limbs as well as beautiful hot tubs and a sauna. By day we have acoustic beats and soothing lyrics on our café stage and by night we have Ska bands, Hiphop DJs and as mentioned above, Norman Jay and Goldie headlining the music programme.
People at Soul Circus love to dance but we're also all in bed by 1 am ready for yoga in the morning!
Soul Circus takes place from 16-18th August in Elmore, The Cotswolds.
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