Festivals are not the easiest of places to stay clean and in your inner zen zone. It’s difficult to shower, sleeping on the tent floor, limited access to fruit and vegetables but easy to find a card loaded lunch. There are huge crowds, drunks everywhere and camp fulls of close friends. The perfect concoction for brewing trouble. It’s important to maintain a clear head and relax to avoid crashing.
Festival season is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year. To stay hyped up and positive after spending all the money on a ticket includes taking care of yourself. Especially for rockers who live with mental health conditions or chronic illnesses. Now and again it’s alright to admit you’ve moved on from crashing on the ground and upgraded to an air bed. Don’t be ashamed to look after your needs, even at a metal festival.
This year’s legendary rock festival Download 2019 has instilled new proactive events for the festival goers to reconnect, elevate and rejuvenate both body and mind.
Rock Fit, the biggest Rock and Metal dance fitness classes in the UK, returns to Download this year for some pumping, upbeat moves for those who like to cure their hangovers with grooving. Their ready and waiting with music from the headlining bands—Slipknot, Def Leppard, Tool, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Halestorm and more. Maggots, raise your fits because these diverse dance sessions are fit for all ages and ability as they’re fully inclusive.
Alongside this blood rushing workout, Download is also offering DO.OMYOGA sessions to loosen up and unwind. Yoga is a natural relaxant and has been practiced for 5,000 years (although some researchers believe it could be up to as many as 10,000) to ignite body awareness, relieve muscle tension and improves mood. Get your download facing dog on for the ancient Indian practice of Nada Yoga where music and sound become one. On offer will be a slow vinyasa based practice to strengthen the breathing techniques and is suitable for beginners.
Brand new this year will be Mind the Dog sessions hosted in the Dog House from Thursday and throughout the weekend. Mindfulness is a great way to place yourself in the present, pause in the moment and tune into yourself. It helps people become aware of their emotions and stop living inside their heads. These exercises are promoted by the NHS and mental health charities across the UK for a number of conditions as a coping strategy to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
After a long hard mosh in a circle pit it’s a good plan to stretch out those bruised limbs to keep from seizing up. So, for all those Download veterans and newbies planning on attending the festival this year—take advantage of all the events on offer to make the most of the time away from home while staying kind to your bodies and minds.