Did you know that there is a new style of pre wedding partying? Forget the Hen Do and say Namaste to Zen Do! Mindfulness, yoga, beautiful scenery, nature walks, meditation and connections on totally different level.
Calm the pre wedding nerves, let go of planning and organising; instead invite peace and tranquillity into your day, soothe the nervous system and prepare for the big day. Just what everyone needs right? And not only the bride to be, but all involved!
I had the pleasure of organising such a hen/zen do for one of the London yoga teachers, Sarah, who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city and brought her party to the East Sussex Coast, the beautiful Seven Sisters Country park.
This is what happened on the day:
I met the hen party in the morning and we took a leisurely walk across the rolling hills of South Downs to our special yoga spot overlooking the Cuckmere River. We were met by several curious sheep who observed our yoga practice with a great level of interest. The views were absolutely stunning, the sun was shining and the girls started to switch from busy to zen. Gentle mindful class, fun partner work and blissful relaxation were needed by all.
After the yoga practice we continued our journey to the beach, where we laid our mats on the pebbles and got creative. We used our bodies to create different words, such as LOVE, ZEN DO and SARAH. Out came the goody bags with little bottles of bubbly and various well being bits and bobs, we all cheered for the bride to be and enjoyed some down time on our stunning beach. Sun was shining and it was a lovely treat for those who don’t live on the coast!
Lunch was booked at the local country pub and after our hearty meal we could not wait to try some paddle boarding! Testing our balance on the water, trying to stay dry and not falling in the river was great fun! The girls set off on their boards giggling, happy and ready for challenge.
The day finished with Yoga Nidra and cake that we all shared on our picnic blankets set up by the river. Even the cup cakes had little yoga figures stick men drawn in icing, made by the bride! Perfect end to a perfect day and fun memories to treasure for ever,
No hungover – instead a feeling of being completely recharged and high on the fresh air, yoga, prana, friendships and love! I think this is definitely way to go and can’t wait to organise another Zen Do.
Come and have a zen day by the sea (no wedding necessary!) – I will look after you 🙂