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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Peace Within Creates Peace With-Out: One-on-One Meditation classes with Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place

Peace Within Creates Peace With-Out; learn meditation today!

If you want to have greater inner peace, well-being, happiness and balance in your life - meditation is great practice and discipline that can lead you effortlessly to these things.

What is Meditation?
Meditation is an age old practice which is once again becoming increasingly popular in the everyday lives of individuals and groups across the world, from millennials to mamas!

There are a variety of benefits that have been linked with the regular practice of meditation, the ultimate 'goal' when practicing meditation is to lead one to a mind, body and spirit that are at ease and free from stress, by the use of quiet contemplation and reflection.

The three main components of meditations are: thought, contemplation, and reflection. 
There are numerous physical benefits that can be experienced when meditation is incorporated into your daily lifestyle. Relaxation and a decrease in stress are rather obvious benefits, but many people do not realize that meditation can also improve moods and memory and decrease negative feelings and depression. Meditation can be fit into your daily lifestyle and be used to help you to cope with day to day stress, anxiety and even numerous health problems.

Are you taking the time out to protect your mind and mental health? The health and wellness of your body? Your spiritual balance? 

Many people will honestly answer 'no' to these questions - they will say that they just do not have the time! However, the need for relaxation and meditation in our current busy schedules and lifestyles is critical! 

Many people hear the word 'meditation' and link it to thoughts of monks in far away lands sitting on mountains and murmuring "hummmm" in a strange way... although this can be not too far from the reality in some cases, many people in the Western world are now becoming more and more familiar and 'clued up' about the normality and more importantly the positive effects that are born out of the practice of meditation. This is consequently increasing meditations popularity among people of all ages, races and backgrounds. We all need better!

One-on-One Mediation Sessions held by Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place, London

Meditator and Reiki Practitioner Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place will be offering a series of one-on-one meditation sessions with those who wish to learn the practice of meditation and also learn how to integrate it into their daily lives.

The BENEFITS of attending this ANKH Place Meditation experience include:

- Learning how to live a more peaceful and stress-free life through meditation
- Descrease negative feelings and depression and encourage good thoughts and feelings
- Discovering your inner peace in a world that focuses on the exterior
- Re-connect with who you really are inside and be at peace with all around you
- Learn to cope better with day to day stresses and incorporate meditation into your daily life
- Learn the art of meditation and discover how it can help you to live a more balanced life

One-on-One Sessions with Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place will take place on: Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July 2017!
Bookings are open now for a series of sessions taking place at: The LIT Room, 339 Barking Road, East Ham E6 1LA 
To book your One-on-One session click here
Bring a friend for just £5 extra!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Salons Beware: You could be fined up to £20,000 for serving clients free alcohol

As the summer peaks and we start to think about which Wowchers, Vouchers, Groupons and coupons to take advantage of for our summer fun and pamper days out; many salons, spas and beauty businesses are similarly contemplating what they can add to their pamper deals to lure us in and how to beat their competitors deals! 

The competition is fierce indeed and extra luxury add on's such as an ice cold glass of Prosecco have been very popular for such deals . However, salons beware, because adding a complimentary glass of bubbly to make your deal that little bit sweeter could lead you to the bitter waters of a fine of up to £20,000 or even a few months in prison! 

Yes, salons are said to have been warned recently via Staffordshire Police that if they are in the business of offering complimentary alcohol to their customers without an adequate licence in place to do so; it could cost them up to £20,000 in fines! 

This warning came in after the Staffordshire Police licencing team discovered a string of beauty and hair salons in the county were offering a free glass of wine or complimentary champagne as part of their treatment and beauty packages, without a licence in place at their premises for this service. It is said that alongside the hefty fines related to this offence salon owners could even face, at worst, up to 6 months in prison if caught in violation of this policy.

Inspector Paul Prenter, Head of Staffordshire Police's licensing department said when addressing salons in the county: 
"Providing alcohol to customers without a licence is a breach of section 136 of the Licensing Act and is a criminal offence. Please ensure your business is not giving alcohol to customers. Alternatively if you do wish to continue the practice, please contact your local council." 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

FREE FESTIVAL: The Great Get Together London this Sunday 18th June 2017!

Building on the success of last year's Big Lunch, The Great Together will be taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 18th June from 12pm - 6pm, joining the nationwide event in partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation to bring communities together to celebrate connections and commonality.
Come to the Park and celebrate London’s diverse communities with live music on the main stage, world class dance performances from Sadler’s Wells and an area dedicated to dance and music, where you can try sambasalsa, afro beat dancing, steel pansAfrican drumming, and listen to community choir’s, local poetryacoustic performances and lots more. 
Performers in the Acoustic Summers Lounge provided by Celebrity Creations Management on the day include Crystal King UK, Kenza Blanka, Pierrot Obi, Afrix and more!  
There will be a storytelling area hosted by Stratford Library andDiscover Storytelling centre, along with carnival arts and crafts activities, Face Painting, a huge pirate ship by the Albion’s Kids Show, along with a display of students work form the London College of Fashion. There will also be lots of sports to come and try along with a 60m athletics track! You will also be able to pop along to Here east to their indoor makers market and pick up some treats for father’s day.
Bring along your neighbours, friends, families and a picnic or treat yourself with the worldwide cuisine on offer with: Caribbean, Indian, Japanese, Italian cuisines and more! We look forward to seeing you all there and this fun pack celebration on the Park!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Preview Screening of new Whitney Houston Film 'CAN I BE ME" + LIVE Music Tribute

PREVIEW SCREENING OF WHITNEY HOUSTON 'CAN I BE ME" + LIVE Music Tribute by Singer/Songwriter Crystal King UK at Stratford East Picture House on Thursday 15th June 2018

To get tickets click here

From acclaimed Director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess,” the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognised as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

To get tickets click here

Crystal King UK will be performing a LIVE Whitney Houston tribute set on the night before the film commences!

Singer/Songwriter Crystal King UK has supported an array of acts including Omar, Dru Hill, U.S Hip-Hop legends De La Soul, Ed Sheeran and many more during her career and has new music coming out this summer including her feature on new single "I Got It" feat Startah and Jak Danz - see a preview of the music video here
'Can I Be Me' film Starts: 8.30pm sharp 
(Doors Open: 7:45pm)

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This feature is preceded by a London Premiere of the short film - CATFORD JESUS. A tense, psychological thriller set in early 90s London where a minicab driver Drey (Winston Ellis- Pirates of the Caribbean) turned moral crusader collides with Jink’s (Darren Kent- Game of Thrones) a creature of the night on the tale end of a bad deed. An unsettlingly journey unfolds as they attempt to make sense of their own uncertain destinies.
Dirs: Chris Michael Fretwell & Dan Jones
Prod: Cass Pennant
This event was brought to you by The New Black Film Collective

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Opportunity share: Paid Work Experience at Shine TV

New Opportunity for Paid Work Experience

Shine TV is a British media production company and part of the Shine Group with offices in London and Manchester. Shine Limited was founded in March 2001 by Elisabeth Murdoch.

Shine TV has grown to become one of the UK's most successful production companies, the proud home of shows such as Masterchef, The Island With Bear Grylls, Mary Berry's Easter Feast, Council House Crackdown, Ashley Banjo's Big Town Dance, Idris Elba: King of Speed and more!

An opportunity is currently available for a 4 Week Work Experience placement at Shine TV, working on  a production or development for anyone who is over 21 years of age and keen on a career in TV.

Apply with a note and a CV to: 

Best of luck!

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Life After Trauma: Where Do We Go From Here? An article by Dr Eleanor Akaho for

“Where Do We Go From Here?”

Life after trauma

An article for She Inspired Her 
Written by Dr Eleanor Akaho, MBChB MRCPsych

There are moments in life that are simply indescribable. Moments that make the word “trauma” seem so minuscule and inadequate. Words don’t do it. Silence doesn’t do it. Nothing can do it justice because it is exactly the opposite of that: an injustice. 
The events of Monday 22nd May 2017 (and now also the recent attacks in London on Saturday 3rd June 2017) are a prime example.  So many words have been written and reported about what went on in these major cities in the United Kingdom and now, as we seek to find a way to move forward, we are facing the age-old question: “Where do we go from here?”

For many young people, this may be the first time that they are having to deal with loss and existential questions. This means that many families may be experiencing their children or teenagers go through the grieving process for the very first time. It can be an extremely confusing period for all involved. There are so few clear-cut answers when it comes to life after trauma but as someone who works with children and adolescents who have emotional, perceptual and behavioural difficulties, I endeavour to offer some information and advice to help you to support your young people.

“Where do we go from here?” Many other questions stem from this: What is normal grieving and when does it become pathological? What is a normal stress reaction and when does it become post-traumatic stress disorder? What signs should we be looking out for in our young people? What can we do to help? And where can we seek professional help when the support of family and friends simply isn’t enough?

Let's look at the normal grief process, delayed grief, prolonged grief and depression:

The first thing to bear in mind is that the “normal” response to trauma or tragedy exists on a large spectrum; what works for one person will not necessarily work for others. One of the greatest ways that we can support one another in the aftermath of tragedy is to respect these differences. It is helpful to recognise that grief has been identified as having five main stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These stages can occur in any order and it can take several weeks or months for individuals to work their way through each one. 

It is common for sleep patterns, appetite, interest in socialising and many other aspects of everyday life to be disrupted during periods of grief. Some children may show evidence of regressive behaviours such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking whilst grieving. Teenagers may face existential questions and if they feel they have no platform to discuss their observations and concerns, this can further compound the depressive stage of grief. Some may adopt negative coping strategies such as deliberate self-harm, excessive use of alcohol or drug use, and this can cause complications that delay the grieving period.

Usually, most people begin grieving straight away following a loss. The initial shock is often said to wear off within a month, although completing the grief process is known to take several more months. Most young people will be able to resume school within the first month after experiencing a trauma, unless there are physical limitations.  However, grief is sometimes delayed, meaning that a young person may not begin to pass through the stages of grief until several weeks or months after the loss. This is sometimes due to having an ambivalent relationship with the person they have lost, but can also be due to lack of social support, issues with addiction or experiencing a life crisis immediately before the loss (such as serious illness or another major loss).

As young people represent a cross-section of the general population, it is inevitable that a proportion of them will go on to develop depression. It can be difficult to differentiate between prolonged grief and depression as there is a big overlap in symptoms. In both cases, the young person may appear low most of the time, their concentration may be impaired and they may not be eating or sleeping normally. In these situations, it may be best to involve your GP if this goes on longer than a month in order to aid early diagnosis of depression.

Acute stress reaction and post-traumatic stress disorder

Unexpected trauma may give rise to heightened uncertainty and anxiety in the context of feeling unsafe. On average, most people undergo a one-month period in which they describe symptoms of what is sometimes known as an “acute stress reaction”. This involves similar symptoms to grief and depression but tends to last less than a month. If it goes on for longer than this, the young person may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD falls into the category of an anxiety disorder. It often develops within six months of witnessing or being involved in a significantly traumatic incident. As with other anxiety disorders, a young person may experience physical symptoms as well as psychological and social ones. These include headaches, upset stomach, pounding of the heart, nausea, the feeling of a lump in the throat and mild breathing difficulties. These are caused by an increased level of stress hormones in the bloodstream.
If you are the parent or carer of a child or teenager who has been significantly affected by trauma or tragedy, here are some indicators of post-traumatic stress disorder to look out for:
          Difficulty remembering some parts of the trauma
          Emotional numbness
          Difficulty concentrating due to preoccupation with the trauma
          Re-enacting the trauma through play
          Impulsive behaviours (in young people who were not previously impulsive)
          Aggressive behaviours (in young people who were not previously aggressive)
          Hyper-vigilance – they may be extra-sensitive to noises and seem suspicious of people
          Nightmares or difficulty sleeping
          Flashbacks (often preceded by triggers)
          Avoidant behaviours – they may not want to go out and will especially avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma
          Clingy behaviours – they may worry about being left alone
          Regressive behaviours  they may resume behaviours such as bedwetting or thumb-sucking
          In more complex cases, the young person may report or be seen responding to images or sounds that others cannot see or hear

What can parents or carers do to support children and teenagers?

          Do not force them to talk about the trauma in detail; this may actually re-traumatise them.
          Listen to them when they are ready to talk and do not judge or try to dictate their feelings.
          Discuss happy memories of the person they are grieving for. Also, consider holding a memorial service for the person where they can express themselves and fellowship with others who are grieving the same person.
          Acknowledge that a bad thing that no one could control has happened and they are likely feeling scared, confused and maybe even resentful as a result of no one being able to prevent it. Be open and truthful; you may want to express your own sadness regarding your inability to protect them or make things better.
          Reassure them that in the same way bad things happen in the world, good things also happen. Perhaps you can help to re-adjust their worldview by looking up real-life stories about people pulling together to help others in the community.
          Be aware of special dates such as birthdays of those they’ve lost or anniversaries and try to do something special on those dates.
It is important to emphasise that the child or teenager’s age, gender, personality and previous encounters with adversity may all play a role in how they are affected and how they respond to support.

Seeking extra help

If you are worried that a loved one is experiencing abnormal grief or post-traumatic stress disorder, the first advisable step would be to sensitively express your concerns to them. In some situations, this may be enough to pave the way for honest conversation and you may realise that the situation is not as severe as you had imagined. If, however, further help is indicated, it is advisable to encourage the person to visit their GP. Older children can see the GP without their parent being present if they prefer. The GP will be able to assess whether referral to a counselling organisation will suffice or whether secondary mental health services are required. This may sound alarming to some but it is important to bear in mind that only a very small proportion of people will end up requiring such services and the vast majority of cases will be managed on an outpatient basis.

About the author

Eleanor Akaho is a medical doctor with a specialist qualification in Psychiatry. Her passions are promoting positive personal development and encouraging mental health awareness. In addition to clinical work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), she is the co-founder of My MindSight, a newly-launched mental health education service for secondary schools. Their aim is to educate, enlighten and empower young people about topics related to mental health and the impact of bullying. For further information, please email the team at

 Our sister company, Inside Out, supports young people by holding social events in which guest speakers use the arts to share their experiences of mental health difficulties. To find out about their upcoming event, please email the team at

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Where Do We Go From Here Article by Dr Eleanor Akaho
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Arianna Grande to perform ONE LOVE Benefit Concert for Manchester this Sunday!

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Following the terrible atrocity which took place last month at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, the pop princess will be returning to the UK to hold the special One Love Manchester Benefit Concert on Sunday 4th June 2017 to honour and raise much needed funds for the victims and their families after the horrific suicide bomb attack which killed 22 people, left their lives upside down. So here is what will be happening, where, when and how you can get a look in on the action and support the cause:

Need to know how to cope? Life After Trauma: Where Do We Go From Here? by Dr Eleanor Akaho via She Inspired Her:

Where and when is the show and how can you see and hear it?

The One Love Manchester Benefit Concert will take place on Sunday 4th June at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Gates will open at 6pm, the show will start at 7:15pm until 10:15pm. Tickets to this event were reported to have sold out within under 6 minutes of being released to the public.

The concert will be shown LIVE on BBC One from 6:55pm - 10pm  and will also be available to watch on demand via BBC iPlayer

A bit of a radio buff? You can also listen to the show on the BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks! That's all areas covered!

Anyone who attended the Ariana Grande concert on 22nd May 2017 were also able to register for FREE tickets last week

Photo: Manchester Evening News

Will any other celebrities be performing at the concert?

Rumour has it that many famous faces will be joining Miss Grande, who will headline the concert and will also perform on the evening!

Confirmed acts include Katy Perry, Usher, Pharell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, Coldplay, Take That, One Direction star Niall Horan and more potentially being added!

The net ticket proceeds from the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross in aid of the grieving and affected families of the Manchester attack.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

MISS USSR 2017 #Event #Review

Photographer Credit: Boris Bresler
Last month In-spire LS Magazine was asked to become one of the media partners for the phenomenal beauty pageant Miss USSR 2017. Having competed in a number of pageants myself; I believed it would be a great opportunity to provide coverage and highlight the positive aspects of the pageant scene. 
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Many people deem these form of competitions as being a negative representation of women as they’re being celebrated for their beauty. However, over the years these competitions have acted as a positive platform where talented women have the opportunity to speak on freely on causes they feel passionate about, demonstrate their individual talents and at the same time show of their unique beauty; all while representing their country.
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The event was a glitzy affair with the biggest and brightest talents from post-soviet union turning out to walk the red carpet and be apart of the one and only international beauty contest dedicated to the beautiful women from 15 post-USSR countries competing in the UK.
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The event was celebrating its fifth year and this was a major cause for celebration. The atmosphere was electric from the outset and the Troxy played host to three fun filled hours jam-packed with music, celebrity appearances and entertainment galore.
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It was a great experience to immerse myself in the cultural backgrounds of the numerous participants. They were a positive representation of their countries with most of the participants being current students at university or recent graduates and many being able to play intricate instruments and speak multiple languages.

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I found myself working through the crowd trying to name as many of Russia’s highest net worth individuals and entertainment personalities. It was refreshing the sheer excitement of all involved. The beginning segments was a whirlwind with appearances from none other than international female DJ Sonique; who appeared in a pre-show press conference. It was a fantastic experience to witness the star in the flesh and it was pleasing to learn that after her smash No.1 hit ‘Feels So Good’, she had continued her position as being one of the most sort after female DJ’s on the international circuit. She teased the crowd with her latest single and then further excited the crowd with a live rendition of her smash hit.
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The dresses worn by the ladies were amazing but it was their swimsuits that really got the crowd talking! Designer Maria-Pogrebnyak-Shatalova shared her sexy but classy swimsuits which perfectly complimented the figures of each participant.
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Like with any major event, there were a few hiccups including one of the presenters reading the wrong names and the event starting a little later than expected. However, this did by no means dampen the evening.
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Although it wasn’t an easy feat; the judges were able to choose Anastasia Stussy as their winner. With a finance degree under her belt, Anastasia can also speak 5 languages and is an international model and was a worthy winner.

Overall, Miss USSR 2017 was a major success and In-spire LS were proud to be involved. If Miss USSR 2017 is anything to go by; next years edition will surely top this one hands down.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

#Competition WIN WIN WIN - The Power of Love Row Naturals for your Skin and Hair

Plant based oils
Botanical Essential Oils...
What comes to mind when you hear these things?
...Natural Bliss
Glowing Skin and Hair

Love Row Naturals are a fresh, new and totally affordable range of hair and skin care products made from 100% natural ingredients and consisting of two lines: Skin Amour and Hair Amour

The following Love Row products are up for grabs:

Free Prize Draw
3rd Prize – One product from collection of your choice

 All you have to do to get your hands on these goodies is answer one simple question:
Skin Amour and Hair Amour are brands that fall under the umbrella of which company?
a) Like Row Naturals 
b) Love Row Naturals
c) Live & Grow Naturals 
Hint: The answer is sitting happily in this article below

Skin Amour
The Skin Amour line from Love Row Naturals includes a range of body butters, luxurious lotions and a skin-healing facial oil. Packed full of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins this range will do the works on your skin with benefits including: dry skin prevention, protection, and nourishment, repairing skin damage, brightening the complexion, a more healthy and toned appearance to the skin and an overall healthy glow from head to toe, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple! Basically everything you could want for your skins ultimate health! These products hydrates, nourish and beautify your skin the natural way!
With the ingredients also known to eliminate dry, dull and uneven skin and to fade blemishes, scars and stretch marks, these products can also be used towards treatment for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Hair Amour
The Hair Amour line contains a range of hair butters, growth-stimulating oils and conditioning hair food, all made with natural ingredients that benefit the hair and scalp. 
Hair Amour products come with many benefits including:
Nourishing roots naturally
Improving the quality of hair
Stimulating and encouraging strong, healthy hair growth
Sealing in moisture 
 Moisturising the scalp
Soften and tame frizz
Strengthening strands
Giving hair a gorgeous sheen
Balancing oil production
Relieving and preventing dry, itchy scalp and dandruff
Plus preventing scalp eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis

Skin Amour and Hair Amour both fall under the umbrella of Love Row Naturals and are run by female business owner Amaka. The amazing Amaka is a qualified pharmacist and it was during her years of study that her love for experimenting reached its height. 
Amaka had been in the science labs during the day and at night time she would be mixing lotions, potions and concoctions for her hair and skin – with only the best natural ingredients, of course! 
Amaka finally decided to launch her own natural skin care company in 2016, after years of being told to do so by her family and friends and she hasn’t looked back ever since. 

So here is the Competition Prize Draw question again:
Skin Amour and Hair Amour are brands that fall under the umbrella of which company?
a) Like Row Naturals 
b) Love Row Naturals
c) Live & Grow Naturals 

Use our online form to send your answer a) b) or c) with your full name, email address and contact number by clicking here or alternatively you can email your answer and details to:

Please note: All entrants details will be added to the Love Row Naturals mailing list for future similar promotions and competitons
Good Luck!

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