IRIS 2018 – weekend wellness getaway

Aug 21st, 2018
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Your Escape, Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness festival presented by ManulifeMOVE, will take place for its seventh edition running on 22-23 September 2018 at Central Harbourfront.

The two-day festival sets to draw more than 8,000 people, inviting not only health and fitness enthusiasts but also families and individuals looking for a refreshing and festive weekend. Over 80 diverse yoga and fitness classes, as well as uplifting music, live performances, fun-filled workshops, activities, and talks, will be held to unlock an immersive experience of conscious living.

A feast to nurture individuals’ potential for positive changes, the all-new attraction, “IRIS Insider” delves deeper into wellness and healing topics by gathering thought leaders from around the world to enlighten participants with game-changing talks, workshops and panels themed on environmental wellness, addiction, mental health, minimalism and others.

Andrea Gong, Head of Group Spa Operations of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and with over 30 years of experience working in the spa and wellness industry, will present ideas of balancing your body and mind with the aid of digital devices; Mehek Gidwani, CEO of Freedom Creations aka Addiction Recovery Coach, will share her journey of overcoming a childhood of drug and alcohol abuse. Be inspired by Mehek’s resilience in busting through the illness and her insights gained from breaking through her own addictions. “IRIS Insider” also serves as a shared space for local artists and musicians to showcase their talents, thus bringing the community closer together.

“We’re excited to bring IRIS: Your Escape back to Central again with Manulife as we continue to share similar philosophies towards healthy and active living. We are particularly thrilled about our new attraction ‘IRIS Insider’ which will be a new gateway to demonstrate the essence of healthy and active living to our participants through talks and discussions,” said Charlz Ng, Co-Founder of IRIS: Your Escape.

Manulife, a pioneer in promoting holistic health and wellness, has once again pledged its support as the Headline Sponsor of IRIS: Your Escape. Isabella Lau, Chief Customer Officer of Manulife Hong Kong, said, “Our ManulifeMOVE program helps customers stay healthy and get rewarded by leading a more active life. This year, we are proud to support IRIS: Your Escape, bringing a wealth of refreshing experiences for yoga enthusiasts, sporty people, families and those looking for new inspirations. What’s more, our tailored action games will be there to excite attendees on what a vibrant way of living brings.”

“Yoga Mainstage”, an oasis to devoted yogis, will deliver a wide array of yoga classes led by a compelling line-up of teachers including Margaret Chung, Hong Kong-based actress and Pure Yoga instructor; Dr. Yogananth Andiappan, founder of Anahata Yoga; Chaukei Ngai, winner of International Yoga Sports Federation Championship and founder of YogaUP; Wendy Wen, former television host and current Pure Yoga instructor; and May Nogoy, founder of Soultrains and Garden Gathering. Stay tuned for the rest of the star-studded line-up to be revealed closer to the event.

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