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Meet the 4 inspiring health and fitness experts speaking at Vevolution Topics: Health and Wellbeing this May
Last week 160 people joined us for the second Vevolution Topics event of the year focusing on health and wellbeing.
Firstly both of us are totally overwhelmed by the kindness of spirit in this community. People came from all over the country to attend the event. And it really makes us happy when people come over and say hello to us.
We often think of Vevolution events as curating parties. We get to bring together people who inspire us in our lives and we get to share them with you.
We started off the evening by talking about the challenges of creating space for exercise and mindfulness in an increasingly chaotic world.
Both Judy and I find that when regularly exercise and practice yoga and meditation we are happier people. It was wonderful to hear all the speakers Adam, Bex, Chase and Felix speak from the heart about mindfulness as well as physical fitness.
In his talk Adam Stansbury (The Plant Powered PT) shared his experiences from over a decade working in the fitness industry. He talked his journey from someone who ate steak for breakfast and suffered chronic health problems to the high performing plant-powered athlete he is today.
Adam also talked about his spiritual journey and how a trip to Peru and shamanic ceremonies helped him discover the path he wanted to follow in life.
We were very touched by Rebecca Walker's talk, she shared so intimately with the audience about body confidence issues that have plagued her throughout her life.
Her story is one of love for her daughter and herself, she shared her passion for running and how she now makes the most delicious breakfast pots called BexFast. P.S: We had these for breakfast on Wednesday morning and wow! they are amazing.
Chase Armitage spoke with a zest for life. His passion for movement and living without fear or compromise was really clear to see. Chase's career has seen him travel all around the world living his passion for movement, his talk was infectious and made us want to unleash our inner child.
During his talk Chase said that growing up he always knew he would be part of a movement that would change the world. And when he found veganism he realised it was that movement. That really resonated with both of us.
And finally Felix... Wow! what a guy. We had the pleasure of practicing yoga and meditating with Felix last week and it was really a wonderful evening. Last night not only did he create a beautiful visual story of the evening he stood up and shared the story of how he became the spiritual arts practitioner he is today.
We both feel Felix's talk taught us to look beyond what is our physical reality. As humans we're only unlocking a small part of our potential.
Felix ended the evening with a beautiful song with the chorus 'you know what I mean when I say it's a dream'. And to us it really bringing all of you together for these inspirational evenings is a dream. We get to help grow the vegan movement and spread a message of love, compassion and understanding all sentient beings.
This year there are several vegans competing at the Olympic Games in Rio. We thought it would be nice to highlight some of the athletes flying the vegan flag.
Just over 2 years ago Morgan Mitchell watched a vegan documentary that changed her life forever. After watching the documentary she became aware of animal suffering and decided her only option was to go vegan. Morgan has been quoted as saying “My career doesn’t come before another animal's life”. Not that being vegan has negatively impacted Morgan’s performance she has dominated the Australian domestic season and has been unbeaten in 12 consecutive races coming into the Olympics.
Kendrick Yahcob Farris
The birth of his first son was the catalyst for the USA’s only weightlifter at the Olympics, Kendrick Yahcob Farris going vegan. In May the three-time Olympian broke a US clean and jerk record by lifting over 800 pounds. When commenting on how veganism has affected him he recently told VegNews; "My whole journey is a lot bigger than myself. I'm not selfish like I used to be".
Outside of Olympic sports there are an increasing number of athletes turning to vegan diet for improved physical health and athletic performance. We suggest checking out the likes of ultra marathon runners Scott Jurek and Fiona Oakes, fighters like Nate Diaz and David Haye. And our friends Timothy Shieff, Laura Scott, Jessica Hayes and Paul Kerton who all will be appearing at Vevolution this November.