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Meghan Markle Vogue issue claims secret to well-being is breathing

Meghan Markle’s guest-edited issue of British Vogue suggests a week-long ‘breathing workshop’ costing £4,398 as a way to improve your well-being. 

An article on the importance of ‘inhaling and exhaling’ features in the fashion magazine’s September issue, which has been overseen by the Duchess of Sussex.

Famed for her fondness of fitness, yoga and other wellness routines, the royal has filled her edition with some of her favourite causes and tips.

Among them is a feature on the benefits of breathing, and ‘learning not to take this essential biological function for granted’.

Meghan Markle’s guest-edited issue of British Vogue suggests a week-long ‘breathing workshop’ at Nihi Sumba costing £4,398 as a way to improve your well-being.

The course is led by breathing expert and freediver Augusto Vegas (pictured), who claims that we are all guilty of 'over-breathing' during our daily lives

The course is led by breathing expert and freediver Augusto Vegas (pictured), who claims that we are all guilty of ‘over-breathing’ during our daily lives

Meghan Markle (pictured above) is said to have been working on the project whilst on maternity leave and PR experts have said it was an opportunity that could not be missed

Meghan Markle (pictured above) is said to have been working on the project whilst on maternity leave and PR experts have said it was an opportunity that could not be missed

The article even suggests readers can fork out more than £4,000 per person for a trip to a luxurious Indonesian resort for a week-long breathing workshop.

The world-renowned Nihi Sumba is often ranked the best hotel in the world, and provides a plethora of well-being and relaxation courses for A-list guests.

Vogue adds that those wanting to sample the breathing classes will need to stump up £4,398 each, which includes flights and transfers to the resort plus meals.

The course is led by breathing expert and freediver Augusto Vegas, who claims that we are all guilty of ‘over-breathing’ during our daily lives.

Tips shared by Vegas include breathing ‘through your nose most of the time’, and taking ‘two or three deep breaths’ when in the need of relaxing.

The world-renowned Nihi Sumba is often ranked the best hotel in the world, and provides a plethora of well-being and relaxation courses for A-list guests

The world-renowned Nihi Sumba is often ranked the best hotel in the world, and provides a plethora of well-being and relaxation courses for A-list guests

Meghan herself has said she will not be on the cover of the magazine. Her guest edits have been described as a 'win win' for both parties

Meghan herself has said she will not be on the cover of the magazine. Her guest edits have been described as a ‘win win’ for both parties

Meghan Markle’s guide to life, love and the universe… as revealed in new edition of Vogue that she guest edited 

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mail

From articles about sustainable fashion to features on £20 ‘gong bathing classes’, the Duchess of Sussex has filled British Vogue – she is the first to guest-edit its prestigious September edition – with some of her favourite causes and tips. 

So what is in Meghan’s guide to life, love and the universe?

Eco fashion

Sustainability is the latest buzzword, says Vogue, which advises its readers to ‘buy less, but buy better’. A round-up of eco-friendly items includes a pair of £115 Veja trainers, featuring recycled plastic uppers – a brand Meghan wore in Australia last year.

Sustainability is the latest buzzword, says Vogue, which advises its readers to ‘buy less, but buy better’

Sustainability is the latest buzzword, says Vogue, which advises its readers to ‘buy less, but buy better’

Meghan has persuaded Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw – and her designer friend Misha Nonoo – to create a ‘capsule’ collection of women’s workwear

Meghan has persuaded Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw – and her designer friend Misha Nonoo – to create a ‘capsule’ collection of women’s workwear

Friendly rivalry

The fashion world’s reputation for backstabbing was captured in the hit novel and film The Devil Wears Prada, said to be based on US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. A two-page feature highlights the designers championing ‘fellowship not froideur’, such as Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh.

The fashion world’s reputation for backstabbing was captured in the hit novel and film The Devil Wears Prada, said to be based on US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour

The fashion world’s reputation for backstabbing was captured in the hit novel and film The Devil Wears Prada, said to be based on US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour

The F Word

The arts and culture section includes a poem, A Note From The Beach by Matt Haig, which rails against body fascism: ‘Hello, I am the beach… And I have to tell you something, I don’t care about your body, I am a beach, I literally don’t give a f***.’

The poem is accompanied by a message from Meghan, signed HRH The Duchess of Sussex, saying: ‘A personal favourite and the best reminder during the summer season… or any season as a matter of fact.’

The arts and culture section includes a poem, A Note From The Beach by Matt Haig, which rails against body fascism

The arts and culture section includes a poem, A Note From The Beach by Matt Haig, which rails against body fascism

Markle’s & Spencer – she gets her own clothes line 

The Duchess of Sussex is to bring out a women’s clothing line in aid of charity, she reveals in Vogue.

Meghan has persuaded Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw – and her designer friend Misha Nonoo – to create a ‘capsule’ collection of women’s workwear which will benefit Smart Works, a charity that helps women back into the workplace.

Each time a piece is bought from one of the retailers, a ‘like-for-like’ item will be donated to the charity, of which she is patron. It helps women get ready for job interviews by providing them with a new outfit and coaching. 

Meghan, who had her own clothing line with retailer Reitmans while acting in the legal drama Scrubs in Toronto, writes that the racks of clothing at Smart Works ‘can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours’.

‘To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options. Many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity.’

Further details will be released in the autumn, her spokesman said.

Sustainable fashion

Sustainable beauty products, ethical homewares and ‘mindful’ fashion buys all feature in Vogue’s monthly Life & Style section. They include a £1,780 organic wool suit, a £600 Berber rug made from recycled fabrics and plastic and £31 bath salts.

The all-female bakery

Keen cook Meghan plugs Luminary Bakery, the all-female social enterprise bakery which helps women who have been victims of violence and sex trafficking or who have been to prison or found themselves homes get back into work. It has helped 56 women since its launch in 2014.

Social media cruelty

Meghan says she never reads social media, apart from her and Harry’s own Instagram feed. Its capacity to promote online bullying is an issue both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken about. The magazine’s ‘Viewpoint’ offers techniques to cope with ‘social media cruelty’.

Body image

Actress and presenter Jameela Jamil, who campaigns on the issue of body image, writes about weight and why women need to be less hung up on what they look like.

The food-sharing app

Meghan highlights as one of her favourite features an article about Tessa Clarke, founder of the food-sharing app Olio – which helps cut food waste – and her favourite innovations and community initiatives.

Meghan highlights as one of her favourite features an article about Tessa Clarke, founder of the food-sharing app Olio – which helps cut food waste – and her favourite innovations and community initiatives

Meghan highlights as one of her favourite features an article about Tessa Clarke, founder of the food-sharing app Olio – which helps cut food waste – and her favourite innovations and community initiatives

How to feel good

A focus on ‘holistic’ approaches to health and well-being including a £60 Vitamin B skin patch, a £68 face mask an £80 face oil and a £237 watch-like device to improve sleep. It also plugs the Ilapothecary Spa in Kensington that Meghan and Harry visited when she was pregnant, particularly its £20 ‘Gong Bathing’ class – meditation to the sounds of crystal bowls and gongs.

A focus on ‘holistic’ approaches to health and well-being including a £60 Vitamin B skin patch

A focus on ‘holistic’ approaches to health and well-being including a £60 Vitamin B skin patch

Sarah Chapman

There is a full-page feature on Meghan’s personal skincare expert, Sarah Chapman, who helped her glow on her wedding day. It says: ‘If you have only one facial in your entire life, go to Sarah Chapman’.

There is a full-page feature on Meghan’s personal skincare expert, Sarah Chapman, who helped her glow on her wedding day

There is a full-page feature on Meghan’s personal skincare expert, Sarah Chapman, who helped her glow on her wedding day

Breathing is the new gym

Could breathing be the key to wellbeing, the magazine asks? It includes several different techniques and highlights a £4,398 week-long ‘breathing workshop’.

Could breathing be the key to wellbeing, the magazine asks? It includes several different techniques and highlights a £4,398 week-long ‘breathing workshop’

Could breathing be the key to wellbeing, the magazine asks? It includes several different techniques and highlights a £4,398 week-long ‘breathing workshop’

Forces For Change

What changes do you want to see in the world? Meghan poses the question each of her 15 ‘trailblazing cover women’.

Michelle Obama

The ex-First Lady talks to Meghan in a scoop question and answer session secured over a lunch of chicken tacos. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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