Boy George intrigued viewers of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! with the unique rituals he incorporates into his daily life.
Whether he’s waking up his camp mates with his chants, teaching them face yoga, or tapping to relieve stress, he uses certain techniques to help.
Before heading to the jungle, the singer – real name George O’Dowd – told The Sun: “Obviously I’m going to do yoga and I sing… So hopefully I can find a space where I can do that. because I think it’s gonna keep me saner.
The former Culture Club frontman, 61, has expressed growing frustrations with his fellow campers – and if tensions reach a boiling point, he may need his rituals more than ever…
George sang in times of stress – for example, when he was on a Bushtucker trial in a box of bugs and snakes.
“Chanting usually involves repeating a mantra or prayer silently or out loud,” says yoga teacher Neeta Naidoo. (instagram.com/neetaniyamayoga).
“The mantra is a sound current that has a powerful positive effect on the mind.
“Chanting mantras is a conscious way to control and direct the mind and it’s one of the fastest ways to transform your mood and your life.”
George is a Buddhist and can be heard chanting “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo”, which roughly translates to “I devote myself to the mystical law of the Lotus Sutra”.
“In Kundalini yoga, we often use mantras as a focus of the mind during meditation to control thoughts,” Naidoo explains.
“We also use mantras when practicing kriyas (yoga postures). When we chant a mantra, we choose to invoke the positive power contained in those words. “Sat Nam”, which means “the truth is my identity” or “I am the truth”. Or ‘Aum’ at the beginning or end of a yoga class or on its own as a chant. It serves to connect us to our most authentic selves. Of course, there are many chants relating to different practices, schools of thought or personal beliefs.
According to Naidoo, singing can “strengthen the immune system, reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, [and] open intuition.
His advice to anyone who wants to try it? “When you start singing, don’t worry about getting it right or understanding it. It will happen over time. Just open your heart and go with it! “.
Boy George introduced his camp mates to a new type of yoga: face yoga. He’s not the only famous fan of the technique – the Duchess of Sussex and Madonna are also said to love its facial firming benefits.
“Facial yoga is an anatomy-based facial exercise routine that involves massage and exercises to stimulate specific facial muscle groups and facilitate lymphatic drainage,” says Dr. Munir Somji, Chief Medical Officer of Dr. MediSpa (drmedispa.com).
According to Somji, “Facial yoga will lift, tone and firm the face. It can also ease tension as it strengthens and relaxes certain muscles, so better posture, less headaches and less teeth grinding can also be benefits for coping with yoga.
He suggests George uses it in the jungle for its “calming benefits”, saying: “It will lower your stress and cortisol levels and calm your mind. The exercises also relax your facial muscles which will ease tension. , stress and worry.
In Somji’s FACEFIT facial exercise program, he recommends focusing on five different exercises from forehead to neck “to lift, tone and firm the face, without the need to invest in equipment,” he says. .
He recommends doing these exercises two to three times a week, working your way up to daily workouts.
If you’ve seen Boy George tapping his face, it’s not just a nervous habit – it’s a common technique used to beat stress.
Poppy Delbridge, protest coach and tapping specialist, author of Tapping In (Piatkus, £16.99) says she’s seen a lot around tapping as “pretty woo-woo and new age, but actually it’s is really rigorous”.
She calls it an “evidence-based technique – it’s a solution to stress and anxiety”.
There are two ways to get involved in tapping, Delbridge saying, “I’m a trained practitioner, and you could come to me and have a number of sessions on a particular topic or something that concerns you.
“But because not everyone can afford to do it in terms of time and money, I really want people to learn short routines themselves – literally limiting them to a minute or five minutes. .
“That’s actually what I’ve seen Boy George do, it’s a very fast, fast tapping.
“It’s self-tapping, and the results can get you out of a bad mood, or out of anxiety, or overwhelm you in minutes.”
To unlock the power of tapping, Delbridge recommends learning the key points for tapping with your fingers — primarily around the face.
She advises doing this alongside affirmations, explaining, “For example, if you say, ‘I feel stressed’, then you’d say, ‘Because…’ – then you give it a logical reason – ‘because I’m running late”, or “because I have a million things to do”, “because I’m in this high stress situation”, like George.
“Then you’ll say, ‘But it’s possible for me to…’ – and you go into the feelings that your mind takes you back to, then you might say, ‘But it’s possible for me to feel calm, to feel happier, to be in the moment.” And you work with your language.
It’s not about visualization, says Delbridge, but rather about “playing with different parts of your life that you might like to have a little more joy in, things that you would like to eliminate, and then things that you would like create”.
His advice for beginners is to consult a guide explaining the key points to exploit, then “start using it to see the quick effects on stress”.