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For most of us a new year means a new challenge. Dry January, Veganuary or some type of new health kick. These seem to be some of the most popular ones. Instead of partying the weekend away (because some of us definitely did enough of that over Christmas) we tend to opt for a healthier option, because new year, new you right?

So, if you’re opting for a little less partying, or thinking of making some changes to your diet, what can you spend your free ‘party’ time doing ?

Winter Walks

Just because the sun is in more than it is out, doesn’t mean you can’t be out! Getting outdoors in the winter months isn’t just refreshing, it’s healthy too, here’s why!

Good source of vitamin D! If you come across a clear winters day with the sun shining, stop what you’re doing and make the most of it! Vitamin D is good for keeping the bones strong! Not only that, it can be a a real mood booster! And for the best bit, its absolutely free – exactly what you want post Christmas!

Tatton Park, Cheshire

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/10-cheshires-most-stunning-walks-10895767

Dinner Parties

In January instead of going out for dinner why not organise a dinner party. Get a group of friends together, decide which one of you is going to host and each cook something to bring to the party! That way you’re socialising, spending less money, and you know exactly what is in your food!

For those of you who are vegan and all the January vegans out there, why not take a look at the recipes posted on BBC Food!

We’ve picked some of our favourites, check out the website for more.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vegan-dinner

Or there’s something for everybody on Jamies website!
Check out that chicken!

https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/occasion/dinner-party/

Introduce a new hobby

Hobbies are great for a number of things!

  • Relieve stress and boost
  • Meet new friends and build more connections
  • Find a new passion
  • Develop new skills
  • Possibility of bringing in additional income.

Have a browse on trip advisor to see local events and activities!

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186232-Activities-c41-Cheshire_England.html

Organising

Spend your weekend preparing for the week ahead!

Here’s 5 top tips to get you started!

  1. Make a list of everything you need to do and check off the tasks as you do them.
  2. Use a calendar, a digital one with alerts & notifications can be a great tool to keep you on track.
  3. Tidy up – a clear room is a clear mind. Spend a few minutes at the weekend tidying to keep on top of it.
  4. Plan your meals in advance – helping save time during the week.
  5. Create a morning and bedtime routine – one in which you plan and review each day.

We hope January is treating you well so far and you’re managing to keep up with everything you’ve set out to do!

Here’s to a smashing 2020!

Mindful meditation for everyone

Top 5 Best Meditation Apps

If we are sure about anything in January it’s how manic it can be after all those festive shenanigans! We are all trying hard to stick to our resolutions and be our fittest, healthiest, best self. More often than not this becomes exhausting and results in us giving up.

Sometimes all we need to take a moment to relax, take a deep breath and ground ourselves. Giving ourselves the space to breath and create a clear and focused mind to make the most of each day. Meditation is a simple exercise to intergrate into your routine with huge benefits. Studies suggest using this practice on average 5-10 minutes a day can reduce stress, improve your emotional health and enhance self-awareness. Therefore, below we have included some of The Studio favorites and the worlds best meditation apps ready to help prepare you for the new year ahead.

Apps

Calm

Price: Download for free with optional in-app purchases

Google Rating: 5*

This app is perfect for those who are new to the world of meditation, offering a seven day beginners program with simple calming exercises to help focus on your breathing techniques whilst clearing your mind. They also provide a ‘calm Kids’ section for those aged between 3-17 years old so your children can feel relaxed too. Furthermore, they include a library for ‘sleep stories’ so you can fall asleep feeling content.

Headspace

Price: 14 day free trial (optional subscription after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app creates personalized plans based on information you provide focusing on balancing your life with their mindfulness techniques for daytime use, focusing on training your mind and body to fulfil a happier lifestyle. To make full use of this app they also provide sleep music tracks and nature soundtracks to help give you a blissful night sleep

Aura

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app provides you with a personalized plan based on questions asked at the beginning of your experience. Aura presents you with a daily meditation practice based on your answers. This app is also compatible with the ‘Apple watch’ and aims to reduce stress and increase positivity.

Insight Timer

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app gives you the most hands-on experience when it comes to practicing meditation compared to all other apps. It also includes discussion groups and community features, known as “a social network for mediators”. Including ambient music and soundtracks to calm the mind.

10% Happier

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app was created to motivate those who might lose sight along the way due to their busy lifestyles with weekly updates, so it never feels like a chore. Daily videos and guided meditations teach you what to do in the simplest way possible, including a range of content showing ways to manage stressors such as anxiety

For further tips & tricks check out our ‘Studio Blogs’ which covers further insight into the world of the Studio, Yoga, health, and a happier lifestyle!

The Studio Team x

PARKING UPDATE

08/01/2020

Hi All, 

As “The Dairy Ground” becomes a busy hub, with vehicles entering and exiting the businesses to The Studio, UP and Alderley Day Nursery, we would like to remind all our customers and visitors to take extra care when manoeuvring vehicles in our car park area, and as pedestrians when walking in and out of the nursery building. 

The safety of our customers is paramount and over the past couple of months several measures have been put in place to improve the car park situation as follows.

  • Lighting – additional outdoor lighting has been erected to assist with visibility in these darker months;
  • Signage – additional signage has been added to direct visitors into parking bays and to remind visitors to drive slowly;
  • Speed Bump – a speed ramp has been fitted to slow traffic entering and exiting our neighbouring sites; 
  • Flexibility – we have agreed a more flexible parking arrangement with our neighbouring businesses to assist during the varying peak times;
  • Communication – we are writing to all customers of The Dairy Ground, requesting their cooperation in making the site a safe place for pedestrians and, in particular, small children.

In addition to the above, please find below our request to you…

  • Please drive very slowly and look out for moving vehicles, pedestrians, and in particular, small children;
  • Reverse park your vehicle in our bays to provide better visibility on exit – if you need to forward park, please take extra care to check for clearance before reversing your vehicle out of a bay.

Together we can make our car park a safer place. Thank you for your consideration. 

Kind regards, 

The Studio Team 

JANUARY OFFERS

07/01/2020

It’s January and we want you to smash your goals this year just as much as you do!
So if yoga is how you plan to do it then here’s a few offers to kickstart that motivation and get the goals smashing!

6:30AM COFFEE CLUB

Come along to any 6:30am class throughout January and your morning coffee is on us!
(Tea too if that’s a bit of you)

* One hot drink per yogi

JAN SUPER SHRED



If you want to take your yoga to the next level, challenge yourself to complete 15 classes within 30 days! Sign up in January to take on the challenge!

– £100 for 15 classes
– Suitable for existing members
– Any unused classes will discontinue after 30 days

YOU CAN DO THIS!




JANUARY INTRO OFFER

Sign up in January for 2 months unlimited yoga!

– £120 for 2 months, usually £130!
– Available for new members only

SET YOUR INTENTIONS

As valued members of our community, we want to support your growth as much as possible, and in every way we can. Everything we do at The Studio is to inspire actions, so we’ve put a little pledge system together to help you reach your full potential!

Decide what your 2020 intentions are and share them with us through this link! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VMWRBRZ

Following your entry, we will continually support you smashing your goals and intentions through rewards to keep you motivated throughout the year!

You’re probably wondering where the offer is, our support and guidance of course. Oh and there’s a coffee or smoothie on us for anybody that sets their intentions with us! Just pop in and see us!

Reset, Refresh

18/12/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! shortly followed by the famous 4 words…
New Year, New Me

I bet you’re no stranger to it, we’re all guilty of thinking up a long list of resolutions with the hope of being a better version of our self in the New Year. It’s only human, why wouldn’t we want to better ourselves?

This year let’s strive to be the best we can be! Easier said than done right? So how do we achieve this? And even more so, what actions do we take to ensure we achieve it?

Did you know

1 in 3 people don’t see their New Year’s resolutions past the first month? We’ve mentioned a few reasons below if you’re wondering why!

Sometimes we make goals that aren’t realistic enough. Or there are too many goals which can get a little overwhelming trying to achieve them all at once. Sometimes the focus is solely on what the end achievement looks like rather than how important those tiny steps are that help you achieve it. Reset Refresh has been designed to help conquer these stumbling blocks!

Start the New Year by setting some new goals!


Do you know the real you? 

Do you regularly check in with yourself and how you’re feeling?

Do you know what your habits are? 

Do you know what you want out of life and why? 

Do you know what actions you need to take to get there? 

What is the GOAL of this event? 🌱

• The circle of life – We want to help you identify areas where you may be undernourished, find out the reasons why and how you might overcome them. 

• How to be actionable which will include a booklet with tips & tricks on how to make being actionable happen – with space for you to jot everything down!

• How setting goals is different to achieving the goals we set! 

• How you plan to shape your New Year and what you might want from it! 

The day will consist of The following:

– 2 x Yoga classes with Keira

– Short workshops based on each of the goals mentioned above

– Refreshing Tea break

– Sushi at The Studio – just what you’ll need after all that action planning!

Now you know what’s to come the rest is down to you!

TOP TIP:

Why don’t you get a head start before January and get this one down in the diary! There’s your first bit of planning ticked off!

GET SET TO SWEAT!

30/10/2019

Christmas, dare we say it is fast approaching!

It’s that time of year where the majority of us tend to over indulge! Let’s face it, the temptation lies within eating plenty, drinking plenty, and we’re less tempted by the thought of exercise.

BUT…

What if we could offer you something to overindulge in without the all the guilt? Well, we can!

TEMPTED?

If you’re up for the challenge then join us at The Studio throughout the whole of November to take on the Ten Class Challenge! The classes you choose are entirely your choice! If you manage to hit ten, then you’ll bag yourself a Studio T-Shirt normally worth £30!

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt…

Use November to kickstart your December! Then you won’t feel so guilty about those extra few mince pies!

GET READY, GET SET, SWEAT!

Just Breathe

09/10/2019

Every week, 1 in 6 adults will experience a common mental health problem: whether that be anxiety or depression, we can’t ignore it. Yoga has been proven to help with mental health and especially improve sleep patterns; disrupted sleep is one of the biggest side effects of mental health along with mood changes, feeling depressed and a lack of ability to concentrate. There are many ways we can help each other and boost moral to improve our community’s mental health.

Here, at The Studio, we have created some Sanity Stickers.

The idea is to remind yourself to look after YOU. Use them with a positive outlook and share with those around you to increase self-esteem, inspire each other, and boost confidence.

Everyone should take the time in a day for themselves to pause, take a few deep breaths and remember how good you truly are.

Come on into The Studio and pick up your Sanity Sticker.

Now the question is, where will you put yours?

Keep smiling, keep growing and share the positivity!

We all envy those people who easily slide out of bed at 6:00am every morning, eat a nutritious breakfast, get in a gym session, walk the dog and start their working day all before we’ve even brushed our teeth. How do they do it?

They say something becomes a habit if you stick to it for atleast 30 days. Commiting to starting your morning in a consistent way will help to turn struggle into ease. Stop hitting the snooze button and start getting out of bed with purpose and passion.

Building a morning yoga class into your routine will help you to feel energised in the morning and help regulate a normal sleep pattern, waking up earlier equals going to bed earlier! Plus getting exercise in in the morning boxes it off so the rest of the day is yours. It can be harder to commit to evening exercise because we are more likely to cancel. We may feel too tired after a long day at work, dinner plans might present themselves or we may struggle to find childcare.

Still need persuading to leave your bed in a morning? Here are some of the benefits of starting your day off with a yoga class.

1. The body needs to move

When we sleep our body is in rest mode, besides the occasional twitch, our bodies are still for around eight hours a night. While the muscles arent moving, layers of connective tissue build up between them. Our instinct in the morning when we wake up is often to do a full body stretch before we get out of bed. This is our bodies way of telling us we need to release those layers. If we don’t move and stretch throughout the morning these layers can continue to thicken and build throughout the day causing stiffness, aches and pains. So if you work seated at a desk or driving for most of the day, your body will thank you for getting up and moving early on!

2. Calm the nervous system

When our alarm jolts us out of sleep its easy to feel stressed before the day has even started. Getting kids ready for school, making breakfasts and rush hour traffic can all leave us feeling a little anxious. Fitting a yoga practice into your morning routine allows you to take some time out for you. Helping to calm the mind reducing stress and making you better equipped to handle stressful situations throughout the day. In yoga we focus on the movement flowing with the breath. We slow the breath down to calm the mind. When we breathe quickly our body goes into fight or flight mode, this can cause panic or anxiety. By slowing the breath we reduce stress hormones.

3. Heightens productivity and alertness

Starting your morning in a good frame of mind sets you up for continuing your day in the same way. Focusing early in the morning helps to stay focused for the rest of the day, and increase our productivity. Something ourselves or our bosses can appreciate during the working hours.

4. Who needs caffeine?

A morning coffee might be the first thing you reach for when you wake up, its not the best for us but we rely on it to give us that buzz we need to get going with our day. Doing exercise in the morning works the same way. An active yoga session is stimulating and energising, waking up the body, getting the heart rate up, blood pumping and releasing those endorphins that help lift our mood. Some good examples of dynamic movements that do this are sun salutations, backbends and twists.

5. Sweat is good

Did you know the average person has 2.6 million sweat glands? We may look at sweating as a bad thing, an inconvenience. But it actually works in our favour! Sweat fights germs, the glands excrete a natural antiobiotic called ‘dermciden’, helping to keep our skin and bodies clean and healthy. Its no doubt in a heated yoga class you will work up a sweat, but this will help your body to get rid of any toxins from the skin, helping you to start your day right. Follow with a shower and feel refreshed and re-energised from the inside out!

If you want to read more check out our blog post on the Benefits of Hot Yoga

The Studio is coming to Manchester!

Check out our next Yoga and Brunch Over at Victors Alderley Edge

Catch us for an afternoon of Yoga and Brunch at the beautiful Health and Wellness space, Foodwell. Join The Studio Team for a one hour dynamic yoga flow to work up an appetite and then hang out and chat with us over Brunch!

When: Saturday 21st September
Time: 11:30am
12:30 (Yoga Class)
12:30 onwards – (Brunch)

To book on click here!

For a selection of food options available on the day, check out the menu below!

See you there!

Hot Yoga

It allows your body to experience something NEW; you wouldn’t usually give yourself a workout in 35 degrees of heat. Yes, Hot Yoga is a workout before you ask. Your muscles and circulatory system will be responding to this new environment and therefore you will be using more energy. Some styles of yoga emphasize the spiritual aspect, others the breathing element and some the yoga poses them self. Hot Yoga highlights ALL 3 of these allowing your mind to be fully present in the yoga practise.

Below you will find out in more detail about the benefits of Hot Yoga.

Lucy

TOXINS

Sweating allows the body to remove any toxins from the body that are unwanted. Being in a 40-degree heated room means the body will sweat and therefore these negative toxins will be removed from the body.

This leads nicely onto the circulatory system.

CIRCULATION

The stimulation of circulation increases perspiration so helps eliminate toxins through your skin’s pores, helping with acne. This leaves your skin GLOWING!!

Now, this is where the workout really starts!…

In non-heated Yoga our bodies are kept in a “normal” environment and therefore are not put under the pressures of heat. We sweat to keep our bodies cool, to do this we need to use more energy = burning calories.

Yoga is also classed as a cardio-vascular fitness as we are using the heart and lungs to provide oxygen rich blood to the working muscle tissues. The muscles have to then turn this oxygen rich blood into energy for movement.

WEIGHT LOSS

As you have just read, Hot Yoga is a workout and you ARE burning calories. Being in a calorie deficit means weight loss can be achieved so therefore Hot Yoga can help towards weight loss. As well as this Hot Yoga can strengthen your muscles, help with endurance and of course flexibility.

Kiera showing the Forearm Wheel pose

FLEXIBILITY

A hot environment causes the muscles to relax and therefore makes it seem easier to stretch further as those ligaments, joints and muscles have loosened. After time the muscles will begin to get used to the positions that are used in yoga which means your flexibility will increase. As well as this your overall everyday posture will improve.

INJURY

As Hot Yoga can open up your muscle tissues to allow a deeper stretch, this can really help with some injury recovery as you start to use the muscles again. However always ask a doctor for advice for when to start back exercising after an injury.

Alicia

MINDFULNESS

Our minds are one of the most important parts of our body, and the most active. Anything we can do to help relax our mind can help decrease stress levels and also help us to get away from negative thoughts. In Hot Yoga our minds are completely taken away from the outside world as our concentration is solely on the class; each position, movement and breath. At the end of each class the meditation helps stop the spiral of negativity through training your thought pattern and mind to realize when the negativity begins; turning the negative to a positive, not only in the yoga class but in day to day life.

LUNG CAPACITY

One of the most important parts of Hot Yoga is being able to use your breath in the hot environment. Your lung capacity will increase overtime as you learn different Pranayamas (breathing exercises). Prana is your “life force energy” and yamas means “the control of”; therefore, Pranayamas is how you control, cultivate or modify the Prana in the body. There’s three main Pranayamas, deep, fast and quiet. You will explore all three of these in Hot Yoga.