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28/06/2019

We all know what it feels like when the days get so busy they all start rolling into one, it’s one of those non-stop weeks where you go from one job to the next and just can’t find the time to eat, sleep or squeeze in going to your favourite yoga class.  As much as we all need to slow down and free up more time for ourselves, sometimes it’s just not possible. Until teleporting is invented, the kids always need to be picked up from school, chores need to be completed, and work (unfortunately) cannot be skipped.  So how can we give ourselves the time we deserve so we don’t get burnt out?  

Try a Yoga practice at home!

It doesn’t have to be a full hour Vinyasa flow sequence finishing standing on your head, it can be a quick ten minutes while your waiting for the kettle to boil, or a morning meditation when you get out of bed in the morning before the rest of the house wakes up and chaos begins.  Pausing in your day to take a couple of mindful breaths goes a long way. Use the time you have, and use the space you have.

Create a Space for YOU

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a big free open space in your house, is there a quiet corner in your living room where you can pop your mat down and light some candles?  It’s nice to create a small area in your home that feels cosy and relaxing where you can retreat to practice. You can try adding cushions, candles, incense or an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxed mood and soothing scents.  If this is still too much of a fuss for your hectic day, thats the great thing about yoga you can do it anywhere your mat fits! If it’s sunny, why not get out into the fresh air and practice in the garden! Or pop your headphones in whilst your on the school run and listen to an uplifting podcast or meditation.  

If your not confident with making up a practice or sequence on your own, and cant remember any you’ve learnt in class, there is an abundance of free tutorials on youtube that you can watch and follow along on. Find an instructor whose class and teachings resonate with you and follow along on their online classes. Or try downloading a free app you can use there’s loads to choose from!  Here are my top 3 Yoga and Mindfulness Apps that I recommend for setting up a home practice.

Downdog (free)

Downdog is a great app for practice at home.  You can select what type of session you want to do from a full Vinyasa to a Restorative Yin session.  How long you want your session to be, starting from 12 minutes up to an hour and a half. You can select what level class you want suited to your ability, from Beginners all the way through to Advanced.  It has full video instruction and a guided voiceover so you can follow along with or without watching. It’s a great one to use at home as you can make it work for you, and every session it gives you includes different postures, music and guidance.  

Insight Timer (free)

Insight Timer is an app with thousands of free guided meditations.  You can select a theme to meditate on whether it be anxiety, better sleep, boosting self esteem or practicing mindfulness at work.  You can do as little as a 5 minute session all the way up to over an hour. So you can relax, bed in and choose what you need.

Calm 

Calm is one of the most popular meditation apps on the market with beautiful breathing exercises, sleep stories and soundscapes.  So even if you are on the go you can pop your headphones in and get a little bit of peace whether your at the office or walking the dog.  You can listen to the soothing sounds of ocean waves lapping on the shore, the sound of rainfall falling through forest leaves or gentle music that soothes and calms the soul.

We hope this article inspires you into finding a place and a time in your day to dedicate that little bit of time to yourself no matter when or where it is! Happy Practicing!

Donna

So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to sign up for your first heated yoga class.  You’ve heard how good it is for you, but you have questions, so many questions! Here is our guide on everything you need to know before your first Hot Yoga class, so you know what to expect and can feel confident when you arrive.  Remember everyone has to start somewhere and we were all beginners once. Yoga is a journey.

Why is Hot Yoga better than Non Heated Yoga?

As much as the yoga practice is about the physical postures and movement, it is as much about the mind.  The heat provides another distraction to try and pull the brain away from the peace you are searching for in a yoga class.  You might find your mind telling you ‘it’s too hot’, or ‘it’s too hard’. These are the thoughts we let pass, as heat is just another sensation, we don’t need to focus in on it.  The extra benefits the heat provides include increasing flexibility, as the extra warmth makes it easier for the muscles to lengthen and stretch. The body has to work harder to pump blood around the body to reach the surface of the skin to keep you cool, increasing heart rate and providing more of a cardio workout than a regular yoga class.  Increased heart rate also means more calories are being burned if you are interested in yoga as a healthy way to lose weight. Producing more sweat from the body will also help the body to cleanse itself of toxins as you sweat them out through your pores of your skin.

How hot is hot?

Our studio is set to heat up to a lovely and toasty 35.5 degrees by our boiler system and that heat is maintained throughout class, so if it feels like its getting hotter, it’s not but your body is!

What happens if I get too hot or just need to rest for a minute?

If you aren’t used to a heated yoga practice it can take a couple of sessions for your body to get used to the heat.  This is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Yoga is about feeling connected with your breath, so if you lose control of your breathing you have lost control of your practice.  If you need to take a moment during class you can drop onto your knees into a restorative Child’s Pose at any time. Drop your knees to the edge of the mat with your toes together, stretch your arms forward above your head and rest your forehead onto the ground.  This will give you chance to reconnect and slow the breath and heart rate down, you can join back in with the practice whenever you are ready.

What do I need to bring with me?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you to keep you hydrated throughout the class, our mats are non slip but feel free to bring a towel to pop on top of the mat or to wipe yourself down.  Wear comfy clothing that you can move freely in such as leggings and sports bras or shorts and t-shirts. Other than that, all you need is yourself and a smile! We have lots of things available at The Studio if there’s anything you forget.  We stock a range of waters, juices, smoothies, teas and coffees for sit in or to grab and go after you’ve finished your class. We have towels to rent if you forget yours, and showers with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and even a hairdryer if you need to shoot off somewhere straight from class.  We provide mats, blocks and straps in the studio so you don’t need to bring any of your own equipment unless you want to!

I’ve never done Yoga before will i be okay?

YES!  All our lovely instructors are trained to teach different levels of abilities within the class, they will be on hand to demonstrate postures for you to copy, provide adjustments to make sure you are in the correct position, and offer variations if a posture is too easy or too difficult.  Always take the variation that suits you and your body, and what feels best for you in that moment, dont push yourself into a harder posture if it compromises what the move is trying to promote, eg. an open heart.

Anything else I need to know?

Yoga is FUN!  Above all else you should enjoy yourself!  No judgement, take each practice as it comes and allow it to be a journey, no expectancies of yourself or others.

Donna

Starting your summer feeling a bit sluggish?  Struggle with feelings of bloatedness and discomfort? Why not join us this Sunday 16th June for an energising Yoga Detox class led by our amazing teacher Ryan.  Designed to get your body moving internally and externally, you will feel cleansed inside and out and leave the class refreshed and rejuvenated ready to face a new week ahead!

Sounds good, but how does yoga cleanse my body?

The class will involve a series of twists and rotations performed in a specific order, designed to detoxify the body by creating movement within the digestive tract to encourage the movement of waste passing through more efficiently.  Yoga is a natural and safe way to cleanse the internal body, no crazy diets or doctors’ appointments! Combining the sequence of twisted postures with breathing techniques and other yoga postures you will get everything from your normal yoga practice and more.  Ryan is an excellent teacher, and the class is suitable for any level from beginner to advanced yogi, Ryan will provide variations for different abilities, and adjustments and corrections within the postures so everyone will get the maximum benefit from the class. 

Expect some treats!

Also provided within the class will be an Activated Charcoal drink.  Charcoal has a porous texture which causes it to attract toxins and gases and trap them.  It helps aid and maintain good kidney function through absorbing the undigested toxins from the gut and removing them, preventing them from being absorbed into the bloodstream and transported around the body.  Finally, a shot that’s good for us, now that’s something to celebrate!

We will also be providing a fiery Lemon and Ginger shot to detoxify the organs, boost metabolism and immunity and promote anti-inflammatory properties in the body.  Lemon and Ginger help aid with healthy circulation throughout the body key for anyone who struggles with poor circulation.  It will definitely kick start your taste buds!

Okay I’m coming!  How can I book?

The class will be held at The Studio, this Sunday 16th June from 10 – 11:30am. 

You can book HERE

Drop us an email at info@thestudiocheshire.com

Hurry and book your place its filling up fast!

Which way is up?

Blogs have quotes right? The serious ones… ‘Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to look at the world upside down in order to see things right.’ Or ‘When life turns you upside down, simply just adjust your view to a different perspective, or some slightly silly(er) ones… ‘MOM is WOW turned upside down’ or one I’m quite familiar with ‘turn that frown upside down’ – not that I don’t smile because I definitely do, some would say a resting female dog face is more accurate.

Once somebody said to me that ‘you never come down from a hand stand unhappy because being upside down makes you happy’. I agree, being an avid hand stander myself, I don’t recall a time when a handstand made me unhappy, apart from the fact I fail to hold one for longer than a few seconds but anyway… There’s a reason for this euphoric feeling and it’s not because it’s simply unusual and exciting to be upside down seeing things from a different perspective, but because the increased blood flow to your brain has both an energising and calming effect. And not to mention the wonders it can do for our backs. Everything on this planet fights a constant battle with gravity, which is often lost because let’s face it gravity is a BEAST.  Inverting, whether it be a handstand, headstand, or hanging off the end of your bed allows the spine to decompress and the spinal fluid to circulate which elongates the spine improving the health and flexibility of the vertebral column. Interesting right? Now imagine allowing yourself to hang upside down but not have to put in the gruelling effort of balancing on your head, hands, or worry about falling asleep whilst draped off of your comfy bed… You don’t have to imagine, at The Studio we have exactly that! And it’s called Trapeze Yoga!

The fabulous Nina Jones is teaching Trapeze yoga every Saturday until the 13th July! The first one got off to a flying start with double numbers turning up to ready, steady, fly! You’re probably wondering why this blog bangs on about being upside down so much but that’s all you guys really talked about, commenting on how you were reluctant to go upside down at first but after that there was no stopping you. And another staying behind after class to practice the sequence into a version of ‘Inverted Star’ mainly to get that golden insta pic, but hey nobody is judging. However, it’s not all just fun and games, ok it mostly is… others expressed how their first trapeze class delivered the perfect mixture of things from a fabulous core and upper body workout with pain lingering in days to follow, I think they mean the good pain though, we promise… to a soothing swinging relaxation to finish.

So, if we’ve learnt anything in the last minute, the key to winning the fight against gravity and a happier life is to live it upside down.

Paige

Did you see our article in the MEN?

We had a fantastic class on Sunday lead by Natalia. Rachel Lugo and Christine McGuinness from the Real Houseweives of Cheshire and Jess Cunningham from the Apprentice, joined us for a 90 minute Yin Yang fusion class.

Take a look at what the MEN wrote about the upcoming series of The Real Housewives of Cheshire and how much they love coming to hot yoga at The Studio

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/showbiz-news/real-housewives-cheshire-returning-tenth-16407580