Kombucha is a fermented drink made from sweetened tea and a specific culture known as a scoby. Scoby stands for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts’. The bacteria and yeasts convert the sugar into ethanol and acetic acid. The acetic acid is what gives kombucha its distinctive sour taste.
Check out Booch&Brew, they supply the studio with three mega flavours of Kombucha!
Have you managed to catch one of our Trapeze Yoga classes at The Studio yet? Well good news, Nina is back with her weekly class 11:00-12:00 every Wednesday!
We’ve had such a great time seeing everyone progressing, trying something new and most importantly having the most FUN! Whether you come alone or bring a friend, Trapeze yoga is sure to get you flying & giggling in no time. Trapeze is suitable for all levels including beginners and is led by our fantastic teacher Nina who will get you feeling confident hanging upside down and building strength through the different postures.
Trapeze has many benefits including:
– Increased Flexibility and Mobility – Improved Blood Pressure – Pain release for Scoliosis and Back Pain – Building overall body strength
So if you fancy joining us for a class you can book on by: Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org DM us on Instagram at @thestudiocheshire Online at www.thestudiocheshire.com Call us on 01625 861179 Or by downloading The Studio Cheshire App
Did you wake up in a really good mood on Sunday morning, full of motivation and positivity? It could be because last Sunday the 14th July was the Happiest Day of the Year!
July 14th is the midpoint of the year, we’re in the midst of sunshine and blue skies, summer holidays and longer evenings. The extra hours of daylight and more sunshine means were getting that all important Vitamin D, that we miss out on through the cold and dreary months of winter. We feel more energised and like we have more hours in the day to get things done. We get to slow down and spend more time outdoors, sipping in that fresh air. So no matter how you spent your Sunday, whether you felt the joy of the happiest day of the year, or whether you didn’t even know it was happening, we can use it to reflect and review what brings us happiness and how we can spend our time doing the things that bring us the most joy!
You know how much we love Yoga here at The Studio, so why not grab your mat and reconnect to nature and spend some time flowing outdoors. Give thanks to the sun above your head with a few rounds of Sun Salutations, and relax and reconnect with the environment around you. What sounds do you hear? Focus on the feeling of the sun on your skin, the breeze blowing softly against you, the smell of the grass. Focusing on our senses helps us to slow down and enjoy the present moment. We all wish the year would stop speeding by when it gets to Summer, with the onset of the nights drawing in and the cold months looming. So slow down your mind and time will follow.
The summer months are a great time to get active as you feel the extra energy the sun provides. So why not try out a new hobby? A morning run, a round of badminton in your local park, swimming in an outdoor pool or lake, or yoga on the beach. As the daylight hours are longer, some of us find it more natural to wake up earlier as our rooms are pouring with morning sunlight from about 5am. Instead of hitting the snooze button, jump out of bed when the sun is up and use those extra hours for something you enjoy before starting your working day.
Spend time doing the things you LOVE!
Whether its picnics with the kids, reading quietly on a sun lounger outside, walking the dog on your lunch break or jetting off to your favourite holiday destination. By making time to prioritse these things into your day, you can makesure the happiest day of the year is all year round! By keeping a positive mindset we can learn to flow with change and enjoy each day as it comes, whatever it brings.
1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
2. The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.
We all know the endless benefits yoga has on our bodies and our minds, and how it helps us to be better within ourselves as an individual. But what about the effects it has on bringing people together as a community?
As we get older it’s hard to juggle all the tasks we have to cram into our busy schedules. We have to work long hours and spend time commuting back and forth. We balance spending time with family and friends in our free time, perhaps looking after children or partners. We take our role as mother, father, grandparents, sister, cousin, friend very seriously. We juggle hobbies and self-care, usually pushing these towards the back of our schedules, even though these are things that bring us the most joy. It can get a little frazzling, to feel like you’re the only one struggling to manage to keep everything and everyone in order. Yoga creates a space for us to escape our life roles, what defines us outside of the studio, and the thoughts that race through our minds all day. It brings us peace of mind, to feel safe and unjudged, around people who are all in the same boat.
We want a little peace and quiet away from our home life, or we need to unwind after a stressful day at the office, or we use it as a chance to catch up with our friends. Coming to a yoga class, creates a common ground with the person sitting next to you on the mat, even if you don’t know them. We might not all be in class for the exact same reason (most of us are here for savasana though right?), but we come because it brings us closer to ourselves and each other. It brings together people of different backgrounds, ages, shapes, sizes, genders and interests to all share the same experience, raising our energy creates positive energy and real connections with others.
This is our yoga community.
Here at the studio we try to create an environment which focuses on bringing people together from the surrounding towns Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Macclesfield and further afield. It creates an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and feel at home in our space. Creating change in our smaller communities connects us together to change our bigger community for the better with more awareness of ourselves and each other. Whether you are new to the area or lived round here for years, we hope you feel a sense of community especially within our studio.
Water is just water right? It’s all the same, or is it?
You may of heard a bit about Alkaline Water and wondered whats so special about it and how it can possibly be any different from tap water. So heres a bit of the science and facts behind our water available at The Studio!
Did you know our bodies have their own PH scale? Running from 0-14 (0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most Alkaline.) Our PH levels should be kept at approximately 7, to transport oxygen around the body and maintain good health. The problem in this modern day, is that our diets are heavily Acidic from eating a lot of processed “junk” food, so our scales are tipping away from the Alkaline side meaning the blood is too acidic, the body is removing the acidic waste through the cells, which become too acidic and die. Most illnesses thrive in Acidic environments so keeping a diet rich in Alkaline food is key for maintaining long term health.
Some foods that are Alkaline rich are;
But the easiest way to increase your Alkaline levels is simply by changing your water! Alkaline water has many proven benefits such as;
Helping with digestion
Carrying nutrients to cells
Flushing out toxins
Rich in antioxidants
Reduces inflammation within the body
Restores PH balance
Mineral rich (higher concentrations of calcium, magnesium and potassium)
Tap water is commonly contimated with chemicals such as chloroform, pesticides and waterborne pathogens that end up in our water pipes, these can be harmful even in small doses. At the studio we have bottled Alkaline Water from our Kangen machine which filters and ionizes the water as it pumps through the system. Set at a PH level of 9.5 perfect for keeping the body at maximum hydration after a heated yoga class! Hydration is key for preventing fatigue and headaches after exercise, water lost through sweating needs to be replaced frequently. The body is 70% water so we should be making sure we are putting the best quality water into our system.
There’s got to be a way past the psychological obstruction that prevents one from diving head first into a perfect handstand. When we arrive at the point in our practice where the teacher speaks the words we feel distaste for.
The hand balance inversions
We allow ourselves to believe our mind is stronger than the upper body stength that a hand stand may require. What is stopping us?
What if we fall? What if we freak out? What if we fail?
Lets try and take those “what if’s” and replace them with “so what’s”.
If we fail, we fail. So what? There’s no end to trying again, and again, and again!
Go and check out this blog written by YogaLondon! We think it helps shine a positive light on the seemingly impossble hand balances and offers some cool tips on how to develop them! Enjoy!
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 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 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!
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.
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.
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