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You’ve got your session down. You know what you’re doing, and you know what your goal is. But how can the hours before and after your workout help you to maximise the results? Taking the time to prep your mind and your body gears you up for giving your best performance. And giving the body time to rest and restore afterwards is key to allowing you to get ready for your next session.

Pre-Workout

Mindset

Mind over matter, always. Our brains will tell us to quit long before our body will. Having a positive mindset is key to your training success. Your mind can help keep you motivated and consistent if you use it in the right way. Think about succeeding and completing your workout before you do it. The mind cannot differentiate between what’s real and what’s not, so will send responses to the body as if the workout is done. Giving you an uplifting boost before you’ve even started!

Hydrate

Hydration is key before a workout. Helping to prevent fatigue, muscle cramps and dizziness, staying hydrated before, during and after will help to replace the increased water loss that happens through sweating. Just try to resist taking too many toilet breaks during your session as this can disrupt focus!

Fuel Up

Food is fuel for the body and muscles. Eating good food a couple of hours before a training session helps to give you that sustainable energy to carry you through your workout. Think Protein, Carbs, and Healthy Fats. Peanut Butter toast, Avocado and egg. Or fruits that involve complex carbohydrates such as Bananas, which give slow release energy, a good pre workout snack!

Plan/ playlist

Know what you are doing and hold yourself accountable to it! Writing your session down, whatever form of exercise you do. Setting a target of how many sets or reps, how far you will run, or how long you will workout for will help to keep you motivated when you begin to get tired. Working out with a friend or by using a tracking app to compare your workout, helps to give you support and a challenge if you are feeling competitive!

If you know you tend to hit a slump mid workout plan something to help keep you feeling motivated. Did you know..? Songs with a BPM (beats per minute) of 120-140 are best for when you’re moving! Know you’re going to be working out for an hour? Make your playlist and put your favourite feel good song half way through! Need some inspiration? Check out our Studio FIITFlow playlist by tapping the image below!

Motivational Beats to get you moving

Warm Up

Before any form of exercise you should always do some form of gentle movement which prepares the body for what its about to do. This also helps to prepare your mindset. For runners, focusing on stretching out the hip flexors, calves and hamstrings and warming up the ankle joints can help prevent injury and prepare the body for the high impact exercise. At the start of a Yoga class gentle mobilisation movements are done to warm up key joints to prepare for the harder postures to come.

Need some inspiration?

Full Body Workout with Corrine

If you need some inspiration for your workout, check out this Full Body Workout with Corrine. Target and work all major muscle groups, working to tone and strengthen. Screenshot the workout at the beginning to refer back to and do anytime anywhere! No equipment required!

Post Workout

Cool Down/Stretch

Just like warming up, we cool down the body to return it back to its normal resting state, allowing the heart rate, breath, and body temperature to return back to normal. Stretching after your workout helps to relieve any built up areas of tension within the muscles. It will also help to keep the body flexible and mobile. A stiff aching body is no ones friend!

Protein

There is some debate between whether it is better to have protein before a workout or after, so this one is up to personable preference. If you are having a protein shake after working out its advised to have it in the first 20 minutes after your session. Here’s our favourite post workout smoothie if you need some ideas!

Rehydrate

The body loses water and salts through sweating. Post workout is an important time to rehydrate and replace what was lost! If you feel fatigued, dizzy or sick , grab a sports drinks containing electrolytes. Or try adding some Himalayan Pink Salt to your water, this will help to replenish the body and also reduce chance of cramp!

Track

Track your training! Celebrate your successes along the way and see what you need to work on for next time. Tracking your training is a great way to manage your progress, set new targets and see what isn’t working. You can check out some of our favourite apps for tracking running and other exercise by tapping the image below!

What do you do to psych yourself up for a workout? Let us know in the comments below!

Need more help with your workout? Check out these classes we offer, from HIIT to Stretch we’ve got you covered.

Want the results but short on time? Or want to mix up your training intensity? Get into our new favourite way of working out, HIIT style! We love the challenge of pushing ourselves to our limits whilst knowing that that rest time is not too far away..

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a form of interval training including cardiovascular exercises which alternate between short periods of intense aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.

What are the benefits of HIIT?

HIIT is a very beneficial way of training, producing results at a quicker rate compared to a longer duration of exercise. You can achieve the same results in shorter time but with higher intensity. Less time spent working out with the same results? Excellent.

HIIT is great for;

Working up a sweat and increasing heart rate

Quickly burning calories and body fat

Improving cardiovascular fitness

Increasing blood flow and efficiently oxygenating the body

Building strength and toning the muscles

Studio Favourites

Incorporating a few of these HIIT moves in your daily workout will help you to stay in shape and keep on top of your game. Check out our Top 5 HIIT favourites below.

Burpees

You either love them or hate them! Start with a jump from standing. Lower the hands to the ground coming into a plank position, lower through a push up to bring the chest to the ground. Push back up and repeat. To make it harder try adding a tuck jump!

Jump Squats

Feel the burn through the glutes and quads! From a standing position bend the knees to jump and land, squat down to a ninety degree knee bend. Regress this exercise by taking out the jump. Progress this exercise by pulsing at the bottom of the squat.

Mountain Climbers

Climb that invisible mountain! From a plank position, hands grounded firmly on the floor, core and glutes engaged to create a straight line from head to heels. In turn bring each knee in towards the chest, you can speed up the pace to make it harder!

Plank to forearm plank

Work on the core and shoulder strength by alternating between these two movements. Starting from a high plank, hands grounded pushing the floor away, weight on to the toes. Knees lifted to make it harder or knees can be on the ground to make it easier. From a high plank, lowering to the right forearm and then the left, before pushing back up to each hand and repeating.

Lunge switches

Another one to get those glutes and legs in action. From standing bend the knees to jump and bringing one leg forward, bend through the knees and lower into a lunge position. See if with control you can tap the knee to the ground before using the leg strength to push back up and jump switch so the opposite leg is in front and repeat.

You can try this Yoga inspired full body workout with Corrine. Why not make this the foundation of your workout and add a few extra HIIT elements from above!

Want to give it a go? Check out The Studio Fit Flow for a mix of your HIIT workout followed by Yoga to stretch and lengthen out those muscles that have just worked hard. You can join us every Wednesday morning at 10am for that midweek motivation.

Try The Studio Fit Flow class!

And don’t forget to cool down and stretch! Have a look at our You Tube channel for the perfect post work out stretch

The Studio You Tube

Get Running!

06/04/2020

Were you already a seasoned runner before lockdown? Or like many of us, have you started running just to get in that daily exercise? Want to earn that glass of wine at the end of a self isolated day? No judgement here, who cares about your motivation to get going, we all have to start somewhere!

We asked, you answered, turns out 44% of you have added a run into your daily routine! But do you need a little motivation or a helping hand to get you started? Or perhaps you need something to push your running to the next level. Check out these 5 apps we recommend to keep you and your running on track.

Nike Run Club

Your perfect running partner! (as described by Nike). This app is great for all levels. New to running? Pop your headphones in and do a guided run with professional coaches and athletes. Someone to check in on you, keep you motivated and tell you you’re doing okay! We like the sound of that. View details of your running time, pace, calories burned and even your heart rate. Also celebrate each achievement as you gain trophies and badges for each milestone you reach. You can also sync it with your Spotify playlist so you can run to your favourite hits.

Download the app HERE

Strava

Need a new route? Download the Strava app to access the worlds largest trail network. You’ll never be stuck for a place to run again! If your looking for an extra challenge, compete against others around the globe and complete monthly challenges. You can check on your performance compared against others to give you that extra bit of motivation to up your game next time. Plus, this app is not just for running. From swimming, to climbing, to cross fit and even yoga! You can track it all.

Download the app HERE

Couch to 5k

We asked you answered! 93% of you said you preferred just a casual run round the block to intense marathon training. So this one could be for you. An easy to follow programme, perfect if you are completely new to running! Follow along with a flexible programme that you can complete in 9 weeks (or longer options available). Want to know when it’s going to be over? This app has a handy timer to let you know how long left you have to run, and a half time bell to tell you when its time to start heading back. The app features 5 trainers to choose from as your coach including Olympians, comedians and TV presenters!

Sound good? Download the app HERE

StepsApp Pedometer

Less worried about running and more about just getting the steps in? We asked, you answered. 75% of you said you prefer to just keep it slow and steady, so why not have a look at StepsApp Pedometer. One of the top rated step counter apps out there. It provides an automatic step count displayed with charts and graphs so you can check in what you’re doing and when. It shows a quick overview of daily steps, distance, time, floors climbed and calories burned. You can even set a daily target to make sure you reach your set step goal!

Ready to get the steps in? Download the app HERE

Zombies, Run

Still struggle to find your motivation when you run? Well this should help. Run like your life depends on it, literally. This app is an immersive audio adventure where every run becomes a mission. You aren’t just running for the sake of it, you are running to save lives, get supplies and build a safe place. You get to be the hero every time you tie up your shoelaces. A bit of fun, this should get you moving.

Ready for the game? Download the app HERE

Got anymore recommendations? Let us know!

www.thestudiocheshire.com

Keep it Moving!

27/03/2020

Looking for a few other ways to keep the cardio up whilst at home? Looking for something a little more high impact than yoga? Then check out this list to see our favourite ways of keeping moving during lockdown.

Keep moving. Keep growing.

Grab a Partner!

Because things are better when we’re together. If you are self isolating with others at home, perhaps a partner or family member, you’re going to want to get them involved on this one. Give this partner home workout a try.

Partner Hip thrusts – Sit your partner across your hips, use the sofa to prop your upper back and shoulders, squeeze the glutes and lift! Pause at the top and squeeze to add extra tension.

Push Up High fives – Do sets of push ups at the same time, between each push up release opposite arms, tap hands and plant the hand back down. Push up again and tap opposite hands. Keep going until you cant go anymore!

Sit up and pass – Lie down face to face with toes touching, completing sit ups whilst passing an object between you. It can be anything from a tin of soup, a toilet roll, your dog, a ball. Use whatever you can get your hands on!

Piggyback squats – Proceed with caution, may cause extreme laughter and a fall to the ground. Having your partner on your back, keeping the back straight and core engaged, see how many squats you can complete.

Do what you can, take precautions but have fun! Laughter is a workout too right?

We do miss partner yoga in our beautiful studio though!

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!

Who said workouts had to be boring. Find your favourite playlist of songs, turn it up and dance around your kitchen. Did you know..? Dance has been scientifically proven to improve heart health, reduce risk of depression, and improve coordination and balance! Plus, there’s no way you can do it wrong. Be free, get creative, and let go! Twenty minutes swinging around to your favourite songs, we dare you not to feel happier!

Have a look at these Spotify playlists for some songs bound to get you moving! (Just type them in the search)

– Dancehall Throwback
– Party Hits 2000-2020
– 80’s Hits
– Bottomless Brunch
– Lets Get Funky

What’s your go to dance track? Let us know in the comments!

Use What You Have

Are you missing your gym sessions and need some weight training and resistance in your life? Give this video a try from our neighbours at UP Fitness Cheshire and see how they’re keeping in shape whilst staying at home. Grab your water bottles and your resistance bands and join Personal Trainer Ash Tancock for a full body workout you can do in the comfort of your home or garden! Ash demonstrates each exercise, and check the caption for sets and reps.

Click HERE to go direct to the Instagram Video!

You can follow Up Fitness Cheshire at @up_north_pt for more live workouts, content and Q&A’s with the trainers.

Home Circuits

Why not have a go at setting up your own home circuit? One for all the family! Set up different stations around the house and garden each containing a different exercise. Set a timer, complete one set in each area and see how many rounds you can do! Here’s some ideas of fun fitness ideas the whole family can have a go at.

– Skipping Rope
– Push Ups
– Sit Ups
– Pistol Squats
– Burpees
– Lunges
– Squats/Jump Squats
– Single leg glute bridges

Need some inspiration? Have a look at the video below for a full body, low weight resistance circuit. Top tip! Play around with slow reps and add pauses to increase tension. Need more ideas? Check out Personal Trainer James Griffiths at @jamesgriffpt or you can check out James’s website HERE to find out more information about all things fitness, nutrition and transformation!

Give them a go! Let us know how you get on, and don’t forget to tag us in your home workout videos!

Stay home. Stay well. Keep growing!

Peace&Love

www.thestudiocheshire.com

Mindful Moments

24/03/2020

Finding comfort in the chaos can be easier said than done. As our lives become mainly online based, our screen time might be through the roof as we rely on our phone screens to connect us through this tough time. If you start to feel overwhelmed and need a moment for yourself, put the technology to one side, and go old school with our favourite activities to find your mindful moment.

And as we know, with the majority of shops being closed right now, remember you can still support your favourite stores by shopping online! We’ve provided handy links to our favourites, if one of these ideas is calling out to you but you don’t quite have what you need.

Piece by Piece

One of lifes simpler satisfactions, inserting the last piece of jigsaw into its place completing the finished picture. A cosy cottage, a New York skyline, dogs playing cards round a table, or whatever you’re into! Immerse yourself in an (annoyingly) addictive yet relaxing pastime and improve your visual perception, memory and critical thinking. Now, which piece goes where?
Get the family involved! Need a way to keep the kids occupied for an hour? Get them to join in! Set them simple mindful challenges such as finding all the edge pieces, finding pieces of a certain colour, or pieces containing a certain object. This will give them something to focus on and give you a helping hand to find the piece you need!

Check out top Jigsaw brand Ravensburger online HERE. For a wide range of children and adult friendly puzzles!

Colour yourself happy

Something you maybe haven’t done since you were a child, but remember how the hours would pass by in a blissful blur of concentrated focus, as you tried to stay between the lines of a brand new colouring book? Its a favourite child hood pastime but how does it benefit me now?
Well did you know..? There have been several studies to prove the health benefits of colouring including reduced blood pressure and lowering stress and cortisol levels. Expressing yourself creatively helps to clear the mind, as it tunes in to focus on the task at hand. Calming the mind of worries and bringing you into the present moment, it has similar effects to your meditation practice. So if you are missing the mindful benefits of your yoga practice, why not leave your phone in another room. Give yourself a half hour break away from social media and news headlines, and express your inner child, we won’t tell if you go out the lines!

For gorgeous intricate designs and patterns to suit any theme you might fancy check out the great selection at Waterstones HERE.

Mindful Mind Games

No we’re not talking about messing with someone’s head. We’re talking word searches, sudokus and crosswords! You know we are all about growth here, so why not work on growing your vocabulary whilst keeping your brain active! A great way to develop patience to overcome challenges and persevere through frustration, while enhancing mental sharpness and problem solving.

Check out The Works HERE, for budget books to keep you busy on a rainy day.

Bake the World A Better Place

Something we all know and love, Food. With the mad rush of people buying bread in bulk, have a go at making your own! Relish in the feeling of creating nourishing food for yourself from scratch, evoking each of the senses for a true mindful experience.
Its a sensory experience. What do you feel? Think about the texture and the movement you create with your hands. What can you smell? Our sense of smell can literally transport us to a different time or place. What do you hear? Become aware of the sounds created around you, the perfect crackle of a crispy bread crust. And most importantly how does it taste! Its so much more rewarding to eat when you worked through the process of making it. Other ideas for simple bakes are cupcakes, flapjacks and brownies!

Check out our previous blog post on Store cupboard cooking HERE, we think a fresh home made loaf would go perfectly with the Saucy Bean Baked Egg recipe!

(If shopping for ingredients, shop mindfully. Remember to only get what you need, keep your distance from others and share a smile with the staff! Spread love within your community 🙂 )

Dear Diary,

Possibly one of the best forms of self care we could possibly take during this time. Creating a regular journal practice.

If your new to Journaling and don’t know where to start or what to write, The Studio’s Donna recommends following these simple prompts from the book Calm: Calm the Mind, Change the World by Michael Acton Smith. Follow these journaling prompts to get you started;

1. What made me feel calm today?
2. What am I grateful for today?
3. What were the 3 highlights of today?

Let these be the foundational thoughts to guide you before going into deeper reflection. A journal is literally a space for you to ‘brain dump’ any stresses or worries, and put your thoughts and feelings on to paper. Often when we see our problems written down, it allows us to become less attached to them. This gives us space to workout either how to resolve them, or to let go of them. We can also use journaling to stay on top of our goals, dreams and desires, an important tool to stay motivated through hard times.

What are your favourite ways to create a mindful moment for yourself?
Stay Well

Peace&Love

Getting stuck into a good book is definitely on our list at The Studio, but not just any regular book…

Here is Paige’s top pick!

If you want a different take on reading all together then this book will guide you through various drawing activities connecting the mind, the body and the breath. Spend as much or as little time as you please as each activity follows on from the one before, taking you on a mindfulness meditative journey.

Paige’s Top Tip :- Practice at the end of each day before settling down for the evening to relax and gather your thoughts.

If you fancy a go, click on the pic to find it on Amazon!

Happy drawing, reading & breathing!

At The Studio, our community safety and wellbeing is our top priority. The recent outbreak of Coronavirus, highlights the procedures we have in place, and we encourage everyone to prioritise their health and wellbeing at this time.

Our hygiene standards will remain at the highest level. Our front of house staff will be frequently disinfecting surfaces and door handles inbetween classes. Mats will be cleaned and changed over frequently, and studio cleanliness prioritised. We encourage members to help us with this by adhering to following these extra procautions.

Studio Procedures

  1. If you feel unwell with any of the following symptoms;
    – a high temperature
    – a new continuous cough
    We ask you that you refrain from coming to classes until you feel better.

For extra information on symptoms, how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, and advice on what to do if you need to self isolate, please visit the NHS website.

2. Please wash your hands upon arrival to The Studio, before and after your yoga class with the soap provided.

3. After you have finished your practice please makesure to spray down your mat with the antibacterial spray and blue roll provided in the Studio.

4. If you have your own yoga mat/block/strap/or bolster please bring it with you to class.

5. Teachers may not be offering hands on adjustments throughout classes at this time, so please listen carefully for verbal cues and watch demonstrations of postures carefully. If a variation of a posture is too difficult or you are struggling, remain in the posture you are comfortable in. Remember you can always come to childs pose at any point throughout the class.

How can we help?

During this time, if you cannot make it to class but wish to continue your yoga practice with us, we will be sharing links to classes guided by our amazing instructors, that you can follow along with at home, as part of our online series.

Check out our first video – Power Vinyasa Flow guided by our instructor Natalia.

Stay well!

The Studio Team

Step into Spring

02/03/2020

Spring has sprung! The Winter season is coming to an end (finally!) and the season of blooming, blossoming and growth is upon us. Daffodils start to sprout, blossom starts to bloom and the days start to draw out with lighter mornings and later evenings. Our bodies work in tune with the seasons whether we realise it or not, so as we shed the hibernation season we can begin to feel more energised, rejuivinated and ready for action!

Clear space, Clear mind

‘The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we dont.’

We have all heard of Spring Cleaning before, so why is this something we do at this time of year? During Winter its natural for us to be indoors more, the heatings on, windows are left closed and we try to cultivate that comfy, homely environment to hibernate in. Come Spring we should take time to declutter things that no longer serve us. Clear space, make room, throw open the windows and let some fresh air in. Living amongst chaos can create feelings of stress and disorganisation, so keep your space minimal and tidy to promote peace and tranquility. Throw out/recycle/donate anything that you no longer use, that doesnt serve a purpose or that doesnt bring joy or add value to your life. You can apply this process to your wardrobe, kitchen cupboards, kids toys, general belongings and your MINDSET.

Spring cleaning doesnt just mean your home. Use this time to clear out negative thinking, self doubt and anything that is holding you back. How can you change your thoughts? Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations! Do something to challenge yourself and take yourself beyond the limits of what you think you can do. Physically doing something challenging boosts your confidence into believing you can achieve more than you thought you could.

Challenge yourself with something new!

Check in with your goals

‘Goal – The object of a persons ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.’

Its common to lose motivation over winter and lose sight of your goals. What better time than now to recheck in with yourself and your values and get back on track with what you want to achieve. The days are slowly starting to draw out bringing more daylight and dare we say more sunshine. Which means our energy levels can start to rise. Use this to motivate yourself to get up that little bit earlier or to make use of your time after work. Take some time to think about your goals and how you can break them down into smaller actionable steps. Are your goals still realistic? Achievable? Something that you want? Check in with yourself and get clear on what you want! Start by asking yourself these questions everyday or whenever you feel yourself losing focus.

– Does what im doing/how im spending my time make me feel good?
– Is this action taking me closer towards my goal?
– Am I living in alignment with my values and what I think is important?
– Can I change my current situation to bring more joy/success/money/family time/rest/free time/less stress?
– Am I acting out of fear or love?

Keeping a clear image in mind of how you want to spend your time and whats important to you will help to stop you from burning out, doing things you dont enjoy and acting out of intention instead of stressed action.

Our Goals Tree in The Studio, its not too late to add yours!

Are you feeling ready and raring to go this Spring? Let us know!

Great British weather, we’ve been having a rough old time recently. But dont let a bit of wind and rain keep you indoors. With Spring just around the corner, why not layer up, dig out the walking boots and head outdoors! Spend some time reconnecting with nature and appreciate the seasons as they change. Check out these super local short walks and see if they giev you any inspiration for how to spend a rainy weekend.

The Edge, Alderley Edge

Super local, why not head over to The Edge in Alderley Edge. Choose a loop path to walk along and enjoy the views over the lookout point pictured above! Be wary of muddy trails after you start walking downhill. We wouldnt recommend walking this one in flip flops (learn from our mistakes.) Pay to park.

Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield

Trees have a calming effect on us, so what better place to visit than a forest full of them! Take a stroll round the resevoir and up through the trees. Free parking.

The Cloud, Congleton

Have you been up to The Cloud in Congleton? A short inclined walk up to the top of the hill for panoramic views across Cheshire. Want to make the walk harder? Dont drive up the hill and park at the bottom and get some extra steps in. Free parking.

Marbury Park, Anderton

A little further out is Marbury Park in Northwich, watch the sail club on Marbury lake, walk through the rows of trees, and look at everyone cute dogs being walked. Pay to park. Dog Friendly.

Tatton Park, Knutsford

A crowd favourite, take a loop walk round the lake, or check out Tatton Hall or Tatton farm. If you want a longer walk start at the town entrance and walk straight down to the farm and back. That will definitely get you your daily steps in! Pay to park.

Pickmere Lake, Wincham

And if your looking for somewhere to catch a pretty sunset at the end of the day, Pickmere Lake in Wincham is a beautiful lake. Take a seat on one of the benches, or see if you can find one of the two jettys and stand on the water. Its also a popular spot for outdoor swimmers, so if thats your thing then dont forget your wetsuit and a towel! Free parking.

Have any favourite walks you would recommend? Let us know!

Heres to exploring!

Its crazy that in this life, only one thing is guaranteed.  That nothing can stay the same.  Everything natural is created to grow, evolve and to move.  Yet change can still be one of the most overwhelming things we as humans can go through, even though its a part of us.  As soon as we enter the world change is the first thing we experience, the move from inside to the outside world.  As we grow up we see change in our environment, change in seasons, change in our skills, interests, personality, change in the people that surround us.  We are taught that we change our clothes for each occasion, change our hairstyle, change our minds .  As we are growing into ourselves we live for change, always looking for new ways we can reinvent ourselves and what else we can discover through changing our daily routines.  We crave the excitement and new experiences.

Yet when we get older, its like it gets harder to leave your comfort zone and change becomes more of a hindrance than an excitement.  The longer you are in a routine for, the harder it is to get out of.  Our brain has learnt that change is inevitable and that it must constantly learn to adjust and carry on, but yet we still mourn for the life we could of had.  When a situation doesn’t go our way, how we wanted it to all turn out, part of us still resists.  We dig our heels in to the ground, begging for life to pause for a moment so we can bury our heads in the memories of what we just lost.  The moments that we cant get back, and the people that were only meant to pass through our story for a brief period of time. The scariest thing is never knowing whether you have already experienced the best of something that you can never get back. Our fears will try to tell us that without what we have lost, we are less than what we were. Even when we know that it is all connected as part of a bigger picture, when you cant see the end result its hard to appreciate all the trials, heartbreaks, false hopes and things that didn’t work out as part of your journey.

“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as being stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

If only it was easy to recognise that we have created new space to move forward, without clinging on to what we have to move past.  Everyday we are presented with more choices, opportunities and feelings.  Our brain decides which it wants to take, and most of the time our heart is left to suffer.  We flow through each part of life recognising that every different level requires us to level up ourselves, we’ve seen it so many times, we’ve felt the hurt, and we’ve celebrated making it out the other side, only for the process to start all over again.

So why is change still so hard for us to grasp as inevitable. Why can we accept it and acknowledge it, but when we experience it every fibre in our body tells us to stop, while only a tiny part of us tells us to go?  Why is it so hard to tell if we are running away from something or running towards something? Imagine it to be so simple as to just flow freely through life with open arms, letting go of the past with ease and welcoming the future with an open heart.  As easy as inhaling and exhaling.  We are more connected with the past than we are with our hope for the future.  We are obsessed with being in control, like the way we try to take control of the planet when really the planet is in control of us.  To relinquish our control we feel is to relinquish our power.  We hold on to anything that brought us comfort as so if we never feel it again, we can always remember the moments where we felt content, before our lives were upturned once more.