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Moments of Beauty

16/04/2020

What is a moment of beauty? They are those small joys in life that have the power to stop you in your tracks, even if just for a moment. To make you smile, to appreciate, to breathe, to enjoy. This is a moment of beauty. From the simple to the serene, the majestic to the mundane, the comfort to the chaos. Beauty can be found in anything, if you know where to look.

Introducing Gemma

Gemma is our Studio photographer, you may of seen her behind the scenes snapping pictures at events and photographing our wonderful yogi’s! When she first picked up a camera, Gemma had no idea what she was doing, but with a desire to get better it soon became her passion and career. Her thoughts on taking photo’s? ‘Photography is an art form, and I just love the fact you can always learn something new, you can always improve your skills. Just by practicing, its really that easy. If you love what you do, it will always shine out of your work.’

Below Gemma gives us her top tips for capturing the perfect photo, and shares her favourite moment of beauty capture!

The story behind the photo..

“This photo was taken on a solo trip to Cornwall, it was a difficult time in my life and I just wanted a few days to get away from it all. This trip was life changing for me, and on the last evening I was treated to the most amazing sunset I have ever seen. I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for life, and knew everything would be okay from that moment on. Mother Nature is amazing!”

“This photo was actually taken on my iPhone, so you don’t necessarily need a fancy camera to take good photo’s. I love this photo because whenever I look back at it, I feel safe and protected.”

Gemma’s top tips for capturing the moment

1. Have patience.

The best shots are always natural photos, and of course these moments take time. You can’t rush perfection!

2. Find your light

The hour before and after a sunset or sunrise (golden hour!) are so beautiful. Take advantage of the natural colour pallets.

3. Use live mode

Using live mode when taking photos on a phone allows you to capture faster moving objects. Taking photos of children or pets, you can chose your favourite frame and eliminate any movement blur.

4. Take advantage of free resources

Do some self study. See what information you can find using free resources online or from a library. YouTube is amazing for tips and tutorials for budding photographers in the making!

5. Beauty is EVERYWHERE

There is beauty all around us, even in the most seemingly mundane objects around your home. Look around your home with fresh perspective and a focused lens and see what you can find. The morning dew on a leaf in your garden, a home cooked meal or a freshly baked banana bread.

Get creative! We love to see your photos!

Share them with us by tagging @thestudiocheshire or @thestudio_mcr and use the hashtag #momentsofbeauty

You can follow Gemma’s Photography journey on Instagram at @gemlouphotography

If you want some further inspiration check out one of our previous posts to see some of The Studio teams Moments of Beauty HERE. (please note competition is now closed.)

Golden Milk Recipe

15/04/2020

Addicted to coffee? Looking for an alternative with a few more health benefits to pour into your mug in a morning? Give this a try, our Golden Milk Recipe! This warming drink has many benefits including anti inflammatory properties, immune boosting, antioxidant and it helps improve digestive health! That’s a super drink right there.

Ingredients

1 cup milk of your choice

1 tsp honey (or maple syrup to make it vegan)

1/2 tsp ground tumeric

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger or small piece of fresh ginger

A dash of ground black pepper

Method

1. Heat the milk in a pan or microwave

2. Add the ingredients to the pan and allow to simmer allowing the flavours to infuse. Alternatively blend all ingredients in a blender.

3. Give it a shake and a stir and pour into your favourite mug! Enjoy!

We love Golden Milk! What are your favourite comforting drinks? Let us know in the comments!

Like this? Well you’ll love this green tea with a twist!

Looking for some classes? Head to our class timetable HERE!

‘One small thought of positivity in the morning can change your whole day.’

Its Part three of our Studio Positivity Series, and we hope you are finding some valuable tips to keep you motivated and feeling good. Need a boost in finding your fitness flow? This week Natalia talks us through how she has been staying on top of her fitness routine during lockdown. So if you need a little help getting started or getting back on track, read on!

Staying Active and Productive with Natalia!

1. Set a dedicated time to exercise and STICK TO IT!

Setting a time to workout will help add some routine into your day, keeping your day structured. Plus you get that sense of achievement when you tick off your daily exercise on your to do list!

2. Write down your workout

Note down how may sets, how many reps. how many miles, how long you will practice. Anything that will hold you accountable for what you are doing. Don’t let yourself down!

3. Get outdoors

Exercising outside can aid us in clearing our minds and help us to feel calmer. Whether its going for a leisurely walk or a quick jog, get your daily dose of nature and box off your exercise for the day in one!

4. Be consistent with your training and routine

Being consistent will help you to stay motivated and see results! It can be all too easy to think it wont matter if I skip today, but everyday you consistently make it a part of your routine, the more it becomes a habit and the easier it becomes.

5. Eat a balanced diet, stay healthy but treat yourself

They do say abs are made in the kitchen, but life is all about balance. Especially through these difficult times, don’t deprive yourself of foods that make you feel good! Mental wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing. So eat your fruit and veg, but if you want that chocolate cheesecake for dessert, why not..!

Need a bit more inspiration?

Head to our YouTube channel below and follow along with Natalia’s energising Power flow sequence!

Missed the start of our Positivity series? Not to worry you can head to our YouTube to see our top Positivity and Productivity tips with Sofia Coleman.

Feeling the positivity? Want to add some yoga to your fitness routine? Check out our class schedule HERE

We’re back in the Studio kitchen and this time we’ve got one to make Mary Berry herself jealous. Check out this recipe for an Easter themed chocolate layer cake. Just in case you didn’t get your chocolate fix covered, this should do the trick..

Ingredients

For the cake  

220g Butter  

220g Self-Raising Flour 

60g Coco 

15g Bicarbonate Soda 

225g Caster Sugar  

3 Eggs

225ml Milk  

For the chocolate bark 

220g Dark chocolate  
(add anything else you want to add to the bark) 

For the butter cream and icing 

65g Dark Chocolate  

220g Butter  

300g Icing Sugar  

150g Peanut Butter  

60g Coco Powder  

Method 
 
CAKE 

1. Preheat oven to 160 

2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, bi carb & coco powder 

3. To the mixture – add in the butter, eggs and milk – use an electric whisk to mix until light and fluffy 

4. Divide the mixture evenly into 3 same size cake tins and bake for 30 minutes – Whilst you are waiting for this to cook, time to make the chocolate bark and the butter cream icings.  

BARK 

1. Melt the chocolate in a suitable dish over a pan  

2. Once melted pour the chocolate onto a sheet of baking paper on a flat surface and smooth the chocolate out.  

3. Finely chop any other tasty treats you want to add to the bark and sprinkle them onto the chocolate (I chopped up a crunchy for this cake)  

4. Place in the fridge to set 

5. Once the chocolate has set, slice into 5 or 6 large pieces and then put back in the fridge until you are ready to decorate your cake.  

PEANUT BUTTER CREAM & ICING 

1. Mix the butter, icing sugar, 1 tbsp water until smooth.  

2. Separate the mix – 2 thirds for the topping, 1 third for the peanut butter cream filling.  

3. Add the peanut butter to the 1 third butter cream mix and mix together until smooth.  Melt the chocolate, and add this as well as the coco to the 2 thirds topping mix – mix until smooth. 

BUILD & DECORATE 

1. After leaving your cakes to cool, take your base layer and evenly spread half the peanut butter cream mix onto it, place the next layer of cake and repeat with the rest of the peanut butter cream mixture.  

2. Spread the chocolate topping mixture on top and around the sides until your cake tower is fully covered.  

3. Fetch your bark out of the fridge and stick on top of the cake.    Decorate the cake however you like – maybe with more melted chocolate, mini eggs, left over Easter chocolate. 
 
Get creative and send us your creative cakes! 

Happy Easter!

Life’s about balance right? You might need a workout after this!

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Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days you know that better ones are coming.

Welcome back to Part 2 of the Studio Positivity Diaries! Next up we have our very own yogi Rachael sharing all things positive. Read below to find out her top tips of how she’s been keeping on top of her positive mentality during lockdown!

Staying Positive & Productive with Rachael

1. Make your bed

Perhaps this is second nature to some people, but if its not, this is a simple but effective way to make sure your day starts in a super productive and organised way! Make the bed, throw open a window and let in some fresh air, and tidy any clutter before you leave your bedroom. That way when you return to it later it’ll be a clean, tidy, cosy safe space for you to rest in.

2. Walk a pet

Get outdoors with your furry companion and connect with nature, its so important during this time. As in lockdown we are forced to spend most of our time indoors, getting that crucial break of fresh air and a different environment will help to clear your mind and give you a new wave of appreciation to what we have on our doorstep!

3. Disconnect from social media

Turn your social media notifications off or delete the apps off your phone for a few days. Rachael recommends doing it over a weekend and giving those two days completely to yourself. The outside world will still be there when you get back we promise!

4. Make time for meditation

Rachael recommends doing a meditation in the morning to set you up for the rest of the day, any time you can allow yourself some stillness whether its 5, 10 or 20 minutes. It will help you to stay focused on the present moment and provide an escape from all the worries and news stories! Need an app to get you started? We recommend Insight Timer!

5. Brush your hair!

Brush your hair and get out of your pyjamas! Who cares if you’re not leaving the house, show up for yourself you deserve it.

If you are loving what Rachael has to say, then why not check out one of her Online classes, head over to The Studio Online Schedule to find out when she’s teaching next!

Did you miss Part 1? No problem! You can catch up and find out what makeup artist Sofia Coleman had to share with us!

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We’re back in our virtual Studio Kitchen to make this Vegan friendly Shepherd’s pie. A classic warming, comfort food perfect for when your feeling a little fed up..

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion – finely chopped

2 medium carrots

2 medium celery sticks – finely chopped

Half pack of mushrooms – finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

150ml bouillon stock

1 tin of green lentils – drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen peas

3 potatoes

Cheese on top (if preferred)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the garlic and cumin, cook for 5 minutes or until soft

3. Add the carrots, celery and mushrooms. Cook for a further 5 minutes

4. Add the stock, lentils and chopped tomatoes.

5. Simmer for 15 minutes

6. Add the peas, and make your preferred mash potato. Add a little milk and butter to make it extra smooth. Top tip, add a little horseradish to the potato.

7. Transfer the ingredients into an oven dish, top with potatoes and cheese if desired and cook for 20 minutes or until the potato starts to turn golden brown.

Enjoy your Shepherd’s pie!

Looking for another mood boosting meal?

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The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

But how? How do we keep that illusive positive attitude when life is throwing us all kinds of challenges? Our latest Studio Series; The Positivity Diaries, will take you through our top tips on everything from positivity to productivity. So if you need something to help you find a bit of get up and go, give some structure to your day in lockdown, or how to switch that mindset up and get motivated. Then this ones for you!

Meet Sofia!

Sofia is a makeup artist with a passion for all things health and wellness! She’s up first in sharing her tips of how to be Positive, Productive and Proactive. Check out the video below to hear her talk you through it! Want to see more? You can check out her YouTube channel HERE

Sofia’s Top Tips

1. Stay active

2. Be mindful

3. Read more

4. Learn a new skill

5. Focus on what makes you happy

6. Make time for Self Care

7. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself!

Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 in the Positivity Diaries Series, and see which one of our yogi’s will be sharing next! We’ll be posting more positivity snippets and ways to help you through isolation.

Peace & Love

Enjoy this post? Then head over to Part 2 in the Studio Series to read Rachael’s entry in The Positivity Diaries.. Lets go!

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The Studio teams weekly bakes, this week it’s Peanut Butter and Banana Cookie Cakes!

We love the mindful benefits of baking, connecting to our senses through getting hands on in the kitchen. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to follow. Minimum effort but maximum taste, that’s our kind of cooking! Don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you’ve been baking during lockdown.

Ingredients

2 medium/soft bananas


Peanut butter to taste


1/2 cup light brown sugar or sweetener


1/2 cup smooth brown sugar


1 1/2 cups oat flour or ground porridge oats


1/4 tsp salt


1/2 tsp baking soda


1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees

2. Mash the bananas in a bowl, mix in the sugar and peanut butter

3. Add the flour, salt and baking soda and mix together

4. Add heaped tablespoons of the mixture on to grease proof baking paper on a baking tray.

5. Cook for 7- 8 minutes or until the edges start to brown

6. Leave to cool, and enjoy!

Is a cookie the key to happiness?

Grab a cuppa, and have a cookie!

For more recipes check out our previous post on Cupboard Cooking

Looking for a healthy breakfast idea?

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Dine In, Take Out

29/03/2020

We asked, you answered!

We asked how many of you prefer eating in or taking out, 76% of you said you prefer to make your own meal at home and dine in, and 26% said you’d rather take out! Well we’ve got you covered for both. We’ve got some more ideas for simple things you can make at home, inspired by our very own yogi Kiera. Alternatively, you can check out our favourite local businesses who are still offering takeout services. Lets support each other and our community!

If you didn’t catch Kiera’s Yogi Takeover on our Instagram on Saturday, here are a few of Kiera’s favourites what she’s been cooking up over the weekend! Have a look and give them a try!

Smoothie Breakfast Pots

Put the avocado, mango and banana through a blender to create your smoothie. Choose your mixed berries or base to put in the bottom of your bowl, pour the smoothie on top, and finish with granola, or extra fruit and nuts of your choice!

Simple Side Salad

Super simple and super good for you! Chop together raw carrot, cabbage, onion, pepper and kale. For the dressing mix together greek yoghurt, Dijon mustard and fresh lemon. Top with crushed walnuts and dried fruits!

What are your dine in favourites? Let us know in the comments below!

Takeout Treats

For any of you wondering what’s still available as that weekend takeout treat, here’s some local businesses that are still delivering. Why not show them your support and take a night off from cooking?

Wild & Wild

For all our Vegans out there, Wild & Wild have launched their new menu. It looks amazing and even though we can’t get there to try it out, it is all available for takeaway! Dine out whilst dining in! We love this local cafe’s ethos prioritising plant based and sustainability, and providing for the community though this rough time. If you are struggling to get your supplies during isolation, supermarkets sold out, or you need to stay at home, check out their One Box! Delivered straight to your door, contact free, you can top up your fruit and veg selection, receive (our favourite) oat milk, toilet paper and even freshly made smoothies!

To view their menu, check out the One Box option and read all about what they are doing through Covid 19 click HERE

Health Gainz Kitchen

Recommended by our very own Natalia, high protein healthy meals to support your home workouts, delivered straight to your door! With 10 meals delivered, you wont have to worry about meal prep all week! More time for online yoga classes and Netflix series..

For orders and more information on their prep packages check out their Instagram below!

The Garden

Missing out on your daily juice fix? Us too! Luckily The Garden in Hale are still delivering all your favourite healthy juices and smoothies! Keep your health in check and your nutrient intake high with these super tasty juice cleanse packages. Contact free delivery straight to your door!

Check out the website HERE to order.

Looking for a healthy mood boosting meal to make at home?

Healthy breakfast?

Stay healthy, stay happy!

Peace&Love

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Give your immunity the boost it needs with these quick & easy daily health shots!

This immune enhancing shot is sure to give you a boost of energy and help keep your immune system healthy and strong (just what we all need right now). Combine these powerful immune system boosting ingredients together to give your body strength.

RAW MANUKA HONEY:

Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals which act as antioxidants. It can kill unwanted bacteria.

TURMERIC

is a great anti-inflammatory & antioxidant.

BLACK PEPPER

 is used to activate the curcumin in the turmeric.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Can kill harmful bacteria.

GINGER ROOT

Ginger helps to reduce nausea, boost the immune system and has antimicrobial effects that can help fight off bacteria and may help reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

LEMON

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and helps to support heart and digestive health.

This Recipe serves 4, share with the family or can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days – The benefits of the ingredients are more potent the fresher it is!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2-3 tsps raw manuka honey (maybe a little more to taste)
  • 1/4 inch fresh ginger root , grated
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium lemon
  • Small pinch (1/8 tsp) turmeric
  • Small pinch (1/8 tsp) black pepper

Method:

  1. Add warm water to a large glass bowl or measuring cup. Add honey and mix with a whisk until dissolved.
  2. Add the grated ginger and apple cider vinegar. Use a hand-held citrus juicer to squeeze in lemon juice. Add a tiny pinch of turmeric (about 1/8 tsp) and black pepper (about 1/16 tsp). Taste and add more honey if desired.

Let it cool and enjoy. Let us know if you enjoy it too!

Like this? Then give this a go!

Peace and love 🙏🏼✨