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Phones get a lot of stick these days for being a distraction. Keeping us out of the present moment, we constantly absorb information and view our lives through filters. BUT we can also use these devices to our advantage..

If we know how to use them!

They can help us to create more mindful habits. Keep us organised, find things to inspire us and help us to reach our goals. We are part of a generation who has access to the world at our finger tips. If we download the right apps and spend less time scrolling through Instagram, our phones can support us with our personal growth and help us lead more productive lives.

Do you make time to meditate?

If you havent heard of Insight Timer, this is an app we recommend you get on board with! Building a meditation practice in to your daily routine can be super beneficial to your mind and your health. Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to fit it into your day, but one thing you probably have with you at all times is your phone, so when you have a moment spare time, why not fill it with an act of mindfullness.

Insight Timer has a meditation for EVERYTHING! And its FREE!
Whether you want to calm the mind, focus on breathing, let go, listen to affirmations, work on manifesting something, cultivate love and compassion, heal from trauma, or get a better nights sleep, theres a meditation for it. If your a little daunted and dont know where to start with meditation, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite meditations. You can tap the title or name into the search bar and you’ll be ready to go. We cant wait to hear your favourites!

For when you need a boost:
Uplifting law of attraction & self confidence affirmations – Christian Thomas

Did you know listening to positive affirmations daily can actually help to rewire your brain to think more positively? Remember a belief is just a thought repeated over and over. If you struggle with negative self talk and need a little help to boost that positive mentality, affirmations are an easy way to do that. Its great to listen to affirmations first thing in the morning to set you up for the day ahead. You can play them in the car on your commute to work. Or listening to them before you go to sleep at night, even if you fall asleep, they will be sinking into your subconscious mind without you even knowing. Choose one affirmation that resonates with you, that and repeat it to yourself throughout the day.

What affirmation do you need?

For when you feel lost:
Learning to surrender – Sarah Blondin

As humans we try so hard to control everything. We run ourselves down and worry about things that are beyond our control. We fight to get our own way and force things to work out in our favour, forgetting sometimes what we want isnt always what we need.

This meditation reminds us to trust in ourselves and the universe. A great one to listen to if you are struggling with direction, or if you are caught up in a situation and its outcome. This meditation reminds us to surrender. To not give up trying or lessen our effort, but to relinquish our control over the outcome. It also reminds us to accept and allow our emotions to just be as they are.

For when you want a good nights sleep:
Sleep meditation – awaken to a clean slate – Bethany Auriel-Hagen

If you find it hard to switch off at night and your minds still replaying the days activites, it could help to try this sleep meditation. Falling asleep to a meditation might sound counter productive but it actually allows the words to enter your subconscious mind, so even if you think its not having an effect on you, it is! This meditation encourages us to release and let go of anything we are still holding on to throughout the day. That we have done our best, and to help us wake up feeling rested and renewed. Sleep is a powerful tool to maintain the balance of our mood, so prioritsing a good nights sleep is important to set you up for a positive day ahead!

For when you are ready to meet the ONE:
Manifest your partner and improve your relationship – Pura Rasa

With Valentines Day just around the corner, our attention turns to our love lives. If you are looking to meet the right person but just havent found them yet, or if you want to improve a relationship you already have, this ones for you!

The law of attraction is a powerful thing, this meditation encourages us to get clear on what we want in a partner and a relationship, and by putting it out into the universe we can work on manifesting it into our lives. It helps us to realise we cant love others until we learn to first love ourselves and that should always be our main priority!

For when you need to let go:
Accepting and letting go – Andy Hobson

Letting go of past trauma or heartache can be super difficult, we often hold on to our pain because its a part of our identity and it makes us who we are. Through letting go, we can create space for new opportunities and people to enter our lives. This meditation encourages us to accept our present, let go of our past and create space for our future. At any moment in your day you find your thoughts drifting into past memories, listen to this meditation and let it bring you back into the now. Helping you to feel more peaceful and understanding with yourself and others.

You can dowload the App HERE
Or check out the Insight Timer Website HERE

Happy meditating!
Let us know some of your favourites!

FOOD IS THE WAY TO A HAPPY SOUL!

Weekend Brunch / Acai Bowls @ The Garden, Hale

One of our favourite acts of self care is treating ourselves to dining out every now and then. Is there anything better than a Sunday morning brunch? We believe food is a major part of our overall health and wellbeing, afterall we are what we eat, so they say!

There is a lot of speculation about following certain diets to benefit our health and our planet, and we can all afford to be a little more educated and conscious when making decisions about what we eat. Afterall the food we put into our bodies is our fuel, our energy, it can effect our mood, our skin, and our health. So we want to makesure we are filling ourselves with the best possible options to support our daily life right?

We are not here to preach about what you should and shouldn’t eat, everything in moderation, and balancing the good with the not so good is okay every now and then. So whichever type of lifestyle you choose to follow whether you eat meat, vegetarian, flexitarian, vegan or gluten free, find the foods which make you feel GOOD and support your wellbeing. THATS what we are about.

We have compiled a list of a few of our favourite healthy food eateries in the area. Tried, tested and loved by us and our Studio community!

Aldeli, Alderley Edge

Wraps to go/ Aldeli

Looking for healthy food to grab and go? This place is one of our go to places for our lunch breaks at The Studio. Super local, just down the road from us. Its perfect if your in a rush for lunch, you can call up and pre order your food and collect it when you are ready. Freshly prepared, healthy and tasty! They have a great selection of vegan/vegetarian options, as well as low fat meat options such as turkey and salmon. We love the falafel and the chicken wraps, super filling and nutritious, they are a studio favourite. You can also sit in and enjoy the American diner style feel to the round glass restaurant.

Wild and Wild Cafe, Congleton

Fresh juice and berry toast/ Wild&Wild

Wild and Wild is a completely plant based cafe located on the main high street in Congleton. If you want to try going vegan but dont know where to start, Wild and Wild has a great menu of foods not too far from your familiar favourites. Think you cant trade in your classic hamburger, then think again! Try their Beyond Burger and then get back to us, you might just get converted!

They also offer great alternatives to just your average coffee with a great selection of hot elixir drinks bursting with health benefits. As well as a selection of fresh smoothies and juices. (I recommend the Adaptogenic hot chocolate for a sweet treat!) And don’t forget to check out their amazing selection of cakes, you can get them made to order too if you have any special events coming up that is missing a plant based party cake!

Its family friendly complete with a kids play area, outdoor seating and its dog friendly so you can take your fury companions with you, or just appreciate the cuteness. Plus they have sustainable, eco friendly products and clothing for sale. We love everything this place stands for!

The Garden, Hale

A little further out but this beautiful eatery is worth travelling out to. Like us The Garden embodies GROWTH, (check out their beautiful GROW wall design just on the right as you walk in!) The perfect spot to go and meet with friends, work from your laptop or try one of the delicious food options. A health food café and juicery, with a largely plant based menu, created around seasonal produce and monthly specials. They have the BEST selection of fresh juices and smoothies, perfect if your looking for a health boost. My favourite is the Green Peace smoothie, containing apple, spinach, kale, parsley, cucumber, avocado, spirulina and wheatgrass. All that green goodness and it tastes amazing!

Smoke, Wilmslow

Looking for brunch? Build your own! Start from scratch and build your brunch the way you want it with great vegan and non vegan options! But that’s not all, this great place in Wilmslow will see you through from morning till evening with a great dinner menu, and of course a bar! They also have local music acts on every Thursday from 8pm onwards, a great way to spend an evening and support some local talent! A great lively atmosphere, our Studio front of house team went to enjoy a catch up over brunch here. We recommend the Posh Beans as part of your breakfast, vegan and gluten free and definitely a step up from your average Heinz baked beans. You’ll see what we mean..

King Street Kitchen, Knutsford

Have you had chance to go and check out this new place that’s opened in the heart of Knutsford town centre? We think its just what Knutsford needs, open all day with a choice of breakfast, lunch and dinner perfect for any time of day. And they have a seperate menu for all you plant based lovers out there. Plus you might spot our lovely instructor Alicia there, make sure to grab one of her freshly made juices for sale there! Located super close to Tatton Park too, so why not take a walk afterwards and get those legs working.

Foodwell, Manchester

And of course if you are in the city and visiting our NEW Manchester Studio, then makesure you check out Foodwell after your yoga class. Beautiful LA inspired wellness restaraunt offering all day dining, a variety of food, juices and amazing cocktails! We love this light, bright space and the friendly positive atmosphere it exudes. And we can’t wait to spend our summer evenings hanging out there thats for sure! Super healthy, fresh food options that are worthy of an instagram post. We are thrilled to be partnered with Foodwell and are throwing a Brunch event to celebrate! Join us on Saturday 22nd February from 11am onwards, for an hour yoga class followed by food and drinks!

Drop us an email at info@thestudiocheshire.com to reserve your spot!

Dont forget you can grab one of our fresh and fruity Cowherds juices, a Kombucha for that gut health, a healthy smoothie or an Alkaline water here at The Studio too!

Foodies let us know what you think and if we’ve missed any of your favourites off this list!

Eat well, live well, love well!

So here we are, coming to the end of what has felt like an entire decade squashed into one month. Slight exaggeration… But depending on what you’ve set out to achieve, maybe it has felt like a long, slow start to the year and that’s ok!
Or maybe you’re flying through it. Which in that case…

Well done! Keep going!

Do you remember…

At the beginning of the year we asked you to share your 2020 intentions with us to help make you accountable, and to offer our support inspiring actions and helping you grow towards achieving your goals!
So, how are you getting on?

It seems as though there’s huge amounts of pressure at the beginning of the year to make changes, be a better version of ourselves, or to achieve a number of things all at once…

But it’s not as easy as setting a goal and successfully achieving it straight off the bat, which is what we sometimes expect, and too often we’re left feeling disheartened when we don’t make a quick progression.

Achievement is a process and it takes time. Every tiny action we take towards achieving our goals makes a huge difference – we just have to trust time and be patient with ourselves.

So, If you’re not quite on track with what you set out to do this January, then don’t worry. Start again, use what you have, and do what you can!

Another Day, Another Chance

Lets see what February brings and we’ll check in again at the end of next month!

Peace & Love

It’s pretty self explanatory. Show yourself some love.


So, if it’s so simple why does it often get pushed to the back burner of our minds?

Maybe because it’s not important, maybe we’re too busy, maybe everybody or everything else comes first, etc, etc. But it doesn’t take much to show ourselves a little love each day. Even the tiniest steps can make the biggest differences. We just need to be aware.


Give it a go with these simple self love steps we’ve put together!

STEP 1

  • Recognise that you are an individual in this world. No two people are the same. Each of us are unique in our own beautiful way and that’s what makes us, us!  So be proud of that!
Top Tip:- Take a moment to digest that each and every day!
If you practice yoga, you could build a self love mantra into Shavasana.

Check out 10 Powerful Self Loving Mantras, use these or create your own based on what’s important to you!

https://www.gaia.com/article/10-powerful-self-loving-mantras

STEP 2

  • We can only ever do our best, and if we truthfully put 100% effort into everything we do, we can’t possibly give anything more or anything less. We do exactly what we are capable of doing in that given moment. So, getting annoyed  because you hit a wall, or didn’t quite overcome an obstacle in the way you’d have liked is pretty useless. Instead of beating yourself up about it, embrace it. Embrace the journey you are on and any mistake you make and know that you are learning at each and every moment given to you.
Top Tip:- Try changing your perspective on obstacles. Instead of being an obstacle, maybe they’re a stepping stone to get you to where you want to be.

STEP 3

  • Everyone has a different view on what’s important in life and focuses all their energy into those things. There’s certainly a few things we often experience through our lifetime and it may be the fact there’s so much to do, so many people to care for, and many things we need to take into consideration within our busy lives. More often than not, we forget to stop and realise our own significance in the universe. In the midst of caring for everybody else, we forget to care for ourselves! Self-care is important so don’t put it off, or wait until you can fit it into your schedule.
Top Tip:- instead apply it each and every day. For each day – write down something in the form of self care that you’ll do for you! To make sure you take care of you!

STEP 4

  • Remember, everybody has their imperfections and nobody is perfect. There are strengths and areas to grow in all of us, so don’t sell yourself short and try not to make comparisons because by doing so this can make us feel low about our worth.
Top Tip:- Start celebrating your strengths and begin to see your ‘weaknesses’  as opportunities to grow!

STEP 5

  • Sometimes, the person that gives us the hardest time is in fact ourselves. We’re hard on ourselves, and we get away with it too! So it becomes a constant cycle of negativity.  We’ve all heard the term ‘treat people the way you wish to be treated’ So put this into practice and treat yourself how you’d expect others to treat you. Sometimes the things we say to ourselves are the most awful, demeaning things anyone could ever say. Instead of drilling into yourself how rubbish you are, reframe—and use language that builds you up and creates those positive feelings!  
Top Tip:- Practice being kind to yourself like you would to others, and talk to yourself in a loving way

STEP 6

If you’d like a little more guidence then you’re in luck, because we’ve got an afternoon dedicated to self love at The Studio! Indulge yourself in an afternoon of all things you. Take the time to appreciate and indulge your mind body and soul with a feel good few hours just for you! Leave The Studio feeling empowered, rejuvenated and LOVED!

Top Tip:- Click the link below to reserve your self love spot!

https://thestudio.gymmasteronline.com/portal/account/bookclass/39

PEACE & (SELF) LOVE

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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 it’s how much we have had to adapt over the past few months! We are all trying hard to find our way in this new world and be our fittest, healthiest, best self. More often than not this becomes exhausting and results in feelings of negativity.

Sometimes all we need to take a moment to relax, take a deep breath and ground ourselves. Giving ourselves the space to breathe and create a clear and focused mind to make the most of each day. Meditation is a simple exercise to integrate 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 favourites and the worlds best meditation apps ready to help prepare you for whats to come.

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.

What’s your favourite way to meditate? Let us know in the comments below!

Pranayama

25/10/2019

Breathing is important, of course it is. In other words, it’s what keeps us alive. But how often do we take time out to focus on our breathing? Probably not a lot unless you have been instructed to do so by your yoga teacher! We are all great at breathing none the less, and how clever of our bodies to take care of this without us even thinking about it. Pranayama is our life force, our breath. One of the eight limbs of Yoga, it is an important part of practice we can bipass thinking about as we focus on nailing the different asanas.

But, there are plenty of techniques you will be interested in adding into your practice;

Breathing Techniques

  • Breath Retention
  • Channel Cleaning Breath
  • Ujjayi
  • Conqueror Breath
  • Dear Seal
  • Lion Pose
  • Root Bond
  • Single Nostril Breath
  • Skull Shining Breath
  • Sama Vritti Pranayama

Our very own Jane says:- Bhastrik Pranayama is her favourite breathing technique to use in her classes and describes it as the ‘sniffing dog’. Bhastrika is a small short breaths performed fast. A common position to do this in is a forward facing plank.

You may of come across some of these techniques in your classes already and wondered what the benefits are. If the breath is quick and shallow, this can trigger a panic response within the body as it thinks its under stress or in danger. For example, the body can switch into fight or flight mode, and bring forward feelings of stress and anxiety, even if we aren’t actually in a dangerous situation. However, focusing on slowing the breath, taking longer and slower inhales and exhales, actually calms the nervous system, creates awareness and focus on the present moment, and is a form of meditation. Mindful breathing is the simplest way to lower stress levels, and it can be done anytime, anywhere.

The most common breathing techniques you probably come across in class are;

Sama Vritti Pranayama (Equal Part Breath)

Becoming aware of the breath we start to increase the length of each inhale and exhale to a count of 4 (this number can increase throughout practice). We inhale for four, pause for four, and slowly exhale for 4. Keeping all parts of the breath even.

Ujjayi (Ocean Breath)

Known for its soft soothing oceanic sound, breathing through the nose creating a ‘HAA’ on the exhale. The sound of Ujjayi is created by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air. It is an energising and relaxing breath to help guide you through your practice.

So what movements benefit what breath?

When we are forward folding or twisting, this is on the exhale as as the lungs empty, it creates more space. The muscles also relax more on the exhale, sinking down. Therefore you can stretch, reach or twist slightly further.

When we are lifting or opening in a posture, this is when we should inhale. Inhalation is energising the body as its taking the oxygen inwards. As the lungs expand the heart can project forward more.

Breathing techniques can be practiced anywhere, on the go, in class or at home. Anytime you feel yourself getting overwhelmed or stressed, turn your attention inwards and focus on the breath.

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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

Have you ever been in a yoga class and wondered what the teacher is talking about? Have you been confused by postures that have two names, or forgot which is your Downdog and which is your Updog?

Our Studio Yoga Dictionary is here to help!

Sanskrit is an ancient language from India, each yoga posture has its original Sanskrit name but mostly we are more familiar with the English translation as these are much easier to remember, however teachers frequently use the Sanskrit term so its good to familiarise yourself. The more you practice the more you will associate the asana names with the movement.

Sanskrit words and phrases and what they mean

Asana – Means posture, you will notice most of the Sanskrit terms end in Asana.

Namaste – We say this at the end of most of our practices, most commonly with hands pressed into a prayer position against the heart centre and head lowered. It translates as I bow to you, a greeting and sign of respect after finishing a practice, we honour the light within our teacher and they honour the light within us.

Prana – This is our Life force, our energy our breath.

Drishti – Is the focus point of your gaze. When holding a posture it helps to focus on one still point as this focuses your energy against distraction, and helps to develop awareness and concentration. A focus point can help you also to keep correct allignment. There are nine drishtis you might be told to focus on during a posture, these are;
1. The tip of the nose
2. The thumbs
3. The third eye
4. The navel
5. Toward the sky
6. The hands
7. The toes
8&9. Over the shoulder towards the left or right side


Mula Bandha – Mula means root or base, and Bandha means lock, translating as your root locks. The bandhas are a means of controlling and directing energy. We are encouraged to activate these muscles such as pelvic floor to create more stability and core strength within the body.


Mantra – This is a word/phrase or sound repeated often during meditation. The word mantra comes from two Sanskrit words, manas (mind) and tra (tool). So mantra literally means “a tool for the mind,” and was designed to help practitioners access a higher power and their true natures.


Mudra – Derived from the Sanskrit word for seal, Mudras are a symbolic sign or gesture meant to direct life force to various parts of the body so the energies can be harnessed within.

Anjali Mudra – Probably the mudra you are most familiar with during your practice, hands pressed together against the heart centre, the position we often take at the end of class to say Namaste. In India it is used to greet, thank and express respect. It also reminds us to come back to our centre.

Pranayama – Control of breath, the breath is our life force and energises and sustains us throughout our yoga practice. It increases vitality, mental focus and expands consciousness of the mind.

Om – The sound of the universe.

Heres a few of the common yoga postures and their Sanskrit names you might hear whilst your in class;

Bhujangasana – Cobra
Tadasana – Mountain Pose
Savasana – Corpse pose
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward facing Dog
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward facing dog
Chaturanga Dandasana – Four limbed staff pose (you will be very familiar with this move during a sun salutation sequence.)
Uttanasana – Standing forward fold
Ashtanga Namaskara – Knees chest chin a build up to Chaturanga
Surya Namaskar A or B – Sun Salutation A or B
Vrksasana – Tree Pose
Utkatasana – Chair Pose
Utthita Balasana – Extended child pose

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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!

https://boochandbrew.com/