‘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!
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!
Here’s something fun for you! We miss seeing our lovely community, so we want to see something beautiful from your day in our latest competition!
Tune into life’s little moments and get creative! We want to see your Moment of Beauty. It can be anything from a warm cup of coffee out of your favourite mug in the morning, your kids cuddled up watching a movie on the sofa, or your favourite house plant sitting in the sunlight! Anything goes, as long as its something that creates a moment of mindfulness within your day. Think of something that inspires a feeling of beauty, calm or gratitude, and then share it with the world. We want to see you smiling, cultivating self care, and working with what you’ve got in this moment. Nothing fancy here, embrace the simple things.
Need some inspiration? We’ll post a few of our teams #momentsofbeauty right here..
How do I enter?
Simple! Take a picture of your Moment of Beauty, head over to Instagram and post it on your story or feed. Makesure you are following us, and don’t forget to tag us at @thestudiocheshire or @thestudio_mcr and use the hashtag – #momentsofbeauty
What are you waiting for!?
What can I win?
Okay lets talk PRIZES!
Our winner will bag themselves an Online 5 Class Pass on us, perfect for keeping up your yoga practice at home! You will be able to pick any five classes from our timetable and get your yoga on from the comfort of your living room.
Keep your eyes peeled on our socials for when we announce the competition winner, we cant wait to see all of your entries!
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!
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!
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!
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.
is a great anti-inflammatory & antioxidant.
is used to activate the curcumin in the turmeric.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Can kill harmful bacteria.
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.
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
Add warm water to a large glass bowl or measuring cup. Add honey and mix with a whisk until dissolved.
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!
We all have those tins in the cupboard that have been there since the beginning of time. Bought in moments when we promised ourselves we would cook more meals from scratch, but then struggled to ever find the time. Instead of putting more strain on the supermarkets by bulk buying, we encourage you to USE UP WHAT YOU HAVE. Get creative and see what you can put together.
If you need a helping hand we’ve found some recipes using staple, longlife cupboard items you might have lying around.
Tuna and Sundried Tomato Pasta Bake
Serves 6. Prep Time; 10 Minutes. Cook Time; 15 Minutes Ingredients 500g dried rigatoni (or any other short pasta) 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 4 thyme sprigs, leaves only 300ml double cream 280g jar sundried tomatoes, drained and quartered 198g can no-added-salt sweetcorn, drained 3 x 120g cans tuna in spring water, drained 100g cheddar grated 50g parmasan grated
Heat the grill to its highest setting and put a large saucepan of salted water on to boil. Tip in the pasta and cook for 1 min less than the pack suggests.
Meanwhile, make the sauce by simmering the tomatoes in a pan with a little seasoning and the thyme for about 5 mins. Pour in the cream, stir and simmer for another 4-5 mins.
Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, and tip back into the saucepan. Pour over the creamy tomato sauce, the sundried tomatoes, sweetcorn and tuna. Layer into a baking dish (ours was 22 x 29cm), scattering over the grated cheddar between layers. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and put under the grill for 5 mins until bubbling and golden.
Saucy Bean Baked Eggs
Serves 2. Prep Time; 5 Minutes. Cook Time; 20 Minutes. Ingredients 2x 400g cans cherry tomatoes 400g can mixed bean salad drained 200g baby spinach 4 medium eggs 50g thinly sliced smoked ham torn Wholemeal rye bread to serve (optionl)
Tip the tomatoes and bean salad into an ovenproof frying pan or shallow flameproof casserole dish. Simmer for 10 mins, or until reduced. Stir in the spinach and cook for 5 mins more until wilted.
Heat the grill to medium. Make four indentations in the mixture using the back of a spoon, then crack one egg in each. Nestle the ham in the mixture, then grill for 4-5 mins, or until the whites are set and the yolks runny. Serve with rye bread, if you like.
1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 tablespoon minced ginger 1-2 cloves of garlic 1 shallot 100g green beans 100g white mushrooms 1/2 packet smoked tofu 600ml water/or vegetable broth 180g pasta 120ml canned coconut milk 60ml water 1 tablespoon potato starch 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon of paprika Salt and black pepper to taste
Heat the coconut oil on a medium/high heat, and add minced ginger, garlic and onion and sautee for 3-5 minutes. Add the beans, mushrooms and tofu and sautee for a further 3 minutes.
Pour in 600ml vegetable stock or water, and soy sauce. Add the paprika.
Add the pasta and stir to combine.
Reduce heat to medium and simmer for around 7 minutes
Taste and season with salt and pepper
Mix the potato starch and coconut milk and pour mixture in to the pan. Stir and simmer until the sauce thickens.
Cauliflower and Spinach Curry
1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3cm piece ginger, peeled and grated 2 tbsp medium tikka curry powder 2 tbsp tomato purée 900g pack frozen cauliflower florets 500g frozen spinach 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1 vegetable stock cube, made up to 200ml 240g long-grain rice
Heat the olive oil in a large, deep saucepan over a medium heat and
add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for 5 mins, until the onion is
starting to soften, then add the tikka powder and tomato purée and cook
for a further 1 min.
Add the cauliflower, spinach, chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock
to the pan and increase the heat to high. Cover with a lid, bring to a
boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 mins, until the
cauliflower is tender and the spinach has wilted.
Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the
rice and cook for 15 mins until tender. Divide the rice between 4
shallow bowls and top with the curry.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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..
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.
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 email@example.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!