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How to make sure you always wake up on the right side of the bed!

Always wanted to be a morning person but just not quite figured it out? As the world returns to normal, we can resume our everyday lives. But lets not forget everything we learnt and enjoyed during lockdown. The slower pace of living, more time and enjoying the small things. But how can we make the most of our day once the back to work rush begins?

The most important step towards making a new change become a habit is committing to a routine. They say it takes 30 days to make a habit stick, so why not challenge yourself to a month of early starts! Commit to a morning routine that makes you excited to get out of bed! Here’s some of our ideas of ways to start your day the right way.

Attitude of Gratitude

Its so easy when we wake up startled by an alarm, to hit snooze and roll back over thinking ‘I don’t want to get up.’ Flip your perspective and wake up thinking ‘I GOT to wake up today’. Starting the day with gratitude sets you up with a positive mindset, no matter what the day throws at you. Instead of waking up, grabbing your phone and scrolling through Instagram, swap in 10 minutes of meditation or gratitude journaling. Start your day feeling positive and thankful for everything you already have! Convinced you haven’t got time? Practice on the go! See if you can be grateful even in the smallest parts of your morning routine, from waking up, to brushing your teeth to getting in your car and going to work. Show gratitude for what you have!

Make breakfast worth getting up for!

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day where we are quite literally ‘breaking our fast’ of not eating overnight. The food you choose to replenish your body with sets up your energy levels for the rest of the day. Choose a food you love that nourishes your body with the things it needs to keep you going. Try to incorporate elements of protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates for maintained energy release. Think avocado on toast, eggs benedict or overnight oats. We have a great recipe for Banana and Coconut Chia Pudding, which ticks all the boxes of a good breakfast! If you’re on the go or short on time in your morning routine, get prepared and make in advance. Oats or chia seeds can be kept in the fridge and portioned out, just add your fruit and toppings and you are ready to go!

Make time to move

Ever wondered why a cat always stretches after a nap? Because it knows the importance of moving it’s body again after being still! The muscles in the body are covered with a sheet of fibrous connective tissue called fascia. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels of the body, making up the Myofascia System. So why do we feel stiff when we wake up? A lack of stretching or movement can cause the muscle fascia and tissue to stick together. This causes restricted muscle movement, stiffness, aches and pains. Moving your body with gentle stretches helps the body to relieve that tension and make you feel more active! Check out this quick morning flow with Nicole, perfect for getting you up and moving.

Get creative with your commute

Something we probably didn’t miss while we all worked from home, rush hour traffic! Long commutes back and too to work can be draining. But what if we used this time not to get frustrated or anxious about what we have to do that day, and use it to be productive! Why not swap out listening to a negative news report to tuning into a podcast as you drive? Listening to something that inspires you can help you to feel motivated and positive for the day ahead! Not into podcasts? Try listening to affirmations or a playlist of your favourite songs to give you that morning mood boost! (If you need some inspiration you can check out some of our teams playlists on The Studio Spotify!)

PSST.. Want to know another secret for getting up early? Getting a good nights sleep! Turn off and disconnect from phones and laptops two hours before bed. Try to have a regular bed time and stick to it! That weekend lie in? Might actually be making you feel more tired in the week. Regular wake up and wind down times helps the body to become used to a routine making it easier to sleep and wake up. Have trouble winding down before bed? Try this!

What’s your favourite thing to do in a morning? Let us know in the comments below!

Raise your vibration! Join us this Sunday 28th June at 8pm for a community Gong Bath ON US! This will be a live class through Zoom! Tap the link below to book on, or read more to find out all about the benefits of a Gong Bath and our top tips on getting set up!

BOOK ME IN!

What is a Gong Bath?

A Gong Bath is a form of sound therapy where gongs are played in a therapeutic way to cultivate a relaxed state. It is called a bath because you are bathed in the sounds and vibrations. Everything vibrates at its own frequency, these frequencies can be altered causing our moods to be energised and lifted.

Introducing Chris! (aka “Indefinable”)

“Hi guys, I’m Chris and am super excited to lead The Studio community with a gong spa this Sunday!  I’m a lover of all things yoga, meditation, qi gong, music, personal growth, nature/adventure and  travel of many forms!  Of late, I’ve started to explore new ways of working with sound , along with a completely different set of intentions.  I now bring a range of powerful, healing and transformative sound to the table in the current form of gong spas, sound baths and guided meditations.”

How will it help me?

Reduces internal dialogue and helps to silence the mind into a meditative state. Perfect if you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious during lockdown.

Creates a state of relaxation and releases tension from the body, an amazing way to end your week and revive you for the week ahead.

Help clear emotional and energetic blockages.

Help to promote a good night sleep, making you feel refreshed and restored

What can I expect from a Gong Spa?

My gong spas / sound baths align with my alias – indefinable.  Words are not really needed (or sufficient) as it really is all about the magic of sound energy and how it will effortlessly take you on a journey elsewhere.  To a place where time and space blur and where healing really can and does take place, of whatever form is relevant for you.  I work with a pair of gongs, a growing set of crystal quartz and other-worldly alchemy singing bowls.  The latter are infused with precious crystals, elements and metals to really take the energy carried by the sound up a number of levels. I also incorporate my hand pans as well as other mystical instruments, all of which come together to create an hour of blissful relaxation, healing and/or if you prefer, exploration of the deeper states of mind. 

If you haven’t experienced a sound bath yet – be sure to check this Sunday out.  If nothing else you will sleep well afterward! We’ll start with a short guided breath practice to get into the present moment, just to aid your initial relaxation before we begin.  This will be nothing advanced and if you’ve practiced yoga at The Studio (or online) with any of our amazing teachers , you’ll definitely be well prepared for what’s to come.

Our top tips for getting set up!

We suggest considering the following tips to maximise the experience and allow yourself to really sink into a space of peace and tranquility.

  1. Block the hour out for yourself and anyone attending with you.  Be present, relax.
  2. Ensure you have either headphones or a good speaker / surround system, the sound travels well thanks to the recording setup but phone / laptop speakers definitely have their limits!
  3. Put your phone on do not disturb or flight mode.  
  4. Have a comfortable place to sit or better still, lie down.  Blankets and pillows / bolsters are good.  Close your eyes.
  5. Candles / incense are also great additions to set the mood in your space.

We look forward to sharing this hour with you on Sunday and we hope you’ll take something from it.  

How do I join in?

All you need to do is click the link below to book your spot!

BOOK ME IN!

If you have any questions or feedback you can find Chris on Instagram at @i_am_indefinable

Have you experienced a Gong Bath? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW CLASS ALERT!

What are you doing this Wednesday? Clear your schedule you won’t want to miss this! Our incredible Studio instructor CJ is bringing a brand new class to our timetable every Wednesday 7 – 8pm!

Find your perfect balance of Yin and Yang!

Ready to book now? Tap the image below to save your space.

What is Yin Yang Yoga?

Did you know?

Yin and Yang are the Taoist concepts which describe the two relative qualities present in everything. Yin is more internal, cooling and encourages a lower phase of energy. While Yang is more external, dynamic, warming and increases energy.

Life is about balance, and so is our yoga practice! CJ will start the class by guiding you through slow and restorative postures to ground the mind and body, becoming connected with the breath and the present moment. Warming up the body with lengthening stretches, before moving into dynamic strengthening and balancing postures. Build strength and integrity while being mindful.

Want to join CJ on the mat?

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Looking for a workout you can do now? Challenge yourself with this Full Body workout to strengthen and tone!

In celebration of Fathers Day today, we have created a playlist of blast from the past tracks, full of iconic male artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Song’s both you and your Dad will love! The perfect soundtrack to whatever you are up to this Sunday.

Happy Father’s Day!

Tap the image to go straight to the playlist, don’t forget you can follow or like the playlist to save it to your favourites!

What song always reminds you of your Dad or an important man in your life? Let us know in the comments below!

Fancy a Father’s Day walk? Check out our favourite local walks here!

Staying in and having a movie day this Father’s day? Why not get set up on the couch and watch on of our top Netflix picks, recommended by The Studio team!

There’s power in sharing music! Need some inspiration and want to know what we’ve been listening to during lockdown? Each week we will be coming at you with a new Spotify playlist of our top tracks! Curated by a different member of our Studio team or community. Check out the playlists below!

Steph’s back with a healthy breakfast in just 3 steps!

We asked you answered! We asked what recipes you wanted to see more of from Steph, and healthy breakfast foods came out on top!

Breakfast literally means to break our fast of not eating overnight, and choosing a healthy breakfast which includes protein and healthy fats provides the energy you need to take on the rest of the day! Eating breakfast is also key to making sure our bodies receive the amount of vitamins and nutrients they need to stay healthy.

This recipe for Banana and Coconut Chia Pudding recipe ticks all the boxes!

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

4 tbsp chia seeds

175ml coconut/almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

2 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp maca powder (optional)

Nudie coconut chips (choose your favourite flavour)

Cacao nibs

Blueberries

Peanut butter

Method

1. Mash the bananas in a bowl.

2. Add the chia seeds, maca powder, vanilla essence, maple syrup and mix thoroughly. Pop into the fridge overnight (or leave for an hour or so).

3. After leaving to rest, the chia seeds will of expanded, and you’ll have a pudding like texture. Serve into bowls and top with the coconut chips, blueberries, cacao nibs and peanut butter.

Enjoy!

Did you know?

Chia Seeds are a great source of plant based protein, ALA omega 3 and fibre, so a great morning boost! Soaking them overnight is thought to maximise there their benefits and make them more gentle on the stomach and easier to digest.

Want more healthy recipe inspiration? You can follow Steph on Instagram at

@eatingwellnotless

Perfect your morning routine!

Healthy breakfast sorted? Perfect your morning routine with a rise and shine yoga flow! Wake up with the body with some gentle movement and feel ready to tackle the day ahead. Check out some of our online flows perfect for first thing in the morning.

Feeling inspired?

Now you’ve mastered breakfast why not try these simple recipes? We’ve got a mood boosting lunch, and a drink to rehydrate you with this refreshing twist on green tea..

What’s your favourite breakfast treat? Let us know in the comments below!

Warm up the muscles ready for your workout!

Get ready to warm up and work out with these pre workout stretches in our latest video! Find that workout mindset and improve performance by focusing the mind through the breath. Stretch the muscles to warm up to prevent injury and increase mobility.

Perfect for before any physical activity!

Need a workout? Corrine’s got you covered with a full body workout and your rest day release routine!

What’s your pre workout prep? Let us know in the comments below!

With a turn in the weather we say goodbye to the sunny blue skies and welcome back the grey clouds and rain, but hopefully not for too long! So if you don’t fancy getting waterproofed up for a walk out this week. We are compiling some boredom busting indoor activities to keep you busy!

Learn Something NEW!

Who said staying indoors has to be unproductive? With access to literally anything and everything now online, its the perfect time to bury your head in one of those undiscovered passions or hobbies you’ve always wanted to try!

Study a new course/skill online

Use the time to jazz up your CV by learning a new skill or gaining a new qualification! With access to free course through universities such as Open University, it’s never been a better opportunity to further your knowledge in something that interests you. You can check out their list of free courses HERE. Also you can check out online tutorials via YouTube for all kinds of ideas!

Get creative!

Painting, sewing, baking, decorating, making, creating. Keep your hands and your mind busy with some arts and crafts! A great way to practice mindfulness too as you immerse yourself in something that requires your complete focus.

Our yogi Alicia has been getting creative with her decorating skills!
Rachael has been enjoying baking new treats!

Want to try a new recipe and need some inspiration? Check out our previous blog post for a delicious mood boosting risotto!

Getting Creative with Children

Here’s a fun way to get children involved and work on your photo editing skills, and you don’t even have to fork out for an expensive photoshop programme! Free app Canva can be used for editing and designing your own content from photos to business cards.

Our front of house team member Paige got creative with her two little sisters as they created their own around the world trip by building a cardboard plane and selecting Canva backgrounds for them to drop by and by visit! Get creative, anything goes!

Play with Pets!

Its important to keep the fur babies of our lives occupied while they cant go out for a walk either. Our instructor Jane has had her hands full looking after new puppy Ezra and keeping him busy indoors! Give your pet an extra cuddle and get an indoor game of chase underway.

Jane’s new puppy Ezra!

Netflix and chill?

Sometimes a rainy day just calls for watching a movie and having a cup of tea! Life is about balance, we can’t always be active and striving forwards, sometimes its okay to just sit still and indulge your senses in someone else’s story! Want to know what we’ve been watching? You can check out a collection of our teams go to Netlix favourites HERE, with a selection of movies, documentaries and all day binging series! Let us know which is your favourite!

Yoga, of course!

Nicole has been keeping up her practice at home in her beautiful yoga space!

And don’t forget your Yoga practice is always there for you! Grab your mat, clear some space and move your body! We’ve got some great online tutorials that you can do anytime, anywhere. Test your balance and learn to headstand with Kush, get your burpees on point with Corrine, or relax and wind down with Nicole!

Want to join us for an online class? You can check our weekly schedule below!

Not worried about getting wet? If your still looking to get in a bit of outdoor adventure, check out our previous post on local walks for rainy days!

What are you doing at home to banish boredom? Let us know in the comments below!

The NHS; A Lookback

The NHS was first founded in 1948, and is now one of the worlds biggest employers. As the UK’s largest employer with 1.5 million employees across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island. That’s a lot of people working everyday to keep us safe! The NHS treats a whopping 1 million patients every 36 hours, and on average the NHS spends £2200 on a patient each year. Having this service is something we should never take for granted!

So lets celebrate our amazing NHS!

We turned our focus to highlighting some of the amazing work that the staff and volunteers of the NHS have been doing, not just during the testing time of a global pandemic, but all the time. Celebrating individual members, through their work, commitment and positivity through these incredibly challenging times!

NHS Staff Stories

Natasha has been focusing on feeling gratitude for the support system around her!

Bridget has been focusing on the small positives in every day to help her.

Victoria found a new appreciation for being able to spend time with loved ones!

Community Kindness!

We loved seeing the ways people are coming together to use their skills and talents to celebrate and say THANKYOU to the NHS. We shared amazing artwork from Megan Hillis, who used her artistic design skills to create digital portraits on her ipad, to gift to NHS workers as her way of saying thankyou!

It has been incredible to see communities coming together, we clapped for carers on our doorsteps every Thursday, and celebrated individual acts of kindness of showing support to key workers. From great artwork, cards and presents to support loved ones, families staying apart to protect each other, and rainbows appearing in and around our neighbourhoods. Its been great to see everyone finding moments of positivity and sharing kindness and compassion within their communities.

We Support Each Other

As a way to show our support to this amazing cause, this week at The Studio we raised money with our Support Each Other T-Shirts, with all proceeds being donated to the NHS Manchester. We loved seeing our community coming together to show their support!

Here’s a look back at some of our fantastic community in their Support Each Other T-shirts!

Get your NHS Support Each Other T-Shirt

Theres still chance to show your support and bag yourself one of these amazing tshirts! All proceeds donated to NHS Manchester, and as a thankyou we will give you 2 class passes on us!

We Support Each Other!

You can purchase your tshirt using the link below!

BUY MY T-SHIRT

You can read more about our Support Each Other T-Shirt campaign here!

Big thankyou to all the key workers and our communities support through this time!

Stretch and Release on your Rest Day!

We all know rest days benefit us almost as much as the actual workout. Giving our bodies time to heal, rest and prevent injury! Our latest tutorial with Corrine provides the perfect stretches to restore your body to its best on your rest day! Targeting areas of tension in muscle groups worked through exercise, you can relax and release allowing the body to recover in time for your next session.

Perfect if you do a lot of high intensity workouts or weight training!

Like this video and want to join us live for our Stretch Therapy Class with Corrine? You can learn more or book on now using the images below!

Want to know how else you can maximise your workout performance? Check out our blog of our Pre and Post workout tips!

We are celebrating our amazing NHS!

We have been inspired by the continuous hard work put in by our incredible NHS not just during these challenging times, but all the time! We just wanted to be able to say THANKYOU. And we want to do what we can to show how much we appreciate our NHS!

Our NHS Support Each Other tops are now on sale and we will be donating all proceeds raised to the NHS Manchester!

I WANT TO BUY A T-SHIRT!

By purchasing one of these t-shirts for £15, your money will be donated to this amazing cause, and to show you much we appreciate you too, we will be gifting you two class passes on us to use on any of our classes.

We support each other!

Check out some of our community members showing their support!

Want to show your support? You can purchase your NHS T-Shirt by tapping the image below!

Want to know how we’ve been celebrating our NHS? Find out more here!

Want to visit our Online Schedule and see what classes we offer?