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Keep it Moving!

27/03/2020

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

Keep moving. Keep growing.

Grab a Partner!

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

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

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

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

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

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

We do miss partner yoga in our beautiful studio though!

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!

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

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

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

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

Use What You Have

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

Click HERE to go direct to the Instagram Video!

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

Home Circuits

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

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

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

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

Stay home. Stay well. Keep growing!

Peace&Love

www.thestudiocheshire.com

Mindful Moments

24/03/2020

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

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

Piece by Piece

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

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

Colour yourself happy

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

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

Mindful Mind Games

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

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

Bake the World A Better Place

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

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

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

Dear Diary,

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

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

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

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

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

Peace&Love

Your Friday Flow

20/03/2020

Sun Salutations With Jane.

Todays video from The Studio is with our lovely Jane

Join in as Jane shows you how to perfect you Sun Salutations giving you variations to progress and perfect.

Join in as Jane shows you how to flow through your Sun Salutations giving you variations to progress and perfect.

Top Tip: Complete the flow a few times back to back to increase your heart rate and strengthen and tone the whole body!

We want to hear from you! Show us your at home set up with your favourite tutorial and tag #SHAREYOURACTIONS on instagram

Enjoy, and if there are any other tutorials you would like to see comment below and we will do our best for you.

Peace and love

x

The Studio Team

Power Flow with Natalia

A 20 minute dynamic vinyasa practice guided by Natalia. This class is designed to;

– Get the body moving
– Boost energy levels
– Strengthen the legs
– Open the heart

Practice suitable for all levels.

Drop us a comment and let us know how you get on!

Subscribe and check out our Youtube channel for more videos and practices

Step into Spring

02/03/2020

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

Clear space, Clear mind

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

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

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

Challenge yourself with something new!

Check in with your goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Edge, Alderley Edge

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

Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield

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

The Cloud, Congleton

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

Marbury Park, Anderton

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

Tatton Park, Knutsford

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

Pickmere Lake, Wincham

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

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

Heres to exploring!

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 in January it’s how manic it can be after all those festive shenanigans! We are all trying hard to stick to our resolutions and be our fittest, healthiest, best self. More often than not this becomes exhausting and results in us giving up.

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

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

For further tips & tricks check out our ‘Studio Blogs’ which covers further insight into the world of the Studio, Yoga, health, and a happier lifestyle!

The Studio Team x

JANUARY OFFERS

07/01/2020

It’s January and we want you to smash your goals this year just as much as you do!
So if yoga is how you plan to do it then here’s a few offers to kickstart that motivation and get the goals smashing!

6:30AM COFFEE CLUB

Come along to any 6:30am class throughout January and your morning coffee is on us!
(Tea too if that’s a bit of you)

* One hot drink per yogi

JAN SUPER SHRED



If you want to take your yoga to the next level, challenge yourself to complete 15 classes within 30 days! Sign up in January to take on the challenge!

– £100 for 15 classes
– Suitable for existing members
– Any unused classes will discontinue after 30 days

YOU CAN DO THIS!




JANUARY INTRO OFFER

Sign up in January for 2 months unlimited yoga!

– £120 for 2 months, usually £130!
– Available for new members only

SET YOUR INTENTIONS

As valued members of our community, we want to support your growth as much as possible, and in every way we can. Everything we do at The Studio is to inspire actions, so we’ve put a little pledge system together to help you reach your full potential!

Decide what your 2020 intentions are and share them with us through this link! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VMWRBRZ

Following your entry, we will continually support you smashing your goals and intentions through rewards to keep you motivated throughout the year!

You’re probably wondering where the offer is, our support and guidance of course. Oh and there’s a coffee or smoothie on us for anybody that sets their intentions with us! Just pop in and see us!

Reset Day Retreat

15/10/2019

Join us for a day of pampering and yoga bliss on Sunday 10 November, 14:00-18:00, at The Studio Cheshire.  Book Your Spot

During the day the focus will be to create and integrate an afternoon of yoga practices that nourish your mind, body and soul on every level. 

The Reset Yoga Workshop combines together the 8 limbs of yoga in the stunning setting of the Cheshire countryside.  First we start with a mindfulness and pranayama practice, calming and relaxing the mind. But then we kickstart the second practice with a dynamic yoga practice to detoxify our systems.  

After that we’ll relax and cleanse mind and body with a soothing gong bath meditation, followed by a peaceful and restorative yin practice. This will help to align our bodies and open up the connective tissue.  Most importantly, to finish the day we will venture into Alderley Edge for a healthy evening meal at The Botanist.

Check out The Botanist website here;

https://thebotanist.uk.com/locations/alderley-edge

This workshop is ideal for strengthening, lengthening, and opening our bodies and minds. Working to create new habits that are the foundation for a healthy yoga-based lifestyle.

Cost for workshop and evening meal is £99 per person. Book Your Spot

Also check out our event this weekend at The Alchemist, Manchester. Still a few places left!

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