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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

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

Method

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.

Recipes from BBC Good Food

One Pot Smoked Tofu Stroganoff (Vegan)

Serves 2. Prep Time; 10 minutes. Cook Time; 10 minutes

Ingredients

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

  1. 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.
  2. Pour in 600ml vegetable stock or water, and soy sauce. Add the paprika.
  3. Add the pasta and stir to combine.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for around 7 minutes
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper
  6. Mix the potato starch and coconut milk and pour mixture in to the pan. Stir and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  7. Serve immediately

Cauliflower and Spinach Curry

Serves 4.

Ingredients

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe from Tesco

Happy Cooking!
Stay Well.

www.thestudiocheshire.com

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!

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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!

Its crazy that in this life, only one thing is guaranteed.  That nothing can stay the same.  Everything natural is created to grow, evolve and to move.  Yet change can still be one of the most overwhelming things we as humans can go through, even though its a part of us.  As soon as we enter the world change is the first thing we experience, the move from inside to the outside world.  As we grow up we see change in our environment, change in seasons, change in our skills, interests, personality, change in the people that surround us.  We are taught that we change our clothes for each occasion, change our hairstyle, change our minds .  As we are growing into ourselves we live for change, always looking for new ways we can reinvent ourselves and what else we can discover through changing our daily routines.  We crave the excitement and new experiences.

Yet when we get older, its like it gets harder to leave your comfort zone and change becomes more of a hindrance than an excitement.  The longer you are in a routine for, the harder it is to get out of.  Our brain has learnt that change is inevitable and that it must constantly learn to adjust and carry on, but yet we still mourn for the life we could of had.  When a situation doesn’t go our way, how we wanted it to all turn out, part of us still resists.  We dig our heels in to the ground, begging for life to pause for a moment so we can bury our heads in the memories of what we just lost.  The moments that we cant get back, and the people that were only meant to pass through our story for a brief period of time. The scariest thing is never knowing whether you have already experienced the best of something that you can never get back. Our fears will try to tell us that without what we have lost, we are less than what we were. Even when we know that it is all connected as part of a bigger picture, when you cant see the end result its hard to appreciate all the trials, heartbreaks, false hopes and things that didn’t work out as part of your journey.

“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as being stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

If only it was easy to recognise that we have created new space to move forward, without clinging on to what we have to move past.  Everyday we are presented with more choices, opportunities and feelings.  Our brain decides which it wants to take, and most of the time our heart is left to suffer.  We flow through each part of life recognising that every different level requires us to level up ourselves, we’ve seen it so many times, we’ve felt the hurt, and we’ve celebrated making it out the other side, only for the process to start all over again.

So why is change still so hard for us to grasp as inevitable. Why can we accept it and acknowledge it, but when we experience it every fibre in our body tells us to stop, while only a tiny part of us tells us to go?  Why is it so hard to tell if we are running away from something or running towards something? Imagine it to be so simple as to just flow freely through life with open arms, letting go of the past with ease and welcoming the future with an open heart.  As easy as inhaling and exhaling.  We are more connected with the past than we are with our hope for the future.  We are obsessed with being in control, like the way we try to take control of the planet when really the planet is in control of us.  To relinquish our control we feel is to relinquish our power.  We hold on to anything that brought us comfort as so if we never feel it again, we can always remember the moments where we felt content, before our lives were upturned once more.

What is the true meaning behind yoga?
Yoga means unity or union. The ultimate goal of yoga is to establish a relationship with the self, the soul. Manifesting our highest and truest self and living as that person everyday. In the West we mostly focus on the physical side of yoga. We use it to help us lose weight or to tone up or to help improve our flexibility. But there are so many other parts to our yoga practice that we are missing out on. By practicing all aspects of yoga in our daily life and routine, we can live more fulfilling and wholesome lives.

What we can achieve through Yoga.

  1. Change the habits of the mind
  2. Learn to travel within the mind
  3. Remove evils already existing in the mind

In this modern world we are living in, mental health is no joke. Our minds have become our enemies, and we are their slaves. Whatever the mind says, goes, whether its detrimental to our wellbeing or not. Through the practice of yoga we can learn to control our thoughts and our mind, only after this can we see the true nature of everything.

The nature of the human mind

  1. The mind is unstable. It cannot stay focused in one place.
  2. Mind is invisible, we cannot see our own mind
  3. The mind is very fast
  4. The mind always runs after the things it likes, and runs away from the things it dislikes
  5. Mind cannot distinguish between whats real and whats not.

Yoga Science provides us with The Eight Limbs of Yoga to help control our fluctuating minds. Something we can live by and incorporate into our daily routines. If we practice each of the first seven limbs we hope we can reach the last limb, Samadhi and live in the ultimate state of bliss. But what does it take to get there?

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Yama – Social Discipline
There are five social disciplines we should follow through the practice of yoga. These are; Non violence, reacting to any situation with non violence is our weapon. It helps in purifying the heart and mind. Truthfulness, our true nature is within truth, lies are adopted qualities that are not our own. Non stealing, stealing is witholding something that doesnt belong to you. The nature of the human mind is to desire what others have. Within the process of stealing there is a fight between divine consciousness and our mind consciousness. Sexual Continence, this means to be in control of our desires and not let our desires rule over us. And non posessiveness, this means to only keep and live with the things that add importance or value to our lives. Incorporating these ways of living into our lives even a little can help us on the way to becoming our higher self.

Niyama – Self Discipline
There are five self disciplines we should try to live by. These are purity, we often focus on purification of the outer body, but forget about the inside. We can make our mind pure through meditation. Contentment, yoga teaches us to live in society and how to live alone. Being happy with what you have now. Contentment is the control of desires. Endurance, our selfless service doing good for others without any expectation in return. Self study, this is purity of the mind and the softening of the heart. There are two types of self study, going deeper within yourself and outside learning. Complete faith in God, this doesnt mean faith or religion, this is our faith in the divine consciousness.

Asana – Physical Posture
Asana originally meant to be in a seated position which is firm but relaxed or steady and comfortable. A posture which we could work on to become used to staying seated through long periods of meditation, this was the goal. Only later did it become a more physical practice based around more dynamic moving postures and stretches. In the West this is the main part of yoga we focus on above all others.

Pranayama – Control of Breath
Pranayama is the movement of Prana or energy throughout the body. Prana is our life force, it moves in and out of our body with each inhale and exhale. Only with the breath can we learn to control the mind. We do the various asana postures so that our prana can flow with ease into all areas of our body. Breathing techniques can be added into your practice or meditation, to bring a moment of calm into your day.

Pratayahara – Control of Senses
Pratayahara is our withdrawal from the senses. You might of come across the term in your yoga class when the teacher tells you to close down your eyes. This is to take your attention from observing outside distractions and to return the focus within. Our senses are our minds best friend, as the mind is fed by the senses. Where the senses go the mind will follow. The more we try to withdraw from our senses the more we can learn to trust ourselves and our instincts.

Dharna – Concentration
These last three limbs are the foundation from which yoga science is built. Concentration means the engaging of the mind on a particular area or point. This is something we must practice to improve at. As we practice more we train the mind to become more concentrated. The concentration becomes fixed, the mind is not moving. This improves our inner and outer focus, allowing us to become more in tune. This is then meditation, which leads us into the next limb.

Dhyana – Meditation
Meditation is the continuous and unbroken flow of intense concentration of the mind. We meditate to learn how to make our mind obey us instead of us obeying our mind. Meditation is an important stage in calming and controlling the mind.

Samadhi – Realization
Samadhi is the ultimate realization, the complete concentration of the mind into bliss. Becoming the highest version of ourself through the practice of yoga.

Yoga is amazing! I think we can all agree on that one. And we know if you yogis could, you’d spend 25 hours a day, 8 days a week practicing! But like anything, too much of one thing is good for nothing. There’s more to life, a lot more! Doing the same thing day in day out is tiring, boring, and easily done!  We’re comfortable with this though, this is our safe place, a place where we feel in control. And this safe, controlled place is called our comfort zone. Sometimes it’s good to switch things up a little, try something new, meet new people, have new experiences.

So, besides yoga what else can we spend our time doing? We’ve thrown together 5 hobbies you can take up locally!

1. Walking


Fitness First! Maybe this one’s up for debate as to whether it’s classed as a hobby or not. But we have some avid walkers here at The Studio, so we’re going for yes, it is most definitely a hobby! And we’re not just talking about a trip to the shops, we’re talking about the long, beautiful, scenic walks that sometimes last for hours!

Not only is walking good for the physical body, it works wonders for the mind too! There’s nothing like a long walk over the tops or through the woodland feeling that fresh air on your face and the breeze through your hair, if you’ve got hair that is… Rain or shine, pop some boots on it’s walking time!

Walking in a group is a great way to get this healthy hobby started and it’ll help you stay motivated too! Check out the local walking groups and the walks they’re planning to go on! Maybe you can join the next one!

https://www.cheshirewalkers.org.uk

2. Reading

Anytime, anywhere…
Reading makes for a great hobby because not only does it enrich your mind with knowledge, it reduces stress, helps you relax, and you can literally do it anywhere! The Studio team have GAME when it comes to reading. Check out 5 books we’re currently engrossed in! Give them a go and tell us what you think! And if you have any favourites please tell!



1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

2. You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

3. The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer 

4. Me – Elton John 5. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

5. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

3. Climbing 

If a thrill is what you’re after, has climbing ever entered your mind? Believe it or not there’s a whole community of climbers out there that seek out all the sweet spots for climbing. There’s even a fair few climbs locally in Alderley Edge! So if you want to feel on top of the worl…edge, then have a look to see if you’ve stumbled across some climbs without even realising, maybe you can try them next time.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=3102#overview

We wouldn’t recommend running for the rocks straight away if you’re new to this hobby. Maybe give bouldering a go first to see how you get on with the luxury of crash mats… The closest one is Substation in Macclesfield! Recommended by Donna who’s partial to a little climb every now and again!

Find out how to book below!

Substation – Indoor Bouldering in Macclesfield, Cheshire

4. Arts & Crafts

Fancy yourself as the creative kind? Then you’ll want to join the Sketchbookers! They’re calling you!

It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but there’s more to arts and crafts than just enjoyment. It promotes focus, concentration and readies the brain for learning!

The Sketchbookers (Manchester)

Manchester, GB
1,498 Sketchbookers

Calling all amateur, professional and curious wannabe artists, this might be the perfect group for you! Drawing is action. I have had a passion for the arts since childhood.’…

Next Meetup

Let’s sketch

Saturday, Mar 7, 2020, 11:00 AM
20 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

5. All Rounder

You’re probably wondering what an all rounder is? Well we’re definitely not speaking about cricket, that’s for sure. Although, that would make a great hobby. We are talking about Wim Hoff and his method to becoming a happier, healthier, stronger you! Because why wouldn’t you want to try something that helps you achieve all those things in life. This has been a talking point in The Studio of recent and we’re interested to see who’s giving it a go? We’d love to know!

If you fancy a challenge, don’t mind the cold, and you’re feeling committed then this could be the perfect thing to try. Here’s everything you need to know about the Wim Hof Method and how to incorporate this method into your daily life! 

https://www.wimhofmethod.com/practice-the-method

HAPPY HOBBY FINDING

PEACE & LOVE

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

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The Studio Team x