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The Studio YouTube

23/06/2020

Your home for all things health and wellness!

Our Studio YouTube Channel is a home for inspiring our community to invest in themselves and their health! Offering inspiration to promote a healthy lifestyle through Yoga, Fitness, Health & Wellbeing.

You can find everything from home workouts, yoga flows, mindful meditations and healthy recipes to help you live a healthy, happy life. The journey to becoming the best version of you starts HERE!

Don’t forget you can like and subscribe to our channel to always be up to date and be the first to know about our latest videos! Tap the image below to go straight to the channel!

Getting Started

Make yourself at home! To make it super easy we have created three playlists to help you find exactly what you are looking for. New to The Studio YouTube and want to get a feel of what The Studio is all about?

Check out a glimpse of what we have to offer here;

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The Studio Online

This is where you can find all your online yoga flows! From quick morning sessions to kick start your day, to tutorials to hone in on your yoga skills, to relaxing stretches to rest and restore before bed. These are flows you can do anytime, anywhere. There is something for everyone, no matter your experience or lifestyle!

Can’t wait to get started? Tap the image below to go straight to one of our favourite feel good flows!

Fitness & Sports

Looking for something to push your training to the next level? This playlist is home to your training tool kit. Videos to help you stay on top of your game, no matter what sport you train in! Stretches to speed up recovery, the perfect post workout smoothie, and workout inspiration to get you motivated!

Perfect if you’re looking to start your fitness journey and need some guidance and inspiration, or if you are a fitness fanatic looking for ways to help maximise your training performance and get the most out of your workout.

Dive right in with this full body workout tutorial you can fit in to your daily routine!

Health, Wellbeing & Lifestyle

Your hub for all things health, wellness and lifestyle. Our Studio ethos is to create a space to grow, and it all starts from within! A healthy mind helps support a healthy body. So here you can find nutritious and healthy recipes to fuel your body, meditations to help cultivate peace and clarity into a busy schedule, and helpful tips and tricks to live happier!

It all starts with you! Start your day the right way with this energy boosting breakfast! A step by step video tutorial with all the recipe details, tap below to find more!

How can you get involved?

We love to hear from you! Don’t forget you can like and subscribe to our channel to stay up to date with the latest videos! Drop us a comment and let us know which tutorial is your favourite, and head to the discussions board to leave us some feedback, we would love to know what you think!

What else would you love to see on our YouTube Channel? Let us know in the comments below!

Relieve tired and aching muscles post workout!

Finished your workout? Making time to cool down after a training session is an important aid in improving your recovery. Relaxing the body and returning the heart rate back to normal, allows you to absorb the benefits of the workout you just had. After working on strengthening the muscles its important to then work on lengthening them with some post workout stretches. This reduces muscle tightness and soreness, and helps to prevent injury.

You’ll be ready for your next session in no time!

3 steps to recovery!

Refuel

We all know how important it is to refuel the body after a workout! Stay hydrated and give yourself a protein boost with this Post Workout Smoothie recipe.

Top tip! Try and drink within the first 20 minutes of completing your session for maximum benefits.

Relax

Looking for a rest day release? Keep stiffness at bay and unwind further on your rest day with these simple stretches to release and relax.

Rest

Did you know the body does most of its healing whilst you sleep? After a good workout its crucial to get a good nights sleep to allow the body to repair and recover. Try this before bed to send you off into a blissful nights sleep.

Want to know more?

For more tips and tricks on how to make the most of your workout, check out the blog for our top Pre and Post Workout Tips!

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!

Join Natalia for this 20 minute practice as the latest part of The Studio Online Series! A practice to feel grounded and grateful during lockdown. We calm the mind and restore balance to the body. Focusing on cultivating that feeling of gratitude that we can take with us off the mat.

Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below!

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Need some help staying positive?

Mindful meditation for everyone

Top 5 Best Meditation Apps

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

Sometimes all we need to take a moment to relax, take a deep breath and ground ourselves. Giving ourselves the space to breathe and create a clear and focused mind to make the most of each day. Meditation is a simple exercise to integrate into your routine with huge benefits. Studies suggest using this practice on average 5-10 minutes a day can reduce stress, improve your emotional health and enhance self-awareness. Therefore, below we have included some of The Studio favourites and the worlds best meditation apps ready to help prepare you for whats to come.

Apps

Calm

Price: Download for free with optional in-app purchases

Google Rating: 5*

This app is perfect for those who are new to the world of meditation, offering a seven day beginners program with simple calming exercises to help focus on your breathing techniques whilst clearing your mind. They also provide a ‘calm Kids’ section for those aged between 3-17 years old so your children can feel relaxed too. Furthermore, they include a library for ‘sleep stories’ so you can fall asleep feeling content.

Headspace

Price: 14 day free trial (optional subscription after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app creates personalized plans based on information you provide focusing on balancing your life with their mindfulness techniques for daytime use, focusing on training your mind and body to fulfil a happier lifestyle. To make full use of this app they also provide sleep music tracks and nature soundtracks to help give you a blissful night sleep

Aura

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app provides you with a personalized plan based on questions asked at the beginning of your experience. Aura presents you with a daily meditation practice based on your answers. This app is also compatible with the ‘Apple watch’ and aims to reduce stress and increase positivity.

Insight Timer

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app gives you the most hands-on experience when it comes to practicing meditation compared to all other apps. It also includes discussion groups and community features, known as “a social network for mediators”. Including ambient music and soundtracks to calm the mind.

10% Happier

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app was created to motivate those who might lose sight along the way due to their busy lifestyles with weekly updates, so it never feels like a chore. Daily videos and guided meditations teach you what to do in the simplest way possible, including a range of content showing ways to manage stressors such as anxiety.

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

Pranayama

25/10/2019

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

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

Breathing Techniques

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

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

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

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

Sama Vritti Pranayama (Equal Part Breath)

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

Ujjayi (Ocean Breath)

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

So what movements benefit what breath?

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

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

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

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

Our Studio Yoga Dictionary is here to help!

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

Sanskrit words and phrases and what they mean

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

Om – The sound of the universe.

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

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

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Are you interested in joining our 6 week Ashtanga course with Ryan? Starting Friday 20th September from 9:30-11am he will be breaking down the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence.

Okay so what is Ashtanga?

Ashtanga is a traditional series of postures performed in the same sequence everytime. It is a dynamic practice combined with focus on the breath. There are six different level sequences in Ashtanga each getting progressively harder. In traditional practice, students are expected to remember the movements, in preparation for a Mysore. A class which is unguided by the teacher and participants flow through the sequence on their own as a self led practice.

Padahastasana, one of the fundamental postures in Ashtanga

Usually an Ashtanga practice will begin with five repetitions of Surya Namaskara A and five repetitions of Surya Namaskara B, (Sun Salutations) followed by a standing sequence. Following this the practitioner will progresses through one of six series including a standard closing sequence.

The six series are as follows:

  1. The Primary series: Yoga Chikitsa, Yoga for Health or Yoga Therapy
  2. The Intermediate series: Nadi Shodhana, The Nerve Purifier (or The Second series)
  3. The Advanced series: Sthira Bhaga, Centering of Strength
  1. Advanced A, or Third series
  2. Advanced B, or Fourth series
  3. Advanced C, or Fifth series
  4. Advanced D, or Sixth series

So the 6 week course focuses on the Primary Series, whats that?

For our course Ryan will be focusing on the Primary Series Sequence. The Start of all the Ashtanga Series. Here is a rough breakdown of what you can expect week by week.

Week One – Welcome talk about Ashtanga, Opening chant and handouts will be provided. A look at Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A and B) the fundamental postures.

Week Two – Fundamental Asana breakdown

Week Three – Primary Series Asana

Week Four – Primary Series Asana part 2

Week Five – Primary Series complete sequence, guided class

Week Six – Mysore self practice class/or a second full sequence guided class

Each week will include a recap of the previous weeks postures and linking the movements together. A sheet of the posture sequence will be provided to guide you, allowing you to refer to it whenever you need. All you need is your water, towel and excitement to learn!

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog

Is this class for me?

If you are looking to increase your practice with a dynamic flow class, gain knowledge of Ashtanga terminology and Asana, to perfect your postures, then this course is for you! Suitable for beginners upwards, it will help any yogi to become more confident in their postures and practice.

To book in or for more information please contact:
info@thestudiocheshire.com
to reserve your space, see you on the mat!