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We all envy those people who easily slide out of bed at 6:00am every morning, eat a nutritious breakfast, get in a gym session, walk the dog and start their working day all before we’ve even brushed our teeth. How do they do it?

They say something becomes a habit if you stick to it for atleast 30 days. Commiting to starting your morning in a consistent way will help to turn struggle into ease. Stop hitting the snooze button and start getting out of bed with purpose and passion.

Building a morning yoga class into your routine will help you to feel energised in the morning and help regulate a normal sleep pattern, waking up earlier equals going to bed earlier! Plus getting exercise in in the morning boxes it off so the rest of the day is yours. It can be harder to commit to evening exercise because we are more likely to cancel. We may feel too tired after a long day at work, dinner plans might present themselves or we may struggle to find childcare.

Still need persuading to leave your bed in a morning? Here are some of the benefits of starting your day off with a yoga class.

1. The body needs to move

When we sleep our body is in rest mode, besides the occasional twitch, our bodies are still for around eight hours a night. While the muscles arent moving, layers of connective tissue build up between them. Our instinct in the morning when we wake up is often to do a full body stretch before we get out of bed. This is our bodies way of telling us we need to release those layers. If we don’t move and stretch throughout the morning these layers can continue to thicken and build throughout the day causing stiffness, aches and pains. So if you work seated at a desk or driving for most of the day, your body will thank you for getting up and moving early on!

2. Calm the nervous system

When our alarm jolts us out of sleep its easy to feel stressed before the day has even started. Getting kids ready for school, making breakfasts and rush hour traffic can all leave us feeling a little anxious. Fitting a yoga practice into your morning routine allows you to take some time out for you. Helping to calm the mind reducing stress and making you better equipped to handle stressful situations throughout the day. In yoga we focus on the movement flowing with the breath. We slow the breath down to calm the mind. When we breathe quickly our body goes into fight or flight mode, this can cause panic or anxiety. By slowing the breath we reduce stress hormones.

3. Heightens productivity and alertness

Starting your morning in a good frame of mind sets you up for continuing your day in the same way. Focusing early in the morning helps to stay focused for the rest of the day, and increase our productivity. Something ourselves or our bosses can appreciate during the working hours.

4. Who needs caffeine?

A morning coffee might be the first thing you reach for when you wake up, its not the best for us but we rely on it to give us that buzz we need to get going with our day. Doing exercise in the morning works the same way. An active yoga session is stimulating and energising, waking up the body, getting the heart rate up, blood pumping and releasing those endorphins that help lift our mood. Some good examples of dynamic movements that do this are sun salutations, backbends and twists.

5. Sweat is good

Did you know the average person has 2.6 million sweat glands? We may look at sweating as a bad thing, an inconvenience. But it actually works in our favour! Sweat fights germs, the glands excrete a natural antiobiotic called ‘dermciden’, helping to keep our skin and bodies clean and healthy. Its no doubt in a heated yoga class you will work up a sweat, but this will help your body to get rid of any toxins from the skin, helping you to start your day right. Follow with a shower and feel refreshed and re-energised from the inside out!

If you want to read more check out our blog post on the Benefits of Hot Yoga

The Studio is coming to Manchester!

Check out our next Yoga and Brunch Over at Victors Alderley Edge

Catch us for an afternoon of Yoga and Brunch at the beautiful Health and Wellness space, Foodwell. Join The Studio Team for a one hour dynamic yoga flow to work up an appetite and then hang out and chat with us over Brunch!

When: Saturday 21st September
Time: 11:30am
12:30 (Yoga Class)
12:30 onwards – (Brunch)

To book on click here!

For a selection of food options available on the day, check out the menu below!

See you there!

Hot Yoga

It allows your body to experience something NEW; you wouldn’t usually give yourself a workout in 35 degrees of heat. Yes, Hot Yoga is a workout before you ask. Your muscles and circulatory system will be responding to this new environment and therefore you will be using more energy. Some styles of yoga emphasize the spiritual aspect, others the breathing element and some the yoga poses them self. Hot Yoga highlights ALL 3 of these allowing your mind to be fully present in the yoga practise.

Below you will find out in more detail about the benefits of Hot Yoga.

Lucy

TOXINS

Sweating allows the body to remove any toxins from the body that are unwanted. Being in a 40-degree heated room means the body will sweat and therefore these negative toxins will be removed from the body.

This leads nicely onto the circulatory system.

CIRCULATION

The stimulation of circulation increases perspiration so helps eliminate toxins through your skin’s pores, helping with acne. This leaves your skin GLOWING!!

Now, this is where the workout really starts!…

In non-heated Yoga our bodies are kept in a “normal” environment and therefore are not put under the pressures of heat. We sweat to keep our bodies cool, to do this we need to use more energy = burning calories.

Yoga is also classed as a cardio-vascular fitness as we are using the heart and lungs to provide oxygen rich blood to the working muscle tissues. The muscles have to then turn this oxygen rich blood into energy for movement.

WEIGHT LOSS

As you have just read, Hot Yoga is a workout and you ARE burning calories. Being in a calorie deficit means weight loss can be achieved so therefore Hot Yoga can help towards weight loss. As well as this Hot Yoga can strengthen your muscles, help with endurance and of course flexibility.

Kiera showing the Forearm Wheel pose

FLEXIBILITY

A hot environment causes the muscles to relax and therefore makes it seem easier to stretch further as those ligaments, joints and muscles have loosened. After time the muscles will begin to get used to the positions that are used in yoga which means your flexibility will increase. As well as this your overall everyday posture will improve.

INJURY

As Hot Yoga can open up your muscle tissues to allow a deeper stretch, this can really help with some injury recovery as you start to use the muscles again. However always ask a doctor for advice for when to start back exercising after an injury.

Alicia

MINDFULNESS

Our minds are one of the most important parts of our body, and the most active. Anything we can do to help relax our mind can help decrease stress levels and also help us to get away from negative thoughts. In Hot Yoga our minds are completely taken away from the outside world as our concentration is solely on the class; each position, movement and breath. At the end of each class the meditation helps stop the spiral of negativity through training your thought pattern and mind to realize when the negativity begins; turning the negative to a positive, not only in the yoga class but in day to day life.

LUNG CAPACITY

One of the most important parts of Hot Yoga is being able to use your breath in the hot environment. Your lung capacity will increase overtime as you learn different Pranayamas (breathing exercises). Prana is your “life force energy” and yamas means “the control of”; therefore, Pranayamas is how you control, cultivate or modify the Prana in the body. There’s three main Pranayamas, deep, fast and quiet. You will explore all three of these in Hot Yoga.

Kombucha is a fermented drink made from sweetened tea and a specific culture known as a scoby. Scoby stands for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts’. The bacteria and yeasts convert the sugar into ethanol and acetic acid. The acetic acid is what gives kombucha its distinctive sour taste.

Check out Booch&Brew, they supply the studio with three mega flavours of Kombucha!

https://boochandbrew.com/

TRAPEZE WITH NINA

15/07/2019

Everything you need to know.

Have you managed to catch one of our Trapeze Yoga classes at The Studio yet? Well good news, Nina is back with her weekly class 11:00-12:00 every Wednesday!

We’ve had such a great time seeing everyone progressing, trying something new and most importantly having the most FUN! Whether you come alone or bring a friend, Trapeze yoga is sure to get you flying & giggling in no time. Trapeze is suitable for all levels including beginners and is led by our fantastic teacher Nina who will get you feeling confident hanging upside down and building strength through the different postures.

Why Trapeze?

Trapeze has many benefits including:


– Increased Flexibility and Mobility
– Improved Blood Pressure
– Pain release for Scoliosis and Back Pain
– Building overall body strength

So if you fancy joining us for a class you can book on by:
Emailing us at info@thestudio-mcr.com
DM us on Instagram at @thestudiocheshire
Online at www.thestudiocheshire.com
Call us on 01625 861179
Or by downloading The Studio Cheshire App

We hope to see you in the air soon!

Did you wake up in a really good mood on Sunday morning, full of motivation and positivity?  It could be because last Sunday the 14th July was the Happiest Day of the Year!  

July 14th is the midpoint of the year, we’re in the midst of sunshine and blue skies, summer holidays and longer evenings.  The extra hours of daylight and more sunshine means were getting that all important Vitamin D, that we miss out on through the cold and dreary months of winter.  We feel more energised and like we have more hours in the day to get things done. We get to slow down and spend more time outdoors, sipping in that fresh air. So no matter how you spent your Sunday, whether you felt the joy of the happiest day of the year, or whether you didn’t even know it was happening, we can use it to reflect and review what brings us happiness and how we can spend our time doing the things that bring us the most joy!

Get Outdoors!

You know how much we love Yoga here at The Studio, so why not grab your mat and reconnect to nature and spend some time flowing outdoors.  Give thanks to the sun above your head with a few rounds of Sun Salutations, and relax and reconnect with the environment around you. What sounds do you hear?  Focus on the feeling of the sun on your skin, the breeze blowing softly against you, the smell of the grass. Focusing on our senses helps us to slow down and enjoy the present moment.  We all wish the year would stop speeding by when it gets to Summer, with the onset of the nights drawing in and the cold months looming. So slow down your mind and time will follow.  

Get Active

The summer months are a great time to get active as you feel the extra energy the sun provides.  So why not try out a new hobby? A morning run, a round of badminton in your local park, swimming in an outdoor pool or lake, or yoga on the beach.  As the daylight hours are longer, some of us find it more natural to wake up earlier as our rooms are pouring with morning sunlight from about 5am. Instead of hitting the snooze button, jump out of bed when the sun is up and use those extra hours for something you enjoy before starting your working day.  

Spend time doing the things you LOVE!

Whether its picnics with the kids, reading quietly on a sun lounger outside, walking the dog on your lunch break or jetting off to your favourite holiday destination. By making time to prioritse these things into your day, you can makesure the happiest day of the year is all year round! By keeping a positive mindset we can learn to flow with change and enjoy each day as it comes, whatever it brings.

Happy Summer!

Donna

Community, (noun).

1.     A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

2.     The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.

We all know the endless benefits yoga has on our bodies and our minds, and how it helps us to be better within ourselves as an individual.   But what about the effects it has on bringing people together as a community?

As we get older it’s hard to juggle all the tasks we have to cram into our busy schedules.  We have to work long hours and spend time commuting back and forth. We balance spending time with family and friends in our free time, perhaps looking after children or partners.  We take our role as mother, father, grandparents, sister, cousin, friend very seriously. We juggle hobbies and self-care, usually pushing these towards the back of our schedules, even though these are things that bring us the most joy.  It can get a little frazzling, to feel like you’re the only one struggling to manage to keep everything and everyone in order. Yoga creates a space for us to escape our life roles, what defines us outside of the studio, and the thoughts that race through our minds all day. It brings us peace of mind, to feel safe and unjudged, around people who are all in the same boat. 

We want a little peace and quiet away from our home life, or we need to unwind after a stressful day at the office, or we use it as a chance to catch up with our friends.  Coming to a yoga class, creates a common ground with the person sitting next to you on the mat, even if you don’t know them. We might not all be in class for the exact same reason (most of us are here for savasana though right?), but we come because it brings us closer to ourselves and each other.  It brings together people of different backgrounds, ages, shapes, sizes, genders and interests to all share the same experience, raising our energy creates positive energy and real connections with others.

This is our yoga community. 

Here at the studio we try to create an environment which focuses on bringing people together from the surrounding towns Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Macclesfield and further afield.  It creates an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and feel at home in our space. Creating change in our smaller communities connects us together to change our bigger community for the better with more awareness of ourselves and each other.  Whether you are new to the area or lived round here for years, we hope you feel a sense of community especially within our studio.

Donna

Water is just water right? It’s all the same, or is it?

You may of heard a bit about Alkaline Water and wondered whats so special about it and how it can possibly be any different from tap water. So heres a bit of the science and facts behind our water available at The Studio!

Did you know our bodies have their own PH scale?  Running from 0-14 (0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most Alkaline.)  Our PH levels should be kept at approximately 7, to transport oxygen around the body and maintain good health.  The problem in this modern day, is that our diets are heavily Acidic from eating a lot of processed “junk” food, so our scales are tipping away from the Alkaline side meaning the blood is too acidic, the body is removing the acidic waste through the cells, which become too acidic and die.  Most illnesses thrive in Acidic environments so keeping a diet rich in Alkaline food is key for maintaining long term health.

Some foods that are Alkaline rich are;

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Spirulina
  • Lemon
  • Sprouts
  • Celery

But the easiest way to increase your Alkaline levels is simply by changing your water!  Alkaline water has many proven benefits such as;

  • Helping with digestion
  • Carrying nutrients to cells
  • Flushing out toxins
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Hydrating 
  • Reduces inflammation within the body
  • Restores PH balance 
  • Mineral rich (higher concentrations of calcium, magnesium and potassium)
  • Energising 

Tap water is commonly contimated with chemicals such as chloroform, pesticides and waterborne pathogens that end up in our water pipes, these can be harmful even in small doses. At the studio we have bottled Alkaline Water from our Kangen machine which filters and ionizes the water as it pumps through the system. Set at a PH level of 9.5 perfect for keeping the body at maximum hydration after a heated yoga class!  Hydration is key for preventing fatigue and headaches after exercise, water lost through sweating needs to be replaced frequently.  The body is 70% water so we should be making sure we are putting the best quality water into our system. 

Happy Hydrating!

There’s got to be a way past the psychological obstruction that prevents one from diving head first into a perfect handstand. When we arrive at the point in our practice where the teacher speaks the words we feel distaste for.


The hand balance inversions

We allow ourselves to believe our mind is stronger than the upper body stength that a hand stand may require. What is stopping us?

What if we fall?
What if we freak out?
What if we fail?

Lets try and take those “what if’s” and replace them with “so what’s”.

If we fail, we fail. So what? There’s no end to trying again, and again, and again!

Go and check out this blog written by YogaLondon! We think it helps shine a positive light on the seemingly impossble hand balances and offers some cool tips on how to develop them! Enjoy!

Yoga in the Home

28/06/2019

We all know what it feels like when the days get so busy they all start rolling into one, it’s one of those non-stop weeks where you go from one job to the next and just can’t find the time to eat, sleep or squeeze in going to your favourite yoga class.  As much as we all need to slow down and free up more time for ourselves, sometimes it’s just not possible. Until teleporting is invented, the kids always need to be picked up from school, chores need to be completed, and work (unfortunately) cannot be skipped.  So how can we give ourselves the time we deserve so we don’t get burnt out?  

Try a Yoga practice at home!

It doesn’t have to be a full hour Vinyasa flow sequence finishing standing on your head, it can be a quick ten minutes while your waiting for the kettle to boil, or a morning meditation when you get out of bed in the morning before the rest of the house wakes up and chaos begins.  Pausing in your day to take a couple of mindful breaths goes a long way. Use the time you have, and use the space you have.

Create a Space for YOU

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a big free open space in your house, is there a quiet corner in your living room where you can pop your mat down and light some candles?  It’s nice to create a small area in your home that feels cosy and relaxing where you can retreat to practice. You can try adding cushions, candles, incense or an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxed mood and soothing scents.  If this is still too much of a fuss for your hectic day, thats the great thing about yoga you can do it anywhere your mat fits! If it’s sunny, why not get out into the fresh air and practice in the garden! Or pop your headphones in whilst your on the school run and listen to an uplifting podcast or meditation.  

If your not confident with making up a practice or sequence on your own, and cant remember any you’ve learnt in class, there is an abundance of free tutorials on youtube that you can watch and follow along on. Find an instructor whose class and teachings resonate with you and follow along on their online classes. Or try downloading a free app you can use there’s loads to choose from!  Here are my top 3 Yoga and Mindfulness Apps that I recommend for setting up a home practice.

Downdog (free)

Downdog is a great app for practice at home.  You can select what type of session you want to do from a full Vinyasa to a Restorative Yin session.  How long you want your session to be, starting from 12 minutes up to an hour and a half. You can select what level class you want suited to your ability, from Beginners all the way through to Advanced.  It has full video instruction and a guided voiceover so you can follow along with or without watching. It’s a great one to use at home as you can make it work for you, and every session it gives you includes different postures, music and guidance.  

Insight Timer (free)

Insight Timer is an app with thousands of free guided meditations.  You can select a theme to meditate on whether it be anxiety, better sleep, boosting self esteem or practicing mindfulness at work.  You can do as little as a 5 minute session all the way up to over an hour. So you can relax, bed in and choose what you need.

Calm 

Calm is one of the most popular meditation apps on the market with beautiful breathing exercises, sleep stories and soundscapes.  So even if you are on the go you can pop your headphones in and get a little bit of peace whether your at the office or walking the dog.  You can listen to the soothing sounds of ocean waves lapping on the shore, the sound of rainfall falling through forest leaves or gentle music that soothes and calms the soul.

We hope this article inspires you into finding a place and a time in your day to dedicate that little bit of time to yourself no matter when or where it is! Happy Practicing!

Donna