It’s nearly time to open up, St Andrews.
With one week to go, we’re pretty chuffed about OPEN DAY, giddy to welcome you all to our seaside studio. Spots in the FREE 30-minute taster classes (Barre Fit, Pilates, Ashtanga & Vinyasa yoga and Movement & Mindful Meditation) are beginning to fill. In preparation for the event, we interviewed members to discover what they love about The View Studio. And in the spirit of #openupstandrews, we asked them to reveal something they’re open to try this year.
First up is Emma Ward, Nursery Early Years Practitioner and mum of two.
MY FAVOURITE CLASS: “Pilates. I really enjoy the deep stretch and alignment awareness this class gives me. When I skip a class, my body misses it and doesn’t feel right. I think sitting on teeny chairs at work doesn’t help either.”
I LOVE THE VIEW STUDIO BECAUSE: “When I visit The View it is my chance for ‘me time’, my chance to escape from the endless tasks I need to be doing at home. Those tasks can wait an hour or so. The small class sizes are great and with the sea view, I feel like I could be anywhere. Concentrating on the view outside surely takes my mind off the jelly leg barre tasks.”
THIS YEAR I AM OPEN TO: “Trying gin again! In the past I’ve never got the taste for it but I am determined to like it as I’d love to be able to order a g&t – then I’d know that I’m a proper grown-up lady!”
Thanks, Emma. We’re open to helping you reach those gin-tasting goals too.
Say hello to Donna Renton. In her words, she is addicted to The View and “is owned by one laid-back lab and one nutty spaniel.” She is also a wife and a mother of three teenagers.
MY FAVOURITE CLASS: “4.15pm barre because it signals the start of the week’s classes for me even though it always gives me jelly legs!”
I LOVE THE VIEW STUDIO BECAUSE: “I meet people whose paths I perhaps wouldn’t have otherwise crossed. I love the different abilities and ages, the chats before and after class and most of all, the laughs during! I love the fact that as soon as I get there, just for that hour or two, it’s ‘me time’.”
THIS YEAR I AM OPEN TO: “Replacing red wine with water but failing that (which is highly likely) I’d like to build enough confidence and strength to achieve a headstand in Iyenger class before my next milestone birthday!”
Remember this face because you’ll likely see her every time you attend a class. (She is really addicted. It’s true.) And if you turn up to the 90-minute Iyenger class on a Thursday, you may be able to help her make her headstand dream come true. We love you, Donna!
Meet Cheryl Dochard, mum of three and Administrator for the Royal Economic Society. Cheryl has a quick wit and has been known to have people in stitches by the end of class. It’s wonderful – except when you’re trying to hold a Teaser in Pilates.
MY FAVOURITE CLASS: “Barre Fit, for sure! Abs tight from the first beat, leg shakes and great instructors!
I LOVE THE VIEW STUDIO BECAUSE: “It’s a workout with friends and A1 instructors. Throw in the sea view…pure bliss!”
THIS YEAR I AM OPEN TO: “Embracing my inner ballerina!
Meet Alex Shaw, a fourth-year Business Management student hailing from Florida. Alex is a prolific beach expert (if that’s a thing) and a mastermind behind a lens. This year Alex plans on completing her degree whilst taking on major creative endeavours for a not-so-tiny event called DONT WALK.
MY FAVOURITE CLASS: “I love Vinyasa Flow on Saturday mornings because it is the perfect way to unwind from the hectic week and energise myself for the fun things of the weekend!”
I LOVE THE VIEW STUDIO BECAUSE: It is such a peaceful space to have a great workout in. There’s definitely a reason why it’s named ‘The View.”
THIS YEAR I AM OPEN TO: “Trying out the 7AM Ashtanga!”
Early mornings have nothing on you, Alex. Rest assured that the good people at Taste will be ready to brew your coffee at 8:03. (It takes roughly two minutes to hit Taste after a class. Bonus.)
Finally, meet Jane Carswell, Founder and Owner of Capercaillie Escapes (a wee tour and events company for bespoke trips around Scotland)
MY FAVOURITE CLASS: “Monday lunchtime barre – nicely breaks up the first day of the working week. It’s always a busy class and just has a great energised feel to it.”
I LOVE THE VIEW STUDIO BECAUSE: “I love The View for many reasons: the beautiful setting by the water which I always find inspiring, the warm welcome that Sam and the instructors always provide, and the genuine escape from things for an hour.”
THIS YEAR I AM OPEN TO: “Becoming a leaner, healthier person in mind, body and soul (with a little bit of help from my friends.) I’m also open to trying a new activity or seeing a new place every month.”
What about you? What are you open to this year? Come tell us in person on Saturday 17th September. The party starts at 9am. See you there!
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