There is a huge debate going on regarding the integrity of modern Yoga and what it is evolving into. Documentaries, social media posts, articles and even in discussion amongst yoga teachers and those who practice yoga. Who is in the right? As a fairly recently qualified Yoga Teacher I can testify how easy it is to train and gain insurance to enable one to teach what is termed ‘Yoga’. The course that enabled me to teach was, I felt, lacking somewhat in philosophy & spirituality and so I sought out another course that is now offering what I seek as, firstly a lifetime student and hopefully an effective teacher. [Read more…]
There are many answers like drinking hot drinks and adding additional layers but why not consider stoking your inner fire by practicing some yoga.
Our circulation decreases in the cold and in turn this slows the effectiveness of the organs which causes a further decrease in our body’s temperature. [Read more…]
Should we or shouldn’t we plank?
Planks are a phenomenal exercise for core strengthening, but only if done correctly. Holding a plank will engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and in doing so will work more than just your core, by also working the glutes and hamstrings. A plank supports correct posture and improves balance. [Read more…]
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la! As the festive adverts paint a perfect family Christmas, for some the pressures at this time of year can be all too much.
The reality of endless shopping whether trawling the high streets or plugging in and purchasing online, cooking, dealing with relatives, excited children and trying to cram in a very hectic social calendar can result in a stress overload. Beware anxiety is likely to occur. [Read more…]
Your decision on how you manage stress can have a massive impact.
Did you know that stress is actually a fight or flight response? It is automatically activated when we sense that we are threatened by someone or something. The response causes our bodies to increase both heart rate and blood pressure. As a result, our reactions are faster and our strength and agility increase.
Stress is not the perceived threats or demands made on you but rather your response to those perceived threats or demands. [Read more…]
Keep those tootsies cosy this Autumn.
That special something in the air at this time of year definitely indicates that autumn is upon us. A crisp breeze, crackling logs on the fire and the bristling colourful leaves rustling under foot. The amazing array of colours and picturesque scenes inspire many.
Autumn brings tradition with Harvest Festivals, dressing up ready to trick or treat with Halloween and all to be followed by the thrill and excitement of Guy Fawkes’ Bonfire Night.
The perfect excuse to sneak a hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows and cream!!!), the amazing aromas of scented candles, snuggles under the duvet, the return of fluffy onesies and the joy of hearty comforting food makes autumn a dream.
As with everything in life, there are always draw backs and in Autumn it has to be the start of the return of ice-blocks for feet. [Read more…]
Find out how to own those early mornings like a yogi.
Ever wondered how our yoga instructors (yogi’s) seem so bright and breezy in the morning whilst bending like a pretzel? Read more to find out how you can brighten up your mornings.
Morning rituals vary tremendously from person to person, culture to culture and also depending upon various situations within one’s life journey. As circumstances change so may your morning rituals to help coincide.
The View Studio’s amazing yogi Sarah, her morning begins with a caffeine kick to stimulate her body and mind in to wake up mode. Sarah also realises the importance of hydration so she combines her caffeine kick with an essential cup of hot water. Sipping both quietly, Sarah gazes into her garden and appreciates this tranquil time of day.
Yoga – which type is for you?
We want you to get the most out of your yoga classes at The View Studio and that means finding a style that fulfils the needs of your mind, body and spirit in the present moment.
One session can help to transform your day or life for that matter, by improving your mental wellbeing, as well as acting as a prompt for you to change certain behavioural patterns that might be holding you back.
It can help you to feel stronger, flexible and more open minded. [Read more…]
The popular workout of Barre integrates dance, Pilates, yoga and strength training all in one. It is also great for stretching and lengthening, so it really should be a consideration.
So that you can make a more informed decision though and not just take our word for it, here are some more details.
Barre Training – The Fundamentals
This training method has been designed to give a total body workout. Barre workouts are an infusion of:
- Classical ballet training – Known for its aesthetics & rigorous technique including pointe work, turnout of the legs and high extensions.
- Pilates – Improves flexibility, builds strength and develops both control and endurance of the body.
- Yoga – Increases flexibility, muscle strength, tone, respiration, energy and vitality. Connects the mind and body and can protect from injury.
- Cardio Dance – Allows you to improve your cardio incorporating a variety of low and medium impact aerobic dance moves.
- Calisthenics – Also known as body weight training, light hand held weights are used however most of the time we use the body to develop the body.
- Strength Training – With strength training resistance is used to induce muscular contraction to build strength, anaerobic endurance and increase muscle size.
Mindfulness – So what exactly is it?
You may have seen it on our timetable, heard the term mentioned numerous times, but what actually is mindfulness in layman terms?
We are not going to over complicate things by writing a long winded article, we are keeping it simple so you can stay in the moment….see what we did!
Basically, mindfulness is a meditation practice, focusing on the body, breath and sound, training the mind to be present in the moment.
Like any form of exercise, meditation can feel boring, uncomfortable and darn right difficult at times! Try to think of mindfulness as a “mind gym” where you learn to build your ability to pay attention like a muscle. A well-honed muscle of attention helps us make the right decisions, and will help to implement into our daily life.
5 everyday mindfulness tips:
You wouldn’t attempt to run a marathon if you hate running and have only actually ever run for a bus…keep it simple and choose an activity you do each day and, for a few moments while you’re doing it, try to pay attention to every sensation – sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch – go on check in with your senses.
Choose a piece of food you really enjoy. Cut whatever it is into bite-sized pieces. Place a small morsel in your hand. You may feel utterly ridiculous…just go with it, focus on what the food looks like, as if this the first time you have ever seen it. Using your senses begin to notice the colour, the edges, the shape. After a minute or so, pop that tasty morsel into your mouth, chew slowly and notice what sweetness or bitterness tastes like. Notice what the urge to swallow feels like.
Ask yourself “What does the water feel like?” Whether you are in the shower or bath, experience the movements you make while soaping up and washing the soap off again as if this is the first time you have ever washed! Notice when your mind drifts off and you start thinking about your to-do list for the day, then bring your focus back to the feel of showering.
3. The ritual of tea:
Being British we are a nation of tea drinkers. This is a great one to be in the moment with. Slowly, try to experience the details…the sensation of pouring the hot water into the teapot or cup, stirring the tea spoon round and round, smelling as you bring the cup to your lips, tasting and enjoying that first sip of the day…bliss!! Ok to try with coffee too if you are a) not British or b) Not a tea lover.
4. At your desk:
First up check your posture, notice are your shoulders hunched? Rounded forwards? Hello people, channel your inner Pilates goddess and melt those shoulders down your back, open your chest and lengthen your spine. Now tune into what the sensations are of tapping your fingers on the keys. Are you a loud tapper, or quite gentle? One finger typer or do you own that keyboard like a concert pianist? Come off autopilot and notice when your mind demands you type something new and, when you do, come back to the feeling in your fingertips.
Here’s our last really simple one. Nobody is too busy to walk through a door way. Entering class at The View Studio, I know for a fact you will walk through three doorways! This one again takes 30 seconds to a minute. Each day when you go through a doorway, you can home in on just one particular doorway to make it even easier. Use this doorway as a reminder to notice what’s going on around you; the sounds, smells, sights and the feeling in your body. Check in with your senses again.
There you have it, 5 simple steps to adding mindfulness into your day. Come on, no one is ever too busy to eat!