Social interaction and bonding, whether with peers in the same group, team or class, or with a partner or a child, all have been shown to be beneficial for your health. Emotions such as affection and trust characterise bonding.
Group fitness classes bring a social element to exercising which helps with motivation and commitment. The bonds that you build with instructors and other members should grow stronger over time. [Read more…]
After giving birth to my son in October, I was not surprised to be told by my Midwife to start doing the old pelvic floor squeezing to tighten up my lady bits! I was however shocked by the vagueness of this statement.
As a trained pre/postnatal fitness expert, who enjoys keeping her education on this subject matter up to date, these squeeze and lift exercises in recent years have most definitely changed.
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…]
Recognising when you are happy and remembering what that feels like makes it easier to recreate.
In this day and age, it is very easy to analyse our unhappiness, faults and flaws in order to find the causes and make improvements. Have you ever thought about analysing your happiness?
As humans, we have the ability to observe our emotions, meaning we can recognise our feelings of glee and contentment. This allows us the power to harness and savour these moments and to take time to be grateful for them. [Read more…]
Taking a break can be good for you.
The holidays are coming and how are you going to juggle everything from family, social events, cooking, shopping and even the wrapping? During this festive period, it is often difficult to make exercising a priority. Please don’t beat yourself up over this, as taking a break from your workout routine is not a bad thing and chances are that you will probably more than make up for it in the New Year. [Read more…]
Will you benefit from a Pilates class?
So, you wake up with a sore back, neck ache, stiff shoulders or some other ailment. What is the one thing you should not make an excuse not to do? Well the answer is, avoid going to a Pilates class. So why is that?
Since Pilates is a total body workout, it can prepare and help to repair your body for the challenges of everyday life. Pilates is a specific type of exercise that focuses on both the mind and body to achieve optimum performance.
Keeping it brief, here are some of the major benefits: [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.