yoga

Learn To Love Your Workout

If we don't love our workout, we will never achieve fitness goals.  You may start with the best intentions, but you will quickly resent going to the gym/class and stop....how depressing!

Finding classes we love, people we want to workout with and support us, as well as activities that work to our personality, body, emotions is key.  Don't worry we are here to help.

Why Is It Important?

  • We are all different (height, weight, body type, emotionally)
  • We all workout for different reasons (stress, weight, tone, strength, sporting goals)

How Do You Know What Is For You?

 

Balance Magazine has published a few questions to help you know what workout is right for you.

 

What are your main fitness goals?

A. To enjoy using my body and boost some feel good hormones.

B. Improve my muscle mass and change the shape of my body.

C. Put myself to the test while getting fit in the most efficient way possible. 

D. To beat stress and improve my mental outlook..

 

How much money could you spend on monthly fitness? 

A. As little as possible.

B. The cost of 3-5 weekly coffees.

C. The cost of 10 weekly coffees.

D. The cost of 20 weekly coffees.

 

How much time could you devote to exercise each week?

A. No more than 2-3 hours.

B. 3-4 hours.

C. 4-5 hours.

D. I can't tell how much free time I have from one week to the next.

 

What do you think is the biggest factor stopping you exercising?

A. Boredom and lack of motivation.

B. The lack of a definitive end goal.

C. An injury from over-exuberant training.

D. Work or family life not allowing enough 'me-time'. 

 

How well do you accept and want instruction?

A. I prefer to chart my own course.

B. I like to be shown once then go my own way.

C. I prefer to be coached if possible.

D. I want to be given expert instruction detail. 

 

How social are you, on a scale of one to 10 (where 10 is life and soul of the party)?

A. 1-3

B. 4-5

C. 8-10

D. 6-7

 

How important is your sports performance relative to your training? 

A. Not that important.

B. It's a big factor.

C. Occasionally I factor it in.

D. I don't play sports.

 

How competitive are you?

A. I'm not into competition at all.

B. I prefer competing against myself.

C. I need to win at all costs.

D. I try to avoid it because it's bad for my mental wellbeing. 

 

WHICH EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

MOSTLY As: Structured exercise is vital to you but enjoyment needs to be the key factor. Balance magazine recommend exercising outdoors, whether that's running, cycling or power walking in your local park. The magazine recommends writing a list of workouts you'd love to try, sticking it to your fridge and trialling a new one each month.

Try also our online workouts and even our online PT option

MOSTLY Bs: Anyone who answered mostly Bs prefers working out alone, rather than in a group class. Because you relish alone time, follow a personalised, structured routine. The most important factor? Exercise in short sessions, which can burn more calories.

Try our personal training options

MOSTLY Cs: People who answer mostly Cs are fans of seeing results - and fast. The magazine cites Crossfit as the perfect workout for these types of people because the combination of gymnastics and intense cardio tones your entire body in record time. The magazine recommends trying different versions of exercises and encourages you to revamp the structure of your routine every six weeks.

Try either mixing classes in the studio - or if time short grab a Method class

MOSTLY Ds: People who answered mostly Ds are highly emotional but cannot separate their emotion from their workout, leading to burnout. Balance magazine suggest a yoga class as the perfect form of exercise to improve your mood whilst toning your body.  

We offer a variety of yoga classes every day - try a few to find your perfect class.

Class Review: 360 Mandala Flow Class

We love Mandala as it is a spiritual flow class to awaken serenity within, and further experience moments of equanimity and stillness.

As we introduce more types of yoga to students through guest teachers and FitFridays, we hope that it will help to show you how much yoga has to offer everyone.  

Mandala yoga will feature at our next FitFriday event, so learn a little more about it below.

What is Mandala Yoga?

The word Mandala comes from the Sanskrit word circle. A symbol of community, healing, and connection with the universe. Through centuries Mandala practice has been used as a sacred symbol for meditation.

This colourful practice guides you through the awakening of the body both physical and mental. By creating body awareness, it will rectify the imbalance of life bringing harmony and depth into one’s soul.

Benefits

By awakening the body through movement around the mat with 360 Mandala Flow we aim to deliver you with multiple benefits that once can incorporate into daily life.

Relaxation – Through discovery of the breath you’ll learn to unwind and rest.

Happiness – The key to happiness is when you take time for yourself and learn to love your surroundings.

Space – Will learn how to separate the demanding city life to create balance and space through your everyday journey.

Tickets are selling fast, so reserve your spot on the mat now.

Link below

http://www.studioone.co/fitfriday/

Namaste

 

Class Review: Pilates Girl Gone Yogi

Class Review: Challenging and Playful Yoga. Sunday 10am

"So here’s the thing about me, I’m a Pilates girl! "

 

I practice some form of Pilates pretty much everyday, whether it’s a 10 minute YouTube after a run or session with our Rosie on the Mat or Reformers (see Ali’s review on Rosie’s Barre class!). I desperately want to be good at Yoga, but as yet my knees don’t seem to agree. I wobble, I fall and if I’m honest I feel like a champion when I make it to Savasana at the end (my favourite part)! So I was delighted when Shaun’s first comment in our class was ‘lets just have fun with this’, immediately it took the pressure off trying to be a wobble free “Yogi”.

 

Shaun splits his practice into three parts, warm up, dynamic flow and Savasana. He starts off understanding your practice, and adapting the style to suit everyone’s level. After warm up we go into the all body work out flow, which goes by in a flash and makes you feel powerful and strong. Your arms, core and legs and challenged throughout the flow. Your downward dog is perfected and your salutation to the sun is nailed by the end of the flow session. Your planks are a breeze and easing down with your butt in the air makes you look and feel like a Yoga pro!!

 

So after all of your hard work, Shaun rewards us with our relaxation. The point of relaxation is not to fall asleep (we’ve all heard a little snore!), but is to cleanse the mind. Shaun comes over and puts light pressure on your shoulders to ease your body into relaxation with the soft scent of tiger balm to enhance your Savasana.

 

All in all I left feeling like I could tackle Yoga, I was both strong in mind and body and I loved the fun element which Shaun brought to our class. If you’re an experienced Yogi, challenge yourself with Shaun, if you’re a wannabe Yogi like me let Shaun guide you and build your confidence.

 

See you on the Mat!

 

Sweaty – 3

Strength – 4

Mindfulness - 4