My Adventures in Mindfulness

The gold at the end of the rainbow is that you can change your mind and how you think. This is called neuroplasticity. Your genes, hormones, regions in the brain, and early learning do not necessarily determine your fate.
- Ruby Wax, Sane New World: Taming the Mind

Gym + Yoga = Balance

Yoga is one of the best ways to tone your muscles and develop flexibility, but it can also work practically alongside an active lifestyle, strength training or sports.
 

Balanced Training

During exercises such as weight training or sprinting you activate your fast-twitch muscle fibres; this helps you develop power and speed. Contrastingly in yoga, by doing the movements slowly and holding poses you activate slow-twitch muscle fibres, which helps to build endurance. Slow twitch muscle fibres can work for a long time without getting tired and so It's very useful to maintain a healthy balance between both of these types of muscle fibres.
 

Strength & Flexibility

The strength and flexibility you develop on the mat — namely in the core, quads, hamstrings, and hip flexors — can help you train more efficiently and stay injury-free. Most injuries arise from imbalanced muscle function and so incorporating even, targeted stretching can lessen the chance of an imbalance occurring and thereby significantly reducing the risk of injury. A steady yoga practice can also improve co-ordination, stability and balance by strengthening your nervous system's ability to coordinate muscle groups.
 

Breath

Most of us are shallow breathers and we hardly ever utilise the full capacity of our lungs, thereby less oxygen is absorbed in a single breath. A regular yoga practice can increase your breathing capacity resulting in more oxygen supply to your blood, and this oxygen rich blood boosts performance and endurance. Yoga also encourages a mindful awareness of your breath, this can help your mind quieten and focus on what is actually occurring in your body. This self awareness will almost certainly reduce the likelihood of injury, but may also enable you to become more aware of the positives; your progress, your enjoyment and resilience.
 

Relaxation

Everyone knows it’s important to exercise and eat right, but we also need plenty of sleep. The practice of yoga produces a physiological state opposite to that of the flight-or-fight stress response and with that interruption in the stress response, a sense of relaxation, balance and union between the mind and body can be achieved. And when mind and body are in sync, you can really tap into your potential.

2017 Resolutions & Intentions

"Most of us start the New Year setting resolutions and we reached out to find out what resolutions our team have set for themselves for 2017.

It turns out the concept of new year's resolutions are both loved and loathed by our team. Loved because it’s an opportunity to start fresh, do something different and focus on something great; loathed because they can suddenly get so serious, rigid and unrealistic. So we are reframing it as simply, great goals and intentions that we want to achieve in 2017..."

What is Mindfulness?

"What’s The Deal With Mindfulness?

It may seem as though Mindfulness has sprung onto the scene out of nowhere over the past year or so, and absolutely everyone is talking about it, but essentially it’s a very very old practice re-branded for a modern age. It originated with the Buddhist monks, but in more recent years the techniques have been formalised by western medicine and called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)..." 

Thinking about starting yoga?

"Yoga: 8 Tips For Your First Time.


Have you always fancied attending a yoga class, but could never quite muster the courage to dig out those leggings and get your sweat on in front of a room of complete strangers?

I remember the trepidation of setting myself up in the very back row of a gym yoga class, and now I see it often in my own classes; that person who runs straight to the back and looks visibly frightened at the sheer amount of lycra in the room… Maybe you don’t want to feel like a fool, because “I’m not flexible enough”, “Yoga’s for girls” or even “It’s just not my thing”"