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Cortisol (aka the stress hormone) and the 5 things you need to know

OK, so we all know that stress isn’t good – yet in our modern world avoiding stress seems close to impossible. What is happening on a biochemical level when we are stressed is really fascinating. In years gone by, long-term stress mostly revolved around food being scarce or in the form of floods, famines and wars. The stress was related to basic survival. Today, our long-term stresses are more likely to be financial worries, relationship concerns...

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Men and Pilates

While women have dominated Pilates classes in the past, there is a growing swell of men taking part. Whether you’re a runner, golfer or cyclist, Pilates certainly has a place within any training regime. Pilates is all about subtlety, not speed or force. Don’t be fooled though, it’s not easy. Taking the momentum out of exercise means you work harder, tuning in to the movement and how that feels within your body. So what exactly are the...

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Balance is not just physical

Our physical, mental and emotional selves are intricately linked and so it stands to reason that if we're feeling anxious and unsettled that we will find it near impossible to balance on one leg. In the same way, if we work on our physical balance we will find nervous feelings start to abate and we will experience reduced stress. Though we understand the mental and physical connection, we often think that balance is something to focus on when...

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Power of the Pose: Downward Facing Dog

Also known as Down Dog; one of the most common yoga poses which has found its way into Pilates, Barre and general exercise classes. But what is it actually doing for your body? Bone health: While it may not appear difficult, this pose actually requires considerable strength, particularly in the shoulders. Being recognised as weight-bearing exercise means improved bone health in the prevention of osteoporosis. Increased blood flow: As with all inversions (where heart is above head),...

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Connecting mind & body through breath

There is no denying our mind and body are fully connected. When we feel anxious and stressed we frequently experience non-specific aches, pains and tightness in the body. Here’s an easy breathing technique to relieve stress and generally improve your mood. Box or Four-Point Breathing is used frequently by athletes and people who work in stressful and first response situations – police officers, armed forces, nurses etc. Click below for instructions. This can be done anywhere and just a few minutes...

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Strengthening your Will-Power Muscle

Have you ever been in a slump and the making of good wellbeing decisions is just too hard? When the extra glass or two of wine and dessert seems the easiest path. It could be that your will-power muscle just needs a little work. In the same way that muscles strengthen with regular use and fatigue when neglected, will-power will become easier with a little regular devotion. Here are some top tips to strengthen your willpower muscle and...

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Protecting the largest joint in our bodies

Which one is it?  The knee – the strongest but also the hardest working joint in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in sitting, standing, running and any vertical movement.  Unfortunately most of us have experienced knee pain and injury at some stage. Here are our top tips to keeping your knees healthy. Don’t ignore pain If you have knee pain the sooner you have it assessed the quicker you can begin a plan of...

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Why Yoga?

Yoga is much more than just a good stretch. Here are our 8 top reasons to roll out your mat: Increased flexibility & mobility:  Greater range of motion in your joints makes everyday movements easier Greater muscle strength and tone: You don't need heavy weights to tone and maintain muscle mass Better mental health: Reduced stress and anxiety   Weight reduction: Try a stronger, more active style and speed that heart rate Improved cardio and circulatory...

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Meet Theodora…

We're getting to know our Instructors a little better, so we posed our questions to Theodora...

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Meet Laura…

To help you get to know our wonderful team of instructors, we thought we'd ask Laura a few probing questions...

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