MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Ok, so I want you to think of MEDITATION as an all-encompassing term for various ways in which you can find connection, calm and concentration. There are lots of types of meditation from silent to breath focused to guided. And then there’s MINDFULNESS; simply put, mindfulness is a TYPE of meditation!

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WE'RE BANNING A WORD!...

WE'RE BANNING A WORD!...

Every one of us has a pose or poses that will forever and always be unattainable, whether that’s due to injury, other sports played or skeletal make up. So whilst you’re sat happily in Baddha Konasana thinking ‘this is easy’ think about the person whose knees are touching their eyeballs; earlier that same person might have held a forearm stand for 2 breaths whilst your feet remain weighted to the ground in that pose. 

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WELCOME TO THE AUTUMN EQUINOX...PULL UP A MAT!

WELCOME TO THE AUTUMN EQUINOX...PULL UP A MAT!

This is also the perfect time to set some intentions for what you would like to see happen in your life over this magical season, what do you want this new season to bring for you? There is HUGE power in intentions, so set one! Plant some inner seeds today that you can nurture and nourish over the hibernating months of winter, so by the time spring comes you are ready to blossom back out into the world! 

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SPOTLIGHT ON...DAVID COWBURN

SPOTLIGHT ON...DAVID COWBURN

David is a fell runner, night runner and last year completed the Lakeland 100; dedicated to his training he took up yoga to aid recovery and improve flexibility. Four years on and he's still here, smiling, practising and soon to be joining our teacher training course. Take a look at the full length video (linked here) to see a guest appearance from Poppy the dog!

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CLIMBING HIGH...YOGA FOR CLIMBERS

CLIMBING HIGH...YOGA FOR CLIMBERS

We are a family of climbers and skiers/snowboarders, so as we’re approaching a trip at home or abroad we tend to change up our practice a little to prepare our bodies with a little more focus. Our yoga poses for climbing are super simple and we add them to our regular practice along with some viloma pranayama (breathing) practice. More on this later!

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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK...HONESTLY!

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK...HONESTLY!

We love getting positive, glowing reports on our teachers and classes, seriously nothing lights us up more. We’d love for you to get comfortable telling us when something doesn’t quite work or where we could have tried harder; whatever it is we want to know. Otherwise we’re going to go through life thinking we’re bloody wonderful when let’s face it, every now and then we could do to up our game.

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6 THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW WHEN I STARTED TEACHING YOGA!...(notes from a new teacher!)

6 THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW WHEN I STARTED TEACHING YOGA!...(notes from a new teacher!)

Teaching one yoga class is easy. Teaching several yoga classes a week challenges your creativity. If you want to teach a good class, you have to tailor it to your students and the content has to match how the class is advertised. Differentiating class plans and sequences is an art form: you never totally master it. The bad classes are lessons and the good classes should be enjoyed.

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5 TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

5 TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

Firstly, starting a yoga practice can be a little scary for some! However, if you find the right studio this shouldn’t be the case; you should feel welcome and at ease from the minute you step through the door (or if you come to Studio One maybe a little surprised that there’s no incense burning and it’s a little louder than you thought!). We encourage our students to be themselves and embrace their own way of approaching life so here are OUR 5 tips for starting a yoga practice…

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

Well…we do things a little differently here at Studio One Yoga. Our course is about YOU! It’s about finding what makes you tick, finding your passion, your qualities and using them to help you develop a teaching style that is honest and authentic. We’re looking for exceptional teachers, the ones looking to break down their barriers and approach yoga with an open mind.

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HOW TO BREATHE....A YOGA ESSENTIAL!

HOW TO BREATHE....A YOGA ESSENTIAL!

Take a breath. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Fill the lungs up. Let the air out.

I’ve no doubt after you’ve read that first sentence you’ll feel a little different; hopefully better. Possibly the one defining element yoga has when compared to any other form of physical activity such as gymnastics or calisthenics is the connection of movement to breath.

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