The Monday 9:30 and 10:40 autumn and winter class blocks are now on sale. There may be more spaces on the 10:40 as this is relatively a new class time. So please do spread the word if you know anyone who would be interested. My autumn term runs for 5 weeks, costs £30 and starts 26th August. My winter term runs for 9 weeks, costs £54 and starts 21st October. I am also offering single classes on 14th October and 23rd December if anyone was around. To book please register your name, email and mobile, (so I have your contact details), then click on the 'Buy' button. Any technical problems or unsure how to book, just get in touch.
As we are having a lovely heatwave across Scotland, I thought this NHS weblink was worth a share. Tips on Managing Hay Fever While there is currently no cure for hay fever, there are ways to ease your symptoms. Learn more about managing hay fever.
'Schools out for Summer' Looking for something for your teenager to do over the summer holidays then why not try a Body Pulse Class? I am running classes on a Monday from 09:30 - 10:30 am in July and August. The class will cost only £5 to get this discount put 'teen' in the 'Promo code' box then hit 'Apply Code'.
Over the summer months, I am running some drop-in classes on a Monday at 09:30. If free and interested they start on Monday 1st July cost £6. Just click the link for more information and to book.
In a study of more than 1.2 million Americans, they discovered physical fitness is more important to your mental health than how much money you make. To be exact: exercisers are, on average, depressed 35 days a year; for non-active participants that number is 53 days. Researchers found that physically active adults self-report feeling depressed much less than couch potatoes. They point to the fact that exercise is correlated with numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular disease, obesity, stroke, and cancer. If you feel good, your perspective tends to follow.
I wanted to share this Ted talk, (19 mins long), by sleep scientist Matt Walker. Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get to sleep - and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code - as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.
Thought I would share as I'm certainly guilty of not sitting correctly when I'm working from home on my laptop ... If your work involves sitting a lot and using a computer, here are some tips, from the NHS, to help you sit correctly.
Just sharing for anyone who may find this relaxation audio useful. You are welcome to try this practice sitting at your desk, during a lunch break, in the morning before you start your day, or any other time when you need a little relaxation. Tour of the Senses Being mindful of the world around us naturally calms the mind. In this practice, we’ll use the senses – what we see, what we hear, and what we feel – to be mindful and to strengthen our ability to direct and sustain attention. Let’s start with the posture. Bring a light awareness to your body to begin here and sit upright in a comfortable posture. Now, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. As you breathe out, let your body and mind relax. Let your breathing return to normal and direct your attention to the sensations in your body. Notice any feelings of tension or feelings of ease and relaxation. Notice the feelings of the breath and any other sensations in the body. We’re not trying to feel any particular way here, just noticing – being curious about the sensations that are happening in the body. Next, bring attention to what sounds that are present right now. Don’t concentrate too intently. Just direct your attention to a sound and let your awareness relax into that sound. When the mind wanders off, gently bring it back. Direct your attention to whatever sounds are present and let the sound be an anchor for your attention. Now, you can gently open your eyes and direct your attention to what you see. Pick something in your visual field and rest your awareness on it. Again, don’t concentrate too intensely here. Let your mind be relaxed but still alert and attentive. Don’t worry if the mind gets distracted. When it does, bring it back to the object and start again. OK, now bring your attention back to the body. Gently close your eyes and direct your attention to the sensations in your abdomen. Sustain your attention to the feeling of movement in your abdomen as you breathe in and out. Now let go and rest in open awareness. Here you don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to pay attention or stop the mind from paying attention. You don’t have to control the mind in any way. Just notice what happens in this present moment. Next, bring awareness to the sounds that are present. Don’t try to force your mind to be still. Just retain a thread of awareness as you direct your attention to sound. For the last few moments, relax your attentional focus and rest in open awareness. Don’t worry about what’s happening in the mind. Just let what you see, hear, and feel wash over you. Just let your mind do whatever it naturally does but remain present and aware. OK, that’s it. Before you continue on with your day, set a clear intention to keep practising. You can use any object of the senses to strengthen mindfulness and your capacity to direct and sustain attention. The key is to practice in short moments, many times throughout your day. (Source: Centre for Healthy Minds)