Moment by Moment

Taking each day moment by moment not only helps you to be more present, it also helps you achieve your goals.

Every thing we achieve is done step by step.

Whether it be weight loss, body building or any other goal, and most of all the journey is where the joy is.

Going moment by moment, we also see many opportunies and find ways we may not otherwise see, by going with what is.

Moment by moment,

Enjoying life as it is

Embrace opportunities πŸ’•

~ M.L Adams

The True meaning of Yoga

Yoga has become a fashion within health clubs nowadays but what exactly is the true purpose and meaning of yoga?

‘Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.’

~ The Bhagavad Gita

The true meaning of yoga is much more than physical image or even health, yet to describe it sounds much simpler. Most profound truths are paradoxical in this way.

The true meaning of yoga is literally ‘to yoke’ or ‘to connect’. At first this is with our breath throughout the whole practice within all asanas (postures) and relaxation/meditation.

The whole practice then becomes a form of meditation where we seek to unite with the breath and ultimately to our higher self/god, through a sequence of postures.

The way yoga has become misrepresented is unfortunate yet there are also some very good teachers out there too who bring forth its true meaning.

Always do your own research too and do your best to stay connected with your highest πŸ™πŸ’—

Miranda

Overcoming Injuries

With intense and consistent training many of us can incur injury or two at some point.

This can happen for a variety of reasons, overtraining being one of the main causes as well as poor techniques, muscle imbalance or weakness in certain areas.

This post will look at how do we overcome them and prevention as part of this also.

There is no simple one way to overcome an injury, it often takes a multifaceted approach.

This is however an overall approach I have found most effective.

  1. Find the cause. Discovering the cause of the injury as soon as possible is the best way to help in your recovery and prevention of a future injury. For example, it may be due to over-stretching or an imbalance of muscle use, find this out through your own investigation and advice from a physio if you have one.
  2. Take a holistic approach. Focusing your mind when recovering from injury is as important and in some ways more so than the physical. Apply your mind in terms of belief in your recovery and how fast and good you want it to be. Determine to be stronger and better than before. I can attest to the fact this is more than possible and by applying both mind and body you will also improve your overall performance in training.
  3. Rebuild specifically. This is where an injury can really become an advantage, as once you apply the knowledge of what went wrong and combined mind and body focus, by training this way specifically you will enhance everything you do. As our mind and body are interconnected, specific focus on the injured area will have an accumulative effect on your overall improvement and performance, ensuring you come back far stronger and better than ever before.

If you suffer from any injuries, get the best advice possible from multiple sources and find what works for you. Along your training journey you will gain your own experience on what works best and quickest for you.

As we are all different, results always differ for different people but most of all have faith and determination you will recover and be stronger than you were before.

To your best in health and happiness,

Miranda

For any further support and advice in training and recovery, please get in touch via the form below.

5 Benefits of Regular Meditation

Meditation has become more popular in recent years but it can initially prove a difficult practice to take up.

Like any new practice it takes patience and discipline to start to experience the benefits, but just what are these benefits we can experience from a regular meditation practice?

To help you get started and motivated for your practice I’ve outlined the top 5 benefits below that you can gain from a regular meditation practice.

  1. Stress relief; with a regular daily meditation practice, stress levels reduce and with this many health benefits come from reducing the cortisol levels in your body.
  2. Clearer mind; with regular meditation you will start to notice that your mind becomes far clearer as you develop the ability to observe and detach from your thoughts.
  3. Better control of your mind; As through mediation you learn to observe and detatch from your thoughts this leads you to becoming more in control of your mind and actions as you are able to respond rather than react.
  4. More efficient use of time; Through regular meditation you will also become more present and less easily distracted. This leads you to being far more productive and efficient with your time.
  5. Happiness; By becoming more present, efficient, clear, in control of your mind and having less stress you will naturally become happier. This is our innate state when we are more present, it just gets covered by all the old thoughts and habits that have accumulated in the mind. Through regular meditation this all drops off and you’re left with your natural true happy state πŸ™‚

For more information on how to start a regular mediation practice please get in touch via the form below.

To your best health and happiness πŸ™

Miranda

Joy in Practice

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

– Paulo Coelho

Finding joy in what we do is essential, our movement practice maybe challenging yet we can always enjoy it too. It’s just about finding what works best for you.

If you’re not sure what type of exercise you really enjoy then experiment first with what is available, whether that be different gym equipment or different classes or sports.

Through trying different things you will find what you really love and then stick with it far more easily because you enjoy it so much.

Pace yourself also, especially in the beginning. It can be easy to overdo it especially when you really enjoy something.

Once you’ve found the way of movement that you find most joyful and maintain a regular practice then just enjoy the way.

It really can be that simple πŸ™‚

Miranda

Exercise Essentials

Getting started with your training can be the most difficult and challenging time as there is a lot to learn as well as to maintain motivation and get in to good habits.

To help you stay on track I’ve put together some Exercise Essentials videos, of important stretches and ab exercises.

These will help you get started with getting and maintaining correct form so the rest of your training fits together more perfectly.

In training it’s important to get the right combination of cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training to have the best overall outcome whatever your goal may be. Often some of this can be missing and then the results of lack of endurance or tightness can be felt later on.

If however all the essentials are put in place and maintained then your results will be far more holistic and your goals easier to achieve.

I hope you find the videos useful and more will be added along the way. If you have any specific requests for essential exercise information and instruction please do get in touch. Here’s to your best health πŸ™ Miranda

Exercise Essentials to help you get started and keep going!

From form to flow

Every process in movement can be one that goes from form to flow. This is a process where we learn the movement and then become one with it and in a state of flow.

For this to take effect several elements need to be in place with the movement. The main ones of these are your form, focus and breathing.

The specific steps for this process are;

  1. Learn the most effective form of the movement.
  2. Match your breathing with the movement.
  3. Practice the movement and find your flow, applying your focus.

When you find movement that you enjoy doing, then this process can be really rewarding. Find what works for you, apply the process and most of all enjoy.

For more info on movement flow courses and training, please get in touch.

To your flow πŸ™πŸ’«

Miranda

Top 3 tips for getting back in to the fitness habit

After Christmas and New year many people find it hard to get back in to their fitness habit. So what can you do to help yourself get back in to the habit of fitness, and make it one that stays throughout 2022 and longer?

Here are my 3 top tips;

  1. Set a weekly schedule and stick to it. We are creatures of habit after all. So once this schedule sticks after a month it will become a habit. Aim for a minimum of 3 days a week to see the full benefit.
  2. Have all your fitness clothes at the ready each day and make it at the forefront of your mind. Fill your cupboards with nutritious food and stick reminders around your home for added motivation. Being surrounded by visual reminders can be very powerful for reinforcing new habits.
  3. Have encouragers, whether this be friends, family, fellow training buddies or a pt. Having people around you who support and encourage your journey can be very helpful and a great boost where needed. If you currently don’t have people who support you in this way. Please drop me a msg to inquire about either Pt or local training groups that may be of help to you.

Most of all as always, enjoy your training. Enjoy the journey πŸ™‚

Miranda

Why to learn self defence

With it being announced just last week that knife attacks are at their highest in London. It has become even more important to learn self defence.

It can be easy to think something may never happen to us personally, yet isn’t it far more important to feel prepared in what ever situation may occur and more importantly to do your best to be able to prevent any situation from happening at all.

By helping yourself in this area you are also helping those around you that you care for by making sure you are aware of these things and what you can do to help yourself get out of it and by doing so encouraging others to help themselves too.

This is most important for those of us with children as they can be the most vulnerable and will follow our example in what action we take to prevent such situations.

For the above reasons I have an upcoming self defence course for ladies only (this time:). The course will start at the end of the month. If you are interested in learning these life saving skills, please get in touch.

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Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information and to start learning the important skill of self-defence.


Stay fit for Christmas

Stay fit for Christmas and stay ahead.

Many people wait until January until they decide to get fit for the new year or restart their fitness routine, but why not start now and/or keep your fitness routine going so that you stay ahead.

Here are 3 top reasons why;

  1. Start now and boost you metabolism so that you burn more calories over Christmas overall.
  2. Get ahead of the rush and take advantage of pre-Christmas offers.
  3. Start and/or continue now and new year routines will become much easier as you will already have a habit and more motivation.

If you are not yet at the gym or with a Pt you can find out the latest offers available and beat the rush. Alternatively you can start at home and maintain your routine until you’re ready to do more.

Either way you will feel much better doing so and also be burning more calories and have more energy too.

Therefore why not do something different and give yourself the gift of fitness this year.

For more info and current offers please get in touch via the contact form below.

Wishing you a happy and healthy fitmas πŸ™‚