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Tube Strike - Local Bus Services

28 April 2014

 

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Covent Garden

There are over 30 buses that stop in or nearby the Covent Garden area and Good Vibes, the main ones being the RV1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 68, 168, 171, 176 and 243. For more information or details on other local buses, please click here.

Fitzrovia

The main buses that service the Fitzrovia and Goodge Street area are the 10, 14, 24, 29 and 73. For more information on these or other bus services, please click here for more information on buses that stop nearby.

Please see the TFL website for London Underground services expected to run during the Tube Strike.

 

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Cultivate a personal meditation practice

27 April 2014

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10 Tips to cultivate a personal meditation practice

1. Incorporate it into routine. Meditation can be a life-long practise and more benefits are experienced with continuity. Incorporate it in a way that feels manageable over the long term. Be open to finding the best time of the day that suits your lifestyle.

2. Reduce possibilities for disturbance. It is difficult to eliminate all distractions so do the best you can. Being aware of noises but not letting them consume thoughts is an important aspect of meditation.

3. Gentle stretching. Before beginning, stretching can help relax the muscles allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Stretching also encourages the process of going inward which helps brings attention to the body.

4. Experiment with different meditation practices. There are several different types of formal meditation practise including; mantra, breathing, guided visualisations and candlelit. Experiment with music and without. Try sitting (chairs, bolsters, cushions, blocks), lying, eyes open, eyes closed, inside, outside etc. There is no right or wrong as you develop your own practise.

5. Be open to small adjustments. At the beginning, small physical adjustments can make a big difference to your meditation practise. Take a moment to really set yourself before you start.

6. Tune into the body. Once you have found the position to meditate in, tune in by connecting with your body and scanning the different body parts of the body and how they are connecting to whatever you are sitting or lying on.

7. Start by observing breath. Following the breath in and out of the body is a great way to come into the present moment. Taking deep breaths also slows the heart rate and relaxes the muscles.

8. Be non-judgemental. There is no need to examine how well you are doing. Just doing it is the main thing.  Do not worry if your mind is busy. When you realise you are drifting away with thought, effortlessly glide back to observing your breath or the focus of your meditation.

9. Take a few moments at the end. Once you reach the end of the meditation, take a few minutes to ground yourself by connecting with your breath and body as you readjust back to your environment and embark on the rest of the day. This will help you maintain that meditative space outside of the practise.

10. Connect with momentary awareness during the day. Connecting with your breath and body to cultivate a sense of being present while not in formal practise is a great way to evolve your meditation practise. Meditation can exist in every moment during rest and activity.

Clive Fogelman teaches popular weekly classes at Good Vibes - click here for his schedule. www.helloyoga.co.uk

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Anxious about ageing?

23 April 2014

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Are you filled with anxiety about ageing? Owning every aspect of your life and making informed decisions about how to live, is key to ageing with grace.

Rather than adopting a combative approach - try to adopt a more accepting attitude along with a little self compassion.

Founder Nahid - who will be 47 in May is keen to stay youthful as naturally as possible. In this workshop we will be exploring movements to keep the body and face youthful, we'll lead up to a sweaty flow to improve circulation plumping up fascia,  the underlying structure of the skin.

We’ll work with facial yoga and acupressure and end with restorative yoga to take the stress off the face and body.

You'll leave feeling refreshed!

LabOrganic will be providing skin nourishing juices afterwards.

£25 BUY NOW  - if you are a member you get 20% off and need to book at reception or on the phone 020 7 240 6111

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Alison Henning - Glow Yoga Teacher

23 April 2014

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Alison is a Glow Yoga teacher, you can book into her classes here.

What is the best time of the day to practise/exercise?

It's good to practice when you're awake. Other than that, perhaps any time you're practising is the best time?

What do you recommend to eat before your class? After the class?

It feels like common sense to me not to eat straight before practice. It can make back bends, forward bends, twists, prone poses etc. a little uncomfortable. After class, well, see how you feel? Personally I don't have any post-practice eating routine.

What do you love about Good Vibes?

Super kind and welcoming front of house staff. They are top class.

What do you teach in class?

I teach restorative yoga. This yoga practice is all about deep rest and relaxation. Through a series of long held stretches and then completely supported poses, a connection to the breath and a sense of grounded-ness are established which gives the opportunity to 'let go'.  A wonderful practice when you're feeling depleted of energy or conversely when you're feeling 'hyped up' or feeling the symptoms of stress.

Typically we start with a very comfortable supine pose and gradually establish an awareness of the support of the ground beneath us and a connection to our natural breath.  As we begin to soften and release - even here - there's a feeling of the breath becoming free-er, more expansive, maybe a little deeper, maybe a little smoother.  There's a real sense of being able to rest/exist within our own breath. We continue with the practice from this very quiet and centred place.  The first couple of poses require some muscular effort, some stretching.  These allow for a deeper sense of relaxation in final poses, where, once sufficiently arranged over our props, we just let go of all effort.  We finish with a long Savasana.  At this point in the practice, there's some sense of being able to let the breath go - a sensation of dropping beneath its now very shallow and subtle movement.  Maybe finding that place of complete stillness....

How will I feel after your class?

You will feel how you feel. Usually after I practice restorative yoga I feel rested, calm and somewhat tethered back in my body. It completely underpins my more physical asana practice.

Tell us something surprising about yourself…

I don't like surprises!

Alison Henning has been practising yoga for over 12 years and is a British Wheel and Yoga Alliance accredited teacher, having completed her training at triyoga, London. She is now an assistant asana teacher on the course faculty, mentors teacher trainees and continues to learn – both from the great teaching team and from the tremendous students. Alison teaches a bright, strong and precise, alignment-based class; partnering the work of the body with the free flow of the natural breath.

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Tailor made workouts

22 April 2014

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Welcome back after a well earned long weekend, at Good Vibes, we are in week 3 of mindfulness month, how are you getting on?

Be at the top of your game and book into a one-to-one training session. Learning the correct technique to optimise your classes or being pushed to do your best, can turn you from a dabbler to a pro.

A one to one yoga session will give you easy steps to a tricky pose or help you find the ease in bread and butter poses, or even to prepare your body and mind for a Sport or pregnancy.

Or if you are looking for more calm in your life, a one-to-one restorative session can teach you how to meditate, breathe or counter stress or insomnia.

Pilates can transform your post natal body or bring you back from injury, improve your posture or get you ready for a race or an event. If you have a dress size to drop, Power Plates one-to-ones will get you there a lot faster.

One-to-ones are £70 for one hour for yoga or Pilates and £90 for 3 for Power Plates.

You can book into our off peak times at either studio - which are typically 9 - 11.30am and 2- 5pm and subject to availability. Call 020 7 240 6111 or email [email protected] for more info.

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Take it easy

16 April 2014

 

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Constantly pushing yourself to work harder and faster is frankly...exhausting! Now the sun is out, let it serve as a reminder that life can be sweeter.

If you are always angry, impatient, irritable, stressed and tired - it's time to change gear.

Make the restorative Bliss yoga classes part of your weekly routine and start to notice the positive changes in you.

Good Vibes restorative Bliss yoga classes will teach you how to set up the conditions to easily switch into relaxation mode, whenever you need it.

When you relax deeply, your muscles release, your blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels all drop.

Learning to relax helps you to live your life well, to roll with big life changes and, if you are trying to get pregnant, reducing your stress levels is a good place to start.

A few more reasons why YOU need restorative yoga.

Book into a class this week and tweet to let us know you get on. #GoodVibes

 

 

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Sam Reynolds - Glow Cycle and Power Plates Teacher

16 April 2014

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Sam is a Glow Cycle and Power Plates teacher, you can book into her classes here.

What is the best time of day to practise/exercise?

My favourite time to exercise is at lunch. I've had my breakfast, done a morning's shift and I'm ready to work out.

What do you recommend to eat before your class? After the class?

I like to have a banana and a handful of nuts before a class. These are good sources of protein, carbohydrates and potassium, as well as being a tasty snack.

What do you love about Good Vibes?

Working with a small class on specialised equipment, and of course with such motivated and positive clients!

What do you teach in class? 

I teach power plates and glow cycle classes. In power plates classes I teach a mixture of whole body and isolation movements. On Saturday's you can also find me teaching ballet on the power plates. I try to make every glow cycle class as challenging as possible, but always while having a good time.

How will I feel after your class?

You should feel invigorated after each class and more awake than when you entered the room. You might also be a little bit sweaty, but you will know that you worked your body hard and have made progress towards achieving your personal goals.

Sam Reynolds interest in health and fitness stems from her training as a contemporary dancer. She studied dance at university before going on to teach her own class. Sam is a Personal Trainer, so feel free to ask her any questions about your health and fitness goals. She enjoys the personal approach, working with individuals’ personal strengths and weakness as well and encouraging creativity.

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