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Emmy Lopes - Glow Yoga Teacher

20 September 2014

Emmy-goodvibes-glow-yoga-londonEmmy is a Glow Yoga teacher, you can book into her classes here.

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

Any time! I love to practise first thing in the morning and also in the evenings but finding a regular time that fits with your schedule is the key.

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

Before class- it’s best not to eat 2 hours before but to stay hydrated with water and even warm water with lemon.

After class- nourishing whole foods of your choice! For breakfast, I love soaked oats, with seeds, fruit and cocoa nibs and in the evenings miso broth with fresh vegetables. And of course rehydrate with water, coconut water and herbal teas.

What do you love about Good Vibes?

I love the friendliness of the students and the ethos of the studio- that yoga practice here can be challenging and energising but also safe, with awareness of contemporary anatomy. I also love the gentle heat and daylight lamps, great for waking up and beating the winter blues!

What do you teach in class?

Through a flowing dynamic sequence of postures, we build up to new challenges and cultivate breath and body awareness, to reinvigorate, uplift and release. Each class has a different focus to deepen the practice week upon week.

How will I feel after your class?

Refreshed, energised and grounded.

Tell us something surprising about yourself...

I studied fine art, so when I’m not teaching I occupy myself with painting, creating and making a mess in my art studio.

Emmy Lopes has been practicing yoga for 14 years and since her initial RYT 200 training 7 years ago, she has studied further with teachers Max Strom and Kate Ellis. Believing in the transformative power of yoga both on and off the mat and that yoga is for everyone irrespective of strength, flexibility, age and stress levels! She teaches with good humour and openness, her style is flavoured with elements of a range of disciplines from Qi Gong to Ashtanga.

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Roots2Yoga: Feldenkrais and Yoga Workshop with Daniel Gelblum

15 September 2014

Feldenkrais

Saturday 18th October 2014 3pm - 5pm £25 BOOK NOW

This workshop will help you build your confidence on the mat, giving you an increased sense of well-being both during and after the class. The sequences will help you experience your yoga postures more comfortably, eliminating any strain or struggle.

Daniel will guide you through the workshop, combining a series of Feldenkrais sequences with familiar yoga postures, bringing awareness to the connections between the neck, shoulders, back and hips, increasing flexibility and strength and helping you improve your postures with surprising ease.

The Feldenkrais Method, developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is a scientific method of learning movement, made up of over 1000 lessons with at least 12 movements in each sequence, mapping out all areas of voluntary movement in the body.

Daniel Gelblum has created a unique style of exercise that enhances well-being, general health, fitness, self-awareness and deep relaxation. As a highly skilled Feldenkrais practitioner, he uses his method in combination with his experience of yoga, massage, Pilates and martial arts to deliver exceptional results.

Members, call 020 7240 6111 or pop in to a studio to receive 20% off all workshops. Not a member yet? Click HERE to see all of our membership options.

Held at our Covent Garden Studio.

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Improve your Sports

14 September 2014

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Yoga for Sports

Do many Sports people do yoga? The smart ones do! There are a whole heap of proven benefits to combining sports training and yoga and it’s becoming more and more popular by the week. You need your body in order to do any sport or exercise. So if you love Sports, love your body and it will let you keep on it for longer.

As a Sports person you may well be driven by a need to go fast and hard until you are exhausted. Do not take this drive with you into the yoga studio, yoga is not a Sport!

Your yoga practice should be flowing and challenging, but it should allow you to take full and nourishing breaths. Learn to appreciate a different type of challenge and don’t beat yourself up if you find you can’t do everything at once.

Remember how good it felt the first time you ran 5K? That’s how good it will feel the first time you master a challenging pose, and just like when you cracked your first goal and then set your sights on the next one, yoga will present you with its own set of challenges.

Where to start? The Foundation class is a techniques class you'll be given lots of instruction on breath and how to fine tune the poses to suit you.

The Dynamic Open presumes knowledge of yoga poses and has options for all, the Fire class is for those who want more of a challenge with arm balances and inversions. The restorative Bliss class is a must for busy Londoners to undo the stresses of living in a city, the yang and yin is a combination of dynamic yoga followed by restorative poses and ends with yoga nidra

Timetables here

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Workshops for Sports People

If you want to fast track your understanding, try these 2 hour workshops coming up:

Yoga for Runners and Cyclists Saturday September 27th at 3pm with Lexie to run faster, with more power and less injury. Book here.

Glow Yoga Foundation for Beginners and Improvers, to learn how to adjust every pose to suit your body. 4th October 3pm - 5pm. Book now

For our full list of workshops click here, tweet to let your friends know that you are coming.

Members, get 20% off all workshops, not yet a memberJoin up today to enjoy our brilliant classes for so much less.

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Meet the experts

Sports have always been a big part of Georgina's life, having played handball and been a majorette before studying to become a specialist Power Plates and Pilates instructor.

Her varied background allows her to incorporate dance and co-ordination into her classes. She always uses stretching before and after exercise to ensure muscle, ligament and joint health, as well as to prevent injury.

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Mai Arwas - Glow Cycle Teacher

14 September 2014

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Mai is a Glow Cycle teacher, you can book into her classes here.

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

For me the best time to exercise is when you get up in the morning. Have a cup of coffee and head out for a run/cycle or any type of cardio. Then I usually like to go to a yoga class in the evening. But it all depends. As long as you get the workout done with enough energy it’s awesome!

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

Before class - coffee. A full stomach is not good for a high intensity training class.

After class -I like to drink a protein shake when I can right after as a recovery, or within the hour after training go and get a good amount of protein in (i.e.: Eggs and veg, chicken and veg. maybe a sweet potato.)

What do you love about Good Vibes?

I truly love the vibe when you walk in - the happy colors and the combination that people get by being members, as it is very important to combine your exercises and not only purely do cycling.

What do you teach in class?

I teach high intensity intervals and almost circuit training on the bike, taking what you do in the gym and adapting it for the bike, so no upper body movement, just hiit workouts making you push hard, all with awesome music in the background so that you get lost in it, get motivated to work really hard and almost forget that you are working out. Have fun. I have fun with it so I hope everyone else will.

I also like to ask the people what type of music they like, I love taking requests and having the members input!

How will I feel after your class?

Awesome! and spent I hope, but with a ton of good energy!

Tell us something surprising about yourself...

Surprising? mmmm... I am an actress, singer and a dancer.

When I was younger I played football, basketball, and did judo, kapuera, mii thai as well as being a cycling addict in the streets, skateboard chick and roller blades. as well as doing ballet and being in a band.

Mai Arwas known as Mai Mai, is an actress, singer and dancer who started teaching cycling 3 years ago after her instructor at Equinox Beverly Hills recommended she train to teach. Mai went for it and just fell in love with the energy teaching brings, as well as seeing people leave her class steaming and sweaty, knowing she has done her job well. Bringing her fun loving style to class, Mai loves to get people singing along and really enjoying the class while working hard and reaching their goals.

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James French - Glow Yoga Teacher

10 September 2014

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James is a Glow Yoga teacher, you can book into his classes here.

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

Self Practice? - First thing in the morning. Wake up, do your Kriyas (purification/cleansing techniques) and get practicing. But if you're going to a Yoga class - whatever time suits you and whatever time your teacher is teaching at!

I find that the early morning muscle and joint stiffness is actually useful - it keeps us safe by stopping us from over-stretching. And the Kriyas are really great... If you haven't tried them before, start out with the tongue scraper and Neti pot - you'll soon be wondering why no one told you about this earlier!

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

Nothing before the class.... You want an empty stomach when practising your static Udianna Bandhas! Afterwards I'm quite partial to a Green Smoothie.

What do you love about Good Vibes?

The lovely shala - those SAD lamps are a stroke of genius in the dreary London winters!

What do you teach in class?

I teach Hatha Flow. It incorporates creative Vinyasa, elements of Tantra and longer held, traditional Hatha poses which focus on restoring balance to specific energies and Chakras (energy centres). One of the oldest definitions of Yoga is that its "the practice of quietening the mind...." I think if it ain't doing that, it ain't yoga!

How will I feel after your class?

You might have trouble remembering where you parked your Unicorn.

Tell us something surprising about yourself...

I literally can't. The present moment is all that matters anyway, right??

James French first dipped his tiniest toe in the vast yoga ocean in 2003. Following a martial-arts incurred cervical injury, he was told that surgery was the only option. However he resisted and experienced an amazing recovery through his yoga practice. He soon returned to India to embark on his path as a Tantric Yoga Teacher. James has a level 2 - 500 hour Yoga Alliance qualification and teaches both Vinyasa Flow and Hatha. Classes involve a challenging, creative flow with focus on strength, stability and alignment to attain states of union between mind, body and spirit.

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Get LEAN

7 September 2014

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Ditch the FAT

Power Plates will build muscle and get you STRONG. Muscle EATS fat by burning calories even when resting.

Power Plates are known as the ultimate fat burning machine but it is so much more than that. You will build bone density, improve your flexibility, mobility and even notice a reduction in your cellulite.

If you haven’t stepped up to a HIIT class and you've been coming a while - book in! This class will get you LEAN.

We also offer 25 minute personal training, a powerful combination of on and off the plate moves which will get you FAST results. 3 pack £90 or a single session for £35 at off peak times.

Clients who regularly use the Power Plates lose 50% more weight than those who just run or do aerobics. As well as your amazing weight loss stories, we are most proud of giving you your mojo back, thank you Elisabeth for sending your story in.

CHEAP AS CHIPS - the 24 class pass works out at £10 for any class we also offer a 5 class Power Plates pass £60 for classes at 9am to 11.30am and 4pm and 4.30pm. These are great times to get lots of attention from the teacher.

Timetables here

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Pregnant? Keep the #GoodVibes glowing

If you’ve been training with us and are pregnant you can still join the Power Plate classes, you‘ll be circuit training with the machine switched off. Our teachers welcome you to their classes but please avoid our peak times and HIIT and let us know in advance so that we can be prepared.

You can continue to attend your Glow Cycle classes but please buy a heart rate monitor and let the teacher know.

The Friday lunchtime Foundation Yoga class at Fitzrovia will have the heat turned off if there are any pregnant clients.

We also offer one-to-one yoga and Pilates training at £75 per hour session.

If you have any questions or want more info please send us an email.

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Coming up...

Nadine takes over the Monday evening Glow Cycle classes. When she discovered the joys and benefits of indoor and outdoor cycling she dropped 2 stone in weight and is now stronger and  fitter than she's ever been.

Nadine can empower YOU to get fit and LEAN. Book in for 6pm for 35 mins and 6.45pm for 45 mins.

Sam takes on a NEW Glow Cycle on Tuesdays 6pm 35 min class as well as taking on the Thursday lunchtime class. Book in.

Carli takes over the Glow Cycle class on Tuesday mornings on the 16th September, a very experienced teacher, her passion is to empower people to get seriously FIT. Book in.

By popular demand, Emmy takes over yoga class on Wednesday mornings and James takes over yoga class on Wednesday lunchtimes at Covent Gardenbook in.

Take your practice to the next level with Lightness of Being: Floating, jump backs and arm balances with Matt who will give you the skills to fly through your classes.

Saturday 13th September at 3pm  - book in.

Yoga for Runners and Cyclists

Saturday September 27th at 3pm with Lexie to run faster, with more power and less injury. Book here.

For our full list of workshops click here, tweet to let your friends know that you are coming.

Members, get 20% off all workshops, not yet a memberJoin up today to enjoy our brilliant classes for so much less.

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#GoodVibes happy client

6 September 2014

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"I first came to Good Vibes in 2009 feeling like my life was over. A year earlier I had bi-lateral hip replacement surgery and, although I have always been quite fit and had been in regular physiotherapy since the surgery, I was still crooked, limping and in pain.

Today, at 55, I am stronger than I have ever been and have more energy than I have ever had— which is so amazing. Every part of my body benefits from a Power Plates class and each teacher offers something unique. The Glow Cycle classes are also fantastic and, like the Power Plates, the instructors teach with knowledge and passion.

My life in London is demanding and Good Vibes studios are a haven that help make everything else possible!"

Elisabeth

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