How to successfully complete a 31 day yoga challenge

‘Challenge yogahaven!’ One month of bendy bliss! Here’s how to do it…

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Next month, the 31 day yoga challenge will commence at yogahaven. A test of dedication, patience and endurance, it is also, and perhaps more importantly, an opportunity for spiritual growth, mindfulness and self-love. Last year, over sixty people across the London studios took part, and Islington saw Sally White complete all 30 days and win the grand prize!

If you have never embarked upon a 31 day yoga challenge, you may be wondering what one is, what it takes, and why one would ever do…one? Quite simply, the challenge comprises thirty consecutive days of yoga class attendance – not thirty classes but thirty days. Throughout May, making time for class each day should be not a chore but a source of joy and excitement. What’s more, there’s a pretty sweet prize to be won (see in studio for details).

Here are some tips and tricks to get you through:

  • Stay hydrated! Sip water regularly throughout your day and up this to about a litre 2-3 hours before coming class. Chugging down a litre of water just before or during class is not nearly as affective and may make you feel a bit nauseous as you move about.
  • Set a focus or intention for the month. As you do at the beginning of each class, do at the beginning of the challenge so that you have something to work towards and keep coming back to whenever your confidence or strength may waiver.
  • Pace yourself. Slow and steady wins the race. Full of zest and raring to go, you may feel like doing four hot classes in a row that first week and while this enthusiasm is wonderful, it may not be sustainable. Listen to your body. Listen to your body (so important we say it twice). If you start to wobble after half an hour in the room, it’s ok. Rest in savasana (corpse pose) or balanasa (child’s pose) until you feel ready to resume the class.

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    Balasana

  • Plan your outfits! Don’t get caught with your pants… without your pants!
  • Stay mindful, live consciously. Rushing through your day, yelling at the guy in the coffee shop, cursing at other drivers, mentally walking through your sweet revenge on the person who walked so slowly in front of you that you missed the tube even though there’s one in, like, another sixty seconds (wait, just me?), and then coming to a yoga class is not what the practice of yoga is about. Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical discipline that goes far beyond the postures you do in the room.
  • Be kind to yourself; it’s not a competition. Well it is, but not in a Battle Royale-style death match sort of way! Don’t beat yourself (or anyone else) up if you do miss a day, or don’t have a great class.

And last but not least:

So go easy on yourself, live mindfully, stay hydrated and HAVE FUN. That hour or two you dedicate to yourself (or to someone else) each day will teach you so much.

Sign up at your preferred yogahaven studio.

Further reading
1. Mindbody Green: Signs you’re practicing but not living the yoga lifestyle

New classes at yogahaven Islington

New classes at yogahaven Islington

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From January 2017, there’ll be several new classes at yogahaven Islington! Are you ready for a fresh start? New classes, new start times, new teachers!

Keep an eye on our schedule for exact start dates as not all classes are starting at the same time.

New classes and times

Dynamic Vinyasa (starting Saturday 21st January, 12pm-1pm)
Take your practice at yogahaven Islington to the next level with this fun, faster-paced, Dynamic Vinyasa class. Explore trickier arm balances, inversions and backbends in a safe environment, under the trusted supervision of our lovely teachers. Practiced in a non-heated space, this class will help you delve deeper into the relationship between movement and breath, and leave you feeling accomplished and refreshed!
This practice is not suitable for complete beginners.

Find your flow (starting Friday 6th January, 12pm-1.15pm)
yogahaven Islington’s  Find Your Flow class involves a series of smoothly flowing postures, synchronised to the breath — creating a dance-like form of yoga! This results in a full-body, cardiovascular workout. Improve your strength and flexibility, tone the body and find a beautiful stillness of the mind in this fun and fearless practice!
All levels welcome.

Jivamukti (starting Wednesday 4th January, 10am-11:15pm)
Our Jivamukti classes will help you explore many facets of your yoga practice including dynamic asana, breath (pranayama), chanting (mantra) and meditation. Popular at our Islington studio, this class offers not only a strong physical workout but also delves into yogic philosophy and spirituality. Appropriate for yogis of all levels.

Slow Flow (starting Wednesday 11th January, 8pm-9pm)
Discover a Slow Flow style of practicing yoga at yogahaven Islington. There’s no better way to wind down your day and replenish your body. Working through a combination of flow and slower yoga postures and using calming breathing techniques, you will tune into a more stress free version of yourself. Music is played as the instructor guides you through this practice.
All levels welcome.

Relax and Unwind (Fridays 6.45-7.45pm and Sundays 5.30-6.30pm from 6th January)
Wind down the week with this Yin and Yang style class. We start with a vinyasa-based flow and then transition to a yin practice with longer, more restorative holds. Expect to build up heat, and balance it out by finding surrender in passive poses in which your body can relax, unwind and release. This practice at our Islington studio will help you find the space to move deeper into the postures and bring your mind to stillness. A class of perfect balance!
All levels welcome.

Rocket (Wednesdays 7am-8am from 4th January; Wednesdays 6.30-7.45pm from 11th January)
Rocket takes its roots from Ashtanga Yoga. It is a series of standing, balancing and inverted postures all linked by vinyasas, incorporating basic poses and some fun and challenging arm balances inversions and back bends. All classes will be accompanied by a motivational musical playlist. Expect to be challenged, work up a sweat, stretch out those muscles and come away from the class feeling ready to take on the world!
All levels welcome.

Vinyasa Flow (starting Monday 16th January, 12pm-1.15pm)
The Vinyasa Flow practice is geared to improve strength, flexibility and tone the body. Our lovely Islington instructors will lead you through a series of smoothly flowing postures which are synchronised to the breath. Flow (or “vinyasa” in Sanskrit) can be relatively fast-paced and challenging at times, and is therefore also known for its cardio benefits. Develop a true mind-body connection, allowing you to leave relaxed and in a meditative state. This practice is non-heated and is set to motivational music.
All levels welcome.

yogahaven Islington welcomes Dan Breakwell and Leon London to our family

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Dan Breakwell

Initially just a way of creating a little space, yoga became a huge part of Dan’s life in March 2014 when he flew to India and trained intensively with The Yoga People in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket Yoga. Since then, yoga has  led him to further training in Yin Yoga, Chakra studies, Mandala and Shamanism, advanced asana, and is currently nearing completion of a 200hr teacher training in leading Kirtan with Nikki Slade.
Dan’s hope is always to empower students and enable them to explore limitless potential through a strong, concise but truly mindful practice.

 

 

 

 

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Leon London

Leon’s interest in physical culture started at age 11 with martial arts. He then spent the next two decades exploring various arts, massage therapy and movement and was introduced to hatha yoga in his early twenties. Leon has studied Kashmir Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and finally the style that he calls home, Rocket Yoga. Leon undertook an Ashtanga Teacher Training with David Swenson and furthered his studies with Rocket Training under the supervision of David Kyle, then with Jamie Clarke and Dulce Aguilar of The Yoga People. Expect to work hard, sweat hard and surprise yourself along the way.

What to do when your main talent is to worry

What to do when your main talent is to worry

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Photo by Rabbit and Pork Photography

Worrying can be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting doubts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap your emotional energy, send your anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with your daily life. But chronic worrying is a mental habit that can be broken. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more positive perspective.[1]

This month, we talk to property manager Clementine about her experiences with growing up as a self-proclaimed “expert worrier”.

 yh Jess: Hello Clementine, thanks so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule for us! Tell me a bit about your history with worrying, how severe an issue is it for you day-to-day?

Clementine: Thanks, Jess. I think the easiest way to describe it would be that if worrying were an Olympic sport, I would probably not be a great competitor as I would worry about not being the most worried worrier! That’s sort of the level I find myself at but I have been working on changing my habits. It’s been an uphill struggle to shake it off.

yh Jess: When did you first notice you may have a problem with worrying too much?

Clementine: My parents tell me that even as a child I would always ask if they were ok, “Are you okay mummy, are you ok daddy? Is [younger brother] ok? Is Michael Jackson ok? What happens if I don’t get to school on time? What happens if I hand in the homework early? If you mummy and daddy look after me, who looks after them?” and so on. They noticed it was more than the usual childish questioning and curiosity. And it pretty much continued into my teenage years and early twenties.

yh Jess: Was there a trigger? Some experience that made you concerned for your health and your family’s?

Clementine: I’ve asked myself this a lot over the years and to be honest nothing really springs to mind. I had a pretty normal childhood, no severe illnesses or injuries for any of us. The occasional money worries here and there, same as anyone. No, nothing really stands out. I didn’t choose the worry life, the worry life chose me! Ha! And that’s why a lot of my friends and family don’t understand or believe I can be this concerned about things so much. I think I have decent judgement and my worries generally feel quite rational to me – there are just a lot of them.

yh Jess: You touched on working on changing your habits? What does that consist of?

Clemetine: While at secondary school, I remember walking through Stables Market in Camden and being handed a booklet on meditation and yoga. I was going to put it in the bin but forgot and had it in my bag until I got home so I decided to give it a read and thought it was just a bunch of new-age gobbledegook! A few years later, at university, coursework and exam stress was getting on top of me and I’d surprisingly remembered a bit of what I’d read in that booklet on stress and mediation so decided to join the yoga and meditation society on campus. The still meditation didn’t come so naturally to me but I really took to the yoga part and breathing techniques and have kept that up to this day. I try to maintain mindful breathing throughout the day, even away from the mat and have been to a few workshops on topics like ‘resistance’ and ‘letting go’, which has really helped. Regular cardio helps a lot too – I’m a not a keen runner but I love spinning. Mentally, a big step was when I came to terms with the fact that worrying is the problem, not the solution. That greatly helped me to get back control over my mind.

yh Jess: Do you feel that worrying has had  a negative effect on your health?

Clementine: It would really get me down in the past. I don’t think I suffered with a specific stress-related mental or physical illness, fortunately for me. Not long term anyway. Occasional migraines, bouts of anxiety but nothing long-lasting, from what I can tell. It did use to affect my relationships with people, they saw me as a control freak but that happens a lot less now. A combination of better friends and self-improvement. I still sometimes feel that I’ve missed out on certain opportunities because I’ve been overly-cautious but I try not to worry about it.

yh Jess: Are there any advantages to worrying so much?

Clementine: I wouldn’t say there are advantages with worrying constantly but I don’t think it hurts to be cautious sometimes. The line between mindfulness and neuroses in theory is quite heavy/thick but to me quite fine and I have to often remind myself that nine times out of ten, things are not as desperately awful as they seem. Gosh, that sounds terrible! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say I’m a hard-line pessimist, perhaps just someone with an overactive imagination and desire/need to have things planned out clearly.  One could say it’s a need to be in control. I wouldn’t disagree with that but I also wouldn’t call myself a control freak. I’m a lot better at handling my worries when they start to run away with me now and actually have a lot of friends and family come to me for advice on whatever issues they’re facing. I guess they value my level-headedness and open mind. I have harnessed my powers for good!

yh Jess: Ha! Well some congratulations are surely due. Well done on your journey and thanks again for your time and for sharing your experiences with us, Clementine.

Clementine: Thanks for chatting, all the best.

[1] http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/how-to-stop-worrying.htm

Dealing With Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

disappointment
noun
1[mass noun] Sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfilment of one’s hopes or expectations.

Oxford Dictionaries

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Meditate through disappointment

Dealing with disappointment. Missing that train, plans being cancelled, break-ups, clothes that don’t look as good in person as they did on the website but you take too long to get round to returning them and then it’s too late and you’re stuck with a dress that makes you look like a burgundy  frog (just me?). We all experience little and large disappointments almost daily (sometimes hourly) and because they can come in so many forms for so many different reasons, we don’t always have the tools to easily deal with them. You miss a train, you’re hot from rushing, heart pounding, palms sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. You can call in and let the person waiting know you’ll be late. They say “OK” and the pressure eases. The disappointment is dealt with. But what if it’s something more serious. What if missing that train means you don’t get to an important meeting on time, or miss the meeting entirely? There’s no calling to let “them” know because “they” have made it clear that they won’t wait for latecomers. That’s it. What then?

Managing emotions: let it out and let it go
As children, when things don’t go our way we scream and cry and tantrum to exhaustion and then move on. It’s not as socially acceptable to do this as adults and so we learn to bottle up our emotions as quickly and cleanly as possible, which can be harmful to us in a number of ways both physically and mentally. It is healthy to give yourself time to experience the emotions that come with disappointment and to further help you to move on you could meditate, talk to a friend, squash a stress ball, watch cute/weird videos on YouTube, chant a mantra to yourself, cook, or do some sport. Quite often it’s getting moving rather than stagnating and falling into wallowing that best sees us through periods of sadness and anger but try not to confuse this movement with distraction. Distraction is temporary, and we don’t necessarily want to distract ourselves from negative emotions but instead be present in them and move through them.

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Get by with a little help from a friend

It’s not the end of the world: disappointment and acceptance
“It’s not the end of the world.” This is a phrase we hear quite often and whose meaning is just as often forgotten. It could even be described as a cliché, comforting but empty words used to diffuse a situation of disappointment by providing perspective and light-heartedness. If we really consider the words, the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world and everything else is trivial in comparison. Perhaps that’s the point of the phrase, to help us see that whatever we are going through is probably not going to result in the earth freezing into a ball of ice, being hit by a passing asteroid and shattering into millions and millions of tiny fragments. And even if it were, what would be the point of being disappointed?

We must try to understand and accept that disappointment is a part of life and the human experience, and that we will continue to be disappointed. We will be disappointed, we will disappoint and life will be disappointing – and it will pass. It is this disappointment and these negative emotions which allow us to appreciate and enjoy success and happiness.

Further reading
‘How To Cope With Disappointment’ by Sophie Henshaw, DPsych

‘4 Steps To Deal With Disappointment’ by Raeeka

The Joy of Breathing

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When was the last time you thought about the joy of breathing? When was the last time you remembered to breathe, really breathe? These seem like two pretty zany questions but stay with us, we’ll explain.

Breathing is something which occurs naturally and automatically, we are breathing even when we are not aware of it and it’s fairly common knowledge that breathing is important and two reasons why are: a) That it’s the only way to give every part of our body the oxygen vital for our survival, and b) It’s one of the ways we get rid of waste products and toxins from the body. However, one’s breathing often becomes modified and restricted in various ways and we may develop unhealthy habits without being aware of it. For example, we tend to assume positions such as slouching, which diminishes lung capacity to function properly, resulting in shortened breaths and this in turn reduces the amount of oxygen we receive.

The Holistic Online website explains:

The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ. If it doesn’t get enough, the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts and depression and, eventually, vision and hearing decline. Old people and those whose arteries are clogged often become senile and vague because oxygen to the brain is reduced. They get irritated very quickly.


Pranayama and breathing through the nose
Oxygen’s importance has been recognised in yoga for thousands of years, with the development of various breathing techniques and the focus on teaching these skills. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing, the science of the control of the breath; a series of exercises intended to meet the body’s oxygen needs in order to maintain physical and mental health.

The first thing we learn in the practice of pranayama, and for mindful breathing in general, is to breathe in through the nose and not the mouth. Jennifer Bagus in her article ‘Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) – The Importance of Breathing’ for the ABC of Yoga website explains why inhalation through the nose is crucial for effective breathing:

  • The nose has various defence mechanisms to prevent impurities and excessively cold air entering the body.
  • At the entrance to the nose, a screen of hairs traps dust, tiny insects and other particles that may injure the lungs if you breathe through the mouth.
  • In the inner nose are glands which fight off any bacilli which have slipped through the other defences. The inner nose also contains the olfactory organ-our sense of smell. This detects any poisonous gases around that may injure our health.


In our daily lives
Proper breathing is something which should be practised habitually and we don’t have to be in a yoga class to maintain effective breathing techniques. Actions as simple as taking a break from work and from slouching at desks, standing up, stretching, or even a good laugh all help readjust constricted breathing patterns. Allowing time in your day for at least a little exercise each day, such as a brisk walk nearby the office on your lunch break, or walk/jogging up and down the stairs in your building a few times every few hours is fantastic too. And don’t forget your breath while you sleep! Study your sleeping patterns and find which positions help you sleep better. The foetal position, laying on your side, knees slightly bent, arms gently hugging the pillow, is the most commonly recommended as opposed to sleeping on your front or on your back but find what suits you and breathe yourself to a better night’s sleep and this will also greatly benefit your body and mind.


References and further reading

1. Holistic Online  http://www.holisticonline.com/yoga/hol_yoga_breathing_importance.htm
2. ‘Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) – The Importance of Breathing’ by Jennifer Bagus for the ABC of Yoga website http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/pranayama/importance.asp

Ain’t No Party Like a yogahaven Summer Party!

Ain’t no party like a yogahaven summer party!

Hands up if you know there ain’t no party like a yogahaven summer party!

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All photos by Rabbit and Pork Photography

 Last month saw the annual yogahaven summer party held on Clapham Common and this year it was bigger and better than ever!

Not only did we have an obscene amount of fun at the party, our trusty donation collector Kitty managed to collect so many pennies from our generous yogis that, combined with our efforts from our Karma classes (our weekly, donation-based yoga class) and from the raffle held on the day, we have raised over £1200 for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home a charity we are so proud to be partnered with.

Huge huge thanks go to Richmond manager and teacher Elodie and Clapham manager Kimberley for organising literally everything! To Liforme, Vita Coco, Pulsin, Urban Fruit, Ohmme, Mister Mala and Sweaty Betty for providing our raffle prizes, to Eco for Life, Proper Corn, Teapigs and Clearspring for providing the contents of the goody bags, to the Clapham team for finding the sponsors, to Stewart Heffernan and Charlie Morgan who lead a wonderful hour-long class on the green, to our wonderful teachers who assisted, and all the staff and students who helped on the day, and of course to everyone who came along from far and wide to take part. You all helped make it a beautiful and memorable day, and I’m pretty sure your combined energies kept the heavy skies at bay. I didn’t even mean to rhyme there so that’s a bonus :D

And despite some record-breaking storms earlier in the week, the weather held out long enough for us to enjoy:

Yogi dogs…
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Actual dogs…
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Yogi kitties…
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Goody bags…

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Glitter…
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Tattoos…
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Vita Coco galore…
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Selfies…
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War(riors)…
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Peace…
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Miniature downward dogs…
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Full-size downward dogs…
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Assistance…
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Togetherness…
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Hands in the air…
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Feet in the air…

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Yogi kitties!
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L-R teachers: Prue, Elodie, Allie, Tess, Amy

 

More tattoos!
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Thank-you, yogis!

 

Zen and the Art of Developing a New Skill

Zen and the Art of Developing a New Skill

Developing a New Skill. When was the last time you learnt something new? They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but maybe “they” just aren’t brave enough (and you aren’t an old dog, I don’t think?).  Embarking on developing a new skill as an adult can be daunting; we often hear that it is better to learn things like musical instruments, foreign languages, or sports because our brains and bodies adjust faster why should we turn into statues just because we’re “grown-ups”? People are ripe for learning at any age, notes Qriyo.com writer Harsha Mishra; “experts in the fields of child and adult neurosciences state that even though conventional knowledge dictates that we learn faster as children, if as adults we are willing to put in the time, we can learn many skills we often assume must be acquired before adulthood, or else not at all.” Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal advises that “there is so much to gain and little/nothing to lose from trying to pick up something new, no matter your age”.

When we’re younger, we tend to ‘fear’ less and ‘do’ more, our minds are open and we are less worried about making mistakes, unlike the overthinking and overanalysing we tend towards as adults when trying new things. This thoughtfulness isn’t all bad though, we can as adults “better understand all that a task entails and […] think deeply about what [we] are doing wrong”, writes Dr Ken Paller, director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Northwestern University. The upside to over-analysis is being able to rationalise errors so that we may not make them again. A conscious an immediate consolidation of new knowledge.

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Learning to relax, free your mind and go with the flow are what we often hear top athletes and performers say is the key to their success but it is natural to find this almost impossible to at first, especially if we focus on trying to get something perfect the first or second or even third time. A close friend who has recently decided to learn to skateboard, confides in me that the main thing that hinders his practise is the frustration with not getting it right away. More so than the fear of falling down and getting hurt, more so than the fear of looking silly, it’s being hard on himself because he’s not immediately an expert which holds him back from relaxing and going with the flow. Being open to failing (and falling!) several times is one of the biggest challenges but it is crucial.

You cannot expect to be perfect the first time and you must try not to beat yourself up if (when!) you make mistakes. My friend’s been working on moving off and stopping his board for two weeks now and whenever he feels comfortable with those, inclines and bends are the next step. It’s important to take it easy and go over things as many times as you like; there’s no need for the pressure of a strict timeline and no need to go at a pace where you get scared or feel frustrated. Love, respect and appreciate yourself and the strength and courage it takes to dedicate yourself to a challenge and before you know it, you’ll be hitting those half-pipes like a pro!

References:
1. Qriyo: https://www.qriyo.com/blog/index.php/2016/02/18/5-skills-you-can-learn-at-any-age/
2. Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-never-to-late-to-learn-new-skills-1420587063

yogahaven is carbon neutral

yogahaven is carbon neutral! We’re proud to be plastic-free and plant-based

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yogahaven is carbon neutral and has had CarbonNeutral® status for a few years now, having worked hard to achieve this by involving ourselves in projects to give back to the environment. These projects include larger scale actions such as investing in wind turbines which produce clean renewable energy, and smaller but no less impactful changes such as turning off lights, limiting the use of air con, reducing water usage, using biodegradable, reusable and recycled materials for our wet kit bags, and-

Wait!

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Aren’t you wondering what exactly “carbon neutral” means?? Well, I am! Here’s a quick explanation of some of the terms you’ll come across when discussing climate change and carbon neutrality:

Carbon footprint
A carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organisation, event or product. For simplicity of reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted.

Carbon neutral
Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered, avoided or offset.

CarbonNeutral®
The registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company. When the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with an organisational unit, product, service or process are zero, through a combination of direct (internal) emission reducing actions and indirect (external) offsetting actions.

Climate change
A change in global climate attributed directly or indirectly to human activity and in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

Global warming
The increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s surface as a result of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

All text provided by Carbon Neutral

Now back to what we’re up to!

…and most recently moving to biodegradable, 100% plant-based materials for our water bottles.

Our studios are virtually paper-free, hence why you’ll find we don’t print receipts or have leaflets or printed timetables to give out, and from 1st May yogahaven will go plastic-free with the help of EcoforLife water. yogahaven is carbon neutral ecoforlifeDid you know that over 36 million plastic bottles are used by UK households every day?  And we throw away 10 billion bottles a year.  EcoforLife is the only 100% plant-based, chemical-free bottle on the market, made entirely of a bioplastic derived from completely renewable sources. Using plants cuts emissions by up to 60% in manufacture and saves a whole litre of oil for every 24 bottles and is the more natural, sustainable and convenient choice.

 

We source our body wash and cleaning products only from educated and experienced companies who care as much about the environment as we do, Health Club Partners and One Stop Cleaning Supplies. The body wash we provide is all-natural and the 5 litre bottles we purchase each use about 75% less plastic than a 250 ml bottle. Our super-tough cleaning products are made from 99% or higher natural ingredients so while gentle on your skin, they provide the tough cleaning punch needed to keep our facilities in tip top shape.

Having a net zero carbon footprint is easier than you think but it takes a combined effort in order to achieve it. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Try to limit showers to 5 minutes
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle or purchase a yogahaven reusable water bottle and fill it up using our drinking water taps located in each changing room
  • We stopped providing plastic bags for wet kit over two years ago and urge our customers to bring their own reusable bags for kit, or you can purchase a snazzy new yogahaven one in-studio for only £3
  • Instead of using public transport, perhaps try cycling or walking to the studio
  • Check the labels of the products you use and see if you can make the switch to biodegradable and environmentally-friendly

We hope you are as excited about all these positive changes as we are and want you to know that by supporting our studio, you are supporting a move towards making better, wiser choices for the good of our environment now and into infinity! Well bat least 7.79 billion years. Hurrah!

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Gratitude is an Attitude

sparklerThere really is a lot to be thankful for in this world. Though sometimes it can all get a bit cloudy, a little bit grey and just…a bit much. A change of season and access to sunshine can hit us hard. However, the sun is always there and there are always reasons to be appreciative of what we have and what surrounds us. Gratitude is an attitude, but we can make it a practice.

Things to be grateful for: You’re alive. You’re able to read this. The sky. Oh gosh, yes, the beauty of the sky at night or the vastness of the sky even on a cloudy day. Warm gloves. A really good belly laugh. Naps. The list could go on and on…But we forget.

A simple technique for staying on the bright side as the days get darker, is to keep a Gratitude Notebook. Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives. Gratitude also fosters generosity, tolerance and the ability to feel connected with the world – one of the easiest things to feel thankful for is the beauty of nature, especially at this time of year when the leaves are falling and the colours of Autumn are so vibrant. Continue reading