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What Now?


Just a year ago yoga studios were popping up all over the place, not just your London yoga studios anymore. Studios have evolved from church halls and rec. centers to a variety of boutique like studios and gyms that now offer yoga. This has forced a sense of survival mode between teachers and popular studios as students now had so many choices. Then comes lockdown and a serious rush to get classes on line and promote from within. With even more choices students could visit their favorite teachers in their ZOOM living rooms.

After a year of teaching classes at home via Zoom, most studios had to close their doors and transitioned to online platforms only, leaving our "old normal" as a distant memory and a worry to what the future holds for our on line and in studio classes. This proposes a new way of yoga altogether and hopefully a way to create a better relationship between teachers, students and studios.


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION


Location no longer matters. What was once a thriving business between yoga teachers and studios has been cut in half. With classes at half capacity and costs still rising it is hard to see how some of the small studios will survive and their teachers along with them. Studios do well , when teachers do well- its that simple. Teachers are the first people yogi's see, admire and come back week after week for a bit of their time and dedication to what they love. I am not saying this will happen, but instead of 30 people per class you know have 15. And those 15 are you regulars, so where do the new students go, well perhaps on line? You can now take someones class in America as soon as take someones class in France- location no longer matters and students have that choice to make. Another threat to small, independent studios and teachers are the big business models and franchises taking over the market and enticing students with "gym like" facilities and cheajper prices- how can we all compete?



A NEW DAY


As we all move through this strange time. A time of hope and new beginnings, we must remember to help each other. Students who loved their small independent studios can help by returning to them when able. As lockdown eases its important to remember the feeling your studio and independent teachers have given you through lockdown and continue to support them. As far as studios and teachers go, i feel that on line classes are here to stay and if you are a studio owner you should try to incorporate this into your schedule for the near and later future. Teachers that have built their on line business should continue to do so, but not for £3, as for what your worth and that is the same as pre-lockdown rates. By doing this you value yourself and your students. Those of us lucky enough to make a living teaching yoga know just how amazing and rewarding it is, but it is WORK. Just because you love what you do doesnt mean you are not worth charging for it. I do think that the business of yoga is changing, and as it changs it brings us all new possibilities, but let's all help each other and stay together towards a bright and loving future.


If anyone needs any help or advice my door is always open. Please reach out and contact me.

Kathy Ran SYT MA I Owner I Teacher I Mentor I Lecturer

Kathy@blacklotusyoga.co.uk

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  • Kathy Ran

It's been a long year and dispite our best intentions, we ate a little more, rested a little more and perhaps partook in some bad habits. All of this has left some of us with unwanted pounds and a shape that we do not recognise. I call this my new Covid lockdown donut. The extra pounds are just around the middle and resemble a donut. I truley did my best to practice yoga 5 times a week and walked the dogs almost everyday for over 30 min. and I still gained weight. I think because the fridge and pantry was calling my name throughout the day and of course I was happy to answer.


So what can I do now? I have turned to the experts. Here are a list of top 5 tips to getting back our pre lockdown bodies from our very own Luisa Marie Quinn who is a personal trainer and certified yoga instructor:

1. Get a Training Partner to keep you motivated, in check and keep it fun.

2. Prepare your meals in advanced, keep your fridge organised with healthy food to avoid FAST GRABING those snacksAvoid refined sugars, keep to natural sugars eg. fruit and veg.

3. Try new fruit and make healthy snacks. Keep your snacks interesting each day

4. Treat yourself. Do not torture yourself regarding food. Everything is in moderation, just keep moving!


Throughout lockdown, we’ve all been waiting for the day we can get back to our local gym or yoga studio. However, as we reopen around the country, some of us might have felt unmotivated to return. We might need a new plan to get back into a regular fitness routine. There are a few things we can do to keep motivated and begin new healthy routines according to nutritionist and certified yoga instructor Martina Pokorna. Here are a few things you can do now to improve your health and to help with shifting that unwanted lockdown pounds:

  1. Have a portion of protein with every meal ( nuts, seeds, pulses and beans, avocado, olives, meat fish, eggs , poultry...) This will keep you fuller for longer and will assist to keep blood glucose levels balanced.

  2. Stop snacking between meals.

  3. Move your body daily (20 mins) walking, yoga , stretching, running, jumping, rebounding, weights.

  4. Sleep better - improve sleep by reducing caffeine & alcohol intake, reduce the exposure to blue light screens in the evening (TV, computer, laptop...) at least one hour before bed, have a bath or foot bat with Epsom/Magnesium salts before bed, read a real book, listen to calming music, meditate, practice gentle yoga (Yin).

  5. No late night eating- try to aim to have your last meal around 6/7pm to let your body digest and repair during the night.

  6. Stay hydrated- drink enough fluids daily (up to 1.5- 2 liters per day) water or herbal teas.

Even with our best intentions we have to realise that some things will have changed at our beloved fitness and yoga studios. Booking session times, limited member numbers, physical distancing, equipment not in use — these are all going to be the new normal, at least for the foreseeable future. All of this will be to our benefit as the level of hygiene will be extremely high and studio crews will be doing everything they can to keep members safe. And you’ll still be getting your workout in. Personally, I can't wait to see and visit with our amazing yoga community- it will be awesome to welcome you all back to our beloved studio and have some serious fun!


Take baby steps as you return to your fitness and yoga studios. It's important to stay healthy, but not push yourself to hard, kindness is key. You may have lost the drive but for both mental and physical health reasons, we all need to exercise. Exercise has so many benefits including: reducing the risk of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke, reducing stress and anxiety and improving your sleep. For these and so many more reasons its time to return to our routines and/or create new habits towards living our best lives- you don't have to do a lot, you just have to keep moving. We look forward to seeing you all again! Classes now available on: www.blacklotusyoga.co.uk


Resources:

Luisa Marie Quinn - instagram @luisamarie - personal trainer, fitness instructor and yoga teacher

Martina Pokorna - instagram @martinapokorna - helping men & woman to overcome anxiety naturally, mental well being support, nutritionist



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With the restrictions being lifted slowly, this may for some of us, feel like an exciting time. The gradual easing of lockdown means all the things we have been waiting for may soon happen. Like seeing family, friends, getting back to work and have some normal routines back. However, for some of us, this change could cause anxiety and affect our daily mental health. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to do all those things, it's just that the unknown can be a bit scary and make us feel apprehensive, especially when the news still changes daily and are faced with an uncertain future, but hope is on the way.



Here are some tips on dealing with the lockdown ending and how to help manage your mental health.


REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN’T CONTROL EVERYTHING

There are still a lot of unknowns with the COVID-19 pandemic and this can cause a great deal of anxiety for us. Worrying is manifesting something that you do not want to happen, so try to only think about the things that you can control and make a plan on how to manage them and try to stay present in the moment daily to curb your anxiety. Focusing on your breath for a mear 30 seconds can change your perspective.


TAKE SMALL STEPS

Don’t feel pressured to go any faster than what you are comfortable with. If people are putting pressure on you to do things that you do not want to do, then explain your concerns to them. Everyone’s reaction and way of dealing with the pandemic is different. What is safe for them, may not feel safe for you. And that’s ok.


SWITCH UP YOUR ROUTINES

If you have found yourself getting into a lockdown routine (and many of us have!) try and change it up. Routines give a feeling of safety and it may be hard to begin a new routine, but is essential for our return towards a fullfilling life- go slow, but still go.


FOCUS ON WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY

Try not to spend too much time worrying about what the future looks like or what happened in the past, instead focus on what is happening today and take those baby steps- maybe a trip to your favourite store for 20 min. and make sure to follow all of the precautionary measures in place, retail therapy is what i am looking forward to, but in very small chunks.


AND REMEMBER TO GO TO YOGA

Yoga is a great way to promote mindfulness and create peace not only in the body, but the mind. We also return to our amazing supportive community and friends. This support is great on our quest to return to a bit of normality.


Our classes and trainings will still be limited in numbers and we have all health requirements in place. We look forward to seeing you all on the mat, in person, once again. But, for those wishing to continue on line, that option is still available to you.



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