Looking for Inspiration?

 

I've just come across a brilliant article which I'd like to share with you about, you'll never guess...New Year's Resolutions!

But this one's different. It's about making resolutions focusing on being kind to yourself as much as others. Let me explain...

In Alice G Walton's article The 8 Best (And Kindest) New Year's Resolutions You Can Make, she suggests eight very simple things we can do for ourselves to make us happier and healthier in the year ahead.

Plus it's all backed up by scientific research and the fascinating thing is... it's all about yoga!!!

So without further ado here are some of her suggestions and without sounding too cheeky I'll share how you can do them all very quickly, but more of that later...

1) Meditate

Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Turns out it can actually change the make up of our brains too, from increasing grey matter density to changes at gene level!

2) Physical Activity

We all know exercising the body makes us fitter, healthier and happier, burning up excess calories and producing endorphins, those lovely feel good chemicals. It seems that it can also offer long term benefits for the brain!

3) Get into a routine

What Alice calls "getting a practice" - having some kind of ritual or routine to give us security and structure, a framework to support us. And again, its all backed up by the scientists!

4) Eat Well

There are a multitude of articles to help you make wise decisions about what to eat and what's not so good. In general if you can eat simply, choosing fresh whole food that nourishes the brain as well as the body and also keep the processed manufactured products to a minimum.

5) Connect with People Around You

It's not enough to have loads of friends on Facebook. We need genuine human interaction for optimal health and happiness. We need to have real relationships in the real world - those are the ones that makes us feel satisfied, happy, content.

6) Practice Mindfulness

If you've not heard of mindfulness yet, where have you been? It seems like it's getting everywhere! Put simply mindfulness is trying to be present in this very moment, to pay attention and to do that without any comment or judgement. And practicing doing it no matter where you are and what you're up to.

7) Be Caring & 8) Be Giving

I've wrapped the last two up together as they're really closely linked. Science has proven again and again that a guaranteed way to feel better about ourselves is to help others feel better and to give rather than receive. Whether that's being more caring and inquiring about those around you and listening to what they have to say, or giving something back by simply helping out those around you when they need it or supporting a charity whose core values touch your heart.

 

Those are Alice's suggestions and now the cheeky bit - here's how you can put them all in place quickly!

1) For Meditation

Why not check out our Introduction to Meditation Course starting on Tuesday 13 January 2015 to get you started.

Might just be a first resolution done but just to help – book here.

2) Physical Activity

Yoga is a great way to exercise the body (along with loads of other benefits too) especially if you choose a dynamic and energetic style like Ashtanga. We've got loads of classes for you to try or if you prefer a structured introduction try our Six Week Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga – book here.

Perhaps a second resolution done!

3) Get into a routine

So coming along to yoga classes regularly, rolling out your mat every morning before starting your day, sitting meditating for a few minutes – it's all powerful stuff and even a little makes a huge difference to your own personal health and happiness. It's even one of the reasons why Ashtanga yoga is particularly effective with its structured sequence.

Three resolutions down!

4) Eat Well

When you start practicing yoga and meditation regularly you'll likely find that very gradually you'll begin to notice what effect the food you eat is having and what you eat, and how you eat, will very gradually change.

So keep coming to class and watch Resolution Four slowly begin to change your shape!

5) Connect with People Around You

That's why we're creating and nurturing a real in-person community here at MCY. Join us and see!

Loads of opportunities to get through resolutions 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 in no time at all.

6) Practice Mindfulness

It's something I talk a lot about in all my yoga classes - training yourself to move your attention into the moment, getting into the habit of paying more attention and not getting caught up in your mind's stories.

Resolution Six happening on and off your yoga mat!

7) & 8) Be Caring & Giving

It's no secret that to help others is to help yourself too! That's why we support local charities like Yogability and Fareshare Glasgow who are working in our communities, caring and giving to those who need it every day of the year. And it's why we care about each and every one of you too, helping you live your very best life!

Resolutions Seven and Eight - it's all yoga baby!

 

So job done, resolutions sorted for another year, we hope you found that useful.

Wishing you a year full of happiness and health in 2015

Warmest wishes and looking forward to seeing you soon

Judi

p.s. You can read the full article by Alice G Walton here

New Year, New You, New Yoga!

Yep it's that time of year when you're looking forward to starting the new year with a blank slate for a brand new you!

So what better time to look and book so you can achieve what you want this year:

• Get in shape;
• Keep calm and stay calm;
• Focus on your health;

AND...

Keep that promise to change your life, your lifestyle and set up yourself for a great year ahead.

To make sure you get there quickly we've listened to you and added some great new classes to fit in with your busy schedule at all times of the day for 2015. Book your sessions now!

 

Lunchtime

Tuesday 12.40-1.20pm

Take a Yoga break from your day to move, breath & relax. Leave feeling energised, focused & calm.

Book now

Wednesday 1.15-1.45pm

Develop your strength, flexibility and mobility with Pilates Matwork where your own body provides the resistance, strengthening the deep abdominal and back muscles helping develop core control, proper alignment and giving you a more graceful posture.

Book now

Thursday 12.40-1.20pm

Take a Yoga break from your day to move, breath & relax. Leave feeling energised, focused & calm.

Book here

 

Evening

Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm

Develop your strength, flexibility and mobility with Pilates Matwork where your own body provides the resistance, strengthening the deep abdominal and back muscles helping develop core control, proper alignment and giving you a more graceful posture.

Book here

Thursday 7.30-8.15pm

The practice of Yin yoga provides the perfect balance to your active (Yang) yoga practices and your busy life, focusing on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation.

Book here

PLUS you'll find all your old favourites on the Regular Timetable too so Book Now!

 

Special Courses, Workshops & Weekends for 2015

Introduction to Ashtanga

Learn the fundamentals of the Ashtanga yoga practice in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. This structured course is perfect for complete beginners to yoga or those who would like to deepen their understanding of the Ashtanga yoga system.
6 Week Course starting Wednesday 14 January 2015 (7.30-8.45pm)

Introduction to Meditation

In this six week course you'll be given a broad overview of meditation theory and practice as well as introduce a number of guided meditation practices from a variety of styles and traditions to help you establish and sustain a meditation practice that fits you.
6 Week Course starting Tuesday 13 January 2015 (6-7.15pm)

Anatomy of Breathing

A mix of theory and practice including the difference between nose breathing and mouth breathing; abdominal versus chest breathing; and various pranayama techniques, and their effect on the body.
Sunday 22 February 2015 (3-4.30pm)

Pilates Taster

The introductory session will include an overview of Pilates; an exploration of the link between Pilates and posture, injury rehabilitation and performance optimisation; and a pilates sequence to begin to develop strength, flexibility and coordination.
Sunday 11 January 2015 (3.30-5pm)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW as places for Courses and Workshops in 2015 are limited to ensure individual attention

 

Finally, for you and the special love of your life ... your ultimate retreat for 2015!

My Ultimate Retreat

Step out of your daily life and into your luxury ecoyoga retreat to take time for yourself, to rest, rejuvenate and reflect. With yoga twice a day and meditation in the evening, three delicious meals every single day, use of the solar powered hot tub, a sauna built into the landscape plus two open air baths, wait for it...placed at the centre and bottom of natural wild river water falls AND each with natural hot water on tap!

This is THE YOGA RETREAT with natural beauty you can't find anywhere else and it's happening from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th April 2015... aaaah can't wait til then? Book here NOW!

 

eGift Cards & Yoga Goodies to Buy Online

For the first time we're offering a whole heap of yoga goodies to BUY ONLINE

eGift Cards

You'll find that an eGift Card is the perfect fit to help a loved one get, well...fit!

You can personalise your message, send it straight away or schedule it to arrive on a particular date. Or if you prefer the personal touch print it out, wrap it up and hand your eGift Card over in the traditional way! And shopping with eGift Cards is easy as they can be spent online or in person here at MCY. eGift Cards are the easy way to get organised for Christmas - they'll save you time, you can have as many as you want and for any amount to suit your pocket!

BUY YOUR eGIFT CARD

Yoga Mats

Choose one or two of the range of yoga mats for the one you love and care about!

Our Beginners Sticky Yoga Mat is named for a reason. It's the best value non-slip yoga mat in town from Yogamatters. It actually wears in to develop excellent grip to help your hands and feet stay static and slip free. Now the technical bits ... At 4.5mm thick, it's cushioned enough to protect knees, bottoms and backs from hard floors, but not so thick that you can't feel the floor beneath to help hold steady when balancing is the key. At 183cm long and 61cm wide, this sticky yoga mat provides plenty of space for your practice and rest and recovery after a great workout ;-))

Our Performance Yoga Mat offers fantastic durability for frequent use and at an affordable price from Planet Sadhana's. It is designed to wear in to develop excellent grip to help your hands and feet stay static and slip free. At 4mm thick it offers protection and grip but still light enough to carry easily in a your very own mat bag. It's 180cm long and 60cm wide - the hardy mat favourite choice for thousands of teachers and studios worldwide.

Designed by international Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor, the Kino Pro Series XL Mat has all the features of the original Kino Pro Yoga Mat - durability, grip and beauty - but with added width. It wears in to develop excellent grip to help your hands and feet stay static and slip free. At 4mm thick it offers protection and grip. It's 180cm long and 66cm wide giving you plenty mat space.

These three special mats are available to BUY ONLINE and must then be COLLECTED FROM MCY before Saturday 20 December 2014.

And we've got the mats in the studio so if you'd like to see which might best fit you or the one you care about get in touch to arrange a good time to pop in and have a look This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"Aye" Pillows

Want to sooth your eyes after a long day working on your computer? Looking for complete calm while resting in Savasana? Our "Aye" Pillows are hand made in Scotland and will help deepen your relaxation and make you feel so much more peaceful. With a removable 100% cotton outer cover for easy wash, our "Aye" Pillows come in a number of individual designs to suit the one you know and love.

Available available to BUY ONLINE and must then be COLLECTED FROM MCY before Saturday 20 December 2014.

Yoga Towel Mats

Our Yoga Towel Mats are the essential piece of kit for yogis who like a great workout and want to keep and look cool! Your Yoga Towel Mat is soft and super absorbent, wicking away moisture, ensuring you don't slip in a hot Ashtanga class. Wave goodbye to sliding hands and feet in downward facing dog! With a smooth towel finish on one side and non-toxic silicon dots on the other you can use it in any way you want. Either dots facing down to keep the towel firmly in place on your yoga mat or floor, or dots up for extra grip for your hands and feet. An added bonus is by laying your mat towel over your yoga mat or on the floor it gives you the hygienic and protective layer you might need - so ideal if you need to borrow a mat or if you're practicing on a hotel room floor.

Weighing just 750g, this yoga mat towel is extremely lightweight, so can be scrunched, folded or rolled in to your bag, and taken on your travels without adding extra weight. And since it's machine washable, you can pop it in the wash after every session.

Available available to BUY ONLINE and must then be COLLECTED FROM MCY before Saturday 20 December 2014.

MCY Yoga Mat Spray

Our hand blended Yoga Mat Spray is specially made for MCY and will keep your mat smelling fresh and hygienic every time. It's a natural blend of essential oils known for their bactericidal, fungicidal & deodorising properties- Teatree, Lemongrass & Lavender Oils. Get a fresh, uplifting yet calming effect on the senses every time you scoosh.

Available available to BUY ONLINE and must then be COLLECTED FROM MCY before Saturday 20 December 2014.

Our Favourite Yoga Books

Can you ever have too many Yoga Books some might ask? Me? No, never! Whether it's for the beginner or the super yoga fanatic we have a yoga book to suit. Two of the favourites here at MCY are David Swenson's Practice Manual, a great book to have open next to your mat as you practice and Donna Farhi's Bringing Yoga to Life, which shows us how we can begin to take yoga into our everyday living.

Available available to BUY ONLINE and must then be COLLECTED FROM MCY before Saturday 20 December 2014.

108 Sun Salutations for Yogability

108 Sun Salutations with Christmas Lunch

Saturday 20 December 2014 (10.30am)

In aid of Yogability

Our first ever 108 Sun Salutations challenge last Christmas was such a resounding success you said we just have to do it again!

There was a fantastic turn out so places will go fast as your new studio is a more dedicated place for slightly smaller groups than before. Please hurry and book your place early - it'll spur you on to get fundraising too!

Here's how it works - you just commit to perform 108 Sun Salutations either on your own or as part of a group. We're also asking you to raise sponsorship too and we're suggesting you aim for £108. The thing is, it doesn't matter how much or how little you raise as every little bit of cash raised truly does help Yogability to provide free yoga for children with special needs and their families, right here in Glasgow.

If you don't think you can make it through 108 Sun Salutations by yourself, join as a team and share the effort - the more the merrier! No team? Don't worry as we can form a team on the day and you just take a breather whenever you need to.

Give back to our community, be part of something special and help, book now!

Registration costs £20 per participant and includes:

Participation in the event on 20 December 2014;
Sponsorship form for you to raise the funds for the charity;
Exclusive 108 Sun Salutations t-shirt;
Festive buffet lunch with Fresh Spiced Chai and mince pies;
Glass or two of something fizzy to celebrate your achievements!


A wee aside...
You might be wondering why we chose 108, it sounds a bit crazy right?! 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayer beads, come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the "guru bead,"). A mala is used for helping you keep count as you repeat a mantra or prayer. There's a great article here with many more reasons why 108 is an auspicious number.

We'd love you to share some of our festive cheer and fun and remember all profits go to Yogability for children with special needs and their families, right here in Glasgow.

Book now - I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Judi
Owner
MCY

MCY Survey

While I'm loving being at the very grand Corinthian I'm really keen to find us a new home and here's where I need your help!

When I'm racking up the miles looking at possible new premises, trying to see beyond what's there to what could be, it'd really help me to have a clear picture in my mind of what you want from MCY.

Please take a few minutes out of your day to answer these questions. It won't take any longer than five minutes. Click HERE to take part.

And when you're done I'd love it if you popped over to Facebook where we're asking why you do yoga - let's see if I can get a record number of comments!

To say thank you for completing the survey you'll be entered into a free prize draw for a place on an exclusive MCY Masterclass. The draw will take place on 27 May 2014 so make sure you're all done by then.

Thanks for your help, I can't wait to hear from you!

Judi
Owner
Merchant City Yoga