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Complementary Fitness 25 Nov news + updates

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We’ve got this week of all classes ‘as normal’ then another 2 weeks and finish up on Friday 13 December.  As I mentioned last week though, because of the General Election on Thurs 12 Dec, there’s no class that night but again, please try to come to another class that week if you normally come to our Thursday class. 

Our evening fitness Pilates/yoga Candlelight classes are on Tue 3, Thurs 5 and Tue 10 Dec.

If you haven’t been to our December candlelight classes, what happens is: you’re asked to bring a tea light and holder with you.  We do our usual class then about 40 mins in, ie for the last 20 minutes, we get our tea light and we light them and set them down on the floor, grab our warm long sleeved top & put back on to keep cozy.  I put the lights out and we relax and stretch, focus on our breathing and enjoy some ‘me time’ in the run up to …. well you know! 

Oh and I’d also say that the Large Hall in Craiglockhart church is warm but that recently in Dreghorn Loan hall, it’s been cold so you may also want to bring a blanket too.

Here are some health benefits of exercise including resistance training, Pilates and yoga:

  • Improved posture
  • Better balance
  • Increased strength
  • Reduced injury risk
  • Enhanced core stability
  • Improved flexibility
  • Healthier blood
  • Increased mental fitness
  • Greater stamina

When doing fitness Pilates or fitness yoga, do you find that your muscles are shaking after a while?  You’re not alone – I do too.  ‘if you’re shaking, it’s working’!!

One of Joseph Pilates quotes: ‘Every moment of your life can be the beginning of great things’.


‘So many of us are victims of a culture that prides itself on productivity, where sleep is simply a nuisance.  We make up for this lack of sleep by filling our tanks with sugar, refined carbs, caffeine and other stimulants that we hope will give us more energy’ – a quote from @drmarkhyman and he’s also tweeted: ‘The 2 MOST common culprits threatening your sleep wake cycles are unregulated blood sugar levels or poor nutrition status and chronic stress’.

You’ll probably know that a bedtime routine that implements healthy sleep habits is really important for restoring our health and wellbeing.  There are many practices which can help improve our sleep quality by releasing stress and tension and a couple of those are meditation and mindfulness.  There are lots of books, apps and courses ‘out there’ to help.  Let me know if you use any of them.  Here’s a great mindful quote: ‘don’t wait for things to get better.  Life will always be complicated.  Learn to be happy right now, otherwise, you’ll run out of time’.

The food that we eat directly impacts how our bodies work and how the brain fires.  There are a number of ’feel-good foods’ that naturally induce endorphins and clarity of mind (as well as balancing our gut flora) which directly links back to the brain.  Eating a wide variety of healthy foods including lots of vegetables and fruits as well as fibre in your diet too.

Ok so one of these days …. I’ll get myself organised, declutter (I have mentioned this before), not have so much ‘stuff’ lying around (usually recipe books, foodie magazines, course notebooks, diary etc etc) but I read this and thought.. oops, how true:

‘clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fuelled by procrastination’!

I also like this (and how true): ‘don’t give up – normally it’s the last key on the ring that opens the door’.

I hope that you’ll continue to work out with me/us up until the end of term – dates above.

Take care, see you soon.


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