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Complementary Fitness 29 April news + updates

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A list of our current Complementary Fitness Pilates/Yoga and toning all level classes in Dreghorn Loan hall, Colinton + Craiglockhart church hall, Edinburgh can be found on the Classes where/when page. Have a look and join us this week.

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We’ve got this week and next week full of all of our classes as above but giving you advance notice that the week commencing Mon 13 May, there are no classes that week.  I’ll be doing lots of workouts and getting new exercise and fitness ideas and inspiration just for you and can’t wait.  So dates that classes are not on are: 14, 15, 16 + 17 May. 

Classes will then start back from Tue 21 May as usual.

Oh I’ve just found out too that Craiglockhart church halls will not be available for our Tuesday 7.30p classes for the whole of June because of alterations.

Actually, I thought it was the whole of June AND July but have now re-read the original email from the hall convenor and it’s just no availability in June – phew. 

So here’s the alternative plan for Tuesday 7.30pm classes in June:

  • We can use Paties Road Recreation Grounds and work out outside for an hour with our mats.  I’ve checked it out and it’s a lovely green open, flat space that’s really quiet and not far away from Craiglockhart Church either.  It would be lovely to exercise outside in the fresh air and we wouldn’t really be overlooked.  I’d bring my Bluetooth speaker so we’d still have music.  I can give you directions for walking/driving nearer the time if you need.  I hope that as many of you as possible (from Tue and ALL classes) will join us for our ‘fresh-air workouts’ on Tue 4, 11, 18 & 25 June.  I’m always talking about getting out in the fresh air and  exercising so let’s combine the two in this lovely open, almost-secluded lovely space.

(Ps I had made provisional plans to use Dreghorn Loan Hall on a Tue in July when I mistakenly thought it was June and July, but don’t now need to do that – let’s stick to Tuesdays in Craiglockhart Church Hall in July to save confusion and for easiness).

I’ve tried to put alternative arrangements in place as above coz I feel that if we don’t have a Tuesday class AT ALL in June because of hall unavailability, we might lose the fitness, strength and flexibility that we’ve gained and worked so hard for. 

It would also mean that if you usually come to our Wed/Fri or Thurs classes as above, you’re welcome to join us on a Tuesday evening in our ‘new’ outdoor space in June.

Please let me know if you’re up for having our 7.30pm Tue class outside in June, thanks.

Oh, did you work out for 150 hours last week?  Ha that would’ve been 6¼ days non-stop, no rest or sleep!  A few of you noticed in last week’s newsletter that there was a typo in exercise recommendations – instead of the recommended 150 minutes a week, I typed 150 hours!  Oops.  Don’t do it, I’m not up for 150 hours a week either.  Try for 150 minutes which is easily done with one or 2 (or more) of our classes a week and get out for a walk, play tennis, cycle etc.

Last week, I made some nut and seed dukka (a Hugh F-W recipe) which was lovely with some baba ganoush and flatbreads and since then, I’ve been added a sprinkling of dukka over lots of dishes.  I even added some on top of a berry smoothie which was lovely and added some protein to it with the nuts and seeds. 

Here’s the evidence (a photo) and the dukka recipe if you’d like to try it out:

  • 120g shelled, unsalted pistachios
  • 1T cumin seeds
  • 1T coriander seeds
  • 3T sesame seeds
  • 1tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1tsp flaky sea/Himalayan salt
  • Some chopped fresh mint leaves – optional

Preheat oven 200C/Gas 6 and scatter the pistachio kernels on a baking tray and roast in the oven for about 5 mins (no longer) then cool and chop roughly. 

In a small pan over a medium heat, warm the cumin and coriander seeds until they release their aroma then transfer them to a mortar and bash with the pestle until broken up.  In the same pan, lightly toast the sesame seeds.  You can then add the roughly chopped nuts to the mortar and bash until broken up into smaller pieces.  Stir in the sesame seeds, mint if using, chilli flakes and salt and transfer to a serving bowl.  The dukka will keep for a couple of weeks in a screw top jar.

I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness, fun, exercise/stretch options & variations while we’re working towards improving our flexibility, strength, posture and balance too. 

seated spine twist stretch

Remember to keep me updated with your health and fitness goals and achievements and any comments, thanks.

See you soon, take care


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