Welcome to the fourth and final instalment of the Yoga Manchester JanAsana newsletter! JanAsana has been designed to get your New Year’s resolutions off to the best possible start and forms part of Yoga Manchester’s New Year New Body New Mind (NYNBNM for short!) initiative. With weekly instalments throughout January, Yoga Manchester will be offering tips and tools to help you pay attention to both the mind and the body to allow you to keep up your intentions!   Your 10 minute Yoga Express sequence   This is the final section of the Yoga Express sequence devised by Matt Ryan. The full sequence is designed to provide the physical and mental benefits of a 90 minute Yoga class, but in just 45 minutes. Classes started on 13th January at Studio 25 – visit www.yogaexpressmanchester.co.uk more details. Resolution of the week This is a simple act or intention that should start this week and if it makes you feel good, stays with you for as long as possible. Smile at a stranger. Heads down, a void, if not annoyed, look in the eyes is how we often move from A to B with little recognition that we’re surrounded by fellow, sentient beings which can add to the feeling of isolation we all feel from time to time. An artist recently reflected this so-called ‘urban solitude’ and replaced London Underground signs with fake ones – thought-provoking, genius and above all, spot on. So this week, smile at least once a day to a passer-by and see how it makes you feel!   Smoothie of the week Green power is where it’s at this week, with kale and spinach our top ingredients that will super boost your diet. There are a few decent recipes on here, and our pick for all ginger beer lovers is the Kale, Apple and Ginger Smoothie. With the tingle of ginger and bite of apple, this will give your digestion a head start for the day.   Recipe of the week Curried Butternut Squash and Kale This recipe is in season, nutritious and so delicious! With only a handful of ingredients, a serving of rice is the perfect accompaniment to this recipe, which is courtesy of yoga guru Richard Freeman.
JanAsana Welcome to the third instalment of the Yoga Manchester JanAsana newsletter! JanAsana has been designed to get your New Year’s resolutions off to the best possible start and forms part of Yoga Manchester’s New Year New Body New Mind (NYNBNM for short!) initiative. With weekly instalments throughout January, Yoga Manchester will be offering tips and tools to help you pay attention to both the mind and the body to allow you to keep up your intentions!   Your 10 minute Yoga Express sequence This is the third section of the Yoga Express sequence devised by Matt Ryan. The full sequence is designed to provide the physical and mental benefits of a 90 minute Yoga class, but in just 45 minutes. Classes started on 13th January at Studio 25 – visit www.yogaexpressmanchester.co.uk more details.     Resolution of the week This is a simple act or intention that should start this week and if it makes you feel good, stays with you for as long as possible. Acknowledge five things I’m thankful for in the morning and evening. Stressful living, bad drivers, and unexpected bills can make us feel as if there’s more to moan about than to be grateful for. Oftentimes, we are trapped by a negative mode of being which fails to recognise the significant things we have come to take for granted such as health, family, friends, shelter, environment – the list is endless. So each day this week, make a mental or physical note in the morning and evening of five things you’re thankful to have in your life.   Smoothie of the week There was a brilliant post on Mind Body Green about cravings and how to replace these with healthier alternatives, which then led us to discover The Perfect Tonic recipe. Featuring hydrating coconut water and protein rich chia seeds, this helps to refresh the palate and quell cravings. Give it a go and let us know how you find it.   Recipe of the week Breakfast pudding It seems January 1st marked the day the war against sugar began, with every magazine and newspaper jumping on the ‘war on sugar’ bandwagon. The thing is though, they’ve all got a point as sugar has zero nutritious value. Evolution has designed us to love anything with sugar as back in the day fructose meant the food wasn’t poisonous, so we have our ancestors to thank for our love of sugar! With all this in mind, we’ve been testing tasty sweet treats, and have come across the delicious Breakfast Pudding recipe that has as little sugar as possible but is ultra delicious and nutritious.  

Welcome to the first ever Yoga Manchester JanAsana newsletter!

JanAsana has been designed to get your New Year’s resolutions off to the best possible start and forms part of Yoga Manchester’s New Year New Body New Mind (NYNBNM for short!) initiative. At Yoga Manchester, we’ve put our heads together to  provide you with a weekly instalment through January of tips and tools to get you on the right track and more importantly, keep you on it. Without further ado, let’s kick-start JanAsana.  

Your 10 minute Yoga Express sequence

http://youtu.be/xW0UM23FBOA This is the first instalment of the Yoga Express sequence devised by Matt Ryan. The full sequence is designed to provide the physical and mental benefits of a 90 minute Yoga class, but in just 45 minutes. Classes start on 13th January at Studio 25 – visit Yoga Express Manchester for more details.

Resolution of the week

This is a simple act or intention that should start this week and if it makes you feel good, stays with you for as long as possible. This week, I’m going to brush my teeth and do nothing else Very few of us actually do nothing else while brushing our teeth. Instead, we choose our outfit for the day, make the bed, and comb our hair rather than concentrate on the task in hand. Attending to one task with our utmost attention allows us to be mindful and focussed, truly in the present moment; brushing our teeth is among the first tasks of the day, so is the perfect way to mindfully start our day.

Smoothie of the week

Super Green Super Vibrant cucumber apple and ginger smoothie Packed with vegetables and fruit, this smoothie will invigorate and energise you but without the sugar rush!

Recipe of the week

Energising and spicy dhal This is a much-loved recipe of Yoga Manchester teacher Charlene McAuley which she claims to be super tasty and satisfying but requiring very little effort (bonus!). Feel free to share your top tips, New Year resolutions and yummy recipes as we can all do with a helping hand at this time of year! Keep your eyes peeled for next week's installment.