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Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day Mis Fitters!,

I’m currently rocking my new Micky and Minnie T shirt, which I picked up last week from George at Asda!. Its soooooo darn  cute, I love it! . 

Regardless of if you are  coupled up  or single, I hope you spend today doing something you LOVE.  It can be as simple as taking the time to curl up with a good book, or to watch your favourite movie or Netflix show. It could be taking a lovely long bubble bath after a day at work.  Maybe meeting a friend for a catch up over lunch or a cup of tea.   Get moving  your body too  –  get outside to take a walk  or take a class . Exercise is such a brilliant mood booster and will help strengthen our hearts!. 

Taking the time to look after our mind, body and soul is so, so  important.  When we take the time to look after ourselves , we are reminding ourselves we matter too. It also helps us give our best self to others around us, instead of  burning ourselves out trying to juggle  so many things and finding our own self care dropping further and further down our priority list – hands up if you have also been there!   . So Start treating yourself like your own best friend – after all we spend 24/7 with ourselves so we need to be happy in our own company.  Take note this week too as to how you talk to yourself – would you talk to a friend the  way, you talk to yourself?.  Become your own little cheerleader. 

“Think positive Thoughts and they will shine out of your face like moonbeams and you will always look lovely”  Roald Dhal.

So on this day of Love – show all your loved ones how much you care and also include yourself on that list too!.  Love yourself enough to move your body, nourish it with healthier food choices and believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. 

 

Use our self care check list as a reminder to take care of yourself too!

Sending you all lots of Valentines love and hugs 

Joanne x

 

 

 

February at Little Mis Fit

Guys can you believe the first month of 2019 is just about over and we are about to enter Chapter 2 ?.  

I know a lot of people think January seems to last forever, but for me , Classes have been super busy  and I had a few fun adventures booked in – bonus a lot of them had been paid for in advance  – always good in January!.    I had got my sister afternoon tea at the Town House in Durham for her Birthday back in November and we had booked it for January . It was so nice!.  if you don’t know it, its a Gorgeous little twenties style boutique hotel right in Durham City, it really was like stepping back in time to another era, and the afternoon tea was really nice! . 

Then Peter and I had a date night to the Sage to see Dirty Dancing the musical  which was fantastic!. I have seen it on the stage a few times before, but just with the smaller venue , it definitely added a little more to the show.

  My mam and dad also  celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary ,

so its been a busy fun start to the year, with plenty more celebrations to come. throughout the year. 

Classes have been really busy which is brilliant!.  I honestly love teaching and we have really built such a lovely community within the classes ,and the small groups and in the  1-1 sessions  , that sessions are always so much  fun to teach with plenty banter and laughter alongside the workouts.  Its said your Vibe attracts your tribe and I am so so lucky with all you guys!. 

I’ve also been hooked on a couple Netflix shows this month too. Have any of you watched YOU on there?. so good!!! can not wait for season 2!.  I’ve also been hooked on Marie Kondo tidying up.  I read her book a couple years  – The magic art of tidying up and now she has her own Netflix show and I’m hooked.  I’ve been decluttering the house using the Kondo method. Its about keeping the things that spark joy for you – if it no longer sparks Joy, its time to thank the item and then declutter it. Have any of you guys been watching too?. Have you been inspired to try the Kondo method?. 

 

 

Here is what we have going on here at Little Mis Fit this coming month – 

Post natal Pilates 

Friday 1130-1215pm @ Taylored Fit Physio Langley Park , Durham  starting 22nd February for 5 weeks £30 

and 

Monday 1030-1115am @ DanceMax, Consett starting 25th February for 5 weeks , £30 

Kids After School yoga 

Thursday afternoons from 28th February for 6 weeks. 4.30pm-5.15pm , for kids age 4-10.  £35 for the 6 weeks. 

Small Group Training 

Our Small Group training programmes are currently all full at present!.   I have got a couple 1-1 Pilates spaces available though so do get in touch if you would be interested in more information on those.

Class passes 

Just a  reminder I am away on Saturday February 16th for the day , so no classes this day.  

8 session pass – £35

12 session pass – £50

Unlimited monthly pass – £60  

 

Core Class Timetable 

Monday 

Barre Fitness 6.30-7pm @ North Durham Academy 

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy 

Tuesday 

Body Sculpt 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco , Consett 

Wednesday 

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church 

Pilates for mams and Toddlers 1030-1115am @ Annfield Plain church 

Thursday 

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall 

Men on Mats Pilates 7.30-8.15pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall 

Friday 

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield plain Church 

Saturday 

Body Sculpt 9am – 9.30am @ Delves lane Village Hall 

Family Yoga 1015am-11am @ Delves lane Village Hall 

We also have our Online workouts – Just £10 per month!. Access is via a private Facebook group. There are a variety of workouts including HIIT, Pilates, strength and conditioning and Barre , with two new workouts added each week.  Drop us a message for more information or to get signed up. 

Are you on Instagram? , if so come follow us over there – @littlemisfitjojo for behind the scenes  at Mis Fit on Insta stories.  

we are also on Facebook – www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1

Did you see my Social media post this week – do it for the woman you want to be a year from now?.   How do you want your life to look? , take some time this week to think about that and set  your goals to help get you there!. lets all aim to live our best lives this year and every year after!. 

Wishing you all a Fabulous February , may it be filled with lots of love, laughter and adventure.  

 

Joanne x

 

Why Consistency is key when it comes to achieving your goals.

When it comes to achieving your goals such as getting fitter and healthier  , or indeed anything you wish to succeed at , the key is Consistency.  

Creating little habits that you continue to stick with , until it just becomes second nature to you, just like since you were little , you’ve been brushing your teeth every day probably at least twice.

All those small changes when repeated on a regular basis, will all add up to huge differences.  

Maybe you want to create a healthier lifestyle , so you feel fitter , stronger and healthier.  Maybe you are training for a fitness event such as the Great North run, and you need to be consistent with your training, even when its cold outside or worse sometimes – too hot!, (definitely go early morning /early evening in that case!) . Maybe you want to set up your own business and need to work on it in your spare time and therefore need to be super organised so you use the time you do have productively. 

Think about your Big goal – the thing you want to achieve and then try setting little goals  for yourself that will help you toward that big goal and just notice the success that follows if you can just stick with these daily/weekly habits.  Something my Small Group training  girls practice over the 6 week programme  and when they do, they see the results of their hard work and commitment.  Many of the habits they create, they continue with after the 6 weeks is over , not all but you often find some habits just stick , whilst others are work in progress – hey we are all human. Its just trying to be as consistent as you can – and you’ll notice the ones you do regular, are the ones that bring you the most results. 

Maybe this week for example , you decide that you are going to drink 2 litres of water each day ,and  swap out some of your regular cups of tea/coffee for herbal tea instead. In addition  aim to  move your body at least 3 times this week – be it take a class, go for a walk or a swim or just stick on your favourite playlist and dance for 20 minutes – hello instant mood lifter and cardio workout!.  

Maybe the following week , you continue with the above but also add in a new additional habit like trying one new reciepe/meal idea each week , or each month. 

Perhaps you run your own business or would like to and you need to set time aside each week to make sure you get done what needs to get done. 

Here are some tips that help me, and might hopefully  help you too   –

  • Take some time at the weekend to look at your week ahead and see what you have going on and where you can fit in your workouts that week.  Pencil them in your diary and make a commitment to yourself to actually do them. Maybe you already make time for workouts and work , maybe you need to schedule in some down time!.  This is something I am working on – scheduling in time in my week for work and also for time to step away from my phone/Ipad/laptop. I think especially when you run your own business and you love what you do it can be hard to totally switch off sometimes. My work schedule used to be crazy, but now I have found a little more balance so aiming each week to take time out away from work to just be. It actually helps me be more productive with the time I do block out for work. 

 

  • Also whilst you have your diary out and know what you have on, plan out your meals for the week ahead.  That way you can do a food shop and get in everything you need – it also helps limit wasted food,plus you only need to buy what you need. Maybe prepare some meals in advance – especially for the busier days/nights. Something you can make in advance and just pull out the fridge or freezer to reheat when you haven’t got lots of time to cook. Things like Stir Fries are also perfect for busy days.

 

  • Some days early morning is the only time I can fit in my own workout , and Three times a week I also teach early morning sessions – so I always make sure to put my clothes out the night before which is a huge help as it means, everything is just there ready for me to put on. just spending 5 minutes the night before , organising myself saves me time on a morning. 

 

  • Find what motivates you . Sometimes you just plain can’t be bothered – we’ve all been there, but you know it has to be done and you will feel so much better for it afterwards . A bit like housework  though I have to say thanks to Mrs Hinch , I am much more motivated  after watching one of her Insta stories!. Its crazy but honestly I can just sit and watch this woman clean her bathroom for 15 minutes and then I feel the need to go clean mine and then I can relax and enjoy my Zoflora smelling home . This week I got a message from one of my Online clients, who said she really could not be bothered to exercise that day, but she had forced herself and gone back through our library – picked out a workout she knew she loved and did that one – the result?, she felt so much more energised. Often knowing and understanding your Why  – the reason you are doing this will help you stay motivated and on track.  Another one for me – I hate going to the dentist, I have a really lovely dentist and I’ve been going for years, but it still fills me with dread at the thought of going, but the thought of horrid teeth fills me with even more dread so twice a year, off I head and honestly once I am there – I’m totally fine.

 

  • Track your progress – If its Health/fitness keep a  diary to track your food and workouts , maybe measure yourself at the start and again every 6 weeks – I don’t believe in scales – I think they mess with your head so much prefer to use a tape measure or a mirror, or in how I feel/look in my clothes. Before and after photos can also help with seeing progress – again something I do with my Small Group guys. Maybe keep a Journal on your journey , so you can look back and see just how far you have come.   This is also something I do for my own journey as a girl running her own business.  For the past couple years I have documented my diary through the highs and lows  – the small wins, the victories and the lessons learned as I ride along on  this Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster . I can look back and see how it all came together to bring me to where I am today – which is a pretty darn good place. There are times it is so hard , but the highs more than make up for it 

 

  • Make a note of your Big Goal and keep it  where you can see it on a regular basis as a reminder of what you are aiming for.  Maybe keep a copy of it as a screen saver on your phone/ipad/laptop.  Maybe keep it in the front of your diary or on the fridge – anywhere you will see it daily to keep you focused. 

 

  • Sometimes when I really struggle with motivation but I know I have something I really need to get done is I set my timer on my phone for a maybe 45 minutes or an hour  – I call it a power hour and then pop my phone in another room – so I’m not tempted to procrastinate on social media (hands up who else does that?) and instead focus on that one task for that duration and then by the time , the timer is up , I found I’ve actually made at least a dent in what I needed to get done, and possibly even completed the task and able to tick it of the to do list.  You can then reward yourself on a job well done with maybe a nice sit down  and a cup of tea  and a book or whatever brings you a little  peace and quiet. 

 

Results happen over time, not overnight , work hard, stay consistent and be patient. It won’t always be easy ,  but It will be worth it!. 

Do Let me know how you get on    – comment below, or tag us on social media , I love to hear from you!.  lets go achieve our Dreams in 2019!

You can find us over on Instagram @littlemisfitjojo and Facebook – www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1.

 

Classes and Programme updates and why 2019 is a big year for us.

Hi guys,

I hope this New Year is treating you well so far. 

 

2019 is a big year , here at Little Mis Fit – Its my first year teaching full time , after 8 years of juggling two jobs , I’ve finally gone full time with Little Mis Fit, which is exciting , though a little scary too.  I also have a big birthday this year as does my boyfriend and a lot of my friends , so lots of fun things planned too.  I also have a few ideas for Little Mis Fit so I’m busy working away on those too. 

Are you on Instgram? , If  so  come give us a follow -@littlemisfitjojo.  Follow our Instastories for what goes on behind the scenes!. 

Class timetable and January programmes 

Our classes are all back to normal this week , and we have our new Body Sculpt class on Tuesday and Saturdays. Its a class combining cardio with strength and conditioning moves, to help tone and strengthen the entire body.

We also see the return of our After School Yoga class at Believe and Be , Consett for kids age 4-8. Monday Afternoons 4,15-5pm .

Post Natal Pilates is also back on a Monday Morning 1030am-1115am at DanceMax, Consett , and this year we also have a class on a Friday morning at Langley Park at the lovely Taylored Fit Physio studio.

 

Family Yoga is also back from this Saturday 1th January 1015am-11am at Delves Village Hall. For kids age 3 plus.
Our Pilates 1-1 and private Small group slots have also been selling really well, if you would be interested , just drop me a message.

Our Fat Burning Small Group programme is sold out for January, but we already have sign ups for February , so if you would like to get on the list for the February Small Group starting Mid Feb, just drop us a message.

Timetable for this week :-

Please do book for all classes – and please let me know if you can’t make it.

Monday 07th January

Post Natal Pilates , 1030am-1115am @ DanceMax, Consett

After School Yoga 4.15-5pm @ Believe and Be, Consett for kids age 4-7

Barre Fitness 6.30-7 pm @ North Durham Academy £4.00

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy £6.00

or do both evening sessions for £8.00

Tuesday 8th January

Body Sculpt 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco Community room, Consett £4.00 – This class has limited space and sells out quickly, lease check with us regarding availability.

Wednesday 9th January

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church £6
and
Pilates for mams and Toddlers 1030am-1115am @ Annfield Plain Church £7

Thursday 10th January 

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall £6

and
Men on Mats Pilates 7.45pm-8.30 pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall £6

Friday 11th January

Post Natal Pilates 1130am-1215pm @ Taylored Fitness Physio, Langley Park

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church £6

Saturday 12th January

Body Sculpt 9am-9.30am @ Delves Lane Village Hall £4

Family Yoga 1015am – 11am @ Delves Village Hall

Wishing you all a fabulous week!

Joanne x

What will be your word for this New Year?

Can you believe we are getting ready to say goodbye to 2018! I mean I honestly feel like I just said Hello! 😳. Is anyone else feeling the same?

The past couple of years rather than making New  Year resolutions, I have opted to choose a word or a theme of how I want my year to look. For some they may chose the word calm as they want to bring more calm into their life or maybe its health, if you want to make your health and well-being a priority this year . Maybe you want to travel lots in 2019 so maybe Travel could be yours . You could even have more than one!, you make your own rules 💕. 

For 2018 , my theme was Building my Dream , I wanted to focus on working towards making my dream of taking Mis Fit full time and in November of this year , I did just that! 😋.

I’m currently in a business group – the  Dream life Academy programme and as part of that, we each had to come up with our hashtag  for the year when we started back in September. I opted for a bit of only fools and horses inspiration and went with the #  she who dares! , so I am going to stick with that as we go into 2019. A reminder to stay brave , especially when stepping outside my comfort zone as that is most often the time when you find the magic! 💕.  A reminder for myself to always reach for the moon , because even if you don’t quite reach the moon , you’ll still land among the stars 💕.

My boyfriend and actually some friends and family have also suggested I may need to learn the art of chilling out/relaxing a bit more 😂, so I guess my theme of 2019 is to work hard but also to ensure I  make the time to play too. 

This past year I got to travel more , which  I loved especially as I hadn’t had the chance  to do much the past couple years and it’s something I used to do a lot more of , so definitely hoping for a couple more adventures in 2019 and I already have a couple fun trips booked 😀. It’s my 40th birthday so plenty of celebrations!. 

What about you guys? I’d love to hear what your word / theme for 2019 is? Let me know in the comments below 💕

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2019!. May it be filled with love, laughter and Adventure. 

 

Joanne x

   The Amalfi Coast 

Capri 
                                                                                        

 Portugal 

 

Merry Christmas! and January Class and programme updates

Its the Night before, the night before Christmas eve!.   so only 3 sleeps until Christmas!.  Who else is excited???.  

December has flown over! , along with teaching classes , I’ve been enjoying lots of Festive fun adventures.  You can see what I’ve been up to over on Instagram – @littlemisfitjojo and over on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/lilmisfit1.

I also got to be interviewed for a podcast – about Yoga and mindfulness for Children. If you haven’t heard it yet – you can check it out here – https://themummytrainer.co.uk/podcast/

 

January classes and programmes. 

Both our  Small Group programmes both Pilates and Fat burning ones for January  sold out in November which was just incredible.  We start Saturday 5th January for 6 weeks. 

However I am also looking at possibly also running a day time small group programme , if anyone is interested.   

sessions would be as follows:-

Monday 9.30am – 10am @ Dance Max , Consett 

and 

Wednesday 9.15am-0945am @ Annfield Plain Church 

£120 per person including two Weekly Group workout sessions, a nutrition plan and a private Facebook group to help you motivate and support each other .

Online classes 

Our little Online community is continuing to grow which is fantastic.  Our Online classes cost just £10 per month and access is via a private Facebook group. There are already a wide variety of classes in there – Pilates, HIIT and Strength and conditioning style.  Plus two new workouts are added each week.  if you would like to sign up for January , please drop me a message. 

January Class timetable and passes 

Class passes will increase slightly from 1st January to the following:-

8 session pass – £35 

12 session pass – £50

Unlimited Monthly pass – £60 

  • passes are valid for a calender month only – ie 1st -31st January and are non transferable. 

introducing our new class for January – Body Sculpt!  , this is a class that will incorporate Pilates/Barre/strength and conditioning /HIIT and  boxing workouts , using body weight,  along with our weights, gliders , resistance bands, the red bands , the green balls,  – all the favourites haha. 

Monday 

Post Natal Pilates 1030am-1115am @ Dance Max, Consett * 6 week block starting 7th January *

After School Yoga 4.15pm-5pm @ Belive and Be * 6 week block, starting 7th January *

Body Sculpt 6.30-7pm @ North Durham Academy £4 

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm @ North Durham Academy £6 

Do both evening classes for only £8. 

Tuesday 

Body Sculpt 7pm-7.30pm @ Tesco, Consett £4

Wednesday 

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield Plain Church £6

Pilates for Mam and Toddlers 1030am-1115am @ Annfield Plain Church £7

Thursday 

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall £6

Men on Mats 7.30pm-8.15pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall £6

Friday 

Post Natal Pilates , 11am-12noon @ Taylored Fit Physio , Langley Park,  6 week block, starting Friday 11th January.

Pilates 6.30pm-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church £6

Saturday 

Body Sculpt 9am-9.30am @ Delves Lane Village Hall £4

 

Pilates 1-1/Small group 

My 1-1 / private small group Pilates programme is proving very popular, which again is brilliant  and as a result, I currently only have  limited time slots available – if you would be interested in more information, please do drop us a message. 

After School Yoga @ Believe and Be , Consett 

Our After school yoga class is back from Monday 7th January for 6 weeks. 

This class is suitable for little ones age 4-7. £35 per child.  

We practice yoga poses, mindfulness activites and have story/relaxation time. 

if you would like to book your little yogi a place, just drop us a message.

Post Natal Pilates  

January we have not 1 but 2 Post Natal Pilates classes ! 

Mondays 1030am-1115am @ Dance Max, Consett. starting Monday 7th January for 6 weeks . £35 for the 6 week block 

and 

Friday 1130-1215pm  @ Taylored Fit Physio, Langley Park. starting Friday 11th January for 6 weeks . £35 for the 6 week block.

For more info or to make a booking , just drop us a message.

 

Tween / Teen yoga 

I am also looking at running a Yoga class for Tweens/teens so for those age 9 – 15 on a Tuesday afternoon 5.15pm-6pm @ Tesco , Consett. Please let me know if you would be interested. 

I think I’ve remembered everything! 

As always though you can keep an eye on my Facebook and Instagram pages . plus of course check back on our blog . 

 

I just want to wish all of you a very Merry and Magical Christmas. 

Thank you all so so much for all your support again this year, I appreciate it all so much more than I can ever express. 

Joanne x

 

 

 

 

12 days of Christmas workouts and December happenings

Hey guys,

Can you believe its almost December??.  Its only 4 weeks until Christmas !!.

From this Weekend, its lots of Festive adventures for me , so I’m super excited.  If you follow me on Instagram @littlemisfitjojo , be sure to check out my Insta stories as I’ll be sharing my adventures over there and I’m thinking of doing Blogmas – so check back here each week for my weekly festive adventures too.  Do tag me in your Festive adventures too – I love seeing them. 

Who has their advent calender at the ready?.  My mam always gets me a Dairy Milk one , and this year I also got this Christmas train one! 

 

So what is happening at Mis Fit HQ over December?? check out all our updates below –  

12 Days of Christmas workout

From Saturday 1st December – I will be doing our annual 12 days of Christmas workouts. If you want to join in the fun, just send us an email – info@littlemis-fit.co.uk  just with a little note saying you want to join in, and I’ll add you to the list . Then from 1st December you will receive a daily email for 12 days , with that days mini workout. By Day 12 you will have a 12 minute workout that you can do over the festive season!.

Online Classes

Who wants to join us for our December online classes ,? . just £10 per month and you will get access to our at home workouts , that you can do at home and fit around your schedule. Access is via a private Facebook group. Two new workouts added each week!.

December class updates

December class passes will be available from next week.

I am away Saturday 1st December so no classes that day.
I will also be away Friday 7th December so no Friday evening class that night. We will finish classes for Christmas on Saturday 22nd December, though Our last Tuesday evening class will be 11th December as the Community room closes for Christmas on the 12th December.

On Saturday 8th and 15th December , There will be an additional Pilates class 8.15am-9am at Delves Lane village hall. This is our usual Small group Pilates session but for these two dates , The class will be open to any of you guys that would like to come along.

December class timetable :-

please note classes will run subject to minimum numbers as I know it is a really busy time for everyone.

Festive Fit- Mas is back!. What is Festive Fit -mas? – We will be taking a variety of workouts and classes to create some fun and effective workouts for over the festive season!. Imagine our Festive Fit Mas classes , like a box of choclates – you never know what you’re gonna get (who else said that in their head like Forrest Gump haha)

Mondays

Festive Fit Mas 6.30-7pm

Pilates 7pm-7.45pm

Tuesday @ Tesco Consett – please note last Tuesday class is 11th December

Festive Fit Mas 7pm-7.30pm

Wednesday

Pilates 0945am-1030am @ Annfield plain Church

Thursday

Pilates 6.45pm-7.30pm @ Delves Lane village hall
and
Men on mats Pilates 7.45-8.30pm @ Delves Lane Village Hall

Friday

Pilates 6.30-7.15pm @ Annfield Plain Church – no class 7th December

Saturday

No class – 1st December, otherwise 

Pilates 8.15am – 9am @ Delves Lane Village hall

Festive Fit Mas 9am-9.30am @Delves Lane Village Hall

January .  

Small Group Training

our January Small group programmes are already sold out!!! .

However I am looking at possibly doing a day time Small group programme aswell if interest is there. 

Currently looking at Monday 9.30am-1015am at Dance Max , Consett and Wednesday 9.15am-1030am at Annfield Plain Church. Please do let me know if you would be interested. £120 per person including nutrition guide and twice weekly group workout sessions. However sign up before  Monday 26th  November and receive a £10 discount.

I may also run a second evening programme if we have more interest and if we can fit it in the timetable somehow.

1-1/ Private small Group training sessions. I have a couple of Daytime slots available also for 1-1 Pilates sessions or perhaps a small group if 2 or 3 of your friends/family members wish to do a session together. Please get in touch regarding pricing and availability.

Wishing you all  a brilliant Festive week and don’t forget those advent calenders!

Joanne x

 

Whats the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

One of the questions I get asked a lot – What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?.  After all a lot of the moves are very similar and I find the two compliment each other well.  Both can help improve flexibility , build strength and help with mental  health, and lower stress levels.  Below are my takes on the differences between the two .

Yoga means the Union of the mind, body and spirit and originated in India , thousands of years ago.   Yoga helps us build strength and improve flexibility too, and also has a strong emphasis on our Spiritual wellbeing also.

 

I love the quote “Yoga is not about touching your toes, its about what you learn on the way down “. For me Yoga is about my own journey on my mat. Of course its fun being able to do some of those impressive Yoga poses – It was a proud day when I managed Crow pose for the very first time and if I’m honest any other time I am able to do it ! , though the Headstand still alludes me. I can hand stand against a wall though and take my legs off the  wall for 5 seconds haha , but its not about that, its about what we learn about our bodies as we try a pose , .there are days some poses will come more easily than other days and that’s ok. Its being aware of your body and how it moves day to day,  Stepping on my mat is about me  stepping away from the busy chaos of my everyday life and heading to my  mat  to help  find some calm, as I just focus on moving through the poses  , and  being present in that moment and not thinking about my ever growing to do list or feeling anxious about the worries and stresses of life

Pilates was originally known as Contrology , when Joseph Pilates first brought the concept to New York in the 1920’s , where he had his own studio . It was only after his death in 1967,  the name was changed to Pilates by his wife Clara. 

Joseph Pilates  was born in Germany in 1880 and was poorly as a child, suffering with rickets, asthma and Rheumatic fever.   As he grew up, he wanted to develop a health regime to make him stronger and healthier and tried various activities such as Yoga, gymnastics, skiing, boxing and karate, along with meditation.  

In 1912 he travelled to England , working as a boxer, Circus performer and Self defence instructor. However during World War 1, as a German living in England, he was interned as an enemy alien. During his time locked up, he worked on a training regime, which he would share with his camp mates and he also created programmes to help injured soldiers with rehabilitation exercises. 

After the war is over , he returned back to Germany, and through his friend Rudolph Laban was introduced to Dance. 

In 1926 , However he set off for America – New York, where he meets his future wife, Clara. Joseph opens a Studio in New York and primarily works with dancers to help keep them strong , reducing their risk of injury and if they did get injured , help them recover. 

Joseph Pilates trained dancers and apprentices in his Pilates method , and they would then go on to open their own studios. 

For Joseph Pilates , Pilates was the complete coordination of mind and Body. The main focus of  Pilates is about building core strength. The Core is seen as the Powerhouse of the body.  Pilates  moves can also help all those smaller muscles get stronger to help better support the bigger muscles in the body, lowering your risk of injury and is often used by athletes especially runners because it .  Having a strong Core, strengthens the Spine, reduces lower back pain  and bringing better alignment to the body and improving posture.it also helps keep the pelvis in alignment  Pilates helps build a long lean body. There is also a  focus on taking  deep, full breaths .This allows the muscles to be supplied with energizing oxygen and the old stale air to leave the body on each exhale. 

Pilates is often used in rehabilitation of those with injuries, health conditions and orthopaedic conditions , just like Joseph Pilates did all those years ago with the injured soldiers during WW1. I have clients with a wide range of health conditions  , some of whom I work with 1-1 as we can tailor the session specifically for them.  Even if you are generally fit and well though, including a Pilates/Yoga workout in your programme amongst those Higher impact workouts  is highly beneficial, it will stretch out tired muscles and help keep them strong, lower your risk of injury and bring balance to the mind and body . Modern living means we are a generation with poor posture from spending days hunched over computers, laptops, mobile phones etc, which means we are also all constantly “switched on” so stepping on to that mat will help you find a little oasis of calm. 

Both Yoga and Pilates are also brilliant for pre/post natal women. 

For me personally , I love the benefits of combining elements of both Yoga and Pilates  into my own practice and that of the classes I teach, and the majority of my Pilates classes will finish with a Savasana  / snooze  just like in Yoga . For some though this actually the hardest part of the class – relaxing!.  Those are the often the ones that need it the most! . 

 

What about you guys?, do you have a preference?

Namaste 

Joanne 💕

Having the Courage to follow your heart and Intuition Guest Blog Jayne from Lulu Charles Jewellery

Joanne recently asked me to write a blog post about how I went from working as a freelance textile designer & lecturer to a fully self employed business owner, working with my husband, Ashley, to design and hand make jewellery. Prior to setting up LuLu & Charles Jewellery I had worked as a part-time lecture at Newcastle College teaching fashion & textiles and self employed freelance designer. After the arrival of our second son I decided to leave education and focus on the freelance side of my career, which worked perfectly around the boys while they were little. Ashley on the other hand was working for my dad at Christopher James Jewellers, based in the Metro Centre.

My daily routine consisted of designing and making garment fronts for the fashion industry. I specialised in mixed media textile designs, combining hand embroidery, print & embellishment. Reworking antique lace and vintage prints. While Ashley was happy working at Christopher James Jewellers, he loved his job working in a busy jewellery shop, employed as a finisher, jeweller, sales assistant. He would never in a million years have dreamed of working for himself.

 

It wasn’t until my dad’s shop closed and Ashley was faced with redundancy that the idea of us working together crossed our minds. At the time I was pregnant with our 3rd son, so the timing was a worry. However despite the bad timing, I now look back and believe it was the best thing that could have happened! Freelancing was getting harder and the industry had shifted towards digital trends, which just wasn’t my design style. So I had been looking for a new direction and what with Ashley’s redundancy on the cards, we were forced to do something and make some decisions. I knew I wanted to do something new with a creative focus that would work around our hectic family life. Jewellery was all Ashley had ever known and something I’d been brought up with, so combining my vision and design skills with Ashley’s knowledge, the idea of setting up a handmade jewellery brand was born. 

 

The shop was a huge part of our lives, it’s what brought us together in the first place and as a result of the shops closure the idea of LuLu & Charles Jewellery was formed.  In a short space of time our business started to take shape, growing from world of mouth and social media. Initially the idea was for myself to design jewellery for Ashley to make, however that soon changed when I realised I wanted to learn the trade and make jewellery too.

Surprisingly we work really well together, our strengths and weaknesses seem to create the balance our business needs, we couldn’t do it without each other. We love, live & breath our little business, it’s like our fourth baby!

 

Although it feels like a distant memory now… at the time, it was quite a bold and scary move, which just seamed to happen accidentally more than anything. Maybe it was fate….I don’t know? However upon reflection it was the best thing that could have happened to us, the timing was perfect. Inevitably Ashley’s redundancy gave us both the push we needed to change path and follow our dream, creating a business that works for us. Fast forward four years and our business has grown steadily, we have repeat customers from all over the world, who keep coming back.

 

As a husband and wife team we share the highs and lows of running a business, I still have to pinch myself sometimes when customers get in touch to say, they LOVE what we do & have always wanted to own a piece of LuLu & Charles Jewellery.

 

One of my own pieces of Lulu Charles Jewellery, made using gold from old sentimental jewellery I had , that was just sat in a drawer gathering dust, until Jayne and Ashley, took that gold and made it in to my Joanne necklace, I absolutely adore 💕.

To find out more about LuLu & Charles Jewellery please visit www.lulucharlesjewellery.com

 

 

When nothing is certain, anything is possible

Happy 1st day of November!.  

In the States , its the month , they celebrate Thanksgiving. As a Brit  it’s not a holiday we celebrate, but regardless of our nationality, just taking the time to note down the people, experiences and things in each of our lives we are thankful for , is something we can all do. 

This  is the month, I take  a leap of faith and take Mis Fit full time!. I have just 6 days left at travel work.  I am so so grateful to each and everyone of my Mis Fit family, past and present  who have helped me build my little business up  these past 8 years.  Without you guys coming to classes, I wouldn’t have a business!.  So I am incredibly grateful to each and everyone of you. 

I am so grateful to my family and friends who support my dreams too and are there cheering me on always and believing in me. Who understand aswell that my working hours are different to most people who work a 9-5,so I can’t always be there for nights /days out.

I am incredibly grateful for my travel job, as I got to travel to some pretty amazing places – I even got to work in LA and Vegas looking after a tour group – lost a couple in the Airport on the first trip but I found them shortly afterwards so thankfully all was fine ha . They had sneaked off for a cigarette after the flight landed without telling me. I had everyone else on the bus ready to be dropped at their hotels and I had to go hunt Vegas airport for these two !. There was also the lady who came into the shop when I worked for Going Places ( showing my age here – who can remember going places travel agents lol) , she had a family holiday booked to Majorca, and she came in looking all flustered with her confirmation in hand and said she needed to cancel , as the confirmation stated there was sharks in high season and she was going in August.  I was a bit perplexed , thinking – Sharks in Majorca? ,  and how on earth do Airtours know they are going to be there in the summer.  I took the confirmation from her to read it and had to try so hard to keep a straight face – if you know me , you know how hard this was , but  Airtours were actually referring to their  kids club  which was called Sharks and advising it only operated in high season  🤣.  To be fair to her, the way it was worded was a little confusing. It did make me laugh though. 

I am also grateful to my travel job as it provided for me financially, as I paid for my fitness courses and built my business up.  It’s this part that is the scariest- leaving behind the safety net of that regular income. I also get  health benefits, such as dental and my glasses – obviously I have made sure and bought my new glasses and had a dental check up before I Leave!. Going from getting that same amount in my bank account, on the same day every month , to now never knowing from week to week what I will make. You could have a full class booked in  and then get a bunch of last minute cancellations , or we are also approaching the time of year , when the weather turns bad – we got our first snowfall last Saturday- 27th October!!!!.  Which of course also effects classes .   I just feel though as scary as that is,  what is even scarier is being still Sat behind that travel desk in a year or twos time, still wondering if I could possibly make it work , teaching classes full time, doing a job I adore and am passionate about, rather than doing a job I endure to pay the bills. Life can be incredibly short and I would rather try and if it doesn’t work , at least I’ll know, rather than be too scared to try and always wonder what if.  

As my leaving day approaches I am so excited , but after 24 years of working in the travel industry, some sadness too at the end of this chapter, plus I’m not going to lie – i’ll Definitely miss my travel,perks! . I’m also getting some lovely messages from my current colleagues all with lovely messages of support.  I have made some lovely friends  in my travel journey, including my best friend Stacy . We met on the bus as we used to get the same one to work  – she was  on a YTS for Lunn Poly and I was On one with Going Places. 24 years and much mischief and mayhem later, we are still best friends 💕. 

I’m a Huge Believer in the universe and how it responds to the vibrations we send out, and if we are sending positive vibrations out and we have faith in ourselves and it’s for our  own higher good, I believe the Universe will always lead us to exactly where we need to be in life.

If you haven’t read The Universe has your back by Gabrielle Bernstein, definitely check it out.  I also love this quote below, so as I embark on this new journey , I am going to indeed embrace the uncertainty, enjoy the beauty of becoming and know that’s when nothing I say certain, anything is possible!.

 

Wishing all of you guys a magical November with lots of love and laughter and memories made with loved ones. 

Joanne xoxo