New Year is traditionally the time we emerge blinking from our festive food coma and resolve to change our gluttonous behaviour. After a solid ten days of gorging on mince pies, chocolates and champagne, it’s no wonder that many people decide to go on diets, stop drinking alcohol, give up smoking and generally quit all their bad habits.
Taking responsibility for your wellbeing is fantastic and should definitely be supported and applauded. However, we can’t help but think that a more positive way to go about things would be to take on a challenge rather than focus on cutting things out. Take something up, set yourself a new goal and make 2018 amazing!Take on a challenge
We have been inspired by one of our incredible students, Mark. Having spent 27 years in the Army, Mark has always led an active lifestyle. However, civilian life left him feeling a little uninspired. Thus, since leaving the military he has taken on a remarkable range of challenges including 3 Ironman Triathlons and the Marathon des Sables. The Ironman is an immense feat of strength and endurance, involving a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run in that order and without a break. The Marathon des Sables is no less gruelling – 174 miles (280km) racing on foot across the Sahara Desert.
This year, Mark has set his sights on swimming the Channel, and is busily training for the enormous physical and mental challenge of an 18 hour swim. We are in awe of his grit, determination and his immense drive. It’s inspiring to us to see him take on these challenges and helps us to be mindful of the heights to which we might attempt to push ourselves.
Where does Ebb&Flow come in?
His time in the army meant that Mark had gone through almost three decades of robust physical training. However, this was with a profoundly ‘un-holistic’ approach. He sites Yoga as an integral part of his training. It strengthens both body and mind in union; something which is of paramount importance in the challenges he faces.
He says: ‘With Yoga I can train harder and with less risk of injury. It is low impact and fills the void that we all have in any training routine (there is always a void no matter how regularly you train, even if it is in your mind.)
‘The best thing about Ebb&Flow (apart from its lovely people) is its schedule of classes. It offers a great selection of different ability levels and energy requirements. Something for everyone.’
How we can help
With Yoga I can train harder and with less risk of injury. It is low impact and fills the void that we all have in any training routine
You can achieve amazing things when you put your mind to it and your effort behind it. Make the decision to take on a new challenge in 2018. It doesn’t have to be anything as extreme as Mark’s (although it might!). Making a positive decision to make a change is the first step.
We’re here to help you become the best ‘you’ possible. Remember, ‘a dream is just a dream, but a dream written down with a date becomes a goal!’ Share your goals with us and we will help you to achieve them. Chat to any of the team and we can guide you through the best class programme for you.
Dream big for 2018!
With this in mind, you might be interested to find out more about our Yoga for Tight Men course. Exclusively for men, this course will unravel restricted mobility, lengthen and strengthen muscles, help dissolve stress, reduce the risk of injury through sport and increase your stamina. Beginning on 10th March it’s just £75 for a 6 week course. You can book your spot here.