Iconic Fitness

iconic

The light in me acknowledges the light in you, or Namaste, for short.
How are we all this week? As we move into summer, late nights, warmer weather, a chance to connect more with others and with ourselves, in theory anyway, even if the weather doesn’t quite agree.
Anyway, as Sir Billy Connelly would say, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, put your coat on and shut up”. Probably.

iconic
In seasonal yoga we talk about the organs that are connected with the various seasons of the year, for early summer (21 May to 21 June) the organs are the pericardium and the triple heater.

Have you just made up a season, and an organ? you may ask, no, I haven’t, honest it’s a thing.

The triple heater is the name given to the connective tissues of the body, the fascia, microfascia, tendons, cartilage and all the other wee gristly bits that hold the body together.

Like the sma’ shot, the tiny threads that hold woven fabric together, the triple heater holds the body together, muscles are attached to tendons which attach to cartilage which attaches to bone, without that connection you can flex all you like but nothing’s going to move.

So, why are you telling us all this, weirdo, you ask, again, interrupting me.

This is the season of connecting, see, connection, connecting, connectivity – there is a point to this.

Holding poses for longer periods in yoga strengthens and lubricates the fascia, the muscles are encouraged to switch off and allow the tendons etc to get a good stretch and their own turn at the synovial fluid that oils up the movements of the body, without that fluid, connections become adhesions, things that should slide, stick, and when they stick they tear, and tearing a tendon is never good.

So keep moving, keep connecting and keep it seasonal.

See you on the mat.
Ronnie

Em, excuse me.. pericardium?

What, oh aye. It’s the thick bag of sinew that the heart lives in, keeping it safe and protected, it’s part of the triple heater too, see, connections!!
yoga

Morning yogis, it’s me again, blethering about mental health and why it matters, and, of course, how yoga can help.

So, there’s two parts to your nervous system – the sympathetic Flight or Fight part that’s the reptile brain the bit that saves you from being eaten by a bear, and the parasympathetic Rest and Recover, the bit that helps you heal, digest your food, maintain your mental and physical health, for want of a better term – the useful bit.

Sympathetic is good but I’m not likely to get eaten by a bear, and my reptile brain hasn’t evolved to realise that just because the man in front of me has put his fish at a weird angle on the conveyor belt and if he’d just straightened it slightly I could get my whole basket laid out neatly and properly and I wouldn’t have to still have this cheese in the basket and now someone’s put their stuff down on the end of the thing and I can’t….

yoga
Anyway,
Breathe…
That sympathetic response is fine, muscles are primed for running or fighting, pupils dilated to take in any movement and make full use of the available light, breath is shortened, blood pulls back to support the muscles, heart rate increases, adrenalin floods the system.
All done unconsciously, led by the wee lizard at the controls.


So how does yoga help, baldy? you ask.
I’ll tell you, but don’t call me baldy, I was just about to fight a bear in Morrisons, you’ve no chance.


Yoga puts You back in charge, not the wee lizard, not the wee bunny that runs the parasympathetic either, YOU, the essential being that is YOU.
What? How? Who’re you calling YOU? 


You can control the body’s response to stress, breathing, controlled and moderated, releases the tension brought on by the stress response, conscious mindful control of what’s going on inside will calm the system and put you back in charge.
There are loads of helpful strategies to bring you back from the edge of a panic attack, the most effective one is breathing, Take Control of your Breath and you take back control of your body and of your self.
A wee free exercise for you: breathe in for a count of two, then out for a count of four, keep going, if two’s not enough try three in and six out, controlled, breathing through the nose deep into the lungs, keep going, increase it to four if you have to but that’s a long exhale at eight, if you’re going for five in try five out, feeling calmer? how about six and six, too much, go back to two and four, or anywhere in between, you’re in control.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL.
That’s yoga.
Namaste.

www.iconic.fitness

iconic fitness

Family memberships available at iconic fitness Lawn St Paisley. Mother and daughter team Moira and Mia have lost 6 stone between them since joining iconic gym.

iconic fitness

They exercise 5 times a week and are loving the gym and classes but most of all their Personal Trainer James Miller who is a family friend and a world class PT. Moira and Mia are taking part in the Tough Mudder Challenge in June and cannot wait to get stuck into the obstacles.

Iconic fitness is a family friendly gym where the staff and clients get along great supporting each other to get outstanding results. Moira and Mia’s journey continues.

Please join at www.iconic.fitness/join from £15/month. Non members most welcome at classes, check out our schedule to book at www.iconic.fitness/schedule

iconic

iconic. – not just another gym. At iconic they help create an active and healthy community.

I’ve been asked in the past year “Mhairi, with so many gyms around, why do you go to iconic.?”

There is not one definitive answer. The reasons are many why I choose this diamond in the rough.

I may go off on a tangent, so please bear with me…….

Fiona, female gym owner. Marathon runner. Personal trainer. A mother. A friend. Motivator. Enthusiastic. Conscientious. Redefining the idea of working out in Paisley town centre. Designing a lifestyle brand to turn an exercisintoto an enjoyable routine. The right attitude and lots of energy!

Harry, James and Martin. Personal Trainers at iconic. All extremely focused, committed and knowledgeable. Notable results. Observing, learning and inventing new ways to challenge, inspire and bring fun and excitement in an ever expanding fitness market.

iconic

iconic. members. All ages, shapes, weight, sizes, goals and reasons for being there. Non-judgemental. Motivate, praise and encourage. Ignore how disgusting I look (and smell!) post workout.

On a very personal note, I started back training at the end of 2017 after being quite ill for a number of years. Exercise and strength training had always been my “go to”, my “sanctuary” but being poorly meant I could no longer escape. After being given the all clear from my consultant in Nov 2017, I started at iconic. and I’ve never looked back. I’m back to the old me. The me I’d never thought I’d ever find again. My health has improved. I’m on less medication. I’ve lost weight. I’ve gained a new sense of me. Gained friends, knowledge and a belief. These are all things money can’t buy.

So, this is my snapshot of “why I go” and also “why I’ll stay” at iconic. Yes it’s not quite the finished shiny gym that you see popping up ten a penny. Yes it got things that could be better. But that’s part of the appeal and charm. This coupled with the knowledge that I know Fiona is in this for the long haul. She has a vision and is committed to delivering it. It’s not a “one size fits all” attitude. It’s a determination and energy which is also reflected in the whole iconic. team.

I would recommend iconic. in a heartbeat to anyone looking to improve their fitness goals with a dedicated and knowledgeable team.

yoga

We’ve all heard about how good yoga is for our health and well-being particularly mental health but where and how do you start.

The thought of walking into a yoga studio can be enough to put anyone off so here’s a breakdown on what to expect:

What to wear?

Clothes that you can move in without causing a scandal, you’ll be stretching and maybe bending so you don’t want something so tight that it’ll strangle you but neither so loose it disappears over your head when you lean forward

I find a t-shirt tucked into long shorts works well, ladies, if you’re wearing leggings check out how opaque they stay under pressure.

Do I need a mat?

Studios will usually have mats you can use, for a class at a hall etc best to check first, you can get mats pretty much everywhere but the price reflects quality, we sell great mats at iconic for less than £20.

What about feet?

You will probably need feet.

No, I mean, my feet are well -feet!

Everyone has feet, almost everyone, you can keep your socks on if you want  but you might not get enough grip on the mat, again there are companies that sell yoga socks with sticky soles but as long as they’re clean no one else is going to care about your feet. You will have to take your shoes off though.

yoga

I’m just not very flexible.

Then maybe you should try yoga! I practice (almost) every day the first couple of stretches are the hardest anyone has ever done ever. Then it gets easier, by the time I take a class at 7:30 I can almost undo my laces without making that sound.

Honestly though, for tight joints, muscles and even swelling yoga is fantastic, it’s like getting a massage from inside never push it but just gently release the pressure and things start to get easier.

The elephant in the room?

Ganesha? He’s a groovy wee hindu god, likes fruit.

No…em…breaking wind?

Incense, essential oils, atomisers, they’re all there for a reason. It happens, some poses are designed to help it happen, some poses are designed to stop it happening, in general if you’re going to blow maybe step outside for a minute, better that than letting rip in your neighbours face in a forward bend. Or sneaking out a silent but violent and denying responsibility. Ganesha has a long nose, and a longer memory.

Ok, all of this seems fine I suppose but how do I start?

Find a class, try Google, Facebook, ask friends, check out gyms and health clubs -see what they have to offer, if you have any doubts contact the teacher of the class we’re usually pretty easy to find. Then just come and try it, but keep an open mind, most classes will be mixed ability but the teacher is there to help you get the most of the class.

The big display classes of 60+ people are fun but they’re not the best if you’re looking for some help in samasthiti ei.

What was that that’s foreign?

Relax it’s just Sanskrit, teachers use it like shorthand, that one is ‘feet together, legs straight but not locked knees slightly bent pull up on the thighs to lift the kneecaps back straight shoulders relaxed head up chin in hands up to prayer position’ or we can call it ‘mountain’.

 

For complete beginners, anyone who wants to get back into it or just spend a bit more time learning a few moves we run beginners courses at iconic yoga, once every month or so.

Next one is on 5 May at 12:30, there will be tea.

erskine

THE Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine is in the running to raise thousands of pounds.

It has been chosen as the official charity partner of this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

Last year, almost 3500 people took part in both the Paisley 10k and shorter Fun Run through the streets of the town.

erskine

And organisers, Renfrewshire Leisure are expecting a similar big turn out this year on Sunday, August 18.

Many of the runners raise thousands of pounds for their favourite charities and good causes. Now those taking part are being encouraged to also raise money for Erskine, which is Scotland’s foremost provider of nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

And previous winners of the Paisley 10k – Derek Hawkins and Gemma Rankin – paid a visit to Erskine to promote the fundraising partnership.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “As well as being a great event for athletes, the Paisley 10k and Fun Run is also great fun for local people to take part in.

“But there’s other benefits to the local community from the event and that is the huge amount of money raised for charities and good causes each year.

“It’s fitting that such a well-known and respected charity like Erskine that has been in Renfrewshire since 1916 has been chosen as our official charity partner.”

Erskine’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to be the charity partner for the Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run 2019.

“Erskine has a strong bond and a long history of community support from the people of Renfrewshire.

“As one of Scotland’s largest and most popular 10k races family fun runs, we would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for supporting our veterans.”

There is more than £2000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10k race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged seven and under, eight to 12 years old and 12 to 15 year olds.

You can register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com or by telephoning 0300 300 1362 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

iconic fitness

iconic fitness

Visit www.iconic.fitness/join or call 0141 887 4777

iconic yoga

Next event on the iconic calendar – Mother’s Day. Whether you’re a mother or whether you’re an other you’re sure to enjoy our Mother’s Day Special event.
90 minutes of meditation, breathing, relaxing yoga, chair yoga, tea and cake! and a 30 minute yoga nidra (yogic sleep) to round it all off.

iconic yoga
All proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
www.iconic.fitness/join
#iconicevents #iconic #daffodils #mothersday #yoga #yoganidra#teaandcake #mariecurie

iconic

#yoga #inspired #fitness 100days£100 fitness the easy way www.iconic.fitness/join

iconic

iconic

We are absolutely delighted to let you know we’ve added 6.30am weekday runs into our schedule now spring/summer is coming and wait for it …Graham Ogg is back on Thursday nights ! Don’t all cancel at once team NEW SCHEDULE STARTS Monday 25/03/19

iconic