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3 days ago

Heywood Hall

Many of us don’t need a national holiday to drink a glass of wine. But if you do, #NationalWineDay is a pretty good reason.

Red, white, sparkling or rose – which tipple will you be celebrating with?
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Many of us don’t need a national holiday to drink a glass of wine. But if you do, #NationalWineDay is a pretty good reason.

Red, white, sparkling or rose – which tipple will you be celebrating with?

7 days ago

Heywood Hall

Thinking of learning a language under lockdown? Use this time to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and pick up key phrases from the comfort of your home.

Here are 3 surprises if you think learning a language isn’t for you;

SURPRISE ONE: It’s easy to check things. Google Translate (or similar smartphone apps) let you type words or phrases you don’t recognise and have them translated into English (or vice versa). You can also click to hear the words spoken, so you hear the right intonation from native speakers. You can even point your phone’s camera at a foreign menu, for example, and watch as the words are translated in front of you.

SURPRISE TWO: You can start the moment you wake up. Whichever language you choose, dozens of organisations will send a ‘word of the day’ email to your inbox every morning. Let just a few of the phrases sink in and you’ll end up learning an average of eight words a day, not one. Duolingo is a great app to use.

SURPRISE THREE: Learning can be part of your daily routine. We suggest clicking through free online versions of overseas newspapers straight after reading a UK paper. They say following the same stories, even in different styles, helps anchor words and phrases in the mind. It also helps to stream overseas radio stations as background music – you may find yourself singing foreign lyrics. Good luck!!
#languages #languagelearning #languagelover #french #spanish
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Thinking of learning a language under lockdown? Use this time to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and pick up key phrases from the comfort of your home.

Here are 3 surprises if you think learning a language isn’t for you;

SURPRISE ONE: It’s easy to check things. Google Translate (or similar smartphone apps) let you type words or phrases you don’t recognise and have them translated into English (or vice versa). You can also click to hear the words spoken, so you hear the right intonation from native speakers. You can even point your phone’s camera at a foreign menu, for example, and watch as the words are translated in front of you.

SURPRISE TWO: You can start the moment you wake up. Whichever language you choose, dozens of organisations will send a ‘word of the day’ email to your inbox every morning. Let just a few of the phrases sink in and you’ll end up learning an average of eight words a day, not one. Duolingo is a great app to use. 

SURPRISE THREE: Learning can be part of your daily routine. We suggest clicking through free online versions of overseas newspapers straight after reading a UK paper. They say following the same stories, even in different styles, helps anchor words and phrases in the mind. It also helps to stream overseas radio stations as background music – you may find yourself singing foreign lyrics. Good luck!! 
#languages #languagelearning #languagelover #french #spanish

1 week ago

Heywood Hall

Just rambling in the #staffordshirecountryside. Sorting out some walks for when we reopen #rambling #walkswithmydog #viewranger #countrysideviews #bookdirect ...

Just rambling in the #staffordshirecountryside. Sorting out some walks for when we reopen #rambling #walkswithmydog #viewranger #countrysideviews #bookdirect

1 week ago

Heywood Hall

May is #NationalBikeMonth!

Bicycling is one of the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly forms of transportation… And It’s also fun! We’d love to know what your reason to ride is?
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May is #NationalBikeMonth!

Bicycling is one of the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly forms of transportation… And It’s also fun! We’d love to know what your reason to ride is?

1 week ago

Heywood Hall

Working from home and feeling stiff and achy in your back, neck and your glutes?
Here are a few tips from my Pilates classes to keep you supple and help to stop you feeling stiff. You can do these exercises throughout the day.

1. Squats: stand feet hip width apart draw in the tummy on the outbreath, and sit back into an imaginary chair, go back gently to start with letting the arms come forward to steady you, knees go over the second toes and look forward. Hold the position for a breath and then stand tall. You can go back a little further depending on your flexibility. Repeat 10 x slowly & with control.
2. Spine Curl: lie on your back, knees to ceiling, Feet hip width apart, on the outbreath curl your tailbone towards your nose and sequentially wheel the spine off the mat, until you can stand on your feet, like a ski slope from pelvis to knees. Hold it for a breath and then come back down allowing each vertebra to touch the mat one at a time. Repeat 10x slowly & with control
3. Neck stretch: sit tall on a chair or stand with feet hip width apart, head on top of your spine. On the outbreath gently allow the ear to release toward the shoulder and hold it in that position for a breath. Repeat on the other side about 5 x each way. Do this slowly & with control.
#josephpilates #reformer #wellness #pilatesteacher #marchmatness #trx #sport #pilatesparatodos #pilateseveryday
#stretching #strength #healthy #healthylifestyle #pilatestododia #lifestyle #r #pilatescommunity #cardio #pilatestime #love #contrologia #pilateslove #contrology #balance #dance
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Working from home and feeling stiff and achy in your back, neck and your glutes?
Here are a few tips from my Pilates classes to keep you supple and help to stop you feeling stiff.  You can do these exercises throughout the day. 

1. Squats: stand feet hip width apart draw in the tummy on the outbreath, and sit back into an imaginary chair, go back gently to start with letting the arms come forward to steady you, knees go over the second toes and look forward. Hold the position for  a breath and then stand tall. You can go back a little further depending on your flexibility. Repeat 10 x slowly & with control. 
2. Spine Curl: lie on your back, knees to ceiling, Feet hip width apart, on the outbreath curl your tailbone towards your nose and sequentially wheel the spine off the mat, until you can stand on your feet, like a ski slope from pelvis to knees. Hold it for a breath and then come back down allowing each vertebra to touch the mat one at a time. Repeat 10x slowly & with control 
3. Neck stretch: sit tall on a chair or stand with feet hip width apart, head on top of your spine. On the outbreath gently allow the ear to release toward the shoulder and hold it in that position for a breath. Repeat on the other side about 5 x each way. Do this slowly & with control. 
 #josephpilates #reformer #wellness #pilatesteacher #marchmatness #trx #sport #pilatesparatodos #pilateseveryday 
#stretching #strength #healthy #healthylifestyle #pilatestododia #lifestyle #r #pilatescommunity #cardio #pilatestime #love #contrologia #pilateslove #contrology #balance #dance

2 weeks ago

Heywood Hall

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