Life’s a Peach

Mind, Poetry, Success, words, world

How easy it is to fall off track.

Do you stay down, or do you come back?

I know it’s tough and at times we feel broken.

Just remember the doors to success, they hang wide open.

Do you step forward or do you withhold?

“Easier said than done,” so I’ve been told.

Take that step, what is there to lose?

You have two options, you just have to choose.

REMEMBER…

You are loved way beyond any star in the sky,

Believe in yourself, just give it a try.

For life is a peach, I tell you no lie.

The Yoga Room

A powerful, tranquil space | The Yoga Room

Article, Blogging, Cape Town, Health, interview, lifestyle, Meditation, Mind, Yoga, Yogi

Clouded walls with glossy, fine golden lines spiraling around each other, the interior of  The Yoga Room creates a comforting and safe feel as you walk in.

Situated up in Vredehoek, the studio opened doors in July 2017. Suited for all levels, no matter where you’re at, the small classes are created to fit each yogi. I spent some time here during Celebrate Spring with 30 days of Yoga by Yoom. It involved some dedicated early mornings, of which now have become a healthy routine in my life.

I spoke to Elsa van Niekerk, the founder of The Yoga Room, about her goals with regards to the studio and asked her to invite us a little into her background.

The Yoga Room

E: It is just over a year old and I love what it is growing into. I wanted to create a smaller, more intimate yoga space in Cape Town and offer authentic yoga, i.e slow it down a bit, allow space for meditation, breathing, just being. My aim is to make it as inclusive as possible and it’s wonderful to know that many of our clients started doing yoga here for the first time. It really is a studio that caters for all shapes, sizes, and ages. Our teachers are also very experienced which allows us to focus on individual attention and guidance. It has been a great experience so far to build this studio right in the heart of the community.

The first time I did yoga was at a gym in London. The class was taught by a woman well into her 60’s – I was fascinated by her energy and walked out of class feeling great.  It took some time to build up a practice though, but now it is a great way to tune into myself. To really get in touch with my mind and body. I did my training in New York at the renowned ISHTA Yoga School where I found my spiritual home – their teaching philosophy of focusing on the individual and drawing from the teachings of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda inspires me.

Physically it’s made me much stronger and being an asthmatic since birth it has helped me tremendously to learn how to breathe properly. I’ve seen countless times at the studio how much benefit people get from being in a calm space, away from the rush of  life, focused on breathing and moving and tapping into themselves

Elsa, what advice could you provide the beginner yogi, or perhaps someone that has never tried it?

E: I realise it’s daunting to start something new and it seems there is an expectation that you need to look or be a certain way to do yoga. But you really don’t need to live a certain lifestyle, chant, say ohm or be able to touch your toes to start a practice. It really is not about that! So my advice would be to find a beginners class and try to stick to a routine, come a few weeks in a row and slowly build up the confidence to get to know the different poses and breathing techniques.

The diversity of our classes – it ranges from Gentle Yoga for the older practitioner to moms & babies yoga.

The Yoga Room

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
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Unraveled

GET UNRAVELED | Yoom Yogi

Blogging, Cape Town, Health, interview, lifestyle, Yoga, Yogi

As part of the CELEBRATE SPRING with 30 Days of Yoga Challenge by Yoom Wellness, my experience at Unraveled was unforgettable. The classes were strong, vibey and filled with energy.

Situated in Cape Town’s ever-popular Bree Street, Unraveled Yoga provides their own signature style of Vinyasa classes, much needed for the ultimate fulfilling day. Maya Pratt, the founder, gives us some food for thought:

My aim for the studio is to merge the beautiful and chaotic qualities of city life to the essence of yoga – finding your peace/stillness/tranquility within the mayhem of everyday life.

 

Our aim for the Celebrate Spring Challenge was to create awareness around yoga. How has yoga benefited you?

M: As a person, it has opened up a space to be totally present and become more aware of how my body works and moves. I’ve always liked to be active, in different ways, and yoga was a great addition that also brought a mindful component to movement. Now I am an instructor and a practitioner and love finding the balance of enjoying my yoga and being able to share it with others.

 

What advice do you have for someone that has never tried yoga?

M: You’ll never know until you try – pick a studio, pick a class time, commit to it and show up. Do that again and again and you’ll definitely find a sweet spot. Of course, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but love it or hate, you will learn something about your body or about your mind and you can always take that with you.

I regret going to yoga – said no one ever!

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
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Tarryn Hardwicke

Live to Learn | SELF TAUGHT YOGI

Blogging, Cape Town, Change, Health, lifestyle, Meditation, Mind, Yoga, Yogi

Loosen up your mind before you loosen up your body.

I am a self-taught Yogi as of 2 years now (and growing) and it has had a powerful impact on my life both physically and mentally. I started yoga during an emotional stage in my life where I was struggling with, okay I’ll be honest here, a break-up, and I felt that I needed to switch off for an hour or two each day.

I had always seen others doing yoga and I assumed it was never for me. Turned out, I was just clueless! There is more to yoga than you know, it healed me and helped me through one rocky road. So grab a mat and listen up!

Yoga is EPIC. Heres why:

  1. You don’t have to practice it alone. Get your pets involved or your friends, get a yoga buddy!SELF TAUGHT YOGI
  2. Insomniac? Me too! Don’t be a night owl. Yoga is extremely calming and helps us relax our muscles. After a few weeks, it can make a dramatic improvement on sleep.
  3. Kick the depression. The practice of mindfulness in meditation is proven to increase serotonin levels and give you a boost!
  4. Back pain can be treated through yoga if done correctly. Please note that professional advice and classes are highly advised for this as back pain can be worsened in some cases.
  5.  Cure that hangover. There are poses such as fish and plow that can improve metabolism and create more balance in the body causing you to feel more refreshed.
  6. Those that suffer from Arthritis can practice yoga to maintain strength and flexibility.
  7. You can yoga it up ANYWHERE. Literally. Tarryn Hardwicke
  8. Health and wellness, in general, is improved. You are guaranteed to start feeling better mind, spirit, and body.
  9. FACT: Dating apps ranked those who mentioned “yoga” in their profiles, most attractive. BELIEVE IT, BABY.
  10. It has the ability to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress included. These factor in heart disease.

I began my yoga journey with this lovely lady Adriene

Maybe you too could benefit from her videos, however, I would suggest starting off with classes! I hope that you join this journey, it truly is beautiful.

Tarryn Hardwicke