Once a month I teach a free class for the awesome Yoga clothing brand Boudavida.
Once a month I teach Hawaiian Hula dancing and I often get at least one person in the class who thinks we are doing hula hooping! so here’s a very short little run down:
During my 2nd annual Sentia Yoga Moon Goddess Retreat in Cornwall this year, so many signals from the universe came up about St Nectan’s Glen; we even pulled an oracle card mentioning it! So I’m determined to head there for 2019!
I love a good quiz, and am always interested in goddess archetypes - I believe the ones we connect to can tell us much about ourselves. so, before I explore what 5 different "What Goddess archetype are you" quizzes in the name of research.
There is a history of hares being linked to the moon which is almost universal (you'll find stories of Hares and moons in Japan and China, Mexico and through Europe) and goes back to ancient times.
The Curvy Yogi 'Contribution to Clothing' Awards
These awards — (Which I have just today made up) — are intended to:
A) Acknowledge outdoorwear brands that are recognising and meeting the needs of real active women.
B) Help you, the reader, find easily, options I have been searching for months!
The problem: Hot climates we encounter on yoga retreats, holidays, summertime. There is only one thing I care about in these situations: not wearing a bra. That's it, that's all I need to be happy in a hot climate, freedom from putting on an extra layer! anyone above a C cup will know that it's hard to feel comfortable a secure without a bra on, and in hot climates hard to feel comfortable with a bra on…dilemma! hence my love of inbuilt support in clothing. I get my support and get to ditch the bra.
And I have spent a good long time searching for tops and dresses that allow me to do this. There are a few good yoga brands that offer inbuilt support in a vest. but what about the rest of my day? I want to roll out of a cool shower, slip on a dress and flip-flops and get out the door.
So I proudly present to you, 3 brands that are doing excellent work in the field of freeing curvy women from bras!
The WINNER Patagonia
Not only do they offer a range of dresses with inbuilt support, they also offer a button to filter all their dresses to just ones with inbuilt support — finally, someone who thinks inbuilt support is as important as I do! Check out the Sliding Rock, Latticeback, Magnolia and Edisto dresses.
I’m fond of Patagonia for many reasons, not least for their conscious creation of quality clothing, and involvement with charities. Their women's lines are very thoughtfully created and I really appreciate that.
“Yoga, travel and adventure clothing with a conscience” A yoga clothing brand that also offers casual clothing for away from the studio. The Elixir, Pristine, Cantine and Ardor dresses all have inbuilt support (and look lovely to boot).
So lovely, with a huge range of natural dye colours. But just a tad over my budget, this doesn't stop me appreciating their beauty, however!
And for each dress you can custimise material, colours and length, for a bespoke dress just for you!
I hope these suggestions will help lead you to conscious clothing that allows you to feel comfotable, supported and free. Perfect clothing for me is clothing that just works, so I don't have to think about it once I've put it on. Whether I'm teaching a yoga class, climbing mountains, or running around organising a retreat. I don't want to be disctracted by uncomfortable clothing. Great clothing allows me to just get on with being me, my clothing needs to take it's supporting role seriously!
You can buy Patagonia, Gaia and Prana from their online stores as well as the usual suspects, Amazon & eBay...
Hot on the heels of teaching my first class at Om Yoga Show, I wanted to share 10 quick insights for any yoga and meditation teachers thinking of embarking on this adventure themselves! for those that don't know, the Om Yoga Show is an event run by Om Yoga Magazine, its the biggest yoga, wellness and wellbeing event in the UK each year show run in London and Manchester, I also believe there have been a few Glasgow shows too. I went to my first Om show almost 10 years ago, long before I became a teacher, the events have grown massively in these 10 years and I was delighted to teach an open class at this year's event. Want to be part of the fun? here are some ideas!
1) Apply every year with a variety of offerings - talk, class, workshops. I have applied every year to teach at Om Show since I passed my teacher training. Anyone can apply to present here , as Om mention, priority is given to stall holders, which is a sure fire way of getting a teaching and workshop slot. But for me personally, not really wanting to have a stall, it took much longer for me to get a teaching space. But applying is simple so I kept at it!
2) Go to anything/everything! If you are teaching an open class, you won't get paid BUT you can gain great value, not just the physical act of teaching a big group at a big event. But also taking advantage of everything on offer at the show. I went to workshops and talks on chakra meditation, essential oils, finding your power animal, sequencing yoga classes, connecting to your inner goddess, and pranayama, all for free or for a few pounds. It’s a great chance to dip your toe into all sorts of modalities and be inspired!
3) Be prepared to switch up your class - My class was packed and it was quite late in the day, I realised after a few rounds of sun salutations that not only were people tired but space was scarce! so I knocked off some of my sequences and brought everyone to a longer meditation. Its great to have a plan - but have some backups ideas too!
4) Speaking of back up.... Bring as much as you can to support your class running smoothly, notes, props, music. For example, my phone couldn't connect to the (quite old) PA system at the show, but I had bought my small but mighty Bluetooth speaker with me to play music just in case there was a problem. So I didn't have to go without my music! So sit down and make a list of anything that might go wrong (e.g there's no mat, the mic doesn't work, the music stops) and how you might deal with it - I don't want to scare you but if you just take a little time to prepare you will know how to deal with any issues that come your way!
5) Come bearing gifts! Obviously, personal choice and not everyone might want to do this. But people at the show are taking in a lot - classes, teachers, food, it's overwhelming! so I wanted to make it a little easier for people to remembe me, and connect with me - so I gave out simple goody bags with a crystal and my business cards in, in a little green bag. So if anyone wants to email me they can, and they have a little reminder of our session :)
6) Keep it simple, not necessarily easy, but simple! The show is noisy! and the open classes often packed with people spilling out into every space available. So while I fully support a challenging strength class, bear in mind that students might not be able to see or hear you clearly, or have a lot of space. So just keep this in mind if you are planning a fast, complex flow!
7) Plan your journey and give yourself enough time - Om is tiring! Do your best to give yourself time and space, time to relax after your session and also time to explore and enjoy being there! Check the timetables and highlight a few things you'd like to see and do.
8) Chat to everyone! Like in point 2, the value of teaching at Om is not monetary but from learning, experience and connections! talk to students, and other teachers, talk to people at interesting stalls - you can make all sorts of exciting connections.
9) Seek out bargains - The stalls at the show are great places to find bargains - especially for things you use regularly, such as blocks, blankets, singing bowls, incense. I love 'toesox' (grippy yoga socks) and I found them at half their usual price at the show and in fun colours I hadn't seen before. I also found a few stalls selling essential oils, at one stall Lavender oil was £28 and I found it nearby for £5 (check its 100% natural and organic essential oil if you can, price does sometimes reflect quality) so there are bargains to be had!
10) Grow and learn! The show is a whirlwind of noise, business and manic-ness. but also of joy, laughter and connection! I was so nervous to get on stage, but it was an amazing experience and would happily do it again!