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How to make your own yoga eye pillow

One of the things I know my students who cam to my F2F class (remember them!?) loved, was the relaxation at the end with an eye pillow. Here’s how you can make your own, for yourself or loved ones this festive season.

  1. Using the template below, cut out two rectangles of fabric – 18cm X 8cm. You can use any colours and patterns you like, but I would recommend using a cotton fabric.
  2. Give the fabric a quick iron, to make sure it is nice and flat. 
  3. Along one of the short ends of the rectangle of fabric, fold the correct side of the fabric over by approx. 1cm and iron flat. Do this to both rectangles of fabric.
  4. Place both of the rectangles of fabric together, with the correct side of the fabric facing inwards. Make sure the two folded edges are at the same end and are lining up.
  5. Using a sewing machine, stich around the three edges of the fabric (excluding the folded edge) so both pieces of fabric are now joined on three sides.
  6. Turn the fabric through so the correct side is now showing on the outside. Have a quick check that you have caught all the seams when you were sewing – we don’t want any gaps or holes!
  7. Half-fill the fabric with a grain, like rice or pearl barley. You can include something like dried lavender, or fragrant oils if you would like.
  8. Hold together the open edge and either sew together on a sewing machine, or if you want to be really neat, you can hand sew the ends together!
  9. And…relax!

NEW! Men’s and Children’s t-shirts!

The All About the Om online shop is now selling gorgeous NEW children’s t-shirts in pink (if you are looking for different colours, just get in touch and we can still help :-).

What’s more, we have launched this week NEW men’s All About the Om t-shirts as well, perfect for your yoga practice and which fit nicely under the All About the Om men’s navy blue shavasana sweatshirts.

With autumn now well and truly here, there’s no better excuse to get yourself a snuggly yoga top. 

Becoming A Yoga Teacher

Many of you who attend my yoga classes will see that I have an awesome round, purple yoga mat. It’s from a fab, independent company call Form, for which I am an affiliate partner (ad).

I recently wrote an article for them with tips for becoming a yoga teacher and below is a sneak peak at the intro…

If you are hoping this blog will tell you how to become the ‘perfect’ yoga teacher, I am going to stop you right there and say that this is not what you are looking for!

I say this with a lot of love and a huge dash of realism! The fact is, just like in life, we cannot be everything to everyone. Once at a yoga event I ran, I had a student talk to me about their teacher training experience and they said: “the biggest thing I am worried about is that not everyone will like my teaching style.” All I could say is, “that’s not a worry, that’s a certainty!”

You can read the full article here! I hope you enjoy and do leave a comment.

If you want to take a look at their mats, you can do here (ad).

Online Yoga Classes & Videos

I will be holding some online yoga classes and 121 sessions over the next few weeks, It is important you know that I take your health and safety very seriously and I am insured by FitPro.

These are fit pros guidelines for teachers and students and I wanted you to be aware that I am compliant with all these elements.

Thanks

Kate

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Important guidelines for online training

The instructor must:

  • work within their area of knowledge and expertise, supported by a nationally accredited instructor qualification/certificate in the specific area of instruction and apply relevant health and safety guidelines at all times
  • pre-screen each participant prior to every training session. If the participant has any medical conditions, injuries or other conditions which may affect their participation in the proposed exercise activity they must gain consent from their GP prior to participation
  • assess the suitability of the activity based on the health and capability of the participant, follow any specific guidelines provided by the GP, adapt the exercise accordingly and closely monitor health and well-being
  • provide safe and effective instruction to prevent injury and promote health
  • ensure confidentiality of data in line with GDPR. Relevant permission must be gained in order toshare content
  • limit class times to suit individual ability levels
  • limit class numbers to provide safe and effective coaching.

  • It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure:
  • there is sufficient space to perform the exercises safely and move freely without obstacles or obstructions, free from furniture, equipment and other hazards – a minimum of four square metres per person
  • any equipment is safe and in a suitable condition for the activity being performed
  • the surrounding floor space is entirely clear to remove any hazards that may increase the risk of slips,trips or falls
  • there are no distractions throughout the duration of the session
  • there is sufficient heating, lighting, ventilation and hydration.In addition, the following disclaimer applies in respect of any pre-recorded sessions:

  • Disclaimer: As with all fitness and exercise programmes, when using this exercise video you need to use your common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, you will want to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness programme. By performing any fitness exercises without supervision, you are performing them at your own risk.  All About the Om will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of this fitness programme, DVD, online fitness video or information shared on our website. This includes emails, videos and text.

COVID-19 Update

Your mental and physical health has never been so important. I wanted to take a moment to share with you what my plans are over the next few weeks. 

Firstly, I will be doing a few more online yoga videos and breathing techniques, so you can continue to practice at home. This is really important, not only to help develop your practice, but to look after your body and mind. I may well even do a few Facebook or Instagram lives, so we can still practice together!

What’s more, for the classes that are running, I’d like to remind you that I will be washing my hands before and after class (as always) and would ask all my students to do the same.

Understandably, I would also ask that you use all your own yoga equipment – mats, straps, blocks and eye pillows (I have included the pattern for eye pillows so you can make your own!) Also, make sure you are wiping down your yoga mat – regardless of the current health situation, it’s important to keep them clean!

Obviously, please do not come to class if you are unwell, or display any symptoms of the Coronavirus. You can view the NHS website for more details. I will also not teach should I feel that I am unwell. 

I have a few slots available for 121 Skype yoga sessions with me. These are £25pp for a 45 minutes online session. We’ll practice together using a video link (Skype) and these sessions will allow for a more tailored practice to you and what you need. We’ll chat about what you want to get out of it, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home! Email allabouttheomyoga@gmail.com to enquire.