Book Now – Next Yoga Brunch

On Saturday 7th September, All About the Om will be holding our next delicious Yoga Brunch with Mes Amis in Beckington!

Starting with a lovely sunrise yoga practice from 8am-9am, we will then walk down to the cafe deli together for a brunch of avocado and poached eggs on sourdough, not to mention hot drinks and homemade fresh juices – delicious!

Tickets are £20 and places are limited. Previous Yoga brunches have sold out, so do get in touch via allabouttheomyoga@gmail.com to book your place today (payment taken upfront).

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Yoga & Cacao Event – 21st June

We had the best time on the evening of the Summer Solstice (21st June) which is coincidentally International Day of Yoga too!

This year All About the Om held a yoga and cacao workshop at the yoga yurt at Woolley Grange – Bradford on Avon. This is such a lovely venue to relax in and all equipment is provided, so perfect if you are new to yoga.

The sun was shining, so we were so lucky to be able to start our evening with the cacao drinking outside. Tracy from Chocolate Voyage created a beautiful and lightly spiced hot drinking cacao for us and talked us through the journey that chocolate has taken.

Hot cacao drinking in the sun

The hot drinking cacao was dark and rich, but not in the least bit bitter. I would encourage anyone to try it. You can find out more about what Tracy does here – https://chocolatevoyage.com/.

We moved into the yurt for our yoga session and our students got to open their goodie bags! Each student was given an All About the Om bracelet and a little bar of delicious dark chocolate.

We started our yoga session with sun salutations (it only seemed appropriate!) to warm up the body and allow the cacao to move around us.

Our yoga session then focused on pure relaxation. We held gentle postures, which we could breathe deeply into, for several minutes each. Really feeling the stretch and allowing the body and mind to find peace.

We utilised props throughout the session: bolsters, cushions, blocks and blankets, to help ease into postures and to ensure the utmost comfort and relaxation. 

Our guided Shavasana was all about indulging in relaxation. The students snuggled under blankets, concentrating on their breath and were encouraged to focus on themselves, their achievements and to feel good about themselves. The whole evening was all about looking after yourself and enjoying this time, just for you.

I know that our lives are busy, but it’s really important to take time to look after yourself and what you need. Keep an eye out for future events (we have our next yoga brunch on 7thSeptember) – I really hope to see you there.

Namaste

Kate

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Yoga – A ‘Proper’ workout!

“I don’t want to do yoga, because I want a ‘proper’ workout” – this is something I often hear from people…who have never tried yoga!

Don’t get me wrong; some linages of yoga, especially yin are really gorgeous ways to calm the body and mind, with a relaxing, deep stretch. In yin yoga, you are likely to do only five or so postures in one session, but each one is held for several minutes, so you can really deepen into the stretch.

However, yoga can demand a lot more strength (both physically and mentally) than many people think. My lovely students quite often leave my All About the Om yoga classes in Frome with a real sweat on!

Many yoga poses take a lot of stamina to remain in for a prolonged period of time, with good posture and alignment. Take chair pose for example: your core has to engage and really work hard to maintain a good posture. Your thighs feel like they are on fire and your whole body is likely to get a bit of shake going! This is when the breath is even more important – yogis use breath to allow them to focus and remain in an asana (yoga posture) for a longer period of time. 

Sun salutations involve a good amount of cardio as well as strength.  The yogi moves into a new posture on every inhalation and every exhalation. The steady pace of the vinyasa flow gets the heart rate racing and your body temperature rising, particularly when the whole sequence is repeated multiple times. 

There are no doubt other great ways to workout, but the great thing about incorporating yoga into your fitness regime, is that you can really work the whole body in one class or session. So often I hear students say that they are using muscles in yoga they do not use at any other point in the day! 

What’s more, whether you are spiritual or just want to help calm your mind, yoga is a great way to do it. Some yogis love to practice meditation every day, and others just like to take a few moments to focus on their breath, to find some peace and stillness. Either way, we all need to take time in our lives to look after ourselves and this is a positive way to do it.

And of course, when all the sweating, shaking and hard work is done in yoga you get to indulge in Shavasana, the conscious relaxation section of a yoga class. 

So, with the New Year upon us, why not set yourself an intention to try something new in 2019. Forget all your preconceptions about yoga and give it a go yourself. 

See you on the mat!

Kate is the Founder of All About the Om – Yoga with Kate. She is a yoga teacher based in Frome in Somerset, offering group classes, 121 sessions and yoga and brunch events, perfect for all levels and experiences of yoga.

“I’ve got nothing to wear!” – A yogi’s tale

As a yoga teacher, one of the things I often get asked by new students to my classes is “what should I wear?”

Now, everyone is different when it comes to what they like to exercise and relax in, but for me it’s about feeling comfortable.

In yoga there are many strong movements and deep stretches, so I find that leggings or trousers that allow you to move easily are best. I’m also a big fan of a stretchy waistband! If you don’t want something too clingy, don’t worry, there are lots of looser yoga trousers available.

When it comes to tops, I’m all about the layers! In yoga your body temperature can increase greatly through the main practice and cool down significantly during Shavasana (relaxation), so it is important to have a jumper or long-sleeve top on hand to keep warm (and even a blanket if you feel so inclined). 

Again, I like to go for comfort, with a supportive sports bra and then a top that is not too restrictive (I tend to go for a strappy top or vest, not a t-shirt). The restriction factor is not only for ease of movement in yoga postures, but to allow you to breathe freely. Utilising your breath is very important in yoga, it allows you to be strong in a pose and deepen into a posture, so you won’t want to wear something too tight, which restricts your ability to breathe deeply.

I have to say that I never wear socks when practicing yoga. This is for two reasons. Firstly, safety – floors and sometimes even mats can be a bit slippy, so when you are in a standing balance, or anything wide-legged, you may well find that socks will not only hinder you movement, but also your stability. Secondly, in yoga it is important to ground yourself with your mat and the earth beneath you and being bare foot helps me with this. I can spread my toes to anchor myself into the ground and feel that connection. Of course, if you need to wear socks for any reason there are pairs available which have grips on the bottom. You also may well like to put socks on for your shavasana, to keep those toes warm!

Now let’s talk accessories! It’s best to remove any jewellery or accessories that may get in the way or get tangled. It’s also a good idea to take things off like a smart watch, mainly because it can be distracting if messages are coming through whilst you are trying to get into the yoga zone!

Likewise, if you have long hair like I do, it’s best to tie it back when practicing yoga, because quite frankly, it just gets in the way!

What I will also say is that you do not have to spend a fortune on new fancy yoga clothes or activewear to practice yoga. I often mix it up. I have some great pieces from the likes of Sweaty Betty, Gymshark and Lululemon, but I’m also a big fan of H&M’s activewear range and when it comes to layering up, you may well even find me in a supermarket-bought cardigan. There are lots of great options out there.

So, I guess the point of this post is – don’t let not knowing what to wear to a yoga class put you off going – as long as you feel comfy, that’s all that matters.

See you on the mat.

Kate is the Founder of All About the Om – Yoga with Kate. She is a yoga teacher based in Frome in Somerset, offering group classes, 121 sessions and yoga and brunch events, perfect for all levels and experiences of yoga.

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