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 email@example.com to book your place today (payment taken upfront).
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.
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.
Eszter is an amazing yoga teacher and a wonderful friend of mine. Below, she tells you all about her journey into yoga.
In fifth grade every student in my school had to have a check up by a chiropractitioner to make sure that before we would hit puberty, we will grow into bones, joints and muscles that can hold us all till retirement. This was when I was told that my feet are a little flat and that my right shoulder is lower than my left, therefore I needed to take special PE classes. I was not sure what a “special PE class” meant, but the first Wednesday when I had to go I found out it was yoga.
About 6 of us attended from different classes, we each had different “problems” with our bodies that needed fixing. The class was fun, our teacher was great at providing poses and challenges that made us really focus on the given task, like taking off and putting on a sock only using your toes.
I attended these classes for 3 years and I loved them. I was so dedicated that there were times that it was only me who made it to class each Wednesday. In high school, parents and teachers thought that probably we were all fixed now or might never be able to change our structure anymore, therefore, yoga classes were cancelled. I missed it a lot, but my busy schedule pointed my attention elsewhere anyway.
It was only when I was about 19 that I decided to start yoga again. It was somewhat out of the blue, as a friend of mine mentioned it to me, and after a quick search on YouTube I could roll out my mat and do a session each morning before breakfast. First the familiar downward dog was hard, felt that my back and hamstrings were so tight that I would never be able to reach my toes or the floor ever, I had to sneak in extra breaths through a Surya Namaskar. Don’t even get me started on a chaturanga push up… As I kept pushing myself, I started to feel powerful again. Downward dog felt like a relaxing pose, I began challenging myself with more variations and decided to attend a local yoga class. It was amazing. The sense of connection between the attendees brought back great memories from the past from primary school.
Now, as a 27 year old yogi, this ancient practice is truly my companion in life. I often chant to my students to create a breath that is a strong companion throughout their practice. Something they could rely on. If the knee doesn’t bend or the arm can’t reach, your breath should still carry you through the challenges. And it works. Just breathe. Even now, as you are reading this, soften your gaze and take a deep breath in and out of your breath. Now back to my scribbles.
Although I am still not an experienced teacher, but I can say that I am a well-nourished learner. All the progress I have made wasn’t always bodily, but more often came from my mind or my spirit. Even now I struggle with some of the asanas, that either scare me or my body doesn’t allow me to access, yet I find peace in the thought that I am working towards progression, not perfection. Somehow my own body language changed, I started to find comfort in awkward poses (sometimes literally), encouraged myself more than talked down on me, and most importantly enjoyed the ride. Yoga is not for just the perfect body type, mental state or emotional stability. Hell, no on has that. Yoga is for those that battle day by day to stand up from the couch and stretch their arms. It’s for the mums that need 30 minutes away from the craze of a laundry explosion. It’s for the men who have the tightest hips in every specie of the world and can’t sit with a straight back for the love of their life! Yoga is for you, even if you can’t get out of your chair or don’t know the sanskrit names of all of the Hatha yoga poses.
Because of this, lately I started a basic series on my Instagram and Facebook page where I share the tricks and tips for each Hatha pose that you might ever come across in a yoga class. Most of us have aching backs after mowing the lawn, hunch over computers 10 hours a day, and hardly walk anywhere anymore. Our muscles are tight, weak, and not at all flexible. It makes sense that you’d rather focus on finding the perfect alignment in downward dog first, even if your knees are slightly bent, then work from there, than rushing through a Sun Salutation or a power flow in a Vinyasa class. That is like itching your left ear with your right hand – doesn’t make sense.
This is why I teach friendly and fun classes in Herefordshire, where students can be 19 or 90 (I did have a 92 year old visit one of my classes once… never sweat more in my life), new or old to the practice. Yoga is one of the most important movements you can do to bring the youth back into your muscles.
I’d like to share two testimonials from my local classes. A lady in her 60s came up to me shortly after I took over another lady’s yoga classes at the local leisure centre. She mentioned to me that she had attended the previous teacher’s classes for 4 years and could never reach her feet in a happy baby pose, but in my last class, as I was giving here the ques, she somehow managed to grab hold of her ankles, then her feet. She said nothing really changed in her flexibility after 3 classes with me, but she had a connection to her limbs in a way she had never had it before. That is yoga, letting you use the body that you have today.
The other story is about a gentleman that attends one of my classes. He does all sorts of classes, but somehow feels the need to come to yoga to give his muscles some time to regenerate. He had told me that his calves had been really tight for years and he had trouble walking long distances as the sharp pain would accompany him immediately. I kept that in mind as I taught the classes he took part of, gave him some stretches he could do every day at home as well. After a month he came back to me and said that for the first time, when he embarked on his usual walk, the pain never appeared. He was delighted.
Yoga will give you the tools to learn how to use your own body for its best benefit. It was only now, almost 15 years later that I realized that in primary school the doctor’s diagnosis after a quick look was incorrect. There is a difference in the position of my shoulders, yes, but instead of heaving a low shoulder on the right, I actually have really tight muscles around my left collar bone which lift that side a little higher. He wasn’t far off from the truth, the end results are almost exactly the same, yet they are completely different.
Are you a bride to be or a super lovely friend planning a hen party? If you are looking for something a little bit different, something like yoga perhaps, then look no further!
All About the Om can offer you a lovely yoga session for the Bride and all her friends to celebrate this exciting time in her life and her future marriage.
Each hen party yoga class is planned with you, so you can all feel special, relaxed and calm. If you are staying in a house/cottage etc. with space in Somerset/Wiltshire, then All About the Om can come to you (yoga in your PJs anyone?!). However, if you are looking for a venue, we work with several local places, so can look to sort this for you for your yoga class.
Fear not! At All About the Om Yoga, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. So, if some of your hen party are new to yoga, it’s absolutely fine, in fact, it’s great! It’s all about enjoying yourself, giving it a try and feeling fantastic – simple!
If you would like to talk about All About the Om yoga hen party classes, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.