When we qualified as yoga teachers we realised there wasn’t a space that embodied what we believed in and loved about the practice, so we decided to create a space ourselves. We have found that unless you are very involved in this practice, yoga can seem very ‘out there’. There is this idea that you have to be able to stick a handstand to go to a class or be able to fold yourself up like a pretzel before you will be ‘good enough’ to be there and that is not the case at all.
If you can breathe you can do yoga and flexibility is an outcome of yoga rather than a prerequisite. We found an incredibly beautiful space (the panoramic view of Lion’s Head and the sunrises and sunsets still catch us off guard) with world-class facilities and wonderful, welcoming, passionate teachers. We have poured all of our love into that space and every member of our teaching team does the same.
We have tried our best to break down some of the barriers of entry to yoga. We want to make yoga feel more approachable and easier to start practising because the more people practising yoga in this world, the better for all of us. You don’t need a fancy mat or branded clothing. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. All you need to do is show up in clothes that you can move in and we guide you through the rest. All of our classes are all-levels, and we have a range of different classes so that you can find what works for you.
We play the music that we like to move to and we try not to take ourselves too seriously while we do what we love. While South Africa is one of the cheapest places in the world to practice yoga, we are also well aware of the fact that cost is a huge barrier of entry to the practice. We have two Community Flow classes per week, which are donation based. The idea behind this is that people pay what they can, if they can and just come and practice. All of our proceeds go to Earth Child Project – which is our favourite NPO.
As a practice, yoga has been around for longer than most philosophies. The thing that trips people up sometimes is that yoga is very often portrayed as just a physical practice. And while the physical aspect of it is hugely important with a multitude of benefits – it’s only a very small aspect of the practice. Yoga is a philosophy of mindfulness and one of consciously moving through the world and your life. Modern life is becoming faster and louder seemingly by the day. There is so much out there that demands your attention and awareness – and that is before you even get to the parts of your life that you actually want to give your attention and awareness to, like family, friends, relationships, work commitments and the like.
One of the most beneficial things that yoga teaches is the practice of mindfulness and of presence. It teaches you to be conscious in your interactions. And in a world that does everything it to make your mind full, it’s more important than ever to be mindful. This is one of our favourite mindfulness and meditation tools that you can try right now as you read this.
Read through these instructions and then give it a try!
Find an easy, comfortable seat – on the floor or in a chair.
Bring your hands into a comfortable position in your lap or on your knees.
Bring your awareness to your breath. Seal off your lips and feel your breath move in and out of your nose.
Once you have found it, imagine a square. You are going to breathe along the lines of a square (stay with us).
Inhale up the first side of the square for 4 seconds. Hold the full breath at the top for 4 seconds. Exhale down the other side for 4 seconds. Hold the empty breath at the bottom for 4 seconds.
You can stay with single breaths or add in some counts.
Inhale for a count of 2. Hold for a count of 2. Exhale for a count of 2. Hold for a count of 2.
You can build this all the way up to 5 and then bring it back down to 1.
When you are done, take one deep breath in and one soft sigh out.
Gently blink open your eyes and just notice how you feel.
Yoga, mindfulness and meditation are buzzwords which can seem a little ‘out there’. But if you practised that little exercise you just did all three in the space of a couple of moments. Yoga as a practice encourages mindfulness in so many ways as it shows you how to move mindfully within your own body.
Everybody and everybody is different and this practice facilitates a mindful conversation with your body. There is a strong connection to and cultivation of the breath in the yoga practice and meditation is, at its core, a practice that is rooted in your connection to your breath. Yoga is the practice of mindful movement and when you really get into it, the practice becomes like a moving meditation.
If you feel like you have any questions about yoga, or mindfulness or meditation or you just want to know more about us and what we do, please chat to us!
We are on the 3rd Floor of The Point Mall, right in front of you as the lift opens. Visit us online or go old school and give us a call. Whichever way, we’d love to hear from you and we’d love to see you on your mats, or one of ours, even more.
Come move with us.
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