PEOPLE OF THE POINT- JEANNIE HOLMES
When we heard about AWAKE Yoga Studio joining The Point family we knew we had to feature the woman behind it all. Jeannie Holmes is a wife, mother and Yogi of note! To find out more about how her yoga journey started and what is on offer at Awake, keep reading.
Jeannie, you’ve recently opened AWAKE Yoga Studio, a new yoga studio on the 3rd Floor of The Point centre, and I’ve seen the floor-to-ceiling sea views: jaw-dropping!
Apart from the views, what makes AWAKE any different from any other yoga offering in Sea Point?
The intention of this studio is for yoga to be relatable and accessible. All levels, all ages, all walks of life are welcomed. There are classes for kids; for people who enjoy physical challenges; for people who prefer restorative yoga; for people who enjoy spiritual upliftment; for people who need deep relaxation. Whatever the class, the focus is on intelligent sequencing, detailed alignment, core activation, breathing techniques and meditation. The purpose throughout is to promote physical and mental well-being.
Speaking about well-being, I read somewhere that your approach is based on something called yoga therapy. What is that?
Yoga is a means of harmonizing our various systems (digestive; nervous; respiratory, endocrine; lymphatic; circulatory; muscular; etc) as well as our mind; vitality; and intellectual and emotional states, in order to elevate wellbeing and awareness and to release dormant energy and uncover latent potential.
Yoga therapy does all of this, but takes an individualized approach, ‘prescribing’ personalized yoga programmes to attain the state of equilibrium and optimal health. Various time-proved methods (postures; breathing techniques; meditation; conscious relaxation, etc.) are recommended and taught to stimulate; regulate and harmonise body, mind and spirit.
Sounds like something we all need! But what drew you to yoga in the first place?
I have always been drawn to experiences and learning that dawn new perspectives. Free-flying, a discipline of skydiving, taught me how our perceptions of time/space are truly relative and that in just 30 seconds one can experience an entire journey with wondrous epiphanies. It was at the drop zone that I first discovered yoga, as in order to hold the vertical positions and transitions yoga was needed for coordination, balance, strength, focus, steadiness and ease. I have also always been fascinated by our potential to self-heal.
In 2007 I attended the university Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India to study yoga in the hope of discovering how to also heal a particular digestive ailment that I’d struggled with for many years. I found the answer to that, and so much more. That 250hr yoga teacher training course, under the guidance of Dr Vishwas Mandlik who taught how a plethora of illnesses, disorders and ailments can be eased or alleviated altogether through yogic practices, led me to return to India some years later to study and obtain a 250hr Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 2017.
So what else has been necessary then to reach this point in your career and yoga journey?
In between my two study trips to India, I also attended the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training at The Shala, along with a mentorship program with renowned yoga teacher Tamsin Sheehy, and an Anatomy and Physiology course with Jim Harrington right back here in South Africa. I have practised and taught yoga for many years, and also volunteered at various organisations.
With the help of FOSCHA, 2017, I started a support programme for the caregivers and doctors at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, offering weekly therapeutic yoga lessons. I now also find myself so grateful and inspired to teach daily at the most magnificent studio in Cape Town, thanks to Andrew and Paul Rothschild owners of BUC Fitness Club, 3rd floor of The Point.
Any special events or upcoming workshops at AWAKE! That we should know about?
There is a Yoga Therapy Workshop on Saturday 30 March 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, and AWAKE is now offering a Parent and Kid Combo class on the first Sunday of every month 10 AM – 11 AM. Please check out the website awakeyogastudio.com for further details as well as to see the weekly schedule, book a class and come trial a free class. You don’t need to bring anything as the studio has the very best mats, props and for extra inspiration, sweeping sea views.
Book by calling AWAKE Yoga Studio on +27 79 691 1321.
If you enjoyed this People Of The Point, keep an eye out for next months edition!
Until next time,
The Point Team x
People Of The Point: Tzvia Hermann
When did your passion for beauty start?
Like many woman and men out there, I had had enough of unwanted facial and body hair and had tried everything from waxing, tweezing, threading and over 20 IPL sessions to get rid of it. Now, I am not only completely free of unwanted hair, but a bit of a serial entrepreneur. I turned my frustrating and painful experience into a business that will help others.
I spent many hours in my mother’s beauty salon learning all the tricks of the trade. I was qualified from experience from the age of 15 in everything from manicures and pedicures to facials and skin care regimes. This is where I developed my love for the beauty industry.
What were you doing before you started The Laser Beautique?
After matriculating I moved to the UK where I lived in London and traveled for 9 years gaining life experience and dabbling in every profession imaginable. As a South African, I could not get permanent employment, I could only get contracts so I worked as a restaurant host, bartender, receptionist, personal assistant, legal secretary while I studied law through UNISA and then worked as graphic/web designing for a publishing company. I even got experience as a recruiter for a recruitment agency and then spent a few years making incredible memories working as a fundraiser for a children’s charity.
How did you start the first Laser Beautique branch?
The idea of The Laser Beautique began when my mother and I were sitting watching the famous American TV show The Doctors. As soon as the episode started we were glued to the TV as the show featured a revolutionary pain free permanent hair removal laser. The show detailed the technology around the laser, what made it work and how it was possible that it is pain free. I immediately googled the device and manufacturer and to my amazement saw that the device I was manufactured by an Israeli company, I was over the moon as I had booked and paid for my ticket to go to Israel for a friend’s wedding in a week from that day. Its as though it was meant to be! This was to be the start of a great journey.
I called the manufacturers, booked an appointment to visit the factory and met with the people claiming to have manufactured every woman’s dream – pain free laser hair removal. After a successful meeting I was trained to operate various lasers and had treatments myself to make sure that the technologies lived its promises. And it did!
I put together a business plan so that I could apply for funding to open the very first Laser Beautique. The plan was to start small, from my moms family home. I trained my younger sister, Rochelle on the laser and she would be the first laser therapist.
I presented my business plan to Neil so that he could help me tweak it before sending it off to the bank. Neil fell in love with the idea of an aesthetic clinic that only offers services that have been tried, tested and work. He offered to partner with me in the business. We ordered the first device and the rest is history.
We believe you also launched a beauty school called Beautique Academy?
The need for comprehensive aesthetic and laser training is what made us launch Beautique Academy. I love the quote: “A teacher presents the past, reveals the present and creates the future”
Not only has a new era arrived for the beauty industry in South Africa but a tipping point in education world wide as online education is becoming popular. Beauty academy successfully launched by the Beautique group, launched in Nov 2018 with two online beauty courses, namely Electrolysis and Thermocoagulation. Further short courses will be available in the next few months.
Beautique Academy was founded to provide comprehensive beauty, aesthetic and applied business training programs that aim to facilitate career growth, entrepreneurial ventures and even career change within the beauty/aesthetic industry. The industry is growing and changing rapidly. Beautique Academy urge and inspire students to kick start or upgrade their career online at beautiqueacademy.co.za as it is vital for both new and existing cosmetologists to remain at the forefront of new technologies and treatment options, in order to provide the best health and skincare solutions to their clientele.
Beautique Academy offers training courses based on tried and tested technologies and treatments in association with The Laser Beautique and Beautique Brands. The Academy offers specialised modules that allows cosmopolitan woman and men to enter into the diverse field of advanced beauty and aesthetic technology at their own convenience. The Academy is proud to offer a modern online learning experience, complimented by expert practical lessons. Our trainers are qualified experts, who provide remote and hands-on training support backed by current training and by years of industry experience behind them.
How do you find working with your husband?
When friends and colleagues find out that we work together 24/7, they’re amazed. Most say they’d never be able to share a bed and a business.
But at the end of the day, running a business together means you see your other half a lot more than the average couple would, and this is a real bonus. We’re lucky that we enjoy each other’s company.
For more information on Laser Beautique
Call: 0861 850 851
See their Facebook page: @TheLaserBeautique
Remember, Remember the month of Movember!
It’s hard to believe that Movember (which is celebrated in the month of November) is almost 20 years old!
Painter’s brush, toothbrush, chevron, walrus, pyramid, pencil, lampshade, imperial, and that’s just the start of it, but what do these seemingly random things have in common? They’re all moustache types, and pretty soon you’re going to see a whole more of them because it’s Movember time! In honour of the yearly event, we’re looking at its origins and why it’s such a worthy cause to get behind – even if you can’t grow a mighty mo!
It all started in 2003 when “two mates from Melbourne, Australia (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) were having a quiet beer at the Gypsy Bar in Fitzroy when their conversation turned to recurring fashion trends. The moustache, a fixture in past decades, was nowhere to be seen in recent trends. They joked about bringing it back.” Since then it has grown with each passing year and is now a worldwide phenomenon with over 5 million active Mo Bros and Mo Sistas (yip, ladies, you can get involved too!).
As fun (and funny) as it can be, the concept has always been rooted in raising awareness about men’s health issues.
“The two friends decided to talk their mates into growing a Mo. Inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, they decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer.”
And what started as a playful challenge has become a formidable force of change in the lives of many men. For example, their research found that on average men across the world die six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Why does this happen? There’s no simple answer, but a lot of it has to do with the simplest thing: communication.
“70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.”
It’s also about awareness and knowing when to start asking the right questions.
“At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.”
Similarly, men have to embrace their bodies and get to “know thy nuts” as the Movember team puts it.
“Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.”
There’s also something you can do every day to improve your health and decrease your chances of falling ill – move. And then move some more. Try to add more activity to your day. Here are a few things you can try to get you up on your feet without having to change too much.
- Take a walking meeting
- Park further away from the office
- Get off the bus a stop or two earlier
- Instead of the lift, take the stairs
- Cycle to work instead of driving
Men’s health and wellness often gets dismissed or simply ignored, which is exactly why Movember is so effective – it’s pretty hard to ignore 5 million moustaches passing you every day!
If you haven’t already signed up to join the challenge you can do so at movember. But more importantly, even if you don’t sign up, make some time to talk to a friend, you never know how much he, or you, might need it.
Till next month,
The Point Team x
Image credit: https://za.movember.com/
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
Cape Town summers are defined by a few key components: overcrowded beaches and granadilla lollies, bumper-to-bumper traffic and zero city parking, a flood of tourists and overpriced cocktails, and of course the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts! The annual string of live music performances by local and international acts always creates enormous excitement and this year is no different.
Before we even get into the music, let’s appreciate the setting, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Over 5 square kilometres of impeccably maintained lush gardens set at the foot of Table Mountain, there could hardly be a better outdoor concert venue! The sloped lawn that looks down on the concert stage is the perfect place to indulge in a picnic or simply sprawl out in the sun, and when the sun sets it only gets more magical. Watching a concert at the Gardens is not something you’ll soon forget!
With over 20 international and local acts, the 2018/19 line-up is as strong as ever. It includes UK rock band, James, Euro-Caribbean sensation Boney M, and a plethora of local legends like Mango Groove, Jeremy Loops, Fokofpolisiekar, The Parlotones, Goldfish, and plenty more. As always, the Kirstenbosch Carols are performed over several days and are an absolute treat for the whole family.
The series kicks-off on 18 November with Tresor and Majozi, and concludes on 31 March 2019 with Goodluck and Easy Freak. During that time there’s a concert every Sunday and a few performances on alternate days, notably James on Saturday 24 November, Jeremy Loops and Crimson House on Monday 31 December for the NYE show, and recently announced Bonobo on Tuesday 8 February 2019.
Tickets for all shows are available on Webtickets and range from R150 – R190 for the majority of performances, however, expect to pay up to R565 for international acts like James, Boney M, and Bonobo. The full list is below:
|18 November 2018||Tresor/Majozi||R150pp–R190pp|
|25 November 2018||Mango Groove||R150pp–R190pp|
|2 December 2018||Lady Zamar / Black Motion||R150pp–R190pp|
|9 December 2018||Mi Casa||R150pp–R190pp|
|13, 14, 15, 16 December 2018||Kirstenbosch Carols||Prices to be confirmed|
|23 December 2018||Boney M. featuring Liz Mitchell||R290pp–R350pp|
|30 December 2018||Lira||R150pp–R190pp|
|31 December 2018||NYE: Jeremy Loops / Crimson House||R415pp|
|6 January 2019||Goldfish||R170pp–R220pp|
|13 January 2019||The Parlotones||R170pp–R220pp|
|20 January 2019||Freshlyground||R150pp–R190pp|
|27 January 2019||Mafikizolo||R150pp–R190pp|
|3 February 2019||The Soil||R150pp–R190pp|
|8 February 2019||Bonobo||R565pp|
|10 February 2019||Fokofpolisiekar||R150pp–R190pp|
|17 February 2019||Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival||R150pp–R190pp|
|24 February 2019||The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra||R150pp–R190pp|
|3 March 2019||Amanda Black / Sun El Musician||R150pp–R190pp|
|10 March 2019||Matthew Mole||R150pp–R190pp|
|17 March 2019||Spoegwolf / Jan Blohm||R150pp–R190pp|
|24 March 2019||Shortstraw / Bam Bam Brown||R150pp–R190pp|
|31 March 2019||Goodluck / Easy Freak||R150pp–R190pp|
Till next time,
The Point Team x