Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019 – From Start to Finish
By now, you’ve done all the prep work and this week will be reserved for the tying up the loose laces. At The Point Centre, we’re offering a range of products and services to make this year’s ride a little easier on you.
Whether you’re focused on pre-conditioning or post-recovery, a walk through our doors is necessary. As you gear-up for the race this coming Saturday, you’ll need to keep your muscles warm by doing some light training – now is not the time to sit back and ‘rest’ for your race. Nothing brings on stiff muscles more than a body that isn’t used to moving. Why not pump it up by attending one or two SWEAT 1000 classes? Remember, the key is to not overexert yourself.
Your diet this week is equally as important. Of course, pre-conditioning 101 means that you need to drink plenty of water. There are no shortcuts here – stay hydrated during taper week. Period.
Now you also have the chance to carbo-load. This doesn’t mean grabbing a burger and chips! Knead, Bootlegger and NV-80 all have tasty carb-based meals that are healthy and filled with the nutrients you need to sustain your energy throughout the race. PS: the Lentilles du Puys should be a mandatory side with every main. It’s incredible!
On the day
It goes without saying that you need to get enough rest the night before you take on this race, so get to bed early and wake up early. Make sure you have everything organised so that you’re not rushing around on the morning of the big day. The Point Centre is known for its central location so it’s perfect for you and your supporters to park in. Just hop in the MyCiTi bus to take you to the Grand Parade Precinct starting point!
Race recovery is key to feeling like a true champion. If you haven’t been to our Health and Wellness hub on the 3rd Floor, this is the perfect excuse.
Ensure your body is feeling aligning and in tip-top shape by visiting an array of experts. You could step in for a visit to the chiropractor – it’s widely known that cycling doesn’t do much for your posture! Gear down after the race by booking a muscle-conditioning sports massage. Plus, there are two amazing yoga studios to help you stretch your muscles and align your chakras after such an intense race.
Whatever your needs are for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019, The Point Centre is your partner through it all. Remember, wellness looks good on you!
Until next time,
The Point Team x
Online Shopping’s Huge, and it’s Not Going Anywhere
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve made at least one or two online purchases in the last year. Big or small, pick-up or delivery, those purchases added to the R45+ billion spent on online shopping alone in South Africa in 2018. This is up almost 20% in 2017 and its forecast to grow even more over the coming years. The reason, convenience. In almost all cases it’s faster and easier to shop online, and often it’s cheaper as well!
In light of this boom, it’s no surprise that many brick and mortar stores have joined the fray. Some have launched fully-fledged e-commerce offerings, others have established an online presence but balance retail with their physical shops.
The Point’s Online Offering
As a wellness and lifestyle destination, The Point has a broad offering across its tenants and between them, they offer a variety of e-commerce options and solutions. We broke them down according to the three most popular categories among South African online shoppers; clothing and apparel, entertainment and education, and event tickets.
Clothing & Apparel
Between Sportmans Warehouse and Pick n Pay Clothing there’s little in the way of clothing and apparel you can’t find. Both have extensive online catalogues and Sportmans Warehouse offers online shopping with delivery or in-store collection.
Entertainment & Education
If you need a bit of entertainment, are looking for a break, or simply just want a change of scenery Bootlegger, Knead Bakery, and NV-80 are all superb options. Each has its full menu online and you make reservations if necessary.
Entertaining at home? Look no further that Checkers and Checkers LiquorShop. You can view their full product offerings online and with Checkers’ Click & Collect service you can reserve food platters and fruit baskets, as well as your choice of drinks, which you can collect in-store the next day.
At Checkers’ Money Market you can collect any Computicket events tickets. Simply browse and purchase online, and collect at your convenience.
Although it’s useful grouping these by category, many of The Point’s tenants fall outside of these. Yemenya Spa & Hair and Sorbet Sea Point both have excellent online offerings which include products, vouchers, and bookings. Similarly Banks Kitchen Boutique has an impressive variety of products available for online purchase.
Next time you’re browsing around online looking for something to buy, don’t forget to head to The Point. You might just find exactly what you’re looking for!
Until next time,
The Point Team x
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
BANKS Youth Day Cook Off 2019
It’s that time of year again, entries to the annual Youth Day Cook Off hosted by Banks Kitchen Shop are now open.
Enter here: https://www.bankskitchenboutique.co.za/blog/banks-youth-day-cook-off-2019