Yoga is for everybody and every body
At Wild Thing we believe that yoga is for everybody and every body.
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 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. Hold the full breath at the top. Exhale down the other side. Hold the empty breath at the bottom.
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 every body 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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Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning
PEOPLE OF THE POINT: LEXI RYMAN AND DOMINQUE VIEIRA
This month’s People of the Point is none other than Lexi Ryman and Dominique Vieira. Their contemporary yoga studio Wild Thing yoga is situated on the 3rd floor of The Point Mall.
The Sanskrit translation of Wild Thing or Camatkarasana means ‘the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart’ and that is exactly what this yoga studio is for them. A love for yoga is where this all started and Wild Thing is that love in a tangible form. We took some time to play catch and learn a few new things about Dom and Lexi, enjoy!
Please introduce yourselves?
L: Hello, I’m Lexi; one half of Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning studio.
D: And I’m Dom, the other half.
How long have you been friends/ business partners?
The year after finishing grad school was a tumultuous one, both of us had a bit of a rocky start with our foray into adulthood and the working world which brought us closer together and the blossoming friendship became a partnership as we decided to give corporate life the flick and follow our passion instead.
How did you meet?
We met at grad school when we had both finished our undergraduates unsure of where to go or what to do next, we both decided to extend our career as students.
What made you decide to work together and open the studio?
We had worked together a lot whilst studying and had a very productive working relationship so knew we were compatible in that regard. We decided to go ahead and open the studio after we decided the 8 – 5, living for the weekend wasn’t the life for us. We spent a lot of time having long discussions (and promenade walks) about how much we love yoga and movement and how badly we just wanted to share that passion with people. Our beautiful studio space kind of fell into our laps so we took the leap and went for it.
What is the best decision you have ever made?
Opening the studio – you realize your biggest fears and nerves are just that; fear and nerves. The world still spins, and the sun still rises each day whether you face your fears or not, so why not?
What is your biggest regret?
L: Not following our passion sooner.
D: Allowing myself to be so plagued by self-doubt and taking so long to pluck up the courage to just go for it. You know when you start out in the working world (at least in my experience) you are told that you’re too young, that you don’t know enough and that you must do things a certain way because “that’s just the way it’s always been”.
What is your favourite part of your job?
L: Teaching. Easily. Whether there are two people in class or a full house, the energy differs, and you learn something new every time you step into that room.
D: Same, and the fact that I get to do this with my other half. I think our students think we give them more than we get, but honestly teaching is just the best part of my day. Our students teach us so much every single day and seeing them show up for themselves on their mats is the absolute best.
What is your favourite hobby/ thing to do and why?
L: Deepening my practice. I love being an eternal student and continuing to sink my teeth into every element of the yoga practice.
D: Ha-ha, what Lex said. This practice is so vast and so nuanced, you literally can’t ever know everything. The only thing I know for certain is just how much there is still for me to learn and discover about myself and this path I’ve chosen. The lines between teacher and student are intricate and fine at best.
Tell us something interesting about the other person (Lexi/Dom)
L: Dom is easily the most fanatical cat lady I’ve ever met.
D: Ha-ha that’s a rich one coming from Lex seeing as our second strongest bonding point would definitely be cats and the selfies that have been sent my way could easily tip the obsession scale in her favour. Lex knows the lyrics to pretty much every single old school rap song ever made, and she has some deliciously spicy dance moves that sneak out whenever the music is good enough to move to.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
L: Open this studio.
D: 100 percent opening the studio. No way I would have done it without my best friend by my side.
All photo credit goes to Herman Jordaan
Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning
Tel: +27 82 515 4048
Address: Unit 310, 3rd Floor, The Point Mall, 76 Regent Rd, Sea Point