Exploring Meditation with Mimi Cooper
Mimi Cooper has been meditating for 12 years and is passionate about it. Let her share this passion with you in a 4 day course at AWAKE Yoga Studio.
Until next time, Namaste.
The Point Team x
Find your balance
When our movements are uncoordinated, our bodies constantly expend energy to compensate for generally, unconscious instability.
Balancing postures develop and enhance the functioning of the Cerebellum; the brain center regulating motor movements and proprioception.
When we ‘fire up’ this portion of the brain the electrical currents also enliven surrounding intelligent centers of the brain. The Cerebellum does contain almost half of the brain’s neurons, specialized cells that transmit information via electrical currents, and as such just imagine the benefits of waking this part of our brain up.
Increased awareness of muscle coordination needed for balancing postures enhances functional movement and improves posture.
Join AWAKE Yoga Studio for classes that focus on simple and effective techniques that improve balance and wellbeing. The intention of this studio is for yoga to be relatable and accessible to everyone.
Contact Jeannie Holmes on +27 079 691 1321 for further booking information.
Until next time,
The Point Team x
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: CAYLI VAREJES
The second People of the Point for 2018 features Cayli Varejes, the unique and crazy soul that created Owl and The Wolf. This vivacious and caring young woman is not only looking for like-minded people to visit her beautiful new studio but also welcomes those who are a little lost and in need of some help to find their way again.
She wants to teach the weak to be strong, the strong to have patience and respect for the weak and that in this world, we can be both kind and bold. Let’s learn more about this dynamic purple (and pink) haired dynamo here…
Yoga changed my life, it enabled me to truly understand myself and connect body, mind and soul. I am stronger in all aspects because of it.
Why Owl and The Wolf?
I wanted to create a space based on the ying and yang elements. The owl represents patience and wisdom where the wolf represents strength and instinct. I wanted a space for all types to call home and feel safe.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Absolutely everything! I love helping people heal and find their truth in this universe.
What is the thing you take most pride in?
I take the most pride in the unity of our space. We are all one big family and only want to grow with everyone who joins us.
What is your biggest regret?
I have no regrets in life. Everything has been an incredible lesson and I wouldn’t be where I am today without learning from my mistakes.
What is your favourite hobby/ thing to do and why?
I am a chef and a musician and spend most of my free time creating new music or cooking for family and friends.
What is the coolest/ scariest/ craziest thing you have ever done?
I backpacked around the world for a year and it was the most incredible and terrifying experience all in one. Even though I was alone and truly had to find strength in my independence, I was lucky enough to see so much of the world and learn from many different cultures.
Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
I would rather be 20 min early but unfortunately, I usually arrive 10min late…fashionably late obviously!
Would you rather live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world?
I would only want to be in the real world. We learn nothing if everything is too easy. We wouldn’t appreciate the light if there wasn’t any darkness.
Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
I would much rather get rid of all social media. Nothing better than snuggling up to a good movie.
Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?
Teleport!!! I love to travel and have family all over the world. It would make popping over to see them incredible!!
Then lastly, would you rather find your true love or a suitcase with five million dollars inside?
I have already found my true love, so let’s take that five million dollars and feed as many people as we can!
Owl and The Wolf