It’s been a while since I posted, I’ve been a very busy little bug, Up-skilling and sorting out my life! How very adult of me!
One of those things has been the commencement of teaching a regular yoga class – Beer yoga that is!
I see I’ve piqued your interest! Now my friends, it’s not a ‘do yoga then drink beer’ thing. It’s very mindfully drinking beer WHILE we do yoga. People in Germany and the USA have been onto this for a while now.
We started this up at The Brat Cave in October 2016. They came to me with this brilliant opportunity and I’ve loved every minute of it!
Classes are held every Monday night (no more Mondayitis!) at 6.30pm. Cost is $10 and that includes 1 hr of yoga and a beer to enjoy while you do it! That’s a pretty great deal if you ask me!!
We always start with beer meditation, warming up the spine then a gentle flow (in which you are directed to take sips at particular poses).
The point of beer Yoga is to introduce people who wouldnt normally try yoga but really need it to the ancient practices as well as getting people to really enjoying and mindfully drinking their beer – hoping they may take this away into their regular life.
This afternoon i attended an absolutely gorgeous flower crown workshop at The White Bungalow.
The White Bungalow is a florist and homeware shop. Some of their products are just stunning – i think i’ll be making a trip back on my next pay day!
We were greeted on arrival with a glass of bubbles and a huge platter of various cheeses & fruits. There were also beautiful cupcakes that looked like roses!
We each had a setting at the table with our names on the packet of utensils we would use to create our magnificent pieces.
The ladies were all really lovely and helpful, patiently showing us how to go about meaking our flower crowns. The blooms on offer to make our headwear were stunning! Roses, carnations, crysanthemums and a few other bits of greenery filled the table
The White Bungalow is located in Nundah Village and is just 5 minutes walk from Nundah train station. I would highly recommend this workshop for birthdays and bridal parties. It’s close enough to the city to go out for dinner, drinks and dancing afterwards in your new flower crowns! They’re too lovely not to show off!
This weekend just gone i was privileged to attend an absolutely amazing course for children’s yoga therapy.
The course was facilitated by Stacey Nelson (Yoga Palette) who is a wealth of knowledge! Stacey has been teaching children for 20 years and has touched the lives of many through work in classrooms, mental health & hospital wards, fitness & dance classes and also television (In The Box). She has such a passion for teaching the younger generation and her enthusiasm is contagious!
Here we are learning how to ‘belly breath’, the idea is to place a toy on a child’s stomach and get them to breath deep enough for the toy to rise and fall. This can help calm the nervous system. My little toy (far left) was a whale, i dubbed him Wally whale (i might have gotten quite attached to Wally :P) All these cute little critters can be purchased from Hart Sport – you know, in case like me, you want your own set of adorable animals.
One of my favourite sections from the course was when we paired up to give each other hand massages! Massages are very therapeutic, you won’t find many people knock back a hand massage especially after a yoga session.
One of the most fun activities we learnt was ‘soccer breath’, at points i was laughing so hard that i wasn’t able to blow through the straw to defend my goal! The idea with this one is to encourage children to use their breath to help strengthen their lungs and engages their mind and who doesn’t benefit from a good old laugh!
These were just a few of the many techniques we learnt through the course, i really can’t wait to implement them in my classes! Some of the course content could be applied to adult classes as well as children classes so i’ll have a few tricks up my sleeve for my ladies in my Tuesday night class!! 🙂
My weekend was so packed and full on that i just haven’t gotten around to writing up this week’s blog!
My Saturday was full of all things Wanderlust for Wanderlust 108 Brisbane. It’s the world’s only mindful triathlon. 5km (+/-) run/walk, 75min yoga session and half hour of meditation.
There were also side activities available like acro yoga, hooping, slack lining and a few other bits and pieces.
The yoga flow this year was held by Boys of yoga. It was a fun and dynamic practice that encouraged crowd participation. Boys of yoga is a project that was created in 2015 to help break the stereotype and misconceptions of guys who yoga.
Jonni Pollard, co founder of 1 giant mind led us through the meditation. They have this brilliant app (which is free to try), its available for both Apple & Android. I already have a steady practice but I still liked using this app to mix things up a bit.
In all it was a brilliant day and I had a lot of fun and laughs!
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a beautiful children’s yoga class. We managed about 20 mins before attention was lost and I think that’s pretty good for my first go!
These are my super cute god children and they had been requesting for me to come do yoga with them. For the oldest 2 I bought them their own mats for their birthdays, there were squeals of delight followed by ‘Mum! Mum! Look!! Now I can do yoga just like Aunty Sammy!!’
I’m going to have to put together a few more session plans to test on them. Maybe try a few games we were taught in our teacher training.
I’ve also recently put in an order for a Meddy Teddy – the yoga and mindfulness beer. Meddy is 100% posable and I’m super excited to introduce him to the kids when he arrives!
If you’d like to have a look and maybe get a Meddy for yourself you can check out the website www.meddyteddy.com or have a scroll through his Instagram meddyteddy (thats where I first found Meddy). I’ll post a review once Meddy arrives and I’ve had a chance to introduce him in class.
A little while ago I had one of ‘those’ weeks at my office job. You know the ones…. Suddenly it seems that you work with idiots and the clients that you have to deal with aren’t much better! Also the computer system we work on (which is normally kinda crappy) does it’s best impersonation of someone who clearly doesn’t want to be at work that early on a Monday morning. I sent my support team (my husband and best friend) a message through Facebook saying;
“I’m praying to the divine for patiences and guidance, because if I pray for strength and it’s granted, I’m likely to pick up my office chair and throw it at someone!”
My best friend (let’s refer to her as ‘Sparkles’) sends a message back straight away saying “step away from the chair!”. Then at the same time both my husband and Sparkles proceed to send through the same GIF:
Seriously, i LOVE my support team! ❤
It’s times like that, that remind me exactly what I have and I’m so very grateful! Sometimes i just sit back and think ‘just how did i get so lucky!?’
“What do kittens have to do with yoga?’ I hear you ask (pffttt as if you need to justify playing with kittens!)
How can you be anything but present and mindful when doing yoga while making sure you don’t bump or step on an adorable ball of fur?
I’m not sure a whole yoga class has ever smiled so much! Kittens scamper ‘under’ you while in down dog, kittens scamper ‘over’ you while in shavasana.
They’re were all so adorably cute! And all in need of foster or furever homes.
Stretch are accepting donations for these kitten & cat safe havens for the whole month of May, so if you’d like to help out please contact Stretch Yoga or even better – contact one of the rescue places directly! (I’ve added to link to their websites to their names ⬆⬆⬆
It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, in a gorgeous yoga studio with adorable little fur babies.