Monsoon Wellness opens in Westville and the Upper Highway rejoices!
I met Charlize through Secret Sunrise as one of our amazing instructors! She is a ball of energy and I love that she is so real. She is a joy to be around and I couldn’t be happier that she has opened her own studio, Monsoon Wellness, in Westville for the Upper Highway folks!
Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I grew up in Durban and left just after school. I lived in a couple of South African cities and spent a few years in Thailand and Singapore before returning to Durban. I have to admit I found the return difficult and took me awhile to get into the culture here, but once I found my groove I remembered all the lovely things Durban has to offer.
When did you start your business?
I started practising yoga in Thailand in 2009 and got my YTT the same year. I added Pilates to the mix in 2011 while living in Jozi. Massage was a natural progression and I completed my Sports Massage training in Durban in 2015.
Tell us about your business
I offer several styles of yoga, Pilates and massage from my bespoke studio Monsoon Wellness in Westville. I have both group and private classes.
I offer the following classes:
Candlelight Yin Yoga
Mom and Baby Yoga
New York Pilates
What is your favourite thing about your business?
My favourite part of Monsoon Wellness has to be the 4 times a year retreats, and monthly workshops. Retreats and workshops are a lovely way to immerse yourself in your practise and really allow one the opportunity to focus. I can really research a particular subject and grow my own knowledge while teaching clients something new too.
What would you like people to know about your business?
I offer personal service. I know every one of my clients names, histories and goals. I can tell when you have had a rough day and try to adjust my classes to suit your individual needs. I take my teaching seriously, I constantly study and attend workshops to ensure that I am at the top of my game.
What do you love about living and working in Durban?
I love how easy life is in Durban. People are very quick to smile and are always looking for happiness in life. The constant sunshine makes outdoor living possible and I try to take my classes outside as much as possible. Fresh air, sunshine and happy faces are my experience of Durban.
How can people support you?
Join one of my regular studio classes in Westville (schedule is here).
Join a retreat (next one is in November in the Berg).
Come to a Workshop (Moms and Babes and Backbends coming up in November).
The Durban10K is coming to Durban for the first time this October. Have you entered yet? I’m getting ready to run and I want you with me.
We live in a beautiful city, and what is better than seeing our city from the streets? We get to run through town, see some famous landmarks and end off seeing our beautiful sea as well. That sounds like a perfect route to me! I am most excited about this route because it is so different. I personally have never run into town, and we have such amazing buildings around that I think it is going to be beautiful to run through.
You don’t have to be the fittest person, or the most experienced, or the fastest. You just have to want to try something different! There will be so many people doing it with you, that it really will be so fun. I always enjoy doing these fun runs with a friend, because it’s a great way to catch up, have a laugh and encourage each other. I have a feeling we will be stopping to take some pics along the way too!
The route is pram friendly, for those that want to push their little ones along, and walkers are also welcome. You may find me walking from halfway…
Now for even better news!
I am giving away 2 entries! All you have to do is comment below with what your favourite part of running is. That simple! Winners will be randomly selected on Friday 1st September.
If you don’t win tickets, you can purchase your entries online until the 25th of September!
PUMA has launched their new Velvet Rope Collection
It’s no secret that I’m a big PUMA fan, and each new collection that comes out impresses me even more! When I saw the Velvet Rope Collection, and the fact that one of our own fierce women Nomzamo Mbatha was part of it, well let’s just say I was blown away! Kylie Jenner is part of this collection again, as well as the New York City Ballet dancers. So as you can imagine, the images online are incredible.
The idea behind the Velvet Rope is that dividing line between the queue and the party. You can choose to wait. Or you can choose to stand out and own the moment with a confidence that radiates and commands. (I vote this option).
I love that the full collection is a mixture of sporty and sleek. You can use it to train in or pair it with some of your existing separates and you’re all good for a night out. (The bodysuit is HOT). I’m loving the olive and copper colours, but there’s also navy and silver if you fancy.
This collection continues on with the awesome “DO YOU” campaign, which encourages women to be confidant in themselves and their ability, and to focus on what you’re doing instead of those around you. I love this so much. It’s high time we all supported each other in our quest to love ourselves more and to back ourselves.
I shot some pictures with Clayton Barker of Barker Design, and we totally rocked the #DoYou theme!
What do you think?
The Autumn-Winter 2017 Velvet Rope Collection is available now at PUMA stores, sportscene, Totalsports, Edgars, Edgars Active, Sportsmans Warehouse, Takealot, The Crosstrainer, Superbalist, Spree, Zando and selected retailers nationwide.
I just learnt something this week, “The only thing blocking the path, is the path.” I find that so true. The only thing that has stopped me writing this, has been writing this. I know by writing this, it was admitting that it really is real. This really did happen. You really are gone. You aren’t just going to pop your head around the corner. It’s final. This post has been saved in draft since two days after you left us. Sitting, waiting, wanting to be written. I just could not bring myself to do it.
I happened to bump into Meg very randomly today, and I took that as my sign that it’s time now. She squeezed me so tight, it almost felt like an Andy hug. Those hugs must run deep in the genes hey!
It’s been 8 months since the world was brighter. How has it been 8 months already? It feels like the other day when we were praying through the night that you were going to make it. Praying for a miracle to happen, because how could you not have hope? You’re Andy! You break bones skateboarding, you fall off things, you take chances, and you always get back up. I went to bed hoping that would be the same case. Even knowing your condition going to bed that night, I was still in complete shock when we got the final message the next day. How? It’s Andy.
There was almost a dark cloud of sadness over Durban from that day. It felt like sadness everywhere, as if everyone felt the same way. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about you. People that didn’t even know you were talking about you, asking about you and remarking how you sounded like the most incredible person. They were right. Of course you were. You gave so much of yourself to everyone. The loss within us is all so vast. I feel like everyone is less bright, less sparkly and less of themselves without you. You brought so much of everyone out of themselves. You had that ability.
The community has lost one of the best. One of the best people, best friend, best photographer and videographer. You had just started vlogging and we were all in awe of how good you were. Whatever you would try you just nailed it. Seeing the world through your eyes was almost better than you going and experiencing it yourself, because how could you ever capture it as well or do it as much justice? Your creative eye was incomparable. I find myself constantly going back to your Instagram and even trying to look for your snapchats. It was such a big part of daily life. Wake up, make tea, load your snapchat with a handful of local favourites and watch the adventures of Andy Carrie. Obviously I never told you that before because you would’ve enjoyed knowing that WAY too much. I still remember the day I met you. There was this ADD 18 year old at my parent’s house. So full of life, vibrant and would not stop talking. Oh ADD Andy. You were always hanging around Bruce and the boys, aka at our house after a surf where you could refuel. You guys could EAT! You were always parking my car in or in my spot when I came home. I secretly think you did it on purpose… Little brother tendencies. Those boys all loved you and really really miss you.
I can tell you that it’s not the same being at an event without you there. I miss that light in your eyes that was a mix of passion and mischief. We loved the mischief! Remember that last event in November that we went to together? Part of me wonders if you knew something was up. It wasn’t often that we made plans to meet and go together, but that Gateway event we did. Looking back, having that time together beforehand just sitting and chatting and laughing, really set the tone for the night. I still have our snapchat videos from the event. Oh my word we made the worst face swap in history! How is that even possible? Poor Homaira, having to scold us like a teacher. We really did have the best mischievous night. I loved it. I still have the whatsapps from that night, and I haven’t been able to clear them yet. Thank you, for spending that night with me and really being with me that night. We were inseparable and that was so different to most events where we are all always moving around and catching up with everyone. I really needed that and maybe you knew that, because that was your way. You somehow knew when someone needed something without them even knowing. Again, one of your many many talents.
I’ve never seen someone so loved on social media as I have with all of these tributes that came in. It eases the pain a little knowing just how many lives you touched. But dude, I couldn’t go on Facebook, at any time of the day, without there being a post about you. Seriously, I have never seen anything like that in my life, even when celebrities have passed on. It was insane and incredible and so well deserved. You were an enigma. A shooting star. You were really a planet all on its own. You loved with your whole heart. You laughed with your whole gut. You gave everything with your passion. You were basically like the squirrel in ice age getting the nut. You just won’t stop. Ever.
Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the friendship. Thank you for the love. Thank you for singing at my wedding! That is a memory that I have in my heart. We all miss seeing your crazy socks, which New Balance you’re wearing today, watching your epic snapchat and Instagram stories, and all of your stories in person. “You’ll never believe what happened!” But we always would. Sadly this time too. I hope you’re happy, I hope you’re at peace, and I hope you’re smiling down at us all as we try to live more like you. I’m so glad knowing that the last thing I told you, was how talented you were. I needed you to know that. Ps. Thanks for “making” me do the Big Rush swing. I bet you were laughing it up! Glad I got to #LiveLikeAndy for an hour. I know you would be proud.
Goodbye my creeper, you are missed more than ever.
National Alpaca Day is a thing, in case you didn’t know.
I didn’t know, even though I am obsessed with them. But as soon as I found out, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to see one in real life! I spotted a Facebook event by Serena Alpaca to come to their farm in the Midlands. Road trip to the Midlands for a day? If I have to…
Well! it was more than I could have imagined. Just as we drove in I started getting giddy as we saw the first lot in their fenced off area. They are the cutest things I have ever seen! It was already the best day ever, I had decided. Realising that there was definitely more to this farm than just the welcoming committee we thought we should go explore more.
We drove up to the main farm, reluctantly, but oh my gosh this was even better! We got to go in the actual pen and feed them, what an experience! We stayed for over an hour, maybe more, because I just couldn’t get enough of them.
You know I had to get out to do a #JaneJump!
IS THIS REAL LIFE?!!
Alpaca selfie!! I actually couldn’t stop or be held back at this stage.