Love Local – Aerial Yoga

I recently tried out the aerial yoga class at House of Calm in Sunningdale, and it was the most fun and challenging class ever! Zelda was such a great teacher that I went again. I then decided to shoot some of the Puma En Pointe range doing aerial yoga as well, as it is such a strong and beautifully feminine yoga technique. Thanks to Zelda for pushing me to get into positions I didn’t even think I could do!

Let’s get to know Zelda:

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I moved to Durban about 18 months ago – so quite new to this part of the world but loving it.
I had a Pilates studio for 10 years in Pretoria and a MFR Myofascial Release practice for 6.

When did you start your business?
I started teaching Yin yoga at Gurucat Hot Yoga studio in 2016, and I had a MFR treatment room in the yoga studio. My MFR practice is now in House of Calm – Umhlanga Rocks where I also teach Yin Yoga, Air Yoga and basic Vinyasa Yoga.

Tell us about your business
My passion is FASCIA – basically fascinated by fascia, and yoga. MFR therapy (relating to fascia) helps a person regain function and flexibility after injuries and treat chronic pain in many parts of the body.

What is your favourite thing about your business?
Working with people and treating each person as an individual. To be able to see the changes in each and everyone daily. I love teaching Air Yoga where people can challenge themselves, still feel safe and get stronger every time. The hammock can assist or challenge you – a fun and hard work out.

   

What would you like people to know about your business?
Each and everyone has the ability to heal themselves if they have the right tools. I assist people to get their power back.

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
I love the more “relaxed “ laid back attitude of the people here, the weather and all the different types of yoga I can choose from. And quite obviously I just LOVE the ocean.

How can people support you?
By believing that pain is not the end of the world – it is only a signal that something is wrong. Stick to the natural and holistic way to treat your body. Join my classes or book a session and I will help you on your journey.

Where can they stalk you on social media?

You can visit me on Facebook

I am also on Instagram

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All images by Sally Mackay Photography!

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Love Local – Yogi Bears

Cami Barausse is the brains behind Yogi Bears. She is a Durban girl who is changing the world with yoga, one child at a time! Yogi Bears is her way of teaching her love of yoga, to little people, a niche market that really makes a difference.

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I was born and raised in Durban. I’m a daughter to two Italians, sister to two brothers. Currently finishing off my Masters in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville campus.

 

When did you start your business/craft/brand?
In 2010, my matric year, I walked into my first yoga class at my local gym and something clicked that day. Quite frankly, since that class I’ve never stopped. Yoga just made sense. The class was led by a lady by the name of Jen Chapman, whom after that class, I tracked down and found out where her studio was and enrolled myself.  I couldn’t get enough. I’d practice 4-5 times a week. 7 years later now and I still work with Jen who is a very dear friend of mine. It’s just something that had to happen, I guess.

 

Tell us about your business/craft/brand?
At first, I didn’t really know much about yoga other than it seemed that my body and mind harmonised after each class. In 2014 I had finished my BSc Honours in Biological Sciences. I allowed myself some time to explore yoga in more depth by living in India for two months to practice Ashtanga yoga with Sharath Jois at Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). Perhaps the best way to explain the beginning of my deeper relationship with yoga is to give you an extract from my journal after my last practice at KPJAYI in India in February of 2015.

‘’Initially, I think we are all intrigued by the beauty and elegance of the asanas. More so by how gracefully the advanced practitioners execute them. But for me, yoga is not always this elegant, beautiful practice. On the mat, old wounds are opened, dark corners confronted and sometimes you find yourself in a glimmer of light. For me, these are the gifts of yoga. To me yoga is about digging deep, confronting, acknowledging, accepting and ultimately surrendering to one’s self. My favourite piece of advice I received on this trip was from a friend who told me ‘’ Nothing else matters, as long as you show up’’. I showed up then and I hope to continue to show up’’.

So after India I returned home and started studying towards my Masters in Biological Science. My bond to yoga was burning strong, and I was afforded the opportunity to apprentice under my teacher Jen Chapman. It was during this time that I realised I wanted to share yoga with everyone who wasn’t already doing it, especially children.  Adults are so much more stressed in today’s fast-paced world, with hardly a moment to just be still and breathe. Children imitate this. I do not believe the general school system adequately teaches children how to cope with and manage stress and this is a part of life that they are destined to encounter! My passion ignited when I realised that I wanted to give children the gift that keeps on giving, no matter at what age, background, culture or religion, I wanted to teach children consciousness and how to connect movement to breath. I became excited at the idea of helping children learn how to understand and control their emotions, instead of allowing their emotions to control them and how to become present by simply focusing on their breathing. Teaching a child how to breathe may sound silly at first, but breathing and being conscious of your breath is not the same thing. In times of stress, trauma, excitement or any emotional state, your breath is the one tool you always have to bring you back to the present moment and by becoming mindful of this, you’re able to calm the mind and approach any given situation with a greater sense of rationality and clarity.

Yoga aids in establishing and growing confidence in children through the realisation of both their current abilities as well as their current limitations. By learning to accept and appreciate both their mind and body and through a consistent, conscious and mindful approach, we are able to improve at absolutely anything we set our minds to. This improvement breeds confidence. The human mind is still largely a mystery and is undoubtedly our most powerful tool, so we need to learn to use it with care. Self-confidence grows when we break through barriers we might previously have not thought possible. Yoga is the practice of connecting the mind with the body whereby we don’t only overcome our physical constraints but our mental ones too. Being still, learning to meditate and being truly both present and conscious at the same time, helps to focus a child’s attention on what is important and what is just noise. By learning how to exercise, breathe and meditate, children learn to overcome any fear of limitations, understand the idea of patient acceptance and that by approaching a task diligently and deliberately, anything can be mastered.

With the support of those nearest and dearest to me, and after completing a Kids Yoga Teacher Training, YogiBearsZA was born in 2016. I currently run kids yoga classes in Kloof (Astanga studio), in Westville (Monsoon Wellness) and in Durban North (House of Calm).

 

What is your favourite thing about your business/craft/brand?
My favourite aspect of teaching kids yoga is their complete lack of ego. They do not care what the person next to them thinks of them. They are just ready to try and do the work without even knowing they are doing it. My favourite moment in a class is when I see a child have their moment of stillness, depending on the age group these moments can last seconds to minutes. But in these moments of stillness the magic happens. The journey inwards begins.

 

What would you like people to know about your business/craft/brand?
YogiBearsZA’s dream is to get Yoga accepted as part of school curriculum across South Africa. The rest of the world is already doing it, we may be a little slower to catch on, but we are here to make it happen.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
The weather is such magic and we have so many rad spaces to explore, be it on our coast or in the mountains. I love a good adventure, and Durban definitely fulfils the little adventurer inside of me. What do I love about working in Durban? THE PEOPLE! All the different colours and cultures makes the people the most interesting accepting humans out there.

 

How can people support you?
We host connection classes which are awesome adventure filled classes for Parent and Child. It is a very special way to play and connect through breath, yoga poses and play. Or share our story with friends that might be interested in bringing their children.

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
If you want to follow us you can on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Love Local – Mermaids and Unicorns

I first heard about Mermaids and Unicorns from a client of mine, who designs for them and she gave me a sneak peek. Let’s just say, I was obsessed and it was love at first sight! I proceeded to buy over 24 pairs in their first year, to the point where everyone thought I was involved in the brand because I wore them so often. Cherine obviously saw my obsession love of her brand and a few months ago she made me an ambassador. I love this brand so much, and I love that it’s proudly Durban!

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I am a home grown Durbanite, born and bred and never been led far from it.

When did you start your brand?
The idea popped into my head about 5yrs ago, but only launched in November 2015.

Tell us about your brand
We are mermaid lovers, unicorn treasurers and spandex dreamers. We aim to combine all three to make fellow lovers of all these amazing things, feel beautiful, look amazing and freaking comfortable too.

What is your favourite thing about your brand?
Ah my favourite thing is creating the designs for the garments. I mean who doesn’t want to live out their dreams of creating MerKittys and Llamacorns?!

What would you like people to know about your brand?
My business is completely home grown, no cheap imports here. Each piece is designed, printed and manufactured right here in Durbs!

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
The Hot Hot Sun, the Beautiful beaches and the active lifestyle.

How can people support you? 
By buying my product online at www.mermaids-unicorns.com

Where can they stalk you on social media?
Instagram: @_mermaidsandunicorns_

Facebook: @MUmermaidsandunicorns

Online: www.mermaids-unicorns.com

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Love Local – Monsoon Wellness

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:
Vinyasa Yoga
Candlelight Yin Yoga
Mom and Baby Yoga
Preggy Yoga
Kids Yoga
New York Pilates
Retreats
Workshops

 

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).

Book a massage (Holistic, Sports, experience).

Everything I offer can be found at www.monsoonwellness.co.za

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
Facebook
Instagram

 

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Love Local – Joe Blikzem

I came across the awesome brand Joe Blikzem, because one of my friends Jodie was wearing it a lot in her photos, and I was pretty curious. I vaguely remember the name from a few years back, but wasn’t sure. So it turns out that my old Crossfit coach has now taken over the brand and I am so stoked for him! I was so impressed with the product that I hopped on immediately and bought some vests! I’m a vest girl, not a fan of sleeves, so I got some of the men’s vests as well and they are SO comfy! I was super impressed with the service, I ordered late afternoon and they were at my door the following afternoon! The quality is awesome, the pricing is brilliant and the service is efficient! I am also obsessed with their tagline: Vat nie kak nie! Let’s have a chat with Jason Donnison about this epic brand!

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I’ve lived in Durban for most of my life and I love it. For the past few years I’ve been involved in the fitness industry and it’s still something I’m really passionate about but I needed to try my hand at something different.

 

When did you start your brand?
I didn’t actually start the brand. It started in about 2010 and was really popular. For the last 12-18 months it’s been off the scene but we’re bringing it BACK!

 

Tell us about your brand
Joe Blikzem is a clothing brand with a bit of attitude. Every item has a story and the brand has a ‘personality’. We’re a brand that likes to stand out and as the tag line suggests, “Vat Nie Kak Nie!” (VNKN). There’s a bit of Joe Blikzem in every South African.

 

What is your favourite thing about your brand?
It is so South African! Everything is locally made, so its for South Africans, by South Africans. Most of our items have a very local theme because we love this country and try to celebrate it as much as possible, in our own Joe Blikzem way 😉

 

What would you like people to know about your brand?
Firstly that it’s BACK!

Secondly, how versatile our garments are. Everything is great as ‘everyday wear’ but something that people have commented on is how comfortable it is to exercise in. It’s an idea that we’re thinking about as we plan new ranges going forward so watch this space.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
Durban is such an exciting city and so much opportunity has emerged over the last few years. There used to be this idea that there wasn’t much opportunity here and you had to go to other parts of the country for a real chance. I think that’s changed recently and there’s so much going on here nowadays.

 

How can people support you?
We have an online shop at www.joeblikzem.co.za and people can buy straight from there. They can also check out our Facebook and instagram pages. We’re always out and about in Durban so you can check what we’re up to from there and come and say howzit.

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
Facebook – Joe Blikzem Clothing Co.

Instagram – @joeblikzem

Shop online: www.joeblikzem.co.za

Email: jason@joeblikzem.co.za

 

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Here are my favs that I have bought so far:

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