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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Red Bull girls day out

Red Bull treated some of us Durban girls to a fitness morning down by the beach. What a cracker of a day!

We started off with yoga on the beach with SurfSup Yoga, followed by SUP’ing on the Ushaka canals and then breakfast at Surf Rider’s. All in all it was an amazing, active morning which I obviously loved!

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So zen and in the moment!

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Taking pics of my beautiful girl Nadia!

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Squad goals!

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What fun! I feel like a natural

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Nadia and I decided to jog back!

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But we had to stop for some selfies… obvs

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Thanks Red Bull for an awesome morning out!

You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

Pics by the talented Samora Chapman

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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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International Yoga Day and what 30 days of yoga did for me

Today is International Yoga Day

Today is International Yoga Day and what better way to honour this day than to share my 30 day yoga journey! I had only ever done two yoga classes in my life, about 5 years ago, so I thought I would challenge myself to doing 30 days of yoga to see how my body responds. I am a weight training junkie. I loved crossfit and running and everything fast, so you must know this was quite a scary idea! I know for a fact that my hamstrings are naturally tight and that downward dog was going to be my nemesis, but I pushed on, literally.

I had heard great things about Tree Natural in Umhlanga and that they had a great unlimited package for a month. That sold me on this idea and I signed up! What really sold me on the idea was Dr Megan Medina. You know those two yoga classes I had been to all those years before? Well this were taught by Megan and I LOVED THEM! I loved them so much that I had never forgotten her name. I only stopped because I switched gyms.

I went bout 4 days per week, sometimes 5 when I could make it. I was challenged mentally as well as physically. The first night I was zonked! I wanted to go to sleep at 6pm! The same the next day, but after the third day I was already sleeping so much better than I was before. My body was clearly in shock, because it was doing things it had never done before. I found it amazing that I could deadlift 105kg’s but doing something as simple as triangle pose had me shaking uncontrollably.

I learnt so much about myself through this challenge. I don’t think we challenge ourselves enough. I think we like comfort, safety and the familiar. We don’t push the boundaries enough. We don’t respect our bodies enough to know that it’s got us, it can handle us, and it will always trust us. We just have to trust it back.

30 days of yoga taught me:

  • Yoga is hard
  • Yoga is not just about flexibility
  • Yoga can get your heart rate right up
  • Yoga works muscles you didn’t know existed
  • Poses look easy on instagram but are really really hard
  • Yoga works the body and the mind
  • I felt more calm and focussed during the day
  • I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much
  • Your body starts craving the movement
  • Your mind is less cluttered
  • Your body responds quicker than you think
  • You sleep so well
  • You are motivated to push a little deeper each time
  • You learn to love the guided mediation of the teacher
  • You start following yogi accounts on instagram
  • You want to be better
  • Your flexibility improves in one month

 

I must say, all in all I was very happy with my progress! I took some before and after pics to note the slight improvements. I was really happy to move from using blocks or a strap, to not. It really is the small improvements that make a difference!

 

 

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There are those terrible hamstrings!

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I was happy with my progress! Megan says rather have a bend in your knees to keep your back straight and not rounded.

 

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Blocks are so useful and versatile! Start off with them until you are more comfortable in the poses.

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Slow progress is better than no progress!

 

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I found that my lower back was also tight, not just my hamstrings. When I first started cobra it was actually painful, but it is so much more comfortable after a month of loosening it up!

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This really isn’t as easy as it looks! My balance was shocking and my lower back was very tight. I am still getting there slowly but I am way better off now.

 

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Goddess squat is no joke! Blocks definitely help to keep you more upright at the start.

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So rounded and bad form to start with. Thanks hamstrings! Megan said to bend the knees to get a flat back and what a difference it made!

 

I am so excited to keep going on this journey and get to where I want to be. I know that will take a long time, but I am really happy with the progress so far.

You can find out more about Tree Natural’s yoga classes here and find them on Facebook here.

 

How did you get into yoga? Do you practice at home or a studio? Are you taking part in International Yoga Day in any way?

 

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