• Hiking & outdoors,  Proudly South African

    Support Local: South African Activewear

    This month heralds a full year of living that lockdown life here in South Africa. And for me, a year of spending an inordinate (yet blissfully comfy) amount of time in my stretchy pants. So much so that since my outdoor yoga classes started up again, I hardly have a decent pair of leggings to wear that wouldn’t give my students an unprofessional peek at my underwear! So, I guess it’s high time for a little activewear wardrobe update. In an effort to stick to my resolution to shop local as far as possible, my search has been focused on proudly South African options… of which, the good news is,…

  • Featured,  Lifestyle

    How to get your home yoga practice going

    Even though yoga lends itself so well to an ‘anytime, anywhere approach’, it sure is hard to set up a home practice.   I’ve been trying for more than 10 years and only recently managed to carve out at least 3 hours a week for at-home yoga.   One of the main reasons for this little success is the fact that I started my 200hr yoga teacher training (YTT) course in August. Apart from having to practice a certain number of hours per week, I was also given specific poses to work on improving.   While joining a yoga class is great for getting into a delicious flow, an at-home…

  • Featured,  Personal

    A few notes on self-care

    The blues have a funny way of creeping up on us, don’t they? Waking up with a knot in your stomach after so many days of feeling all energised and amazed. It’s the worst. October is mental health awareness month here in South Africa and over the past 30 days I’ve really loved reading people’s thoughts on various aspects of this too-often neglected subject. It’s been empowering to see friends, acquaintances and strangers opening up about their battles – everything from commonplace insecurities to crippling burnouts – and finding strength in that vulnerability. More encouraging, even, has been the opportunity to learn about ways in which people choose to take…

  • Personal

    Yoga: a few common misconceptions

    I recently started practising yoga more regularly again after a few years of letting it fall by the wayside and, in many ways, it feels a bit like a homecoming. Since first finding out about it back in high school and begging my parents to order me a beginners video through ‘Leserskring’, yoga has always been my favourite form of exercise. As I’ve grown older, it’s also proven to be the only consistent antidote to my sporadic bursts of insomnia, a trustworthy mood booster and the most effective tool for self-acceptance (and, eventually, even love) I’ve ever come across. Being so central to my general wellbeing (and daily life), yoga tends…

  • Personal

    5 things I hate (to love) about yoga

    I was lying on my back, spine pressed flat against the floor, legs raised straight into the air, a wooden block squeezed between my thighs, hands interlaced at the base of my head and elbows pointing to the ceiling when I suddenly realised how much I hated yoga. We weren’t even 10 minutes into class and already I wanted to burst into tears and give up. “Squeeze your thighs together, lift the sit bones, suck in your stomach and on the out breath reaaach over to your left knee,” the instructor said… as though this was all completely natural. On the ‘out breath?’ Lady, I have breathed in and out…