Summer has definitely arrived, and ahead of schedule.
I’m happy to announce that Ekam will start offering an 8am Saturday morning ashtanga vinyasa primary series led classes at Mindful Runner throughout the summer months. Classes are R100 for 90 minutes, bring a mat and towel, and prepare to be challenged. As space is limited to 6-ish, you will need to book ahead at mindfulrunner.co.za. For you runners out there who are interested, this class can be considered a “workout”, and it’s best if you don’t do anything else “intensive” with your Saturday. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, and I guarantee you’ll feel fantastic afterwards.
Winter hibernation is over and spring is on the way.
If you’re looking for something new, or want to complement your spring training, drop in for a Yoga for Runners class at Mindful Runner in Emmarentia. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm and space is limited so please book via MindfulRunner.co.za.
Over the past few months I’ve been working with runners and cyclists to find a solid one-hour class that works on those tight spots in the body that sometimes restrict balance and movement when running. The feedback is positive and runners (and cyclists) are finding it very beneficial. These classes are suitable for beginners to yoga, so don’t be afraid to try something new in your training and see how it benefits you.
And if you’re looking for ashtanga vinyasa private classes, I also have some time slots available for serious students.
The year is certainly moving along at a good clip! I hope all of you have found your stride and settled into your practice again after the holidays.
Yoga for Runners classes are definitely starting to find their stride. These one-hour classes are a way to deepen your awareness of tight spots, and open areas that need release. In addition, we work to connect the mind and body, making you more efficient and effective at your chosen sport. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm. Space is limited so please book on-line at Mindful Runner.
The seasons are changing again, dress warmly and eat well, stay with your practice as it will steady you and keep you grounded through the winds of change.
Moon days this month: 5 and 19 March, both Thursdays.
By now you’ve figured out what New Year’s Resolutions are a good fit with your body and mind, and which ones need to get dumped! The last 6 weeks for me have been a shocker- yoga and running really are a perfect match! And the results I’m seeing from my continued investment are hinting that I might make that goal of a sub-30 minute 5km trail run sooner than I thought. So now I can start thinking: what’s next?
For all of you who have discovered (or already knew) that running and yoga make the perfect match, join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm at Mindful Runner. The monthly rate is R350, or you can take one class at a time for R50. These one-hour classes are accessible to anyone and you don’t have to be flexible to receive benefit. Just bring a mat (we have a few if you don’t have one yet), a towel, and an open mind!
Also, I’ve had several queries lately on yoga teacher training with Ekam Yoga and sadly, I won’t be offering a YTT this year, but I am planning one for early in 2016. Please do contact me if you’re interested.
The Mindful Runner will be offering yoga classes for runners starting Monday, 12 January at 6pm. (Yes, I’ll be teaching them.)
These 1 hour classes will include a warm-up with sun salutations, a set of postures focusing on runner-specific areas of interest, a cool down, and a short breathing or meditation practice. The purpose is to introduce mindfulness, body awareness, and mobility into your running practice; and also to have fun.
Cost is R50, bring a (yoga) mat if you have one and towel, wear comfortable clothes. Don’t eat for at least 2-4 hours prior, and leave your running shoes at the door.
I always enjoy this time when I can focus entirely on my practice. The weather is warmer, the sun rises early and there’s time for contemplation.
Enjoy the holidays yogis, get on your mat, or not! And here’s to a new year filled with adventure.
7 November is the official launch party of the Mindful Runner. If you’re a yogi who runs or a runner who yogis, this is the up and coming shop for you! 1 Olifants Road, Emmarentia, from 5:30-8:30pm. The Mindful Runner will be hosting yoga for running in the very near future, so stay tuned. You can also find them on Facebook.
Oh and look- a Full Moon!
And soon the spring equinox. Are you practicing?
Sometimes the hardest thing we do every day is get on the mat, but it’s the one thing we never regret.
Keep practicing, and maybe soon we’ll have an update on an available space.
Unfortunately, Ekam Yoga will be closed until further notice. At this time there is no practice space available, but I’m continuing to look for an ideal location to be able to offer affordable, consistent teaching in a central area.
Stay on your mats folks!
Ekam is now closed for winter hiatus. We will open again 1 September for daily morning self-practice in Greenside.
Until then, Sharline Rofail, who taught at Ekam in the early days, is in town for the next three months. She will be teaching Mysore practice at Gaia Yoga, in Parkhurst starting 1 July. Living in Copenhagen over the last few years, Sharline has had many opportunities to assist and learn from various senior teachers from around the world. Sharline has been teaching since 2008 and has been practicing under the guidance of Mikko Seppinen for the past four years. The practice schedule is Sundays 7-9am, M-F 6-8am, every Friday counted led at 6am.
And if you’re interested in the Ekam Ashtanga Practitioner Training starting 31 August, you need to let me know today! You can read more about it here and contact me with any questions.
You may have heard that Simon Borg-Olivier is in town 21 July, 2014. He will be offering one workshop from 6-9pm at the Ballroom, The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Illovo. Contact Dave Gardner for more details. As a community it’s to our benefit to support these stellar international teachers when the visit us from afar and take advantage of every opportunity to grow our own practice.
As always, Namaste!