About Rona Joubert

Rona made a remarkable recovery, but a student claimed that books were a burden!

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?
I enjoy a traditional vinyasa flow with variations according to my mood on the day. Favorite pose varies between lizard/pigeon or a headstand, depending on how balanced my day is feeling.

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
I became very ill about 2yrs ago, after going through some traumatic life changes, and I wasn’t allowed to do any form of cardio exercises. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try yoga, something I have always longed to do. I was hooked after the 1st class and completed my 200hr TT 6months later!

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
I would love to say a swan… But I am a true Taurus and some days I feel about as graceful as a bull on my yoga mat!

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love hiking in the mountains, long walks by the ocean, reading a really good book.

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I was teaching at a local Christian school. Checking homework books before my teens go home for the day. One 16yr old girl’s book was missing.. Called her over to ask what happened to her book.. Instant blank look, but smoke was coming out her ears, thinking of a quick excuse… Then… “Miss…. Miss, Jesus took it away from me cause it was a burden…” 🤣😂 Student – 100 ; Teacher – 0 !!!

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Down To Earth by Zac Effron. I loved the trailer and was totally hooked after watching only the intro of the 1st episode! Such a heart warming series, inspired to see celebrities walking into a deeper truth and caring so much about people and the environment.

7. What’s your favorite drink?
A biiiiigggg cupacino!!

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
“Ola Chicka! I am here to take you to our secret beach in Baja, where we belly flop into the pool on purpose and drink cherry flavored mojitos all day long! 😎”

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About Lee-Ann Elliott

Lee-Ann liked the man but loved the Yoga and invited a penguin for breakfast!

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?
 I love vinyasa yoga, depending on my mood, either vinyasa dynamic flow or slow flow. I love arm balances, but recently King Pigeon Pose has opened itself up to me, after 10 years.

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
A guy I liked invited me to my first yoga class, I fell in love with yoga right away.

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
(We are not sure on this one)

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
 I love to surf in my free time

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I subbed a yoga class at the Source this evening, and a client I’d not met before, who got there early, confused me for a man and decided to let me know. 

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
I watched an episode of Roswell, a beautiful reminder of when times were simpler. 

7. What’s your favorite drink?
Culture Lab Kombucha

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
“What’s up, what’s for breakfast?”

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About Nadya Booyse

Nadya is a serious wolf (who likes comic relief), so keep her fed and she will be your best friend!

Nadya Booyse

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?. My favourite Yoga pose (at the moment) is fish and restorative backbends. My favourite yoga style is just a combination of vinyasa and classic Hatha.

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
 I found yoga after my eldest was born and on a life long search for strength to be myself, as well as anxiety and anger management. Yoga gave me community, and all the aspects within myself to stand up and step out of things that were no longer serving me. It is an ongoing process

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
A wolf: I am comfortable in both groups and alone; I am willing to both lead and follow (be the teacher or the student); Most people find me scary, but those that know me well, know that as long as I have fed and am not hungry, I will be your best friend and no blood will be shed. Also, it is my spirit animal; it must have chosen me for a reason.

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
Read, write, journal, quiet things that can’t be rushed

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I deal with my husband every single day. He thinks he is very funny, He is not, and I don’t have a sense of humour. BUT my youngest came to me the other morning to explain to me how she had held her eyes open while she sneezed and they hadn’t popped out, so I must be wrong…

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The Big Bang Theory with my eldest daughter.  A little comic relief and something we could do and watch together. And I am also re-watching Gilmore Girls, which I love. It is completely relatable, that search for self and independence and the not belonging with the people you were born to, being excluded, feeling not heard and rejected, but also finding your people and learning how to belong with yourself. They also talk, read, and drink coffee in copious amounts. When we are anxious, we tend to watch shows or listen to familiar music over and over again. We know it and there are no surprises, so our nervous system gets a chance to relax.

7. What’s your favorite drink?
Water and coffee. Not in the same glass and neither ever cold. 

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
Hello, peace be on this house. I love your country of sun and shine, but please point me to the nearest holder of ice cubes and tuna

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About Marlise Els

Marlise loves triple tall cap coffee and has a sweet tooth for  desserts which makes her booty shake!

Marlise ELs

1. What is your favorite Yoga style and pose?
My favorite yoga style is yoga nidra and my favorite yoga pose is Savasana ( Okay I’m just
kidding!) There’s absolutely nothing wrong with either that style or the pose, I am all for deep
relaxation but I do prefer something that’s a bit more mentally and physically challenging. I’ll
have to say my favorite style is a combination of Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga. My favorite
yoga pose is by far the dancer pose and any variation of it.

2. How did you get interested in Yoga?
A friend of mine suggested that I look up Tara Stiles Yoga on YouTube. I got really into it and
started practicing at home daily. I started to develop a true passion for yoga and decided to study
yoga and become a qualified yoga instructor.

3. If you could compare yourself to an animal, which would it be and why?
I would say a cat. Cats are cute but yet feisty. They enjoy the company, care, love and
attention of their owners but they don’t ever fully become dependent of that. They live a
comfortable life and roam freely.

4. What do you like to do in your free time?
Well now that’s a given! Yoga obviously! I am very consistent in my yoga training and I use
my free time to improve my yoga skills or help my clients improve their yoga skills by doing one
on one training with them. Yoga isn’t just a job to me. Yoga is my passion, it’s what drives me in
life and through yoga I am able to connect with like minded people and develop amazing
friendships.

5. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
Thinking…..thinking….thinking…..okay nothing comes to mind. That’s a bit of a vibe kill ??

6. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Zumbo’s just desserts on Netflix. I totally do have a sweet tooth and I love yummy mouth
watering and beautiful desserts.

7. What’s your favorite drink?
Triple tall cap from Seattle Coffee. ( For those of you who don’t understand coffee lingo, this
is a medium sized cappuccino with three shots of espresso in it.) I don’t have sugar with it
because I enjoy very strong coffee and I get my sugar fix from desserts ??.

8. If a penguin wearing a sombrero walks through your front door, what does he say and why is he here?
The penguin says hi and asks if I want to join his new dance crew lead by Mumble from
Happy Feet. My answer is yes! Let’s go shake some booty.

Where to find me? I am situated in Durban and teach yoga classes twice a week at the Bluff Eco
Park. Click on over to my website for more details www.hathayogabluff.co.za , you can also find
me on the following social media platforms.

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The dawn of the Digital class

Learning to negotiate COVID-19 imposed measures around the world has shaken most of us to the very foundation. Many of us lost our jobs and had to scramble to find a means of earning a new income stream.  For me, the journey has been positive, allowing me to discover the true potential of what the digital class format can offer.

Having been previously deeply entrenched in the physical – I lived for the daily personal interaction of working with people – I expected to really struggle with transitioning to presenting classes in a digital format.  Yet, as with many things, perception (and more importantly preconceived notions) did not equal reality.  I quickly realised that it is all about mindset – how open you allow yourself to be to change.  Is this not the very pinnacle of yoga practice – to not limit yourself, to keep yourself receptive to change and growth?

Instead of trying to cram as many classes into one day as I could manage, just so I could get to all my students (often leading to intermittent burnout), I find myself much happier and  better balanced now that I can focus energy on class content and delivery.  While physical proximity and touch are fundamental for many of us, the digital format has definitely opened up a host of other alternatives and possibilities.

Even prior to the world-wide COVID-19 crisis, many people struggled getting to a studio to attend physical classes – time commitments, travel considerations, lack of budget, being self-conscious and often simply lazy, being just a few of the reasons.

In the aftermath of lockdown restrictions abating in many countries, people are still currently facing a host of new challenges thrown in the path of physical classes:

  • Having to be health scanned before even being allowed to enter a studio.
  • Facilities having to restrict the number of people they can accommodate at any one time.
  • Class rosters being severely cut to allow for deep cleaning rituals between classes.
  • Class capacity slashed to accommodate new social distancing measures.
  • Having to wear a mask the whole time you’re in public (even when exercising).
  • Equipment having to be continuously sterilized before and after each use, not only leaving sometimes soggy, tacky surfaces (this in itself opening up a host of potential liability issues), but also resulting in many people developing skin allergies to all the sterilizing sprays being utilised.
  • Fear of exposure to the virus, and possible contraction.
  • Loss of income suffered by many during (and even post) lockdown.

This makes the whole current physical class experience less than ideal for many.

I believe the digital class is the way of the future.  It’s convenient in that it allows you to exercise at any time of the day, when it suits you best, even when travelling (so trying to accommodate class rosters becomes void).  You eliminate travel and parking considerations, as you can exercise wherever you are (just find a quiet spot and roll out your mat).  The cost is usually a fraction of physical classes.  Even once the world goes back to “normal” you still have the convenience of always having a class on hand – pop in your earbuds, hook up your phone (or device of your choice) and you’re good to go.

For me, the live-stream format has made it possible to provide a unique class DAILY to multiple individuals (all over the world) at the same time – this is just not possible in the physical world.  I am enjoying so much creative fun.  As a small business entity (literally a one-woman show) creating something new daily takes time, planning and resources. Yet, I firmly believe that the cost versus value proposition of “Yoga with Louise Live Stream” is currently pretty unique in terms of what it actually offers: something new each day (who wants to keep doing the same routine over and over) to keep you inspired, motivated and moving forward.  My live-stream daily classes will undoubtedly be my key focus moving forward.

That’s it for now – see you all for playtime on the mat😉

Till next time – Keep it Light😘

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What is the best Yoga & Pilates mat to use?

I often get asked what mat I use for Yoga and Pilates? Students wanting to know what the best mat is to use and what they should look out for in a good quality mat?

I don’t believe that there’s a right or wrong here, it’s all really about personal preference. Yoga mats range in thickness: typically on the thinner end of the scale between 3-4mm, and on the thicker end between 5 – 6mm.  I found that when I started yoga my preference was for a thinner mat – I just felt more grounded and secure on the mat, but this changed as my practice deepended.  The more time I spent on the mat, the longer I started playing and the more adventurous I got on the mat, the more I started feeling my bones (think knees, elbows, hip & bum bones, even my the vertebrae – especially during spinal rolls) – a bit more padding was required.

Unfortunately when transitioning to a thicker mat, I found balancing poses a lot more challenging – I often felt like I was sinking into the thick end of a plush carpet and struggled to find my grounding.  I tried out a host of mats over the years, and the problem I found with a lot of them, is that as soon as I started gripping into the mat, they would start flaking and peeling – leaving me with a sorry-ass looking mat that looked like a mouse had been nibbling at it.  This resulted in an often uncomfortable wobbly ride, which only worsened as I started sweating on the mat during more rigorous routines – slip and slide (and not in a good way).

Finding the Manduka Pro mat was like coming home for me – I finally found a mat that checked all my boxes:

This 6mm mat not only provided the cushioning I was looking for (doubling up perfectly for both Yoga and Pilates), but the dense rubber weave still felt like solid “ground” beneath me – balancing poses felt a lot more intuitive.

The mat’s closed-cell surface makes cleaning a breeze, but also appeals to the OCD germaphobe in me – it keeps moisture (think sweat and water when cleaning) from seeping into the mat and providing a breeding ground for bacteria.

This mat has incredible grip! Not only in terms of the mat itself not moving around on the floor once you’ve laid it out, but also in terms of how secure you actually feel on the mat as you begin moving around and sweating on it – the more you use the mat the better the grip becomes.

This mat comes with a lifetime guarantee to not fade, flake or peel.  Sure, I had to spend a bit more but it’s an investment I was more than happy to make.

When I recently started looking around local for suppliers of Manduka I was pleasantly surprised to discover Yoga Essentials. Their pricing was reasonable and didn’t sky-rocket, as did a lot of suppliers, post COVID-19 lockdown.  Their service was friendly, helpful  and super efficient.  In fact I was a little blown away by how fast I received my product. As they are an online service based in Durban, and I’m situated in Cape Town,  I thought it was going to be an uphill battle to receive my order.  I placed my order late on a Friday afternoon and imagine my surprise when I received it first thing Monday morning. I was also able to track my parcel the whole time from pick-up to delivery – great for peace of mind.

If you are serious about your playtime on the mat, I would definitely recommend checking out Manduka (it’s the only mat I use).  They have a host of mat options to choose from, even providing a “Long” length mat for those graced with taller frames:-)

That’s it for now – see you all for playtime on the mat😉

Till next time – Keep it Light😘

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Welcome Louise!

We are super happy to announce that Louise of  ‘Yoga with Louise Live Stream’ is joining us as a Brand Ambassador for Yoga Essentials (in fact we were doing extra Sun Salutations in the office this morning!), she is a great asset to our team.
Louise is a seasoned Yoga and Pilates teacher who teaches a fusion of Hatha, Kripalu, Vini and Vinyasa (infused with core Pilates principles). She has 25 years of experience on the Yoga mat. Louise is a firm believer that you must “play where you are”, finding what works best for you and never comparing yourself to anyone else as we are all unique. She encourages students to progress at their own pace, exploring their own boundaries, whilst honouring their own body’s need in each moment.

She admits to being a perpetual yoga student, who loves mindful movement and the physical and mental benefits that it brings!

Louise has an established online Live-Stream daily class service where students can participate in real time or simply catch up later (classes are available 24/7 to do in your own time). She is also available for private classes. You can find out more on her website Yoga With Louise

We will be featuring her with her own section on our Two Cats blog, where we will post news and updates, including product reviews.

We noticed a rather playful and sometimes ‘wicked’ sense of humour that Louise has, so you have been warned!

You can  find her on Facebook, Instagram (Ywl.live.stream), YouTube and Website at :

                    

So welcome Louise –  from all of us at Yoga Essentials and the Yogiverse!

The Yogiverse is a FREE service open to all Yoga studios and teachers (and yogi’s).
You can join the Yogiverse at http://yogiverse.co.za

 

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Yoga Time To reset

Time to reset and restore. Legs up the wall. An excellent way to de-stress at the end of a long day. It benefits the kidneys, pelvis, lower back and reduces water retention in the legs. Is excellent for stress and anxiety.

Lay on your back, shimmy your butt along the floor until its fairly close to the wall, place your legs against the wall.

Options:
• Blanket under the lower back
• Knees bent
• Arms beside you, hands to your belly or arms overhead
• Butterfly pose with soles of the feet together and knees out to the sides.

If you enjoyed this sequence and found it beneficial please feel free to make a donation at paypal.me/pennysleinyoga Music by: Beautiful Chorus Song: Breathe It In Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel, you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

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Yoga for Bikers

PSY yoga is for everyone but this sequence is particularly good for bikers because it allows for more mobility in the IT band, piriformis, lower back, hip flexors, quads, iliopsoas, whole chest and shoulders.

Time to get off your bike 😉 for a moment and do some dynamic stretches before or after your ride or on rest days.

Remember Always make sure not to over stretch. You can do this by listening to the body. When you feel it naturally pausing…then pause. Foam rolling is also excellent for those tight muscles! (More about that later)

Start with a few repetitions and once you’re familiar with the poses increase according to your body’s needs.
• Arm swings
• Standing side stretch
• Standing bow
• Shoulder stretches
• 1 legged quad stretch
• Alternating knee to chest
• Alternating leg lifts
• Standing figure 4
• Hip flexor stretch
• Wide legged forward fold
• Side lunges
• Warrior 2
• High lunge
• Crescent moon
• Childs pose
• Prone twisted scorpion
• Upward facing dog
• Cow and cat
• Half happy baby
• Figure 4
• Twisted figure 4
• Side stretch
• Sacral massage
• Savasana

If you enjoyed this sequence and found it beneficial please feel free to make a donation at paypal.me/pennysleinyoga Also connect with me on www.pennysleinyoga.com info@pennysleinyoga.com or Instagram @pennyslein_yoga and Facebook Penny Slein Yoga Namaste, Love, Light and Blessings to you, Pen xx

DISCLAIMER: All content on PSY channel is subject to copyright or other intellectual property ownership by Penny Slein Consulting. The PSY practice is not intended to be, or to replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, particularly if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or in recovery from an operation and/or accident. By using this channel you understand and agree that neither Penny Slein Yoga nor any persons associated with the channel have any liability to you for any injury or loss you may suffer in connection with the content.

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