It’s no secret that under5foot loves yoga. Nay is addicted to yoga! As such we’re ecstatic to share one of Cape Town’s best kept yogi secrets – The Yoga Life.
This trendy studio is based in the heart of Cape Town in one of the trendiest spots around. Just opposite the Cape Quarter the studio exudes a feeling of calm and tranquility. Continue reading
I was quite taken aback by something our yo yoga instructor said in class the other day. “It’s called yoga practice; we don’t expect you to be able to do it immediately”. That really hit home for me. I just wish the same principle was more commonly applied in life.
Today, in our fast paced, always on the go nonstop lives, we’re often made to feel inferior if we’re not able to do something. Immediately. But why? Everyone starts out in the same place and it’s only through practice and experience over time do we learn and grow. Continue reading
I’ve come to the sad realization that in just a few months I will be on the wrong side of my twenties.
This is a depressing thought. The days of walking down the street and the local bergie’s calls of “Haai Gul” (Hi Girl) are distant memories. Just this morning as I parked my car I was greeted with “Hallow me’dam” (Hello madam). That’s when it hit me. I am now a Madam. Local tellers, kiosk workers and store salesman will now refer to me as lady , madam or worse still.. woman. Gone are the days or Miss, or young lady. Where did my youth go? Continue reading
If you’ve been to yo yoga before you’ll know how crucial it is to wear the right gear. Unlike regular yoga the room heated up to temperatures of 40°C or more, so you’ll be sweating out of places you never knew you had, so ideally you’ll want wear as little as possible, or at least something as comfortable as possible.
Fabric is key. Lightweight, dry-weave materials are best as they’re breathable and absorb moisture. Cotton is a no-go. Trust me, that’s the last thing you want in a room over 40°C, especially when you’re sweating like a dog in a Chinese restaurant.
Fitness is a fickle thing. You take your attention off it for a moment and ‘poof’ it’s gone. Well that’s my experience anyway. Missing one week of exercise and I’m right back down to square one.
Last week I was quite sick and so was forced to take it easy. No gym, no Pilates no yoga. Hmph. So when I hit my mat last Friday at yo yoga I was in for a surprise. What I usually consider to be a fairly manageable yo-bikram class felt like torture. But the week before it was a breeze, so how can things change so dramatically in such a short period of time?
When starting hot yoga, it’s probably a good idea to ease into it. The heat can be overwhelming and it can be intense when starting out. Personally, I love it and often compare myself to that of a lizard who loves nothing more than to bask in as much heat as possible. For others, the heat is a bit of a challenge.
In my bikram class this evening, I was quite amazed to see a girl leave the room before the end of the class. In the yoga-world that’s a huge no-no and is severely frowned upon. Continue reading