Some of the best Yogis I know teach at gyms and I have no qualms with that but so do the very worst of the worst, much credit should be given to both because without them Nova would be a real fitness thing. Today’s first stint at the gym, can at best be described as Joyless but not wholly unexpected. I’ve been primed, conditioned to dread the gym job by my teachers – it totally lived up to the hype.
My unsuccessful stint in the corporate world has proven most invaluable since I went to the dark side and took on a regular slot at a local gym franchise. Passive aggressive housewives, whining, eye rolling and people fighting over mats simply cannot and do not phase me, not anymore anyway – there’s no side eye like office side eye. Gym based yoga teachers get a lot of flack for lacking vigor and enthusiasm but it is worthwhile to note that a soulless stretch could be just what the audience want or what the doctor ordered.
No, I am not commiserating simply because I’ve sold out temporarily – it’s a jungle out there and there’s no tree house quite like Planet Fitness or Virgin Active.
Needless to say, I don’t think my class was well received, I had way too much energy for 8am class full of 40+ housewives. Did I expect people to be filled with the Holy Spirit at my Downward-Facing Dog, no. I just wanted a little more life. I do have a take away though: You have to give the customer what they want and turning it down a notch may be just what is required. Sometimes all the Hyde Park Housewife wants is to don her Lululemons and say she went to yoga.
For a happier teaching experience – Give her that, take pictures of the class, catching her from her best side, don’t forget to emphasise the branding of the pants and say Namaste at the end.
For those of you who went away, welcome back and those of you who stayed Jozi-bound like yours truly, hello hello!! This year is going to be full of changes but mostly good stuff, you will be seeing a lot more of me, yay!
I’m not an astrologist but there’s plenty of Jozi Yoga in your future, stay tuned for solid dates and times. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
I invite you to a partnered event at MovementX in Norwood Mall! We’re sweating and stretching it out for a good cause! If you arent familiar with the Blow The Whistle Campaign, let me fill you in:
Briefly, BTWSA is an Non-Profit that concerns itself with empowering all women with the skills and apparatus to keep themselves safe. It not only seeks to give women a platform against crime but to educate and include and encourage men and the greater communities to be mindful and proactive in constant battle against violence against women.
The team hosting the event consists of Jane Killian: founder of and Personal Trainer at GI_Jane Personal Training and myself, Neo Nhlapo: Founder and Head Yogi at JoziYogi. Mental, Physical and Spiritual Wellbeing is our specialty and we often come together for corporate and charity events that resonate with our brand messages and visions.
We will be hosting a bootcamp-yoga-dance class and pop up shop with presentations from the various brand ambassadors for BTWSA and there will be guest appearances from renowned television personalities. Already aboard are Lorna Jane South Africa and owing to their affiliation with BTWSA the Legacy Lifestyle Group.
That’s the most appropriate way I can think of to herald the arrival of my new and improved online presence and introduce my new blog. For those of you who have been around me for the past few months, you’ll know that they have have been insanely chaotic and possibly the most fun and enlightening I have ever had.
The first few posts are going to be throw-backs – so please bare with me as I reminisce, reassess and get everybody up to speed. There’s plenty to look forward to, you might see yourself in one of my pictures!