Category Archives: Mind

Affection

She sat motionless, in silence , facing the corner.

They watched through the glass, broken, as they had tried to warn her.


She gazed at the mirror, revealing her reflection. She thought about her family,

And and all their affection.


Her tear-filled eyes gaze down, nothing, no feelings, just the deepest frown.

Her eyes are red, the taste on her tongue is still bitter and stale.

She buries her head between her knees, and there she sits, so weak, so frail.


Her parents get up from their chair, gaze once again at their child that was once so fair.

They walk away, never to return, for their child is broken and unable to learn.

Passion Is Power

Backspace, backspace, backspace,

The first words I just refused to face,

Lets be real, I am here now because its been way too long,

I felt low, read a book and felt something is wrong.

Thrown in the deep end so we juggle each day,

People come and go, they leave they stay,

Fighting for a peaceful day is tough,

The broken commitments, guilt feels real rough.

Passion is why I am here.

I live to write and this is whats inside my brain tonight,

My little battle, my useless fight.

Backspace, backspace, backspace,

Battle over, it already feels better, everything feels so right.

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

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Life’s a Peach

How easy it is to fall off track.

Do you stay down, or do you come back?

I know it’s tough and at times we feel broken.

Just remember the doors to success, they hang wide open.

Do you step forward or do you withhold?

“Easier said than done,” so I’ve been told.

Take that step, what is there to lose?

You have two options, you just have to choose.

REMEMBER…

You are loved way beyond any star in the sky,

Believe in yourself, just give it a try.

For life is a peach, I tell you no lie.

A powerful, tranquil space | The Yoga Room

Clouded walls with glossy, fine golden lines spiraling around each other, the interior of  The Yoga Room creates a comforting and safe feel as you walk in.

Situated up in Vredehoek, the studio opened doors in July 2017. Suited for all levels, no matter where you’re at, the small classes are created to fit each yogi. I spent some time here during Celebrate Spring with 30 days of Yoga by Yoom. It involved some dedicated early mornings, of which now have become a healthy routine in my life.

I spoke to Elsa van Niekerk, the founder of The Yoga Room, about her goals with regards to the studio and asked her to invite us a little into her background.

The Yoga Room

E: It is just over a year old and I love what it is growing into. I wanted to create a smaller, more intimate yoga space in Cape Town and offer authentic yoga, i.e slow it down a bit, allow space for meditation, breathing, just being. My aim is to make it as inclusive as possible and it’s wonderful to know that many of our clients started doing yoga here for the first time. It really is a studio that caters for all shapes, sizes, and ages. Our teachers are also very experienced which allows us to focus on individual attention and guidance. It has been a great experience so far to build this studio right in the heart of the community.

The first time I did yoga was at a gym in London. The class was taught by a woman well into her 60’s – I was fascinated by her energy and walked out of class feeling great.  It took some time to build up a practice though, but now it is a great way to tune into myself. To really get in touch with my mind and body. I did my training in New York at the renowned ISHTA Yoga School where I found my spiritual home – their teaching philosophy of focusing on the individual and drawing from the teachings of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda inspires me.

Physically it’s made me much stronger and being an asthmatic since birth it has helped me tremendously to learn how to breathe properly. I’ve seen countless times at the studio how much benefit people get from being in a calm space, away from the rush of  life, focused on breathing and moving and tapping into themselves

Elsa, what advice could you provide the beginner yogi, or perhaps someone that has never tried it?

E: I realise it’s daunting to start something new and it seems there is an expectation that you need to look or be a certain way to do yoga. But you really don’t need to live a certain lifestyle, chant, say ohm or be able to touch your toes to start a practice. It really is not about that! So my advice would be to find a beginners class and try to stick to a routine, come a few weeks in a row and slowly build up the confidence to get to know the different poses and breathing techniques.

The diversity of our classes – it ranges from Gentle Yoga for the older practitioner to moms & babies yoga.

The Yoga Room

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
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For a friend

Endless laughter, reunited again,

We party like rockstars, you and I girl – fame.

Friendship is like wine, it gets better with age,

With our passion for red, we’d have a whole farm by this stage.

It’s always an adventure, we have been through so much,

Through the toughest moments, we still stayed in touch.

You and I girl, lets conquer, wine glass in hand.

Forever till the end, together we shall stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live to Learn | SELF TAUGHT YOGI

Loosen up your mind before you loosen up your body.

I am a self-taught Yogi as of 2 years now (and growing) and it has had a powerful impact on my life both physically and mentally. I started yoga during an emotional stage in my life where I was struggling with, okay I’ll be honest here, a break-up, and I felt that I needed to switch off for an hour or two each day.

I had always seen others doing yoga and I assumed it was never for me. Turned out, I was just clueless! There is more to yoga than you know, it healed me and helped me through one rocky road. So grab a mat and listen up!

Yoga is EPIC. Heres why:

  1. You don’t have to practice it alone. Get your pets involved or your friends, get a yoga buddy!SELF TAUGHT YOGI
  2. Insomniac? Me too! Don’t be a night owl. Yoga is extremely calming and helps us relax our muscles. After a few weeks, it can make a dramatic improvement on sleep.
  3. Kick the depression. The practice of mindfulness in meditation is proven to increase serotonin levels and give you a boost!
  4. Back pain can be treated through yoga if done correctly. Please note that professional advice and classes are highly advised for this as back pain can be worsened in some cases.
  5.  Cure that hangover. There are poses such as fish and plow that can improve metabolism and create more balance in the body causing you to feel more refreshed.
  6. Those that suffer from Arthritis can practice yoga to maintain strength and flexibility.
  7. You can yoga it up ANYWHERE. Literally. Tarryn Hardwicke
  8. Health and wellness, in general, is improved. You are guaranteed to start feeling better mind, spirit, and body.
  9. FACT: Dating apps ranked those who mentioned “yoga” in their profiles, most attractive. BELIEVE IT, BABY.
  10. It has the ability to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress included. These factor in heart disease.

I began my yoga journey with this lovely lady Adriene

Maybe you too could benefit from her videos, however, I would suggest starting off with classes! I hope that you join this journey, it truly is beautiful.

Tarryn Hardwicke

20 Simple Life Hacks

Life can be made a lot easier simply by doing certain things, should you make the time and effort. It’s important to make the most of every day and be grateful for it. Check out a few points below that may be helpful in adding more light to your life!

  1. Make a bucket list
  2. Do something you have never done before
  3. Look at the stars
  4. Realise that you are amazing!
  5. Set a goal with a deadline
  6. Clean your home
  7. Write 20 things you LOVE about your life
  8. Exercise
  9. Stop complaining
  10. Wake up early
  11. Grow a plant
  12. Focus on giving, less on getting
  13. Find time for yourself
  14. Stop expecting others to make you happy
  15. Learn something new
  16. Travel
  17. Volunteer
  18. Face a fear
  19. Make a new friend
  20. Have trust