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The Yogi Paige

I’m absolutely loving the “My Daily Insposeries and today I’m introducing you to the woman who got me to do the impossible. I have always said that I hated yoga and that it wasn’t for me, that was until I did a class with Paige Cassidy. There was an instant connection which I didn’t understand at the time, but after getting to know Paige we actually have so much in common.

Her words to me after my first lesson, “I see you!!”

How and what was the motivation that made you start yoga?

My honest motivation for yoga is that I got out of Rehab and needed a form of discipline that would not only keep me moving physically but moving me mentally. A space, a movement that allowed me to be vulnerable and strong at the same time. A self-discipline.

What obstacles has yoga helped you overcome?

Yoga has helped me get rid of this crazy perception I had about my body. This want to be perfect. I used to stand in front of the mirror criticizing myself about the way I looked. Yoga has helped me to fall in love with my body. Yoga has taught me to respond and not react to situations and people.

How important is meditation to your yoga practise?

I think people’s perceptions of meditation is slightly confused! Meditation for me is not sitting for hours in silence trying to calm the chaos in my head. Meditation for me is waking up making plunger coffee and sitting outside listening to the birds. It is washing dishes, visualizing washing the dirt away in my life. Meditation for me is playing music whilst creating beautiful food not only to look at but food that tastes amazing. To me it means climbing into bed and being able to lie there and not think of 50 million different things all at once. Yoga is my meditation.

When did you understand you wanted to be a yoga instructor?

When I was younger I wanted to be a ballet teacher, so I think the passion of being a teacher was always ingrained into my being. I was working full time as a project manager, studying and teaching in the evenings and the one day (I worked for an asshole) I pushed that fear out of my head of “what if I don’t make enough money” and quit my job and started teaching. I’ve never been happier.

Any advice for beginners or people wanting to start yoga?

Yes, come and try MY yoga. My question I always ask my new students “are you mentally strong?” I have clients that respond “HELL YES” and I have clients that respond “I’m not to sure,” and no matter what response you will walk out my class feeling mentally & physically tougher. You will walk out my class and would have surprised yourself.

“A strong mind makes a strong body” – Thomas Jefferson

“A strong mind makes a strong body” – Thomas Jefferson

What is the rewarding part of being a yoga instructor?

The most rewarding part about being a yoga instructor is seeing the growth mentally & physically in my students. Watching them prove to themselves that they are stronger than they know.

Should kids be introduced to yoga?

We should watch kids and they can teach us about yoga. Kids are fearless when it comes to the physical aspects about yoga but if you go deeper the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects children have no boundaries when it comes to their honest feelings. Children are vulnerable without feeling ashamed. Children are loving without limitations. Yoga should be compulsory for little ones.

How is Will Power connected to yoga?

Will Power is completely connected to Yoga “the ability to control your own thoughts and the way in which you behave”. The lesson behind yoga.

What are some of the challenges you’ve experienced as a yoga teacher?

I am currently struggling with learning how not to do all the classes with my students as this becomes physically and emotionally exhausting. I have been taught patience through my students. I have been taught to put my own issues aside. I am still learning to breathe outside the yoga studio when life gets tough.

Tell us your practise style and how did you choose your method?

My practice style . . . “Paige Yoga”. My yoga is all about Power of the Mind. Pushing past the boundaries we create for ourselves in our mind. My ballet background adds to my discipline in yoga. My love for movement allows me to be creative in my classes. My father has always said to me “mind over matter”. This I proved to myself when I came out of rehab, that I am stronger than I know!

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So much love lives here

As you can see from Paige’s answers, she is fearless, raw, real and a warrior. Simply put, Paige Cassidy is a badass!! She has overcome numerous obstacles in her life and is unapologetic about the life she lives. Paige is an example for us all, that shit happens but we have the ultimate choice when it comes to moulding our lives into something beautifully strong.

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Neon Exercise Evening with the Kids

In the month of February, my kids and I headed off to the Neon Exercise Night in Centurion at the Els Club hosted by Karmically Fused.  Karmically Fused was founded in 2009, by best friends, who both have the passion for helping people to become better versions of themselves.

Managing Director, Clair Buck said they wanted to create an exercise event for the whole family.  As a fit mom in the making, one of the biggest frustrations I face is not always being able to workout with my kids. Fitness events are on the rise, however there isn’t much that caters for simultaneous workouts for both parents and kids. Yes some gyms have these facilities but they do come at a price and let’s be honest not everyone can afford a gym membership for each child. Gyms also have restrictions in terms of supervision and the type of exercises performed by them which means that the kids are often bored and frustrated.  Which really translates to “parents are frustrated AF”.

This is why the Neon Exercise Evening appealed so much to me.  The line-up included kiddy yoga lead by Clair herself, African gumboot dancing, Zumba and even bootcamp for the kids.   The line-up also included the kid’s yoga Brand Ambassador for Magic Mat and its Little Secret.  The Magic Mat series is a magical tool for teaching yoga to 5 to 12-year-old kids.

We arrived in our neon gear ready for some fun under the stars.  Upon arrival and after registration, we made our way to the talented face painters who used special glow in the dark paints.  I opted to have my tattoo coloured in instead of my face.

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I’m just a big kid at heart

Seeing as the event is done in the dark, specialized lighting was used to ensure everyone glowed beautifully.   I must admit it looked fantastic and the kids absolutely loved it.

The Neon Exercise Evening was filled with energy and fun. Classes were run by qualified instructors, dancers and personal trainers. The weather on that particular Friday wasn’t great at all and a few minutes into the workout the rain began.  The amazing part is that almost everyone continued to dance and workout in the rain.  The kids were in their element and the eccentric Zumba instructor had us laughing  like crazy while we moved to the beat.  All music and instructions for the event were actually heard through headphones.  My boys said that was the coolest part of the evening.

There were also various stalls selling goods from health products, natural cosmetics and  food.

Sharing the experience with my kids was really awesome and we had such a wonderful evening that we are looking forward to the next Neon Exercise Night.

Events such as these reinforce the importance of fitness, healthy living and quality time spent together as a family. Fitness workouts help develop athletic skills. The kids get the opportunity to learn basic goal-setting skills and it definitely boosts ones self-esteem.

The Neon Night will be held in various locations throughout South Africa. This was the first event and with it being the first event you always get a few teething problems.  Despite some issues, it was a fantastic night and I can see this event growing from strength to strength.

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My Daily Inspo

Melissa from Mel’s Postbox afforded me the opportunity to do my very first guest post on her blog where I share my fitness journey and speak about the support I have received this far.  Click on the link below to read the full post.

Source: “I owed it to myself and my kids to lose the weight”
My Daily Inspo is a gratitude series to highlight the inspirational and strong women who push me to be better, to work harder and won’t let me give up.  My Daily Inspo is about my Fitness Tribe.