As 2016 started I wrote down my business plans and goals and one of them was to present a workshop at the OM Yoga Show, either in their long-term London venue or at their Manchester event. I had been to both venues in previous years and, even as a participant, I had learned a lot, bought a lot and made some very interesting connections.
And this year I was determined to uplevel my game as a Yoga Teacher Trainer and promote my work at an event of this ilk. Perhaps it’s a testament to my manifesting skills but I swear, not 12 hours after writing down my goal, my friend called to tell me that the show was coming to Scotland for the first time. I knew that I had to be there.
So Fiona from the Energywise Academy and I hosted a stand dedicated to the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training course in Edinburgh. Based on the chats we had at the stand, we might even be offering a Glasgow Teacher Training in the near future!
The people who stopped by the stand were lovely and we chatted to them about yoga teacher training and told them about the Max Strom weekend that I talked about in last week’s blog then gave them a free pen. After all, everyone loves a free pen (including some of the other exhibitors).
As well as hosting a stand I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to present a workshop TWICE. So, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon I and over 80 curious souls experienced the Stretch Barre Method which is my own unique blend of Kundalini Yoga, Pilates and Ballet Barre stretches. I am planning to offer a CPD workshop on this method either later this year or early next year.
My class was reviewed by blogger (and former YTT student) Nicky Haston from My Kinda Lifestyle and because my Mum always says “self praise is no recommendation” I’m going to leave the praise to her! Plus, unlike me, she was not working so could really explore the show and she writes about it very eloquently.
As I said, I was busy working so didn’t get much of a chance to look at the other exhibitors. However, I somehow still managed to spend a few quid and brought home Yogi Tea, organic chocolate from Karuna, cashew nut butter from Almighty Foods, a yoga mat bag from YogaMad, a circular yoga block from the Yoga Shop, some coconut water from Vita Coca and a pair of yoga pants. I also had a gorgeous coral ecoYoga mat, worth £49, gifted to me by the company owner Seona. I can’t wait to roll it out in my new home and get practicing on it.
So, if I could sum up my experience of the whole weekend I’d just say “Wow.” It feels amazing and a little bit surreal to have a big business dream fulfilled like this but I’m so happy I was there and firmly believe it could lead to great things for StretchBodyMind in the future.