DID YOU KNOW.... we have four lovely brand Ambassadors who represent our brand, our values and basically do a FABULOUS job of looking gorgeous with our kit. Well, we got thinking and figured it would be kind of rude not to introduce these little gems to you.
Over the next few months, we will schedule a coffee date with each of them so we can find out more about their backgrounds and what makes them tick. If you're anything like me (nosy), you will love these mini interviews!
We thought we'd kick off with Laura, who was our very first ambassador and based here in the UK.
Laura is a full-time yoga teacher. She has been practising yoga for ten years and teaching for seven. In 2009, she spent nine intensive weeks training in Palm Springs California at the official Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. Laura lives in London, but also works for part of the week in Bristol. She loves her job and feels that it's a privilege to be able to help people lead healthier and happier lives. In November Laura will be jet setting off to Canada to do her Yin Yoga teacher training which she feels will be a great compliment to her Bikram practice.
We have seen Youtube videos of you participating in the 2012 UK ASANA Yoga Championships. (Awesome stuff by the way) How the hell do you keep your cool (and balance) under such intense pressure?
Being up there on stage is the ultimate test of being in the present moment. I have a background in performing, but performing my postures on stage was a completely different experience for me. I even saw a hypnotherapist to help me conquer my fears. I think that the nerves will always be present, but I have learnt to deal with them better. I try to enjoy myself and see my routine as an offering for the audience. This is where I am right now. That way it's not about the ego, it's not about winning.
Why Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga was the first yoga that I ever tried, so I had nothing to compare it to. I loved it straight away, which I think is is quite unusual. Often it takes students a little while before they start to enjoy it.
In Bikram Yoga you always do the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, it is designed to give the body and mind a compete workout. I find that I crave that feeling you get after a Bikram Yoga class. I do practice other types of yoga but I hope that I will always go back to my Bikram. I never get bored of the the sequence because every class is different and there is always something new to learn.
On the subject of Bikram Yoga, just the thought of enduring a 90-minute yoga class in 40 degrees heat gets me reaching for a brown paper bag (hello panic attack!). I have visions of myself escaping the room through the nearest window and shimmying down the drainpipe to safety (that’s if I’ve not already passed out from heatstroke!). What advice would you give to a wuss like me?
The key is to keep your breathing calm throughout the class, so if that means you only do 10% of the postures, that's ok. The first class is about acclimatising to the heat, so you wouldn't need to push yourself too hard. If your breath is calm, you will feel calm, if your breathing is panicky you will feel panicky. It is very hard to calm yourself down using your mind, the best way to calm yourself is by using your breath. I think you might be pleasantly surprised. I would keep you safe if you came to my class, I promise!
Time is something we all seem to be short of these days. While the world and our devices get faster and faster, we get busier and busier. What would be the one most beneficial pose we should take time out for during a busy day and why?
There is a famous quote about meditation -' You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day- unless you are too busy, then you should sit for an hour.'
So basically if you are busy, that's all the more reason to get yourself to a yoga class or get on your yoga mat. When you have worked your mind and body in a 90 minute yoga class you are going to be more efficient during the rest of your day. If I had to choose one posture to do it would probably be a backbend as we spend so much of our daily lives in forward flexion. Back bending is a good way to keep your spine healthy.
Ok, so now the spotlights on us :0) what first attracted you to Bunnies & Zen and what made you decide to become an Ambassador for our brand?
I was visiting my Mum in Sheffield and I decided to visit Hot Yoga Sheffield. I needed to rent a towel, and they gave me a Bunnies and Zen towel to borrow. I was struck by the beautiful design and wanted to find out who this company was and where I could buy one. I was especially interested to find out that it was a small, locally based company so I ordered one of the towels on Amazon the next day.
I am relatively new to Instagram but I find it a great way to connect with other yogis and to be inspired by them. I like to share pictures of my yoga postures as it is a good way to chart my progress and be a little bit creative. I started taking pictures with my new Bunnies and Zen towel and tagged them in the photo. When Bunnies and Zen were looking for ambassadors I thought that is was something that I could easily do; I love their products and I enjoy taking yoga pictures.
And finally, any words of wisdom to share with our subscribers?
Yoga is a long game, it's not a quick fix. I want to be practising yoga long after I draw my pension. That means I don't have to do it all today, I just have to show up on my mat and do the best I can today.
If you are lucky enough to live in one of the areas where Laura teaches, we highly recommend you try out one of her classes. She is a wealth of knowledge and experience and all round lovely person. You can hunt her down at the following venues:
You can also follow Laura on Instagram @postcardsfromlaurasville