There is something that I feel really guilty of admitting...
Relaxing is so very often...REALLY REALLY HARD.
I was reminded of this over the weekend. Baby daddy took both kiddies out of the house Sunday to try and give me some rest time.
He looked me in the eye as he piled the girls in the car and told me to "please use this time to rest", which is his way of also saying, "Try not to work".
The family had left and I had the house and a Sunday to myself
I laid in bed for a long moment, overwhelmed with the choice... and after a solid wander around a very well-lived-in house (which involved picking up toys, putting nappies in the dryer, and un-packing then re-packing the dishwasher), I then jumped on the computer and stayed there, because that's what felt comfortable. (We also had a Black Friday sale and the backend process needed some serious tending too... thank you to...
I remember one of my teachers once said something to me that I always reflect back on...
"If you think you got this yoga thing figured out, see how you feel after a weekend with your parents"
I feel this way also about printing (but also, the parent thing checks out often )
I spent the first chuck of my working life in management. So I was constantly printing out reports, rosters, and statements.
I would be printing up a storm, always needing the documents 30 minutes ago.. but then of course the thing would have a hissy fit.
I would go on to spend the next long while sorting it out.
Which to be honest, on someone else's time, was kind of fine I guess. I liked hanging out in the office. It was quiet (I worked in a video game arcade, and it was loud), and no one was looking to redeem any prizes in there.
Fast forward 8 years later, however, me trying to print...
Over the weekend we celebrated 6 years as a yoga studio.
The number 6 feels odd. Sometimes it feels like we have been doing this for 60 years, and other times it feels like 6 days.
In these 6 years, however, we have learned some things... well, at least 6 things.
I would love to share some of the learnings with you below, in no particular order of course
Focus will unfunk us
I used to think that I was really good at multitasking, and then I came to the realization that multitasking was just moving from one task to the next and then back again. Useful as a mumma but not useful when trying to grow this business.
Focus has improved a lot in the past couple of years thanks to junk journaling, less social media, and more reading of actual paper pages.
Consistency is key for you to trust us as a studio for your own well-being, and when we stay focused, we can deliver that consistency...
Just jumping in here to let you know we have FREE CLASSES next weekend to celebrate our 6TH BIRTHDAY!!
Saturday 23rd September
8 am Pilates at St Marys
8:30am Vinyasa Yoga at Penrith
9:45am Yin Yoga at Penrith
12 pm Beginner Lyra at St Marys
1:30 pm Aerial Yoga at St Marys
4 pm Yin Yang Yoga at St Marys
Sunday 24th September
8 a.m. Meditation at Penrith
To book into any of these classes, you will need to head to our website, or search for Nin Yoga on the Mindbody App.
This picture above came up in my memories on social media, and it made me smile.
I remember baby daddy staying up late, designing this for me. I remember using the print and copy feature at office works for the first time to print it out and feeling really pro about myself.
Dang, I remember how long it took me to create that website on the poster! I remember hating tutorials (I actually don't hate them that much anymore, I've finally learned to be...
(and yes, I mean beautiful to even you lovely!)
The vibrancy in the air is starting to change, and not just for those who get hay fever (I feel for you too!!), but energetically too.
And then, over the weekend we heard the most perfect poem.
It was shared by one of our Yoga Teacher Trainees during their final practical assessment (pictured below!)
It resonated not only because it was the start of spring (regardless of the name of the actual poem), but because they had all blossomed into such confident teachers themselves.
A Summers Day
Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean— the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down— who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale...
Over the weekend the fam bam (extended and friends included) and I spent every single spare moment preparing to let go of our two buildings on the corner of Queen Street and the Great Western Highway.
Yesterday, after 3 years, we handed over those keys.
I remember the day we received the keys oh so vividly. So full of grand ideas. Belly twirling with excitement with all the possibilities that lay ahead. With a support team of cherished family, friends, and teachers ready to tackle the mystery that lay ahead.
When we made the decision to not resign for another 3 years, this was a huge moment of growth for our little business.
"Growth? But how? You are letting go of two brick and mortar buildings..." (This was the chitta vritti constantly in my head!)
But yes. Letting go = growth.
Giving in those keys yesterday felt like the biggest step forward. Like when you are cleaning out your closet, and...
You know that awkward moment when that thing you have been working on for AGES is finally out into the real world and then you don't know what to do with yourself?
Well, that's what's happening to me now friends.
Something we have been working really hard on... our Yoga Teacher Training, which begins October 31st, is HERE.
This one is a lil different too...
But Annika, please stop talking, because I have no interest in becoming a Yoga Teacher!
Well, do you have an interest in carving out more time for yourself?
Do you have an interest in learning more about your body, your mind, and your emotions?
Do you have an interest in making new friends and being part of a community?
Do you want something better to do than to just...
It's been a week now since we merged our studios and schedules together, and things are looking promising. It's like the beams were meant to be in there this whole time ♥
We have simplified our pricing to $33 a week for x2 yoga classes a week or $44 to have unlimited access to all of our classes, which now means a lot of our members now have the opportunity to try our specialty classes when they couldn't before.
So let's take this opportunity to explain them a little bit further to you!
Here is a list of our weekly offerings:
This is our bread and butter. Where we started and where we plan to always return back to the teachings of. We offer Vinyasa (flow), Yin (Passive), and Yin Yang (flow and passive in one). Most of our classes are Yoga, and all of our classes are beginner friendly.
Our Pilates classes are 45 minutes and focus on lengthening and strengthening your muscles (mainly the core, but others definitely get involved too). It's low...
Curious as to why yoga teachers put asanas (yoga poses) in a particular order during a Vinyasa Class?
It's all about the Vinyasa Krama Baby!
Vinyasa is one of the most popular styles of Yoga in Australia. If you have been to a class that links movement with breath in a sequence, it was most prob a Vinyasa class.
The word Vinyasa can be broken down into "vi", which means "a special way" and "nyasa", which means to step or to place. "Krama" then means a sequence or progression.
No matter how we would like to think about it, in reality, the only constant in this life is change. This is represented beautifully in Vinyasa, as we practice a sequence of continuous asanas, from start to finish, with every single movement we do in the flow of postures linked to an inhale or an exhale, aligned with the intention to continue to progress forward.