It’s been a while since I’ve shared any stories on my website as I have had a crazy whirlwind few months, but here’s a story I’ve wanted to share for a very long time now so it seems about right I get on with it!
20 months ago I got engaged in a wonderful, magical, truly bohemian setting and, about 5 months after, we finally picked up our engagement ring. Now you may be wondering why it took so long for us to get one and this reason is twofold. The first reason is that the proposal was not planned so there was no ring presented at the time, but the second reason is that we then designed our ring together and went with an entirely ethical choice that fitted with our lifestyle, our beliefs and our morals. This story, though long overdue, is going to explain a little about why we did that and exactly what we chose…
‘The sad fact is — mining is a very “dirty” business and the production of one beautiful gold ring will generate five tons of environmental waste, contaminating water and lands which endangers the health and lives of humans and animals’ – HOOVER & STRONG
Some of you will be aware that I’ve been doing a spot of teaching with the great team at lululemon Covent Garden recently and I’m really pleased to SHOUT OUT that we are running a special Saturday event together on the 23rd November – ‘City Sites Cycle Ride & Yoga’!
This is a really exciting event for me as anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love cycling around London and, naturally, I love yoga! So to be part of an event that combines the two is just fantastic.
The event will be open to all levels and will include a 10 mile bike ride led by cyclist and triathlete Adrian Fitch, followed by a yoga class designed specifically for cyclists. The bike ride will include a few section leaders so that all levels of cyclists are catered for, so whether you’re a pro who likes to go fast and hard, or a beginner who is learning or doing it for fun, don’t worry at all, you will be catered for! The yoga sequencing will be designed to help you recover and fine tune your body, plus stretch out from the ride and make sure you gain all the benefits you can!
Really hope to see you there and for more information you can find the full rundown of information here on their Facebook Events Page!
Big Bicycle Love!
I’ve just come back from a long and blissful weekend at the beach. Those who know me will know that I’m happiest in, on, or around the water so you’ll understand that right now I am feeling totally connected and inspired!
With that in mind I’m really excited about teaching my regular yoga class at Glow Yoga tonight as it will be the first of what I hope will become some real elemental flow classes.
It’s happened. I’ve thought about it for a long time, even created one and then deleted it! But now it’s finally done… I have a Facebook page dedicated to me and yoga. Somewhat unimaginatively it’s called Clare Dobson Yoga, but I figure that’s exactly what it is so why beat around the bush!?
It’s very new, there isn’t much happening on it just yet, but over time I will add my events, workshops and other bits and bobs so that if you are on Facebook, you can easily keep track of what I’m doing and where and when it’s happening!
So join me, I’d love to link with you on there! Share it with your friends, your lover, your mother, your brother! Anyone who you think might like it! Find it here www.facebook.com/claredobsonyoga
The sunshine does things to us. It makes us feel good, great even! But sometimes it also makes us shy away from the yoga studio too. So here’s the thing, don’t let the sunshine be your reason NOT to practice yoga. Let it be the reason you DO practice yoga! Your sun-fuelled practice will not only cleanse your body and mind, it will make you feel even more invigorated and alive, so that you can embrace the wonderful weather more fully! You’ll feel great doing it and great for doing it. Not to mention the fact that you’ll also get to tone up the wobbly bits of your body AND your mind all at the same time! So when people ask you what you’re doing on Tuesday evenings, whatever the weather, tell them you’re practicing a dynamic and challenging vinyasa flow yoga practice with me at Glow Yoga! For more information on my regular Tuesday night flow class see my Classes & Workshops page, or just come along and see for yourself! Expect sweat, expect flow, expect fun! See you on the mat!
Sometimes the most important thing that yoga gives me is not flexibility of the body, but flexibility of the mind. To be able to embrace fluidity of thought and flow through life without a mental fight, without resistance and without strain against the path is truly the biggest gift I have ever experienced. I am still learning, I still fuck up and I still make mistakes but the fact I can see them, accept them and then move on with freedom? That is what yoga has given me, and that is what will keep me coming back to my practice day after day and year after year.
That’s my yoga.