"YOGA AIN’T ALL ABOUT GREEN JUICE, VEGAN GRUB, FANCY CLOTHES OR TOUCHING TOES. YOGA IS THE SIMPLICITY OF FEELING GOOD."
THE CAKE & YOGA CLUB STORY
To me, cake is the purest representation of celebration, happiness, love and togetherness. Baking (and eating) cake has been a passion since the days of whippin’ up cakes for all my friends birthdays (often with help from my Dad at about 10PM the night before), carefully transported in a Quality Street tin to school the next day and devoured by all my chums. Cake brings people together. It nourishes the soul. It is the ultimate TLC.
Yoga came into my life initially to aid my pesky scoliosis (a twist in my spine). However, it wasn’t until my early 20’s that I discovered the link to mindfulness and the way yoga filters into every aspect of life. Regular run ins with anxiety totally altered my perspective on the practice of yoga. Rather than just a physical sequence of poses to strengthen, it became an opportunity to connect with myself, relish in the simplicity of breath, movement and choosing to dedicate time to nourish and look out for myself.
In awe of how much yoga enriched my life, I had a f*ck it moment and decided to embark on a 200 hour yoga teacher training. I qualified in June 2018, quit my job and haven’t looked back since. During my training, I learnt so much about myself and the process completely changed the way I look and treat my body. Rather than a physical thing that is supposed to look good, I began to see my body as an incredible tool that was strong, magic and totally fascinating. It wasn’t about achieving a particular pose, but how electric I felt in the movement. It ain’t about green juice, vegan grub, fancy clothes or touching toes. Yoga is the simplicity of feeling good. It’s about TLC. It’s about community.
As I began to teach public classes, I noticed that students came and left the studio without speaking to a soul. I remembered a pearl of wisdom from my main man B.K.S. Iyengar that resonated with me:
“Practitioners of the asana alone often forget that yoga is for cultivating the head and the heart. Patanjali talked about friendliness, compassion, gladness and joy. Friendliness and grace are two qualities that are essential for the yoga student. In yoga class, students often look so serious and separate from each other. Where is the friendliness? Where is the compassion? Where is the joy? Without these, we have not achieved the true yoga of Patanjali.”
And so, Cake & Yoga Club was born. The Art of TLC. Having a great time. Making new friends. Re-connecting with old friends. Grooving to 90’s R&B, eating cake, drinking prosecco. That’s what it’s all about.
CAYC launched in April 2019, with clubs running through the summer in Highbury Fields. 100’s of yogis came along armed with cake and the shared joy of TLC.
During Autumn / Winter months, you will find Cake & Yoga Club at Benk + Bo, with regular clubs and a new offering - The Art of TLC (CAYC’S chilled out little sister). There will be wonderful guest teachers, lots of cosiness and of course - cake! Check out the dates here.
Look forward to seeing you in a club soon… 🍰🙏