karen chow

Meet me: Karen

Meet me: Karen

It's been a whirlwind few months around here - apart from taking over mm...yoga! as sole owner, you might have seen on Instagram that I also I travelled to Europe to celebrate the wedding of some close friends (I planned a lot of the trip for them too).

Oh, and THEN I got flu. Of course. So, I thought I'd spend the time at home interviewing myself so you can get to know me better...

That one time I actually asked for help

That one time I actually asked for help

If you've read this blog for a while - or know me in person - you will know that I am notoriously bad at asking for help, and notoriously bad at resting. As a result, I get sick a lot.

This is quite stupid, really.

But entrenched habits take a long time to break, especially if they are born of trauma, as mine are. 

I'm working on it.

Four Reasons Why It's OK To Giggle On Your Yoga Mat

We mm…Yoga! crew are known for our lightheartedness. People often tell us our classes are fun. For some, especially if they've practiced in a more serious environment before, it's a surprise. 

But you know? Like I've said before, life is serious enough. You don't need to make yoga overly serious too. 

Why it's OK to giggle on your yoga mat

Here are our top four reasons it's OK to giggle on your yoga mat:

  1. Yoga is about giving yourself permission to be who you are. It’s about finding your true self and embracing all the things you discover. Including joy.
  2. As adults we are expected to ‘behave’ all the time, to leave behind the silliness and frivolity of childhood and ‘grow up’. Bah! Boring! Who says adults can’t have fun? Who says we should be serious all the time? Why can’t we laugh more often? 
  3. Yoga is about stress relief & laughing is the ultimate stress relief, so it seems smart to combine the two.
  4. Yoga is also about letting go of old patterns of behavior and thought, so why not let go of the seriousness we are expected to cultivate all the time?

Yoga is about relaxing, so sometimes it's good to forget about being a grown up and giggle. 

having fun with tree pose - it's OK to giggle on your yoga mat

As Karen says, 

Well, the real question is, why not have a giggle? If I look back on all the happy times I've had, a lot of it is filled with laughter and silliness. 

Why it's OK to giggle on your yoga mat - mm…Yoga!

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mmYoga Superheroes: We're not so serious about yoga.

I've never done well with the 'serene' image of yoga. Serene isn't something that comes naturally to me; I do yoga to become more like that. Naturally, I am in equal parts anxious and silly. The happier I am, the sillier I get.

Which is not a bad thing, in my (cough) humble opinion. In same opinion, I think the yoga world has a slight tendency to take itself too seriously.

It's not necessary.

You can be plenty spiritual and still be happy/silly/have fun.

In fact, I'd be suspicious of someone who claims to be spiritual, but lacks a sense of humour. If you've ever seen the Dalai Lama speak (and nobody's going to argue about his spiritual cred) you will know that he's got a great sense of humour.

If you find someone taking themselves too seriously - or trying to get you to - you may need to call on a mmYoga Superhero to save the day...

Captain Sneaky (street name Karen Chow) 

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Superpowers: Sneakily getting you to work much harder than you expected by being cute and giggly. Helping people feel great again by means of Yoga. Dressing like a hipster & not being mocked for it.

Karen says:

Yoga is about finding balance, right?  So if we're serious 50% of the time, the other 50% should be not so serious. I like to teach that way too. Anatomy and alignment cues, I'm dead serious. All the lame jokes and terrible metaphors I use, not so serious. 

 

Ms. Awesome (street name Suzy Taylor)

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Superpowers: Reminding people how awesome they already are by means of Science. Helping people be more awesome by means of Yoga. Wearing knee socks and getting away with it.

Suzy says:

Once, I farted while teaching a class. OMG! Embarrassing?  I chose to laugh and say ‘well, sometimes that happens when we twist’, and just carry on with the class. From that moment on, I stopped trying to be such a serious yoga teacher. Yoga is a break from the hard grind of our daily lives; it's not about being rigid, or perfect or doing exactly the same thing as the person on the mat next to you. It’s about stepping out of what you think might be expected of you, and just doing what feels right for you right now (hopefully that won't usually be farting!)

Together they are: mm…Yoga Superheroes: the Retreat Crusaders.

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You will have so much fun with them on our Bali Yoga Retreat in November - it's still early bird pricing till Aug 31, and there are still a few rooms left - hop to it!

These two are definitely up to something...

These two are definitely up to something...

 

PS We'd love if you post your #mmyogsuperheroes pics on instagram. Not just Karen and Suzy, but other team members and students - join us? You are a super-hero too!