This week we spend 5 minutes for a (mindful) brew and a chat with Eirian Collinge, founder of Cariad Yoga, who talks to us about her inspirations, bringing her new community yoga class to The Federation, and how to 'be more cat'.
My roots go back to North Wales where I grew up and Cariad - Welsh for LOVE, was the inspiration behind bringing Cariad Yoga and my passion for the practice to Manchester. With a fun loving spirit, I ensure my classes are playful and accessible, creating a safe environment where students can move freely, reconnect to themselves & feel empowered through their practice.
With a fun loving spirit, I ensure my classes are playful and accessible, creating a safe environment where students can move freely, reconnect to themselves & feel empowered through their practice. "
How did Cariad Yoga come about?
I've been practicing Yoga since I was about 19 and throughout my journey with Yoga, it’s taught me how to deal with life’s challenges in a wonderfully creative way.
For most of my 20's I worked in high pressured sales roles in the Media industry which triggered stress related IBS, Acne & Insomnia. After being signed off work with burnout in 2013 I found I didn’t have the energy for my usual fast paced Ashtanga or heating Bikram classes. It was at this low point that I was introduced to a regular meditation practice at Roger Cole’s Better Sleep workshop. This immersive weekend completely changed my personal practice and relationship towards myself and stress, eventually leading me to casually teach colleagues Yoga in 2014. In doing so I quickly realised how how much I loved making a difference to people's day so went to complete my teacher training whilst traveling in early 2015.
In the summer of 2015 I moved back to Manchester and set up Cariad Yoga. I approached all of my old clients (creative / digital / media agencies) and offered corporate wellbeing yoga packages to the ones that had space for regular classes. That summer I also started rooftop yoga for the public above Barton Arcade and began to grow my brand from there. Since then I've never looked back, teaching independently in unique venues and businesses across the City.
Why did you choose The Federation?
I initially approached The Federation as I was looking for a new venue to hire. After being shown around the beautiful bright events space and learning about the culture and MindfulMondays, I knew we would make a good fit! I’m passionate about promoting a healthy, happy work life balance and am looking forward to building a Yoga community within the space.
Why is mindfulness and yoga so important? And how can everyone benefit?
Regular, gentle exercise like yoga is a great way to reduce stress and improve fitness and energy levels. Combined with mindfulness meditation techniques, yoga can also help to boost mental clarity and creativity. And the great thing about Yoga is that it never gets boring! It's a wonderful invitation to reconnect and reset. I strive to teach creative classes that inspire my students to practice more.
Yoga has taught me how to deal with life's challenges in a wonderfully creative way."
What style of yoga do you practice?
I’m constantly drawing inspiration from the many styles of Yoga that I practice – From fast paced Ashtanga to spiritual Jivamukti, restorative and Yin. I also have a daily meditation practice using an amazing app called Insight Timer which has world class teachers for guided sessions.
Who are your classes for?
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would be your plan 'b' be?
When I was younger I always used to say I wanted to be a cat when I grew up! Cats symbolise freedom, adventurous spirit, patience, curiosity, affection, mystery, flexibility, guardianship, sensuality, rebirth, resurrection and healing from within I often like to channel these qualities in life #Bemorecat
What's your favourite quote/ motto?
"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without." Ymber Delecto
Name one thing you're dedicated to doing in 2019.
After returning from a trip to Panama I am going to continue learning Spanish. I am enjoying using my brain in a different way and love a challenge. It will be good to mix up my studies - I always have my head in a Yoga book!
I am excited to be offering two retreats abroad this year, Marrakech in March and Ibiza in September. For more info about my retreats, workshops and public classes please head to my website www.cariadyoga.com and follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
Sign up now to join Eirian's vinyasa flow yoga class, every Monday at The Federation from 6:15pm.