On Wednesday I was invited to a sunrise yoga session, over looking the city with Shake It, for the launch of their new yoga mats, at the beautiful Sky Garden's in London. As I stepped out of the elevator on the 36th floor, with the beautiful sunrise, city sky line in front of me, I couldn't believe that this was where I was lucky enough be starting my day. I arrived at a hidden tropical paradise, with yoga mats scattered in between the beautiful, green jungle of Sky Gardens. It was hard to believe that a place so beautiful and calm existed above such a busy city life, just 37 floors below.
Our spots weren't hard to miss, with each yoga mat being hand lasers with our own personalised initial's engraved into each of them. E.L sat delicately in the corner of my beautiful black yoga mat, placed next to one of the editors of Women's Health. I still find it crazy all the opportunities that my blog has led me too, sometimes it's easy to feel a little out of my depth, I mean I just write a blog, yet I find myself sitting next to the editor of one of the worlds biggest health and fitness magazines! It's defiantly something I don't think I'll ever get used to, and I'll never forget just how lucky I am.
The event was filled with 30 of the UK's leading health and fitness press and influencers, as we got ready to test drive Shake It's new yoga mats during an hour sunrise yoga session, led by the beautiful Wood and Lux. For me I have always loved yoga, but I defiantly find it hard to find enough time to fit it into my everyday life, but during that hour, for the first time ever I felt the practice do something for me that I've never felt before. I felt calm, like all my worries and the noise in my head had vanished. I felt self awareness, self love. Throughout our session we were told "to be kind to ourselves, to only tell ourself kind messages, to show ourselves love and take care of ourselves and only move as fast as our bodies allows us to" Having a healthy relationship with yourself can be hard, it can take a long time to let go and treat yourself how you should be treated, and allow yourself to feel self love and self acceptance, and for me it was as if for the first time I had permission to show myself everything I had be missing. Finishing the session I left with the clearest head and fullest heart I have had for as long as I can remember, and I can't wait to see see where my new Shake It yoga mat takes me.
So what's so special about the new Shake It Yoga Mats?! Every mat has been designed with additional cushioning and support, with a thin polyurethane top layer for an ultra grippy surface without weight, and a natural rubber core for support. Every mat is also Biodegradable! (amazing I know) and also has antibacterial treatment to reduce fungi and bacteria build up! It was defiantly one of the most comfiest and stylish yoga mats I've used, and I was even more excited that I got to leave with my own!
I've teamed up with Shake It, to give you the chance to WIN one of their new yoga mats and shaker! Want to win? just let me know in the comments below what yoga means to you and you could win! Contest closes on March 28th! Good luck x