Last Sunday, we hosted a Clothes Swapping Party at Nami Yoga Studio! It was a huge success to say the least.
As a studio, we started being a bit more conscious about the environment and sustainability around the end of last year. We switched from paper towels to cloth towels to wipe down the mats. We introduced a water server at our studio to eliminate one time use of pet bottle waste. These actions heightened the awareness in both the students and the teachers. We were tremendously awed by the amount of waste we reduced in the course of a few months, and it was very visible!
As part of our sustainability work, Hiko (our most remarkable Sound Bath Master) suggested a clothes swapping party. She is currently on a resolution to not purchase any clothing this year. With her idea and the work of many of our teachers, we were able to host our first clothes swapping party.
It was our first clothes swapping party, and also true for most of the students who participated! We had no idea what to expect! And as yogis say, “have no expectation.” This turned out really well! Lots of people brought in clothes, and majority of the people took home clothes!
By doing clothes swapping, we found many benefits!
Aparigraha – Practice non-attachment
How many clothes do you have in your wardrobe that you don’t wear anymore, but still hanging there just in case? Aparigraha teaches us that we actually don’t need that new shirt that looks exactly like the other shirt hanging at home. By participating in the clothes swapping party, everyone had a good look at their own wardrobe and gave them a change to practice aparigraha! Clean wardrobe, clean start! On top of all that, it’s much easier let go of items when you know that it may end up in another person’s wardrobe to have another life.
At a clothes swapping party, there’s no price tag and there’s no budget. You’re more willing to try on items that you’ll never consider when you’re out shopping. Sequenced dress? Sure, why not. Skinny leather pants? Ok, let’s give it a try. Block colored puffer jacket? Yeah! If it’s free, take it home and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work, just bring it to the next clothes swapping party, and there’s nothing lost.
At a clothes swapping party, size doesn’t matter. There are more than just clothes. There are shoes, bags, accessories, men’s clothes, etc. You’re going to find items that suit you. On Sunday, there was a white coat/jacket that everyone had an eye on. It was extremely simple and chic. We all tried it on, and it was fun to see how one piece of clothing fits everyone very differently!! We had a mini fashion show, and countless compliments flying through the room. I can’t explain how much positive energy there was that day!!
What you don’t claim will go to a local recycling organization
Approximately one million tons of used textile products go to waste every year in Japan, of which 70% end up in landfills!! We found this fabulous organization called BRING, where they recycle used clothing to bioethanol and other products that can be used for sustainable energy.
Feedback from our students and friends
Please host this event again! Can we do it in the summer again?
Love the yoga clothes
There are so many clothes of such good quality
There are so many men’s clothes and I love them!
I got to mingle with different people from different industries
Thank you so much for hosting the clothes swapping
We’d like to thank all of you that participated in the clothes swapping party, and yes, we will definitely host this again. We hope that this event brought more awareness to simple things you can do in your community to live a more sustainable life. Let me also add, that these little things we do will save the world.
In India, there are 6 classical philosophical systems called Shad Darshana. Shad means six and Darshana means Philosophy. Yoga is one of the philosophical systems and has been formulated by the founder, Patanjali.
Other philosophies include:
ーNYAYA / VAISHESHIKA
ーSAMKYA / YOGA
ーMIMMAMSA / VEDANTA
(These words were originally written in Sanskrit, thus the spelling may differ depending on the interpreter.)
One of the scriptures of yoga is Yoga Sutra. It was compiled prior to 400CE by Patanjali.
The word Sutra translates to “thread” and each section of the sutra is tersely formulated. There are 4 chapters (or Padas) and 195 aphorisms (or Sutras). Each chapter has a theme and each aphorism is written in line with the various themes that gives us life hints, goals, realizations, precautions in a very simplified yet precise manner. The original texts were written in Sanskrit and have been translated into languages from all over the world. It is an essential guide book for those studying yoga.
In our Yoga101 Workshop, we are going to introduce a famous Sutra from the book.
Yoga is a Reminder
When I started practicing yoga, I thought I wanted to be better, I wanted to change, but in a vague manner. I didn’t know where to start. Neither did I have a specific plan. I ended up not doing much.
Once I started practicing yoga, and what I mean by this is not just the physical movements, but studying the philosophy, my view towards yoga completely changed.
It no longer became a hobby or an after-work lesson. It became a lifestyle. The way I perceived my thoughts, actions, and all aspects of my life started to change.
For example, why do we eat?
Is it to make us full? Or to satisfy our taste buds?
I realized that through my yoga studies, we eat because it directly becomes our energy source.
It sounds very simple and obvious, but bringing me back to the basics was what yoga taught me.
“How do we view the world?” is a big theme in the Darshanas I mentioned earlier.
This means to have a healthy mind and body, to be humane, and to enjoy life.
Why Yoga 101?
Through our Yoga 101 workshop, we want everyone to have and value their own practice. We want everyone to realize that moving the body is just one subject of the big picture. That there’s more to yoga. That is why we decided to share this workshop with everyone.
In the present-day society, we always seek for answers. It’s so easy to search about the yoga philosophies on google. However, reading it doesn’t become knowledge.
Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? Your parent or family or friend probably explained to you the steps and tips. Then boom! You were able to ride it! It probably wasn’t that easy. You rode it multiple times, falling over, and getting up again and again and again. You brushed up your skills over time through practice.
Yoga is just like riding a bike.
You learn the concept, and you put it into practice.
You probably read or heard all the benefits of yoga. However, the biggest benefit is to practice it yourself and feel it for yourself. Only then, you will be able to call it yours.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in the middle of my journey.
Whether it be self-care, lifestyle, or wellness, there’s different angles you can try to tackle yoga.
Dec 8, 2010 from 14:30-16:00
Excited to meet you all on the mat for the Yoga101 Workshop!
We’re super excited to announce a number of new deals on ticket packages starting this October, including a special student discount of 15%. Here at Nami Yoga Studio we believe yoga is for everyone- whether you want to continue your practice whilst on a tighter budget or are new to yoga and looking for a way to boost your productivity, mood and overall well being, we’d love you to come along and start yoga with us!
Life in the city can be busy, stressful and leave little time for self care, particularly if you’re studying as well. However, studies have shown that a regular yoga practice (even just once a week) can improve your quality of life and education in a number of ways. Stress and anxiety are common problems at university, with deadlines and exams looming yoga can calm the mind and help you get on with your day, as well as improve memory and attention span! Not only does taking time for yourself helps you to nourish and enjoy your body (whilst promoting self-discipline), yoga can also improve strength and flexibility— correcting that pesky desk posture. And lets not forget the benefits to sleep and immunity that’ll help you to achieve better attendance rates and most likely enjoy your studies to the max.
15% off every ticket:
Drop in (usually ¥3000) now ¥2550
5 tickets (usually ¥11,000) now ¥9,350
10 tickets (usually ¥20,000) now ¥17,000
30 tickets (usually ¥57,000) now ¥48,450 (starting from November 1st)
We look forward to seeing some new faces and practicing with you during your studies, namaste.
Please make sure to bring along your student ID to show for payment.