The Om Yoga Show ~ held at the beautiful Alexandra Palace in London ~ is Europe's largest yoga gathering. It offers three whole days of classes, workshops and lectures, as well as the best in yoga equipment, clothes, jewellery, nutrition, retreats and courses.
We shared a stand there for the weekend with Silverati Jewellery. In the main hall, right under the beautiful Rose Window was a wonderful place to be, in the middle of all the action. Here's what we got up to:
~ Free classes. There are hundreds of free classes across the weekend, most around half an hour in duration giving you the opportunity to try out lots of new things. I managed to squeeze in a quick flow class, but was really disappointed to miss Namasdre - Hip Hop Yoga! I love yoga for its calming, restorative qualities but I also have a passion for dance and embrace any opportunity to combine these things.
As we were on our stand most of the time, we didn't get to book in to any of the workshops, which come at an additional cost, but offer great value for a more in-depth class, with just a few participants. I'm definitely going to arrange cover so I can do some next time.
~ Ate! There is so much on offer, it's tough to know where to head when hunger strikes. There were the Big Juice guys keeping everyone fuelled-up, along with delicious Vegan and Vegetarian food in the adjacent MBS show. The in-house caterers at the venue were serving up good-quality coffee and breakfast/lunch items along with wood-fired pizza. And as if that wasn't enough, there were loads of stalls selling products with free samples to try. Our favourites were Conscious chocolate and Om Bar!
~ Met Goldie! Most people know Goldie as a Drum & Bass legend, but you might not know he is passionate about Yoga. He credits Yoga for creating a lot of positive changes in his life, and his brand Yogangster is his way of sharing his love of yoga around the world.
~ Shopped. This is the ideal place to stock up on everything for yoga, and some! We came away with lots of healthy snacks, as well as our favourite scented stones (Prince of Persia) from the beautiful Henna Den girls.
In addition to all this, tickets to the OM Yoga Show also provide entry into the Mind Body Soul Experience which takes place in the adjacent hall at the same time. Two shows for the price of one! The next Om Yoga Show takes place in Manchester 20-22 April 2018 and we'll be there, hope you will too.