The Om Yoga Show is in London this weekend, so yesterday I dropped by to check out the hundreds of exhibitors. With so much to see and do (including free classes if you have the patience to wait!) it was really very wonderful.
Here are the brands that were the highlight for me…
With London DJ Krystal Roxx on the decks, Five Feathers was hopping with energy and had fab designs (including that rad ‘With Intention’ top) and sweet activewear looks. Five Feathers was founded by London-based yoga teacher Sarah Thompson, and their products are made with sustainable materials.
All the way over from Vancouver was Leah Emmott, founder of Inner Fire, with her stellar yoga apparel designs. I was especially drawn to her tops, which feature witty and pun-tastic mantras that make me smile. I think we’ve all had those I’m just here for the savasana days (I know I have!), and I bet my colleagues at my day job would say I need to make Be a warrior not a worrier my personal mantra.
Another brand that completely caught my eye was Nomad Design. Founded this year by Georgie Olley – who actually makes each of their products by hand – they offer beautiful accessories, such as the lovely yoga mat bags above, from sustainably sourced handwoven textiles. Georgie was there, and told all about how many of the fabrics selected actually have their own story.
I actually met Posto 9, a collection of Brazilian inspired fitness wear, founder Elin Ritter recently for a coffee (there’s a blog post in the works on that one!), and was chuffed to run into her at the Om Yoga Show. She was out in force with lots of great designs and even a range of scrunchies – oh hey 90s-inspired hair accessories! Like her personality, the leggings are bright, colourful, and a treat to practice in.
Raw Freedom by Saskia Fraser
Saskia Fraser provided delightfully delicious raw, vegan samples of recipes from her book, Raw Freedom. The Thai Red Curry packed a punch (I’d love to re-create this at home!) and the Chocolate Orange Mousse (which included avocado!) was mouthwateringly good. And the best bit? Even though we were tucking into tasty treats, the individual ingredients were still primarily fruits and veggies! I’m putting this recipe book on my Christmas List this year.
Made in the USA, Teeki is an eco-conscious activewear line that recycles plastic bottles into clothes. I haven’t practiced in their leggings (and don’t know anyone who has) so I’m not able to comment on how they work on the mat, but my oh my do they look nice!
Now, you lot know I’m a fan of the Hotpod (and its sister Roofpod over in Hackney!), so when I saw Nick Higgins, co-founder, it felt just like seeing an old friend in a room full of new faces. Hotpod is offering classes at the Om Yoga Show, and I highly recommend them.
Today is the last day of the Om Yoga Show, so if you’d like to check it out then I suggest you get a wiggle on!