It’s that time of year again where every yogi gets a little spring in their step as they prepare for the Om yoga show at Alexandra Palace.
Autumn is upon us and it’s a great time to let go of anything holding you back. My yoga always changes this time of year and I look towards more yin based grounding work. Saying that, my yoga follows no formula and I am always open to the evolution of my practise. Going to Om each year certainly helps with that.
With over 200 open classes throughout the weekend, visitors are treated to hour upon hour of free yoga with leading teachers across the world. Open classes are suitable for all levels, providing the perfect opportunity to try something new. More in-depth yoga workshops, available to book in advance, give visitors the chance to focus on specic disciplines.
The best thing about Om is there isn’t any yoga snobbery. You don’t have to be a yoga teacher to get the benefit. This is what yoga should be about – total inclusivity and union. Whether you have a favourite YouTube yogi such as Steffi White or follow a traditional world reknowned teacher like Tara Stiles you’ll find someone to rock your yogic boat at the show.
This year there is a big focus on children’s yoga with Yogabeez offering a bespoke studio to provide yoga classes throughout the weekend for little yogis. Robin Watkins will also be offering classes to teens to help with stress.
There’s also a substantial amount of exhibitors offering every yoga product under the sun. Sounds overwhelming right? Well here are my top tips to get the most out of the weekend:
- Dress comfortably – You’ll probably take part in a few classes when at Om so dressing in jeans and heels will not work! Make sure you wear yoga clothes and maybe bring a change of clothes just in case. The venue is massive so can get a little cold when not in practise so bring something warm too.
- Don’t overspend – there are so many tempting exhibitors there so think to yourself what you ACTUALLY need to do yoga. I mean, you don’t even really need a mat so don’t feel the need to buy every single accessory out there as your practise is all about you and not a fancy yoga wheel.
- Optimise lockers – If you are going there to spend money on a new mat or end up collecting lots of leaflets then don’t carry them around with you all day (especially not into classes). There are lockers at the venue that you can use to store your goodies.
- Bring water – goes without saying – it’s a long assed day.
- Plan – Despite there being lots of free classes, if there is a teacher that you love that’s offering a paid class, make sure you prebook. Also, if you’re going there with an agenda i.e. to find a teacher training program then read up on who offers what before the show so you know who to speak to.
- One day is not enough – Owing to the amount of classes and how much fun it is I would recommend a two day ticket. There are so many cheap air bnb’s in the Muswell Hill area if you are travelling in from outside London, plus free courtesy buses from the city so make a weekend of it! You’ll get to meet lots of lovely yogis while there.
- Keep your eyes peeled for 241 tickets – lots of voucher sites and press offer BOGOF on tickets at this time of year so don’t be afraid to search out the deals.
A ticket to the OM Yoga Show also includes entry to the Mind Body Soul Experience, taking place in an adjoining hall. Here you can stock up on crystals, have a reiki session and anything else you might fancy.
Basics to know
OM Yoga Show
19th, 20th & 21st October, 2018 Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
Friday 11am – 6pm | Saturday 10am – 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm
Online: Adults £12 | Concessions £10
On the door: Adults £15 | Concessions £12 Two and three day tickets are also available
Free show guide
Register for your free show guide at london.omyogashow.com
If you see me wandering around, come and say hi. For those of you that can’t make it, I’ll be covering all the best bits via my blog and for a few publications so keep your eyes peeled.