Project OM Launch

As part of the Orlando Wretlemania weekend, we were invited to take part in the Project OM Launch. This is a fundraising initiative supporting Susan G Komen. (Breast cancer research here in the states). AND IT WAS EPIC! The goal of this project is to have 1 million people take part in a yoga class between 12th and 14th May to raise funds and awareness in the hope of eliminating breast cancer in the U.S BY 50%, by 2026. 
The atmosphere was positively infectious with an array of participants who had travelled from as far as Canada to take part! There was in total 161 of us participating – a DDPYoga workshop record. The event was headlined by the man himself, DDP and the gorgeous Maria Menunos (Just so my UK friends know she’s a celebrity over here on daytime tv). There were also a couple of WWE stars taking part: Natalia, Dana Warrior (who is inspirational!) and Titus O’Neil. That man is so tall! I felt ridiculously short in comparison! 

The workout itself ROCKED – DDP made it accessible to everyone, as you would expect. The cross section of participants ranged from yogis, people affected by breast cancer to WWE fans who may never have stepped on a yoga mat before. The room was electric and it was so warming to be in a judgment free zone for a lot of the people there. It was also great for the yogis to experience DDPYoga too as some of them have never tried it before.

The sponsors were super and gave us a lot of free stuff including Manduka (a specialist yoga mat company here in the US) who provided us all with yoga mats, and blankets, DDPYoga which gave us all free pink t-shirts and WWE who arranged the event to coincide with the 2017 wrestlemania. There were also huge fruit cocktail kebabs (kebobs as Americans know them!) to munch on too, which was very much welcomed after the workout. 

We met a great deal of people at the event and saw some lovely familiar faces too (the Travel Smiths clan). Marcel who is a DDPYoga instructor from Canada finally met me after I had evaded him (completely by accident) for so long! He was in the UK in 2016 and taught a guest spot at one of Haydn’s classes but I missed him! I also met the lovely Lori from Florida – another instructor (in training?). Best of all I met the mama of Christina from Bodyrebooted. Christina if you read this I may have to steal your mum! 
Here’s Christina and I doing the M challenge at Kennesaw for Project OM (do you like how we used the canon to make an O?!)

If you want to get involved and take part, click on the link below:

https://www.manduka.com/projectom/

“Positive, powerful change needs to start from the ground up. Or, in many cases, from the yoga mat up. That’s why Manduka, the industry’s most trusted yoga brand, is hosting the world’s largest yoga class of one million bodies strong to benefit Susan G. KomenĀ®.
We share the collective goal to do great things – for our bodies, for the bodies of others and for the world. From May 12-14, be part of something epic.”

Gut Instinct

Today was the first day of Haydn easing into the new work environment at the DDPYoga Performance Center. I don’t think of it so much as work for him, more of a vocation as he loves it so much! Filming for the DDPYoga Now App was taking place and it is always exciting to participate in. It was a live beginners workout and the place was heaving with energy and yoga mats. 

I like to go on the floor normally, but today was an exception as it was pretty busy. Next thing I know is Haydn and I are on stage with Garett (leader of Team Red Headband), Ted (the most charming 82 year old on the planet) and DDP – eek! I never go on stage for the workouts and this was a real test of my ambidextrousness to mirror image Dallas’ callouts (left becomes right, right becomes left) . I had brain-fry! But it was SOOOOO MUCH FUN and the calorie burn was pretty good as a result!

Soon after the workout, I was getting changed and caught a glimpse of a client who I thought was stretching her legs in the corridor. No one else was around at this point. I carried on sorting my clothes out, but then heard a bang….  I jumped out (thankfully with most of my clothes on!) as my gut told me something was wrong, and said “are you alright? “. Her head had hit the floor, but she was conscious. She quietly responded: “SUGAR”. I thought, “oh sh*t is she diabetic?” It turns out she’s hypoglycaemic… Now where can I get sugar in one of the most sugar free buildings I know?! 

I called for some swift assistance and received some help in the form of peppermint, a cinnamon roll, and dried mango. But none of this was any good… She needed sugar in her system and she needed it pronto. 

Thankfully Team Red Headband came to the rescue! Garret sorted the lady out with some orange juice – that never even crossed my mind.  It worked! And it worked quick! I had been so worried. I sat with her for a while whilst she stabilised and learnt her name. 

I’m so glad to have met her as I’ve learnt so much from that experience. It’s the first time I had encountered a hypoglycaemic attack and now knowing how to approach it, I feel ready if it ever happens again. I’m so glad that I was there at the right time.

Today’s life lesson – Trust your instincts. If you feel something needs addressing, DO IT!!! If someone you see is in anyway vulnerable, give them a helping hand, even if it’s just to check they are ok. You maybe the angel they need right at that moment.

“Some of the best advice you’ll ever get, will come from your gut instinct.”