29/05/14: Yoga Show Blog

I was asked by the Om Yoga Show about the possibility of having a stand at the Manchester show where there was an area dedicated to local teachers. I immediately agreed as I thought it was a wonderful opportunity and as having attended previous shows I knew it would be great fun.

During my planning for the stand I decided to create goody bags for the show with all my marketing material enclosed plus some tantalising treats to make the bags even more ap-pealing! I was very lucky to receive samples from Lavera, Pukka Herbs and Neal’s Yard. We also had some lovely eye masks to sell made by Emma scented with rose or lavender. (Do contact us if you wish to buy any as we have some left over and are selling them at £5.) 

As the date drew nearer I became very busy organising all the necessary paraphernalia required for the show. Chris and I worked extremely hard on researching and putting ideas together and Chris designed some wonderful posters and flyers. This culminated in an evening spent with Chris and his fiancee Sophie filling 500 goody bags with flyers and treats. The night ended on a good note with a Nepalese takeaway as a reward for their hard work.    

On the Friday preceding the show Emma, Chris and I met up at Manchester Central to as-semble the stand. Despite my attention to detail I had still forgotten an important require-ment - a tablecloth! By the time I returned from town tablecloth in hand Emma and Chris had finished and the stand looked amazing. What a transformation!

During the event I was given the opportunity to teach a workshop which I built upon the theme of change and how yoga helps us to navigate change. I had no idea how many people would attend the class at 11am on a rainy Saturday Manchester morning. Howev-er, as I nervously approached the room I was pleasantly surprised to see a large queue forming of about 40 yogis. The class went very well and I received some really good feed-back. I also overcame my fear of speaking on the microphone!

As I returned to the stand I could see a crowd of people gathered around our stall. There seemed to be a real buzz and it was really exciting. The days whizzed by and by Sunday lunchtime all the goody bags had been given out. We had met and engaged with many lovely people during the weekend. As the event drew to a close Lee and I dismantled the stand and headed home tired and exhausted but happy.