Spring Stretch at Sands

There is no better feeling then bringing people together to increase their self awareness. 

There is no better feeling then surrounding yourself with like minded people.

There is no better way to spend a Sunday morning then with YOGA+SCULPT at Sands North Byron.

YOGA+SCULPT

I was super excited when Amanda from Happy Daze blog approached me with this Spring Stretch vision. Amanda wanted to create a morning of self importance, awareness and basically a chilled out event for the local community to enjoy.

The local area of Brunswick Heads and South Golden Beach are special gem coastal towns that are often forgotten or bypassed for Byron Bay. The low key and peaceful vibes are in abundance and we thought there would be no better venue than Sands North Byron to host this event. 

A message from Amanda at Happy Daze - "Thanks to every single one of the ladies (and two extra special men) who attended. Happy Daze was able to make a $360 donation to a local charity. When I was talking to Anne from The S.H.I.F.T Project this week she was overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. The money raised will help fund materials for their creative projects giving the women involved skills and a sense of purpose. 
The yoga was beautiful, the space tranquil and the connection heartfelt. However the most rewarding component of the day was to be the glue that brought these people together to show a simple act of kindness."

Please enjoy the photos and make sure you follow all of us to stay up to date of future events!

If you would like to have YOGA+SCULPT run a yoga class for your next event please contact admin@yogasculpt.com.au

THE YOGA MAT DREAM

It was September 2015 when I started this journey! As everyone knows LIFE GETS BUSY!! The universe will direct you down many different paths and the thrills of life are exploring those paths even if it's in the opposite direction to your true future and true self. 

I found myself following these paths that were my distractions; following the voices in my head that were telling me 'THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING!

My working life has always been a privileged one. I was lucky enough to earn a living traveling doing what I love! I was a young wide-eyed 18 year old traveling the world and modelling full time. Among my travels I discovered YOGA! While on a 3 month contract in India I stumbled across the most incredible temple and people where inside practicing yoga. I joined in even though I could not understand a word of Hindi and they could not understand me. There I was; a tiny blonde white girl joining in their practice just smiling and nodding at them while I copied their movements. I was hooked from that moment!

After spending 5 more adventurous years modelling and travelling I decided I was ready for some stability. I wanted to feel grounded. I was sick of living out of a suitcase and constantly saying goodbye to my incredible partner James. 

Modelling was still apart of my life however it was not my full time income and I was focusing my energy on health and fitness! Health and fitness became my exhilarating passion! I found that buzz that I used to get from modelling. I LOVED HELPING PEOPLE! Achieve fitness goals; achieve personal goals and watching people transform not only their physical bodies but their inner body too! 

Once instructing became an everyday thing I starting searching for the perfect exercise mat... They were all so boring! There was nothing in the market that was inspiring me and encouraging me to get up and go exercise. So... I decided why not MAKE MY OWN YOGA MATS!

The design process was fun! I'm a creative person and seeing my vision come to life was really special. Take a look at some of the early inspiration and design concepts below. 

Stage 1

Gathering colours, designs and pattern inspiration.

Stage 2

Designs go back to graphic designers with my notes for revision and tweaks.

Stage 3

Comparing designs, picking favourites and logo placement.

Stage 4

Being overly excited and proud about the final design selections for the first collection of  Y+S mats.

Things where really starting to come together when... INSERT LIFE DISTRACTION!

I was listening to my head instead of my heart and decided it was time I got a 'real' job. I started working 5-6 days a week. I thought this is what everyone else does, it must be the right thing to do. I ignored so many of my instincts and continued down this path for a whole year! 

After taking a well needed holiday and feeding my soul with my love of travel I realised I had been on the wrong track for the last year! I was EXHAUSTED, RUNDOWN, OVER WORKED, UNDER APPRECIATED AND COMPLETELY DRAINED! I asked myself why am I feeling the worst I have in my entire life when I'm doing 'WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING?

Before returning home I quit my job... It was the most liberating and uplifting feeling!! 

THIS IS THE MOMENT WITH MY HUSBAND AFTER I SENT MY LETER OF RESIGNATION! PURE HAPPINESS!

THIS IS THE MOMENT WITH MY HUSBAND AFTER I SENT MY LETER OF RESIGNATION! PURE HAPPINESS!

Feeling more like myself than I had in over a year I was back to freelancing, working for myself and creating my own path! Listening to my heart always! With the endless support of James and myself I got back to making my yoga mat dream become a reality! 

AND HERE THEY ARE TODAY!!!!! 

Thank you for taking the time to read the 'short' version of the evolution of my YOGA + SCULPT YOGA MATS. I am so proud of these products, they have truly been designed with nothing but love and a good intention. You will feel the positive energy as soon as you step on to your vibrant Y+S mat. 

Love and light to you always! 

Sam xo.

Secrets to a healthy balanced lifestyle

Arcadia Movement!!!!!!!!!! If you have not heard of this brand you soon will! The unique designs and amazing quality are why Arcadia Movement have become one of my favourite activewear labels!! 

It's truly such a blessing to combine my two working worlds together; modelling & health and fitness! I love being involved with brands and labels that genuinely believe in health and wellness! It is evident in the Arcadia Movement's latest collection, they get all the minor details SO RIGHT!! Every piece of the collection is a fit girls dream! STYLE. COMFORT. FUNCTIONALITY

I recently took the time to answer some questions from the designer/owner of Arcadia Movement; my tips and secrets to living a healthy balanced life :) I hope you enjoy it.


What sport or activity do you do the most?
Yoga and walks

What motivates you the most to get out of bed and workout?
The feeling you get once you've completed your workout! I always feel so great and never regret it! 

What is your morning rituals?
Usually coffee first and then some breakfast. Fruit, yogurt and muesli is my favourite! I always enjoy this time before my busy day starts; whatever the day holds I can handle it after coffee and food :)

What is your secret to staying committed to your fitness routine?
As cliche as it sounds everything in moderation and finding a balance that suits me. I don't force myself to go to the gym if I don't want to. I enjoy exercising; yoga, jogging with the dog, beach walks with a few squats thrown in. 

What is one item you could not live without?
My runners!

Whats your biggest guilty pleasure?
I love Yogurt Land!!

Whats your best beauty secret?
Skinstitue products! I swear by them. 

What food trend do you most relate to?
I don't really follow any food trends. I listen to my body and eat what I crave/need. 

What comes first sport/fitness or modeling?
Modeling. Some days I justify it as my workout! Wearing heels for 8 hours and 50+ outfit changes is exhausting! Haha

Who is your celebrity body inspiration?
Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba

Whats your favourite piece in the Arcadia range?
Max Trackie!! Love love love