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Glide Yogi: Holly Toft

Holly is an Interior Designer and mother to Eddie and Madison. Eddie loves that he shares the same studio space with his mum and looks forward to the Kid’s Yoga class every Tuesday. Holly attends Slow Flow on Thursday’s with her sister Tilda and loves the space we have created at Glide Yoga.

Where did your yoga journey begin?

I went to my first yoga class with my mum and sister when I was in high school and it has become a constant in  my life that helps me to feel more balanced. Wherever I am living, I always look for a studio that will make me feel comfortable and welcome. Aesthetics are important to me and I need my yoga space to have the right feel, smell and look. When I moved back to Perth from Melbourne I spent some time trying different studios from Scarborough to Freo.

Tell us a little about your experiences at Glide Yoga

I first noticed Glide Yoga when I was walking by one day. I looked it up on the web and liked the simplicity and style of the website. The timetable worked for me and Tilda and so we attended a class together. We liked the space and enjoyed the class, we felt really welcome. In a yoga space where you are trying to clear your mind, you really notice the little things. For me the surroundings have to be just right. I’m very particular about the fine details, the small things. I loved the paint finish, the smell of the spray used to clean the mats, the softness and fall of the curtains which reminded me of an apartment I worked on at Leighton Beach. I like that the mats aren’t rolled and that they are cleaned after each use with aromatherapy oils. The studio felt fresh, clean and has a retreat like calm about it.

In what way has yoga changed your life?
Tilda and I both have incredibly busy lives and it’s important for us to be able to spend time together doing things that help us feel connected. Going to yoga once a week together is such a great way for us to catch up without talking and we always go for a coffee afterwards. It’s so great for us to spend time together without any distractions. There have been days when Tilda has been unable to make it to class and it feels weird not having her there. Since Eddie has been coming to the studio, we have introduced some yoga time at home. I get the yoga mats out, put on some music and Eddie and Madison sit and meditate together. It’s such a wonderful way to get them ready for bed, having some quiet time together. We light candles at bath time and the journey of quietening down begins from there. It’s Eddie’s first out of school activity and I thought he would be clingy at drop off, but he was fine. He loved it straight away and often asks when his next class is, I never struggle to get him there. Last week he came home from yoga with a toy butterfly and I’ve noticed how important it is to him and how he takes care of it.  Madison is keen to join in and will attend the class for her age group.

What would you say to people who are curious but a little hesitant to begin?
Yoga is not for anyone else, it’s not like a dance where you are doing it for performance or show, it’s just for you, for your well-being, to begin to feel and sense inwardly. Don’t be put off by what you see people posting on social media. Yoga is not about perfection, it’s not about doing the pose perfectly. You don’t need to be flexible and what you find easy, know that someone else might find challenging. Everyone is different, so know that your practice is your own journey and that we are all getting the same benefits and even more so if you can’t do it!

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