There’s not many times we’ve written the words ‘yoga’ and ‘rave’ in a sentence, but as newbie yogis, the thought of the two combined definitely excites us.
Normally associated with peacefulness, deep breathing and being quiet, Brighton yoga teacher Cat Duval is turning our pre-conceived ideas quite literally on their head, to bring us one helluva yoga party at All Saints Church on Friday 11th December, between 6:30pm -10:30pm!
We caught up with Nine Lives Yoga founder Cat to chat ditching the usual tinsel and turkey night out, in favour of ‘badass tunes’, natural highs and conscious clubbing…
Can you tell us a little about Nine Lives Yoga?
Yoga for everybody with every body type. I set up Nine Lives Yoga to offer inclusive experiences for people who may not consider themselves as natural yogis. It is all about letting go of fear and reaching beyond the comfort zone to explore possibility in a supportive environment with a sense of playfulness. We create yoga retreats, workshops, and special events like the Yoga Rave and flash mobs. We also offer group yoga teambuilding events, hen parties, bespoke courses and 1-2-1 programmes. Clients range from couples and families who want to connect, to people looking to get more into their bodies and out of their heads, so to speak.
How long have you been holding the raves?
The first one was in a studio in Old Street, London in April 2014, we then brought it to Brighton to studios and private parties where it started evolving. We took it to the British Yoga Festival in December 2014 and then did our first big one in February 2015 when over 235 raving yogis flowed together in sync under the UV lights at the stunning All Saints Church in Hove. The effect was quite simply breath-taking!
This summer we toured on the festival circuit with it, including Wilderness Festival and Movement Arts in Oslo and now back home in Brighton for Christmas. It’s an exciting ride and we have a family of collaborators who have all grown close in this time.
What do you think makes them so popular?
Nine Lives Yoga Rave is all about collaboration and connection. We bring together music lovers and yoga lovers in a beautiful inspiring space to let their hair down. Brighton has so many studios and teachers, it’s a great chance to get together and share our love of yoga, as well as offering people with young families and teetotallers a great night out to enjoy some badass tunes and get high on prana rather than any substances or alcohol. It can be done! And conscious clubbing is gaining momentum – this is for everyone who is into or curious about yoga, who love good dance music. The flow is co-created with the teacher team and it really makes for a special experience.
It’s a conscious clubbing experience that offers a fresh alternative to booze and tinsel with top quality DJ’s, therapy area, stilt walkers and performers, body paints, smoothies, raw chocolate and this time a cacao ceremony to start the night.
What can we expect to see at this year’s rave?
So much! I lead the flow that fuses yoga styles through a group Humandala, into vinyasa with a partner yoga warm down and deep meditation to close. The evening kicks off at 7pm sharp with a heart-expanding cacao ceremony lead by Rozy Kalliabetsos who will set the vibe of the night. I will lead the flow and be joined by some of Brighton’s finest yoga teachers, along with the music until it breaks into a proper rave! Cutting-edge artists Lu:sid and Sonic Enchantment will play a hybrid live set combining deep meditative sound healing, merging into a full-on dance party with tech house and shamanic beats.
The music is slow under the yoga building up and cutting loose into the dance for the second half. You come for the whole experience to ‘go on the journey’ together. This live set will be accompanied by party energiser Ama Zee who will sing us all to high vibrations as we dance.
There will be a lush therapy area hosted by About Balance, LED stilt-walkers and hoopers, Magnus the Masseur with his African Rhythms Massages and The Fan Man experience, geometric string artist K-ev will provide awesome visuals and there will be healthy smoothies from All Good Things and Luscious Lucy’s Raw Chocolate.
Do you have to be a yoga-regular or can complete newbies come along?
Anyone can come! The flow is suitable for beginners to do their first yoga flow, with intermediate variations for the yogis out there – it’s got something for all levels. The Nine Lives Yoga Rave is created for everybody with every body type, it’s on ground level so it’s open access for people with disabilities. Whether you’re a fanatical yogi or complete beginner you’ll be very welcome. The flow is demonstrated by ten teachers in glowing UV who are there to help you feel safe and supported. Come share the yoga rave love!
And finally; how would you describe the rave in just a few words?!
The Nine Lives Yoga Rave is where music and yoga unite. Yoga lovers experience the rhythm of the bass and bass lovers experience the rhythm of the breath!
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? The Nine Lives Yoga Rave takes place on Friday 11th December from 6:30pm at All Saints Church, Hove.
To buy tickets or find out more, have a peek here > http://www.ninelivesyoga.co.uk/yoga-rave-is-back-in-brighton-for-christmas.html.