Thursday, 17 May 2012

yoga mat run down: links to make you glow

glowing yoga practice in our raja shorts and
 popeye tee

at the beginning of the week a friend turned to me and said “your skin is glowing! What are you doing?” she was a colleague from my previous life in the world of beauty editorial and I racked my brain pondering my skin care regime. It was only after she left that I realized that the big change was I had upped my yoga practice. Without wanting to sound like an advert for glow yoga, I feel like I’m a shinier happier person too!  It’s a radiance we spot in a lot of our we’ar family, from our yogi and yogini models to those of you who walk through the doors of our boutiques in bali and cross street! Its hard not to glow with joy in our popping shades of tangerine, or our hooray for summer kaftans! so this week it seemed only fair to devote the yoga mat rundown to all things glowing...

glowing corn? thats right corn! the most beautiful corn in the world glows like jewels. it looks like something made in the future but its actually an heirloom  - nature you sure are delightful via  edible geography 

new gold certification for fair and safe conditions for those mining and working with gold keeps the gold trade tarnish free via ecouterre

passion pit - take a walk has been our anthem while running the last few days (good way to get your morning glow on!) if you feel like some music glow check this out via eco salon

love this yoga journal piece on the humble sun salute! with insights from shiva rea via yoga journal

another isnt nature wonderful posts. this time the glowing ocean via new scientist 

cleo is basically the word glow as a person. a friend of we'ar. a yogini, photographer, curator, stylist and  traveller. shes currently in melbourne and we'ar loving her blog posts via violet bones

reuse + recycle should be the first port of call for those things we think to throw away! this time plastic bottles become a glowing, beautiful canopy via not cot

glowing poles that charge electric cars? sounds interesting! via not cot 

we have watched this a half a dozen times at least glowing nature takes over a city for the night - uplifting and beautiful via vimeo 

how to build your creative confidence - amazing ted talk with david kelley, a light bulb moment for many and with applications more far reaching than drawing or design. yoga is afterall creative via swiss miss

and lastly (and slightly random) I’m personally charmed by this diy neon animal garland via design for mankind

anya @ we'ar
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Monday, 14 May 2012

RIO+20 summit

20 years on from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, government representatives will meet at a ‘Rio+20’ summit to discuss sustainable development. The "Rio Connection" campaign across the United Kingdom brings local government together with the public for events to encourage support for the Rio Declaration, which supports the transition to a fairer and greener economy...  

this video made us at WE'AR happy! by reflecting on progress and positivity rather than the negative aspects of the issue, what a great way to get excited about the Earth Summit in Rio and perhaps think of ways we can band together for positive change for the future...
read more about whats been happening at

the team @ we'ar

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fyi... WE'AR have a few sustainable awareness group events in the pipeline! keep in touch via facebook and twitter to hear about how you can join us! 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

WE'AR spotlight: Erica Davis

Erica Davis is a photographer and Bikram instructor - WE'AR met Erica after coming across her beautiful photographs for Magic Carpet Yoga Mats, and were delighted to hear she is living in Auckland and teaching at East West yoga studio. From teaching and taking photos in Honolulu, love, yoga and bicycles brought her here to NZ. We ask Erica about her blended passion for beautiful images and yoga...

Self Portrait Half Moon Backbend Big Sur California 2009

Tell us about your yoga journey to New Zealand...
I visited Auckland for about a month last year and I was able to meet Nikki and check out her studios in Ponsonby and Newmarket.  This year my boyfriend and I were getting things together with visas (he's Australian) and we decided New Zealand would be the best choice.  The allure of touring on our bicycles here also weighed heavily into the decision.  So we moved here from Portland, Oregon and settled in immediately.  I've been teaching 4.5 years and can say traveling is an infallible part of growing as a teacher.  I'm happy to call New Zealand home for the time being.

Why yoga photography? 
I originally went to Photography school earning a Bachelors Degree in Still Photography from the Brooks Institute.  It was there in Santa Barbara California that I found yoga.  Whatever I was doing physically I would photograph it. 
Once I had graduated and became a professional teacher and photographer it was only a very short period of time before the two passions weren't exclusive. Creativity is inspired by movement for me. I started dancing when I was very little and grew up riding bicycles and those things have defined who I am and the aesthetics I create. Yoga became my muse while in training and its been a constant since 2007. Yoga and photography are an obvious match
for its clear demonstrational aspect but also for the potential beauty there is to create.  Especially when done outside. Put a human in a beautiful natural landscape and to me the scene demands a little yoga. Getting yourself to a level thats in step with the sun and moon and earth under your feet while breathing and being still...I don't know what's better really.  So to me that should also be photographed.  

What are some projects you are working on at the moment? 
Photographing the city. Doing stuff with the Magic Carpet Yoga Mats outside. I need to take them out to a beach and give them a good practice. 
I am interested in photographing studios here in Auckland, I've heard there are some nice spaces. Right now my boyfriend Kaspar is my favorite yogi to photograph. He's a new yogi and its cool to see his postures change. 

What feelings do you wish to invoke with your photographs?
 Fun. I'm always tying to have a good time. So that's what I want to take pictures of. The fun stuff I do with my life. I like photographing with natural light and I definitely like taking pictures of people the most. With my yoga photography I'd like to be able to stir an emotion with my images that makes someone want to do something about themselves. Move themselves. Into a shape, into an asana. And find the potential in their own body.

Why do you choose to practice Bikram yoga? 
Hatha yoga, clear concise instructions and heat. It's challenging, its healing, its rewarding.   We're all practicing hatha yoga in some way or another and I happen to like the way Bikram teaches hatha yoga. 
Bikram also reaches a lot of people who wouldn't normally try yoga. I've met so many different kinds of people practicing and teaching this yoga. I like getting to know an eclectic group through trying yoga together. And it holds true all over the planet. Being a part of the Bikram yoga community is like having friends and family around the world. But I really love all yoga.  It makes me feel good no matter what style or tradition. Bikram Choudhury's combination of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises makes me feel the best. 

 Sam O'Keefe Handstand Grant St Beach Western Australia 2011

 Omar Elliot-Green and Megan Mancini Locust Portland Oregon 2012

 Erica and Kaspar Kitchen Yoga Dillworth Building Auckland New Zealand 2012

check out more of Erica's work on her website: 

WE'AR now have a pinterest yoga board! for all our favourite yoga images x x x and remember to keep posted with the WE'AR facebook and twitter for all store news as well as our upcoming Bikram challenge blog series...

maria @ we-ar

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