This month’s Friends of Silou is the radiant Cat Meffan. Passionate Yoga teacher, fitness blogger and retreat owner, Cat makes mulit-tasking whist standing on her head completely effortless. If there is anyone who knows a thing or two about pressing pause and finding balance in a busy work life, it’s this woman! We caught up with Cat to dive a little deeper into how her yoga and mediation journey begun.
How do you like to start each day?
A cup of tea and 10-15 minutes of meditation is usually how I try to start my day. With my job being what it is and not having much routine, it can be tricky sometimes, but just having those two constants keep me on track and anything else like a yoga practice is a bonus.
How long have you been practising yoga for and why did you start?
I’ve been practicing yoga for around seven years. It was on and off at first, but I knew there was something special in it, even at the very start. My background is as a gymnast and dancer, with hypermobile joints, so after quite a few injuries including a knee reconstruction, I decided it was time to learn more about the way my body moves and build the strength I need to let my range of motion be what it is.
What was one of the most powerful takeaways from your yoga training?
It was actually during my yoga teacher training that I realised I was living life at such a fast speed, I was missing out on so much of life’s beauty. I used to see sleep almost as a bad thing, something that was taking me away from doing all of the things I needed to do. It was during that training that I rediscovered my need for self care, sleep and time to reflect. I needed to slow down. A little random that it’s not to do with yoga, but slowing down is the greatest gift I ever gave myself and it all started there.
What advice would you give to those starting yoga and meditation?
Don’t give up after the first try. With regards to yoga, there are lots of different styles and so many amazing teachers, but not all of them will be suited to you. It might take a bit of research and a few trial classes for you to figure out what it is you really want out of your yoga practice. If you’re thinking of starting meditating, the best thing I can say to you is that there’s no such this as a good or bad meditation. Each one is just an experience.
What is your favourite item from Silou?
The grey/blue leggings and sports bra. They fit me so well and feel so luxurious on my skin. I’ve taught in that set quite a few times and am always getting compliments on it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Walking. I love walking. Just being outside in nature sets my soul alight. It’s like I can feel more when I’m outside. And if I’m not doing that, I go totally the opposite way and snuggle up on the sofa with a Netflix series and my dog by my side.
What methods do you employ to be more eco conscious?
I think it’s important when we talk about the matter not to scare people into effectively doing nothing, because everything seems like such a big change. For me it started small… recycling at home, using a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Now I go further. I love fashion and shopping and though I’m most definitely not a saint when it comes to shopping sustainably, I do try to look for second hand/vintage finds and will search for eco-friendly brands too. For the ladies out there, using a menstrual cup is a great one and also doing litter picking in your local area. When my boyfriend and I are out on dog walks, we’ll collect litter we see in the field, as it’s so sad to think that not only is that waste harming our planet, but it could do more harm to a small animal.
What do you have planned in the pipeline?
Retreats are a big part of my passion, so I’ve got three already in 2019, with two more in the pipeline. I’m also planning a mini tour of the UK, doing yoga workshops, which I’m really excited about.
In a nutshell your life philosophy or favourite quote is:
“You can’t rush something you want to last forever” – This was more relevant to me a few years ago, but it’s stayed with me, as it got me through some hard times.