Poppy has spent 1.5 years intensively training with the Yoga Sanctuary in Southampton as part of the Independent Yoga Network. Her committed daily practice has led her to discover the healing and transformative effects of yoga. Her compassionate classes blend hatha yoga methods of movement with vinyasa flow sequences to create a moving meditation on the pulse of the breath. By easing tension and creating space through the postures we become more present, more energised and more at ease with life. All levels of experience are welcome for anyone who wishes to experience yoga as a technology for ultimate wellbeing.
She is currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Follow her journey on instagram @poppykoumisyoga
‘Kolymbáo’ or ‘Kολυμπáω’ means ‘I Swim’ in Greek. A nod to our Greek roots and an ode to our love of swimming. Early morning lengths at our local pool are a meditative practice, the daily repetition to and fro focuses the mind and energises the body.We love swimming. When travelling we search out the local pool, each one seems to reflect in its protocols something of the culture it is within and the people who use it. This holiday we went wild swimming, connecting with nature, serene lakes and impetuous waterfalls which liberate the soul like nothing else.
However, there is also a harsher reality of the sea. Middle sister Tamsin Koumis spent 2016 volunteering at Dunkirk refugee camp where she and friends set up the Dunkirk Legal Support Team. Most of the refugees she has worked with have made sea crossings to get to where they are now: caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. This water passage is both a deathtrap and a lifeline.
I have wondered how best to support my sister and to do ‘my bit’ for the refugee crisis. Whilst I spent my summer wild swimming in southern France, she was supporting those who have nothing or given up everything to save their family. She has carried a small piece of this pain on her shoulders. Despite these being ‘extraordinary’ circumstances that many of us cannot relate to, their stories are human experiences we must share. We would like to create a response and tribute to the refugees as a small contribution by collecting shared responses to a universal thread that connects us all.
Originally we named it a zine as we didn’t want to expect too much or many submissions. However the (global!) response we have had has been absolutely incredible. A big thankyou to all of our contributors. Kolymbáo is available to buy online here. It will be for sale at our Christmas Pop Up Shop at a discounted rate. All profits raised from the sales go to Dunkirk Legal Support Team.
Jonathan Bean – Rob Campbell Davis – Craig Chalmers – Ioustini Giannakopoulou – Olive Gormley – Matthew Honey – Alice Hume – Suzanna James – Alice Kettle – Tamsin Koumis – Beth Lawless – Siona McClenaghan – Richard North – Leeor Ohayon – Hugo Olim – Jaz Read – Maria Saeki – Aniya Savage – Castro James Smith – Ben Venus – Gary Whiter & Marcus Roe – Althea Wiles
Titian is a brand used to represent three women weaver groups in East Lombok. Due to the economic situation in East Lombok, many of the men are forced to leave the country to find work. The wives are left behind and become the primary income earners. They rely on weaving to support themselves and their families. Titian Art Shop is therefore crucial to help these women promote and sell their weaving products. By purchasing their products, you are helping these communities and supporting female business enterprises in East Lombok.
Weaving is a traditional practice of the Sasak people, the indigenous people of Lombok. Weaving is not only a means of financial support, but of keeping local traditions alive. The weavings made by these women are very time intensive to produce. One product will generally take between 1 to 3 weeks.
The communities represented by Titian are one of the few in Lombok that practice natural dying of textiles. Natural dye is environmentally friendly and reduces the women’s exposure to harmful chemicals. The knowledge of natural dyes has been passed down from generation from generation. For example, the green natural dye is made from the leaves of the mango tree. The leaves are collected from the tree and cut into smaller pieces. The leaves are placed in a pot of boiling water and left to simmer.
We are selling a selection of Titian shawls from our Etsy shop.
On sale at our Christmas Pop Up Shop in December.
kolymbáo – κολυμπάω – i swim
K&K love swimming. Early morning lengths at our local pool are a meditative practice, the daily repetition to and fro focuses the mind and energises the body. Travelling abroad we source the local pool, each one seems to reflect in its protocols something of the culture it is within and the people who use it. Holidays are spent wild swimming, connecting with nature, serene lakes and impetuous waterfalls liberate the soul like little else. However, there is also a harsher reality of the sea. Tamsin Koumis has been volunteering at Dunkirk refugee camp for the past 6 months and has set up Dunkirk Legal Support Team. Most of the refugees she has worked with have had to cross oceans to get to where they are now: caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. This body of water is both a deathtrap and a lifeline.
We are creating a zine for our Xmas Pop Up Shop called ‘κολυμπάω’ or ‘kolymbáo’ which means ‘I Swim’ in greek. A nod to our greek roots and the migrant crisis with it’s particular intensity in Greece for those seeking its shores. The profits raised will be donated to the Dunkirk Legal Support Team.
This is an opportunity to explore ideas of swimming and of water: as a healing force and as a lifesaving tool. Please send us your stories, words, images, illustrations and poems on this theme to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission is Friday 7th October.
Photography by Jaz Read