Introduction by Vinita - Founder of Bhumi Organic Cotton
We have had a surge of interest of the last few months about conscious consumerism in the activewear realm. People want to exercise in products that they feel right about from the story behind the clothes (especially with no child labour or toxic chemicals) to the way the products perform. The Bhumi Soul Space entire collection is made using organic cotton and recycled polyester from PET bottles, old garments and waste fabrics which would have otherwise ended up in landfill. We asked ourselves what we as a company can do to be more innovative in our socially responsible journey and the answer was clear - recycled polyester. As there is great global demand for active wear we wanted to create products that still have the stretch but are having a more positive impact on the planet - so we use plastic bottles, old garments or waste fabrics that are recycled into recycled polyester yarn.
So we thought we would put our Soul Space range to the test to give you real raw feedback about how the products hold up in varying types of activity to help decision making easier. We are very excited to share real raw feedback from the incredibly talented Teisha Lowry on how our products performed in her exercise regime.
Review by Teisha Lowry - Founder of Indah and Total Reformation
Note: This is an unedited review received from Teisha Lowry.
1. What is your regular training schedule? Usually I train six days per week, sometimes I may not be able to meet that due to the demands of my work as an actor and creator of INDAH which involves a lot of labour of love…I have the luxury of having access to my husband’s health and wellbeing studio - Total Reformation (TR) where I enjoy progressive fitness. This requires anatomical awareness and bio mechanical coordination it sounds full on but it gives me a deeper connection to my body so I can go about my day with energy and strength…rather than conventional exercise which is too much for me and it’s not sustainable. I also train weekly in Krav Maga, a military self-defense and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces; this includes self defence drills, weapons training and MMA (mixed martial arts).
2. What is your favourite Bhumi Soul Space item to wear and why? My favourite Soul Space item to wear is the sports bras, they are give me great coverage and support. I’m only a B size, so they’re perfect to wear all day long because I’m so active I need something comfy without wires and the straps that don’t weigh my shoulders down like a lot of sports bras do.
3. Do you feel the fabric is moisture wicking enough for high intensity exercise? I’ve been the face of a lot of sport brands over the years and one of the perks is you get to wear it a lot. You name it I’ve tried and tested it…haha! The fabric constitution that Bhumi Soul Space uses is so beautiful on the skin it’s nothing like I’ve experienced. I can sweat in it but it allows my skin to breathe naturally. There’s nothing blocking my pores and helps me to detoxify naturally. I think this is the issue full-on-sport brands have these days yes theirs is more wicking but it feels like my sweat gets trapped, and because I feel like I have to wash it so much the wicking eventually wears off anyway. Since have Bhumi gear for the last few months I haven’t had any issues.
4. Do you feel the product moves with you depending on your activity? Because I don’t do yoga or pilates like most people I need something that can sustain the roughness and toughness and all I need is comfort because the last thing I need is seams and flashy zips cutting into my stomach, back and shoulders. I need freedom when I move and I find Bhumi gives me that when I’m training. If I go for a run I will use my compressions etc but I need a Soul Space top to help me move my ribs so it’s not restricting my rotations.
5. Favourite 2 Picks to share - I love the Pin Tank and Chaser Bra because they’re a no brainer. I’m not a fancy dresser I just want something black and simple and these two are my perfect everyday combos.
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6. After sweating in the product and wash and wear how do you feel the fabric has held up? As you can imagine I sweat a lot and I use active wear everyday, so it’s thrown in the washing machine a few times per week. We use palm oil free / toxic free washing detergent I think it makes a big difference on the softness. We don’t use a dryer either and therefore the product just bounces back.
7. Can you briefly describe your exercise intensity and how do the Bhumi products hold up in these activities? My exercise is controlled but medium to high intensity. It depends what I’m doing. For example if I’m doing corrective work these movements are minimal and only moving an inch at a time, even though they’re minute, I’m covered head to toe in sweat and requires medium intensity because I’m not jumping around like a bunny. Then I go to more extreme large dynamic movements in our athletic classes at TR, and this involves a lot of plyometric controlled jumping up and down and laterally. With Krav Maga, this requires just as much strategic thinking and awareness because my coach is 110kg and we’re doing things from kicking, boxing, wrestling to real-world situations and extreme efficiency.
8. Would you recommend Bhumi for activewear and Why? Yes! OMG I am walking talking advertisement at the moment. Not only am I loving the product, but what Bhumi stands for; empowering humans to make a positive difference. Bhumi and I are on the same page when it comes to self-love and our environment. I produce ethical sustainable skincare and perfume and my husband promotes sustainable movement, so this is the perfect ménage à trois. I love the fact that Bhumi uses organic cotton and their polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles. We all need less but at the same time we need unique products that last the test of time and can make a difference in this world; if we can turn it into something else that benefits others and our personal wellbeing and our world then I am all for it.
9. What is your favourite pre exercise thing to do and why? My favourite pre-exercise thing to do is to work on my breath and voice. I think as humans we all need to relearn how to breathe. We grow up and our hinderances become so ingrained and we become so withdrawn from ourselves that we lose who we really are. Since working with a particular acting method called PEM (Perdekamp Emotional Method) I’ve been able to connect my breath with my inner-self to give me an understanding and awareness not only personally but also professionally…in training, acting, relationships and using my inner voice. I’ve been bullied most of my life and I’ve been told to be quiet so much that I’ve had to learn how to speak. So this is what you’ll find me doing, creating this energy inside of myself every morning so I can be a better human and perform at my optimum level.
10. What is your favourite thing to do post activity? Currently we finally have some warmer weather in Melbourne. Luckily for me my life is based by the ocean, so once I’ve finished a workout I head to the beach for a swim, this really helps with my recovery. Once I’ve showered I cover myself in my Post Workout Body Balm; it’s a soothing sports balm that isn’t harsh on your skin or overpowering like a lot of other rubs, and if I’m sore I’ll use it with some Myofascial release (MFR) using trigger point balls or a thera cane.
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Teisha Lowry established her own company INDAH in 2008, which is now recognised globally as a favourite organic beauty brand. Teisha is passionate about promoting environmental causes including campaigns for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, deforestation for the use of Palm Oil and disaster relief in Australia. Her environmental efforts have been recognised by numerous publications including The Age, InStyle Magazine, Green Magazine & Wellbeing Magazine just to name a few. In 2014, Teisha and her husband Darren Cox opened doors to one of Melbourne's most unique holistic performance studio called TOTAL REFORMATION. Teisha has received training from the worldly recognised C.H.E.K Institute as a Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and also qualifies as a Personal Trainer, Master Aromatherapist, and Natural Therapist specialising in Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Therapy.
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