Meet Liz Naven - a woman of many talent who works from our Hove Office for Fugu PR.
Hello Liz! Can you describe to us a little about what you do?
Hello! I’m an Account Manager at Fugu PR by day and a yoga teacher by early morning/evening/weekend. I also write and edit during the in-between bits (few and far between!).
What made you want to train to be a yoga teacher?
Growing up, I was never ‘good’ at sports. Physical movement in general was quite alien to me and I didn’t enjoy it. But yoga allowed me to use my body in a way that I hadn’t experienced before, to understand the joy of movement. It has made me physically strong, helped me to work through difficult periods in my life and has given me confidence to do so many things I never thought possible - including to teach. I want to help others find the same joy in movement, to make yoga classes more accessible (and less intimidating) and to create a space for other people that challenges them physically and mentally, makes them laugh and makes them feel good. I also really like making playlists...
How do you keep your peace and balance when juggling two jobs?
…practice yoga? Ha! I think it’s quite funny that everyone expects you to be very serene as a yoga teacher, but the reality is I spend quite a bit of time lying down on the floor groaning or waking up in the middle of the night because I forgot to send an email. I love teaching, so that helps, as does serious diary planning. I’m also lucky to have amazing supportive colleagues and pals that keep me going!
What’s your favourite book?
Tough question! My favourite author is Haruki Murakami - I love the way he savours in the intricate details of everyday life, whilst weaving in elements of the surreal and the unknown. 1Q84 is an epic adventure. I think that East of Eden by John Steinbeck is one of the greatest stories ever told. Also, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. I underlined so many phrases in my copy, the language is so beautiful (and a lot of it is set in Mexico City - aka my favourite place in the world!).
What is the most important thing the last 5 years has taught you?
If it’s difficult, keep trying. Especially if it’s difficult AND scary. And even more so if you try and fail, or it’s really rubbish the first few times. Also - always make time for friendship and dancing.
What’s your favourite spot in Brighton?
For yoga - Space. The teachers are absolute babes, the classes feel like magic and the studio itself is in a converted church which is unlike anything else in Brighton. For food - Cin Cin. You can’t beat their simple, fresh Italian dishes and the setting feels like you’re at a dinner party at your best mate’s house. The dream. For dancing - probably The Hop Poles on a Friday night, although I’m also a fan of living room dancing.
You have been bringing your classes to our office in Hove, do you notice a marked change in the people who practice with you after your class?
You’d have to ask them I reckon! I’ve had some lovely feedback - people feeling calmer, happier, more energised, that kind of stuff. My favourite thing was someone telling me they’ve never really enjoyed yoga but they love my classes. That brings me SO much joy. People keep coming back which is always a good sign.
Are you excited about the ground floor in Hove Town Hall?
Very excited. PLATF9RM is such a great community to be a part of - everyone is so bloody lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing it grow even bigger! (hopefully this also means more dogs)
Tell us a secret.
About once a week during winter my dinner is a whole bowl of roast Brussels Sprouts. I just love them - and I’ve converted people too!
If you want to be a member at our space, get in touch for a tour and trial.