The Daub and Design x Core to Coeur Interview Series: Part I
What is your name and age?
What is your current movement practice?
How did you get into teaching movement and wellness?
What is the hardest part of self care?
What has this year taught you about yourself?
Catherine: I fell in love this year! And my sweetheart and I decided to move in together. I learned that it’s never too late to find love.
Madison: Really, deeply understand my own motivations for doing things. I learned that sometimes you do things for the appearance or to be different. I can waste a lot of time virtue signaling and trying to be unique. I like Starbucks coffee and things to come easily. I learned I’m self interested just like everyone else. I learned what it takes to build a successful scaleable company and how no one, will ever know how hard that is unless they do it and that success is a barometer that is elusive. I learned to keep things predictable, small, and loving. That people who take the time to tell you you matter are people I aspire to be like (Anna below, sent me a care package for the 1 year anniversary of C2C and it still makes me cry thinking about that quiet act of love). I’ve learned you can always do more with so much less than you thought. And that being vegan is hard when you’re stressed out!
Anna: To respect my own boundaries.
Carol: This year has been an incredible opportunity to step away from the rat race, make business decisions that I might have procrastinated about or never implemented otherwise. I learned all kinds of tech stuff and marketing and frankly I feel like I am just getting going. Personally (as an introvert) it has been a joy to have a pass not to be pressured into social situations and to have so much time to think and reflect on what I want my future to be.
Maria: Confidence and more patience.
Lexi: This past year turned my world upside down. I went from traveling across the country to events 2–4x a month to being grounded. The business as I knew it needed to be agile and it was a challenge keeping up to a new online presence, especially with the outpouring of support for small businesses. I was able to focus and spend time on building my business — everything from email marketing, ads, UX design, product development to eventually opening our first brick and mortar store! I grew the team around me and was able to spend time on relationships that have since blossomed. The lifestyle I was previously living was not conducive to personal or professional growth in a sustainable way.
What are your favorite clothes to move in?
Catherine: I like soft, quiet clothing that is not too tight. I’m sensitive to thick elastic bands on leggings or tops. The DAUB bike shorts have the right soft and smooth fit.
Madison: These DAUBs are honestly giving me life. Also — I love to move in dresses, I think we need to start a dress movement movement and make it cool to take yoga and restorative exercise and meditation classes in dresses! Oh and jumpsuits — bedroom to boardroom to Pilates class anyone?
Anna: Anything that feels good and doesn’t make me think “Can I do _____ in this?”. Lately a short dress or tunic top over shorts or leggings are my layered go-to for all kinds of seasons and activities. (Yes to the dress movement movement Madison!! 👆)
Carol: I love baggy clothes like harem pants, Thai fisherman pants, and loose shirts. I also like leggings. Layers. The search for the perfect leggings is like the holy grail for movement teachers. DAUB leggings are so stretchy and thin — perfect.
Maria: Anything I can see my body alignment and long muscles in.
Lexi: I’m usually in DAUB (obviously!) because of the fit and feel of the fabric. I choose the fabrics to be comfortable and help you feeling comfortable and strong. The last thing I want to think about during a workout is if my pants are falling down or uncomfortable. I really want to be able to focus on either my form or practice. I’m looking for items that are breathable and let me move. We’ve got a new Ribbed Collection that I’m obsessed with coming out this July. Right now you’ll find me in the Bike Shorts to keep cool.
Do you enjoy loose or tighter fitting clothes?
Catherine: I need to wear tighter fitting clothes to demonstrate body position while teaching. When I’m walking or paddling, I like looser, lightweight tops and bottoms.
Anna: It really depends on what I’m doing. Both tight and loose have their applications, especially when climbing or teaching. Whatever I’m wearing, the fabric has to feel nice against my skin — these Daub leggings get 4 stars! I also really want my clothes to keep coverage in the right spots but not restrict all that movement!
Carol: Both! It depends. Often when teaching I need to show my position so tighter fitting clothes are called for. When I am relaxing and moving for my own sake, I usually pull on my baggy stretchy pants.
Lexi: Definitely a mix of both. I find I feel most comfortable when I balance tight with looser fit — either loose top with leggings or tight top with a wide leg pant. I have a bust and hips so it’s nice to have some shape with my clothing. My favourite outfit right now is our Bike Shorts with the Alex Tank which is fitted at the bust and loose in the mid section. I often knot it in the front and let the back hang down.
Is it important to you to be able to move well in your clothes?Catherine: Very!
Madison: Super important. If I can’t breathe I can’t wear it; I’ve busted every pair of the crotch part of my pants. I really wish companies would make more durable pants that you can wear in many different kinds of settings.
Anna: Absolutely and not just for the arms and legs either — I don’t want my breathing and core performance hindered by cinching at the waist.
Carol: 100% If I am restricted in any way I can’t get those clothes off fast enough.
Lexi: Of course! It helps with confidence and fluidity of movement. I’m a believer of wearing what feels good and non-constricting. Our organs and body needs space to do their work!
I’m a believer of wearing what feels good and non-constricting. Our organs and body needs space to do their work! — Lexi
Catherine: My life requires casual clothes that can move with me, exactly where I want to go. I don’t have anything in my closets or drawers that would restrict me in any way. Even my “fancy” clothes are soft, stretchy and colorful.
Madison: Because it can be really helpful in relation to anxiety and also encouraging my body to move more if I create a good environment. Good clothing has the power to set me up right where I am more inclined to move when I wear it. Especially working from home — get OUT of those pjs girl.
Anna: Because we [humans] were designed to be free to move in all the ways so the coverings we choose don’t need to interfere.
Carol: I like what Katy Bowman said recently about clothes — she was talking about kid’s clothes and how we have clothes for them to play in and clothes for more formal times. We don’t call those clothes “sedentary clothes.” But that’s exactly what they are!
Maria: You should be able to move your body with freedom.
Lexi:Clothing has always been a way to express ourselves and for women it hasn’t always been about being able to move freely. Historically, many items have done the complete opposite. Luckily times have changed and fashion has evolved to allow us the choice of comfort. Comfort does not have to be about sacrificing style. You can absolutely be comfortable and look pulled together.
You should be able to move your body with freedom.
Do you notice anything different about the way you move in certain clothes?
Madison: A huge thing is being able to sit down easily. When I am wearing tighter jeans or skirt it is impossible to sit down. I think about how that impacts all the things my body needs to do well in order to function well for the remainder of my life.
Anna: A big factor for me is pressure on my abdominal area. Cinching and elastic waistbands make me hold unnecessary tension affecting more subtle things like breathing, ribs, and pelvic movement.
Carol: I like tops that don’t ride up and pants your belly doesn’t push down, so if something is going to “expose” me when I squat or roll around I don’t feel comfortable. I also like tops that aren’t going to expose me when I bend over. I am small chested so I don’t need a bra but I don’t want to bend over and worry!
Maria: Yes, it depends on the quality of the material the clothes are made from and the fitting needs to be anatomically correct.
Lexi: I really can’t wear anything that puts pressure around my midsection. I’m really sensitive and feel it immediately. I need to be able to move through my day or workout without thinking about what I’m wearing. I’m busy — no time for worrying if I’m covered.