Morning yoga for beginners

Morning yoga for beginners | Sometimes simple is best… and that applies to your yoga practice as well!  This 20 minute morning yoga for beginners class includes some of my favourite moves that will help you wake up, feel good and get set for a great day ahead. Sneak some yoga practice into your day (especially those busy days) and you’ll find everything just runs smoother…

Going forward, I’ll be posting a new yoga video the first Tuesday of every month. If I can, I’ll also throw in a surprise meditation video too.  Let me know what you’d like to see on my channel and I’ll do my best to make it happen… I’ve had lots of requests for a some deep stretches so that will most likely be up next!

This video was shot on the roof of the building where I live in Hong Kong – that particular day happened to have even more planes and helicopters in at the air than usual so they make quite a unique soundtrack!!

 

Full Moon Yoga

Full Moon Yoga and Meditation Class at Cabana

What an incredible start to 2018 with not one, but two super moons! With so much lunar energy in the air, it’s the perfect time for a Full Moon Yoga and Meditation class.

But this Full Moon class will be extra special… 

I’ve teamed up with the stunning Cabana beach club in Repulse Bay and will be hosting a Full Moon Yoga and Meditation class on Saturday, 3rd February from 10-2pm. The view from the rooftop (our yoga space!) is absolutely breath-taking.

Full Moon Yoga at Cabana

Here’s what you can expect…

10:00 – 11.00: Lunar Yoga Class

11.00- 11.15: Full Moon Guided Meditation

11.30: Fresh juices and fruit

11.30 – 2.00pm: Relax on Cabana’s roof-top, including soaking in the Japanese hot tubs

Lunar Yoga Class

The yoga class is designed to invite all the qualities of the full moon into your yoga practice – that soft, expansive and powerful energy of the moon. Keeping everything soft and fluid, we’ll flow through a variation of moon salutations and a gentle flow. This stretchy, feel-good flow will help help you tap into a deeper sense of well-being and feel great in your body.

Full Moon Guided Meditation

We’ll finish with a guided meditation to help you set your intentions for the coming month. This is such a powerful way to align yourself with whatever it is you want to manifest in your life.

Fresh juices and fruit

A selection of fresh fruit and juices will be served on the rooftop after class.

Use of Cabana’s stunning roof-top

After class, you can relax on the loungers and enjoy the stunning the views from the rooftop. You can also have a soak in the Japanese hot tubs and drink in this uber-luxurious setting.

Important Notice

Please note that the roof-top will be heated, but I would advise bringing a soft warm top and cosy socks. Please also bring your own yoga mat for the class. If you don’t have a mat, please message me and I will arrange one for you.

I really hope you can join us for a bit of full moon magic – this is a day you don’t want to miss!

Feel free to drop me an message if you have any questions.

Investment: HK$700

Book your spot here.

VIDEO: YOGA FOR CORE STRENGTH

Yoga for Core Strength. Get ready to get strong! Try out this video for my top three favourite poses to strengthen the core.

Working on your core helps improve nearly everything – your balance, your posture and your stability, just to name a few!

Yoga is amazing in so many ways, including the way it makes you feel STRONG. Holding plank pose – you feel your muscles working (ok, sometimes burning!) and often you feel like just getting out of the pose.

But if you stay, that’s where the real magic of yoga starts to come into play.

When you feel like just giving up, tell yourself you’ll hold on for one more breath (but if you’re in pain, you should always stop). And then perhaps, you can hold it for another breath. And another.

In this way, yoga teaches us to draw on our inner reserves. To stay when things may start to feel uncomfortable and face that challenge head on. And by doing that, you get stronger… not just physically stronger, but mentally too.

When we learn to do this on the yoga mat, we start to do this off the mat too. You’ll find yourself facing sticky or uncomfortable situations head on. Turning to your breath and dealing with whatever is in front of you.

And being strong is where it’s at.

Strong on the inside and out. Standing firmly on your own two feet, claiming your power and tackling whatever presents itself to you with ease and with confidence.

Now I’d love to hear from you – what are your favourite poses to feel strong and unstoppable?

Tap into the Super Moon's Super Powers

How to tap into the energy of the Super Moon

Tap into the Super Moon’s Super Powers

The only Super Moon of 2017 is today, the 3rd December 2017. Just like a super hero, the super moon has its own special powers. Its energies can help bring to light and then wash away all our ‘stuff’ – all those negative charges, stuck emotions and fears. That’s why this is the perfect time for clearing and for growth.

What is a super moon?

It’s a super moon when two things happen at the same time: 1) there is a full moon and 2) the moon is closer to the earth than usual due to its orbit.

On a physical level, this means the moon will look bigger and brighter.  But, it’s on an energetic level, that its super powers can really be felt.

What are the super moon’s super powers?

During every full moon, all our emotions are amplified and exaggerated – the positive and the negative. So if you’re feeling good, you will feel really good. The flip side to that is that is feeling a bit off, you will feel really off!

This is multiplied during a super moon, so it’s even more important to pay attention to what you’re feeling and thinking.

If you allow them to, suppressed feelings will start to surface. All those stuck emotions (the ones you try to push back and deny) will become very apparent. It’s a bit like shining the light on your ‘shadow side.’ But rather than pushing those feelings back down, the full moon gives you the opportunity to acknowledge them, process them and let them go once and for all.

Yoga + full moon = magic

Yoga helps this process even more. It’s on the mat that all those repetitive patterns and limiting beliefs are revealed to us.

Pay attention to your thoughts during your practice – are you judging yourself for not being flexible enough, strong enough, or ‘good’ enough? Do you give up before you trying because you’re afraid of failing? Are you constantly comparing yourself to the person in front of you? Pay attention to your inner dialogue.

But also pay attention to your body – where do you feel tight? Where do you need to create more space? Ask your body what is stuck in that place. A lot of emotions get stuck in the hips, the heart space and the lower back. Seek out those places and try to feel what is there and why it’s there.

This is your ‘stuff’.

Clearing Meditation

The full moon emits pure energy (and super moon gives you an extra dose of that). Soak it in as much as you can.

This is a meditation I often do on the night of a full moon…

Sit in stillness directly under the moon light – outside is ideal, but if it’s not possible, sit in front of an open window. Allow your body and your mind to settle. Focus on your breathing.

Once your mind is quiet start to connect to the moon’s energy. Feel it all around you. Feel it’s soothing, calming energy on your skin. Don’t rush. Now allow that energy to penetrate your skin. Invite it it. Drink it in.

Visualise this bright, pure energy flowing through every cell in every part of your body. Really feel it shining brightly into all those dark corners of your body. Pay extra attention to any parts where you know you have some stuck emotions.

Drink it in until you are completely full of this brilliant white light.

Now visualise this pure energy start to radiate outwards – to the front, to the back, above you, beneath you, to the right and to the left.

Sit now in this big bubble of pure lunar energy.

Stay here as long as you feel like it and recharge from the inside out. When you’re ready slowing bring your awareness back to your body and open your eyes.

And that is how I tap into and use the super moon’s super powers. I often do this after a few rounds of my own variation of moon salutations. Why not try it out and set yourself up for a supercharged month ahead?

Now I’d love to hear from YOU!

Let me know what you think of this of this meditation, or if there is anything else you do to invite the energy of the moon into your life and into your practice.

Happy Full Moon, everyone.

Out of body Experiences Hong Kong

Out of Body Experiences Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) recently interviewed me about out of body experiences (OBEs). A reporter from SCMP was at my talk at the Garden Gathering and she reached out to me to see I would like to chat more about these life-changing experiences.

My first thought was ‘of course,’ but then a little part of me thought, ‘hang on, then everyone is going to know about them!’ You see, for years, I have kept these experiences to myself as I know full well how crazy and they sound.

If I had not experienced them for myself, then I too would be very skeptical. And I think that is a good thing!

You should be skeptical.

It’s a bit like someone describing what it’s like to fall in love – they can talk about that sense of deep connection, they can tell you about butterflies they feel and that desire to do anything for that other person. But until you experience it for yourself, you cannot truly KNOW what this feels like. You need to experience falling in love for yourself to truly know what it is like (and isn’t it just the best feeling in the world?!). But until you do, don’t take someone else’s word about how it feels like. Experience it for yourself. Only then can you truly KNOW.

The same goes for out of body experiences. To truly know and understand what they are, you have to experience them for yourself.

So don’t believe me. But be open to the possibility that they are real.

And then maybe, just maybe, you might find yourself one day having one of the most extra-ordinary, life-changing experiences for yourself. Because when you KNOW that you are so much more than your physical body, everything changes.

OBEs are a gateway to knowing how truly unlimited you are. They enable you to see for yourself the incredible power of your thoughts and to connect to your real self…You tap into that light, that spark that resides deep within you. That is the real you – and OBEs take you there.

If you’re interested in learning more, then drop me a line. If there is enough interest, I will hold another talk in Hong Kong.

Read the SCMP article here.

Photo: Courtesy SCMP

VIDEO: Yoga for Relaxation

Hello yogis! Are you ready for a yoga for relaxation class?

This 15-minute flow is designed to help you release tension and open up your body. This sequence is for all levels, beginners included and will help you release tension in your hips, hamstrings and shoulders. You’ll feel relaxed and refreshed at the end of class!

I shot this video at beautiful 53 Hoi Ha in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. I fell in love with this place when I went there last week. It’s STUNNING. I shot three videos on the rooftop, but disaster struck when my microphone decided to stop working! I only discovered this when I started editing the videos and it wasn’t a good moment! I was so disappointed, but I did manage to rescue this video – the audio isn’t great, but the flow (and the setting) is pretty sweet….

I am teaching a Full Moon Yoga Retreat in 53 Hoi Ha on 4th November and will have a spanking new microphone so will try to shoot a couple more videos. I love the idea that no matter where you are in the world, we can practice together – and this setting is amazing!

This sequence is perfect to do before a yoga nidra session – so practice first and then grab your free yoga nidra meditation for total relaxation!