Yoga Nidra Workshop at SharedSpace

Yoga Nidra Workshop at SharedSpace

I’m so excited to team up with SharedSpace in Hong Kong to bring you a Yoga Nidra workshop on 29th July from 2pm-4.30pm. It’s such a beautiful space!

If you don’t yet know what yoga nidra is all about, now is the time to try it! This is such an incredible practice – it’s hitting a pause button on your life! It helps you feel completely relaxed, focused and clear – and so much more.

Also known as yogic sleep, yoga nidra is one of the deepest forms of meditation. It’s a combination of allowing your body to relax while you keep your mind awake. By doing this, you reach a profound state of relaxation.

It’s a kind of internal yoga, practiced lying on your back with your eyes closed. The hardest part is actually staying awake! Yoga nidra enables you to let go of all ingrained tension and stress. But relaxation is just the beginning – yoga nidra can truly transform your life.

Practicing yoga nidra gives you access to your subconscious mind. It’s like opening a door to your inner world. Things your have suppressed start to bubble up to the surface. By bringing up things you didn’t even know were affecting you, yoga nidra enables you to release old thought patterns and behaviours. Your mind is also extremely receptive in this state, which is why we also work on manifestation during yoga nidra.

During the workshop, we’ll explore how yoga nidra works and the many benefits it has to offer. We’ll then do a gentle flow for around 45 minutes, designed to relax the body and release any tension.

You’ll then come into your most comfortable position as I guide you through an hour long session that will leave you feeling totally blissed out.  There will be time for questions at the end, over a cup of tea and treats.

The workshop includes a free 30-minute track that you can use to continue your practice at home. The workshop costs HK $500.

Places are limited – drop me a message to save your spot!

Body Scan Meditation – Relax in minutes

Melt away stress and anxiety in a matter of minutes with this simple body scan meditation. This is a great way to unwind after a busy day. The guided meditation allows you to completely relax in a matter of minutes.

This is also a great practice to do if your busy mind prevents you from sleeping! It helps you get our of your mind and into your body. After a few minutes you should feel relaxed enough to drift off into sleep.

This kind of guided body scan meditation is recommended by well known meditation teachers such Deepak Chopra.

And if you have more time to spare, then delve into even deeper relaxation with a yoga nidra session.

Download a free yoga nidra track and try it for yourself.

VIDEO: IRIS Yoga and Wellness Festival 2017

IRIS Yoga and Wellness Festival 2017 | Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible weekend this was. I spent the weekend of 27 to 28th May at IRIS Your Escape, Hong Kong’s biggest yoga and wellness festival. The energy and the community spirit was beautiful.

Thousands of yogis gathered together – moving, breathing and flowing as one. It was magical. I drank it all in and then grabbed my video camera… once a journalist, always a journalist. I just couldn’t help myself!

I also led a yoga nidra class at IRIS. Nothing could have prepared me for the feeling of gratitude and awe that flowed through me during the session.

There were so many people – the meditation dome was completely packed so people started to lay their mats around the dome and then quickly spilled out all over the lawn. There must have been about 80 people there… my biggest class to date!

I sandwiched myself between the meditation dome and the lawn (in full sun – yes, I am sunburnt!!) and tuned in to the beautiful sounds of Diana Minikeva playing her hand pan. And off we went into a deep state of profound relaxation.

This was one of my happiest moments since arriving in HK three months ago. I let it flow through me and felt so deeply connected to all the beautiful souls who turned up to share in the magic of yoga nidra with me.

I am deeply grateful to everyone who came, and to the organisers of IRIS for putting together this incredible, heartfelt event. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

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Yoga nidra helps you deeply relax and let go, but it goes so much deeper than that. It can truly transform your life and start to reprogramme your subconscious mind. Try it for yourself.

♥ FREE YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION

Yoga makes you strong – core strength video

Strong is the new skinny…

Yoga is amazing in so many ways, including the way it makes you feel STRONG. Holding plank pose, chair pose or a Warrior II is challenging – 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*. 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. Not running away or giving up. Just staying and breathing. And by doing that, we  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. I remember years ago wanting to be super skinny, so I could fit in to UK size 8  jeans. I could do it for a short while, but I didn’t feel good – I was weak and had no energy.

I’ve since realised I would much rather be STONG than skinny.

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

Now THAT is so much better than just fitting into size 8 jeans, wouldn’t you agree?

Try out this core strength video for my top three favourite poses for the core and get ready to get strong!

* Please note, if anything hurts or doesn’t feel right, then you should immediately come out of the pose. I am not referring to anything feeling painful, just a sensation of your muscles working.

 

Visualisation – your key to success

Professional athletes have long used visualisation to boost their performance. It’s one of the most powerful tools you can use to achieve anything you want, from speaking confidently in public to staying disciplined on a diet. And you don’t need to be a professional athlete to use it!

It’s so powerful because your brain cannot tell the difference between what you imagine and what you actually do. Research shows that thinking about an action — even while your body is at rest — fires the same neural pathways in your brain as you though you are actually doing it. How amazing is that?!

Visualisation can be the key to helping you be and do anything you want. So how do you do use it most effectively?

Here are a few top tips:

1) Make the images as specific and as detailed as you can. For instance, before giving a speech, visualise the room where you’ll be speaking. See yourself confidently walking up to the podium, looking out at the audience and speaking with a strong and clear voice. Imagine each part of your speech, the loud applause at the end and people giving you positive feedback afterwards.

2) When you visualise, put all of your senses into the picture. What can you hear, smell and touch? Immerse yourself fully into the picture so that it seems as though it is actually happening.

3) Allow yourself to feel the end result of having achieved your goal.  Ask yourself, “How do I feel when this happens?”  Most likely you’ll get a good feeling throughout your body. This is what you want to add to your visualisation.

4) Be the star, not the audience. Visualise from your own perspective, rather than watching events from the outside, as though you’re watching a film. In the speech scenario, look out at the audience and see them looking back at you.

5) Practise. Visualisation comes easier to some, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve if you find it difficult at first. Visualisation is a skill – everyone can learn it and the more you practise, the easier it will become.

A good way to start honing your visualisation skills at the beginning is to simply imagine an everyday object in your mind.

Take an apple for instance and then start to see all the details – the changes in colour, in shape, the smell, how firm it feels in your hand. Try to keep your focus for as long as you can. Then throughout the day, take a moment and bring that object back to mind. The more you do this, the sharper the image becomes and the easier it is to start visualising other things.

The power really is in your hands (and mind) to be and do anything you want. So what are you waiting for?

To help you along the way, I’ve recorded a visualisation meditation for you – apply the tips I’ve outlined during the meditation to start creating the life of your dreams!

Arm balance tutorial – Baby crow pose

I taught an arm balance flow at YogaUP a few days ago and was reminded how much I love baby crow pose! This is such a ‘cute’ little arm balance!

But more than that, it helps you build your confidence and strength to come into full crow pose (on your hands). When I first started practicing crow pose, the fear of falling flat on my face really held me back. But the fear of falling is taken away in baby bakasana as you’re only a few centimetres away from the ground.

And by practicing this pose, you’re focusing on building a strong foundation in crow pose. When you’re ready to come into the full crow pose, check out my top tips right here.

Watch the video to find out the five key things to work on to fly your baby crow! 

If you do try the pose after watching the tutorial, I’d love to see it!

So snap a photo and share it on Instagram – make sure to tag me @rosiyogi so I can see it!