Yoga Academy at Sea - Rosalie e'Silva

Yoga Academy at Sea with Dream Cruises

Yoga Academy at Sea with Dream Cruises…

Adventure is calling my name again as I’m getting ready to jump on a rather large cruise ship and sail away to Okinawa, Japan!

But this isn’t a holiday… I’m running the ‘Yoga Academy at Sea’ for one week aboard Dream Cruises.

I’m leading a whole host of classes and presentations from 29th September to 6th October.

Now some of those classes I know and love – like my full moon class, sunrise and sunset classes. Can you imagine how beautiful the setting will be for those?

I’m especially excited by the full moon class as it will be a full moon on 5th October and I really hope I can shoot a full moon class for you guys.  I’ll post it on my YouTube channel so watch out for that!

But other classes will be brand new to me… like Beer Yoga.

Personally, I do not like anything about beer – not the smell or the taste! Some of you know I’m Belgian (at least by passport!) and that is a big statement for a Belgian gal as the country is known for its craft beers. The only beer that I have ever liked is called ‘Kriek’. It’s a cherry beer and I only like it because it tastes more like a cocktail than a beer!

But anyway, this beer skeptic is going to be leading a few beer yoga classes.

Rather than poo poo it outright, I’ve decided that I’m just going to embrace it. It’s a chance to be a bit playful and light-hearted in my classes. It might tempt someone to try yoga who wouldn’t be interested in it otherwise. And yoga shouldn’t always be so serious – there is room to be silly and have some fun! But rest assured, my beer bottle will be emptied, thoroughly washed out and filled with water, ha, ha!

In addition to the group yoga classes, I’ll also giving three presentations and running private yoga sessions.

I’ll be talking about:

– What Yoga Can do for You: Five Reasons to Get on Your Yoga Mat
– How Yoga Can Help you Relax and Sleep Better
– Yoga at Any Age – It’s never Too Late to Start

You can follow along with my adventures on my Facebook and Instagram pages and of course Instagram stories!

Or even better, you can join us if you’re free – check out this brochure for the whole Yoga Academy at Sea schedule.

Celebrating 1,000 YouTube Subscribers

I was just uploading a new video on my YouTube channel when I saw it had hit 1,000 YouTube subscribers! What brilliant news to wake up to! Thank you to each and every one of my YouTube subscribers – this is only possible because of YOU! And if you don’t already subscribe, what are you waiting for ?!?

I’ve been making yoga videos for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it. I haven’t shown my channel much love lately though, but this news has totally re-motivated me to keep going!

What started as a way to document my sequences for my classes has turned into a way of connecting with my students across the world. I have students in the UK, France, the Channel Islands, the US, Canada and now Hong Kong! It’s so amazing to think that we can all practice together!

And that takes me to this week’s video… A Chair Yoga class. One of my former students in Jersey told me that her foot was in a plaster and she really missed yoga. So, I made this class that you can practice sitting on a chair! This is the perfect way to sneak some yoga into your day.

If you’re sitting at your desk at work and feel like a few minutes of yoga, then this class is for you! It’s also perfect if, like my student, you’re injured and are not able to practice on a mat.

So rather than rolling out your mat, pull up a chair and let’s get started!

And please let me know if you have any other requests or if you would be interested to practice live with me on YouTube. I’ve been toying with this idea and think it’s about time I stopped thinking about it and just did it!

Wishing you all an amazing day!

 

Full Moon Manifestation Ritual

FULL MOON MANIFESTATION RITUAL

Over the years, I have developed a full moon manifestation ritual, a way of tapping into the moon’s energy to connect to a deeper source… that all-knowing, higher version of myself. From this space, you can harness the incredible power of the moon’s energy to manifest your wildest dreams.

This ritual has served me extremely well over the years. I hope it will help you too in setting yourself up for an amazing month ahead.

This is an abridged version of an article I wrote for the Elephant Journal – you can read the full version here.

Full Moon Manifestation Ritual

On the eve of the full moon, take a glass filled with coconut water (or your favorite non-dairy milk) and sit in the moonlight. Do this outdoors or with the windows open, if possible.

Settle into a comfortable cross-legged position, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Set you intention to connect to the moon’s energy and just bask in the moonlight.

Take a few moments to visualise what you would like to focus on in the coming month. Think about the qualities you need to cultivate to manifest this.

Take hold of your glass in both hands and ask the moon to imbibe your drink with these qualities. Leave the glass in the direct moonlight overnight.

Drink your moon-infused cocktail first thing when you wake up the next day and get set for a magical month ahead.

If you have the time, then it’s even better to practice a few moon salutations before you begin. You can practice my full moon flow with me right here.

Photo: Taken at the beautiful Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong

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