8,008 km so far.
I am doing a mini teaching tour in Hong Kong, teaching five classes across the four lululemon athletica showrooms in Hong Kong. Today was day one.
I love the lululemon community classes because they are free and open to everyone, regardless of income or fitness level. They often draw students from different disciplines: other yoga styles, cross-fitters, dancers, and runners. This gives me a chance to do what I love best, which is to share the joy of yoga with all comers, from all walks of life.
Today there were several students who I knew already, which is always a nice treat, especially when I am away from my home base. In addition, some of the lululemon staff I have been talking to by email were able take part in the class.
The Perfect Gift
Yoga is useful. My goal as a teacher is to help students see this, experience it, and be motivated to deepen their understanding of this idea. Today I wanted them to experience how yoga can help you become more aware of who you are. At this time of year we are, even more than usual, bombarded with ads trying to convince us that our lives will be better if only we had this item, or bought that beauty product.
Christmas has become the very thing Jesus was trying to prevent when he kicked the money changers out of the temple.
It is important to remember that buying stuff is an external pleasure, and that it is fleeting. The pleasure we get from getting to know ourselves, and from being ourselves, is much more lasting and powerful. Yoga is able to help you learn this, feel it, and tap into it when life gets you down. Inside each of us is the ability to be full of joy, to be happy, even if it is hidden deep below negative feelings.
Jane’s note: Studies have shown that happiness gained from buying material items is fleeting. A purchase can make you happy at the time, but the happiness fades quickly. Spending money on experiences, like a yoga class or a bike trip around the world, gives you more lasting happiness. I wonder if this is because experiences allow you to get to know yourself better, whereas objects are just more stuff?
The way to experience true happiness is not by getting a great Christmas present, and it is not by giving the perfect gift.
The best gift is one you already have. It is inside you. It is you. Yoga is able to help you see this, feel it, experience it, and know it to be true. This was our work today. A tall order for a 60-minute class, but useful nonetheless.
Experiencing Hong Kong
After class we wandered aimlessly through the streets of Soho, which, as you probably know, is our favourite way to experience a city.
The buildings in Hong Kong are like none we’ve seen anywhere else. I can’t get enough of gazing up at them and wondering about all the people inside.
The height of the buildings keeps the streets shady and dark, almost all day. Maybe that’s why there’s so much color.
The dried fish markets here are like none we’ve ever seen, filled with all sorts of sea-bottom creatures for which we cannot imagine any uses.
Stephen has been quite taken with all the signs, indicating odd things that people shouldn’t do.
Even though the buildings seem pressed in on all sides, there’s always room for one more.
When our feet were too sore to walk anymore, we hopped a tram home and spent the evening cooking, working, and feeding our growing addiction to Sons Of Anarchy. ♥