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Room For Yoga

8,008 km so far.

Teaching workshops on Boxing Day is a sure-fire way to get a room full of dedicated yoga students who want to deepen their practice and learn.

Today I taught two classes at The Yoga Room, and I had the good fortune to have two groups of students who, though they were all at different places in their practices, had one thing in common: a love of yoga.

Yoga Room with a view, Hong Kong.

Yoga Room with a view, Hong Kong.

These are students who have made the effort to get out of the house after a day of feasting and celebrating, and head to a class with a visiting teacher who most of them have never met before.

We worked on using self-reflection to practice asana (the yoga poses) from a place of balanced effort.

Room For Balance

Hong Kong is a hectic city. People work a lot and they work hard; people seem to be burning the candle at both ends.

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This is a city that definitely moves people to excessive effort.

Living your life like this, with too much fire, will eventually lead to burn out. On the opposite end, with not enough fire or effort, your fire goes out, you drop out. Finding the right balance takes patience and practice.

In yoga, self-reflection helps you learn what you need to work on to achieve a balanced state in each of the poses. Too much fire and you won’t be able to sustain the pose, too little, and the pose falls apart.

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As you practice yoga, over time, you are able to learn what your body is doing, what it isn’t doing, what needs strengthening, and what needs lengthening. Striving for self-awareness in yoga can help you bring more balance to your life outside of the studio.

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Through today’s class, through the conversation we are able to have as we practice, I hope this idea started to take hold in some of the students.

Teresa, Stephen, and crochet, Hong Kong.

Teresa, Stephen, and crochet, Hong Kong.

It was a great pleasure to spend my Boxing Day with the students at The Yoga Room, who, thanks to the dedicated teachers there, share a strong foundation of yoga. I look forward to coming back in the New Year.  

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  1. Hi Stephen and Jane. It’s already some time ago since we “met” at the train station in Beijing. We are now in Mui Né, Vietnam, where we enjoy Beach Holidays, time for us, reading (incl. your blog, which is great. We loved to read your stories. The christmas story could have been from us. It’s how we felt as well…) and relaxing. We wish you all the best for 2014. Stay safe and healthy and keep enjoying your travels.
    Nadja & Pascal

    • Jane says:

      So glad you could find somewhere warm and beachy to hole up over Christmas. We’re headed to Vietnam next, so if you have any tips, send them our way. How are you finding the traffic with your bikes?