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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Hi, I’m Stephen. I travel the world leading Adventure Yoga workshops and trainings. Plus I run My Five Acres with Jane. I’ve taught yoga in 25 countries and we’ve had adventures in more than 50! My goal is to empower you to decide who you want to be and what you want from life — and to help you cultivate the courage you need to to go get it.