Rosalie Yoga sankalpa

Set your sankalpa and go for it

I have a vivid memory of talking about the ‘sankalpa’ at one of my yoga nidra workshops and how you have to decide on that ONE goal, that one thing you want above all others.

One of my students asked if we really had to choose just one. And the answer is yes.

When we pour ourselves completely into one thing, all our energy goes to feeding that one goal and success becomes inevitable.

When we try to accomplish multiple things at once, our energy becomes scattered. We may get there in the end, but it will take a whole lot longer and require a lot more energy because we’re constantly stopping and starting.

Think about a snowball rolling down a hill – the hardest bit is starting. Once it gets going, it picks up speed and momentum and gets easier. But if it slows down, you have to get it started all over again.

All this to say that I’ve decided to pour myself completely into one thing and one thing only.

And that means taking a step back from teaching at the moment.

I will no longer be teaching in Hong Kong or uploading new videos to my YouTube channel. And I also won’t be sending out regular newsletters.

I may do one-off events (like the Garden Gathering in Hong Kong in December where I’ll be teaching yoga nidra), but my focus and energy will be on achieving my one big goal.

So you might not often see me here on my website, but you can still practice with me!

I have loads of yoga videos on my YouTube channel and a yoga nidra track on Insight Timer.

And of course I’ll still be around on Instagram and Facebook.

Have you thought about your ‘sankalpa’ lately? What’s the one thing you want to above all others – your heartfelt desire? Pour yourself completely into that one thing and then watch the magic unfold…!

Morning Meditation | 3-minute guided meditation

If you feel like you don’t have time to meditate in the morning, this guided morning meditation is just for you. It’s amazing how just 3 minutes can make a massive difference to your day. This morning meditation is designed to help infuse your day with more ease, joy and fun.

My day always runs better when I take the time in the morning to do this – I created it for myself, but love being able to share it with all of you.. I hope you find value in it too!

It’s on those crazy busy days that you probably need this even more. So carve out just three minutes, find a comfortable seat and hit play… you’ll thank yourself for it later!

Office Yoga | Top three poses to practice yoga at your desk

Office Yoga

We all know that feeling…. after sitting at your desk for hours at a time, you feel stiff and sore and drained. Grumpiness may start to set in at this point…! While I love long, sweaty and challenging yoga sessions, what I love even more is the PRACTICAL application of yoga. Using it to enhance your everyday life… that’s where office yoga comes in. Go from grumpy to glee in a matter of minutes!

So in this month’s Office Yoga YouTube video, I’m sharing my top three favourite poses that you can practice at work, at your desk and feel better in minutes!

They’ll help you work out the kinks and reset so you can carry on with a bit more pep in your step!

This is all from personal experience. I’m a journalist so I spend most of my working day sitting in front of two huge computer screens, writing and editing videos. My shoulders take the brunt of the abuse, but these simple office yoga moves make me feel like myself again…

But just a little note of caution… you might want to make sure there’s no one behind you when you practice these office yoga poses…!

I’d love to hear from you – try them out and let me know how you get on.

Do this for a great big stretch

Do this for a great big stretch…

Sometimes I step on my yoga mat and I feel like a great big stretch… I want to stay a bit longer in poses and go a little bit  deeper. This is my go-to yoga routine for those days!

A nice big juicy stretch does wonders for your body and your mind. It helps you release tension and leaves you feeling happier and lighter… Try it out for yourself and let me know how you get on!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video. I post a new one the first Tuesday of every month!

Full Moon Yoga

Full Moon Yoga and Meditation Class at Cabana

What an incredible start to 2018 with not one, but two super moons! With so much lunar energy in the air, it’s the perfect time for a Full Moon Yoga and Meditation class.

But this Full Moon class will be extra special… 

I’ve teamed up with the stunning Cabana beach club in Repulse Bay and will be hosting a Full Moon Yoga and Meditation class on Saturday, 3rd February from 10-2pm. The view from the rooftop (our yoga space!) is absolutely breath-taking.

Here’s what you can expect…

10:00 – 11.00: Lunar Yoga Class

11.00- 11.15: Full Moon Guided Meditation

11.30: Fresh juices and fruit

11.30 – 2.00pm: Relax on Cabana’s roof-top, including soaking in the Japanese hot tubs

Lunar Yoga Class

The yoga class is designed to invite all the qualities of the full moon into your yoga practice – that soft, expansive and powerful energy of the moon. Keeping everything soft and fluid, we’ll flow through a variation of moon salutations and a gentle flow. This stretchy, feel-good flow will help help you tap into a deeper sense of well-being and feel great in your body.

Full Moon Guided Meditation

We’ll finish with a guided meditation to help you set your intentions for the coming month. This is such a powerful way to align yourself with whatever it is you want to manifest in your life.

Fresh juices and fruit

A selection of fresh fruit and juices will be served on the rooftop after class.

Use of Cabana’s stunning roof-top

After class, you can relax on the loungers and enjoy the stunning the views from the rooftop. You can also have a soak in the Japanese hot tubs and drink in this uber-luxurious setting.

Important Notice

Please note that the roof-top will be heated, but I would advise bringing a soft warm top and cosy socks. Please also bring your own yoga mat for the class. If you don’t have a mat, please message me and I will arrange one for you.

I really hope you can join us for a bit of full moon magic – this is a day you don’t want to miss!

Feel free to drop me an message if you have any questions.

Investment: HK$700

Book your spot here.

Tap into the Super Moon's Super Powers

How to tap into the energy of the Super Moon

Tap into the Super Moon’s Super Powers

The only Super Moon of 2017 is today, the 3rd December 2017. Just like a super hero, the super moon has its own special powers. Its energies can help bring to light and then wash away all our ‘stuff’ – all those negative charges, stuck emotions and fears. That’s why this is the perfect time for clearing and for growth.

What is a super moon?

It’s a super moon when two things happen at the same time: 1) there is a full moon and 2) the moon is closer to the earth than usual due to its orbit.

On a physical level, this means the moon will look bigger and brighter.  But, it’s on an energetic level, that its super powers can really be felt.

What are the super moon’s super powers?

During every full moon, all our emotions are amplified and exaggerated – the positive and the negative. So if you’re feeling good, you will feel really good. The flip side to that is that is feeling a bit off, you will feel really off!

This is multiplied during a super moon, so it’s even more important to pay attention to what you’re feeling and thinking.

If you allow them to, suppressed feelings will start to surface. All those stuck emotions (the ones you try to push back and deny) will become very apparent. It’s a bit like shining the light on your ‘shadow side.’ But rather than pushing those feelings back down, the full moon gives you the opportunity to acknowledge them, process them and let them go once and for all.

Yoga + full moon = magic

Yoga helps this process even more. It’s on the mat that all those repetitive patterns and limiting beliefs are revealed to us.

Pay attention to your thoughts during your practice – are you judging yourself for not being flexible enough, strong enough, or ‘good’ enough? Do you give up before you trying because you’re afraid of failing? Are you constantly comparing yourself to the person in front of you? Pay attention to your inner dialogue.

But also pay attention to your body – where do you feel tight? Where do you need to create more space? Ask your body what is stuck in that place. A lot of emotions get stuck in the hips, the heart space and the lower back. Seek out those places and try to feel what is there and why it’s there.

This is your ‘stuff’.

Clearing Meditation

The full moon emits pure energy (and super moon gives you an extra dose of that). Soak it in as much as you can.

This is a meditation I often do on the night of a full moon…

Sit in stillness directly under the moon light – outside is ideal, but if it’s not possible, sit in front of an open window. Allow your body and your mind to settle. Focus on your breathing.

Once your mind is quiet start to connect to the moon’s energy. Feel it all around you. Feel it’s soothing, calming energy on your skin. Don’t rush. Now allow that energy to penetrate your skin. Invite it it. Drink it in.

Visualise this bright, pure energy flowing through every cell in every part of your body. Really feel it shining brightly into all those dark corners of your body. Pay extra attention to any parts where you know you have some stuck emotions.

Drink it in until you are completely full of this brilliant white light.

Now visualise this pure energy start to radiate outwards – to the front, to the back, above you, beneath you, to the right and to the left.

Sit now in this big bubble of pure lunar energy.

Stay here as long as you feel like it and recharge from the inside out. When you’re ready slowing bring your awareness back to your body and open your eyes.

And that is how I tap into and use the super moon’s super powers. I often do this after a few rounds of my own variation of moon salutations. Why not try it out and set yourself up for a supercharged month ahead?

Now I’d love to hear from YOU!

Let me know what you think of this of this meditation, or if there is anything else you do to invite the energy of the moon into your life and into your practice.

Happy Full Moon, everyone.

Out of body Experiences Hong Kong

Out of Body Experiences Hong Kong

The Garden Gathering and she reached out to me to see I would like to chat more about these life-changing experiences.

My first thought was ‘of course,’ but then a little part of me thought, ‘hang on, then everyone is going to know about them!’ You see, for years, I have kept these experiences to myself as I know full well how crazy and they sound.

If I had not experienced them for myself, then I too would be very skeptical. And I think that is a good thing!

You should be skeptical.

It’s a bit like someone describing what it’s like to fall in love – they can talk about that sense of deep connection, they can tell you about butterflies they feel and that desire to do anything for that other person. But until you experience it for yourself, you cannot truly KNOW what this feels like. You need to experience falling in love for yourself to truly know what it is like (and isn’t it just the best feeling in the world?!). But until you do, don’t take someone else’s word about how it feels like. Experience it for yourself. Only then can you truly KNOW.

The same goes for out of body experiences. To truly know and understand what they are, you have to experience them for yourself.

So don’t believe me. But be open to the possibility that they are real.

And then maybe, just maybe, you might find yourself one day having one of the most extra-ordinary, life-changing experiences for yourself. Because when you KNOW that you are so much more than your physical body, everything changes.

OBEs are a gateway to knowing how truly unlimited you are. They enable you to see for yourself the incredible power of your thoughts and to connect to your real self…You tap into that light, that spark that resides deep within you. That is the real you – and OBEs take you there.

If you’re interested in learning more, then drop me a line. If there is enough interest, I will hold another talk in Hong Kong.

Read the SCMP article here.

Photo: Courtesy SCMP

VIDEO: Yoga for Relaxation

Hello yogis! Are you ready for a yoga for relaxation class?

This 15-minute flow is designed to help you release tension and open up your body. This sequence is for all levels, beginners included and will help you release tension in your hips, hamstrings and shoulders. You’ll feel relaxed and refreshed at the end of class!

I shot this video at beautiful 53 Hoi Ha in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. I fell in love with this place when I went there last week. It’s STUNNING. I shot three videos on the rooftop, but disaster struck when my microphone decided to stop working! I only discovered this when I started editing the videos and it wasn’t a good moment! I was so disappointed, but I did manage to rescue this video – the audio isn’t great, but the flow (and the setting) is pretty sweet….

I am teaching a Full Moon Yoga Retreat in 53 Hoi Ha on 4th November and will have a spanking new microphone so will try to shoot a couple more videos. I love the idea that no matter where you are in the world, we can practice together – and this setting is amazing!

This sequence is perfect to do before a yoga nidra session – so practice first and then grab your free yoga nidra meditation for total relaxation!

The Garden Gathering in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Take a peek at the opening ceremony of the Garden Gathering in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong in October 2017. There was magic in the air as women from across the world came together to celebrate and share their gifts. There was such an incredible energy of love and togetherness, which I hope I captured in this video.

Massive thank you to all the beautiful souls who made this weekend so special. I’m incredibly grateful to May Ngoh and Resham Daswani for organising this weekend of heart-felt connection and transformation.

I gave my first ever talk in HK about Out of Body Exploration and I loved it – it felt like there so much in me that I needed to share. It poured out of me and the feedback and messages I’ve received have been so positive. This was the perfect place to share this – and I promise this is just the beginning…

Please share this video and spread the love and magic even more ♥

Choosing a life less ordinary

How to choose a life less ordinary

How to choose a life less ordinary…. A few days ago, I landed in the picturesque island of Miyakojima. I was on a one week cruise from Hong Kong to Okinawa. It was pretty intense as I was running the ‘Yoga Academy at Sea’ on Dream Cruises, teaching yoga classes and giving presentations to a mainly Chinese audience.

I wasn’t used to students not understanding me and it was quite a steep learning curve working with a translator. I had to keep it simple, slow down and make every word count … oh and use lots of hand gestures when teaching!

So I was pretty chuffed to arrive in Japan knowing I would have a day to myself.

When I got off the ferry, I was faced with a choice: 

1. Turn right and walk 10 minutes to a decent beach with the convenience of a shop across the street; or

2. Turn left and walk about an hour to a remote, but beautiful beach with no amenities nearby

Now I was pretty tired that day so I turned right and walked towards the nearby beach. It was ok, but nothing special.

And that’s when it hit me… Why would I accept anything less than extraordinary? 

I wanted a life less ordinary. I had a day to explore and discover a part of the world I had never visited. Taking the easy route was well, easy, but a bit safe and boring. I’ve never settled for easy and boring and safe, so why would I start now?

I turned myself around and with new gusto, set off for Sunayama Beach.

Yes, it felt far, especially as I was wearing flip flops! But it was a new adventure.

It meant I met an old Japanese lady on the way who insisted on giving me a bottle of frozen water (I must have looked really hot – and not in a good way!).

It meant I discovered a cute little cafe with the most delicious mango shaved shaved ice (it tasted so much better than it sounds!).

It also meant that I arrived in this beautiful spot with emerald blue water and a secret little cove that ended up being the perfect spot for a few yoga photos (yes, I was lugging around my tripod and camera just in case!).

And most importantly it meant I had an amazing afternoon and memories that will last me a lifetime. It wasn’t the easiest choice, but it was definitely the most exciting and memorable one… and I’m so glad I made it.

 

 

So the next time you’re faced with making a decision – ask yourself this….

Am I settling and taking the easy route? Often we do this as it feels safe – and we wired to choose the safe route.

But know that you don’t have to accept anything less than extraordinary – your life was meant to be fun and exciting and full of new experiences. So embrace that – and enjoy it to the fullest.

In every moment you are the creator, director and actor of your own life. You have the power to decide exactly what you want to experience – and don’t settle for anything less.

You deserve a life less ordinary.