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…!

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!

Morning yoga for beginners

Morning yoga for beginners | Sometimes simple is best… and that applies to your yoga practice as well!  This 20 minute morning yoga for beginners class includes some of my favourite moves that will help you wake up, feel good and get set for a great day ahead. Sneak some yoga practice into your day (especially those busy days) and you’ll find everything just runs smoother…

Going forward, I’ll be posting a new yoga video the first Tuesday of every month. If I can, I’ll also throw in a surprise meditation video too.  Let me know what you’d like to see on my channel and I’ll do my best to make it happen… I’ve had lots of requests for a some deep stretches so that will most likely be up next!

This video was shot on the roof of the building where I live in Hong Kong – that particular day happened to have even more planes and helicopters in at the air than usual so they make quite a unique soundtrack!!

 

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.

VIDEO: YOGA FOR CORE STRENGTH

Yoga for Core Strength. Get ready to get strong! Try out this video for my top three favourite poses to strengthen the core.

Working on your core helps improve nearly everything – your balance, your posture and your stability, just to name a few!

Yoga is amazing in so many ways, including the way it makes you feel STRONG. Holding plank pose – you feel your muscles working (ok, sometimes burning!) and often you feel like just getting out of the pose.

But if you stay, that’s where the real magic of yoga starts to come into play.

When you feel like just giving up, tell yourself you’ll hold on for one more breath (but if you’re in pain, you should always stop). And then perhaps, you can hold it for another breath. And another.

In this way, yoga teaches us to draw on our inner reserves. To stay when things may start to feel uncomfortable and face that challenge head on. And by doing that, you get stronger… not just physically stronger, but mentally too.

When we learn to do this on the yoga mat, we start to do this off the mat too. You’ll find yourself facing sticky or uncomfortable situations head on. Turning to your breath and dealing with whatever is in front of you.

And being strong is where it’s at.

Strong on the inside and out. Standing firmly on your own two feet, claiming your power and tackling whatever presents itself to you with ease and with confidence.

Now I’d love to hear from you – what are your favourite poses to feel strong and unstoppable?

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 ♥

VIDEO: Morning Yoga for Beginners

I have a new video for you today – a morning yoga for beginners flow that I shot whilst running the Yoga Academy at Sea on a cruise to Japan.

I had just finished watching this amazing sunrise from my balcony…

Sunrise - RosalieYoga

I then went up to the VIP deck and did my morning go-to yoga sequence.

Then I thought how cool would it be to to share this practice with you! And so I quickly grabbed my camera and shot this video before teaching my first class of the day. This is my typical morning practice to help me wake up and get set for the day ahead. Enjoy.

Just a few minutes of yoga can make all the difference in your day.

It opens up your body, works out all the kinks and makes you feel good. My day always runs more smoothly when it starts with a few minutes of yoga and meditation. ALWAYS. Try it for yourself and let me know how you get on!

It’s an incredible time for me at the moment – everything I have ever dreamed of is materialising right before my eyes – both in my professional and personal life. It seems like I have a manifestation button on speed dial! I’ve analysed what I’m doing differently (because obviously I want this to carry on!) and there a few things…

One is which is that I have decided to never settle and really go for the things I want. The hardest thing for me has always been to decide what I want – but I’ve done that. Have you?

Do you really know what you want in life? Try to make this crystal clear for yourself.

Once you’ve done this, ASK for what you want. Don’t hold back. The only way you’re ever going to get it is by being really clear and asking for it.

Don’t settle for anything less than extraordinary  because you deserve everything you want in life. This is something I touched upon this in my latest blog post – you can read it here.

But first do this short sequence and set yourself up for an amazing day!