Travel Yoga | Morning Sequence for Beginners

This travel yoga morning sequence for beginners will help you stretch, strengthen and set you up for a great day ahead!

I filmed this travel yoga class one morning when I woke up on beautiful island of Palawan in the Philippines and was in the mood for a slow flow, feel good sequence.  I wanted some ‘holiday yoga’ that wasn’t too intense, but left me feeling refreshed and ahhh-mazing! So here it is – try it out and let me know what you think!

I’m off to Borneo in September and am staying at the beautiful Shagri-la in Rasa Ria. I am soooo excited to stay there! I will be bringing my video camera with me and plan on filming quite a few yoga videos.

But I would love to hear from YOU. What kind of videos would you like to see? Are there any particular areas you would like to focus on? Let me know and I’ll try my best to make it happen!

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!

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!

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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?

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…

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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!

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.

 

 

What is Yoga Nidra?

What is Yoga Nidra? I’ve been teaching Yoga Nidra classes and workshops for a couple of years now and have noticed the same questions cropping up time and time again.

So today, I’m going to answer the five most common questions I get about this incredible practice. This is just a little snippet – watch the video for all the juicy details!

What is Yoga Nidra? 

Also known as yogic sleep, yoga nidra is one of the deepest forms of relaxation. It’s a combination of allowing your body to relax while you keep your mind awake. By doing this, you reach a profound state of relaxation – on all levels of your being.

I like to think of it as a kind of internal yoga. It’s practiced lying on your back in savasana with your eyes closed –  and the hardest part is actually staying awake! It enables you to let go of all ingrained tension and stress.

But relaxation is just the beginning –  yoga nidra can truly transform your life.

How can Yoga Nidra help you apart from relaxation? 

During the practice, you access your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind – that part of you that tells you you can or cannot do something – that gets out of the way. By doing this you’re accessing your inner world. It’s like opening a door to your inner world.

This is the optimal setting to work on manifestation and to release the old, limited you.

Try it now!

What happens on a physical level during a Yoga Nidra session?

Well your breathing slows down. Your heart rate slows down. And your brain waves slow down as well.

So your nervous system is just unwinding itself and you’re allowing your body to just release all that pent up tension and stress.

What are the proven benefits of Yoga Nidra?

There are so many! But these are the main five:

– Yoga Nidra is deeply restorative. One hour of practice is said to be the equivalent of four hours of sleep.

– It helps you switch off your mind – that is why it’s been successfully used to treat insomnia.

–  Studies show that it is very effective at increasing learning capacity and memory.

–  Yoga Nidra increases creativity – new insights and ideas just drop in after a session.

– But the most powerful benefit of Yoga Nidra is the way it alters your unconscious programming.

How is Yoga Nidra is how is it different from meditation?

For starters, during Yoga Nidra you’re lying down in savasana and you’re trying to reach a state in between being awake and being asleep.

Whereas in meditation, typically you practice sitting – and you want your spine to be as erect as possible and you want to remain completely awake and alert the whole time.

That’s the starting point. But the main difference is that in a Yoga Nidra session you go through distinct stages and your focus is constantly shifting. This is a very different from meditation where you generally focus on one thing, such as your breath or mantra.

Yoga Nidra is a transformational practice that truly changed my life – and I know it can do the same for you. 

I started practicing more than a decade ago in Thailand. At the time, I was very nervous speaking in front of other people. I wanted something to help me overcome this debilitating fear – my heart would pound so hard in my chest every time to I had to speak up. I couldn’t focus on anything other than what I was about to say and when I did speak, my voice came out feeble and shaky! It was really holding me back on a professional and personal level.

So I turned to yoga nidra and it truly transformed my life. I consistently used the sankalpa ‘I speak with confidence and clarity’ in my practice. My fear subsided and slowly but surely I felt comfortable and confident speaking up. So much so, that I went on to fulfil my dream of working as a television journalist.

But don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself!

Download your free yoga nidra track.

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Yoga Academy at Sea with Dream Cruises

Yoga Academy at Sea with Dream Cruises…

Adventure is calling my name again as I’m getting ready to jump on a rather large cruise ship and sail away to Okinawa, Japan!

But this isn’t a holiday… I’m running the ‘Yoga Academy at Sea’ for one week aboard Dream Cruises.

I’m leading a whole host of classes and presentations from 29th September to 6th October.

Now some of those classes I know and love – like my full moon class, sunrise and sunset classes. Can you imagine how beautiful the setting will be for those?

I’m especially excited by the full moon class as it will be a full moon on 5th October and I really hope I can shoot a full moon class for you guys.  I’ll post it on my YouTube channel so watch out for that!

But other classes will be brand new to me… like Beer Yoga.

Personally, I do not like anything about beer – not the smell or the taste! Some of you know I’m Belgian (at least by passport!) and that is a big statement for a Belgian gal as the country is known for its craft beers. The only beer that I have ever liked is called ‘Kriek’. It’s a cherry beer and I only like it because it tastes more like a cocktail than a beer!

But anyway, this beer skeptic is going to be leading a few beer yoga classes.

Rather than poo poo it outright, I’ve decided that I’m just going to embrace it. It’s a chance to be a bit playful and light-hearted in my classes. It might tempt someone to try yoga who wouldn’t be interested in it otherwise. And yoga shouldn’t always be so serious – there is room to be silly and have some fun! But rest assured, my beer bottle will be emptied, thoroughly washed out and filled with water, ha, ha!

In addition to the group yoga classes, I’ll also giving three presentations and running private yoga sessions.

I’ll be talking about:

– What Yoga Can do for You: Five Reasons to Get on Your Yoga Mat
– How Yoga Can Help you Relax and Sleep Better
– Yoga at Any Age – It’s never Too Late to Start

You can follow along with my adventures on my Facebook and Instagram pages and of course Instagram stories!

Or even better, you can join us if you’re free – check out this brochure for the whole Yoga Academy at Sea schedule.