Wednesday, 13 October 2021

記2020以來,走很多路

 昨日頭痛了半天,決定早一點「休市」,省略晚上慣常坐在電腦前寫寫看看這環節,直接休息上床睡覺。

以睡眠驅散不適,對我來說一直是有效方法。

今早出門時想,也許昨日整天沒踏出家門呼吸街外空氣(和去喝咖啡;P)是頭痛原因!? 

走很多路,是這兩年來慢慢培養出來的新習慣,說是因疫情而來也無不可,保持社交距離,自然也包括減少有機會人多擠迫的坐交通工具(事實上地鐵或巴士上人數也不是很多) ,如果能走路可達的地方就不乘車,而且路上人和車大幅減少(走在路上也見證著城市逐漸復甦),空氣清新很多,習慣很早出門也為避免太熱,但很多時回家路上仍難免汗流浹背。

以往寫過關於走路的文章 (走出光明前路 27July19@Hong Kong Economic Times),談了很多偉人作家大師之於走路的種種,例如讓靈感自然流通、為信念結集群體堅定不移的行動能量等等。

而我,不怎麼宏大有理想,出門就是走路是去吃早餐,大約十五分鐘步程,進食後走的路線比較迀迴時間隨心情而定,並因應當天稍後的日程增減,吃飽後總得散步幫助消化。

如像小時候寫日記純敍事式:六時半起床,天晴,梳洗戴上口罩出門是七時十五分,如常捨電梯而走樓梯七層下樓,選擇沿公園外圍前往吃早餐的地方,是繞了較遠路,但享受走在花草樹木旁,聽各種鳥兒唱歌和覓食。(September 2021)




Monday, 27 September 2021

瑜伽雜談~學與教 22march21






My view on teaching yoga as a career. 

In general, I can imagine somehow it is still the case of what brings most people to yoga teacher training: dedication to practice and mastered certain difficult/fancy/invered postures, encouraged by teachers in class to join teacher training ". 


I am not writing to encourage or discourage you if you are serious about teaching hatha yoga(refering to all schools, brand of yoga as long as practicing physically with our body is involved) to earn a living or as a career. Simply put, this is a decision you are the one to make, not others, and not even the teacher who coach you during the yoga teacher training courses. 


Here I can only share with what I came across ever since I step on the yoga mat as a participant of a hatha yoga class, then the teacher's mat.


It only referring to what I've experienced, observed so far, so bear in mind that I have no intention to generalize these view points to the modern yoga scene as a whole.


Over a decade ago, in my first yoga teacher training, there're classmates who are so eager to become a yoga teacher because they wants to shift from the job that stressed them out to what they are passionate to do, i.e. yoga. There're classmates who simply enjoy learning, first and foremost, not necessarily becoming a teacher. 


Back then, signing up for a teacher training program, whether it's in your hometown or abroad to follow famous teachers or school of yoga, was(or maybe still is to some extend) something demanding because not only you have to pay quite an amount but also you have to schedule whole month's time just for the training,  6 days each week, from 7am-6pm. That's why the yoga teacher trainees were either taking a month's no-pay-leave, or no need to work so can enjoy trying out new things, or  freelancer who can regulate their own working schedule. 

Quite a bit of commitment in terms of time and money, so expecting much in return is natural. Especially when training is completed, the urge to teach and to share what we've just newly learned is huge.


Flashback to my first yoga trip in India of 30+days boarding school style study. Before flying back home, I went to say goodbye to Swamiji with some classmates, as we used to attend the daily fire ceremony in the evening(the sacred ritual is called homa), so we went earlier afternoon to the cottage where Swamiji reside (called Swamiji kuti) . I still remembered Swamiji reminder to us about spreading the traditional wisdom of yoga, "go slow when in teaching, it takes time to fully digest what you've learned, then you will teach from your true experience."


To me, teach what I practice helps reserve energy, and it's tapping into my direct experience. It fits well with my belief to sharing what I love, passionate and enjoy doing.  

Teaching is never a force-fed process. Indigestion only brings constipation. Observing how well the participants received, fine-tuning the deliverability of teaching when needed.  

Thursday, 10 June 2021

游泳,呼吸


10 June 2021 Thursday

好久沒去泳池游水,可能有三、四年了吧!

等到近日天氣夠熱,泳池水不會冷得我一躍而下就要不停游來游去保持體溫,以免嘴唇指甲都變紫色。

上周末早上去泳池「慢游」五個塘warm up,檢視一下生疏好久的泳術和水中換氣的能耐,也在這鄰近維多利亞港旁邊的露天游泳池感受夏天真正來了。

當然這是不同於2019年和之前的夏天了,艷陽與維港美景固然未變,但泳池已不能再容納full capacity,入場人數限額減到三分一,以保持社交距離也。人少了暢泳更是自在,這點我OK。

過去近兩年春去秋來,從一身厚褸到單薄夏裳,口罩始終是everybody's  must have item,與手提電話銀包鎖匙一樣出門不能少。疫情下的不明朗,讓人驚怕擔心,不過身為人類就是要從經歷變化裡學到求生之道,測試我們的適應調整能力。

回頭來談談游泳,在水裡何時呼何時吸絕不能搞錯,不然就遇溺。但回到陸上,大多數時候呼吸自主運作,有需要時我們也可取回主導權去變更呼吸的細節,安靜地坐著或從事各項運動時,改變呼吸深度長短,用於專注靜心或使用肌力的「燃料」。

練習瑜伽教導我注意協調呼吸節奏,留意肢體動靜時候身心的感受,如伸展感覺開放寬廣、用力收緊予人潛能盡展全面掌控的愉快感,且這不止於肉身層面的鍛練,更磨鍊心智清晰度和覺知力,在困難時保持冷靜沉著,也注意到分心和乏力之時,不要死撐用蠻力,調順呼吸更重要,心不慌亂,重回平和狀況,以決定進退。

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

飲食

 4 June 2021



方便快捷的午餐,見到熟透的水果以特價發售,即時入手,打成原汁原味無添加果蓉,一部分加些toppings (杞子芝麻)調製smoothie bowl 即刻享用,多出來的放冰格備用。
每次做smoothie 都配些蔬菜,見雪櫃只有唐生菜,都好,再加啲薑,打成綠油油的「液體」芒果奇異果生菜沙律😗
#Greensmoothies as lunch : mango + kiwi fruits + lettuce + ginger = slight sour and spice, garnish with #gojiberries #cayennepepper #whitesesame #turmericpowder #blackpepper #vegan #rawvegan






傾聽

 3 June 2021



We have ears,
We have sense of hearing,
Oh but are we always really listening?
It is only when we bring our attention to whatever we decide to, thence we are fully present.
Our presence will bring life to full bloom, moment to moment, grateful and wholesome, instead of fragmented and fragile.
Share with you, the soothing and mellow sound of my first singing bowl I brought back home in 2015.
Please allow you attention to stay with the sound until it vanish, enjoy its richness, layers and delicate textures, savouring whatever emerges from within, slowly and surely.
我們有耳朵,
我們有聽覺,
但我們總是真的在聽嗎?
只有當我們把注意力集中在我們決定要做的事情上時,我們才會完全臨在。
我們的存在將使生命每時每刻都盛開,感恩而有益健康,而非支離破碎和脆弱。
請讓您的注意力停留在聲音上,直到最後一粒消失,留意它的豐富、層次和細膩的質感,慢慢地品味自內心湧現的一切。

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

節奏。動態。呼吸

2 June 2021
節奏。動態。呼吸
在vinyāsa練習中,肢體與呼吸同步並進,享受自然又自由的節奏,我會用"專屬於那時那刻的我的節奏"來形容,彷彿內在一支起伏自然諧和的合奏樂曲,肢體動作的一動一靜流暢交織如舞動。當中的關鍵是呼吸,有如一把生命之匙,將揮汗如雨的血肉之軀,跟飄渺易散無形無狀的心念,像穿針引線般串聯繫穩,如流水般充滿活力,感受生命是完整而美滿,一無所缺。
所以,你看,vinyāsa練習(或稱movement based動態練習)並不意味著必定是快、急速、匆匆進出若干姿勢就成。如果追趕著肢體動作卻甩掉了呼吸的流暢度,便無法充分享受當下身心合一的timeless moment。
來一起練習吧!







Thursday, 29 April 2021

New idea for classes 💡: yoga & ethereal healing sound.



🍀
1-1.5小時課程(45分鐘-1小時瑜伽練習+15分鐘頌缽聲頻浴)
重點在肌肉伸展與施力時,始終保持對身體的覺知和呼吸順暢,汗流浹背地努力過後,躺下來讓身體在靜止中啓動自我復修過程,耳聽輕柔祥和飄渺的頌缽音聲,徐徐進入大休息。稍後在溫柔的碰鈴聲中醒來,感覺煥然一新,心情平和喜悅應對生活日常。
🍀The focus is on keeping the awareness of the body which muscle groups are stretching or contracting while maintaining breathing smoothly. On completion of the physical hard work which feels so good sweating and detoxifies, we come to savasana(finally relaxation time) to allow the process of self-repairing and rejuvenation happen. Hearing the calming and ethereal sound of singing bowls, we enjoy each moment of total relaxation, letting go of time and space.
When time is right we are waking up by gentle sound of the Tingsha, feel refreshed and peaceful, we are ready to come back to our daily life.


瑜伽練習部分選擇以下:
1)初生學者:basic āsana
2)靜態練習:i)restorative yoga ii)yin yoga
3)動態練習:vinyāsa, (deconstruction of sequence or selections from navakaraṇa vinyāsa)
Contact us for more info🤗

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

頌缽療癒的迷思

29 April 2021 Thursday 

敲打或磨擦頌缽發出的聲音和振動,就能改善因壓力緊張所致的失眠,緩和生理痛、偏頭痛、手腳冰冷等,有助促進血液循、疏通阻塞,放鬆身心.....頌缽真係咁神奇?

造成能產生特定鳴震的頌缽。只是工具而已。真正奇妙的是我們身體擁有自癒本能。
當和諧而具穿透性的聲音與振頻持續注入體內,支持和喚醒自我修復能力的啟動,身體重新調頻以平衡機能,正如俗語所講:有病醫病,無病強身!