Yoga is a tool that can be used to connect mind and body as well as massage internal organs and quiet the mind. Hatha yoga is used to balance your internal energies so you can elevate to higher consciousness.
Phoebe Chow is a Hatha Yoga practitioner who uses this tool to aid her students in a more harmonized way of life. You can learn more about Phoebe and Hatha Yoga here:
I started practicing yoga in 2019. In 2021, I took the 200-hours yoga teaching training and started teaching in the same year till now.
At first, I only wanted to explore hobbies outside of daily rituals. But once I saw my instructor practicing by herself, all sweating and concentrated, I admired the moment of solitude and determination. Soon after that, I met a Tibetan who said yoga is his way to transcend pain and tristesse. He and his ancestor experienced cruel persecution from people who were abusing great powers. They became my mentors in yoga as they paved my way to see that yoga could be an exit for negative emotions and an entry to a calm heart. By then I started to practice more regularly than before, more concentrated and wholehearted than before.
I was a journalist. I love facts. I am curious. I love to ask questions. The more you know, the sadder you get. However, I do not think avoiding facts could be a relief. Therefore, we would need a mechanism to balance reality and personal life. Yoga is my key to maintaining a positive vibe. I believe that vibes or energies are transmittable to people around me. My favourite aspect of this work is that I would be able to guide students to a certain level of self-consciousness. Meanwhile, this is interchangeable, we would have been upgrading together.
About Phoebe’s work:
I teach Hatha yoga. It would usually include breathing practice, rounds of sun salutation and a peak pose, just like a lot of the others. But I believe that experience is unique. Students could be practicing the same thing but feel different after class.
Apparently, yoga is beneficial physically. But I think the philosophy of yoga played a huge part in people’s mental health. Yoga reminds people that we could calm ourselves by constant breathing techniques, accept impermanence, simple living, basic life principles, ancient practices, and a lot of others that could really help modern people in the distressing world.
The ultimate goal of yoga is to self-reflect, control the breath, achieve deep relaxation, and grow through meditation. All of this combined will result in better mental, emotional and physical health as we challenge the mind and body through a sequence of yoga asanas which we call a dynamic meditation.
Phoebe’s advice for overall wellness:
Meditation. Go offline.
My home town is Hong Kong which is full of hustles and bustles. We lived at a fast pace in a crowded area with tons of people. In this environment, people would easily get frustrated or suffer mental health problems. Meditation would be a good way to help my friends who are facing these difficulties.
Also nowadays everyone is obsessed with the internet and social media. Yoga time would be a good quality time to go offline.
I encourage students to experience by themselves and avoid giving excessive “life-advice” because I think the person who owns their own body and mind would be the best instructor for themselves.
Who is yoga for:
No need [to be experienced, young, or flexible]. Yoga is for everybody and every kind of body.
I will invite [prospective students] to a class and let them judge by themselves. It is inevitable to have different opinions and they have the right to like what they like. At the same time, people should not judge people who like what they like.
Phoebe’s wellness tips:
Stay hydrated and embrace the sun to have human-kind photosynthesis. haha
My yoga master once taught me a specific kind of meditation: close your eyes and think of someone you hated most, then think about the good things him/her had done to you, try to forgive and forget. Or just simply do mindfulness meditation if this is too emotional. Time will heal.
Phoebe’s suggested resource:
The Tibetan book of Living and Dying
Phoebe is well experienced in helping others reach their fullest potential through the power of Hatha yoga. This holistic modality can be used to target a specific issue or just for overall health and wellness.
You can learn more about Phoebe and her work here:
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