A 2-week holiday is very luxurious to me when I have a start-up business and also start a new life in Australia. I haven’t been back to Hong Kong for 2 years. It doesn’t sound long but I feel like ages. It has been harsh to myself not to visit my family and long time friends earlier.
The humidity and the over crowd are so familiar. It’s amazing there are still a few new railway lines coming up in this highly developed railway system. Every train arrives in 2 minutes in peak hours. Everyone is in a hurry.
“Hurry up” is built in our body system. We are worried about missing the boat. We are trained to cope well with a face-paced society in the 21st century. However, how do we cope with our body? Many of us, not until the body gives us many signals overtime, we do not slow down, cut down and calm down. I am grateful I find yoga, and I turn this hobby into my passion for setting up a yoga business to help people restore health.
How lovely to have my nephew and cousin to direct this photo shooting! Both of them work in advertising field. They are so professional. I had so much fun but I would say being a model is a challenging job! I was also happy to come back to this iconic landmark, Victoria Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui.
If we give ourselves 10 mins a day to go inward, our body will appreciate what we do for it. You can feel the mind-body connections. Enjoy your 10-min personal time.
Step one leg length apart. Turn left toes out, right toes in. Align with the heels in one straight line. Press fours corners of the feet on the ground.
Bend the left knee just above heel. Knee aligns with the 2nd toe so our left thigh muscle is rotating outward.
Raise the arms up at shoulder height. Draw the shoulder blades together and pull the arms away from each other.
Warrior II activates many parts of the body. We can strengthen legs and arms, stretch hips and chest, and also lengthen the spine. As you work on many parts of the body at once, it brings a powerful mental focus.
From Warrior II, bring left arm on the thigh and raise the right arm up. Extend your right arm behind you and side bend.
Besides benefits from warrior II, it gives a good stretch of the side torso. When we lengthen the side body, it is a release of lower back compression.
Spread the fingers and place the palms just below shoulders. In downward facing dog position, turn elbows in so arms are not hyperextending. Keep lifting upward towards the sky. Bring one leg up to the wall to parallel to the floor. Then bring another leg up towards the sky. Keep breathing.
Build arms and upper body strength. As we do an anti-gravity pose, it allows our internal organs to rest and reduces the compression of vertebra.
Do you feel like you are in a hurry all the time? How do you manage it? Please leave me comments below.
Thanks for reading.
Photo: Timothy Ko
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Rachel is the founder of VAI YOGA. She follows her yoga journey from Hong Kong to Fiji and Australia. She is now sharing the joy of yoga and continues down this path in Perth.