Planet Yoga presents: Mother’s Day Charity Workshop

May 4, 2010

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All the way from India, monk Swami Maheshananda Saraswati will be travelling to Planet Yoga Hong Kong this Mother’s day for a charity workshop.  Deep psychic experiences in his youth led him to his Guru Paramhamsa Satyananda and the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger – one of the most respected schools and traditions of yoga in the world. He was initiated into the Dashnami order and lived with his Guru for the customary twelve years, serving his Guru’s mission in various capacities. Now, as a wandering yogi, he travels around the world to conduct seminars and workshops on yoga. All workshops are by donation.


Session 1: Introduction to Five Levels of Energy

Date: May 8, 2010 (Sat)

Time: 11:30 – 13:30

Venue: Central Club

We will learn about the yogic concepts of the five dimensions (Kosha) of being, and how we can bring this awareness into asana and pranayama (breathing) practice.  The session will include Kirtan (devotional chanting).

Session 2: Chakra points – Achieving our highest potential

Date: May 8, 2010 (Sat)

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: Central Club

Asana and pranayama practice will be combined with an introduction to the chakra points – psychic points within our bodies which trigger the release of powerful energies.  This session provides the foundation for the practices on Sunday.

Session 3: Meditation

Date: May 9, 2010 (Sun)

Time: 11:00 – 15:00

Venue: Central Club

In this meditation technique, which takes us into the second stage of meditation (Dharana), we will focus on powerful symbols connecting us to subtle energies which help to unlock our fullest potential. Kirtan chants will enhance the experience.

*We welcome donation of HK$150 upward to support our efforts to bring advance speaker to Planet Yoga. This will include admission to all sessions.

Call 2525 8288 to reserve your seat now or visit our page at http://www.facebook.com/planetyoga.hk

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Planet Yoga April Workshops

March 28, 2010

WORKSHOP 1

Posture Correction & Body Alignment

Instructor: Aakash

Duration: 8 hours

Date: Apr 10, 17, 24 & May 1 (Sat)

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Club: CWB Club

Course fee: HK$1,600

Description:

It’s time to re-shape that body. Over time gravity takes its toll and of course those sinfully delicious snacks do as well. This yoga class will show you many effective ways to shift and reduce stubborn fat deposits from your waistline, buttocks and thighs. Many of the killer moves you learn will help tighten, cut and redefine your body for even greater sex appeal.

Tightening your body and tweaking weight distribution will also give you better posture and overall health.

This class is perfect for women who are looking to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back!

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WORKSHOP 2

Yoga for Inner Peace

Instructor: Sumit

Duration: 3 hours

Date: April 17 (Sat)

Time: 16:00 – 19:00

Club: TST Club

Course fee: HK$750

Description:

With just six simple steps, this yoga class will help you reach complete and deep relaxation. A relaxed mind and body leads to stress release, better concentration and an overall peaceful mind. And a mind at peace can help decrease tension, insomnia, anger and frustration.

Take on your world feeling relaxed and at one with yourself, able to solve the problems of your daily life.

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WORKSHOP 3

Yoga and Living Foods

Instructor: Moises

Duration: 3 hours

Date: April 25 (Sun)

Time: 11:00 14:00

Club: CWB Club

Course fee: HK$450

Description:

In yoga philosophy, food is an important part of our holistic being. It is called, “AnnamayaKosha”.

According to Kosha philosophy, different aspects of our person (emotions, mind, spirit, etc.) make up the layers of our being. To complete our being, our Annamaya Kosha must also be made strong as well.

In this workshop you will learn the approach of using veganism and raw food as a way to detox your body and become more healthy. The workshop consists of 3 consecutive hoursof asana, pranayama, meditation and “living foods” demonstration.

This workshop will improve your flexibility, recovery time, yoga practice, health and overall life one meal at a time.

This class is not suitable for pregnant women.

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WORKSHOP 4

Yoga for Two

Instructor: Vanessa

Duration: 4 hours

Date: April 10 (Sat)

Time: 14:00 18:00

Club: CTL Club

Course fee: HK$600

Description:

When you’re pregnant you’re eating for two and living for two, so why not exercise for two?

In this workshop, you will learn about the cardiovascular and respiratory changes that affect exercise during pregnancy. We will also teach you the 7 common problems related to prenatal exercise, posture awareness, nutrition / weight issues, post labor information, a pre and postnatal exercise regimen, as well as practical yoga moves using props such as yoga block, fitball and thera band.

Stay fit during your pregnancy without putting you and your baby in harms way.

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WORKSHOP 5

The Art of Meditation

Instructor: Kapil

Duration: 6 hours

Date: April 24 & May 1 (Sat)

Time: 10:00 13:00

Club: CTL club

Course fee: HK$1,500

Description:

Unfortunately, meditation is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Certain techniques work better for certain people, making choosing the right technique very important.

In this 6 hour workshop, split into two 3 hours sessions teaching 9 meditation techniques each, you’ll discover the different benefits and science behind the various techniques so you can find the one that’s just right for you.

This is a guided class with instruction from a master yogi with short break periods between each 20 minute meditation sessions. A takeaway booklet will be given to help you practice meditation on your own.

It’s time to clear your mind and your schedule to learn the art of meditation.

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From Member to Teacher: Alvin of Planet Yoga gets Hong Kong flexible

March 26, 2010

One of our favourite teachers at Planet Yoga,Alvin teachers a special workshop titled “Yoga for the Inflexible” this March. With many dedicated members practicing with Alvin, this workshop is a guaranteed success. We speak to Alvin about why he wanted to host a workshop and how he won over such a following at Planet Yoga.


So Alvin, are you from Hong Kong?

No but it definitely feels like I am! I’ve been living in this city for 30 years now. I came here 30 years ago with a Hong Kong based-airline company.

Was your schedule quite flexible then? That must have given you a bit of free time to explore the city.
Yes definitely. We would get days off at a time when we were not flying and so I was able to try out lots of different sports. I love swimming, biking, scuba diving and rock climbing! Funny thing is,, I was always interested in yoga about but I never got around to it until much later!

Wow, you are very athletic! When did you start practicing yoga then?
Actually I started practicing about 5 or 6 years ago. I started as a member at Planet Yoga and after a couple of classes I was completely hooked. I started coming here everyday, going to classes and just talking to the other teachers. I would catch Master Kapil after class and just discuss about specific techniques and how I can improve my postures. I learnt very quickly at Planet Yoga because the instructors are so willing to help me after class or in their free time.

From member to instructor at Planet Yoga? No wonder it seems like you know everybody in this club!
Definitely, I made a lot of friends here in Planet Yoga as a member. I understand their point of view, what they like and how they wish to improve. That is the main reason why I wanted to host this workshop. I found that a lot of members were getting frustrated because they could not do a certain pose even after years of practice.

What are some common poses people had difficulty with?

Every body is built differently so our limits vary but backbends, splits and the butterfly is generally a bit more challenging for most people to practice.


Can you give us a little sneak preview of what the workshop would be like?

I wanted to include a mix of discussion, theory and practice into the workshop. Members at Planet Yoga can attend class any day of the week but not a lot of people have the chance to sit down and study or discuss specific problems they encountered in their practice. Also, it is a great introductory class for someone curious and new to yoga to gain some insight before jumping into a regular class. I will be teaching some very practical yoga poses that anyone can do just at their office or when they are sitting around at home.


Thank you so much Alvin for giving us an exclusive look into your workshop. So finally, can you tell us what Real Yoga means to you?

Real Yoga gives us the awareness to be present and in the moment.

Namaste.

Yoga for the Inflexible Workshop at Planet Yoga
Description:

Most people practice yoga to become more flexible,
but everyone’s body is unique. This workshop will
teach you the science of flexibility, helping you
understand your current level of flexibility and how
you can quickly improve on it. Asana Practice and
use of Yoga props (e.g. blocks, bricks, straps,
bolsters) will help you achieve.

This is a detailed class with a lot of personal attention.

What to expect during class

Discussion:

Date&Time: March 27 (Sat) 15:00-18:00
Club: Central Club
Instructor: Alvin
Level: All levels
Course Fee: HK $500

Practical:
-Asana practice
-Postures for stretching the whole body