To us, "Yoga is a way to live; It is an attitude towards life"
It is a simple and efficient practice to bring us back to balance.
We are not a gymnastic class, yoga is not just a sport!
Our practice is movement-based mindfulness practice, it is not a mechanical movement or workout only. Yoga can be practiced 24/7, it is beyond the mat. Except posting on our FB page and blog, Lydia will prepare small notes for students to go on their yoga journey after class. It could be some physical tips, mental wellbeing tips, explanation of some posture or breathing exercise, sanskrit translation, terminology explanation or quotation from the wiser. With the cultural studies and Linguistics background, Lydia really has a lot to share regarding to yoga, reading, her observation and reflection.
We teach Yoga, not just Asana.
Our class involves asana (posture) practice, but also includes breathing exercises at the beginning and relaxation at the end.
Lydia may chant a little bit in class. What she chants is Sanskrit. Please see it as an ancient language instead of a religious thing. If you think it is in conflict with your religion, please contemplate your God in your heart while she is chanting, it contributes your positive vibes to the class too.
Also, our yoga class will not be a sequence of non-stop posture by posture. Lydia is experienced in creating a rhythm and flow of practice, which allows students to know themselves and better understand the postures we practice.
We see Liberty in Yoga as a Sangha.
A Sangha means a community with friendship and support to grow and learn together, a group and a space where we can share our life experience and reflection. Therefore, Lydia insists on keeping a reasonable class size which allow her to pay attention to everyone in class.
Lydia is happy to be your trust-worthy listener. She will just simply listen and if you would like some suggestion from her, she is happy to give. Please feel free to email or text her (she is on whatsapp too), she has never seen her teaching as selling a service only. We treasure the interaction among teacher and students, the more we know you, the better we plan the class and give suggestions. Therefore, every class will be different with various topics and theme.
We are also human being!
Lydia is not a typical “yoga bunny” as you see in the media, yet, after 15 years of yoga practice, she is not a mystic in a cave or a sanyasi in an ashram. She is still in the world yet trying not to be of the world. She understands what you need and what you are facing. Helping you to be free from physical weakness and liberated from the limitation of mind is her goal of teaching, let’s work on ourselves together!
We are the East meets West!
We teach the Asana (yoga posture) with the knowledge of ancient subtle anatomy which is the understanding of chakras and nadis combined with modern western Anatomy which brings the benefits of Asana to students in a safe, simple and efficient way.
Lydia was born and brought up in colonial Hong Kong - a highly westernised city. As a Hongkonger, she has a deep understanding of oriental values and philosophy. She sees the links between Taoism and yoga and it is very natural for her to apply these principles in modern city life. From seeing the benefits of a holistic yoga practice on her busy British husband, she is very happy to share this ancient wisdom in the west, because she knows it works!
Being very active in her earlier life, Lydia gained anatomical knowledge from practicing Muay Thai (Boxing), dance, swimming and cross-country running. Lydia is very lucky to have studied under her all-rounded Guru, Prasad Rangnekar, whose expertise in yoga philosophy, yoga theory, gross and subtle anatomy, delivered through his teacher training programme, equipped Lydia very well as a yoga teacher. Also, her co-worker in Hong Kong, Helen Ho, a registered physiotherapist, is Lydia’s greatest backup on anatomical topics. Prasad’s teacher training also covered a lot of psychology, including the relationships between body and mind.
From her foundation in philosophy, anatomy and psychology, Lydia understands how asana practice, breath work and meditation build awareness of and alter the biochemical processes which control our emotional response and feelings of wellbeing. She uses this understanding to teach yoga as a means to work on the body and mind in a balanced way, without over-working or over-stretching the body, whilst teaching how to relax the mind.