Weekly practice

Have you booked your spot to practice with me this week? My classes typically include movement, breath, meditation and sometimes even chanting. Hatha and Kundalini yoga. Give it a try and you’ll feel grounded, relaxed and centered. 

All levels of practices, body, flexibility and ages welcome!

Book your class with me:

atelierdivalys[@]yahoo.com

40 Day Journey to a Radiant You

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The other day, a friend of mine asked me what I love the most about Kundalini Yoga. Having practiced yoga for the last eleven years, my love and passion for yoga continue to grow. So, I wanted to tell her what makes this particular style different.

Instantaneously, these words came up:

Empowerment – radiance – presence – breath – surrender – letting go – meditation – chanting – feel good…and so on.

As I reflect further, it is clear that I could sum up all these benefits in one single word: AWARENESS.

Over the time, I have become more aware of my body and my surrounding. I am more mindful, whether “on” or “off” the mat. My newfound self-awareness continues even after the class is done. I usually feel the effects for a long time and each time, I can delve little deeper than before.

These effects are amazing:

  • my stress level is lowered;
  • I sleep better;
  • I am more patient;
  • I smile more;
  • I have less cravings; and
  • my mind became less busy.

Little by little, I am living a better life with a clearer sense of who I am. The transformations that I saw in myself have happened from the inside out and quite rapidly. It is a living and on-going transformation for the better.

I am so grateful for having found yoga (especially, Kundalini yoga). As a yoga teacher, it is my love and passion to share the practice and transmit the benefits to students, giving them the tools to empower themselves.

As Yogi Bhajan (who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the West) used to say often – “Doing is Believing”. One cannot fathom yoga through words – just like you have to smell a fragrance in order to appreciate the scent and the perfumer’s craftsmanship – you need to practice and experience yoga for yourself.

Intrigued and wanting to know more?

Allow your curiosity be your guide and come join me for a session of Kundalini Yoga or the other related activities.

I am hosting a “40-Day Journey to the Radiant You“, starting from 1 November. Come and join me and discover the beauty of the Radiant You.

Namaste, Virginie

Introduction to Kundalini

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If you are still wondering what Kundalini Yoga is all about, or would like to learn a bit more about this fantastic tradition which is also called The Yoga of Awareness, join me this Saturday October 15th, 10:30-12:00 at Luxe Nova for a 90minutes practice.

We will do a sweet practice and I will tell you a few interesting things and fact of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Sign up now, and if you bring a friend along you each get 10% off

https://www.facebook.com/events/1241559735937774/

Looking forward to seeing you there,
Virginie

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The love-hate relationship with Savasana

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I’ve always been a fan of Savasana; that moment at the end of class when the teacher tells you to lie down on your back, close your eyes and to totally let go of any tension. The reward after going through poses that are demanding on a physical level: sun salutations, lengthening your hamstrings, releasing your hips, stretching our arms up, twisting your spine… and then pure bliss!

Sava means corpse and Asana means pose; savasana = corpse pose. From a yogic point of view we prepare ourselves for a conscious death, acknowledging that death and ending is all around us. It is not to be seen in a macabre way, but rather in a way of celebrating life and practicing gratitude and mindfulness.

I had never questioned Savasana before I started teaching. At the end of class my students lie down and most of them seem to enjoy it, but some people cannot be still: they open their eyes, they fidget with their hands, move their feet… this made me realise that some people dislike savasana very much and would rather leave class than lie down motionless for what seems an eternity; but here’s why they should stay, and give it a chance:

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My teacher says that Savasana is the equivalent of hitting the SAVE key when you are working on a document on your computer. It helps you absorb all the benefit of the whole class you just went through. You can absorb the healing energy that is going through your body, enabling your body to fully recuperate, and to release the stress it accumulates everyday.

Remember that savasana is different from sleep, it is a deep state of quiet consciousness; your body is completely at rest, and gives in to gravity. Total surrender.

If you are one of these people who doesn’t enjoy Savasana, here are a few tips to help you:

  • Cover your eyes, this will help your system relax more easily
  • Take a few deep conscious breaths, focusing your awareness on your inhales and exhales, then gently return to a normal breath (observing your breath and letting go of the control)
  • Put a blanket on your hips and belly. The weight will enhance the relaxation mode
  • Put a bolster or a rolled blanket under your knees to relax your back
  • Add a drop of lavender to your wrist, this essential oil has relaxing properties.
  • Keep your hands on your belly (or one on your belly and the other on your chest) to feel your breath and connect to yourself, and also to feel less vulnerable than with arms stretched out with palms up
  • Silently repeat to yourself the mantra So Hum (I am that) following your breath: Inhale SO, Exhale HUM.
  • If all of the above doesn’t work you can try to lie on your belly or to sit back on your heels in child’s pose with your arms along your body.
  • If you are in one of my classes, ask me to help you with a few marma points (some acupressure points from the Ayurvedic tradition), as they might help you relax.

I hope this helps you. Good luck and hope your next class will be a breeze till the end.
And remember that it takes practice to surrender to this asana (as to any pose!)

Namaste,

for more info on my classes and where to find me: Atelier Divalys on Facebook

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The beauty of meditation

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or how I managed to diminish the constant chatter in my head

For as long as I can recall I’ve always had a busy mind, as a kid, as a student and as an adult. Thoughts were always in my mind and I thought it was normal. I was a creative person and this is where new concepts would sprout.
When I worked in the fragrance industry my mind was always on, finding new concepts, talking to perfumers about new ideas, visiting clients and analysing the market and their brands… When I was focusing on my photography, I was in the moment, but the chatter would still be taking place.

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As long as I can remember, I kept saying that I wished there was an ON/OFF button in my head. The constant conversations, thoughts, reflections, comments, analysis, judgements, have a negative side to them if they never stop. The question remained long unanswered, till I started to practice yoga, and found some peaceful moments.
As my practice continued I discovered meditation! Now, after more than a year of daily meditation practice, I finally have found the switch.
Don’t think that it happened overnight, don’t think that I am always in a state of bliss when I meditate, but on the whole, looking back, I realise that the chatter in my mind is more quiet.
To use a metaphor, I would say my mind used to look like the sea during a tempest, and now I can sail more peacefully on the water. There is still wind, and sometimes waves, but one day it will be a quiet lake on a summer day.

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Last week I took an intensive 5 day training course with Mas Vidal , a wonderful yogi who teaches the integration of yoga and Ayurveda. As a group we meditated together everyday, and the energy you get when you meditate with other people is amazing. It is after one of these meditations that I realised how I found the switch for my mind; I realised that I am a happier person, focusing on the positive, and the essential things in life. With meditation come self awareness and healing, self-love and peace, and a higher vibration.

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Here are two wonderful events I am organising at Luxe Nova next week. 

“Networking, the Feminine Way” – Wednesday 25 May. 7-10pm
Stephanie Luo will play magical singing bowls for a sound bath at the beginning and end of the evening. I will introduce you to some kundalini meditations, mantras on the theme of self-love and the energy of the heart. Join me for a wonderful evening of grace and bliss.
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On the following Saturday 28th May from 10:30am-noon, I will offer my second 90 minute workshop also at the wonderful venue of Luxe Nova.
The topic this time is “Raising our Vibration” . A great opportunity for those of you not so familiar with Kundalini Yoga to discover how breath, movement and sound can create deep shifts in our bodies. No need to be a yogi, just bring an open heart and a playful mind.
LUXE NOVA – Raising our Vibration

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Spring Detox

Whether you are addicted to coffee, negative thoughts or behaviours of any kind join me for a healing class. The class will include some poses, breathing, meditation and chanting. Everybody is welcome to join (all levels and ages)

Here is a great article on Detox with some great tips from Ayurveda.
Fantastic way to prepare for the Spring detox workshop on Saturday at Luxe Nova.
click here for article
There’re till some spots left. Register with me or Luxe Nova
Luxe Nova Lifestyle Studio

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New Classes at Luxe Nova

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I am super excited and grateful to start teaching at the wonderful LUXE NOVA Lifestyle Studio on Wellington street as of next week on April 6th.
Join me every Wednesday morning (8-9am) and evening (7-8pm) for a a class of Radiant Body Yoga. Move, breath and chant sacred mantras with me and connect to yourself! It will balance your body and mind.

I will also teach some workshops at Luxe Nova, and the first one in on Saturday 30th, April. 10:30-12:00. 

Spring is the best season to detox and reset. As the weather gets warmer, it is is the ideal time to clear out the toxins that have accumulated over the winter, to let go of old behaviours and to open up to new opportunities.

Come and join me for a transformational yoga workshop on Saturday 30 April, 10:30 – 12:00 to kickstart a healthier version of you!

Wonderful workshop for those of you who have been over indulging or giving up sugar, caffein etc…or any negative behaviours (negative thoughts…).
The detoxification enables us to move stagnation out of the body, release any doubt, fear or frustration and give the skin a healthy glow from the inside out.

Sign up for this 90 min mini-retreat combining Hatha yoga postures, breathing, Kundalini kriya (combination of breath and movements), relaxation, meditation and sacred mantras.

It is designed to promote vitality and a sense of ease, and you will feel rejuvenated.

People of all ages and all levels are welcome.

Luxe Nova Lifestyle Studio
9F, V Plus, 68 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2898 0568
info@Luxenova.co