It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause or reset, or a new route to see new options and possibilities. . P.S. My face 🥴😂 . Photo @actionhiro
Still digesting all that we’ve covered this weekend on @functionalrangeconditioning, but just wanted to say a huge thank you to @hunterfitness as well as @miyagihands and @bluestagrams for bringing it to Hong Kong. . At the start of the year, I set a personal goal to advance my anatomy knowledge and learn more about biomechanics of not just yoga but movement in general - partly because I’ve always had an interest in this stuff since school (did I mention I almost majored in biology?), also because as a teacher, I should know the science behind what I’m teaching - why we move our bodies in the way that we do, and more importantly, how to do it safely for life (no secret that I’m a walking ball of injuries the last year with my floppy ass joints). Through FRC, I’ve learned that there’s no shortcut to a healthy body, you’ve got to put in the work as tedious as it may seem (and often boring at the start); that we can’t ‘prevent’ injuries (they’ll always happen) but we can prepare for them; and in order to be a good yogi/athlete, you sacrifice being a good human, but you can do your best to find balance. Oh, and that you can train so, so much using *just your body*. I’m sore from yesterday and we barely scratched the surface with all the possible joints/exercise variations. . Looking forward to educating myself further on the system and integrating these principles into my own practice and classes. CARs all day #everydamnday.
Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s finally cooling down here in Hong Kong. I can’t believe I used to live for the summer, nowadays (because I’m older?) I much prefer being able to walk around and do things outside like shoot photos without being a humid, sweaty mess. That said, I’ll probably eat my words when I’m freezing in Seoul in two weeks 🙈 . On a separate note, I discovered @nimbleactivewear a few months ago and it’s quickly become one of my favorite workout gear brands so I wanted to share the love with you guys. Use code JESS15 for 15% off all their full-priced items, valid till 30 November - go go! . Photo @kathamuller.photography
So grateful for the many opportunities to collaborate and share my love for acroyoga lately. There really is magic in seeing the joy on people’s faces as they conquer their fears and take flight for the first time, and I still can’t believe that I get to facilitate this as “work”. #joblove . Continuing on this streak, I’ll be teaching two acroyoga sessions under the stars in Tamar Park the next two Monday nights (12 & 19 Nov, 7-8pm) with @wellness360hk. The weather now is perfect for outdoor practice, and it’s been a while since I’ve taught in the park, so I really hope you can join us! Link in bio for more info & tickets. . GIVEAWAY 🎟 Follow @wellness360hk & @jessicaleeyoga and tag someone you’d like to fly with in the comments below, we’ll pick two random winners (one for 12 Nov & one for 19 Nov) each for a pair of free tickets for you + a friend! . Base @lukegraeber with @elyseyogalife behind the lens Wearing @risinglotusclothing / @werkshop
Acroyoga teaches us how to trust in another person, to communicate how we’re feeling and ask for what we need, to support one another and reassure your partner that “I’ve got you”, and connect through movement and play. And play we definitely did! 🤪 . Thanks @brocnbells for bringing this platform for people to meet new fitness friends to our city, and for inviting us (@reebiews@gideonfung) to share acroyoga x mindful connection at your Hong Kong launch on Saturday. Find your SweatBuddy now on BrocnBells.com! . Photos @sotangy_
Beware of destination addiction: the idea that happiness is in the next holiday, the next job, or even with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are. . Photo @ishine_gape
“Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distortion or coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.” . I’ve been talking to my mom a lot about mindfulness lately (a huge shift from the usual gossip before her condition; for those who don’t know, she was diagnosed with anxiety last year and has since been practicing pranayama and meditation disguised as CBT techniques with positive results, and I can’t be more proud of her!) and even though I teach and practice it through yoga, I struggle to explain it in words. But I do know how it feels, and think the above description resonates with me the most. . What does mindfulness mean to you? I’d love to know!
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of playing and learning from some of the best teachers in the industry, but this year is an extra special one because I got to not only meet, but also assist, two of my first acroyoga “heroes” on YouTube (long before IG) when I first discovered the practice around a decade ago. . The first is @danielscottyoga, whose whimsical washing machine breakdowns were the encyclopedia to my budding acro journey, and the second is @ishine_gape, whose Urban Flow is still my go-to video to share whenever friends needed a visual explanation of what I do. Thank you both for the constant inspiration throughout the years, for all the advice and reminding me why I keep coming back to acroyoga, and for being such lovely, genuine people in real life too. . Here’s a sneak peek of the magic created with @ishine_gape this weekend ✨
You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people. - Olivia Laing . It’s a rainy Wednesday here in Hong Kong and I’m feeling a bit melancholy. I listened to a podcast the other week where @estherperelofficial addressed ghosting, breadcrumbing, and all these new terms for shitty communication trends (in all types of relationships), and her message really stuck with me: . “Society is riddled with growth experiences and self help and all these attempts to make us feel better about ourselves, yet at the same time we have an entire social fabric full of things that make us feel worse about ourselves. Take inventory for 5 mins and ask yourself - Where have I fallen short? Who do I owe a phone call to? Who did I leave hanging and never got back to? And proceed by that, not which email is the most important because that’s where my self interest lies.” . Consider that your heads up, if we haven’t spoken in a while and you suddenly get a (probably overly mushy) message from me. And even if not, know that I’m still thinking of you ❤️ . Wearing @sdsport_hk Photo @winkielam
They say it’s harder to make new friends as you age, but I’ve actually found the opposite to be true. As I grow older, I find it easier to connect with people as I give less concern to what I think others think of me, bypassing the superficial small talk in place for deep, vulnerable, twisted conversations, so those who stay are all connections for keepsies. Friendships aren’t about how long you’ve known each other, or what shared experiences you may have together - of course, they add to it - but you can know someone for a decade and only just scratch the surface; likewise you can also meet someone and instantly feel like you’ve already known them a lifetime. . Playtime with my new but old friend @om_jerome ❤️ . Wearing @titikaactive | #titikaxme Photo @yoganinjalty
Life is constantly reminding us about what we don’t have, but what about all that we do have? What makes you special? What do you have to offer the world around you? What do you enjoy? Find the things that you do love about yourself.
You guys know I love my music events/festivals, and yoga is what I live and breathe, so this collaboration holds a super special place in my heart. I’m beyond thrilled to be joining forces again with my friends at @solarsoundsystem and @iris.hkg to lead a special Sunset Recharge & Restore yoga session to a live, curated DJ set next Weds 17 October (it’s a public holiday!) as part of the upcoming Solar Wellness Series, a brand new event combining wellness, music, and sustainability. . Yoga is about finding balance between opposites: grounding and lifting, strength and flexibility, effort and release. The all-levels class will start with a playful, energising flow that will get you out of your head and focused in the present, followed by a chilled-out, restorative wind down to create space in both your body and mind. . 📆 Weds 17 Oct 2018, 2:45-7:15pm 📍 Secret location on HK island! 🎟 https://www.eventbrite.hk/e/solar-wellness-series-tickets-50167510374 . TL;DR - yoga + @SolarSoundSystem beats + Hong Kong sunset = all of my favorite things. Come! 🧘🏻♀️🎧🌇