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Yoga classes

Private yoga class with Falguni

Private yoga classes
Alignment based class, beginner and intermediate levels.
Private yoga classes for up to two students.

Working individually with you provides the opportunity to support your specific needs. Consistent yoga practice can help release tight hamstrings, rounded shoulders, an aching lower back or a stiff neck.

Do you go to the gym, or run, or play a sport? Yoga can help to stretch and align your body to complement your regular physical activities (a yoga practice will, in fact, enhance your physical performance). Practicing yoga brings more awareness to sensation, action and movement, enhancing connection, strength and flexibility.

I will lead you through a moderately paced practice to enable a fuller exploration of each pose, while releasing any tension held in the muscles and connective tissue of the body.

The class will include physical poses to enhance flexibility, strength and balance, breathing exercises to cleanse, detox and let go of stress, and some mindfulness meditation to access focus and calm. Instructed with props and options to support your individual practice.

The benefit of personalised instruction is classes tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Venue: The Body Group
14th Floor, Prosperous Building, 48-52 Des Voeux Road, Central, HK [directions ]

To book your space: call 2167 7305 or e-mail.


“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life


Yoga class at The Body Group
About me teaching yoga:
An avid practitioner of yoga, I love to share my experience and knowledge with others. I see yoga as a way to connect inwards and relate to ourselves in a world that is constantly asking us to look to the external.

Yoga, for me, is a simple and effective way to release stress and tension stored in the body. Not just the physical, but also the mental patterns and emotional experiences we tend to store. These are the negative experiences we don’t or can’t process, which get pushed into the unconscious and can, over time, manifest physically.

Working with emotional and mental health as a counsellor, and with physical symptoms as a META-Health coach, I see in clients as well as in my own body, how this connection between mind and body is very real. Age old wisdom and philosophy has talked about it for thousands of years, and science is now proving it.

Having developed a consistent yoga practice since 2004, yoga has been my anchor, my release, my journey, my home away from home. I feel blessed to share my experience and welcome you to my classes.


I dedicate my path of yoga to my mother, my first yoga teacher and inspiration. Thank you mum, for your love and teachings.

Breath Work

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Breath Work

Breath awareness is an integral part of releasing stress and anxiety.

When we feel anxious, panicky, or even unconsciously stressed, we tend to take short breaths (called shallow breathing or chest breathing). As a result, our body doesn’t receive enough oxygen, which limits blood flow to important organs and creates tension in our muscles and joints.
This is a physiological reaction to perceived external danger, so when we continuously take shallow breaths we are actually sending signals to our body that we are under threat.

Anything from being stuck in a traffic jam or standing in a long queue, to feeling claustrophobic in a crowded space or even remembering a past traumatic event, can make us anxious and put us into stress mode. Our minds can perceive these situations as threatening/stressful and our body reacts to our thought patterns.

It is imperative to start becoming aware of when we are putting ourselves into stress mode, as these are usually subconscious reactions.

When we breathe full, deep breaths using the full capacity of our lungs, not only are we nourishing our cells with more oxygen, but we are sending calming signals to our body. In the same way that stressful thoughts in our subconscious mind can create negative changes in our physical body, initiating conscious changes (breathing) in our body can create a calmer state of mind.

Stressful thoughts = shallow breath & tightness in muscles
Deep, full breaths = calmer mind + calmer body

To explain the intrinsic connection between the body and mind, Dr. James Gordon, Director and Founder, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, says : “the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.”

There are many breathing techniques and exercises that we can use to release stress from our body & mind. The first step, as always, is to be mindful, to become aware. Only then can we pause and step back before we can breathe our way to a sense of calm and to new perspectives.

“Correct and conscious breath is the first and most simple step toward releasing stress and anxiety.”

Shallow breatherHow would you like to learn to let go of stress and anxiety from your mind and body?

Get in touch with me for a consultation or to book a session:

By phone (852) 6444 0952
By e-mail falguni@mather.com
Use the Online Contact Form

Let your breath be your guide

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When we feel anxious, panicky, or even unconsciously stressed, we tend to take short breaths (called shallow breathing or chest breathing). As a result, our body doesn’t receive enough oxygen, which limits blood flow to important organs and creates tension in our muscles and joints.
This is a physiological reaction to perceived external danger, so when we continuously take shallow breaths we are actually sending signals to our body that we are under threat.

Anything from being stuck in a traffic jam or standing in a long queue, to feeling claustrophobic in a crowded space or even remembering a past traumatic event, can make us anxious and put us into stress mode. Our minds can perceive these situations as threatening/stressful and our body reacts to our thought patterns.

It is imperative to start becoming aware of when we are putting ourselves into stress mode, as these are usually subconscious reactions.

When we breathe full, deep breaths using the full capacity of our lungs, not only are we nourishing our cells with more oxygen, but we are sending calming signals to our body.

In the same way that stressful thoughts in our subconscious mind can create negative changes in our physical body, initiating conscious changes (breathing) in our body can create a calmer state of mind.

  • Stressful thoughts = shallow breath & tightness in muscles
  • Deep, full breaths = calmer mind + calmer body

Harvard cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, identified the flip side of the stress response, which he called the “relaxation response.” Benson demonstrated that meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques can bring about physiological changes including a lower heart rate, lower breathing rate, and decreased muscle tension along with positive changes in brain waves. Mind-body techniques that elicit this relaxation response have been successful in treating many stress-related disorders.

Correct and conscious breath is the first and most simple step toward releasing stress and anxiety.


Try this exercise:
To find out how you are breathing, place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. On every inhale, notice your chest rising. Notice your abdomen too – does it move?

  • If it doesn’t, then your breath is shallow.
  • If your abdomen moves in on an inhale, your breath is inverted (and still shallow).
  • If your chest as well as your abdomen rise when you breathe in, you are breathing good, relaxed breaths – well done!

If you find it difficult to breathe into your abdomen, try this:

  • Try to imagine that your abdomen is like a balloon
  • As you breathe in slowly, let the air fill up your abdomen as if you are filling a balloon with air, letting your abdomen rise before your chest
  • As you exhale, let your chest go in then your abdomen, as if deflating the balloon
  • Do this exercise 3 – 4 times and feel your body become calm.

There are many breathing techniques and exercises that we can use to release stress from our body & mind. The first step, as always, is to be mindful, to become aware. Only then can we pause and step back before we can breathe our way to a sense of calm and to new perspectives.

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Gratitude Meditation : Start with your Body

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Often Heard and Seldom Practiced:
GRATITUDE IS THE KEY TO ABUNDANCE

We have so many things to be grateful for and so many ways in which to be grateful. This Gratitude Meditation for me is like starting at home, with the basics, with our body. I like to do this in Śavāsana after a yoga class, but you can do it at any time. It’s a great meditation to get you into a relaxed state just before you sleep. It’s very powerful to end your day with gratitude instead of the usual stressful thoughts.

You can sit or lay down to meditate. Either way, get comfortable. If you choose to sit, make sure your back is straight.

Close your eyes, and start by taking a few deep, relaxing belly breaths. Focusing on your breath will help to stay present.

After you start to feel a little more relaxed, just feel into your body. As you progress through the meditation, let your mind slowly feel it’s way to each body part.

As you scan your body, be grateful to each part. You can actually say whatever comes to your mind, naturally – the following meditation is for you to use as a guideline. Start by sending your mind towards your feet, and feel each toe. :

Thank you, my toes and my feet, for carrying my body around all day

Thank you, my ankles, for being flexible so I can walk

Thank you, my shins and calves. I send you love and thank you for your support

Thank you, my knees, for being wonderful flexible joints, and for helping me move forward. I send love from my heart to the cartilage, bones and every cell in and around you

Thank you my thighs, for helping my legs move forward

Thank you my pelvis, for protecting my organs, for being my foundation

Thank you my hips, for holding my emotions, for helping me to be active

Thank you my torso, my front and my back. Thank you my stomach for helping me to digest, thank you my lungs, for helping me to breathe. Thank you, my spine, for your constant and amazing support

Thank you my shoulders, for helping me carry my responsibilities, thank you my joints, I send loving light to every cell

Thank you my arms, for helping me to embrace my experiences

Thank you my wrists, my hands, my fingers, for helping me with simple tasks every day

Thank you, my neck, for supporting my head

Thank you my lips, mouth, nose eyes, and ears, for helping me to sense

Thank you my head, my mind, my brain, for being a part of me

Pause here, now, and take a few deep belly breaths…

Take your mind’s focus to your heart, and feel into all the loving energy that resides there. Feel the love. Give it a colour, perhaps. Now send the colour (or just the energy if you can’t feel a colour) from your heart all over your body.
Important:
If you have any injuries or disabilities, do the body scan as above. Send love to that body part instead of an emotion like anger or frustration.

Remember: Love soothes, anger inflames.



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How are you Breathing?

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“Hello. How are you breathing today?”

Quality of breath = State of being

Our fast paced lives have turned us into shallow breathers. Check your breath now: how are you breathing?
Take a deep inhale all the way down to your abdomen.
Exhale all the way out.
And then do it again.

Deep breathing brings many blessings:

  • Relaxes in the body, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Improves circulation of blood and oxygen in the body (fewer wrinkles, imagine!)
  • Increases energy, physical and mental
  • Reduces fear and pain
  • Cleanses the blood of toxic stress chemicals
  • Improves power of mental concentration and observation

Breathing is managed subconsciously, which is great because that means we don’t have to remember to breathe. But know that we can send calming signals to our bodymind by taking control and consciously changing how we breathe.

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