The first two decades of my working life I spent in NGOs supporting less privileged women. In 2007 I co-founded the Hong Kong charity Enrich to empower migrant domestic workers. In 2009, after becoming a mother while growing Enrich I struggled with anxiety; I realised that my contributions to a better world were hampered by the stresses and frustrations within me.
In 2015, I embarked on a meditation course and started my own practice. The deep peace and wellness I found within myself transformed me. Meditation became a crucial part of each day and I sought all opportunities to learn and practice more.
Since 2016 I have been sharing yoga nidra, heart meditations, sound healing and nature connection to help people heal stress and trauma symptoms and connect back to the peace and love within. In 2022 I moved "back" to Zurich with my husband and teenage son after 42 years "abroad" mostly in Asia.
I now work in person from Switzerland and online with the world. I am passionate about sharing deep rest and heart opening practices to help more of us come back to our natural state of peace, love and wellbeing such that we come to a better place to live, to parent and to resolve the big issues facing humanity.
Yoga Nidra is the antidote to the stress of life in today’s world. It is a zero effort practice of surrendering to all that is. Generally practiced lying down, yoga nidra brings you to a state of deep relaxation, allowing body and mind to restore.
Yoga Nidra helps to disengage from thoughts and emotions and release anxiety and anger. It can also improve sleep, release tension and reverse symptoms of trauma and exhaustion. Yoga Nidra provides comfort and greater wellbeing for people going through health challenges, and for women experiencing PMS, pregnancy and post natal recovery, and perimenopause / menopause. On a physical health level, practicing Yoga Nidra balances the body and supports the immune system.
Heart opening meditations includes a range of practices such as loving kindness, self-compassion, sending heart energy and awakening joy. These meditations help us connect to our heart, the most powerful healing organ in the body. They focus on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness, and warmth towards others.
Regular practice has shown to reduce anger, depression, sadness, loneliness and anxiety and increase feelings of love, joy, connection, gratitude and hope. These practices help build resilience and empathy and improve relationships as you come back to living from a place of love.
Sound healing is a gentle and powerful way to reach places in the body that are otherwise impossible to get to. Tibetan singing bowls bring immediate relaxation to body and mind, helping to disengage from thoughts and come into the present moment.
The vibration produced by singing bowls reaches deep levels of our mind and our brain and all the cells in our body. This creates a sense of awareness with deep relaxation. Sound healing can help release tension and reduce the hold of stress, pain, fatigue, fear and other difficult emotions. Singing bowl vibrations help to bring us to an optimal state for self-awareness and healing.
We belong to nature yet most of us spend our days disconnected from the non human world. Being in nature helps to re-balance, to connect to the bigger picture of life and to come back to our natural state peace and wellness. When yoga nidra and meditation sessions are held outdoors the effect is multiplied. Nature immersion and mindful walking are important components of my retreat offerings. Nature imagery and visualizations are an important part of many of my yoga nidra and meditation sessions, helpful for grounding and connecting to a bigger picture.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
"It made me more mindful and observant in everyday life. Also the body scanning part of the nidras ‘the right arm, the left arm, the whole body’ made me feel whole. I also enjoyed the sense of community that being part of the group engendered."
My first formal Meditation Teacher Training was with Keshava in Goa, India in 2016; a two week residential intensive, and an experience that left me flying in clouds. That same year I trained as an Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner in Hong Kong, giving me a greater understanding of the hold and release of emotions in the body. In 2017 I took this further with the six week (online) Power of Self Compassion course with Kirsten Neff and Christopher Germer. I floated through my first week long Yoga Nidra Teacher Training in Goa.
In the summer of 2018 I completed the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training in Stroud, England; fully experiencing the transformative power of yoga nidra. Here I discovered the power of music, poetry and sound which I began incorporating in my nidras. I continued my sound healing journey with a teacher training using Tibetan singing bowls in Goa
Wanting to learn more about therapeutic uses of these practices I studied Richard Miller's irest techniques and joined Molly Birkholm's teacher training on the use of yoga and yoga nidra for transforming stress and trauma. Little did I know how crucial these tools would be for 2020.
In 2021 in Hong Kong I was fortunate to train with Mona Choi in 1-1 and small group Sound Healing and to complete a Yoga Teacher Training with Sudevi Sundari. Building on my experiences of offering sessions in nature and leading nature immersion sessions on retreat, in 2022 I took a course in Deep Ecology with Stephan Harding and have embraced opportunities to learn about forest bathing in Switzerland.
I have been fortunate to strengthen my practice and come back to myself by attending regular residential yoga and meditation retreats since 2009 including Buddhist retreats with Ajahn Brahm, Ken Gelsang Rabten and Vishu, Shivanana yoga retreats and secular Mindfulness and yoga retreats.
Certified Relevant Teacher Training
Music and Intuitive instruments, Maxime Le Royer, Marseille, France 2023
Singing Bowl and Sound Therapist Certification Programme, Mona Choi, Hong Kong 2021
Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Paramgati with Sudevi Sundari. (200h, Yoga Alliance), Hong Kong 2021
Yoga. Yoga Nidra and Trauma with Molly Birkholm (irest), Austria, 2019
Tibetan Sining Bowl Sound Healing Meditation, Satyam Shivam Sundaram Meditation School with Keshava Murty, Goa, India 2018
Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training with Uma Dinsmore_Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, Yoga Nidra Network, Sround, Uk, 2018
Reiki Level 1 & 2 in the Usui Ryoho system with Bruce Taylor, Hong Kong 2018
Yoga Nidra Training with Diva Yoga with Meera Acharaya Goa, India, 2017
Emotional Freedom Techniques Level 1 & 2 with Caroline Rhodes, Hong Kong 2016
Meditation Teacher Training, Sarvvaguna Yoga with Shiva Girish, Goa, India 2016