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My Spiritual Practice

My Spiritual Practice

My Spiritual Practice

 

Kiana Ng

I share a lot about my yoga practice with you, but not a whole lot about the rest of my spiritual practice…

Sometimes, I share with you pieces about what I’m going through, lessons I’ve learned and the like, but I don’t dive too deep into it all the time nor do I tell you what my spiritual practice actually looks like.

However, I feel called to share with you a little more about my spiritual practice.

Before I begin, let me clarify what I mean by spiritual practice. I define this as: what you do to heal and tune in.

For me, this is what my spiritual practice looks like: yoga & meditation. every morning.

Sometimes it’s messy.

Sometimes I miss a day. Or two.

Sometimes it’s easy.

Sometimes it’s really f-ing hard.

Sometimes it’s 20 minutes. Other times it’s 90 minutes.

Sometimes I also journal.

Sometimes I pull tarot and oracle cards.

And sometimes I feel called to share with you what I’ve learnt along the way.

But not always… And that’s okay. I think there’s something sacred in keeping your spiritual practice to yourself and not always announcing it to the world. 

I don’t have an exact method to it, but I know that sitting in stillness and solitude teaches me more than movement on my mat does about myself because it forces me to eliminate distractions and to look at the challenging parts of myself. And that’s why I meditate. My mat is a place for me to passionately enjoy the physical practice that I love so much, find my way back to presence, ground into my body, release what I’m holding on to, and create physical space for healing (on all levels) to occur.

My yoga practice is where I open up my body to release unhealed or blocked energy. Meditation is where I work through all of the tough stuff that came up and unearthed itself as a result. Meditation is where I receive universal guidance, awaken to deeper truths and wisdom, heal, work through the hard questions, seek clarity, and everything else that helps me peel the layers off and connect to myself on a deeper level.

Both my yoga practice and meditation go hand in hand for me to create my spiritual practice.

In my teachings, I largely focus on the physical asana and challenge you to explore your body in new and creative ways, all while using the breath to create space and let go. I’ve known for years now that one of my purposes for this lifetime is to help people heal, but recently, I’ve found myself with the question, “Am I doing enough right now as a yoga teacher to fulfill this purpose?”

Sometimes, I feel like I should make my classes less about the physical asana and cue more to the inward practice. But whenever I try to do that, it feels forced, inauthentic, and less fluid. Teaching physical asana while inspiring you, my students, to release, let go, and find more space using the breath is my language. This is what comes so fluently to me… Sometimes even to the point where I’m leading a class and words start coming through me that aren’t mine with wisdom about asana that I didn’t know I had.

It’s taken me a while to be okay with accepting this as my gift because I always felt like a “good” teacher should be able to lead their students through a spiritual, emotional or inward experience with their words. When in actuality, I already am. Even if it’s not in the way that I pictured.

I’ve learned that showing up on your mat is a spiritual practice in and of itself, no matter the words that come out of my mouth or the poses that I lead you through. The power of the physical practice of yoga is that it opens up your body, unearths blocks and repressions, and creates space for healing to occur as a result. And that’s what I teach to.

These moments of release and healing might come through as emotional surges, energetic shifts, clarity, a sense of grounding, or really anything else. They could happen on your mat or off your mat an hour, a day, or a week after practice. Whenever and however these moments of healing happen, I believe that the inward work comes from sitting in solitude and stillness to inquire and shine awareness on whatever it is that came up for you as a result of your yoga practice. This inward work is your meditation.

So my question for you is, how are you showing up for yourself to continue you on your own personal movement and healing journey? What is your spiritual practice?

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How To Meditate

How To Meditate

How To Meditate

 

Kiana Ng

Have you been wanting to start your meditation practice but aren’t sure how? Check out my guidelines below for how to meditate.

How To Meditate

Let me start with this… There’s not a right or a wrong way to meditate. Find what works best for you and practice it!

One of the main focuses of meditation is to clear the mind to find a complete state of presence. This is challenging for a lot of people so remember patience and self-compassion when you can only stop your mind for 1/2 a second! As with anything, the more you practice, the easier it will be.

Meditation is about re-training the mind. The mind is a great tool for productivity, creating, and planning. But it can also be destructive with harmful recurring thought loops. Through meditation, you’ll learn how to take back control over your mind rather than it controlling you.

To get started, here are some styles of meditation to choose from to start your meditation practice…

  • Silent or Breath Meditation – This is one of the hardest to do, in my opinion, as it requires a lot more concentration because your mind doesn’t have something else to focus on, nor does it have an external reminder to re-focus. But this is one of the techniques where you can really begin to learn a lot from. Plus, when you learn to appreciate silence, this type of meditation is golden.
  • Guided Meditation – Have someone guide you through the meditation. This is great when you’re first starting out and unsure what to do. There are youtube videos, or apps (I recommend Waking Up) with daily meditations for you to follow along with. If you’d like more personalized guided meditations, you can also book sessions with me here.
  • Visualization Meditation – This can also be in the form of guided meditation if you prefer. I love using visualizations when there’s a goal I’m trying to accomplish with it. For example, you might visualize how you want something to occur or manifest.
  • Contemplative Meditation – This type of meditation is great for when you have something that you’re seeking answers to. You might be reflecting on a specific question or creative solution. Practice focusing on your question or inquiry of focus.
  • Mantra Meditation – Practice repeating a mantra (affirmation) in between every inhale and exhale. Using the mantra as your point of focus.
  • Walking Meditation – I love meditating in nature. It’s very grounding and can be great to start with as well since it’s easier to focus your mind when you’re moving due to the creation of sensation through the senses.

Try one of these out tomorrow and get started on your meditation journey! I’m so excited for you.

If you’d like guidance through any of these styles of meditation, book a session with me here.

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The Importance of Meditation

The Importance of Meditation

The Importance of Meditation

 

Kiana Ng

Have you ever wondered why meditation is all the rave these days? Check out why meditation is important below.

Why is meditation important?

Meditation is a constant practice of diving deeper into yourself and learning how to heal and remove the blocks that are stopping you from doing so. When you take time to heal your inner world, you feel better in every aspect of your life.

Meditation teaches you self-awareness, mindfulness, emotional intelligence… It’s a tool that gives you an opportunity to invite in more peace, love, and joy into your life.

Every one person will have their own reasons for meditating, such as lowering stress levels, relaxation, or a more spiritual reason. Whatever it is, meditation has the power to unlock the parts of yourself that are waiting for you be discovered and healed.

Throughout my meditation practice, I’ve learned and discovered so much about myself. And I keep learning every time I sit down.

I believe that meditation is so important, not only for your own well-being, but for the world around you. When you meditate, you raise your vibration to a higher level of consciousness where love, peace, and joy exist, which in turn effects those around you either unconsciously or consciously. I don’t know about you, but I think that the world definitely needs more of this.

If you’re interested in starting your meditation practice with guidance, book a free meditation intro session with me here.

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Yoga: Hot vs. Not

Yoga: Hot vs. Not

Yoga: Hot vs. Not

 

Kiana Ng

What’s the difference between hot yoga vs. non-hot yoga?

    Both styles of yoga have their own benefits, and sometimes it just comes down to personal preference.The main benefit of hot yoga is that it makes the muscles and joints feel looser so that you can do deeper into any pose. The downfall of this is that there can be a tendency to over-stretch.
    Hot yoga is also known to increase the illusion of the workout-feel. In my opinion, both temperatures of yoga can work you just as hard!
    Non-hot yoga is more natural for the body as it relies on itself to create warmth and heat. There may be a stronger concentration on the breath to incorporate this element as well.
    Both styles offer similar benefits too, including reduced stress levels, increased energy levels, improved strength & flexibility, and more.
    Overall, I think that it comes down to your personal preference and what feels best in your body.
    Which style of yoga do you prefer to practice in? Share it in the comments!
    If you’re looking for more in your practice, or would to practice on your own terms, check out my recently launched program here. I’d be honoured to work with you!

With love,

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5 Christmas Gift Ideas For A Yogi

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For A Yogi

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For A Yogi

 

Kiana Ng

Have a yogi in your life that you’re searching for the perfect gift for? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Check out my top 5 Christmas gift ideas for a yogi below.

  1. Yogi Surprise – Yogi Surprise is a subscription based lifestyle or jewelry box that arrives every month to your doorstep. Each box is filled with a surprise of goodies that the yogi in your life is sure to love! If you don’t want to order a recurring subscription, they usually offer a 1 time box around the holidays (or cancel the subscription whenever you like).
  2. Yoga Mat – Buy your yogi a new mat! One can never have too many mats… Check out my top must-have yoga mats here for ideas.
  3. Yoga Leggings – The second thing one can never have too much of is yoga gear! Just to mention a few of my fave brands… Onzie, Alo Yoga, Lululemon, Kira Grace.
  4. Yoga Wheel – B Yoga carries a great one!
  5. Essential Oils – Doterra or Saje have amazing blends.

Whatever you decide to get your yogi, I’m sure they’ll love it!

With love,

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Must Have Yoga Mats

Must Have Yoga Mats

Must Have Yoga Mats

 

Kiana Ng

Finding the perfect yoga mat for your practice can be hard. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favourite yoga mats, including their level of grip, price, and thickness.

Liforme

This mat is my favourite yoga mat. Not only is its level of grip amazing, both in hot and non-hot rooms, but it has alignment lines on the mat as well to help you in your practice.

It comes in different colours and different styles, so you can choose your preference.

Although it’s on the pricier side, it’s well worth it!

Cost: $175 CAD (regular yoga mat)

Thickness: 4.2 mm (regular yoga mat)

Grip Level: Slippery – Medium – Excellent Grip

B Yoga

I know that I said Liforme is my favourite, but the B mat has to be tied. I haven’t experienced another mat with their type of material yet. The grip is excellent in hot and non-hot rooms and it comes in different colours and different thicknesses, so you can choose your preference.

Cost: $82 CAD (everyday mat)

Thickness: 4 mm (everyday mat)

Grip Level: Slippery – Medium – Excellent Grip

Always x Always

I LOVE this mat’s design. That’s probably my favourite part about it. Plus, the sweatier you get, the more grip you get with this mat having a built in towel on top.

Cost: $125 CAD

Thickness: 5.08 mm

Grip Level: Slippery – Medium – Excellent Grip

The Samadhi Initiative

This is my favourite cork-styled yoga mat that I’ve tried. The great thing about this brand is that you can personalize what you’d like on your mat for the design! As for grip, this mat also gets grippier the more you sweat.

Cost: $160 CAD (regular yoga mat)

Thickness: 5 mm

Grip Level: Slippery – Medium – Excellent Grip

If you want to learn even more about which yoga mat would be perfect for you, check out Consumer Advocate’s post that goes in depth about different brands. Click here to view it.

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