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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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My Favourite Meditation To Re-Connect To Myself

My Favourite Meditation To Re-Connect To Myself

My Favourite Meditation to Re-Connect to Myself

 

Kiana Ng

Sometimes, I need a reminder of who I am when I’m feeling lost or disconnected. If you’re confused about who you are, try out my favourite meditation to re-connect to myself below.

Either have someone read out this meditation for you, or record yourself reading it.

“Sit in a comfortable position and start by taking a few deep breaths.

Use these breaths to drop down into your body, releasing any mental chatter.

As you drop down into your body further and further, place your hands on the part of your body that represents who you are.

Breathe into that space.

Staying connected to that space, start to bring to mind the happiest memory you have of yourself.

Visualize & hold it in your mind.

Notice how you felt in this memory & describe it to yourself. How would you describe this person in your memory? How did she feel in those moments?

Your happiest moments represent who you truly are.

Whenever you lose yourself, come back to your happiest memories and remember who you were in those moments.

Take a few more breaths and a few more moments re-visiting your happiest memory.

Feel yourself re-connect to your authenticity, letting that bring you peace.

Feel the place where your palms rest and acknowledge that this is where your true self lies.

When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes.”

Now is a good time to write down all the adjectives and emotions you used to describe yourself in those memories. Write them down somewhere that you can always come back to whenever you need a reminder of yourself.

Who are you, really? Share it with me in the comments.

If you’d like to practice 1-on-1 guided meditations with me, I would love to be your guide. For more info, click here.

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How To Determine Which Type Of Yoga Is Right For You

How To Determine Which Type Of Yoga Is Right For You

How To Determine Which Type Of Yoga Is Right For You

 

Kiana Ng

There are many different styles of yoga. If you’re new to yoga, it can be overwhelming & confusing when you’re trying to choose which class or studio you want to commit to.

When I first started practicing, I definitely didn’t even think about researching what each type of yoga might entail. However, it would have been nice to know since some types of yoga are more intense or vigorous than others. If you walk into a power class looking for something stretchy & grounded, you might not walk out of the class with the most positive impression, because power classes are meant to be very dynamic & intense.

So to clarify your confusion and make it easier for you decide which is right for you, below is a list of the most common types of yoga you might come across.

Types of Yoga

  • Vinyasa or Flow Yoga: This practice is typically faster paced with the emphasis on flowing multiple poses together. It’s a strong practice that usually gives you a challenge due to its dynamic nature. However, even though it’s faster-paced & dynamic, it may still be suitable for beginners if the class is labelled as open or all levels, or L1 or L1-2.

 

  • Hatha Yoga: This practice is still dynamic and strong, but it’s slower in nature. In this style of class, you will find that poses are held longer than you would experience in a vinyasa or flow class.

 

  • Yin Yoga: This practice is very slow with the focus on stretching deep into the fascia & connective tissues. Poses are held between 3-5 minutes and are all grounded (on back, seated, or on stomach).

 

  • Restorative Yoga: This practice is similar to yin, but it involves more props and the poses are gentler in nature with long holds.

 

  • Ashtanga: This is a very vigorous practice derived from vinyasa yoga. There are different levels in this practice each with their own set of poses. The traditional Mysore ashtanga practice is done early in the morning and it is not guided (you are expected to know the poses by memory). In the western world, you can find more guided ashtanga classes.

 

  • Power Yoga: Also a set series of poses, derived from vinyasa or flow yoga, that may differ slightly from teacher to teacher. Expect intensity and a lot of heat in this practice!

 

  • Sivananda: This practice is based on 12 yoga poses. It’s a very slow & methodical class.

 

  • Bikram: This practice is 90 minutes long and is always done in a very hot room. Come with an open mind and expect intensity.

 

  • Iyengar: This practice is very prop-based and is also done more slowly, but it can still be challenging and strong.

 

Personally, I love the balance of flow yoga and yin yoga. My gymnastics background loves the challenge of flow yoga, but my love for meditation pulls me to yin yoga.

Choosing your type of yoga is a personal choice. The first thing to decide, before choosing your style of class, is what you’re looking to get out of your yoga practice. If you want something more stretchy & not physically intense, then try yin, restorative, or maybe even hatha. If you want a workout, go to a power class!

Do you have a preferred style of yoga? Share it with my in the comments!

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