For existing members and wellness enthusiasts around the world to continue their wellness journey at home, Fivelements Habitat is now offering daily yoga and sacred arts livestream classes. Covering a wide variety of physical and mental health practices, the online classes are led by specialists in yoga, mindfulness, tea, sound, movement and core conditioning.
It is running five different classes per day at a cost of HK$120 (US$15.50) per session and Fivelements Habitat cardholders will have unlimited access to the classes upon reactivating their account.
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Fivelements Habitat offers different yoga classes each day, including Dharma Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yogalates and Hatha Yoga, among others.
Offering an all-round exercise for the mind and body, Dharma Yoga is challenging but accessible enough for new students, who will be guided through hip openers, arm balances, back bends, forward folds, twists, inversions, pranayama, chanting, purification techniques, breathing visualization, and meditation.
Vinyasa Yoga is invigorating and can be fast paced. It synchronizes the asanas or postures with breathing, placing much emphasis on the transition between asanas and their relation to the breath. The continuous flow helps create balance in the body and mind.
Yogalates is a hybrid exercise routine that combines the asanas with the core strengthening exercises of Pilates. The session starts with a brief meditation before warming up with sun salutations. This is followed by mat exercises focused on the pelvic floor, abs and obliques, while engaging targeted muscles and breathing deeply.
Hatha Yoga is a great yoga style for beginners and teaches new students how to practice safely and effectively. Based upon 26 postures and two breathing exercises, Hatha is a practice for the mind and body. It can also be a great stress reliever. It also benefits people who are suffering from chronic pain or depression.
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The Tea Ceremony sessions follow the traditions and ancient scriptures of Cha Dao or the Way of Tea.
Tea Ceremony & Journaling will be a moment of sharing tea without words, so as to achieve a calm and meditative presence. There will be a time dedicated for writing any thoughts and reflections that come up during the process. Journaling allows us to express our worries and release negativity, as a good way to promote emotional wellbeing.
In Sadhana & Tea Ceremony, before drinking tea together in silence, participants will take a few minutes for their self-practice of sadhana (methodical discipline), which can be anything that is nurturing to their life. It could be a daily meditation, journaling, or anything that they can do mindfully like drinking a glass of water. There will be a few minutes of sharing of reflections before the end of the session.
Unlike the two tea ceremonies that give emphasis on silence during the process, Zen & Tea One Flavor is a session in which participants will have an open mindful discussion. It is a meaningful moment to share with others their experiences and realizations about living in harmony and balance of the mind.
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DANCE, SOUND HEALING, AND BREATHWORK
The online courses will also cover other wellness modalities such as movement, sound and breathwork that promote awareness and self-healing.
There will be a session of Evolutionary Dance, which is an exploration of movement that leads to meditation and stillness. It is a means to express emotions, transform and connect with a higher sense of purpose.
The first two sessions for Sound Healing are Singing Bowl Meditation and Sound Journey. These will be an opportunity to disconnect from the noise and busyness of our lives, and reconnect to our inner self.
Breathing techniques that combine ancient teachings and neuroscience findings will be taught in two sessions – Breath to Unwind and Art of Breath. These aim to unwind and achieve clarity of the mind, as well as strengthen the respiratory system towards a healthy body.
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