Staying fit with yoga
> Melissa Chu, the founder of athleisure brand Rumi X, shares her tips on how to live a healthier and happier life
What are the latest fitness trends for women in Hong Kong and Asia? “Surfset (exercising on a surfboard), SUP Yoga (yoga on a stand-up paddleboard) and Barre are the latest fitness trends, especially in Hong Kong.
“There are new studios for Barre classes and lots of SUP Yoga classes during the summer season.
“In the past few years, different styles of yoga have also grown in popularity and many new trends have emerged.”
What do you think will be the next big thing in yoga? “Incorporating yoga into your everyday life, and not only the mat.”
What is your own personal favourite style of yoga and why? “Hatha, I like a nice and slow
paced deep stretch.”
As a certified yoga teacher, how would you advise someone who has never tried yoga before to get started? “Relax, take a deep breath and try your best. Go with it, there’s no judgment, and accept the transformation that’s taking place right before you!”
And how can those who are already yoga fans take their practice to the next level? “Incorporate pranayama breathing exercises into your practice. It’s an active meditation that helps to further cleanse your body and soul.” Other than yoga, how do you look after your own health on a daily basis? “I like to wake up early and take long walks with my dog up the peak in Hong Kong.
“It’s my morning meditation, and my quiet calm before the start of busy day. It’s also breathtaking to see the gorgeous views from the top!
“One of my morning rituals also includes taking a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to stimulate my digestion and to cleanse my system. It’s got a real kick!”
How can you ensure you stay healthy through the change in seasons? “Definitely drink more warm teas and stay warm and hydrated during the colder months.
“I also love cooking in the fall season because there are so many of my favourite seasonal fruits and vegetables available. It’s a great time to cook more hearty meals.”
What is your favourite healthy breakfast to set you up for the day? “One full egg, one egg white and avocado toast.”
And how do you like to refuel after a yoga workout? “Coconut water and almonds.”
Do you have any guilty pleasures that you like to indulge in? “I love spicy food – the spicier the better!”
Finally, what is your motto for living a healthier, fitter, and happier life? “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself” – AFP-Relaxnews