After lunch, I meet Sylvia for a Flower Remedies consultation, who asks me a number of thorough questions about my lifestyle, covering everything from bowel movements to OCDs to my input in the environment. According to all these answers she then creates two Bach flower remedy blends, which she delivers to my room later that night – one for everyday use that tackles fear and guilt and helps me not to worry about other people’s opinions, and the second one for when I’m working, which helps when feeling overwhelmed and overworked.
I head for a Yin Yoga class, which is mainly about stretching and opening the hips. I notice that there’s a sense of frustration arising as I’m going through the asanas, and I strongly believe that by opening the flow of chi in certain areas, the body will release deep seated emotions that we’re storing in those specific areas, hence the frustration. I love this class, and I’m already thinking about which postures to include in my regular stretching routine back home.
I’m excited about the Pranayama class with Smitha this morning, as I feel that I really need to do something about my breathing. I often experience shortness of breath, and I’m looking forward to learning new techniques that I can weave into my exercises at home. We do the Breath of Fire, which is said to be good for the brain and then some techniques with pauses to increase our lung capacity.
After that, it’s my first acupuncture session with Violeta. I’ve never really bothered much with acupuncture in Hong Kong because of my fear of needles, but my therapist is extremely knowledgeable and professional and seems to know exactly what I need, and I feel completely safe in her hands. After an extensive consultation and an inspection of my tongue, she pricks in several needles (all rather, and thankfully, painless), dedicating time to the front and then the back of my body, strengthening and moving stagnant energy around my kidneys, liver and bladder.
For lunch, I catch up with Kamalaya Co-founder Karina Stewart and the newly appointed Public Relations Manager Linda Schneegass. Karina, who has an extensive background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, tells me about their humble beginnings and how she and husband John Stewart met in the Himalayas and eventually dreamt up Kamalaya eight-and-a-half years ago. I love listening to Karina’s tales, they’re truly inspiring and uplifting, and it is phenomenal to see how their philosophies and energies trickle down through their staff and are felt throughout the entire property, be it in the food, accommodation or the healing therapies.