With roots in Sweden and Thailand, Hong Kong-based mannequin, yogi and meditation trainer Natalie Soderstrom has constructed a profession and life on holistic wholesome residing, incorporating yoga with wellness and spirituality. With specialities in vinyasa and yin, she likes to information college students from the top and considering into the physique and feeling, while utilizing breath-work and motion to information you deeper into your self.
What’s your favorite pose and what does it do for you?
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – king pigeon. It was a pose I wished to get into for a very long time and in the future it simply occurred with steering from my trainer Angela Lohse. It opens my physique in so some ways each bodily and mentally. To me it represents growth and spaciousness. While you discover that sweet-spot between push and give up and it’s fixed refinement.
Inform us your personal yoga journey and the way it modified your life?
I first tried yoga right here in Hong Kong and hated it! Folks have been chanting and I assumed it was a spiritual cult of some type. I assumed all of the poses have been awkward which have been in all probability extra a mirrored image on how I felt in my physique. Wanting again at it I’m laughing. My pal saved on dragging me to class however it wasn’t till I attempted sizzling yoga I received actually hooked. I began going religiously each day and after a 12 months or so I made a decision to take my first trainer coaching with a pal in Bali. I went with the intention to deepen my very own apply. I didn’t plan on educating myself and that month in Bali positively modified my life. I got here again to HK and nonetheless didn’t plan on educating till Nikita, the proprietor of KITA yoga reached out to me. That’s virtually 5 years in the past and from there on I balanced modeling with yoga.
Yoga adjustments you from the within. It makes you realise you’re ceaselessly a scholar in life and this took me down a path in the direction of wellness taking my holistic well being certification, a meditation trainer coaching and a sound practitioner coaching amongst others. As an individual I believe I’m extra affected person, conscious, resilient, kinder and…versatile!
The place are your favorite locations to apply?
After all stunning environment are at all times a pleasant addition however to me yoga is an interior journey and the wonder with that’s that it doesn’t matter the place you might be. Wherever in nature or in an area that’s free from litter and distractions helps. Bali has many superb spots and is a magical island. Right here in Hong Kong, KITA yoga is residing on the Higher Home Sky lounge over summer time which is a tremendous house to each apply and train in.
How has the HK yoga scene modified within the final 3 years and what developments have you ever seen?
I really feel that Hong Kong’s yoga scene was very a lot targeted on yoga as a bodily exercise. There’s been a shift the place different types of yoga is being supplied and taught. I believe with every thing that occurred final 12 months we’re looking for for deeper therapeutic modalities past food regimen and train. We perceive that we have to “exercise” the mind as effectively and that yoga goes past the asana apply. I see individuals being extra open minded and curious, it’s stunning to see.
How can yoga assist with the principle ache factors in our hectic life?
Hong Kong as a metropolis is aggressive, very push push push, very a lot ‘time is cash’ angle. It’s Yang and most of the people in Hong Kong in all probability want extra Yin to steadiness that out however that’s not what most individuals select to do. We’re so busy being busy that we ‘don’t have time’ to decelerate. Yoga facilities you, grounds you and connects you with you. It will get you out of your head and in to your physique. Stepping on the mat you recognize you possibly can’t verify your telephone for at the least an hour and it’s all about being in your physique even in case you have a busy thoughts. Yoga creates the thoughts physique connection the place we’re so usually disconnected. It’s equally a motion apply as it’s a thoughts apply.
Yoga is each psychological and bodily, how does aware motion profit us?
Yoga is embodiment and being current. We spend most of our days in our heading considering and never a lot feeling. Yoga is meditation in motion and when the motion turns into aware and intentional, issues inside you adjustments. It creates an general sense of wellbeing. We cease be bothered by the small issues and turn out to be extra grateful for all times itself.
Inform us in regards to the model you apply and train and any specialities?
I train a inventive vinyasa model move that focuses on energy, refinement and the transitions between the poses. I’ve a background in dance and the vinyasa move sequence brings me again to after I used to bounce to choreography. I really like educating slower paced courses as effectively, I’m an enormous promoter for yin yoga. My very own apply is slower and extra yin model.
What’s crucial factor when you find yourself educating yoga?
An important factor for me is that college students depart my courses having shifted in a roundabout way and it may be very delicate. It may be a bodily, psychological, energetic shift or perhaps a shift in the way in which you breath. For me, it’s additionally about staying true to the apply and honor the place it comes from and on the similar time making it relevant to our modern-day society. Our our bodies and minds features otherwise as we speak so we have to adapt.
Natalie Soderstrom teaches courses at KiTA Yoga at The Higher Home and 5 Components.