Mindfulness and relaxation mean different things to different people. Find your own personal brand of zen in Hong Kong.
Living in a city is hectic. There’s traffic, smog, conflict, slow walkers, deadlines, long days and longer nights. That’s why taking a little bit of time for #selfcare each day is so vital. Mindfulness can come in many different forms. For some, it’s a meditation studio , for others, a yoga class. For others still, it could be painting or even a good workout.
What’s important is that you find something that works for you. Try and find one or two activities that help clear your mind of the ever-increasing clutter and get you back into the present and into your body. Overtime, a steady mindfulness practice (however you choose to do it!) will reduce stress, control anxiety and may even help you live a longer life.
Sounds good? Read on to find some of our favourite (traditional and non-traditional) places to zen out in Hong Kong.
Do you have trouble meditating? Does your mind seem to run on an endless loop, replaying scenarios or creating new narratives the entire time? That’s normal when you first start, and a guided meditation can help focus your thoughts. At Inspire Yoga, it’s about more than just deep relaxation. Here, the focus is on Pranayama, a type of controlled breathing that will help balance your energy and calm the mind.
Unit 1803, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; +852 9167 3376
Yes, boxing. It may sound surprising, but for many people, strapping on the gloves is just as powerful a relaxation tool as an hour of meditation. The great thing about high energy, engaging fitness classes is that they fully occupy the body. At Lights Out Hong Kong, your brain will be too distracted by the punching sequences, flashing lights and pumping music to think about looming projects or that silly thing you said at the meeting. Free your mind and power your body at one of these immersive boxing classes.
11/F The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan; +852 2392 1428
Another way to find zen is by tapping into your inner child and getting creative. Banish stress with fun, playing with all sorts of materials and techniques at Make & Do Hong Kong. Founded by sisters Becky and Lucy Gilmour, the creative platform leads fun workshops and events to get Hong Kong crafting again. Try your hand at anything from brush stroke lettering to macramé, even embroidery – just keep an eye on their events page so you don’t miss out.
Make & Do HK
Three Keys Craft Space, 906 Paramount Building, 12 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan
A spa day is always a good idea, and it’s a great way to treat your body while relaxing your mind. You can book in for a private treatment at one of the city’s many spas, or get a pool pass to enjoy a day in a sun lounger and access to all of the best hotel amenities in town. There are very few things in life a good tan and a long sauna can’t fix. We love the W Hong Kong’s gorgeous pool and lush water facilities.
Contact W Hong Kong for information about their day pass and how to reserve your spot.
W Hong Kong
ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon Station; +852852 3717 2222
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