Yoga for Health / 健康瑜伽齊齊練

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Spending your Sunday evening doing yoga sounds rather relaxing, doesn’t it? Well, wait until you’ve actually tried it and the word “relaxing” will find a new meaning. But before the relaxing bit comes an hour-long battle between your mind and your body: a battle the art of yoga trains your mind to win!

Sitting through this one class, I felt the urge to join the fun. There was something very calm about this particular brand of fun; perhaps it was Master Yogaraj CP’s music or the steady breathing all those practising were careful to maintain. Towards the end of the class, despite not being a participant, I felt like I had been through all the stretches or aasanaas and I was eagerly awaiting the Master’s famous 15-minute cool-down session. Despite its brevity, this 15-minute session puts one in a therapeutic, meditative state instantly and when the Master finally rings a bell as reminder that class has ended, one feels rejuvenated and at peace, as opposed to exhausted and restless.

There were students of various fitness levels who joined the class-some of them were practising Yoga for the very first time, in fact. John DUMAS from France, for instance, is a Year 5 Computer Science student who resides in Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6). When asked about his experience as a first-timer, he says, “I feel more flexible, despite a few pains sometimes. This is a very interesting experience and I quite like it. Especially at the end of the class, I feel very good!”

Another first-time practitioner, Taya CHENG of Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4), studying Information Management in her 4th Year, said, “I find my flexibility improving every class, and outside of the yoga class, the quality of my sleep has improved- I sleep better after doing yoga and for even a few days following that.”

We also have among us a few seasoned yogis who have been practising Yoga with our Yoga Guru-in-Residence since many semesters. Jack YEUNG (Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 3, Construction Engineering & Management) joined this class some time last year as it supplements his other sport activities. He also attended CityU Yoga Day two years in a row and loved them both. Through his one year of yoga practice, Jack said he has observed a few changes, “I think I’m a lot more relaxed, overall. I’m also more focused- my grades have improved. Besides studying hard, yoga really helps in that respect.” Jack would recommend this class to other residents, he says, because he believes it is a very refreshing experience.

Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 2, Global Business Systems Management) is another one of our own seasoned yogis. Ellen said her flexibility has increased while her muscle tension has decreased over the last year of practising yoga in the Student Residence. She said, “What’s different about this class is that it is more spiritual. Master Yogaraj brings an Indian style to class and it’s more than yoga-it is also meditation. The very best thing about it is doing it on Sunday evenings!”

Having witnessed the class and spoken to its participants, I can say that Student Residence’s brand of Healthy Yoga is truly one to experience. Our residents surely bear testimony to that!

Writer:   Sadhika NANDA (Residence Tutor, Hall 11)
Photographer:  Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

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悠閒的星期天傍著斜陽練瑜伽聽起來相當輕鬆吧?但當你真正練過,便知道瑜伽的 「輕鬆」似乎要重新定義了。在放鬆之前,你的心神和身體得進行一場為時一小時的交戰:瑜伽這門學問將會鍛練你的心神成為赢家!

我只上了這麼一堂課,已經受箇中樂趣深深吸引。在空氣裡可以嗅到一種盡在不言中的寧靜,或是來自Yogaraj CP大師的音樂,或是來自通過用心練習而保持的平穩呼吸。雖然我不是參與者,但完堂後我感覺身體好像也有跟他們一同做了伸展瑜伽。我急切地等待大師做完收操運動。雖然收操只有15分鐘,但瞬即帶人進入治癒、冥想的狀態。最後,大師響起一聲鈴聲,以示課堂結束。無一不感到內心平安、煥然一新,疲憊不安一一盡散。

無論有沒有健身習慣的同學均樂在其中,有些還是第一次練瑜伽呢! 李兆基堂的John DUMAS是大五的法國交流生,主修電腦科學。第一次嘗試瑜伽的他這樣形容:「我覺得身體變得靈活了,縱使有時候會有點痛。但我挺喜歡這個有趣的體驗。特別是完堂後,整個人很舒服!」

另一位初學者是來自賽馬會群智堂的Taya CHENG,她正在修讀資訊管理的第四個年頭。她發現:「每堂我的筋骨都變得愈來愈柔軟,睡眠質量大大改善。做瑜伽的那天,甚至往後幾天,我都會睡得特別沉穩。」

我們班上幾個經驗豐富的瑜伽士已經跟著我們這位駐校精神導師練習瑜伽多年。楊家穎(賽馬會群智堂,建造工程及管理系三年級)去年加入瑜伽班以增強其他運動的表現。他已經連續兩年參加城大瑜伽日。經過一年的練習,家穎觀察到一些變化:「總括來講,我的身心學會了放鬆,專注力有所提升,成績有見改善。除了用功學習,瑜伽在這方面起了很大作用。」家穎向其他宿生大力推薦練習瑜伽,因為他相信這是一個令人氣象一新的體驗。

校友樂禮堂的丁琳笠是環球商業系統管理的大二學生,也是一位閱歷豐富的瑜伽士。琳笠指自去年開始練習,手腳沒那麼生硬了,肌肉沒那麼繃緊了。她說:「這個班的不同之處在於它更注重靈性的發展。老師把課堂注入印度風格,不單單練瑜伽,也教導我們冥想。最棒的是我們正正可以在星期日晚悠悠閒閒練瑜伽!」

親眼見證瑜伽班的效果、與參與者交流之後,我敢說,學生宿舍處的健康瑜伽班可謂實實在在地,改變著宿生們的生活!

文:   Sadhika NANDA (舍堂十一導師)
譯:   楊雅怡
攝:   林奕淇 (李兆基堂)

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