For the first few years of yoga practice, Janet achieved most of the “magazine poses”, but not the peace and ease as many ancient yogic texts had promised. After contemplating and dedicating her effort to integrate the ancient Yogic and Buddhist practice into everyday life, slowly, not only has she healed years of depression, Janet has also found a deep sense of peace within herself and around her. Most importantly, she started to embrace herself for who she is.
As an experienced registered yoga and mindfulness teacher, she holds a master degree in Buddhist studies. Her teachings consist of ancient yoga philosophy, Buddhism, and spirituality. Janet’s classes focus on the understanding of emotions, anatomy knowledge as well as yin yang vinyasa yoga techniques.
Apart from presenting at TEDx, Janet has published many books in Chinese, namely Living with Yoga and Mindfulness, The Darkness and Light of Life, and The Spirituality of Relationships – the Relationship with the Self. She is also a column writer for The Buddhist Compassion magazine in Hong Kong. Janet is regularly featured in newspaper, magazines, and radio talk shows in Asia.
Besides yoga teacher trainings, workshops and retreats, she is also a guest lecturer for the Master of Buddhist Counseling program at the University of Hong Kong and Chan Academy. She is a former guest teacher for the Foundation Course for Teaching Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and she also had the honor to lead yoga on a retreat hosted by Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh.
She is actively involved with nonprofit organizations. Janet works with the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Dharma Drum Mountain Foundation Hong Kong, Maggie’s Cancer Healing Centre and New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association to promote harmony and healing in the community.
The practice of mindfulness is the cultivation of equanimity towards all kinds of experiences in our lives. Mindfulness is not about positivity but inclusivity of life itself.
Having studied different spiritual teachings, supported by thorough observation of the self and others, Janet has realized that all teachings point to the same truth: Life strives for growth, expansion, freedom, and expression; life itself can be both darkness and light. As we learn to embrace ourselves for who we are, we begin to discover our fullest potential.
Depending on the structure of the lesson (private sessions, group classes, workshops, retreats, or trainings), different topics and depth will be offered with the intention to cultivate awareness and receptivity in everyday life. You will encounter different practices such as sitting meditation, yoga asana, self-reflection exercises, and applied mindfulness into everyday life.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga that works with fluid, interconnected sequences. Yang yoga challenges our comfort zones whether in standing poses, rhythmic flows, arm-balances, inversions, or backbends. On the other hand, Yin emphasizes stretching connective tissues and stimulating inner energy flow with long, seated postures. While Yang yoga promotes endurance and muscular strength, Yin yoga focuses on inner qualities such as surrender and receptivity.
Depending on the level and constitution of the practitioner, the Yin Yang practice can vary from a sweaty challenge to a soothing, healing experience. By experiencing inner balance from a Yin Yang practice, we learn to become more equanimous towards our everyday life.
Challenges are teachings in disguise. If we misunderstand the lessons offered, it can be disruptive. However, once understood, they become a stepping-stone for our happiness and growth.
These private sessions start with honest conversations. Depending on the progress, there will either be meditation, reflective journaling, or daily practice homework to follow.