Letters to the Editor, June 5, 2013

Protesters on a barricade in Istanbul. Photo: Reuters

Adopt land exchange for new town

At long last, after looking at those miles of underdeveloped land between Tuen Mun and Yuen long, it has been decided to develop the area surrounding Hung Shui Kiu which stands athwart the highway between these two towns.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 12:47am

The Annual Evolution Yoga Conference covers the philosophical and physical elements of yoga

Andy Willner (pictured), Hannah Malter and Helene Liu were all initially sceptical about the benefits of yoga. Photos: Nora Tam, Edmond So

Although practised by 30 million people worldwide, yoga still has the power to divide a crowd. Practitioners rave about it, while others roll their eyes and yawn.

4 Jun 2013 - 9:56am

Fit & Fab: Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers has been curious about living a meaningful life since a young age. If the free spirit wasn't playing beach volleyball in southern California, she was questioning her New Age mother on everything.

7 May 2013 - 10:56am

'Hot yoga' founder Bikram Choudhury accused of harassment

Bikram Choudhury in Hong Kong

The 67-year-old founder of the international Bikram yoga studio is alleged to have pursued protégé Sarah Baughn, 29, for years, claiming they were connected in a past life and his wife didn't understand him. Eventually his pursuit turned physical, she claims.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:01am

City scope: stretching across borders

A yoga practitioner goes through his daily routine on a Mumbai beach. Photo: AFP


Mumbai-based yoga instructor Asha Ambani doesn't sound surprised the ancient discipline is enjoying a surge in popularity on the mainland.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:25pm

Yoga centres under stress as banks restrict services after mass closures

Yoga instructor George Dovas strikes a pose with his students during a class at the Iyengar Yoga Centre in Sheung Wan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Yoga studios in Hong Kong are feeling the backlash from the collapse of so many of their counterparts as banks now refuse to provide them with credit card payment facilities.

16 Sep 2012 - 4:03am

Thoughtful tuition puts yoga skills in your pocket

Pocket Yoga 99 US cents Rating 8/10

Most yoga students do their downward dog in a plush studio surrounded by other acolytes. But when time is short, a podcast can do the trick. Finding the right one can be a chore because there are literally hundreds of them. One of the best is the no-nonsense Pocket Yoga.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

Action points

Table tennis set by DVF (

Leather backpack(HK$12,990) by Neil Barrett

Heart rate monitor by Polar (

Snowboards by Chanel (price on request)

Grace yoga tank by Zobha, available at Pure Yoga

Scoop-neck yoga tank by Lululemon (

Adizero supreme footwear (HK$699) by adidas

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Musicians join yoga instructor's chorus of concern against sex trafficking

A host of live acts took centre stage at Grappa's Cellar for the Women Stop Traffic event. Claudia Whitney, a popular yoga instructor in Hong Kong, championed the event to raise awareness and money for a worthy cause.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Yoga Room

My daughter was a bit apprehensive about taking her first yoga class, so we arrived early to give her time to settle in. When the others arrived, there were six children in the class for seven- to 10-year-olds, making it intimate and comfortable.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Now that's a stretch

Many in the Hong Kong 'in' crowd might remember Tiana Harilela, 36, from her spell working at a luxury champagne company and frequent appearances in social columns.

Dressed in her designer gear and blinged out, she was by no means unfit, but she's now in the best shape of her life, and she attributes it to yoga.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Having a bit of a laugh

Every morning on her way to work Angela Lee On-ki fires off a WhatsApp message to friends and students.

'The message is quite basic, just something like: 'Good morning. Ho ho ha ha ha. Have a nice day ...',' Lee explains. 'The main point is to remind people to keep laughing and smiling throughout the day.'

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK's first yoga competition bends the rules just a bit

Competing to attain enlightenment? It could be a stretch. Yet some of the region's best yoga practitioners brought their poses to Hong Kong this weekend for the first major competition of its kind to be held here.

The inaugural Dayal International Yoga Championship began on Friday and will end today at the Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building in Central.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Seventh yoga centre goes bust

Yet another yoga centre closed yesterday - the third this year and the seventh since 2009. Karma Yoga in Central, which had only opened in September and had about 500 members, held its final classes yesterday.

Owners blamed the high rent and difficulty in finding new members, but said their financial commitments to members had been honoured.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Tiana Harilela & Shivam Vicente

Tiana Harilela and Shivam Vicente were engaged in Kannapa Temple in Tiruvannamalai, India, on February 23.

Tiana is the daughter of Maj and Laila Harilela. She's an authorised Ashtanga yoga instructor.

Shivam is the son of Joaquim Vicente Da Silva and Margarida Gomes Francisco. He's a vegetarian gourmet chef.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am