The Born Believer Master Kamal of Planet Yoga has been practicing yoga since the age of five and has founded his own method to help others find their balance. Yoga is not just an exercise; it’s a way of life. As you begin practicing yoga, it naturally elevates your mental health and physical fitness to higher levels. It helps sharpen your intellect, your senses and your mind, making you active, balanced and creative. It’s both a unique training for life and a way of life. I was very sick as a small boy and suffered from typhoid and weak lungs. My father was my first guru and would train me to do exercises to strengthen my lungs. He would wake me up every morning at three am to exercise and gain more strength. I became passionate about yoga and I have no physical problems now. Now I can say my lungs are super lungs. The major fuel for your energy is breath. Many people are not actually breathing properly, they breathe very shallow and that is dangerous, taking in too much carbon dioxide. They will become lethargic and lose energy. Yoga teaches you how to live longer and how to store this energy. Life here in Hong Kong is so busy and stressful. Yoga instantly releases all pent-up stress and tension. You can’t get a good night’s sleep when you are tired or exhausted. Yoga teaches the way to have quality sleep through the experiences of samadhi (concentrated meditation). It helps awaken the latent powers that are within you and helps you build your life in every way you desire. It helps strengthen and increase flexibility in your mind and body. It helps build your memory, concentration, will power and level of consciousness. Yoga really teaches how to balance life and living. Yoga is for all, whether you are young or old, weak or sick. Yoga can uplift your spirit and make you celebrate every moment. It helps me to change thousands of people’s lives for better. I always tell people in my class, I am not your master, you are your own master, I am only a guide. The best thing you can have is a balanced life. Everything should be moderate. I believe in teaching people to not be too introverted or too extroverted. I say you have to live in this world with people, but you can still maintain a spiritual balance. Yoga makes you live life with love, joy, peace, harmony, passion and compassion. It works on all levels – physical, mental and spiritual. Do not resist life, learn to let go and to flow with life and live in the moment. The Convert Maurice Mettler was a successful fashion designer in the US when he decided to change his life. He ate, slept and breathed yoga while living in an ashram in India, and now teaches at Pure Yoga in Causeway Bay. I was a fashion designer for 14 years as well as a fitness junkie. I was my fitness trainer’s first client that he had to teach to rest. Even though I was in great physical condition and my career was flourishing, I was still missing something. Living in an Ashram was a huge transformational experience for me. It was very helpful for me to peel back some layers and find my center. Each ashram has its own way of working but my schedule started with early meditation, an asana practice (yoga poses), a light group breakfast, a lecture and seva (doing some work in the kitchen or general upkeep of the grounds), a light group lunch, free time, a lighter asana practice, a second meditation, a light group dinner, kirtan (devotional singing) and then lights out. The days are simple but very fulfilling. Yoga is a way of life and is so much more than exercise. Yes, the physical side of yoga can make you thin, strong and flexible. It is also a great healer for those who are involved in other physical activities. These things are just the beginning to what yoga has to offer to a person in search of something greater in their life. Yoga allowed me to be still and enjoy life as it is, not hold on to yesterday or project what tomorrow will bring. Yoga promotes a body-mind connection and can give a person great peace if they are willing to do the work. I practice and teach Hatha, the yoga of sun and moon. I believe it’s how you approach your time on the yoga mat that really makes a difference, not just the style. I hope that any student who takes a class with me is freed of the critical mind and makes a connection to their heart. This style of teaching allowed me to open up and gave me the courage to change my life. Yoga is definitely for everybody and for every body. I find that people with an open mind, as with all things, have a better experience.