Hometown: Hong Kong
Years Practicing Yoga: since 2004
Other than yoga what are your hobbies? Flower arrangement
I also asked Jasmine about her recent work with Habitat for Humanity in Mongolia. Here are some of her thoughts on her experiences:
The Mongolia build is one of the most inspiring experience in my life. This time I went with two of my best friends and we joined the US team. It was planned to build 30 houses in Ulaanbaatar to benefit 30 families to upgrade their living from a Mongolia Ger to a decent house. There were altogether over 100 people from all over the world. They divided us into 30 teams, each team was helping one family to build their house within 5 days.
I think you can imagine how much we received from the team spirit, the relationship that we had built with the family, we were even speaking a different language…. the local workers, the people coming from around the world all together as one. Also the visit to their orphanage was also a sweet one. We had brought along with us some pens, notebooks, candies, and tools for building houses…. spreading happiness and love…all these have created a lifelong memory. I’ve been having dreams about Mongolia the few weeks after I’m back. So silly….
The most beautiful thing of the experience was stepping into the depth of the connections with people by working on the same thing and achieving the same goal, a full awakening about why everyone in the world deserves a decent place to live.
What is your vision of yoga?
When I started my yoga practice, I had a tendency to explore my physical body. Now I find yoga an EXPRESSION, an expression of myself, an expression of my dream, my emotion, my love my passion towards life.
What do you enjoy most about Dheesan yoga?
Dheesan yoga offers a bigger horizon and dimension of practice, a training of physical challenge with a clarity of mind. You can’t do it without thinking. It gives me the same expansion of perspective towards everything I’m doing in life.
Jasmine is a yoga teacher at Pure in Hong Kong. Please share a special story or moment that you have experienced through your teaching.
When I see the same group of students coming to my regular classes, I totally understand the feeling of a mother who sees all the kids coming back home for a weekend dinner. I just want them to get the best experience that I can offer, as a mother dedicating her best meal to her kids.
Do you have a favorite quote, sutra, or thought that you would like to share with us?
If there is one thing to practice in life, I choose compassion. Trust that everyone is doing their best at every moment. Forgive and forget. Be kind to all beings.
Speak kindly to everyone.
For this upcoming week can you give all of us a challenge or something to think about while we practice or in our daily lives?
For this week, pick one day, to make everyone who comes to you without leaving better and happier.
Thank you for sharing! I am always inspired by Jasmine’s grace and ease when she practices and the example she sets by sharing her time and teachings to her students and to all of us!
I appreciate all of you continuing to read and share your thoughts with me. I am learning so much from all of you! I was unable to practice in class last week so more to come soon!