You don’t have to workout to break a sweat in this heat, but it doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels over the summer months – especially with so many great wellness events in Hong Kong over July. From aerial yoga to luxury knife massages (which are less painful than they sound, we hope), here’s our pick of wellness events in Hong Kong for your calendar.
Wellness Events In Hong Kong…
July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29: Aerial Yoga Workshop
Fancy ‘elevating’ your yoga practice? If you’re looking for a new fitness challenge, try aerial yoga in this three-part, one-day beginners workshop. An aerial yoga class at Yoga Bam Bam Central is then followed by a hike to Tai Long Wan, and then an aerial session in bamboo tripods over the ocean. No experience required. Sign up here.
July 9: Ninja Flow Class
Campfire and Trybe are collaborating for an exclusive one-off class here in their Wong Chuk Hang space. Try out Trybe’s quick and fun ‘ninja’ bodyweight workout, which helps to build strength and improve flexibility. No experience required, and minimal equipment is needed meaning it’s easy to replicate this workout at home. Find out more information here.
July 14: Arch Holistic Wellness Festival
With IRIS and Asia Yoga Conference over and done with, you won’t be alone in thinking Hong Kong is out of wellness festivals. Enter Arch: a holistic wellness festival taking place for one day only at Central Harbourfront. Expect meditation, yoga and pilates, fitness sessions, and a wellness market: we’re most looking forward to singing bowls and sound healings, and some energetic TORQ classes. Get your tickets here.
July 14: Yoga Breakfast Chill
Shake up your Saturday routine with a yoga flow session to hip-hop beats led by Natalie Soderstrom and Aleksandra Milewicz, followed by smoothie bowls from Off The Chain and coffee and tea by Locofama. Reserve your place now.
July 15-16: Reiki Level 2 Workshop, All About You
If you already have your Reiki Level 1, increase your knowledge and deepen your practice at All About You with Sam Spiro. A Reiki practitioner for over twenty years, Sam gained her Reiki Master status last year and has practiced with some of the best teachers in the world. Find out more details about how to sign up here.
July 19: Art of Breathing Workshop for Modern Meditators
This mass meditation event begins with a 30-minutes guided meditation, followed by a short teaching of the anatomy and psychology of breathing accompanied with pranayama breathing exercises. This class is for anyone who wants to breathe better or alleviate stress. Find more details here.
July 19-28: Xavier Garnier, Dao Liao (Knife Massage) Specialist at The Mandarin Spa
The award-winning Mandarin Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong welcomes Xavier Garnier, a specialist in dao liao, or knife massage, to host a series of one-on-one consultations from 19 to 28 July 2018. Dao Liao is a 2,500-year-old traditional Chinese Therapy which involves using knives as conductive tools on distinct parts of the body to direct the flow of qi and restore the balance of one’s energy. The therapy can effectively stimulate the circulation and lymphatic system, rejuvenate the body’s cells, combat aches and pains, enhance the quality of sleep, and encourage a deeper relaxation of the mind and body. Sessions begin from HK$1,300. For further details or reservations, please call The Mandarin Spa at +852 2825 4888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 27-29: Ashtanga Yoga Weekend Workshop With Kino McGregor
Head to Hutchinson for a rare opportunity to learn more about Ashtanga Yoga on a three-day workshop. Kino MacGregor is one of a select group of people to receive the certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga from its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. The five two-hour workshops across three days will cover the secrets of flexibility, breath and posture, yoga drills, Ashtanga in practice, and strength and stamina. Find out more information here.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental launched their Living Well Partnership in June, becoming the first hotel to use Nordaq Fresh water filters, and eliminating single-use plastic bottles and straws throughout the hotel. Additionally, the Oriental Spa has renovated its gym and Pilates studio. The new gym equipment includes Fitness On Demand™, the latest in Virtual Reality fitness tech, while the Pilates studio features new functional equipment.
Pret has launched a new vegan menu in Hong Kong, with sandwiches, salads, smoothies and desserts for those on plant-based diets
Oatly has partnered with Pacific Coffee, making your lactose-free latte even easier to access
Yeechoo, the sustainable designer fashion tech startup which allows the fashion-forward to rent on-trend clothing for one-off wear or holiday packages instead of purchasing it is launching a new app, Infinity, which will allow users to rent 6 pieces per month for HK$800. If you’ve been looking to break that bad fast-fashion habit, this is where to start.
And talking of fashion, the Koture Kapsule pop-up which features sustainable designers from around the world, is still open until July 14th, and will be looking at taking the collection online in coming months – watch this space.
Ce La Vie has launched a fresh new summer menu for their Executive set lunch, which includes Spicy Coriander Salmon and Tuna Tataki for a lighter lunch. Additionally, they have added three new health-conscious cocktails to their menu: Come to the Dark Side features a charcoal Tizzy Shot on the side for you to pour into the drink yourself, while Moringa, Forgive Me I Have Ginned includes superfood moringa powder, and the alcohol-free Penichillin is more like a detox juice with a ginger Tizzy shot and tonic water.
Coola have released two new summer essentials for your beauty bag to keep you looking fresh in the Hong Kong heat: the Classic Dawn Petrol Primer, which uses Sunflower Seed Oil, Licorice Root Extract and Lily and Iris Stem Cell Complex, and the Makeup Setting Spray, which includes extracts from Aloe Vera, Algae Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Peony Stem Cell Complex. Both are organic, SPF 30, and use their natural ingredients to nourish and hydrate the skin. Available at A Beauty Bar, Causeway Bay.
August: Pure Playground @SummerFest Hong Kong
August 2-5: Wilderness Festival, UK
September: Pure Yoga Star Street to open
Beyond Hong Kong…
Rosewood Hotels have announced a resort in Yangon, Myanmar, opening in winter 2018. The hotel will include extensive leisure facilities over three floors with Sense, A Rosewood Spa, in addition to a state-of-the-art gym, a yoga and Pilates studio, and a rooftop pool.