Back for a sixth year, Hong Kong’s one and only health and wellness festival IRIS: Your Escape is keeping us busy this weekend. The two-day event is packed with an incredible lineup of Hong Kong’s leading health and wellness professionals, including Victor Chau, Cristina Lopez McLauchlan and Rosemary Vanderbrook.
With over 60 different classes, activities and workshops across the eight zones ranging from straight-up yoga to crystal healing, there’s almost too much choice – so here are our 10 top picks of what not to miss this weekend at IRIS Festival Hong Kong.
Donovan Ryan (Saturday, 12.40-13.40, Fit District)
The CEO, founder and chief instructor of Hong Kong Self Defence is leading a session on how defend against knife attacks using martial arts. With a black belt in Taekwondo and Karate, as well as experience in MMA, BJJ, Hapkido, bowing and kickboxing, you’ll find this fun session packed with real-life skills.
Corie Chu (Saturday, 13.50-14.50, Silent Disco)
The PR consultant turned numerology teacher is also a 9th generation Reiki Master and person development coach. Join Corie Chu’s session to deeper explore who you are, and new avenues to overcoming future challenges.
Victor Chau (Saturday, 14.50-15.50, Main Stage)
The IRIS veteran, Lululemon ambassador, and one of Hong Kong’s top yogis Victor Chau is leading a Vinyasa yoga session designed to open your heart with backbends, individual and partner poses.
Jill Marshall (Saturday, 17.20-18.20, Silent Disco)
Anatomy and physiology expert Jill Marshall is leading a Contrology class which blends Pilates and dance for an invigorating, strengthening and fun session. Pilates is incredible for strengthening the core, which will improve your yoga practice and athletic performance.
Trybe (Saturday, 18.30-19.30, Fit District)
Hong Kong’s largest acrobatics and movement centre Trybe is bringing their handstands from Wong Chuk Hang to Kowloon with a Ninja Flow ground acrobatics and movement class.
Dee Cheung & Nadine Bubner (Sunday, 09.40-10.40, Fit District)
The founders of SUP Yoga Hong Kong will be taking a fluid flow yoga session that will give you a taste of the waves – without the risk of getting wet, of course.
Dervla Louli (Sunday, 10.50-11.50, Silent Disco)
CompareRetreats.com founder Dervla Louli is leading a Sunday morning Vinyasa Yoga session. All levels are welcome, and variations of all the moves – from sun salutations to back bends – will be included. Come and say hello!
Ying Han Cheng (Sunday, 12.00-13.00, Silent Disco)
This quirky session is the epitome of what IRIS is all about – introducing alternative ideas that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Ying Han Cheng, life coach and bestselling author of the YOLO book, is leading an experiential workshop on ‘Activating your YOLO Orgasm & Divine Abundance’. Men and women both welcome, though it’ll focus more on female pleasure. Bring an open mind and a positive attitude!
Utah Lee (Sunday, 13.10-14.10, Fit District)
The face of Nike Hong Kong and Master Trainer to boot, Utah Lee will be taking to the stage to lead an NTC Live Dance workout. Focusing on endurance, mobility and strength, it’s a fast-paced workout designed to complement your yoga practice – prepare to sweat.
Acroyoga Hong Kong (Sunday, 16.30-17.30, Main Stage)
If you’re not good with trust falls, this might not be the class for you… build your own strength and your coordination skills through individual and parter work, as Acroyoga Hong Kong help you to take flight. It’s a fun session, and the perfect way to end a wellness -filled weekend.
March 3rd and 4th, 2018 | West Kowloon Nursery Park