SYNERGIES & ACTIVITIES

Most of my working life has been to work in collaboration with other people and organisations. I still remember as a young student in university when I met one of the early Buddhist foreign monks to Malaysia and he told me that I would be a “bridge builder.” I didn’t quite understand what he meant. After two decades of working with the World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a non-profit civil society organisation that is a network of multiple organisations and individuals, I naturally gravitated to working with other yoga teachers, healers and holistic health practitioners as well as organisations interested in the betterment of society when I started my yoga and healing path in 2013! Hence this section on Synergies and Activities!

 

Dr. Solomon and few of the children at Batu Grace Children’s Home during our Jan 2017 Karma Yoga effort.

To this end I see the next phase of my life journey working synergistically with other like-minded and like-hearted people and groups.

I am also interested to partner with organisations and businesses keen in making their people/members/employees and work spaces healthier, happier and more evolved! To this end I offer tailor-made workshops and may work with other practitioners with complementary skills. I have also begun at least one Karma Yoga or charitable event per year if not two, as and when the need arises and would be interested to partner with any ethical group, company or organisation interested in meeting the needs of the vulnerable in society.

For more information check out the sections below. A section on RESOURCES is being developed to refer you to useful references and links about Chakra Yoga, Inner Dance, Energy & Sound Healing work as well as BODY-MIND connections. These will include several science related talks and studies. Our healing and transformation happens at an energetic level beginning to be comprehensible scientifically though much of it may not be yet.

SYNERGIES

Working with other Yoga Teachers, Holistic Health Practitioners, Inner Dance teachers & Healers

Having worked with a global network for over 20 years I value synergy and can see how it benefits both the practitioners/teachers as well as the students. Over the past four years, I have had the pleasure of working with yoga teachers, Suzanne and Ken Morgan at Yoga Space working independently as well as jointly. We have run the Back Health workshops together as well as organised Open Days and other joint yoga sessions. We continue to support each other in our yogic journey and will be organising several collaborative events in the near future.

       

I’ve been delighted to partner with Sara Winge, a Kundalini yoga teacher, to run the Expanding Your Heart workshop as well as a Gong-Inner Dance Immersion, and also organised Chakra Dance and Inner Dance sessions with Katie Holland and Ciara Shimara from the Inner Dance global circle.

               

In addition, I support and occasionally host traveling teachers and healers. Tristen Churn, a crystal visionary, high priest and yoga teacher, is a regular visiting practitioner to Penang.  A teacher I host almost annually is my own yoga master, David Goulet, so that more students can benefit from his Chakra Yoga teachings in Penang. I await with eager anticipation the upcoming visit of Pi Villaraza, founder of Inner Dance.

Yoga & Free-Flow Dance

Yoga and dance seem to have a natural synergy. It is more common these days to find yoga teachers who are also dancers or vice versa. I therefore keep my creative space and juices open to dance teachers who are willing to combine their movements with yogic movements and breath often synergising into some creative flowing workshops. So far I have organised two Chakra Dance sessions, the first with Katie Holland and more recently with Krisztina Mercozi. More such synergies may be on their way.

Partnering on Inner Journeys, Shamanic & Goddess work

   

I have forged a great link with Joanne Johnston, a psychologist and shamanic practitioner now residing in Penang. We have partnered doing a couple of workshops in 2016, the most well known being ROMANCING THE SELF. Using both shamanic techniques and other meditations to link to the inner goddesses, this workshop will be offered again in the near future. Our upcoming workshop includes ROMANCING THE SHADOW and probably a full day retreat that combines elements of ROMANCING THE SELF & THE SHADOW.

Other collaborative activities are in the works.

KARMA YOGA/CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES

Every year I choose a charitable cause to support or work with a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) department for a worthy cause. I welcome organisations or businesses interested to partner in such charitable karma yoga events to contact me and look at possibilities for joint events to synergise our resources for the greater good of the community.

In 2013, funds raised from months of Chakra Yoga classes went to support typhoon victims in the Philippines through a local organisation in Pahlawan called Bahay Kalipay which hosts Inner Dance, Yoga  and Raw Food.

 

 

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In 2014, again my one charity class per week contributions for the year went to support single mothers with HIV aids. In the same year, a two day workshop was organised with the CSR department of the Rasa Sayang hotel to support Shan Children’s Home. Here my regular yoga students worked with me to teach over 20 children not just yoga, but ways to communicate and express themselves through yoga.

In 2015, many of my classes were dedicated to raising funds for earthquake victims in Nepal. In addition, significant contributions came from Chakra Yoga students and friends once they knew I was channeling funds through reliable sources in Nepal working through a Buddhist monastery to ensure that those most in need of help and supplies received the cash contributions.

In 2016, a charity yoga day was organised at the Gandhi Ashram in Penang to raise funds for the Rohingya (Burmese refugees) in Penang state. The funds went to the children’s Good Start Learning Centre.  The event also helped raise awareness of the plight of Rohingya refugeees.

In 2017, an early project was organised to support the Batu Grace Children’s Home (an orphanage with 83 children) in Kulim, Malaysia. Contributions from classes, cash and goods from chakra yoga students and friends helped tremendously allowing us to purchase 20 mattresses, food stuff, school stationery, towels, blankets and more. This effort was made in partnership with the Lions Club of Butterworth. To ensure some continuity of support, I continue to be a link person for collection of contributions, cash and children’s good quality second hand clothes, toys, shoes and stationery that can be shared with the 83 orphans from three to over 20 years of age at Batu Grace.