Founder, Inspire Yoga HK
Back pain, palpitations, disturbed sleep, feeling chained to your desk? You’re burned out – admit it, and stop trying to be Superwoman or Superman
As a derivatives trader at an international investment bank in Hong Kong, Neelam Harjani accepted high levels of stress as part of the job. But in her late 20s, Harjani’s health began to suffer and she spiralled towards burnout.
Neelam Harjani is the founder of Inspire Yoga, operating in Hong Kong since 2011 with her vision of ‘providing an antidote for fast paced city life’ through personalized onsite programs of yoga and mindfulness. She is driven by a passion for personal transformation and equipped with a team of dedicated instructors to serve the benefits of the practice to those suffering from chronic pain, postural misalignment, anxiety, fatigue and stress related conditions. As the author of “Secrets to Live Stress Free” her vision to create self-awareness as a starting point for balance has been well received by busy executives and high performing corporations. Previously an investment banker, she structures her mind-body paradigms with science and experience, taking an integrative approach of meditation, breathwork and posture to sustain energy levels, release occupational tension and connect with the positive power of the mind.
As a previous Investment Banker, Neelam Harjani is committed to reversing the negative effects of stress through yoga to bring a solution where we can thrive in health and success. “Our fast-paced lifestyles accentuate the disconnect between body and mind, my mind was burnt out from racing all day and my body completely sedentary holding on to tightness in front of a screen. Yoga helped me to realign the connection by bringing mental calm and physical agility. It made a tremendous impact on my energy and productivity”
Having more than 20 years of experience in yoga she has formulated a system that draws attention to our intentions. Bringing out the need for silence during stressful times and how to nourish our energy by adopting values of harmony, acceptance and gratitude. She has seen personally how this shift in mindset has created an impact to let go of suppressed tightness and be guided by her deepest aspirations. As a mother of 2 young children she is determined to share her message of raising consciousness through yoga to provide the next generation techniques to free ourselves from judgment and create an inner balance from the over stimulus of the information age.
She focuses on energetic alignments of poses, with precision to adjustments and functional sequences. She has successfully completed a Sivananda Yoga training in India and Svastha Yoga Therapy course in Hong Kong. These courses strengthened her knowledge of the healing style of yoga as she learned how to modify poses with regard to various medical conditions that an individual may have.
Moreover, she also learned how to apply yoga techniques to prevent diseases such as arthritis and relieve chronic pain. The approach Neelam takes to Inspire Yoga is objectives driven and problem solving working with her clients. She is a qualified pre- and post-natal yoga Teacher certified by Samadhi Yoga, New Zealand. She is also a certified kids yoga teacher, specifically for children with learning difficulties and social adaptive problems, in this setting she focuses on stimulating the right pressure points from yoga postures to increase concentration and emotional balance. As well as traditional forms of meditative yoga, Neelam also incorporates other forms of healing techniques to optimize the restorative element of her classes. She uses Korean meridian healing to release energy blockages, Chinese principles of yin and yang balance, circulation of “Chi” and Russian Buteyko breathing exercises to increase lung capacity and alleviate symptoms of asthma.
Neelam had a transformation when she learned yoga on a one on one basis, it addressed the gaps in her practice and helped to address her individual imbalances. She strongly believes that a yoga practice is most beneficial when it is integrative, connecting to restorative rhythms of the breath, body and mind. Mindfulness is essential for the poses to bring maximum benefit and can only be achieved in a private setting tailored to the individual’s exact needs at each moment. Inspire Yoga was born out of the philosophy that curating yoga sequences to bring the most balance from the practice, when we are balanced our self-healing mechanisms are at optimal.