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Nick Chops Hsu

Prior to teaching yoga, Nick "Chops" Hsu was a personal trainer, inspired and fulfilled by helping people become a healthier version of themselves. Chops changed his path to yoga teaching in 2007, and feels blessed to have work alongside Patrick Creelman for over 1000 hours. Chops yogic path took a turn when he discovered the breath focused and internalising approach of yogi Richard Freeman which helped Chops manage longstanding injuries from his lifelong competitive nature in sports. Through this more internal yoga practice he found himself more compassionate to himself and to those around him. Over the years, Chops has taught at Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. His teaching continues to evolve though his style remains challenging with long holds, steady focus with mindfulness breathing.

"Being compassionate and offering gratitude brings light to yourself and those around you."
Classes & private trainings
Middle Path Vinyasa
Rooting down into darkness before ascending into light is an important foundation in yoga. The most earthly energetic point in the human body is at the pelvic floor. We aim to cultivate the awareness and wake up the pelvic floor muscles through breath and movement.
We will play with movements from different methodologies to complement the counter energetic areas of the body such as heart and kidney for example. There will be partner work to help each other to awaken the movement and breath with more intelligence. Everything we do in Middle Path Vinyasa will help the mind and body to function more smoothly. We will experiment with finding support from gravity and orienting ourselves better in space.

The Seed of Meditation
The outer world is constantly changing, what are some tools you use to centre your inner world?
For thousands of years, people have effectively coped with impermanence by turning to the breath and meditating. In this class, we will honor the tradition of Samatha Vipassana as a main practice while introducing other modern methods to ease our way into our meditation.
Every week we will explore themes of virtue to cultivate the experience of meditation. At the same time, we will be educated about the energetic landmarks in the human body which allow us to sit in comfort.