An Interview With Malvina Kang Of Hom Yoga
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am the mother of two beautiful boys, Munro and Navy, who are 4 years old and 5 months old respectively. They are my little gurus and inspire me in everything that I do. I am also the founder of Hom Yoga, a yoga studio which I have founded and managed in the last 10 years. Finally, I am the author of My Sun, My Sun and The Rainbow Hearted Boy - a mindfulness books series for kids - which have been published by Math Paper Press.
Could you share with us what your daily routine is like?
I wake up to lots of cuddles with my boys. I try to not get onto any digital devices until I’ve spent this time with them in the morning. Sometimes, we read books together before the day starts. Then, I’ll roll over in bed, grab my phone and check it for any messages that came through the night. I’ll answer a few of them and plan the day out.
My partner, Blair, would usually have a green smoothie waiting for me in the fridge as he’s often up earlier than I am. The green smoothie would have all my favourite things: coconut water, activated nuts, coconut oil, avocado, some leafy vegetables, organic blueberries, cacao powder, fish oil, cinnamon and whatever else we have in the fridge that day. It gives me a really good start to my day. Then, it’s a flurry of getting the boys ready for the day - into the shower, clothes and shoes, breakfast, and into the school bus.
Once that has settled down, I like to get onto the mat and do a practice. Navy will usually be with me. Sometimes, he enjoys the practice and giggles as I get into a forward fold and reach down for a kiss. Sometimes, he fusses, and my practice will be a shorter one for the day. After, I’ll get ready and head off for a morning meeting with the Hom team, and my day unfolds from there.
I like to be around in the afternoons to pick up Munro from school. We spend the afternoons together, as I bring him to his various activities or we head out for an acai bowl and chat about his day or anything which comes up for him. Then it’s back home for dinner, bedtime stories and both boys head to bed anytime between 7-8pm. I usually spend the latter part of the evening catching up on work, and if it’s a quieter week, I’ll wait for Blair to come home from teaching and we’ll share a cup of tea over a nice, long chat, which always makes for the perfect end to my day.
Currently, what inspires you?
Nature. Swimming in the ocean, immersed in the stillness of a forest, walking barefoot in the grass always connects and grounds me. Through that connection, I am able to access this opening into stillness which makes me feel so complete and connected to that which is all.
Do you have any advice for readers of your books regarding how they can best make use of them? How can parents best guide their young ones through the path of mindfulness?
I feel as parents we are constantly trying to teach our children things. But children learn through inquiry, play and exploration. With the books, allow your child to ask questions, inquire, and flip to the pages they like the most and explore that page.
We don’t have to teach our children mindfulness, as they will learn it by observing us. Are we bringing a presence of awareness into the things we do daily? Are we listening to our inner voices? When children see their parents connected, mindful and loving, they naturally learn through osmosis.
As a mother who practices mindfulness and yoga, what message would you like to share with parents who are new to the concept of mindfulness?
Don’t teach it. Be it.
What's next for you? Do you have more books in the works?
I am so excited as I am currently collaborating with illustrator, Haw Shing Yee, once again on My Moon, My Moon and My Star, My Star, and Sienny Septibella on My Big Book of Yoga: Animals and My Big Book of Yoga: Nature. These books round up the mindfulness series for kids.
Presently, I’m writing my first book for adults, which is memoir-based. This book shares intimate elements of my life as a mother, and yoga studio owner and all of its ups and downs, adventures, successes and failures. There is a strong sense in me of wanting to connect and share with other women who are perhaps on a very similar journey as I am; and through that connection, inspire a strong sense of support for one another.