Time flies! 2 more weekend to go and I will be completing my YTT course. It has really been a fruitful journey as this course has exceeded my learning expectation.

One sanskrit word I have learnt during this course is Sadhana which means Continuous Practice. You can set yourself every day to do a meditation or to perform asana practice like surya namaskar (sun salutations). What you need is commitment and discipline. Be it 10 or 15 minutes, you just have to do it every single day without giving excuses.

I have set a goal for myself to start my daily routine to do kapalabhati breathing and follow by 3 poses. My intention is to build my core strength and strike a balance within my body & mind.

Yoga spirit will go on!

Quality time on your own

“24 hours a day is not enough.” —— My colleague always told me this. In this fast-paced society that we live in, we are constantly on the move to complete as many things as possible in the shortest time. We have multiple deadlines to complete our work, to pay bills, and to achieve our goals. Apart from work, which already takes up 8 to 10 hours a day, we also need to take care of our family and do household chores. Occasionally, we also take the time to catch up with friends. Our thoughts are always being occupied by many things, like what we need to do, where we need to go and who we need to meet. Accounting for all of these, there really is not enough time for us, especially for those working moms.

Have you ever thought of setting aside some personal time for your self? How often do you have the luxury to sit down quietly, space out and just breathe, clearing all thoughts in your mind. How many people actually do this regularly?

No matter how busy we are, we should always try to set aside a few moments of our day for ourselves, put aside all thoughts in our minds and just hear yourself breathe. Be it only for 5 minutes.

How Yoga impacts my life

Chasing numbers and meeting sales target has been quite hectic for me these 10 years. I started to consume caffeine at least twice a day in order to stimulate my mind and body to keep awake. To increase my appetite and relax, I always eat spicy, sour and generally strong-flavoured foods which is referred to as a Rajasic diet. After understanding more about the 3 Gunas and food, I have started to think twice when I am ordering food these days and I have also managed to cut down on my caffeine intake. I am definitely becoming more conscious about where the food on my plate comes from and how the food is being prepared. I also try to wake up earlier to prepare a simple breakfast for my family and myself.

To me, my passion for Yoga not only stems from being able to learn how to do all the beautiful poses, but also because I get to learn more about the Yoga Philosophy. I feel that it shapes me into a better version of myself as I am constantly reflecting, looking and analysing things from different perspectives. I have become more mindful and observant about the little things happening in my surroundings. Yoga philosophy is profound. I am curious to learn and dig out more. I can’t wait to share more with family, friends!

How I came to Yoga

As years passed by, I see changes in my body and every month I am suffering badly from cramp and back aching usually lasted for a few days. I started to visit TCM and picked up some aerobics classes like high impact cardio exercise and also yoga classes. I feel energetic after every workout but my monthly condition did not really improve much and was getting worse. After some soul searching and facts finding, I decided to cut down on cold stuff and changed my routine to attend more yoga classes and I feel is working good on me. My pain is shorter now and my back-aching is improving.

I started to get curious and wanted to find out more about yoga and finally I took up the courage to enroll Yoga Teacher Training. After attended 6 lessons, I simply feel no regret to enroll this course as I always thought Yoga is only a form of exercise along with meditation. It is definitely more than that when one of the topics covered the eight limbs of Yoga. It inspired me to move through life with mindfulness for own self and others.

On the other hand, now I am paying much more attention to my breathing using proper technique of Pranayama. Breath is the bridge between the mind and body! After every Yoga lesson, I feel my mind is refresh though my body is worn-out. Although there are so many challenging poses that I could not really do it well yet, there are so many aliens words that I have to memorize etc. Really love the feeling to feel alive again!

My learning journey to Yoga begins. Namaste!