We live in a world of excess. We strive for that promotion, we strive for higher pay, we strive to get the latest iPhone, we strive to get the branded car. We think by filling our lives with these material goods we will be happier. It is definitely happiness when we first lay our hands on these material goods, but it is so temporary, so transient. We then need to buy more, to get the same feeling, again and again. To buy more, would mean more stress and pressure. Have we asked ourselves if the feeling of bliss and happiness can be permanent? What is it? Is it expensive? is it attainable? I have found the secret in Yoga; it is so simple and yet we ignore it in our daily lives. Breathe! Take a deep breath, feel the air pass through your nose, through the wind pipe and filling up lungs. Yoga teaches and constantly remind us to breathe. Inhale with each action, exhale with another. Every motion, every pose is accompanied by inhale and exhale. AS we concentrate on breathing, the time seemed to pass slower. We are more connected to the environment, we are more aware of our body, we are more aware of our thoughts. We are more at peace and we are definitely much happier.
Life in Singapore is very stressful, especially if you are a working mother of two very young children, aged 6 and 8. You are expected to excel in your workplace, at the same time, take care of the household and also raise the kids to their utmost potential. This would also mean beside making sure that they keep up with their school work and also bringing them to join activities which sparks their interest. It leaves very little time for selfcare and as a result I am always anxious and temperamental. When I was first introduced to yoga, I thought it would be a waste of my time. My friend had to literally drag me to the studio for the trial class. Having led a sedentary lifestyle, I remembered there were many poses which I could not be able to do during that class. But after the class, I felt relief and my stress disappeared. I felt a sense of calmness in me. As I practice more and begin to do those poses which was previously not possible, I felt a great sense of achievement. This new found empowered feeling does not mean that I do not have stress, but rather able to manage stressful situations better. It shows in my daily life and I am a lot more happier, even though the day to day problems still exists. To those who claim not to be able to find time to do yoga, it is just a matter of priority. Fix a routine, for example every Monday evening and keep to the schedule. It would become a habit and I assure you that if you happen to miss that session, you will find that the week is not complete and sometime important is missing.