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如何在生活中使用瑜伽哲学

在未参加200小时瑜伽教程训练前,瑜伽对于我而言 ,只是一门运动项目,等同于跑步,游泳。但是,在第三节课时老师讲到瑜伽八支 ,熟悉感油然而生 ,这不就正好于佛教文化息息相通吗?   瑜伽八支诚然是一个系统,让一个普通人通过修行瑜伽达到三摩地 ,就是佛祖所说的解脱。这是一个从内到外对自我的一个警醒。看似毫不相关的8点 ,却犹如一个圆。 当我遵从瑜伽八支的行为准则 ,并把它运用在我的日常瑜伽练习中 ,整个练习的过程非常顺畅 ,且满心欢喜。   瑜伽八支: YAMA(制戒) : 不暴力 ,不欺骗,不偷盗 ,不纵欲 ,不贪婪。我从YAMA中体会到了对自己负责,对社会负责的态度 ,不暴力 ,不对别人暴力,也不对自己暴力 。   NIYAMA (内制):要洁净 ,要知足,要刻苦,要自省 ,要虔诚。中国有句成语:知足常乐;论语中““吾日三省吾身”,我觉得NIYAMA是个人规范的行为,这不仅仅适用于瑜伽,这对于我们的生活息息相关,保持洁净的心灵,对生活的知足,对学习的刻苦 ,对自身的反省 ,对信仰的虔诚。   ASANA (体式):体式曾经是我觉得瑜伽中的唯一,通过老师的讲解,我才知道,体式只是瑜伽的一部分,我们可以通过体式练习,提高我们的专注力 ,让身心合一。   PRANAYAMA (调息): 调息法可以有很多用途,打开胸腔,可以平稳我们的呼吸,当我将Ujjayi调息法融入体式练习后 ,我能感觉呼吸的平稳和体式的深入。   PRATYAHATA (制感):制感是感官的回收和训练,在瑜伽体式练习中,制感可以提高自己对身体的感知能力,对身体的掌控能力 ,让自己了解自己的身体,如何让自己不在练习中受伤。   DHARANA (专注):现在的科技发达程度,让人类又了更多的选择,也丧失了对眼前事物的专注性,以前我在瑜伽练习时,总是在思考,为什么别人做的到,我做不到。无法将心专注起来,当我认知了专注的重要性时 ,我将其融入我的练习,我不再焦虑,不再比较,感受那种活在当下的练习中。   DHYANA(禅定):我曾经学习过禅定 ,但是我不知道瑜伽练习原来可以将禅定带入更深层次的定;每次的体式练习后,30分钟的禅定

Evolution of my personal yoga practice

I went for my first yoga class more than 10 years ago after returning to Singapore from my studies overseas. I distinctly remember thinking how boring it was during the class and was not certain I would want to do this again. Somehow, I kept an open mind (or maybe

Meditation – what are some positive effects of meditation?

Meditation is an active form of brain training to help increase awareness.  Increasing number of research have shown that meditation can help manage “monkey brain”, improve focus and concentration, help relief some levels of anxiety and depression, thereby improving overall psychological well-being – to an extent.  Consistent mindful meditation changes

Hamstrings – stretch or strengthen?

Many types of yoga classes that are taught in studios focus a lot on stretching and lengthening of the posterior muscles on the body, and very little on strengthening. The proportion of poses that stretch the back of your body, far exceed poses that aim to strengthen the same muscles.

Yoga for sinusitis

I’ve lived all my life with chronic sinusitis, and at the age of 6, had surgery to help alleviate the effects of this condition. Even after that, I still get sinus attacks ever so often, although the frequency of it has reduced as I’ve gotten older.  Although it’s easy to

Anatomy : Chair Pose

Utkatasana – Chair or Fierce Pose. Utkata means Fierce, powerful in Sanskrit. However, it’s commonly known as chair pose as it’s resemble the action and shape of sitting on a chair. Utkatasana activates the largest muscles in your body. It’s engaged the core and improving your thigh strength. Muscles around

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