A Clean Stomach Is The Key to Enlightenment

Detoxify! Detoxify! Detoxify!

My Guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, says that keeping our stomach clean is the key to establish ourselves in the ultimate understanding again and again.

 

With the divine blessings of My Guru, in December 2018, I have made a decision to change from a regular meat eating diet into a sattvic vegeterian diet and started my journey to build a yogic body through daily yoga, right sattvic diet and occasional detoxification through Nirahara Samyama.

 

The sattvic vegeterian diet has its own challenges. It wasn’t that I miss meat at all….it was more of a problem looking for pure sattvic food while we are eating outside. Little india area in Singapore is probably the only location in Singapore, where Sattvic Vegeterian food is readily available.

 

My new yogic lifestyle of starting my day with cleansing Kriyas, followed by physical Yoga in Brahma  Muhurta hours, together with Haritaki and Sattvic Diet has unlocked tremendous energy sources for me. On average, I sleep around 3 to 5 hours a day. I used to need 8 hours sleep and still felt sleepy, tired and drained out.

 

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The Ultimate Authentic Yoga

My Yogic Journey started all because of Haritakki Powder.

 

I was so frustrated with “not feeling anything” from most of the metaphysical courses that I have attended in the past 14 years.

 

Then a friend suggested that perhaps I should unblock my third eye. So, I started looking for ways to activate my third eye. I came across a video of a lady talking about the “King of Herbs – Haritakki Powder”.

 

According to her, she says her Guru says that Haritakki Powder increases the supply of oxygen to the brain by 300%.  I was curious.  I searched for the name of her Guru, “Nithyananada” and came across this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezLivJ6rdv0 . I was deeply caught by the information presented in the video. I never knew Yoga from such perspectives….the Twelve Components of Yoga…..that was when i got interested and started to learn yoga last year….

 

 

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反思的能力

对于瑜伽的8 limbs,我现在思考与接触最多的还是Anasa,就说说自己对于体式练习的感受吧。瑜伽体式的练习是个非常讲究细节的事情,就Utthita Trikonasana这个体式而言,刚开始我就就觉得是双脚打开,然后身体向一侧弯曲,乍一看这个体式一点都不难,但是如果看到细节,就会发现大有不同了,首先脚是如何摆放的,一侧的脚趾有没有正对前方,另一侧的脚趾有没有打开至与身体平行,髋部有没有推进去,脊柱有没有直等等,一个体式里全是细节。我个人觉得瑜伽体式的练习并不应该是奔着体式最终的形态囫囵吞枣似的的一划而过,反倒是越慢越能体会到其中的美,对于身体的感知能力也越强,因为只有注意力集中到身体与呼吸上了,才能越来越好的感受到过程。而这每一次的练习,为何没有达到最终的形态,我们也有了更多的时间去反思,而这个反思的过程也是回味自己身体移动细节的过程,得先让自己感知到,才有可能去反思这个过程,找到自己做的不足的地方,做的好的地方,最终达到最终的形态。

注意力

对比以前接触到的瑜伽课和现在接触到的瑜伽课,最大的不同大概就是那一面镜子的有和无吧。以前练习瑜伽更像是一个自恋的过程,总是想找到一个好位置让自己能够完全看见镜子里的自己。似乎总是觉得没有镜子,就不会知道自己做的是对还是错,其实在选择镜子的那一刹那,就丢掉了自我感知的能力。注意力都去了镜子,并不在自己的身体上,后来遇到了一位老师,她的瑜伽教室里没有镜子,她教会了我如何去感知身体,并记住正位的感受,身体的记忆里其实是非常好的。在每一次的吸气与呼气的时候去感知自己身体的每一个部位是在如何移动如何相互连接。这其实是一件非常有意思的事情,而且当注意力放在自己的呼吸与身体上的时候,奇迹般的我的体式做的好了很多。在新加坡很有意思的一件事情是,一些大型连锁的商业化的瑜伽管理,总是有各种各样的大镜子,而去上课的时候,你会发现大家总是不自觉的去欣赏镜子中的自己而失去了对身体与呼吸的专注。

与瑜伽结缘

跟瑜伽似乎很早就结缘了,但是一直没有真正的去接触,大概十几岁的时候就去参加过一些瑜伽的课程,那个时候的瑜伽对于我来说就是拉拉筋,除此之外,对瑜伽就没有别的认识了。直到去年的年末,一次偶然的机会,让我又一次的接触到了瑜伽,不过依然是停留在对体式的认识。来来回回学习了20个体式,另外附加了一些细节的分析,但是总觉得这并不是瑜伽。不过开心的是,那次的课程让我认识了一些朋友,其中一个朋友想要来新加坡游学,一边玩一边学点什么,后来她决定来新加坡学学瑜伽,于是我便开始帮她找学校,在网上搜了很多,有些学校我觉得老师的资历太浅了,有些学校的收费太贵了,找来找去,最终决定在Tirisula Yoga和Iyengar Yoga之间选一个。我先去了Iyengar Yoga 去体验了一下,教室是很传统的Iyengar Yoga 的教室,里面有各种辅助练习的工具,一节课下来我觉得自己练习的并不是很舒服,可能是自己没有跟上老师的节奏吧,不过老师的风格还是很Iyengar的,非常注重细节与正位。后来我又去了Tirisula Yoga,从一个狭窄的楼道上去,隐隐约约可以闻到香的味道,楼道上摆着各种小小的纸板,上面写着一些挺positive的话语。一眼望去楼道的尽头,是一盏暖暖的灯,当时觉得,这个很对我的味。就这样我走进了Trisula Yoga,并开始了在这里的学习。可能有缘总是能相遇的.

Focus

Like many others, my biggest challenge in practicing yoga is to focus my mind at the present / practice. When I used to attend yoga classes after work, my mind had rarely stopped thinking about work or things I would do after the class. After a while, I realized that my lack of focus was not only appearing during yoga practice, and I had difficulty in concertation during other occasions too.

It is common to get distracted in today’s world “thanks to” the convenience of internet and mobile phones. I seldomly do things for a long period without checking my phones. Sometimes it helps since I am able to do multiple tasks with several devices for work. However, I also suffer from stress and high tension due to demands from multiple sources.

What yoga has taught me is to focus on the present and let go the rest. Business will still go on without me replying a message. I believe the ability to focus on the present is a precious asset in the modern world and Yoga can help us on building the ability.

Better yourself

When I was in kindergarten, we were encouraged to choose some hobby to study before entering the long student life. Two of my good friends chose dance which I thought was really a fancy hobby. However, I was told I was not flexible enough so my Mom helped me pick painting. By the end of Art school semester, I saw my friends dancing on the stage and my painting was put up somewhere in the school building for exhibition. As a child, I really wished that I could be on the stage one day yet I felt I was marked as “not a dancer material”.

Growing up to be a teenager, I was introduced to Yoga for the first time and my first impression is that this sport is for everyone and not based on individual’s physical strength. That’s where I gained my confidence in practicing a physical exercise which helps to build a nice figure, a healthy mind and body.

Since then, I have been a yoga fan and attended classes once a while. To be honest, I have not made Yoga a routine due to my work commitment. Even though, I practiced the mindset of Yoga at work and in life. The biggest lesson Yoga has taught me: Don’t compare yourself to others, and just get better each day.”

What is Yoga Teacher Training all about?

Have you ever thought “I can’t even do headstand how can I ever dream of becoming a yoga instructor”? . Well, the good news is you are not alone! And the best news is… Yoga Teacher Training is not about getting the perfect posture. It is about enjoying the process, through which you will come out a better person with a much deeper understanding of yoga, and more importantly, of yourself.

For me, it is about awareness. Each class taught me valuable insights about mind and consciousness; and that we are only part of a much bigger universe. I learnt about being happy is to be at ease with yourself, with no expectation of self or others. These awareness help me look at life with different lenses and not live life in a motion.

It is about building trust. Trust that your teacher will guide you through the process to ‘rewire’ your brain, and trust your classmates as they teach you, and you teach them.

It is about building confidence to stand in front of a class. As I go through my lesson planning I gain empathy with different kind of students by putting myself in their shoes. I learnt how to use my facilitation skill to guide them through a class. And more important, I learnt to use my voice – its tone and volume to command or relax a room.

How I found Yoga Teacher Training

How I found yoga is somewhat…typical! Being tired of the corporate life, looking for something to ‘detach’, challenging myself with each poses… and here I am – a nearly graduate of the 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training. Who would have thought  that I could (in a very near future) become a yoga instructor! 


Believe it or not – my decision to participate in this course was very impromptu. I have always been enjoying yoga, coming to Tirisula for the past two years where teachers and classmates are like my family. In each practice I became more amazed at my body and what it is capable of; and that made me realize that I have not connected and listened to my body at all. In today world we often focus on working our mind but neglect our body; or more importantly – the wholeness of mind and body. I started to feel curious about how my body works, and how each poses that I enjoy so much can have a positive effect on me.  


As simple as that – a curious thought that urged me to embark on the TTC journey. Reflecting on my 2 months study – that curious thought has helped me open countless doors of yoga knowledge that I will forever be thankful for. 


And interesting enough – in the second lesson by Sree – we were taught to always be curious, ask lots of questions and make conflicting stories!

Lesson planning and teaching

Yoga instructors develop a lesson plan for each class. As students, we don’t think about the amount of effort a yogi puts into planning a class to ensure you get achieve progress within one class and get value for your money and time. Certain instructors make their classes feel integrated and smooth flowing, but only highly experienced yogis are able to make teaching effortless.

If you decide to join a YTT-200 course, the training will expose you to how much effort, practice and confidence goes into becoming a Yoga instructor. In the Tirisula program, trainees are required develop a lesson plan and conduct a test class among classmates. Three days were dedicated to lesson planning. During the first day, we made and applied a plan for Ultra Beginner students; the second day was for Beginner students; and the third day was for Intermediate students.

I missed the second day (hence I am making a blog specifically about this topic), which meant that I went from test teaching for Ultra Beginner to Advanced. Some people might struggle to shift their mind-set from student to teacher — and I quickly realized that I was one of those people. Lesson planning can be challenging. Applying the lesson plan on actual students is even more challenging.

There are three key aspects to consider:

  • Student level

Students coming in will have different levels of experience and ability. So, classes are segregated between, Ultra Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Your style as a teacher will fit one of these levels better than the others. The trick is figuring out which one and also continually trying to improve on teaching for the other levels.

  • Program and sequence

There is a flow to the segments of a class. Generally, there is a teacher’s welcome, checking for injuries, opening chant, breathing exercise, warm up, asanas, cool down and closing chant. During warm up, you can include simple test poses to see the average ability level of the class. As for asanas, the ideal sequence is from standing, sitting, prone, supine, and lastly, inversions. For every pose, there should also be a counter pose. Transitioning between segments of the class and between asanas is also important to maintain pace, energy flow and momentum build-up.

  • Teaching technique

Aside from the lesson plan, the actual teaching part is important to rehearse. There are four key things to consider for teaching:

  • Demonstration (show to students how to get in and out of a challenging pose)
    • Instruction (guide the inhale/exhale, describe the exact movement and mention the asana name with a clear voice and relaxed but firm tone)
    • Counting (sync the breathing for consistent movements)
    • Adjustment (improve alignment and stretch with touch and motivating words)

During the course, I really struggled with applying my lesson plans. I am still at the stage where I understand the technique but am poor at verbalizing it. I fixate on recalling what the next step should be that I pay no mind to the student, which is a quick recipe to becoming a horrible yoga instructor. Being a yoga teacher is not easy, and for people like me, it does not happen over the course of a month. It’s an ongoing process of learning and applying then passing the knowledge on.

Our master trainers tell us that a high percentage of those who complete the YTT 200 do not pursue a Yoga teaching career; and I hope I do not become part of that percentage. I have a long way to go before I can say I have confidence in my lesson planning and teaching skills. I don’t know if I will make it, but I hope I do. One thing is for sure though – I learned so much from one month of Yoga teacher training than two years of being a Yoga pupil.