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My Yoga Journey

I have been practicing yoga on-and-off since 2013, on a leisure and ad-hoc basis. I consider myself at beginner/intermediate level – while I have attempted and am familiar with most basic poses, my body is not so flexible and powerful to do many advanced poses. Nevertheless, I do enjoy attending

Water Fasting

A few months ago, I did a 5-day water fast. Here’s some written records of day 3, 4 & 5 – where I’ve recorded my experience and expressions. I have really felt the changes and shifts within me – physically emotionally mentally spiritually. And I deeply believed that I could

Pranayama: Anulom vilom

Recently, I have found interest in how yoga and pranayama can be used as a tool to cope with our constantly running mind and accompanying jitters. Having little experience with pranayama until I entered this course, I decided to investigate about how pranayama can specially help to ease stress. For

Let the flow of life refine me. Let yoga refine me.

The path of awakening can sometimes get really lonely.. the silence and company of nature can really bring about deep rooted emotions from the heart – shaking and waking one from within. when it’s calm again, from within – true liberation comes. no more fighting, just truth and trust. i

Kriyā at Work

In my line of work, we often speak about growth pillars, white space expansions and business targets. It really got me thinking – am I also growing, expanding and developing alongside with the business? What are some of the growth and guiding pillars that will allow myself to flourish? The

Yoga Philosophy

瑜伽的起源                                                                                                   

瑜伽调息法 Pranayama

瑜伽的调息法Pranayama,Prana指的是”生命之气”,ayama是“扩张、扩展”的意思。瑜伽的调息法通过有规律地吸气和呼气,以及有意识地进行屏息,刺激和按摩所有的内脏器官,进而唤醒潜藏在体内的能量,使之得以保存、调理和提升。 喉式呼吸法/胜利呼吸法/海洋呼吸法 喉式呼吸法(Ujjayi Pranayama) ,“Jaya” 代表着征服,“Ujjayi“指的是挺胸自信,看似胜利的姿态,又称为胜利呼吸法 (Victorious Breathing)。进行喉式呼吸法时,呼气时的沙沙声如同大海拍岸的声音下,所以也可以称为海洋呼吸法(Ocean Breathing)。 益处:使肺部充气,增强忍耐力,舒缓压力,调节整体神经系统,促进循环,睡前练习能助眠,改善失眠。喉式呼吸法能减低心跳,对高血压患者也会有所帮助。 圣光调息法圣光调息法 Kapalabhati, “Kapala”的意思是头颅,Bhati的意思是发光。kapalabhati的大概意思就是一个能使头顶发光的练习。它的目的是洁净头颅中的鼻道,连同呼吸系统的延续部分,所以取名为圣光调息法。 益处:圣光调息不仅可以清洁呼吸系统,还能对大脑产生积极的作用,甚至可以影响到身体末梢的毛细血管。它可以为身体提氧并且训练神经,同时也可以按摩腹部内脏,益于循环系统和消化系统。 清理经络调息法 清理经络调息(Nadi Shodan Pranayama),Nadi的意思是通道或流动,而shodhana的意思是净化。它能够通过左右鼻孔的交换呼吸,平衡在鼻腔内的呼吸气流和在经络内的精细脉流,使人体达到一种完美的平衡,又成为鼻孔交替呼吸法。 益处:能清除血液系统的毒素,给身体额外的氧气供应,从而滋养全身。它能帮助清除经络系统中的“障碍”, 使人精神焕发,身心变得更安详、清澈,让生命之气能够在经络通道中畅通无阻。

舞韵瑜伽

  在准备瑜伽中级班的课时,一个念头突然闪过我的脑海:舞蹈是我的强项,为何不试着将舞蹈和瑜伽结合起来,在课堂的最后,当作一个亮点来让学员们体验一种不一样的瑜伽练习方式呢? 首先是选曲,“音,声也。生于心,有节于外,谓之音。”音乐可以透过人心去想象和创造。当我们听到喜欢的歌时,身心会自然而然地愉悦起来。音乐也是人们思想的载体之一,美妙的音符可以带给人美的享受,亦能表达人的情感。这次我选了一首中文歌《往后余生》。两个原因:第一,这首歌的曲缓慢悠长,很适合练习瑜伽。第二,这首歌的词写得很好,能引起我的共鸣,是我非常喜欢的一首歌。“往后余生,风雪是你,平淡是你,清贫也是,荣华是你,心底温柔是你,目光所致也是你”。 再来便是编舞,在开始编舞时,我会先选好这节课练习的体式,前半段我选择的是站立体式,然后再慢慢过渡到后半段的坐立体式。 双角式 — 三角式 — 扭转三角式 — 站立前屈 —下犬式 — 婴儿式 — 简易坐 我在编舞时,两个最大的考量因素:一是体式之间的连贯性,二是与整堂课的关联性。 最后便是实践,两大收获:第一,身心上的愉悦,我在教学员时很有自信,是和她们在一起享受整个过程。第二,成就感,学员们的积极参与及喜欢便是对我最大的肯定,有一位学员说:“她对跳舞是排斥的,但是当和我一起在音乐中练习瑜伽体式时,她觉得是喜欢的,对她来说也是很新奇的体验。” 课后,我做了一些研究:瑜伽体式和舞蹈元素进行融合,同时配合专业音乐疗法,功能与技能相结合后创编而成的瑜伽,称之为舞韵瑜伽。在舞韵瑜伽练习的过程中,可以使人们深切的感到生命的鲜活与灵动,更能在保证健康平衡的基础上,提升气质、塑造形体、陶冶情操。 舞韵瑜伽结合了舞的韵味和瑜伽的内敛,能让我们完成由内而外的气质蜕变。相信会有越来越多人和我一样爱上舞韵瑜伽。

Niyama Freedom from all Observances: santosha

Niyama Freedom from all Observances 2.42 santosha anuttamah sukha labhah   Santosha: contentment, being not happy or sad. Enjoying every moment of being in consciousness.   Throughout history, people have been materialistic in one degree or another, but our self-indulgent generation today seems to be striving for more is better.

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