Yoga Articles

Hold your breath

As a kid, I used to compete with my sister and friends to see who could hold our breath the longest. I used to think why we were so silly to torture ourselves with such a silly game. Today in yoga, I learnt that anything that requires retention of breath is a breathing

The inflexible – my guinea pig student

It is very true that doing yoga and teaching yoga are inextricably intertwined. My own experience on yoga mats helps provide insights into how I can share yoga with others i.e. my first guinea pig student, my flatmate. My flatmate is an ultra-marathoner. The race that he trains for is

The Art of Ahimsa

Ahimsa, the first of the 5 yamas, means non-violence. At first glance, many people think that ahimsa is practised simply by not engaging in violent acts like fighting but in actual fact, ahimsa has a much deeper meaning to it. Apart from not causing harm physically and mentally, true ahimsa

Headstand that life balance point

I have been practicing yoga on and off for about 4 years. Physically, I think I am quite fit as I am used to pain and discipline from training for triathlon. So at least I meet the minimal requirement for strengths to do a headstand as it engages the obliques,

Non-violence starts with the thoughts in the mind

When I think of the word “violence”, naturally, I will think of it as a forceful physical action with the intention to hurt or cause damage to others or oneself.  In the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the first Yama is Ahimsa which means “non-violence’ or ‘non-harming’.  I believe it does

What’s Up, Dog?

Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svansana) is one of the first few poses that I have been exposed to when I just started practicing asanas. Infact, it is one of the poses that most people do during an asana practice because it is part of the Sun Salutation sequence which connects

Oh Sh*t!

Have you ever wondered what happen to the food and drinks that you put into your mouth? Ok, fine. I know you know somehow or rather, it will come out. From there. *rolls eyes* But do you know what happens during the process? The process whereby food and drinks are

Homework blues

Homework and Yoga One of the most stressful times in my household is Sunday night. A time when the last bits and pieces of my primary school age children’s homework gets finished off. If we were Super Organised we would be doing a little bit each night, but sometimes the

Thoughts are toxins !

As we all go about in our daily lives we keeping having thought. Some of which we are aware of, the others are in our sub conscious and we are not even aware of these thoughts. I too have a godzillion thought going on in my mind . Will I

Wring out with a twist

Wring Out with a twist = Ardha Matsyendrasana Half Lord of the fishes pose Toward the end of a challenging sequence, Ardha Matsyendrasana is the pose I am looking forward to, is a must pose at the end of my each Vinyasa flow practice. It can be tempting to relax