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February Yoga Challenge: #SGYogaLove!

January 30, 2015
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Time has been zooming past especially when 2015 has started off as a very hectic year for me! It’s crazy to think that the first month of 2015 is almost over!

However, February is proving to be a very exciting month, because I will be hosting a yoga challenge together with Jasmine (@jasmine_yoga) on Instagram!

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In the month of February, we will be celebrating the many facets of love with what we love most – yoga! #SGYogaLove is a weekday challenge with weekly themes and daily poses to celebrate many facets of love through yoga!

Here is what you need to do on Instagram:
1. Repost this image and tag your friends to spread the word!
2. Follow us! (@jasmine_yoga and @sassyyogi)
3. Follow our weekly sponsors @soulhaute, @madanayoga, @ohmywaves, and @namasteas
5. Have fun!

We will be celebrating February with weekly themes celebrating love and gratitude:
1. Week 1: Yoga Love – share with us what you love about yoga!
2. Week 2: Dedicate your daily practice to someone you love!
3. Week 3: Share with us one thing that you are grateful for
4. Week 4: Self-love – share a health or wellness tip with us!

Look out for the hosts as they reveal the daily poses with lots of beginner and intermediate variations to choose from. Remember to stay safe and have lots of fun. The weekly sponsors will be picking their winner of the week on Sunday night, and the winner will be announced the next day.

We really hope that you can join us this February in this yoga challenge! Give us a shoutout if you’re joining and hashtag your posts with #SGYogaLove so we know to look out for you! <:
See you in February! x

Featured, Features

The #InfuusaLife with Infuusa

January 28, 2015

This post is courtesy of Infuusa.

Not all of us are fans of plain water, and some of us are always looking for a thirst-quenching solution after a great workout. But do you know that most energy drinks are laden with too much sugar and calories that we don’t actually need?

Infuusa is a convenient way for you to prepare your infused water without having to buy separate ingredients, chop them up, and add them into a flask. Because they come in the form of teabags, it reduces your preparation time substantially. Not only that, it only uses natural ingredients with real fruits, berries, and tea leaves. There is no sugar added, only stevia for a little hint of sweetness.

The longer you leave the teabag to sit, the tastier the infused water gets. I personally love the Quad Berry infusion, and I find myself drinking it not only after my yoga sessions, but also while I’m doing my work at my desk. It’s tasty and guilt-free! It does not have to be a post work-out drink, and in fact there are so many possibilities – for parties, dinners, tea time, office, and many more.

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Infuusa’s new 2015 infusions

Do check out Infuusa for their creative infusions, and make your purchase via this link to get $5 off storewide. Happy infusing!

Featured, Yinspirations, Yoga hacks

The 5 best aspects of yoga (that have nothing to do with asana)

January 23, 2015
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This is a guest blog post by Sam Emrich from Catching Dragonfly.

Hi everyone!

I’m Sam Emrich, a New York City-based yoga & wellness blogger at CatchingDragonfly.com. I’m so excited to announce that I am guest-posting today on Sassy Yogi! As a big fan of Angie’s, I connected with her last year to feature her on my site and am thrilled to be collaborating with her now. Thanks for having me, Angie!

Today, I’ll be sharing the top 5 benefits I’ve experienced from yoga that have nothing to do with asanas. While aspiring to achieve physical yoga postures is a gratifying accomplishment, there are so many incredible benefits of cultivating a consistent yoga practice that have nothing to do with striving for advanced poses.

I’m excited to be sharing the following side effects of yoga as a reminder not just to you all, but also to myself, of the non-physical benefits of the practice. Enjoy!

1. Increased self-awareness
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Yoga has helped me cultivate a stronger sense of self. By paying close attention to my body and mind, I have come to better understand my quirks and what makes me unique. Next time you’re practicing, try to notice the subtle nuances of your body and thought processes. What relaxes your mind and what frustrates you? Examine why that might be, then work to release that tension.

2. Improved sleep

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Before starting yoga, I had issues with insomnia. At times I would lie awake at night ruminating about the day’s events, creating to-do lists in my head or getting anxious about what tomorrow might entail. Yoga has helped me clear my mind and fall asleep with ease. If you find yourself lying awake at night or awaking several times throughout the night due to stress, try some bedtime yoga. A forward fold, happy baby, corpse pose mixed in with some pranayama to slow your breathing and before you know it…Goodnight!

3. Healthier Diet
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Yoga has helped me become more mindful about what I put into my body. For me, this means treating my body kindly with nourishing juices, smoothies, nutrient-rich foods and herbal teas. I still love to treat myself to desserts and my favorite indulgent foods, but I do so in moderation. Try sticking to the 80/20 rule: 80% healthful foods, 20% indulgent. That way, you are eating mostly nutritious, but still allowing yourself the satisfaction of that ice cream sundae when you so desire :)

4. Reduced stress
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I find that regardless of what’s happening in my personal or professional life, yoga helps keep me centered. Being able to bring my yoga everywhere has helped me stop stress before it spirals out of control. Feeling overwhelmed by your inbox? Meditate for a minute in lotus. Get in a tense conversation with a friend? Take some deep breaths and a few shoulder rolls before returning to the dialogue. I find yoga to be a bit like a secret manual for how to release anxiety and unnecessary tension from life.

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Connecting to like-minded yogis is one of my favorite aspects of having a practice. Both online (just like Angie!) and offline, yoga has allowed me to meet, collaborate with and learn from so many incredible people. Next time you’re in yoga class, try striking up a conversation with yogis on the mats near you. After class, go up to the teacher and ask him or her some questions. These simple interactions are just the start to fostering strong, ongoing relationships in the vast yoga community.

Feel free to get in touch with me through my online and social channels. I’d love to connect with you all!  Connect with Sam:  Blog   |   Instagram   |   Twitter

Namaste & endless love from the other side of the world,
Sam 

Featured, Yoga guides

Yoga Guide: Yoga for Backbends

January 16, 2015

Hello guys! It has been awhile since I’ve done a brand new yoga guide, and I hope today’s instalment will be useful for some of you out there who are looking to work on deepening your backbends and back flexibility!

Backbends help to open up the hip flexors and release tension in our shoulders and chest. It also helps with your standing posture especially if you have the tendency to hunch when you stand or walk. It also stimulates the heart chakra, which allows us to be more open in our emotions when it comes to our lives off the mat and when dealing with relationships.

Things to note!

Before you start, it is important to understand that backbends are NOT about crunching the lower back. That can add a lot of pressure and cause injuries to your lower back. It is often easier to dump your weight on your lower back to achieve a seemingly deeper backbend when in fact, it is very dangerous. Backbends involves so much more than just bending of the back – it involves strong glutes and open shoulders and chest. You should always think about lengthening towards the back of the room rather than collapsing downwards towards the floor.

Not only that, it is also very important to warm up before you start your backbend practice! It is not advisable to rush into a backbend cold. Warm up with a few rounds of sun salutations and gentle backbends before you attempt deeper backbends.

That being said, here are 6 great poses (with variations) that can help you work on your back flexibility!

Continue Reading…

Featured, Life

My Spring Pick for GingerActivO

January 11, 2015

If you have been reading my website, some of you might be familiar with GingerActivO, a Hong Kong-based yoga apparel retailer that brings in brands such as Liquido, Tonic, and Dharma Bums to Hong Kong and Singapore yogis! Recently, I had the pleasure to collaborate with them again to do a Spring Yoga Lookbook for them. I had lots of fun shooting this and you definitely will be seeing more of these coming your way.

Do check out GingerActivO’s website, Facebook, and Instagram pages for more updates and styles that I will be bringing to you guys from time to time. If you have a specific look or style that you hope to see, do let us know too!

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