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The Yogi’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 15, 2014

Hello everyone! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on here, and I hope you guys are doing great and enjoying the festive season with your family and loved ones so far!

With Christmas coming in less than 10 days’ time, I wouldn’t be too surprised if some of you are still scratching your heads finding the perfect gift for your friends, family, or that special someone. So I thought it’ll be interesting to do a yogi’s holiday gift guide, for your yogi friend, your yogi buddy, or your yogi girlfriend/boyfriend! These items are some of my personal favourites, and what a better time to find the perfect gift to improve their yoga practice than now?

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Here are 10 perfect holiday gifts for the yogi -

1. To complete the look,
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On the left, Braided Tank Top in Jungle Green from Vivre Activewear, Kaleidoscope Leggings from Dharma Bums Active
On the right, Exquisite Bra in Black from lululemon athletica, Bonfire Leggings from Candida Maria (by SoulHaute)

These yoga apparels are currently some of my personal favourites not just because of the beautiful and intricate details, but also the level of comfort and functionality these apparels provide. Not only that they comfortable and very stretchy, they also dissipate sweat very quickly, which is always a huge bonus. Getting beautiful yoga clothes for the yogi is definitely one of the safest ways to buy a present that will be extremely practical in the long run.

Like icing on a cake, there are also some special deals just for your Christmas shopping:

Vivre Activewear is also having their year-end Christmas promo, with free mini vapouriser towel to be given with any purchase. Check out their Instagram for all the details. Also, enter “SASSYYOGI” at check out for 10% off (promo code is valid till the end of December).

SoulHaute, an online yoga store that brings in yoga apparels such as Candida Maria, Daughters of Culture, and many more, to Singapore! They are also having their weekly giveaway on Instagram for the month of December, so scoot over to their Instagram page to find out more!

2. To deepen the practice,

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Yoga props are one of the most important, yet often overlooked, staples in one’s yoga practice, not matter whether one has just started out on yoga or has been practicing for a long time. Yoga straps help to deepen into a stretch or a pose without compromising on form and alignment, and Manduka’s cotton yoga strap is really soft and lightweight. Yoga Paws has been said to help protect the wrists, and also provide great friction and grip to one’s practice.

Matsnaps is a pretty simple, yet ingenious, addition to one’s practice. It is a simple tool that helps to hold your yoga towel to your mat without you having to fix it all the time in a yoga class. As one who regularly attends vinyasa class, this is definitely one of the best additions to my practice. No more stopping in the middle of a vinyasa class to fix my towel!

3. To connect within,

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On left, Amethyst Bracelet from Holly Molly Jewellery
On right, Ocean Turquoise Mala from Mala Collective

I stumbled upon Holly Molly Jewellery while attending a Christmas flea market by Public Garden, and I was blown away by the beauty of the jewellery that they make. Using various gemstones to create beautiful bracelets and necklaces, I pretty much fell in love with this Amethyst bracelet when I first saw it. And most importantly, Amethyst is my birthstone and I really connected with it. There are many other gemstones as well, and they are also having a Christmas sale on the Zalora Marketplace, so I strongly suggest you guys check it out.

I’ve been wearing the Ocean Turquoise Mala from Mala Collective for a few months now, and it has pretty much never really left my side. Not only has a very calming presence, it is also a constant reminder for me to be mindful on the mat as well as off the mat. Using Rudraksha beads and turquoise, it signifies vibrance, adventure, and peace. There are also many other mala with different gemstones for different intentions, so you will not have to worry about not finding one that speaks to you.

4. To kick back and relax with a cup of tea,


Organic Peruvian Tea from Namasteas

Namasteas hail from the native highlands of Peru, where Sue, the founder of Namasteas, come from. These leaves were picked, sorted, and processed entirely by hand, the production process is closely taken care of by Sue, thus ensuring the highest quality of tea leaves. This is the best cup of tea to relax after a long day at work, or to snuggle in bed with on a rainy day. If the yogi happens to be a tea lover, this is the perfect gift for him/her.

They are also having a December sale for their winter harvest loose leaf Peruvian Mint, going at 2 packs for 58$ (usual price 64$). Check out their Instagram page for more details.

 

I hope that you now have a better idea on what to gift for the yogi in your midst. These gifts would make the perfect gifts for them to further their own yoga practice, and for you to show your love and appreciation for them!

If you have other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below too. Merry Christmas, and I promise you’ll be hearing from me again real soon! x

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Choosing your mala with Mala Collective

November 17, 2014
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This post is courtesy of Mala Collective

It is pretty crazy how long it took me to sit down to write this post, simply because I have been struggling to find the right words to fully describe my experience ever since I received my very first mala in the mail from the Mala Collective. The timing was pretty apt – school was getting really stressful for me and I really needed something to ground myself and calm myself down amidst the fast-paced nature of school curriculum and even life in general.

Many people (including myself) would ask – how do you pick your own mala? As what the Mala Collective very nicely put it – sometimes it’s the mala that chooses you. You just need to surrender yourself to the process when picking your own mala, and see which mala you are drawn to the most. Of course, besides listening to your heart, a great way would be to look within and think about what are some of the things that you feel are lacking in your life – whether it is patience, love, compassion, strength, resilience, and many more. From that, you can then look at which gemstones would help bring in some of these elements in your life.

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To be honest, I was drawn to my Ocean Turquoise Mala very primarily because of the aesthetics. I loved the colour and how it matches really nicely with the rudraksha seeds. However, what sealed the deal for me, was the intention behind turquoise, which is to destroy negative feelings and thoughts, increase love, and provide strength and protection against any challenges along the way. I often tend to get carried away with negative feelings, and it was something that was very unhealthy. Therefore, I knew that this mala was going to provide the positive energy and intention that I needed.

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When I received the mala, I was blown away by how beautiful the mala was. Most importantly, I could feel the positive energy and intention flowing the moment I held the mala in my hands. As I wore it to school every day, I felt calmer, more grounded, and was able to deal with the stress and negativity in a much more productive manner. Sometimes, we all just needed a little switch in perspective when dealing with problems in life, and for me, the mala provided me with the support and strength that I needed to make that little switch. That in itself made a whole lot of difference to my life.

Check out the Mala Collective and their beautiful range of mala necklaces and bracelets. While mala has been used in prayer and meditation throughout history, simply by wearing the mala and consciously garner positive thoughts would make a great difference to the energy that you emit to others. xx

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Yoga, music, and dance with SOULSCAPE

October 26, 2014
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Often times I look at all the festivities and joy surrounding Wanderlust yoga festival happening around America, and I really wish that there can be something similar happening in Singapore as well. After all, events like these bring about like-minded yogis and yoginis, and make the local yoga community a tight-knit one! So, when I was invited to SOULSCAPE by InTheLoop, Singapore’s online yoga, fitness, and health portal, it felt like a dream come true.

SOULSCAPE is Singapore’s first yoga festival that combines yoga, music, and dance and celebrates living holistically and consciously. The festival has a series of workshops and activities lined up for everyone to experience yoga, and connect with other like-minded individuals.

We were given a glimpse to all the different activities that were happening around Soulscape. There was Surf Set, Acroyoga, Slacklining, Primal Form, Hula Hoop and SUP Yoga. Besides these workshops, there were also sunset yoga and the yoga rave party that was happening later into the night. Not only that, there were many booths during the event as well, such as Rough Beautys, Rejuicenate, Lululemon, and many many more.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetHad a go at Surf Set and I am definitely coming back for more!

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetTried acroyoga with Crystal, one of the instructors for the workshop. She is so strong and that made flying a lot easier!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetThe two acroyoga instructors, Marc and Crystal, doing a demonstration, to the awe of everyone else watching

After the tour, the boyfriend and I attended the acroyoga workshop and we had so much fun! It was definitely a lot better than our previous acroyoga workshops. Trust and communication is really important for this one – and I’m so glad we really enjoyed ourselves. Am definitely looking at going for more acroyoga workshops in the near future!

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Headed to the sunset yoga session after acroyoga workshop, and it was a great way to stretch it out and unwind a little after that adrenaline pumping acroyoga session. Really liked the ambience of the sunset yoga sesh and I really enjoyed soaking in the positive energy of all the other yogis who were there to practice in front of the sunset.

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As we went into the night, the yoga rave party started as well! It was a intermediate flow yoga session with a couple of arm balances and inversions. This was my first time practicing under the night sky outdoors and I must say that it is a whole new level of relaxation. Imagine doing yin yoga on the beach under the night sky – how amazing would that be?

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I had a great day full of yoga loving and fun, and I can only wish that it will happen again so I can relive this all over again. Most importantly, I was able to meet and connect with many other Singapore yogis who attended the event as well. Thank you for coming up to say hi! I really appreciate knowing every single one of you guys. <:

There is another outdoor yoga event happening next Saturday, organised by Lululemon Singapore! Will be sharing more details about it real soon, so do keep a look out on my Instagram page! xx

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Happy #OmTogether!

October 20, 2014
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Truth be told, #OmTogether is my first outdoor yoga community class that I’ve taken part in, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Feeling so blissed out right now from the awesome yoga sesh that it’s definitely a great boost to a hectic school week ahead. Not to mention, wonderful company and so many other yogis gathering together sharing the positive energy and vibes!

#OmTogether is organised by Stretch City, a yoga lifestyle website. Supported by Pure Yoga and Pure Apparel, #OmTogether brought together yogis all over Singapore to Marina Barrage for a great 2 hour yoga sesh! From sun salutations, to arm balances, inversions, and backbends, I was tired but so happy after the session.

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The instructors were so vibrant and that definitely rubbed off on all the yogis. We were all smiling so much while flowing into different asanas, and doing yoga alongside one another in such close proximity allowed us to interact with one another as well. This is definitely what community classes is all about.

And of course, I had so much fun with my yoga buddy Clareen and the boyfriend that I was literally smiling from ear to ear all afternoon. If there is something called the yogi’s high, I really think this must be it. The two hours of being immersed in all the positive energy radiating out of every single yogi who attended the event made my heart feel so full and happy.

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Check out more yoga loving below, and I really hope to see you guys at Soulscape next week. Have you gotten your tickets yet? I can’t wait to experience all the yoga loving with many other yogis on Saturday night. It’s definitely going to be my motivation to get through the hectic week ahead! xx

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(Photo credits to Stefanus Ian)

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Bend & Balance with Tirisula Yoga

October 18, 2014
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This post is courtesy of Tirisula Yoga Singapore.

How has your week been? Hope you guys managed to get some rest time amidst all the craziness! I had a pretty tiring but productive week, and in fact, I spent the end of my week participating in a 2 day Introduction to Yoga workshop conducted by Tirisula Yoga Singapore. I jumped at the chance to be a part of this especially since I have been planning to go for yoga teacher training for awhile now. So this was definitely a great way to get acquainted with how YTT will be like!

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Tirisula Yoga is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town and is nestled in Arab Street. It has 2 locations – 62 Arab Street where its shop is, and 80B Arab Street where its studio is at. Interestingly, Tirisula Yoga is not your typical yoga studio – it is a yoga teacher training school. Although it does conduct classes from time to time, it focuses on teacher training instead. In fact, it is one of the first schools that brought in yoga teacher training to Singapore 14 years ago.

Spent the two day exploring the various asanas, with the first day being focused on flexibility (#tiribendit) and the second day on balance (#tiriholdit). Unlike the dynamic and fast-paced yoga classes that I was typically used to, the two sessions were a lot more focused on posture, alignment, and knowing the muscles involved in getting into the various poses.

The first day of the session was conducted by Master Teacher Weiling, and the second day of the workshop was led by Master Teacher Paalu.

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetWeiling demonstrating the warm-up stretches with another Tirisula yoga teacher Pamela

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetMaster Teacher Paalu giving me a deeeeeeep stretch in my Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetHolding Salamba Sirsasana with Eugena (@itzeugena) for our #tiriholdit challenge!

I had more takeaways from this workshop that I had ever expected or imagine. I think one of the key reminders that really stuck with me is really about removing ego from your own yoga practice. Sometimes we get caught up in trying to nail that fancy-looking asana that we forget that yoga is all about looking within. It’s really about listening to your body’s needs, listening to your mind, and it’s not a competition, and it’s certainly not about how good it looks in other people’s perspective. This is definitely a very timely reminder in my own yoga practice. <:

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetEugena and I giving each other a good stretch on the back during one of our warm-ups

Besides the asana practice, there was also a yoga theory workshop for the second half of the day as well. I particularly liked the yoga theory session by Master Teacher Weiling about different body types and how yoga can help to balance the five elements in our body. I really appreciate how this will help to serve my practice and remind myself to practice yoga more mindfully according to my body’s needs.

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I am going to miss the wonderful and positive vibes from all the other fellow yogis! Many of them are first-time yogis, and it’s really amazing how they are so open-minded and adventurous in exploring various asanas that they have never tried before.

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Last but not least, here’s a shoutout to the sponsors of the event: Rachel K Cosmetics, Belief Singapore, The Fitness Grocer, Provenance Distributions and Infuusa! I truly enjoyed myself thoroughly and learnt so much from this 2-day workshop. Now I can’t wait to see what a 200 hour yoga teacher’s training will bring for my own practice!

Here’s something for you guys too! Tirisula Yoga is having a 50-hour Yoga Transformation workshop, where you will be learning about yoga postures and the proper alignment, foundations of yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, chakras and applications, and sequencing your own self-practice flow. The January intake is now open and it is a great way for anyone who wants to get acquainted with more in-depth knowledge of yoga and may be thinking about pursuing teacher training in the future.

Check out this link, and you are entitled to 50% off the January intake! Have fun, and do let me know if you’re going for the course! xx