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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!

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Feature: #WearYourMat with Vivre Activewear

October 11, 2014
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This post is courtesy of Vivre Activewear

Took an unintended hiatus because the boyfriend has been away in Stockholm for a school programme for almost 2 weeks, and I had no one to help me take photos! It was a nice break from taking photographs of my own practice – it really helped me focus a lot more on practicing without having to worry about the camera.

However, the moment he came back, I was all ready (and itching) to take some yoga photos again. Most importantly, I was excited to test out these Yoga Paws that were gifted from Sylvia at Vivre Activewear! These yoga paws are amazing, and are definitely what I sorely lacked for my outdoor practice because they provide great grip and support for an outdoor practice. With them, lugging and rolling out a yoga mat seems pretty unnecessary.

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Yoga Paws are definitely a very popular yoga mat on-the-go for many yogis out there. When Vivre Activewear brought them into Singapore, so many yogis scrambled to get their hands on one that they sold out so quickly! However, Vivre Activewear has just restocked its Yoga Paws, and they come in Classic Black, Midnight Blue, and Red Chakra, and they have paws for men, women, and even minis!

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Now I don’t have to worry about the burning ground on a scorching hot day, slipping on my hands, or not having enough grip in my arm balances. These are definitely great additions and essentials especially to my outdoor yoga practice.

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Check out these amazing yoga paws at Vivre Activewear and get your hands on one before they sell out again!

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September Highlights!

September 30, 2014
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Time really flies and we are already at the end of September. September has been one of the most tiring and craziest month for me so far, but I’m also grateful for all the wonderful things that have happened in September. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a monthly round-up, so why not?

It’s pretty daunting to think that I’m only going to get busier especially with so many things going on in October, but I just got to keep calm and breathe! If breath can guide us through our yoga practice and through difficult asanas, it can guide us through rough periods in life too. <:

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Some of my favourite moments from #SGYOGAGA!

One of the September highlights has definitely got to the the #SGYOGAGA challenge that I hosted with three other beautiful and very talented yogis @vivianography, @supyogasingapore, and @jasminetayoga. I hope you guys have received the #SGYOGAGA event invite for this coming Sunday (4 Oct) at Sadhana Sanctuary Yoga Studio! I’m extremely excited to be meeting you guys there, and enjoy a 60 minute hot vinyasa class together led by Vivian!

I also just came back from a diving trip from Pulau Tioman in Malaysia. Honestly, after going for 5 dive trips since I started diving, this has got to be one of the most enjoyable dive trips I’ve ever had. The company made a whole lot of difference, and I had so much fun and laughter with a bunch of wonderful friends. I thoroughly enjoyed my dives, loved the sights of the sky and the beautiful deep blue sea, had so much fun jumping off the boat into the water while we were waiting for the next dive, and appreciate all the random chats that I had with this bunch of funny people while traveling to the next dive site. I guess you know you had a great trip when you felt a little empty after coming back to Singapore… Plus, I missed the trip even though I have a bazillion bug bites all over my body and face. It’s probably one of the worst bites ever because I had to go to the doctor today to get some cream and medication. But still not complaining because I had so much fun <:

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There are so many exciting events coming up in October and I am really excited for the upcoming month. Even though school is only going to get more intense and stressful, it’s always awesome to be grateful for the wonderful things in life. Gonna grit my teeth and trudge through the madness!

How was your September? Regardless whether it was a good month for you, it’s a brand new month tomorrow, so keep calm, breathe and hang in there. You got this!

 

 

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Feature: lululemon athletica Singapore

September 24, 2014
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I remember my very first encounter with lululemon was when I was travelling in New York City before starting my exchange in Canada. I stepped into their store at Union Square, and was just amazed at how it was bustling with life and activity. There were community classes lined up in the store, and there was a live yoga demonstration going on at their window display. I bought my first lululemon top in Canada, after contemplating over it for really long time and decided that I should treat myself a little since I’ve been practicing yoga so often by then.

Once I came back to Singapore, I missed the in-store experience that lululemon athletica offers. Even though local yoga studios carry lululemon apparel in their rack spaces, it is still different from an actual flagship store. In America, the salespeople were really friendly, they know their products really well, they strike up conversations with you about yoga and it really feels like a wonderful yoga community in there.

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However, today I got to experience that again right here in Singapore! Even though lululemon has set foot in Singapore for a year now, this is the first time I’ve visited its showroom that’s nestled in the middle of Club Street. It may be a small showroom, but it’s packed full of yoga goodness and a bunch of very lovely ladies who’re always ready to strike up a conversation with you and answer your questions about its yoga and fitness apparel.

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All thanks to Soulscape Singapore, I was invited to pick out an outfit from lululemon! Felicia from lululemon was really helpful and I was really impressed with the depth of knowledge she has about lululemon apparel. Had a great time picking out my outfit and also learning more about the technology and detail behind these beautiful apparel.

So, I finally picked out an outfit for Soulscape, and I’m really very excited for 25 October! Early bird tickets are going at $55, with lots of activities such as acro yoga, surf set, sunset yoga, and a yoga rave party at night. Check out the website for a full line-up of events happening on 25 October at Tanjong Beach Club, and I really look forward to seeing you guys there!

lululemon athletica
83 Club Street
#04-00
Singapore 069451

(Photo credits to @stefanusian)