Life, Yinspirations

Weekly Inspiration: Be Kind to Yourself

September 15, 2014
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Happy Monday everyone! A brand new week beckons and I hope September has been treating everyone well so far! It’s crazy to think that I’m already more than 1 month into the new semester, and things have been getting pretty intense and crazy. Which explains my absence from the website! (Really think I need to do a lot better in terms of being consistent with my postings though!)

However, I do post daily on Instagram, so do give me a follow if you are on Instagram as well so we can connect!

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This week’s inspiration is all about being kind to yourself. Most of the time we always emphasize on being kind to others, but actually being kind to yourself is something that is extremely important as well, especially in times of stress and difficulties. Last week, I was suddenly given a 24-hour deadline for a school assignment, and suddenly it was crunch time. I spent the next 2 days working on the assignment and fine-tuning it. I had to skip yoga because I have another test next week that I had to study for too. But in the end everything turned out well and I did well for the assignment as well, which was something that I was really grateful for. Most importantly, I didn’t stress myself out and feel bad about skipping yoga. I did what I needed to do and I trusted that I did the right thing by reorganising my priorities for the week. Being kinder to myself helped me handle stress and deadlines a lot better too.

Therefore, I thought this is something really important and something that I should share with you guys as well. Hope this would help you if you’re going through a pretty stressful week this week!

Have a great week ahead, and remember, be kind of yourself! <3

Featured, Yoga hacks

10 things to know about hot yoga

September 3, 2014
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Yoga Hacks has taken a brief hiatus since its last post, and today it’s back with something that many people have been asking me on my tumblr blog – what to expect from a hot yoga class, and whether it is as daunting as it seems. These 10 tips will be immensely useful if you’re thinking about going for your first hot yoga class, or if you’ve been practicing hot yoga for awhile now but did not know!

Check out these 10 tips below:

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Life, Yinspirations

Weekly Inspiration: Enjoy the journey!

September 1, 2014
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Hello you guys! This weekly section took a backseat last week because it was a pretty difficult week for me. School was getting pretty stressful, there were so many things coming together all at once, and I fell sick. So, in fact, a lot of things took a backseat, besides this website! I skipped a few yoga classes too because I knew that my body needed the rest. So, I listened to my body and tried to sleep more, and eat more healthily. However, I hope your week wasn’t as rough as mine!

This week’s inspiration is all about enjoying the journey. Sometimes this is such a difficult lesson for me to learn because I am always wanting to work fast, to get my aim fast, and this accelerated attitude may be helpful to my productivity at times, but it is not sustainable. It leads to burn out and it leads to fatigue! I think this was why I fell sick last week. So I thought that it is definitely a timely reminder for me.

This is especially pertinent in yoga too! It’s not about getting that fancy looking asana down, it’s about honouring your body’s needs and listening to your body. Eventually, that handstand will come. That fancy looking asana may come to you. But for now, just enjoy the time of your mat, and remember to have fun and smile. <:

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What are some of the things that you are working on right now? Feel free to share them with me, and remember, embrace the journey!

Have a great week ahead, namaste!

Featured, Yoga guides

Yoga Guide: Yoga for the hips!

August 22, 2014
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Hip flexibility is something that is so important but yet so overlooked in our daily lives. Our daily routine can create a lot of tension in our hip joints without us even realising it – sitting at our computers for long hours, being on our feet the entire day, and even doing certain sports without suitable and sufficient warm-up and cooldown can all lead to a very stiff hip. Our hips are also major joints in our body, and it is said that we tend to hold a lot of negative thoughts and emotions in our hips.

This is why sometimes hip openers are not exactly our favourite asanas in our yoga practice. When we have to stay in a pigeon pose for a prolonged period of time in class, we can experience frustration, anger, or even sadness. And that is perfectly normal, simply because of what our hips naturally tends to do.

Today’s yoga guide is a very yin style of practice – yin yoga refers to a very restorative and meditative style of yoga as opposed to be flowing and dynamic style of yoga that we find in vinyasa yoga, bikram yoga, ashtanga yoga, and etc. I personally really love yin yoga because it provides a great balance to my usual vinyasa and bikram practice, and helps me to focus on improving my flexibility all over my body.

So, here are some things that you can try for today’s yoga guide:

  1. Try to hold on to each pose, on each side, for 3 to 5 minutes. Have a timer with you if you need that to keep track of time, play some music, and get your surroundings comfortable and conducive for a meditative practice.
  2. If you find your mind wandering off or if you are getting distracted, always go back to your breath. Try counting your breath, such that your exhalation is twice as long as your inhalation.
  3. A yin practice is not about going to the maximum of an asana. It is about going to where feels comfortable for you, even if that may not be your maximum, and then let gravity do its job. Yin yoga is a very passive style of yoga. So let your body ease itself into the pose, and if it hurts, back off, use a block, a towel, or a pillow to prop yourself up.

Here are the 10 yoga asanas that you can incorporate into your daily practice for more flexible hip joints!

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Weekly Inspiration: Be a warrior!

August 19, 2014
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Hello guys! I hope the brand new week is treating you guys well so far. This week’s Weekly Inspiration is a little late, because the new school semester is in its full swing and I have quite a number of work to get done, both school work and sassyyogi work! But, all’s good though. I’m still keeping up with my daily yoga practice, while jugging school work and some other side projects. And I still get my sleep in. So that’s pretty awesome.

As the title suggests, this week’s inspiration is to encourage you guys to be a warrior. I used to say that I am more of a worrier than a warrior. I used to be pessimistic, I worry too much, and I think too much. But sometimes, you just need to snap out of all the worrying, put them aside, and just do it. Warrior through the mountains of work that you may have, or the various commitments that you are juggling. Even if you don’t finish them all at the end of the day, at least you got started!

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I saw this on Instagram and I just like the quote so much. Life may not always be smooth sailing, but it’s the rocky seas that make us stronger and more resilient. If you’ve been swamped with work recently, keep breathing and just tell yourself to take it step by step, and everything will be alright. Plan, believe, and you’ll achieve.

I hope this week’s inspiration has resonated with you somehow! Jump out of bed, (grab a coffee if you have to), and seize the day. And 99% of the time, you end the day off feeling more satisfied than ever. <:

Have a great week ahead! <3