Opinion: Undressing Your Fear

By July 16, 2014 Featured, Yinspirations
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Do you have certain poses in your yoga practice that you avoid because you dislike it, or you fear practicing it because you are not used to the sensation of the poses? Do you have poses that you avoid as much as possible and are considered your Achilles’ heel?

It’s totally normal to have certain poses in your practice that you avoid as much as you can. It can be backbends, arm balances, or inversions. Sometimes, they in turn become your vulnerabilities in your practice simply because we don’t practice them.

Of course, it is totally up to your prerogative to not have it in your practice altogether if you do not want to practice them for any reason. However, if it’s something that you wish to overcome, perhaps it’s time to start undressing your fear for a certain asana, push past your comfort zone, and start practicing them.

Personally, inversions has always been a huge fear of mine in my yoga practice. It goes beyond the fear of falling to this mental block that I can’t seem to overcome. Eventually, I knew that it was starting to hinder my yoga progress, and I knew that it is time for me to confront my fears and start working on my vulnerabilities.

Here are some tips for you to start undressing your fear and work past your comfort zone on your yoga mat:

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Beach yoga love!

By July 8, 2014 Life, Yinspirations
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Hello you guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve last posted something on here, so I thought I should write a little update post about what I have been up to recently.

The past week has been extremely hectic for me, because I was busy going for yoga classes, taking yoga photos and writing some posts for some upcoming projects for the website, and spending time with my loved ones. In fact, I think I was pretty stretched out that I fell sick towards the end of the week! Took the weekend off the yoga mat and it was a really good break. This also reminded me to listen to my body and its needs. This time I might have overexerted myself.

But even though it was a really busy week for me, I still had lots of fun doing what I love, and to me that’s really the most important. Every day I wake up feeling tired, but fresh and happy, because I was going to spend my day doing something I like. I think that’s a luxury to many people but yet something so essential.

Anyway, I spent one morning at the beach and ended up doing some beach yoga. This is the first time I’ve done yoga on the beach, and it’s definitely a lot harder than I expected. The soft sand makes it harder to balance in some poses and I was falling over quite a number of times before I got the hang of it.

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Also, absolutely loving my yoga top and shorts from Forever 21 Sport. They are so summery and they are in my absolute favourite colours. I think I am going to wear these to yoga classes pretty often. <:

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I’m heading to Hongkong this weekend for a short getaway with some of my friends, and I’m pretty excited about that! Also, look out for a giveaway happening on my website real soon – I have actually posted the details up on my Instagram, but I definitely will be doing a more detailed blog post about it in the coming days.

Have a wonderful week ahead, and I hope you’ll be surrounded with lots of love, positivity, and light. <3

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Feature: Post-Yoga Skincare Essentials by Hada Labo Singapore

By July 3, 2014 Featured, Features
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This post is courtesy of Hada Labo Singapore

Having a skincare routine is important especially for girls who work out almost every day. I used to overlook the importance of taking care of my own skin, and the sweat and grease from working out caused me to have constant pimple outbreaks on my face and especially my forehead. Even though the term “skincare routine” sounds really daunting, but it can be really easy and fuss free!

It is often difficult for me to stick to a skincare routine especially after yoga, because I am the laziest person around, and I have very little patience with skincare products. I also do not like putting multiple products on my skin, especially if they have a thick texture, or if they are a hassle to maintain. So, it really took me a while (and a lot of giving up) to find something that really works for me – fuss free + cleanse my skin thoroughly!

Speaking of fuss free, I also really like products that are simple, functional, and without any additional colourant and fragrances. That was what gravitated me to Hada Labo products since a year ago! I have been using their facial cleanser for quite some time now, so when they approached me to try out some of their other products in their skincare range, I was more than happy to say yes, because I would love to share the good stuff with you guys!

Hada Labo is one of the best selling skincare products in Japan and Singapore. With the philosophy of “Perfect x Simple”, Hada Labo products use the purest ingredients with no unnecessary additives. And I could really feel their “Perfect x Simple” philosophy with their skincare products, as there are no fragrances or odour, and the texture of their products is really light, which allows the skin to absorb very easily.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetJust a few of the skincare products courtesy of Hada Labo Singapore!

Here are some of the products that I use regularly after my yoga session to make sure my face is fresh and clean after a good work out!

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Yoga Hacks: How to take yoga photos on your own!

By June 30, 2014 Featured, Yoga hacks
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I often get questions on my tumblr about how I get my yoga photos taken. 99% of the time, I have my boyfriend as my photographer who was able to help me take yoga photos, and I am always grateful for his help. However, not everyone has a friend who can help you take yoga photos all the time! So in today’s Yoga Hacks, I am going to recommend some apps that you guys can check it out to take yoga photos on your own without needing a photographer!

Of course, this list is definitely *not* exhaustive. There are many great photo editing apps out there and I am just sharing the ones that I normally use. I get quite a few questions about what kind of apps I use in my yoga photos, so I hope this can help to answer some of your questions out there.

Check out some of the apps below to help you take beautiful yoga photos on your own!

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H&M Sport x behind the scenes

By June 26, 2014 Featured, Life, Yinspirations
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Last Friday, I woke up at 5am and headed to my yoga studio for a class in order to warm up my body to prepare for an exciting shoot with H&M. I am never an early morning person, but surprisingly I was pretty refreshed when I woke up, and really enjoyed my 7am Hatha class! Looking back, I think it was probably the best decision ever because it really prepped me well for the shoot.

It was one of those things that felt that everything fell into place. I was told to do my own hair and make up for the shoot, but it was a really last minute decision to get Yang’s help. Yang is our college junior, and she is a freelance make-up artist. In fact, we only contacted her on Thursday afternoon and it was so coincidental that she was free and she was more than happy to help me out for the shoot! Come to think of it, I would never be able to handle make up and hair on my own during the shoot.

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Thank you Yang for your help!! 

But that still didn’t keep me from feeling so jittery before the shoot though! When the production house came into the studio, it all hit me that it’s really happening. Discussing the different poses that I would do also felt so surreal and crazy at the same time. But the boyfriend and Yang were there talking to me and encouraging me, so that really make things a whole lot better.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetTrying to calm my nerves right before the shoot – explains my forced smile hahaha

Here are some of the outtakes of the photo shoot last week:

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Opinion: Setting daily intentions

By June 24, 2014 Featured, Yinspirations
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What do you do first thing in the morning? Do you start thinking about how long the day is going to be, all the things that you need to get done? Do you tend to feel unmotivated and just feel like lying in bed all day? Do you constantly think about sleeping in and staying up late, even though you normally just mindlessly surf the net while staying up anyway?

I used to be like that just a year ago. When I entered college and starting living in dormitories, it was normal to stay up till 3am in the morning, even though I may not have that much work to begin with. I end up feeling listless throughout the day, constantly feeling fatigued, unmotivated, and then I find myself downing caffeine. Till today I am still trying to cut down on my reliance on coffee, which was something that had stuck since freshman year.

However, we don’t have to start our days like that! Sometimes it is as simple as adjusting your body clock. But sometimes it isn’t. Many times we set our mind to something but our will just doesn’t allow us to follow through. So, today’s post is about the importance of setting daily intentions, and how having a grateful heart every day will help you strengthen that will, boost your zest and motivation that will set you up for the day!

Sometimes in yoga classes, our yoga instructors would encourage us to set intentions for our practice. It can be to dedicate the practice to ourselves or to our loved ones. However, setting daily intentions doesn’t only have to happen on the mat, it can happen in our daily lives as well. Setting an intention every day in the morning does wonders in setting yourself up for the day, no matter how hectic or dreadful that day may be. Cultivate that into a habit and you’ll find a greater sense of purpose when you wake up every morning.

Here are some tips for you to set an intention every day:

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Yoga Guide: Detox Yoga!

By June 22, 2014 Featured, Yoga guides
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Hello you guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a brand new yoga guide, and I thought today’s sequence will be really useful moves for those who have been looking to detoxify their system because of constant lack of sleep, poor diet, stress, and so on.

Aside from eating healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables as much as you can, incorporating these moves into your yoga routine would do wonders to help remove the toxins from your body. Detoxifying your body would also help lift your mood tremendously! So if you have been trying to clean up your diet and eat healthier, perhaps these yoga moves will complement your daily meals and fitness routine! Try these moves out and let me know how you feel!

There are quite a number of twists in this sequence, because twists are wonderful in helping you detoxify your body. Imagine yourself as a dirty cloth, and a dirty cloth can only get rid of the toxins by wringing the cloth. Same goes for what twists does to our body as well!

Here are the 10 moves that you can incorporate into your yoga/fitness routine to detoxify your body!

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Summer holiday updates!

By June 20, 2014 Yinspirations
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Hello lovelies! It’s really crazy but time has flown by so fast and I haven’t been updating much for the past week. Aside from having a daily practice, there are some exciting projects coming up that I am really excited to share with you guys! But for now, do look out for a brand new yoga guide coming your way, a feature on my new yoga studio, Pure Yoga, and a couple more Yoga Hacks posts in the works!

I went on a short vacation with my family to Hong Kong last week for around 5 days. It was great family bonding time, and I really enjoyed myself a lot in Hong Kong. Aside from lots and lots of good food, I walked a whole lot, climbed a lot of stairs, and finally could navigate the family around with a traditional map (nope, not even Google maps!). Given how I’m a total klutz and I’m always so bad with directions, it’s quite a great feat for me!

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Feature: Summer Yoga Lookbook by Vivre Activewear

By June 10, 2014 Featured, Features
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This post is courtesy of Vivre Activewear

In Singapore, it is not easy to find affordable yoga/workout apparel. The price range for most yoga clothes is from $70 onwards. As a struggling college student who is still saving up for my own yoga teacher training, it is almost impossible and infeasible for me to buy new yoga clothes on a regular basis.

Which is why I was really happy when I found out that there is a local activewear label in Singapore, called Vivre Activewear. Vivre Activewear is a local start-up by a yoga enthusiast who seeks to bring affordable and beautiful yoga clothing to yogis in Singapore and all over the world! I’ve had the opportunity to try out Vivre Activewear’s Inter-Cross Tank Top, Toga-Inspired Tank Top, and Vaporizer Yoga Towel, and it really makes me happy to know that there is a high quality, affordable, and beautiful yoga apparel label right here in Singapore.

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Vaporizer Yoga Towel w Pocket (S$35.00)

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Opinion: Why I enjoy yoga challenges

By June 5, 2014 Featured, Yinspirations
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Just yesterday, I came across one particular post another day titled “About Time: We Stopped the Yoga Selfies“, and to be honest, it is a really thought provoking piece. I have always been participating/hosting yoga challenges on Tumblr and Instagram, and the post really made me reevaluate how I approach daily yoga challenges and what I want out of it.

There has always been debate about whether yoga selfies take away the philosophy of yoga and the key teaching underpinning yoga. Ultimately, I really think that it depends on individual and what you make out of the yoga challenges. It can be a way to improve yourself and inspire your own practice, but it can also demean the purpose of such challenges when you treat it as a form of competition and as a way to feed your own ego. As the article very aptly puts it, yoga is about removing the ego from our practice and even daily lives, and sometimes yoga selfies can feed that very same ego that yoga is supposed to remove.

I have hosted quite a number of yoga challenges on tumblr (#sassyyogachallenge, #AugustYogaJam, #joytotheyogis, #lovingyogis, #blossomingyogis, #AprilIntentions, #popupyogis), and have taken part in quite a few Instagram challenges as well. As some of you guys may know, I am in the midst of #summersplits2014 hosted by @kinoyoga and @beachyogagirl, and I have been having so much fun with the challenge. <:

So, I decided to share some of the reasons why I enjoy yoga challenges, and why I will still continue to participate/host such challenges:

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