Weekly Inspiration: Enjoy the journey!

By September 1, 2014 Life, Yinspirations
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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!

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Yoga Guide: Yoga for the hips!

By August 22, 2014 Featured, Yoga guides
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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!

By August 19, 2014 Life, Yinspirations
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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

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Feature: Moon cycle care by PSLove

By August 14, 2014 Featured, Features
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This post is courtesy of PSLove

The moon cycle (also known as shark week) is probably my most dreaded time of the month. I’ve always struggled with really bad menstrual cramps, backaches, moodiness, and lethargy during my moon cycle. Sometimes, I have to disrupt my daily routine just to curl up in bed to nurse the pain and mood swings away. While yoga has really helped a lot in terms of relieving my menstrual cramps and the physical lethargy, it is definitely the time of the month that I absolutely dread.

To me, PSLove, a local start-up that sends period care packages to women every month, is literally an angel from heaven. According to your own moon cycle, PSLove sends these care packages on a monthly basis to your house, packed with sanitary pads, snacks, tea, and lots of love.

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There are a variety of care packages for you to choose from, from the basic package (just sanitary pads), to the PMS buster (with heat packs and tea bags), to the Complete Happiness (packed with snacks, biscuits, tea), there is definitely something that will suit you. I was very impressed with how I could personalise my own care package, choosing whether you prefer nuts to chocolates, whether you would like heat packs and tea. It is so detail-oriented and is definitely something that I really appreciate.

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It even came with a personalised note!

I really love how beautiful the box is, and how nicely everything was pieced together. The sanitary pads are packed and nicely labelled so you will not get mixed up with the different pads, and the snacks and tea bags were packed on the other side.

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I was the most excited about the Organic Rosehip Hibiscus Tea, and of course, the teddy grahams! All these instantly lifts my mood and I can’t wait to snack on them already. This made the moon cycle a lot less painful to go through, both physically and mentally.

My “Yoga Guide for a Happy Period!” will be included in the care packages as little booklets for the month of August as well as the new subscribers that come onboard until end September. These booklets will be great guides to help you get moving to ease up the menstrual cramps and PMS!

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Most importantly, PSLove is giving 10% off for first month’s purchase! Simply quote “Angie”, and you’ll be receiving the yoga guidebooks in your packages as well. 

As I’ve mentioned in the earlier post, PSLove and I are also having a giveaway as well.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Share with us your favourite asana that has helped you relieve the stress and tension during your moon cycle on Instagram (and/or Tumblr)
  2. Follow me (@sassyyogi) and PSLove (@pslove_co), and remember to tag us in the photo!

The giveaway ends on 22nd August, and we will be giving out 20 booklets of Yoga Guide for a Happy Period! These booklets contain 10 yoga poses to relieve menstrual cramps. They will be a handy guide and companion to your yoga practice.

I really hope that you guys will enjoy these period care packages as much as I have, and the package is definitely a great way for me to get through my moon cycle as painlessly as it possibly can <:

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Weekly Inspiration: #BeBrave

By August 11, 2014 Life, Yinspirations
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The past week has been pretty much an emotional rollercoaster ride for me, simply because of the fact that the summer vacation is ending and I’m heading back to college for my final year tomorrow. I used to be really frustrated with life’s circumstances, that I can’t quite do what I really want to do yet, and I felt stuck at a place doing something that I no longer feel for. Simply put, my final year in school is going to be really hectic and I am not looking forward to it at all. If 2014 had taught me anything, it would be to fight to do what you love – because life’s too short to be stuck at doing something that you don’t enjoy.

But in any case, I have to complete college and I need to graduate. So, instead of moping around, I am going to seize the day, turn things around, and work hard and make time yoga, this website, and everything that I have been busying myself with for the past 2 months. If I want to eventually live the dream of teaching yoga and spreading the love of yoga to people all around, I have to fight for it, and I have to work hard for it.

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I once read something somewhere that resonated so much with me: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” Every day I question my dreams and I question my ability to reach my dreams. But most of the time, we just need that sheer guts and impulse to follow through and not think so much. My dreams scare me so much, but that’s what makes me experience life and experience what it means to be living and breathing your passion.

So this week, if there’s something that you’ve been wanting to do but you’ve been holding it back because you were afraid, just do it. No matter whether it is your first inversion, your first time running outdoors, picking up the phone and calling that long lost friend, signing up for a class that you’ve been wanting to go for a long time. Because sometimes, life starts right outside your comfort zone.

We all need this pep talk at one point or the other. No matter what, just keep going.

Have a great week ahead! <3

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Yoga Guide: Yoga for a Happy Period! + GIVEAWAY

By August 8, 2014 Featured, Yoga guides
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This yoga guide is brought to you by PSLove.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you would remember that sometime last year, I did a yoga guide for menstrual cramps, which was one of the most well-received yoga guides that I’ve made so far. <:

So when PSLove, a local start-up that hopes to bring about happy periods to all ladies through their period care packages, approached me to create a yoga guide booklet for their subscribers to encourage them to get on the yoga mat, I was more than happy to say yes!

Today’s yoga guide is a continuation to the first yoga guide for menstrual cramps that I did around 10 months ago, and I will be bringing new asanas that can help us relieve some tension on our mental and physical selves during our moon cycle.

And what’s the most exciting is that this yoga guide will be available in a handy hardcopy booklet all thanks to the friends at PSLove, and we will be giving them out to you guys! Check out the details at the end of this yoga guide to find out how to get your hands on the hardcopy booklet! <:

Some things to note before you get started:

  1. It is a restorative yoga sequence, so please do not push yourself in a certain stretch or in a certain pose! Let your body fall naturally into the pose, and the pose will then do its job.
  2. Feel free to stay in the pose for as long as you want, up to 15 to 30 breaths so long as it feels good for you.
  3. If you are having severe cramps, please do not force yourself into the pose, and stop immediately if you are feeling unwell. Rest up in bed!

Here are the 6 poses that you can do to relieve discomfort during your moon cycle:

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Weekly Inspiration: #BeKindAllTheTime

By August 4, 2014 Yinspirations
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I always believe that yoga is not solely limited to the mat. Yoga is so much more than “perfecting” those asanas. Yoga, to me, is a way of life, it’s a way of thinking, treating, and loving people around us. And yoga is definitely such a strong pillar in my life that has been a steady rock in the ups and downs of life.

So, I decided to start a weekly series called “Weekly Inspiration” just to post a thought of the week or quote of the week that resonates the most with me personally, for us to start off the brand new week with some refreshing thoughts to mull on! This week’s hashtag, #BeKindAllTheTime, is inspired by one of my favourite instayogis, @yulady, and is definitely something that I will be consciously practicing this week, and in the weeks beyond.

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Came across this on Facebook and I really like this quote. Always try to be loving, be kind, and believe that we can always choose to be kinder to other people. Spreading love and kindness is always a choice that we can make.

Have a beautiful week ahead! I will be keeping this thought close to my heart, and I hope you will too <3

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Writing for an online magazine!

By August 3, 2014 Life
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Most of you would probably not know this, but a few weeks ago, I spent around a week helping Vivre Activewear shoot and write one of their reviews on InTheLoop, Singapore’s online magazine for Yoga, Pilates, Health and Fitness. This time, I got to try out some of Vivre Activewear’s upcoming collections, and I must say that I am really loving the new splash of colours in the new collection.

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Anyway, you can check out the full article here! I actually wrote a pretty detailed post about what I liked about the new stuff by Vivre Activewear, and there is a 10% discount code at the end of the article. Use that at checkout and you’ll get yourself pretty looking yoga clothes without burning a huge hole in your pocket! <:

I am thankful that I liked how the article and the photos turned out eventually. In fact, I had a really difficult time on my first day of the shoot, because of the scorching weather, the lack of a suitable venue for yoga shoots, and it was just one of those days where pretty much nothing went right. But thankfully both the boyfriend and I managed to keep our cool and just tried to get the shoot done as quickly as possible. Even though it didn’t end very well where we got chased out of our venue, but I must say that it was all pretty worth it <:

Plus, this is my maiden attempt writing something for an online magazine, what more a portal for yoga, pilates, health and fitness lovers, so this is all very new and exciting to me!

You may have already seen some of these photos if you follow me on my Instagram, but check out some of the photos below!

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VOGA in the city with H&M Sport

By July 26, 2014 Featured, Life, Yinspirations
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Spent a great Saturday morning sweating out with other yogis to celebrate the opening of the brand new H&M outlet at Kallang Wave Mall! As I’ve mentioned before, this new H&M outlet is H&M’s first sports-focused store, with an entire range of sportswear for men and women. I’ve worked with H&M for its promotional insta-video (embeded below) around a month ago, and I was really happy to be invited by H&M again for this event.

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This was called a VOGA session, a play on the words “yoga” and “voguing”, a modern house dance style that was popularized in the 1980s. Mild dance elements were infused into today’s yoga session, and I’m just glad we didn’t burst out into complex dance moves since I really can’t dance at all. However, incorporating various hands gestures definitely made me feel a lot more graceful flowing into these poses, haha.

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The VOGA session was led by Alicia Pan, the founder of Yoga Movement! I attended classes at Yoga Movement in Tanjong Pagar when I was on internship, simply because it was a stone’s throw away from my workplace. However, I really enjoyed the classes over there, and the instructors were really friendly and hands on with their practice. Not to mention, they recently opened their brand new outlet at Orchard 22, so it seems like they’re growing really big in the community!

Check out more photos below:

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetAll decked in H&M sportswear for the VOGA event! 

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Here’s the promotional insta-video I did with H&M a month ago, and check out the behind the scenes here!

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Being in the Now

By July 24, 2014 Life
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Hello everyone! I hope that the summer has been treating everyone well! For me, the summer holidays is really flying by very quickly – I can’t quite believe that school is starting in around 3 weeks’ time. And it will be my final year in university, which sounds really crazy.

As you can see, I haven’t been very consistent with updating this space on a regular basis. I have been doing pretty well on Instagram though! It’s funny how when it comes to managing Tumblr, Instagram, and this website, there’s definitely one platform that will be somehow neglected. However, I do promise that I have a couple of yoga guides in the works for you all. So if there’s something that you would like to see, feel free to comment below and I’ll definitely take that into account.

I have been kept sufficiently busy and rather fulfilled during this summer holidays, being involved in various projects and busy with keeping up with a daily practice. It is a lot of work to keep up with social media sometimes. For a few weeks, I spend my entire morning at my yoga studio doing 2 classes a day, and then scramble to shoot for some side projects for the website and keeping up with yoga challenges, and then I also have school commitments, on top of wanting some time to myself to stay sane and to spend time with my loved ones. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. But most of the time I am grateful for being able to do the things I love. I’m not complaining about being busy! I think the most important lesson I’ve learnt from 2014 is that it is a blessing to be busy with the things you truly love.

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Recently there has been a lot of negative news on the media. My Facebook feed is practically flooded with negative news and tragedies. Sometimes it is hard to stay optimistic when the world seems to be shrouded in all these negativity. But it is just an added reminder when I wake up every morning to be thankful and to seize the day, to enjoy what I do and to be thankful for the good health that I am blessed with to do what I want.

With the brand new school term looming around the corner, my daily intention has been to stay in the Now. School is always a source of stress and anxiety for me, with the workload and with the human drama, but recently I have been very much at peace with myself. I truly am enjoying every single day, taking it as it comes, and simply staying in the present.

So, if things get a little overwhelming for you, just stop. Stop and breathe and focus on the now. Remember to pamper yourself. Do something you love. Eat something you’ve been craving for. Because you always deserve to do the things you love and enjoy the good things in life.

And this has been a little update from me! I hope everything has been going well with you guys. Feel free to hit me up on Tumblr or comment below, would love to hear from you guys!

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