Featured, Yinspirations

The Importance of Optimism

September 22, 2014
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Hello everyone! How’s Monday treating you so far? Awesome? Bleurgh? Whichever the case, I hope you’re still smiling regardless! That almost always makes things a whole lot better. <:

For this week’s inspiration, I would like to share with you the importance of optimism! Personally, I can’t help but snicker at the fact that I’m actually talking about this, because I am definitely not the most optimistic person around here. In fact, I worry so much. My boyfriend calls me a “worrier”, and sometimes I stress myself out so much too. But, I’m definitely learning to be better at this.

The past few weeks in school have been intense, and it’s only going to get worse. Last week was definitely a test of my perseverance, but despite the rough week, I was trying really hard to be optimistic. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would realise that I have been posting a couple of quotes to start off the day. It’s not just to inspire those who come across the post, but also to inspire myself.

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Life is more often than not a mental game. It’s normally pretty much how we make it out to be. I can’t really change the fact that school is going to be intense and stressful, so much so that I have to skip yoga classes to get my work done. But, I can make it better by not freaking out and stressing out. Sometimes I still lapse into old habits, but I think I’m dealing with stress a lot better now. It’s always a work in progress! Mentally, it’s like bringing my yoga practice out of the mat and into the classroom.

So, no matter how stressful things may be, or how grim things may look, you can make things a teeny weeny bit better by smiling and encouraging yourself. Positive self-talk is very important. You only have yourself, and if you can’t encourage yourself, nothing else will. <:

Regardless, I hope you have a good week ahead! If things are pretty crazy, remember, this too shall pass.

Take care! <3

(And by the way, there are a couple of exciting things coming up on this blog, so keep your eyes peeled for this space! <:)

Featured, Features

Feature: Colour Pop with GingerActivO

September 20, 2014
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This post is courtesy of GingerActivO

Summer is over and as the rest of the world enters the fall season, it seems like Singapore has only gotten hotter and more humid. Being the total summer girl that I am, I am really not complaining though! I always prefer the sunshine – it just seems a little more acceptable to be donned in pastel and bright colours.

Speaking of which, I am really in love with my first pair of Liquido Active leggings! The bright colours and swirls never fails to brighten up my yoga practice, even if I am in a gloomy mood. I got these leggings from GingerActivO, a Hong Kong-based yoga and fitness apparel retailer that seeks to bring some style and fashion to both Hong Kong and Singaporean fitness girls. Not only do they carry Liquido Active, they also carry Dharma Bums and Tonic as well. Furthermore, shipping is free within Hong Kong and even Singapore, so that’s a great reason to cheer!

I went through the entire shopping process with GingerActivO, and I must say that the process is easy, fuss-free, and most importantly, shipping is quick even though they are based in Hong Kong. I placed my order on Thursday, and I received my leggings on Tuesday. So that’s pretty awesome! In fact, I don’t think I actually receive my purchase that fast even when I shop in Singapore, so that says a lot about GingerActivO’s efficiency.

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I also really love the layout of the website. The photos are beautiful and it really accentuates the beauty of these sports apparel. To me, a great website design is definitely a huge plus point. Navigation through the website is very intuitive, so you won’t get lost while trying to look through the products.

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And of course, I am very happy with my purchase! These leggings are super comfortable, stretchy, and most importantly, it is very flattering. I am for sure going to wear this to my yoga practice very often now!

Do check out GingerActivO’s website, Facebook page, and Instagram account, and you might find something that you like there!

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!