Living with scoliosis means that I can never forget my asana practice, my spine will remind me what I need to do to stay comfortable. Combining insights from physiotherapy and classic hatha yoga, this dynamic sequence moving from Trikonasana to Utthita Parsvakonasana gives opportunity to move from ankle, knee, hip, through the spinal column up to the neck. Using the drishti, allowing the eyes to follow the moving hand will both mobilize the neck and add a slight challenge for your balance. The circular patterns of the shoulder guides the spine into axial extension and rotation in an undulating lubricating fashion. Coming back to symmetry between asana is key to sense their effect. A sense of stable expansion, of warmth spreading from the hips and shoulder joints, was my reward today.
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Here's one of the most important, and one of my favourite Yoga Sutras. Sthira Sukham Asanam tells us how yoga asana should be performed - with a sense of steadiness and ease. ⠀
⠀This means we are always aiming to find a steadiness in each pose - an ability to hold the posture without overworking and to reach a point where each pose feels easeful in body and mind. ⠀
⠀And how do we know if it feels steady and easeful? Through the quality of our breath! If our breath feels laboured and challenging - that's a sign to pull back a little and to re-connect with slow and steady breathing. ⠀
⠀We work on this philosophy a lot here at SAMA and so it's the perfect opportunity to remind you that Term 3 starts tomorrow!!! Woohoo! Not too late to come and join us - link in our bio to check out our weekly timetable and book yourself a spot! ⠀
⠀See you on the mat tomorrow folks! 🤸🏼♀️🙏🏻🤸🏼♀️
My struggle is mine. Designed for me. Created to make me see my deficits, uncover my holes, recognize where I am uncomfortable. It is then my responsibility to fix my deficits, fill my holes and seek comfort. My struggles may be easy for others, or incredibly daunting, but that is why they are mine.
We each have our own. We are all given what we can individually learn from. If we don’t learn, you better believe we will get hit again and again until we do.
Santosha, the niyama which means practice of complete contentment. Filling holes and finding comfort amidst struggles. Also... the hardest part... not wishing for other’s struggles or lives that appear “easier.”
Sitting down with my favourite book, made even more special with a simple signature...
This past week away was a wonderful reminder of the importance of Sangha, knowing your own truth & living YOUR yoga.
// “Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.”
- Donna Farhi
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I hope your #yoga practice this week has given you the strength and peace to carry you through the week, and helped you to improve your life and those around you. Thank you for practicing with us dear #yocohana ❤️
Guysss, have you booked your yoga mats yet?!
Drag your yoga kakis to the Singapore Yoga Festival next weekend!
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Mass Yoga workout at $10 and workshops $5 only. DM me to book your mats as they are going fast. Check out the amazing sponsors! I am going just for the goodie bag! 🤣
Sphinx is a great counterpose to all the sitting/working/traveling/driving and exercising/exploring/running/cycling/swimming/carrying children a lot of us do....if you find yourself binging on Netflix ever, give it a go for 3-6 minutes with the effort of 4-7 on scale of 1-10 (1 being “I could fall asleep” and 10 being “I can’t breathe, it’s so intense”). .
Come to our unseated chill classes “YIN” at @powerofyourom - Sundays 6pm, Tuesday’s/Thursday’s 7:30pm, Monday/Wednesday 10:30am.
I have 8 new scars, 4 new tattoos.
I have been poked 54 times in the last year and I’m still afraid of needles.
I can only swallow 1 pill at a time and I usually need a cracker or an Oreo.
I have 3 doctors that say I’m their favorite patient, I believe each of them.
I have cried every day for 421 days in a row, tears of sadness, fear and even joy.
Saucha- a niyama that means the practice of cleanliness in the mind, body and spirit.
Nothing cleans and clears like the vulnerability of tears. Saucha.
A week of recovery, and I remain full of gratitude and determination! Please come walk with me, every morning around 9:30 though Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. It is a complete yoga practice! Intention setting, pranayama, balances, stretching, getting in touch with nature. While I miss inversions and deeper spinal movement, I have finally found a place of contentment and am accepting and pleasantly surprised by all that is available right now. Join me! #yoga#awalkinthepark#santosha#sthirasukhamasanam#spinalsurgery#healing
“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” 🙏🏼The Buddha 🌅 Celebrating life and precious loves in a more conscious way than ever this summer🌞☮️🕊Too much sadness, loves lost and life slipped away culminating in a perfectly devastating storm in 2017⛈⚡️🌈💫Cherishing the simplest moments with the kittens, beaming into my heart their lightness of being and steadiness after such a traumatic start in life🌻Immersing myself in nature’s magnificence, charming gardens of my coastal town 🌊 Cultivating my own small garden with more care than ever before🌿planted for the first time blue morning glories in memory of my paternal grandmother I loved so deeply who passed away in 1981 💙 Mistakenly bought a potted eggplant at the farmer’s market and delighting in it anyway as the first fruits appeared 🍆 can’t wait to surprise gift them to my chef neighbors at harvest👌Savoring the fresh strawberries of the season 🍓Reigniting my passions and career trajectory to inspire and be inspired with greater focus and appreciation going forward💥🌟Treasuring more than ever my closest soul relationships with friends who’ve become my family over decades together⏳💎 Enjoying refreshing new friendships and alliances surely showing up as true soul connections for a new era 🕊Forgiving myself and others for all past misunderstandings, disappointments, broken promises and betrayals 😑 Honoring myself with more clarity and conviction than ever about what’s acceptable and allowed in every aspect of my life 👁 Intently deepening compassion in every possible way~ Ahimsa 🦋 Letting go of all resistance, revealing greater flexibility in yoga and reflecting far beyond my studio practice🧘♀️Quieting the constant chatter of my brain on overdrive, and reveling in the stillness 🕉 Smiling and laughing more at myself, to myself, with others 😂 Opening, sharing and engaging more in community 🌎Nurturing with the purest love Sukha & Sthira 😻☯️😻 Honoring the gift and deep meaning of Namaste and her eternal presence V.Namaste Mim 🙏🏼👼💫 Grateful 💌
Today was a day of procrastination 🙈🙉🙊The weather is really hot here in the north and I have had a really lethargic feeling since yesterday. My body has been slow and sleepy. I did not feel like doing my practice.
But I did it anyway - and it went well. I now feel clear, awake and vital again ⭐️
This is not a post to brag about my determination or willpower (I will leave that for a another post 🤩✌️) this post is about reminding us how the mind sometimes play us trics, how things may seem scary, difficult or even impossible. That the hill is too steep or the weather is too hot.. etc.
Today I got reminded to just keep moving. We never know what is around the next corner - only by going there will we find out. And usually reality is less scary than the imagination.
Happy exploring ⭐️
#Exeter#Yoga#Acroyoga - Continuing from yesterdays exploration into moving through each moment with relaxed ease and awareness, I find this pose an excellent demonstration of exacting that - finding sthira sukam asanam (steady comfortable ease) within action - and this is how I vow to move through the day. The pose is called a #LiftedBaddhaKonasana It's from therapeutic acroyoga and these ladies are showing it with ease and grace (no tags here as both ladies will be sharing this pose along with other views of it in their own personal instagram newsfeeds soon!!) ✨
What is your favourite way to relax? What helps you to move with ease through the ups and downs of each day?
'Life isn’t easy. It’s up and down and all around. If our expectation of peace is that it’s a day at the beach, we’ll always be disappointed. Instead, expect life to be what it is: a constant learning lesson—to be lived in a way that’s of benefit to all.'⠀
Some days you just have to #chillax ❤️🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 Wednesdays are my weekend and today I’m grateful for space to rest, relax and rejuvenate especially as this weekend will be quite full working three days at the Devon Yoga Festival. However, rest days do NOT mean just sitting on my arse. As a necessity, rest days must include housework (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc), music practice (next gig is this Sunday night in Exmouth) and, of course, the usual yoga practice, study and admin for ongoing classes, workshops and retreats. As we can’t always completely drop our priorities and responsibilities to run off on vacation, we can take little cat naps and mini home holiday moments to put our feet up and breath deep. The rest comes by sinking into each day just as we sink into each yoga pose when we practice - e.g. with sthira sukham asanam - steady, comfortable, ease. .
🌟 What are your favourites ways to refresh yourself while moving through the day???? 🌟
(Swipe left to see the many funny faces of Maya the cat 🐱 👉➡️)
I woke up to this joyful scene this morning 😹 made my heart sing 🎶 with happiness & gratitude to everyone involved in bringing these precious babes into my life 🙏🏼 Vastly different from exactly 1 year ago today when my heart was breaking 💔💔💔 as I raced my suddenly gravely ill V.Namaste Mim to the vet and sat with her sobbing in the parking lot waiting for the hospital to open. I had no idea at the time, she would pass away two days later. The pain of losing her last summer was the most gut wrenching feeling I’ve EVER experienced ~ literally. I thought I was dying. Through the months that followed I weeped uncontrollably at varying intervals on a daily basis while still maintaining a semblance of normalcy with work and everyday life. I realized recently, the most precious blessing she gave me besides the JOY of loving her so much, was that her death excavated from deep within me ALL the pains of loss I ever felt throughout my life. I had no idea I still held so much heartbreak inside my body but, that is the stuff that creates dis-ease. My beloved VNM gave me the ultimate gift of love by being the very catalyst that released ALL these bottled up emotions to enable me to live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life. I carry her in my heart and I know she 👼 is right here with Sukha, Sthira and I, every moment of every day. Thank you for allowing us to share this beautiful love with all of you. We feel with you all your heartbreaks and joys, and hope in some small way we do help to instill calm and peace to your lives 🕊May you be happy✨May you be free 💙🙏🏼🌟✨💫
Did you know that within the yogic texts there are relatively few mentions of Asana, and none of them giving any specific description of what a physical pose should look like? One of my favorites sutras, “Sthira Sukham Asana,” says that Asana is a steady, comfortable pace. It describes the rhythm, the sustainability, of Asana, not the appearance. We’ve fooled ourselves into an obsession with the poses, in contorting and warping our bodies into shapes that are possible but not actually beneficial on any level aside from appeasing the ego. And we excuse this by saying we need to get into the body to get into the mind, but create instead a westernized, bastardized version of the practice. I am as guilty of this as the average practitioner or teacher. How many of us have taught or believed that the purpose of this practice is to yoke the body and the mind together, and that that is why Asana is so important and powerful and important and worth so much of our time on our mats? The true purpose of this practice is to create expansion, to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. We’ve been fooling ourselves with the distraction of Asana, for it’s not the movement of the body that is going to bring us insight or reconnect us home; in fact, that is the long way back. It’s finding the spaces, on the mat, but, more importantly, off of it, that create expansion within you and the present moment, and being there, cultivating it, bearing witness to it and rising as a warrior through it that create an actual practice. The poses are a pleasant indulgence, but certainly not the source of our power and can, in fact, blind us to our true purpose if we aren’t careful. Seek to move less and be more, as transformation runs deep and quiet within.
Took a flying visit over to Sydney last week and managed to fit in a little bit of yoga! Here's me and my buddy Shiva, feeling hot and sweaty after an awesome class over at @powerlivingmanly. Worked my posterior chain like no-one's business! Thanks for a great practice guys 🙏🏻
Day 1_Tree pose 🧘🏻♀️
the most iconic pose in yoga is #treepose , yeaaah..instagramable! and maybe people will instantly think you do yoga in your life if you post it with a beautiful scenery background. especially with the silhouette when sunset or sunrise. Looks simple right!?, can you do it with sthira sukham ashanam?
I accept the challenge from @getstretchy and @actionjacquelyn by doing the basic poses for 7days and I will do with sthira sukham asanam. Hope my picts can represent the meaning of #sthirasukhamasanam .
Sthira : steady/ stable/ grounded
Sukham : happy/ comfortable/ easy
Asanam : asana/ pose
And also from the video we’ll receive for 7days, we can learn common mistakes when we doing the poses 😊
So let’s improve your practice with simply basic pose for 7 days and you’ll amaze with your body, mind, and heart! ———
Every day you will receive a FREE yoga training video to your inbox that focuses on one yoga pose at a time, and in the video I will cover:
1. ✅ How to assess your body in the pose
2. ✅ Learn common mistakes so you can avoid doing them
3. ✅ 2 Stretches you can do to improve the pose
4. ✅ Make the pose work for your body by learning strategies to modify the pose
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Enter your name and email address here (Link in bio) 👉🏼 https://www.actionjacquelyn.com/get-stretchy-challenge
2. Like this pic and comment “I’m in!”.
3. Regram this pic!
4. Follow @actionjacquelyn and @getstretchy
5. Post a pic of you doing the poses for all 7 days of the challenge and use #getstretchyeveryday to be eligible to win prizes.
1️⃣st Place Winner: @fitbit ($199 Value)
2️⃣nd Place Winner: @aloyoga Warrior Mat ($99 value)
3️⃣rd Place Winner: @empactbars Protein Bars ($75 Value)
We begin July 16, and I’ll announce 3 random winners on July 23. You can be from any country and any age. Let’s #getstretchy#getstretchychallenge#treepose#treeposevariation#yoga#yogachallenge#yogaeverydamnday#yogaeverywhere#fitgirl#fitnessmotivation#healthylifestyle#yogagirl#bwphotography#blackandwhitephotography
Ahí va mi aportación a #ViernesdeInvertidas de esta semana... La foto no es de hoy, es del Día Internacional del Yoga, pero si es de una de las posturas invertidas que he practicado hoy: sirsanana. Llevo poco practicando invertidas, aunque estoy muy enganchada a ellas 🤪, y sirsasana es la primera que conseguí hacer, y que practico casi a diario... muy especialmente en los días cercanos a mi ovulación y menstruación. Soy una sufridora inveterada de jaquecas , y en esos días en que toda la energía -y la sangre- está en la parte más baja de mi cuerpo, necesito llevar sangre y oxígeno a la cabeza.. Desde que lo hago, esos dolores son menos intensos y también menos frecuentes... No sé qué dirían de esto los antiguos yoguis, pero esa es mi experiencia 🤷♀️☺️
Come Join me today @ 4:30pm For Slow Flow ! We are going to be using Props & Going Over The Balance Between Steadiness & Ease-fulness ! Summer heat can add to Some of Our “Pushing Patterns” & That Can Take Away From That Balance. It is important to remember “To Be Joyous “ during Practice !
Sthira sukha asanam | sutra 2.46
The description of asana offered in Patanjali’s yoga sutras is that asana should be stable and easy, strong and comfortable. All at the same time.
When I read this sutra, it seems to say that yoga (and life) asks us to be comfortable with discomfort, to be a balance of two seemingly oppositional things. I struggle with experiencing conflicting emotions, with reacting and letting go, with trusting myself and pushing deeper. But that’s why I practice—both on and off the mat. Breathing, moving, softening, building up strength, drawing in, and trying new things. And doing warrior 2, even in my pjs.
Come try something new tonight, I’ll be teaching beginner flow at 8:30pm @blackswanyogadallas and would love to see you there!
Pequeño entrenamiento como preparatorio para la mejor practica de invertidas, como en este caso que simplemente me he quedado en #ardhasirsasana .
Son pequeños tips que me enseñó la pequeña gran @aidaventure. Aqui sólo muestro esto pero sin duda ese taller me enseñó bastante sobre la correcta alineación, para la correcta práctica de todas las invertidas ▶️Son āsanas tremendamente reconfortantes una vez que les coges el punto justo de equilibrio y fuerza, volvemos de nuevo al equilibrio entre #sthirasukhamasanam fuerza y equilibrio a partes iguales. ▶️Vencer el miedo a caer, como en la vida. Si te quedas atrapado por tus miedos estos te impedirán crecer y evolucionar, hacia aquello que deseas, o hacia aquello que desconoces pero qie no por ello será peor que lo ya conocido. ▶️Te animo a que intentes hacer aquel pensamiento loco que a veces ronda por tu cabeza.
Namastē 🙏🕉 #yoga#yogaflow#yogainthemorning#mimomentodeldia#yogini#amorporelyoga#ardhasirsasana#asanasinvertidas#entrenamiento
// Friends and fellow Yogis,
The final event schedule is out.
Come join in the fun!
DM me to book your mats for the cool workshops (only $5) and Mass Yoga Workout event ($10). Or RSVP to: os@singaporeyogasportsfederation@org
Master Dev Kapil from OWFC and Tatva Yoga will be conducting a 'Mass Yoga Workout 2018' on this coming 29th July 2018.
Date: 29 July, Sunday
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Address: The House of Tan Yeok Nee
207 Clemenceau Avenue
Fees: $10.00 / pax
Kindly note that each mass workout participant will receive a goodie bag.
Please kindly bring your own mat for the workout!
There are many interesting workshops conducted during the whole festival on 28 & 29 July. Registration is only at $5 per person. Register early!
You may email to: email@example.com for registration or alternatively you may come down to One Wellness Fitness Club for registration for (cash payment only).
🍃🍃"To master yoga, you must BALANCE the energies and forces throughout the body." B.K.S. Iyengar 🍃🍃When moving into a posture, what I like to do is scan my body for "unnecessary tension, inefficient energy usage". Where can I let go? Where do I need to be holding on? How far do I need to go? When should I back off? Because every posture is different, because every day is different, this is something I have to continually ask myself. When I don't, I find myself falling into habitual patterns, which over time, create imbalances. I've noticed that imbalances and how they reveal themselves are not always direct. For example, sometimes an imbalanced practice reveals itself as burn out.... I'm no longer enjoying my practice but don't know exactly why? Sometimes it can reveal itself as constant muscle soreness. Sometimes it can reveal itself as laziness, lethargy. Repetitive stress injury or direct injury are more obvious signs of an imbalanced practice. It's easy to be extreme. SO when finding balance, I have to make sure I'm not just moving from one extreme to the other. With patience and awareness, taking away or adding to until it FEELS just right. #balance#goldilocks#vasisthasana#sthirasukhamasanam