~~ Hearts of Yoginis ~~ All outings with SA elderly will be temporary suspended to exercise the social distancing measures. We are now engaging the SA elderly online through the group chat. Regular online activities to encourage the elderly to exercise their cognitive skills will be conducted by yoga volunteers. Do look out in the respective yoga group chat and contribute your ideas and volunteer your service online. Thanks!
I began my yoga practice earnestly in 2003. After completing my first yoga teacher certification in 2008, I continue to learn from respectable international yoga teachers to deepen my appreciation in this ancient art. I continue to explore various form of yoga as I believe there are merits in each yoga system.
When I was in my early 30s, I was constantly suffering from physical pain which radiate from my lower back to the back of my left thigh. I discovered I have an imperfect spine. I have Spondylolisthesis, my L5 (Lumbar 5) is displaced almost 50% forward from my Sacrum which resulted in the sciatica nerve compression. Through my yoga practice, I learnt the importance of good postural alignment and more importantly asanas that help to relieve the pain.
In my past working career in the Aviation industry, I experienced regular intense and agonizing tension headaches. I discovered that calming and therapeutic asanas, as well as pranayama (regulated breathing) helped to create equilibrium in my life.
When I hit low points in life, I learnt the need to practise invigorating asanas to enliven my mood and restore my mental well-being.
In my yoga journey, I am grateful to have met many wonderful and compassionate yoga teachers. Ushaji who continuously ignite my passion through her meticulous, stringent and unyielding style of teaching. Dr Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall who passionately shared their research and teachings in Osteoporosis and Arthritis prevention through yoga.
I am also blessed to have yoga family and friends who share the same passion, walking alongside me on the same path. They are inspiring, truthful and simply wonderful beings in my life. I feel as if I am a yoga tree, germinating and waiting patiently for a full bloom to savour the fruits of the yoga.
As I continue my yoga journey, I would like to share my experiences and joy in practising yoga, to allow more to benefit and appreciate the art of yoga.
Yoga courses completed since 2008
Note: There are many other senior yoga teachers whom I have attended their workshops and benefitted through their teachings. My tribute to all who taught me and shared their insightful yoga experiences and teachings. Blessings to all!
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A fabulous time bonding with yoga friends from Singapore at a barn in Poland. After a few sessions of yoga asana classes, waking mediation into the forest, gong baths, pierogi making session and bonfire, friendships were forged and memorable experiences were firmly etched in our mind. Looking forward to the next yoga journey together.
CNY 2019 Breakfast with SA Elderly at Coastal Settlement
A meaningful CNY celebration for some yoga friends who befriended a group of SA Elderly from Tembusu Senior Activity Centre and sponsored their breakfast. They even packed auspicious bags filled with healthy products for them to bring home.
My recent winter yoga experience had been most enriching. From the mad scramble to get hold of new rupees due to the overnight rupee revolution, to the well organised and structured yoga training with Ushaji, I experienced the duality of chaos and orderly, all in Rishikesh, India. It was amazing, even the Himalayan monkey was calm and cool, not disturbed by the ongoing activities, engrossed in deep meditation. With a long break before I begin my yoga classes, I had plentiful of wonderful outdoor yoga sessions at Tarako, Taiwan. In between my trips, I even managed to go on a walking meditation along Punggol Waterway. Here is the poem which relate my experience during the walk.
In light drizzle, I began my morning walk.
The whiff of the morning dew awoke me.
The sight of the greenery delighted me.
The stillness of a butterfly suspending from the branch of a tree, captivated me.
The undisturbed fallen leaves and flowers on my path, enchanted me.
The huge lantern lookalike fruit hanging from the tree, intrigued me.
The lone mushroom sprouting from the earth, amazed me.
The gentle ripples on the surface of the lake, appeared like a big piece of glittering cover cloth with beautiful motifs.
In quietness, in solitude, I continued my walk…
Till i reached the red steel bridge.
A place is never the same even if you have visited it many times. This year, one of my greatest discovery was the glittering golden mustard field along the way to the Ashram. My senses were awaken just like in my yogaasanas practice. The impression was so lasting that I captured it as one of my self exploratory artwork. The same goes for yogasana practice. From time to time. we may repeat a pose habitually but the sensation and impression may be different, depending on the state of our mind, our body condition and the environment. Yoga practice is never mundane and routine. It is alive!
Great bonding over a day trip to Batam. Thank you for your contributions to HOY funds which is used to organise activities for the SA elderly at Tembusu Senior Activity Centre.
~ It is not the destination that matters but rather the companion of like-minded friends ~
In my recent annual yoga training in India. I decided to pick up some acrylic paint and charcoal pencils to explore my new interest in painting and drawing. The experience was refreshing and it certainly nurtured my meditative mood. When practising yoga, our mind focus on the presence. We sense the body parts that are involved in the yogasanas. Similarly, painting or drawing allows us to be more observant on the surrounding or the subject that we are working on. Our mind becomes more focus and quieter. Furthermore, it allows us to express what we see, things that we would usually take for granted.
Another great experience during this winter holiday was the self practice yoga sessions at Yggdrasiltunet. The tranquil settings and enchanting landscape brought much positive energy to my practice. I feel rejuvenated after my trip to Tromso.
The serene and peaceful settings at Golgulsa was a conducive environment to practise meditation. Also it was a rare opportunity to get up close with nature and the other living beings (squirrel, frogs and even garden snakes) which co-exist in the same place harmoniously.
A meaningful way to spend the CNY by practising sunrise yoga at the ancient temple grounds of AngKor Wat and performing karma yoga at a village farm. Thanks to all who contributed funds for us to prepare 200 goodie bags for the children. The excess funds was passed on to the pastor who managed the farm. The smiles on the faces of the children were memorable scenes from the trip.
“in this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
A wonderful bonding time with like-minded yogis over the Good Friday long weekend at Muar. We are most appreciative of Shu Xian who co-organised the trip, which allow us to enjoy such great hospitality in her hometown.