What is wellness?
Wellness is traditionally viewed as freedom from diseases; thus if you are not sick, you are considered healthy. However, this perspective on wellness is evolving with time. No doubt that being absence from diseases is a integral part of wellness, its not all. According to the World Health Organisation, wellness is “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
BE well|LIVE well
BE well|LIVE well (also known as Be.LIVE) is a site dedicated to more than just LIVING well, it hopes to bring our attention to an added dimension of Wellness – BEING well.
Most people approach wellness through our actions, what I term as “doing” – eating right, sleeping well, exercising regularly, controlling risk factors like smoking and alcohol consumption, etc. Of course, these responsible actions play a critical role in wellness. However, I am sure you heard how friends around you complain about the agony they have to endure in order to sustain THAT healthy lifestyle. And, very soon… KAPUT!… its back to the same old self again.
Wellness, in its sustainable form goes beyond mere actions. We turn inward and seek wellness from within. We channel our awareness inwards, be at ease with our physical and emotional self; be connected with our intention and purpose; and simply be in bliss with our breath, body and soul. Being in a state of awareness of our current state of mind and body, we derive greater joy and sustainability to achieve the holistic wellness that we desire.
Breathe: Spreading Love through Yin Yoga
This is the second time we hold a fundraising event “Breathe: Spreading Love through Yin Yoga” for the Parkinson Society Singapore. Coincidentally, it falls on the same weekend as the International Yoga Day, which makes it even more meaningful.
We kick off our fundraising event with an introduction and sharing by Neo Siew Hiong, the Centre Manager of the society. Do you know parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects between 6,000 to 8,000 people in Singapore. While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger.
Love gathered us together. With love, we see beyond differences that separate us from others. Without which, even the tiniest disagreement can turn into a full scale war. In a yin practice, we learn to embrace the discomfort that arose from the poses. We cultivate equanimity by allowing the breath to soothe our mind. We start to appreciate that pleasure and pain may be part and parcel of life, but happiness and sufferings are outcomes of choices we make.
A big thank you to the Yinsters who joined us that afternoon. I felt so much love when we sang the Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu mantra together at the end of the practice.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a Sanskrit mantra which means:
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
We’re in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia this week for a yoga retreat! The day begins early with an energetic morning yoga session, followed by a hearty breakfast and then some sightseeing before returning to the resort for an evening yin yoga practice.
The team of 16 Yinsters dedicated time for self-care, which is a great way to recharge our body, mind and soul. I am so honoured to share my love of Yin yoga with this group who is always ready to learn more.
Together as one, we created a community of love and compassion.
We had our second shopping trip with the residents from the Red Cross Home of the Disabled on 13 April 2019. A shopping trip to a shopping mall may be something we do weekly, but this is extremely rare for the residents. When we knew that the last time they visited a mall was a year ago when we brought them out, I know we have to do this again.
It took us quite a while to find a suitable shopping mall. The hypermart we went last year has closed down and it didn’t help when many malls we visited are not wheelchair friendly. Either the lanes are too narrow or there are steps. So thankful to have found Giant@IMM – really huge and spacious, with plenty of rooms to wheel the residents around.
After shopping at Giant hypermart, the residents get to explore IMM before they have lunch at Kopitiam foodcourt.
Kudos to all volunteers who contributed time and love to the residents from RCHD, without which this shopping trip wouldn’t have been possible. You know that you have made their day when there is endless chatters and laughters throughout the entire trip. The excitement that lit their faces is priceless when they got wheeled them around the hypermart.
Each resident is unique. One likes to draw and spent a long time at the stationery section. Another loves oranges, the volunteer got her laughing by placing 10 tangerines into her shopping basket (of cos we took out some at the cashier). Another only wants a watch – the volunteer got him one from Daiso and he was really proud of it… the list goes on..
Thank you Wee Yeap for liaising with the home and Wei Kai for designing the publicity poster.
“Together as one, we create love and greatness”.
The Be.Live Practice 「阴瑜伽中文班」
中医注重养身，但贵在治未病 – ”上医治未病，中医治欲病，下医治已病”。在中医理论里，养身得先养心，不要茫然吃补。“下士养身，中士养气，上士养心”。心为一身之君主，藏神。静得下这颗心，便可豁达，无惑即安和。少了情志上的困惑，一半的病都能引刃而解。
The Be.Live Practice 的初衷是把阴瑜伽推广至不同年龄群体，以个体化的教学方式尽量让每人人收益 – 所以不怕难或做不到。
Bryan Ng of The PainFree Clinic – Osteopath Singapore conducted a Hip Anatomy & Yin Yoga workshop at The Be.Live Practice on 17 March 2019. He covered the anatomy of the hip, skeletal variations, function of the joint segment, and the implications of this functionality for our yoga practice. Students got to explore the range of motion of their hips and explore the implications of these skeletal variations in various yin poses.
At The Be.Live Practice, we aspire to bring yoga to a wider community regardless of age, gender and physical limitations. With a better understanding of their body structure, we can better embrace our limitations, listen to our body and love the body that is uniquely ours.
We thank everyone who woke up early and made it to class. We hope you had a fulfilling and enjoyable time 😁. We will run a second workshop with Bryan in September on “Spine Anatomy & Yin Yoga”.
Do follow us on facebook if you would like more updates on this series of workshops.
The Be.Live Practice and Cheen (now your mind) held a workshop on 9 December 2018 to share the basics, benefits and science about Mindfulness Meditation and Yin Yoga, as well as to share technique to improve awareness of our mind and body, and to unwind tensions held in the body.
Mindfulness Meditation and Yin Yoga share a common approach to explore and experience the whole body, regardless of physical condition or level of fitness. With regular personal practice, we will develop deeper awareness and sensitivity to our bodies, working at limits of what we can do at any given moment.
MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. … As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker. And as the “fight and flight” center starts to shrink, we switch on the “rest and digest” (aka parasympathetic nervous system)mode.
Gayatri Mantra 🕯
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
Gayatri Mantra is about bringing light into the mind to dispel darkness, which is to say negative energy fields and unconscious patterns. Light is a metaphor for awareness and shining light (awareness) on the darkness (unconscious patterns and things that hold us back in life) is the intention of Meditation.
The Be.Live Practice celebrated Diwali with a special Candlelight Yin class. Apart from our usual yin yoga practice, Jensen introduced Nada (sound) yoga. Sound is a powerful healing force. It can remove blockages in our energy system and bring us back to balance. We ended the evening with a wonderful spread of food and laughter 😁.
For those of you who took time to spend your precious public holiday to join us today, thank you! ❤️🙏🏻