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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 WellnessBEING 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.

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Be.Live Yin yoga retreat

Danang Yin retreat 2018

Are you missing your yoga retreat getaways…where you just relax, chill, eat, & yoga…

Join me on a 5D4N Yin Mindfulness retreat to Danang, Vietnam with good food and company. Did I forget rejuvenating Yin yoga sessions too?

Tentative Programme (subjected to change):

5 September (WED)
2pm: Check in to Furama Redort Danang / Rest and Relax
6pm – 9pm: Welcome Dinner

6 September (THU)
7am – 8.30am: Be.Live Yoga Morning practice @ Villa
8.30am: Breakfast
10am: Visit to Hoi An, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6pm: Dinner (own) @Hoi An
9pm: Back to hotel

7 September (FRI)
7am-8.30am: Be.Live Yoga Morning practice @ Villa
8.30am: Breakfast
10am – 12pm: Massage + Relax at the resort
12pm – 2pm: Lunch @ Café Indocine, Furama Danang Resort
3pm – 5pm: Be.Live Workshop @ Villa
6pm: Dinner (own) @Danang Town
8.30pm-10.30pm: Be.Live Evening practice + meditation @ Villa

8 September (SAT)
7am-8.30am: Be.Live Yoga Morning practice @ Villa
8.30am: Breakfast
10am: [Optional] Day trip to Linh Ung Pagoda: Temple of Lady Buddha & Marble mountain – $30 per pax
12pm: Lunch (own) @ Han/Com Market
6pm: Free & Easy Dinner (own)
8.30pm -10.30pm: Be.Live Evening practice + meditation

9 September (SUN)
7am – 8.30am: Be.Live Morning practice @ Villa
8.35am: Breakfast
11am: Check out – Bon Voyage to Singapore

Early Bird rate ends 30 June 2018. For more details and sign up here.

Be.Live charity event with Red Cross Home of the Disabled (20 May 2018)

A shopping trip to a shopping mall may be something we do often. However, this is a rare opportunity for the residents from the Red Cross Home of the Disabled to visit a mall. We brought 14 residents to Giant@Vivocity to experience shopping.

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Briefing all volunteers before we meet the residents.

A really fun shopping trip for them and we had lunch overlooking Sentosa island.

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The rain didn’t dampen our mood… The volunteers went all out to ensure that the residents stay dry despite the heavy downpour.

Belive Charity event posterFrom the bottom of my heart, a BIG thankful to the volunteers for spending their Sunday morning with us. Without which, this charity event will not be possible. Special thanks also goes to Wee Yeap (Lovepal Café) for all the coordination work with RCHD.

 

Be.Live Charity class in the Forest

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exhale studio is one of rare Forest Yoga studios in town. The owner Tan Ming Li set up the studio with a mission to ignite the hearts of people as they trudge through the physical & emotional challenges locked in their bodies. With the breakthrough & release comes an ineffable freedom like never before, empowering them to live their life’s purpose.

On 1 May, exhale organized a a day of charity of community classes, where all proceeds go towards the Penguin Village – funding yoga for kids with special needs.

I am honoured to be invited to lead a class of Yin Mindfulness class for this meaningful cause. Its truly amazing to see a full class of beautiful souls practising under the huge oak tree.

My heart is filled with love and gratitude at the end of the 75 min class.

With love, Namaste.

Yin Mindfulness Yoga @ Young Living

Digestive problems are one of the common health issues faced by many people these days. If face any stomach discomfort including bloating & gas, frequent diarrhea or constipation, growling stomach or belly pain, these are symptoms of an unhealthy gut.

I led a calming and meditative Yin Mindfulness Yoga class at Young Living on 17 April 2018. YL essential oils were infused into the poses to promote a healthy digestive systems. The essential oils used tonight are

  1. Frankincense,
  2. Digize,
  3. Peppermint,
  4. Copaiba, and
  5. Stress Away.

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Do drop me a note if you are interested to learn about how essential oils can be infused into your yoga practice.

那一方濡养人心的净土

瑜伽的种类不计其数,当今热门的都是多动多汗,体式复杂多变的类别。我想这恰好满足了现代人的心理状态:求新求变、崇尚速效、渴望完美;对照着现代社会的外在环境:推陈出新、追求效率、竞争比较,恰恰如出一辙。用着如此的态度练习瑜伽,她无形中被视为一种寻求肯定的途径,紧绷的情绪不但没有透过练习瑜珈获得缓解,反而因为肢体不能达到预期的顶峰体式而感到沮丧烦躁,甚至因此质疑自己的不足。

正念阴瑜伽像股清流,有如喧哗闹市中一方濡养人心的静土。当我们缓下脚步,把专注力放在一吸一呼之间,思绪开始慢慢沉淀,内在的觉知由衷而生。我常把正念阴瑜伽比喻为一种自我沟通的练习。在每个静态的体式里,她让我们看清自己可爱的、有局限的、不完美的内心与躯体。正念让我们懂得聆听,也教会了我们怎么在不批判自己的当下更爱自己。我们不因自己的不足而感到羞愧,反而学习自我接纳与包容,并活出不完美中完美的自己。

现在大家都在谈“养身”,而我认为养身的本旨是从“养心”开始。正念阴瑜伽可贵的是她不仅养身,还能滋养我们那颗心。从中修得心安则不妄,心静则生慧。希望借此机会与各位正念阴瑜伽的爱好者共勉之。

Be.Live Yin Mindfulness Yoga classes

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Namaste.

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BE well|LIVE well (also known as Be.LIVE) was conceptualized 7 months ago to bring greater awareness to an added dimension of WellnessBEING well. I firmly believe that Wellness, in its sustainable form goes beyond mere actions. We need to 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. Its only when we are aware of our current state of mind and body, we derive greater joy and sustainability to achieve the holistic wellness that we desire.

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To support my commitment to “being well”, I started this journey by offering a series of active yoga classes. The class type eventually evolved into a quieter form – Yin Mindfulness Yoga. Yin Mindfulness Yoga is a secular and an introspective practice that offers us a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet centre that is innate in all of us.

“Yin Yoga is a practice in stillness, patience, and non-reactivity. Through yin yoga we become adept at self-care. We become better listeners with practice tuning in; we become wiser as we get to know ourselves from the inside out; and we become more curious about the world through the exploration of our own inner worlds.” – Yoga Journal

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As the year draws to an end, allow me to express my deepest appreciation for sharing your time and energy with me on the yoga mat.

With your support and contribution, $700 was raised from all the Be.Live yoga classes after factoring in the rental cost.

A portion of the fund ($450) was used to organise the first Be.Live Charity Bazaar at Brighthill Evergreen Home on 21 October 2017 (https://bewelllivewellsite.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/be-live-community-bazaar-bheh/). On behalf of everyone, I have made a $150 donation to Steptember Challenge, a fund raising event for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (https://www.steptember.sg/) and $100 donation to help organize the “Café Lunch for Elderly” at Love Pal Café. (https://www.facebook.com/LovePalClub/posts/936221039869496)

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To continue my vision of doing good through yoga, I sincerely look forward to your continued support and encouragement in 2018.

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