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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”.

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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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Pink Night Yin Yoga

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October is Singapore’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer is the #1 cancer killer of Singaporean women and in the latest cancer registry report released in 2017, it was estimated that 1 in 14 women in Singapore will develop the condition before the age of 75. The Be.Live Practice dedicated our last practice in October (earlier this evening) to all courageous women whom have fought this cancer and to their family members and friends for their love and care.

For all yinsters who joined us earlier today, thank you for your support and love 😍.

Myofascial Release and Yin Yoga workshop

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We are really grateful to have all mats filled this morning for the workshop. I am glad to have the opportunity to share my knowledge on fascia with a group of very receptive participants. We talked about how we can leverage on the principles of Yin Yoga and myofascial therapy balls to better release the tight knots in our body.

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We learn about how we can further tap into our breath to deepen our body awareness and thus we get more sensitive to our physical sensations.

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We continue to learn more about the construct of fascia, fuzz and adhesions.

We get moving to work those tight knots in our body.

One of our regular Yinsters, Sally surprised us with her home-baked Banana & Walnut cake ❤️, and we are all hungry for the baked cookies and cake by @joyeusteaaffairs, served with jujube & rose tea after the workshop.

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See you on the mat on our next workshop in December.

Breathe: Spreading Love through Yin Yoga

A Be.Live fundraising initiative for the Parkinson Society Singapore (PSS).

It was a day filled with love, compassion and humility. More than 30 people turned up that beautiful morning, to practice and to give. We are also very glad to have PSS centre manager (Siew Hiong) come share about the society with the participants. It was humbling to hear what the centre does to educate the public, and to support the patients suffering from Parkinson Disorder.

At the start of the class, I shared a personal story to set the intention for the class:

Few months back when I was assisting my teacher in a Yin yoga immersion workshop, I befriended a participant who is plagued with Parkinson Disorder for years. After the workshop, I wrote “ ….让我深深感动的是认识了班上的一位患有帕金森氏症的同学。这十年来,她坚持练习瑜伽来延缓肌肉退化。没有因为病魔而变得怨天尤人,反而成为我们班上的开心果。我们每个轻而易举的动作,对她而言是吃力的。我们简单的更换一个体式,她却要以颤抖的双手,扶着地上慢慢的移动。她没有气馁,反而有时还苦中作乐。我敬佩她的不屈服不放弃,永远抱着一颗接受自己,活出自我的精神。今天课程结束前,她以颤抖的双手拿出一个装满小饰品的袋子,贴心的送了我们每人一个,是为了答谢我们对她的帮助与耐心。顿时,我眼眶湿了。我反而要谢谢你为我上了趟宝贵的一课。你让我更懂得感恩,惜福。临别时我告诉她,「记得继续好好爱自己,我们都是不完美中的完美」”

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In this practice, we are not concerned with our physical shape in the posture. [“How low can we go?”, “How far can we stretch?”] – We set an intention to throw these questions out of our mind. Instead, we focus on our breath to get re-connected with our body. We adopt a curious attitude as we journey into body, heart and mind: “Where are the area of tightness?”, “What am I feeling now?”, “What are my thoughts?”. We being to experience a state of ease when we start to access our inner beauty, and derive strength from within.

At the end of the session, a participant who was diagnosed with PD 17 years ago, shared about her experience with Yin yoga. Her determination to practice, her internal strength to stay positive, and her jovial outlook of life is an inspiration to many in the room. When I turned to look at her husband, I see love and commitment.

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With Love. Compassion. Humility, I teach.

My heart was full that morning. I was reminded on why I choose to spread the goodness of Yin yoga. I see the rippling effect of Yoga beyond the physical domain. One that transcend beyond those funky poses that not many people can achieve in the first place.

Thank You

-Asiaworks Singapore for allowing us to use this beautiful venue. The space, the sound and the lights are simply amazing. You have provided the best for the participants that morning. –Alice Chia for linking me up with AW Singapore. –Joyeus Tea Affairs for sponsoring the delicious home-made cookies to thank all participants. –Hao Wei Kai for designing the event poster. I really appreciate how you have worked through the night before you head back to Taiwan. [I was so touched that you provided 3 different design options despite your tight schedule] -my buddy, Keith Tan for being the logistic man behind the scene. Thank you for jumping in with just a phone call. – All participants who shared the energy in the class.

Together as one, we raised $1179 for the society.

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.