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.

那一方濡养人心的静土

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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3 Dec 2017: Stomach and Spleen meridians (脾胃经脉)

I focused on the Stomach (足阳明胃经) and Spleen (足太阴脾经) meridians in class on 3 Dec 2017. Stomach is one of the Yang organs while and Spleen is one of the Yin organ. Both organs work together in achieve harmony (阴平阳秘).

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The series of Yin postures, leading to Dragon pose aim to nourish both the meridians.

What are the benefits of working both meridians? Why do we nourish them as a pair?

1. Both organs work together in harmony to maintain a healthy digestive system in our body. This ensures that our body receives the nutrients and minerals from our food, which is the primary source for the generation of blood and energy (“qi”). 「胃主受納,脾主運化。脾胃同為後天之本、氣血生化之源」2. The uprising “qi” of the spleen, coupled with the descending “qi” of the stomach, regulates the smooth cyclic flow of “qi” in our body. 「脾胃之氣,一升一降,相協而成為人體氣機升降之樞紐。」

To further nourish the stomach, myofascial balls were also used to activate two acupressure points (天枢穴 and 梁丘穴). Both acupressure points lie along the stomach meridians which ,upon activation, releases stomach discomfort and aid digestion.

My teaching is strongly grounded on theories of Yin yoga and fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you are keen to join me in class, you can refer to my class schedule here.

Be.Live Community Bazaar @ BHEH

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We had our first Be.Live community bazaar on 21st October. I managed to gather a group of 20 volunteers through social media, who readily came forward to share their time and love with the elderly at the Brighthill Evergreen Home. We worked closely with about 5 regular volunteers and home nurses during the event.

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We started off by packing goodie bags for the elderly. Due to mobility issues, a group of elderly were not able to join the bazaar at the foyer. Thus, we decided to pack something simple for them (3-in-1 sachets, cakes, cookies, etc). The goodie bags were then specially delivered to them at their wards by the volunteers.

 

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I conducted a short briefing to all volunteers before we head out to set up the various stations before the elderly make their way to the Foyer.

 

 

The Bazaar tables are set up for the elderly to “redeem” the goodies with ice cream sticks collected from the game stalls.

The volunteers and children guided the elderly during some coordination games. The main objective is for us to interact with them and also to get them move their limbs in the games. They collected ice cream sticks in the game stalls, which they can use them to exchange for goodie at the bazaar station.

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Volunteers helping the elderly around to redeem their goodies at the bazaar tables. We allowed the elderly to choose from a variety of items on the table with the ice cream sticks. We hoped to provide them with an in-house “shopping” experience.

 

 

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Last but not least, I would like to thank this awesome group of volunteers again. Without them, the charity bazaar wouldn’t have been possible.

Crown Chakra – our rights “to know”

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Top Chakra

The Crown chakra (Sahasrara) is located at the top of the head, and is associated with consciousness, understanding and self knowledge. Its element is thought. The colour representation is violet/white.

The crown chakra is the centre of spirituality, universal consciousness that connects to our highest and finest self. This chakra is more difficult to define as its realm of authority goes beyond normal ability of understanding and perception. It is generally closed for most of us.

When this chakra opens up we feel an interdependence and interconnectedness with all life. Our journey of inner healing continues.

This Chakra governs the central nervous system. An unbalanced crown chakra may lead to depression, alienation or confusion.

A number of Young Living essentials oils (YLEO) can be used to complement your attempt to bring the heart chakra back into balance.

  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Vetiver
  • White Angelica

Oils applications: Inhalation, under the nose, top of the head.

The use of YLEO, when coupled with seated meditation or your yoga practice, can bring your experience to a new level.

  • If you are interested to know more or try some of the essential oils. Its my pleasure to support your needs. Please drop me a note here.
  • If you are keen to explore the use of YLEO in your yoga practice, check out my yoga schedule here.

Click here to link back to Chakra Main Page.

References:

  1. Tony Murdock, Healing through Chakras
  2. Tracy Griffiths and Ashley Turner, Aroma Yoga

Third Eye Chakra – our rights “to see”

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Third Eye Chakra

The Third Eye chakra (Ajna) is located in the middle of the forehead, above the eye brows. This chakra is associated with intuition, imagination and self reflection. Its element is Light. The colour representation is Indigo.

The third eye chakra commands and controls all of the lower chakras. Its main faculty is perception. When we grow up not being able to make sense of the world around us, we become insensitive, we lack imagination, we become obsessive, have difficulty concentrating.

When balanced, we have good perception and our overall perception is good, we have good memory and we are able to think symbolically.

This Chakra governs the eyes, base of skull and brow. An unbalanced heart chakra may lead to vision problems, headaches and nightmares.

A number of Young Living essentials oils (YLEO) can be used to complement your attempt to bring the heart chakra back into balance.

  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood

Oils applications: Inhalation, under the nose, middle of forehead.

The use of YLEO, when coupled with seated meditation or your yoga practice, can bring your experience to a new level.

  • If you are interested to know more or try some of the essential oils. Its my pleasure to support your needs. Please drop me a note here.
  • If you are keen to explore the use of YLEO in your yoga practice, check out my yoga schedule here.

Click here to link back to Chakra Main Page.

References:

  1. Tony Murdock, Healing through Chakras
  2. Tracy Griffiths and Ashley Turner, Aroma Yoga

Throat Chakra – our rights “to speak”

Throat Chakra Symbol
Throat Chakra

The Throat chakra (Vissudha) is located at our throat area, and is associated with communication, creativity and self expression. Its element is ether. The colour representation is Blue.

The throat chakra controls our communication and self expression. Its here that we learn to find our own voice. Past lies and living with secrets, not being allowed to express ourselves, being caught up with the opinions and judgment of others can cause blockages in this chakra. This may result in us having a fear in speaking of speaking our own truth.We have a voice that is not heard by others, we are either introverted and shy or gossipy and talk too much.

When this chakra is balanced, we become good listeners, and our voice is resonant with others. Other people are receptive to what we have to say, and we communicate clearly and truthfully.

This Chakra governs the throat, ears, mouth, shoulders and neck. An unbalanced throat chakra may lead to sore throat, neck and shoulder pain, thyroid troubles.

A number of Young Living essentials oils (YLEO) can be used to complement your attempt to bring the heart chakra back into balance.

  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Thieves
  • Believe
  • Valor

Oils applications: Inhalation, back of neck, big toe, thumb.

The use of YLEO, when coupled with seated meditation or your yoga practice, can bring your experience to a new level.

  • If you are interested to know more or try some of the essential oils. Its my pleasure to support your needs. Please drop me a note here.
  • If you are keen to explore the use of YLEO in your yoga practice, check out my yoga schedule here.

Click here to link back to Chakra Main Page.

References:

  1. Tony Murdock, Healing through Chakras
  2. Tracy Griffiths and Ashley Turner, Aroma Yoga