Cebu Yoga 2011
- Cebu Yoga 2011
Date: September 2011
Location: Cebu, Philippines
”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi
Laos Yoga 2011
Laos Yoga 2011
Date: August 2011
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. – B.K.S. Iyengar
Kuala Lumpur Yoga 2011
Date: August 2011
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. – Rodney Yee
I have been practicing yoga for roughly over 5 years now on a regular basis (I had given yoga a couple of tries earlier in life and had rejected it initially – another story for another day). One item that continually draws me to yoga is that it offers more than just exercise but also has life lessons and guidance. This does not mean that I accept everything anyone says in a yoga class, nor that it is my only source of direction. I have had moments though where I found the message being disseminated during my yoga session quite conflicting. Today was one of those moments.
I tried a new yoga class today and found some initial resistance from the instructor (she-who-will-not-be-named) upon my arrival. It basically came down to that based on her preconceptions, she articulated that she believed that I was into yoga for the wrong reasons and indicated that I was not deserving of her class. She went on to use air quotations when she referenced the other “yoga” styles I had taken and how different her style of yoga is. At this point I was not only frustrated but also quite confused, as this type of banter did not seem in line with my beliefs about yoga.
I decided to approach her after the class. I began by thanking her for the class and inquiring about her own personal journey through yoga. She stated that she had been practicing for over 30 years (quite impressive). She mentioned that she had done various other types of yoga (including Iyengar) but now knows that those were not really yoga. I was quite surprised when she made this bold statement, especially when moments before she had mentioned that this particular type of yoga she teaches incorporates all yoga styles. I was a bit perplexed to the fact that one can integrate all other styles of yoga into a practice but that those “other styles” are not truly yoga.
Candidly, I proceeded to asked her to define yoga. She gave the standard response along the lines of controlling and integrating body and mind. I then proceeded to ask her if this could not be done through other methods (even outside of yoga) than this particular method of yoga she practices and teaches (led by her guru in India). She responded that it is true that this state of being can be obtained elsewhere but stated that one cannot achieve the same speed or ease. This brought me to my next conflict because I particularly do not practice yoga for the speed of reaching a higher state, as if I was choosing between taking the bus or a plane. I see yoga more as choice between eating an apple or a peach, they are both going to give you the nutritional value you are looking for, only one is sweeter. I believe that it is all a matter of choice and it is up to the individual to choose his or her journey (it is up to you to say if the apple or the peach is sweeter). Additionally, I don’t think that there is a wrong or right reason to do yoga.
Regardless of what I believe or what she believes, I am appreciative of her openness to share her notions with me. As I continue to explore yoga (and life) I have to remind my self that while I should keep, what is called in my line of work as “professional skepticism” (meaning that you do not accept things at face value), I also need to be open to other views points regardless if they do or do not have the data to corroborate them. I have a very inquisitive and analytical nature, which can cause some initial resistance when I am presented with notions that I do not believe to be supported by the evidence at hand. I welcome people though who challenge my thoughts and beliefs.
Singapore Yoga 2011
MBS Singapore 2011
Date: June 2011
Location: Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore, Singapore
Singapore will always hold a special place in my heart after living and working there for a year. It is an impressive, vibrant, and cosmopolitan city. It also has a very active yoga community, attracting yoga instructors from all over the world. While living there I practiced at Pure Yoga (which also has a location in NYC and other parts of Asia). It was an amazing studio located in the top of the Ngee Ann City mall – I would say about 50% of Singapore is covered by malls- almost everything is located inside them! The studio offered numerous daily classes and various workshops every month. My daily routine was to take the bus from work straight to the studio. The pictures above are from the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) infinity pool. MBS is a stunning hotel that is shaped like a boat on top. The entire top of the hotel is a huge infinity pool overlooking the city.
“Give yourself permission to be different from everyone else, after all yoga is an individual practice. Take care of yourself. What other people are doing at times becomes irrelevant. Your practice time is too precious to spend looking over your shoulder at that amazing pose on the other side of the room.” Phoenix, Pure Yoga
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*FYI- In the picture above I have a bathing suit on as we were at the pool. =)
AUSTIN, TX YOGA 2012
I ran into Michael Nance from the Bachelorette Season 8 Saturday night in downtown Austin. I somehow convinced him to do a tree pose with me in the middle of the bar. Sadly, the picture with him doing the tree pose did not turn out so well. I wasn’t successful getting him to repeat the tree pose so I had to settle for the picture above. Maybe I will run into him again and he will be so gracious to give another yoga pose a try!
“Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.” ~Baxter Bell
Austin, TX Yoga 2012
There is something to be said about doing exercise outside. Although I love gyms and studios, I love being outside even more in the fresh air during my work outs. It may be since, due to the nature of my job, I am inside under fluorescent lights most of the day. I really appreciate when I can be outside- be it under the sun or the stars. Tonight I had the opportunity to join in on some yoga fun with Wholefoods in Austin, TX doing Yoga in the Dark. Glow sticks and body paint was provided and shaking your booty while doing the yoga moves was required. It was a couple firsts for me: my first time to do yoga on a roof top under the stars (loved it!), my first time to fist pump during yoga (anyone from Jersey?!), and my first time to have a dog in my face while doing a downward dog (someone’s cutie pie dog was tied up and conveniently positioned so that his face was in mine for the greater part of the class).
“Is hot-room yoga contributing to Global Warming?” – Yogi Mir
Cameron Highlands Yoga 2011
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia 2011
Date: May 2011
Location: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
“A mind free from all disturbance is Yoga.” – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
KOTA KINABALU YOGA 2011
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 2011
Date: May 2011
Location: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it. ~Sting
Hong Kong Yoga 2011
Hong Kong 2011
Date: April 2011
Location: Hong Kong
“I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing. It’s amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. ‘Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama’s got the magic of Clorox 2.'” ~Ellen DeGeneres