In the past, I have been a casual and inconsistent practitioner of yoga. As
mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, I would mostly attend Yin or
Restorative classes. Being a naturally sensitive being, I used to feel very
overwhelmed by the fast pace of life in Singapore. I constantly felt
overwhelmed with information and the busyness of life here.
After a series of challenging life events, I have had the opportunity to discover
‘the power of now’. Literally, my favorite book by Eckhart Tolle has this title.
With this truth comes the power of the breath, being the observer watching
your thoughts and meditation. I think this is why slow, meditative movements
like in Yin and Restorative yoga have always been my favorite. I am now
discovering a new found love for Hatha and Vinyasa flow too. I realize they
have great benefits and this YTT journey has truly taken my out of my comfort
zone, which is a great place to grow.
YTT at Yoga Mandala has gone beyond yoga poses and we have discussed
topics like Grounding, Ayurveda, Pranayama and Chakras. These are all
topics that I have had an interest to learn more about. I now realize that they
can overlap within a Yogic lifestyle and I have been so excited to learn and
absorb all the knowledge and information shared with us at Yoga Mandala.
On one particular day, we learnt about Yoga Nidras. After learning about it,
we had the opportunity to experience it. It was so relaxing and I remember
realizing that I had almost ignored myself in the business of adult lifestyle in
Singapore. Experiencing the Yoga Nidra allowed real me-time. Every part of
my body got a chance to experience some awareness and in turn real
relaxation. How wonderful it would be to be able to teach others about these
life changing exercises that can help to relax the mind, calm the nervous
system and bring a sense of stillness beneath everyday activities.
I am grateful for the YTT course and what it entails.
It will always be a challenge to find balance in the hustle and bustle of the city
life. I hope that with a fresh perspective and deepened knowledge about
meditation, Pranayama’s and Yoga, that I can prioritize to set time aside for
myself. This way, I can show up and be better for others around me too.
200HR YTT May’21 Weekday