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Cultivating Awareness through Yin

For the past four days, I have been bringing this big bolster onto my mat whenever I get props for our yin yoga immersion.  Just in case Dona might decide to squeeze in a full saddle pose into the practice.  Based on experience, I can never go down into the full pose without sitting on a…

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Why You Should Take Kids Yoga Teacher Training

  I never contemplated taking kids yoga teacher training.  Except with my daughters, I’m not particularly good with kids.  Kids are noisy.  They cry,  spill things.  They can be unruly.  And generally can drive you crazy.  I’m not naturally outgoing.  Being cheerful takes a tremendous amount of effort.  Perhaps precisely because of these, I took…

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Day 7: Challenge Completed

Finally!  Day 7 has arrived.  By next week, I can go back to my 2-3 times a week circuit routine and concentrate on Ashtanga and Yin Yoga!  Yay. For today’s workout, Coach Lester prepared a full body routine that works on cardio, triceps, shoulders, thighs, butt, and legs.  I had a very long day, so…

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Day 5: Abs Attack. I Surrender.

In today’s circuit class, Coach Lester prepared another core challenge, similar to Day 3’s routine.  I was all energized and ready to really work it out and I had my old pink shoes on. There was a total of 8 stations.  3 circuits, 30 seconds each station.  We had limited props.  We mainly used the mats.…

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Day 4: I Wanna Die Challenge

  Today was particularly challenging.  I was recovering from stiff neck and shoulder.  The pain wasn’t so bad after my massage last night and after applying topical pain killer on the affected areas this morning. I missed my asana practice so much after the 3-day intensive kids yoga training (more of that later) that I…

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Day 3: Hardcore Challenge

Today’s session focused on the core again.  It was particularly challenging since I did a powerful yang practice during the lunch break…Good thing Coach Lester decided to have pity on us and just provided 30 seconds each station for the three sets (with a minute or two break in between each set).  After warming up,…

Marichyasana I

Marichyasana I

I’ve recently tried to add Ashtanga into my practice for at least 2 times a week.  I love this yoga style because it instills discipline into my practice.  It likewise challenges me out of my comfort zone.  My favorite pose in the primary series is Marichyasana I, a pose dedicated to the sage Marichi. I…

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Day 2: Core Galore

In today’s lunch session, the circuit challenge focused on abs.  I decided to ask Coach Meynard to document the stations that Coach Pau prepared since I was practicing yoga, focusing on back bends. Of course, I didn’t skip the circuit challenge.  I attended the afternoon session instead. Coach Pau prepared a grueling core sequence:  Total of…

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Day 1: Total Body Workout

Today’s class was a total body work out with focus on the core – a total of 8 stations.  But since there were 12 of us, coach Heman added 4 “wait stations” to complete the circuit. The entire session was supposed to be 3 sets/rounds, devoting 30 seconds to each station in round 1; and…

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Kale Juice

They say the darker the leaves, the healthier it is.  I have recently found a supplier of organic kale and I have been enjoying kale in my salads and juice.  Kale is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and even calcium.Here’s another juice recipe starring this extremely powerful vegetable with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. a…

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Work Smart: Do More with Less

I was inspired by the work of my hubby and his colleague when they came up with this slogan and poster, which won 2nd place in our Do More with Less campaign: “We can do more with less by working smart. This requires critical thinking to reduce the understanding of a complex problem or goal to…

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Greed is not Good

This is the last of the 5-part essay that attempts to answer the question:  Is it good for society if the financial services sector is motivated by greed?.  (READ:  Greed is Good, Greed and Society, Greed is Good, Or is it?, Special Role of Financial Services Industry).  The paper concludes that certain constraints need to be…

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Chelsea Football Fan

Originally posted on Travel Tales of a Yogini:
[gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="3295"] Today is my hubby’s birthday.  Cheers to an avid Chelsea fan.  Here’s a little throwback of our trip to Stamford Bridge (circa 2009).  I love you to bits! After spending our Christmas (Read: Christmas in London)  at the Grosvenor Hotel, we moved to…

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Why I’m in love with a Central Banker

Top 3 reasons why you should fall in love with a central banker: He’s smart Compliance is his business.  In your relationship, there are only two rules.  Rule #1  The wife is always right.  Rule #2  If the wife is wrong, refer to rule #1. Stability is his mandate.  Here’s a little throwback (circa 2009) of our…

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Greed is Good….Or Is it?

This is the third of the 5-part essay that attempts to answer the question:  Is it good for society if the financial services sector is motivated by greed?.  (READ:  Greed is Good, Greed and Society),  This post discusses some of the theories that provide the framework for different arguments for or against greed. Specifically, I discuss…

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Greed and Society

Here’s an essay I wrote back in 2010 when I was taking up Ethics in my MSc in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance course at the ICMA Center, University of Reading, UK.  The paper itself is quite lengthy, so I will be posting bits and pieces.  It seems so obvious that greed is not good,…