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Backbends: A Journey of Discovering Fears

It has been almost a year since I wrote about backbends.  My feelings over backbends haven’t changed much, I’m afraid.  I don’t like the thought of doing them.  In Ashtanga, for example, we are asked to hold the wheel for 5 breaths.  And we do it three times!  Even as the the instructor would cue…

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Sitting Can Kill You: Tips on Reducing Sitting

Modern living has indeed reduced us to sitting most of our lives.  Further, poor sitting habits accumulate tension in the body, leading to tight hips, bad posture, and weak spine. I have been reading a lot of articles talking about research showing how sitting is killing us.  And how even an hour a day at the…

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How to Teach Meditation to Your Kids

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “meditation” is an image of a figure serenely sitting cross-legged with eyes closed.  Oftentimes, we think that sitting quietly is meditation.  If this is the case, I cannot imagine how I can teach my three-year old daughter meditation as she cannot sit still…

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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,…

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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…