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If you’re looking for a way to unwind and de-stress after work, I’m starting a group yoga class at my home studio in Tanjong Pagar. Yoga mats and blocks provided. It’s a small scale class of 4 students. A cosy setting where all my students receive personalized attention and hands-on support in the classes. This yoga class will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed.

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Love Thyself

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Learning to love yourself just the way you are is one of the biggest lesson you will ever learn. It’s not the perfection but the imperfections that make you, uniquely you. Never conform to society’s standards of beauty or success. Instead define yourself with what you have been given whether you are a size 2 or size 22, whether you have a million dollars or a hundred dollars. That’s not to say you don’t work hard to be the best version of yourself. Strive to become the best You can be. The beauty of self love is that it allows you to be confident about who you are. You start to operate in a way where you move towards places/ people where you are celebrated and not tolerated. Letting go of all that holds you back from burning bright. You realize your worth and stand up for what you believe in as you deserve nothing but the best the world has to offer. Self love is also the gateway to happiness. You discover happiness is very much a inside job. No amount of money, vacations, things or people can give you the soul satisfaction you are looking for. You can never run away from your self. Start to look within. Love thyself.

3 Big Lessons Before 30

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rashita 31I celebrate my 31st birthday today and its been a world wind of a life. As you get older it feels like time moves way faster, in a blink of an eye a year goes by. Each year when I look back and take stock of the year’s events I remember the milestones, birthdays, anniversaries and cultural holidays. I also realise the experiences I’ve gone through, the good, the bad and the ugly made me the person I am today. Its less about growing up and more about growing into yourself. These are the 3 big lessons i’ve learnt before 30.

1)Love & Relationship

It’s not about how much you fight it’s about how fast you make up. No matter how much you and your partner are similar and how much you know each other. Your not gonna see eye to eye on everything. There will be moments you just have to agree to disagree. Arguments can be a good way to trash things out but everything in moderation. Celebrate your differences, it’s what makes you grow as a couple. A little insight on my own relationship, my husband Kley is a super sweet guy but I mostly call him “Captain Planet”. Those of you who are not familiar with this 90’s cartoon series. Captain Planet is the combine creation of the five elements earth, wind, fire, water, heart. Captain Planet is tasked with defending the planet from the greatest of disasters and making efforts to educate mankind about Mother Nature. And that must be kley’s “animal sprit”. This man will go to a supermarket realize he forgot his grocery bag and refuse to use a plastic bag even though he has 10 items to check out. So what does he do? He carries them home using his hands. If you ever meet the guy he will tell you about the pollution plastic bags causes to the environment. And how each plastic bag can save the planet. This goes on, a walk on the beach is not about holding hands and enjoying the moment. Why would we do that. When we could be picking up trash. And that’s just what he does, after a while I got with the program and started to pick up trash as well. This spills over to the type of food we eat, which has to be organic. The clothes we wear, has to be eco friendly. Of course this was the cause of most arguments in the beginning, now I just laugh about it and sing the Captain Planet theme song when he gets into his saving the planet mode. After 3 years with this wonderful man, I find myself eating better and being more conscious about the environment. What used to annoy me now delights me.

31 yoga2) Career & Success

Find a job you love and you never have to work a day in your life. Having worked in sales for 10 years, I enjoy hitting targets and making commissions. However my dad has always asked me one question and that was, “Are you happy?” I had to be honest with myself and the truth was it was just a job to pay my bills. So at 25, I decided to make a change. I notice my health was not where I wanted it to be. I took up yoga classes to help me with my fitness. After 10 classes, I knew I wanted to take a yoga instructor course. Having no intentions to teach but I wanted to have the skills to work on myself daily. You can say, I awaken the dreamer in me. I can’t tell you how much you have to protect your dream, you will have people look at you like you’ve lost your mind or tell you how much you can’t do it. Word of advice walk away from these people. I also found my true friends the people who motivated me, encouraged me and best of all believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. These are elements that fuel your dream in moments you wanna give up. It’s only after teaching my first few classes, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. If your gonna make a decision based on monetary value then your dream will have a short live life. Base your decision on what makes you happy, teaching yoga gives me soul satisfaction. I was ever asked a question “what will you do if you weren’t teaching yoga?” Absolutely nothing is the answer to that. If I’m not teaching yoga, I’m practicing yoga. If I’m not practicing yoga, I’m reading about yoga. And if I’m not reading about yoga, I’m meditating…you see where I’m going with this. Now when I started out it was not peaches and cream. Having no experience and wanting to sharpen my skill I took up teaching for free for two years. I made absolutely no money but gained plenty of experience. This is where your positive family and friends come in. As looking at your bank account will get you down. But love and support will bring it back up. 5 years later, I run a yoga business; running workshop, retreats & classes. Now the question of success, you define your own success. If success means having a big house and fancy cars and huge bank account. Then I clearly miss that boat 😉 but if success is being happy and creating a positive change to the people around you. Then I’m exactly where I want to be 🙂

31 growth3)Personal Growth:

Learning is a life long process,It’s never too late to learn something new 😉 As you get older you start to realize you get pulled in many different directions. Your family, your work, your partner, your friends. Learn to say no. You don’t have to attend every family function, work event, friends gathering. Instead spend time with yourself doing what you love, it could be anything from spending a day at the spa, working out at the gym or learning a new skill. I picked up playing the piano a year ago. As a kid growing up, I love listening to classical piano music. When I first heard of Chopin and Beethoven I was drawn to the piano but never took the time to learn it. As I grew older, I realised this attraction to the musical instrument was still very much there and I had to make time for it. A year later, I now play Fur Elise to unwind from a busy day. If we didn’t force ourselves to grow out of things we still love, we might do a better job of growing up. And if we do a better job of growing up, we will likely have a far more successful and fulfilling experience growing into who we are each meant to be.

Why You Can’t Have The Good Without The Bad

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How many of us have made this statement before?

“I will be happy when I ____________ .” The blank space can be filled in with the words, a promotion, a pay raise, losing the extra 3kg…and the list is endless. Pursuing happiness would be like the wild coyote chasing after the road runner.

If your familiar with the Looney Tunes cartoon, The Roadrunner, you would know that the wild coyote keep chasing after the road runner and time after time the coyote fails to catch him, the coyote comes up with bigger and brighter plans to catch the road runner but some how the road runner just manages to slip away. Ask yourself how much time was wasted in the pursuit of the road runner. If the coyote would have just stop for a second to smell the roses or take in the scenery of all the places he was in, he might have actually stop chasing the roadrunner and may have decided to be vegetarian instead. ( Its just one of many possibility 😉 )  What i’m trying to say is a seeker will forever be in the journey of seeking.

Thats not to say one should be happy in a dead end job or stay in a unhealthy relationship.  Moving onto the next phase in your life, be it having a new partner, a new job or a new house, its not in pursuit of happiness but in the Transition of Change, the wiliness to let go of the old, to embrace the new with open arms. Happiness is feeling that arises from within, if its in relation to external factors such as your bank account or the type of car you drive.One will always be chasing after the next bigger and better option. Your internal feelings or state of being affects your external reality.For example; a pessimist would always see the glass half empty, while the optimist would see it half full. No accomplishment alone provides happiness. Its the way you view your life.

Happiness is not a far and distance experience, its here and Now. It can be felt when there is exchange of kind words between friends, a loving embrace from your loved one or by singing the tunes to your favorite music artist.The happiest people don’t have the best of everything but make the most of everything.

Lets not leave out our good friend sadness behind. People who do not occasionally fall on their faces are not growing. Sadness is usually given a negative connotation, while happiness is widely pursued. If your familiar with the recording music artist Adele, you would know that she began composing material for a second album title 21 while still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record. However, the studio sessions were aborted halfway due to a lack of inspiration. She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channeling her heartbreak and depression into the composition of her songs. If not for her sadness the world would have been deprived of her chart topping hit songs such as “Someone like You” and “Rolling in the Deep”.

Happiness and Sadness are like day and night. We can’t appreciate the beauty of the sunrise, a large orange fireball in the distance casting an orange haze above the horizon, without ever having experienced the sunset. Each moment has the same potential for wholeness be it in happiness or sadness. Feel what your feeling by staying present.

Detachment

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When you attached your happiness to people, places, or things. Sadness will be waiting just around the corner when the person leaves, place destroyed and things removed. Yoga philosophy talks about detachment. That does not mean you have to be aloof and uncaring to what’s around you. A story that depicts detachment to me is the one about the two monks crossing the river.

“Two monks were making a pilgrimage. During the course of their journey, they came to a river where they met a beautiful young woman. She was afraid of the current and, so asked the monks if they might carry her across the river. The younger and more rigid of the monks was offended and turned away with disgust. The older monk didn’t hesitate, and picked the woman up on his shoulders, carried her across the river, and set her down on the other side. She thanked him and went on her way. As monks resumed their walk, the older one in perfect equanimity, while the younger one grew more brooding and distracted, finally bursts out, “Brother, we are taught to be detached from worldly matters, and there you were, not just touching a woman, but carrying her on your shoulders!” The older monk loving smile and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river a long time back but you’re are still carrying her.”

What is the teaching? Well here is my interpretation anyway. The young monk took his detachment vow to the extreme. However, the older monk was truly grounded through his practice, he new instantly that the compassionate thing to do was to offer the young woman help. The older monk was living truly in the moment, he was caring, compassionate yet detached from the lady. Instead of attaching your happiness to people, places, or things. Bring your awareness to the experiences shared be thankful for the loving memories and the lessons learned. Detachment or the process of letting go is never easy, it is a daily challenge for me. Every day I have to remind myself that letting go is also a process of change, and change is necessary for the evolution of our consciousness 🙏

Labour Day Bali Yoga Retreat

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Bali Yoga Retreat

Book your Labor Day Bali Retreat now while prices are still low!

Spend 4 Days & 3 Nights in tranquil Candi Dasa Bali lighting up your spirit.Wake the body each day with a vigorous, deep flow asana in the serenity of Bali Afternoons are free to explore, relax, get lost in the markets, snorkel or just take a dip in the pool and go for a restorative massage at the spa.

Retreat Includes: transportation, lodging, 2 yoga classes daily, breakfast, one spa session, trekking and boat ride to the white sand beach

Location:
Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, Bali

For more information on the retreat contact rbanu84@gmail.com or call +65 9001 4145.

Core Workshop

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Come to learn about your deep core, how to use it, and how to tap into its potential. This Pilates influenced core workshop will be a dynamic and fun asana practice. Activating your core will help make your yoga practice more fluid and keep your back healthy and happy. Sometimes the missing link in smooth transitions, balancing poses, and inversions is a strong core. Training your core is about creating endurance and stability throughout the whole body, enabling freedom of movement and supporting your back.

This workshop is a great way for you to radiate your inner power and balance the energy of your CORE!

Open To All Levels!

Date- Sunday, 24 May Time- 9.30-11.30am Location- 2 Jiak Chuan Rd, Level 3 Cost- $75 Enjoy 10% early bird discount when you book before 1 May

Core Workshop

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Come to learn about your deep core, how to use it, and how to tap into its potential. This Pilates influenced core workshop will be a dynamic and fun asana practice. Activating your core will help make your yoga practice more fluid and keep your back healthy and happy. Sometimes the missing link in smooth transitions, balancing poses, and inversions is a strong core. Training your core is about creating endurance and stability throughout the whole body, enabling freedom of movement and supporting your back.

This workshop is a great way for you to radiate your inner power and balance the energy of your CORE!

Open To All Levels!

Date- Sunday, 24 May
Time- 9.30-11.30am
Location- 2 Jiak Chuan Rd, Level 3
Cost- $75

Enjoy 10% early bird discount when you book before 1 May

Take A Moment of Silence For Jyoti Singh

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Take a moment of silence for Jyoti Singh. She was India’s promising medicine student. She was Delhi’s fierce citizen, who would stop a policeman from beating up the kid who just stole her purse. She was the fearless woman who stood up against the men who would then kill her because she would not take being bullied. 

India’s Daughter, Leslee Udwin’s documentary on the brutal gang-rape of Jyoti Singh in 2012, was a hard documentary to watch. It’s the story of a young woman who gets brutally raped and tortured to death by six men. She had dreams of being a doctor, paid for by her parent’s small savings and by her nights at the call centre; the rapists’ hatred the fact that she was a woman and she was out, with a male friend. The description of how one of them pulled her insides out, wrapped them in cloth, and threw them out of a moving bus was gruesome.

One of the root problem of this horrific attack is gender inequality. And this mind set has to change. The two lawyers who were defending the rapists have made several derogatory comments against the victim as well as womanhood in general. If you feel that these lawyers should be condemned for what they have said, please sign the petition to the Chairman of the Bar Council of India to take appropriate action against them.

Quoting below the relevant statement made by one of the lawyers:

Singh is shown saying: “If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.”

Join me and thousands of other, click on the link below

https://www.change.org/p/manan-kumar-mishra-chairman-bar-co…

Take action against lawyers ML Sharma and AP Singh by signing the petition

Change, like most things in life, is a process. Together we can start a movement to show our support not just for Jyoti but the thousands of others like her who have lost their lives in gender inequality. Once you have signed the petition, take a photo of yourself with your mouth covered and pass on the message to others. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.