瑜伽的简单介绍

瑜伽 (Yoga) 的意思是“一体”,“联合” 或 “团结”。

瑜伽所谓的联合,是分两个步骤:第一步是将一个练习者(瑜伽士)的思想、身体和精神结合起来或使其一致;另一方面是将以上结合起来的个人与天国,上苍,宇宙,创造者融为一体 - 随便用其中哪个词描述都可以!在瑜伽里我们会试着不让我们的言辞或是语言阻碍我们精神的发展与前进!

瑜伽是一种精神上的练习, 修炼。

如在完美的世界中,我们可以直接进入第二个步骤的练习,与上苍合一。然而,在现代生活中,我们很难找到这种状态,也很难让其保持足够长的时间从而让其顺其自然的产生。而我们的思想,精力和关注点都散落各处。我们大多数情况下都不知道自己陷入了这个状态里。

如果你现在对瑜伽的认识,并不包含上述关于瑜伽核心的基础概念的话,我请你把之前你所知道的关于瑜伽的一切都忘掉,并且利用现在作为一个决定性的时刻,去观察,刻意的去转变你对瑜伽目的的认识与了解,并从你的思维中将之前对瑜伽的认知统统忘掉。

就是现在。

我们刚刚做的迷你练习,实际上就是瑜伽:观察思想中出现的东西,注意它,然后让它流走。就这样做重复的练习,这其实就是瑜伽。

瑜伽是一种精神上的练习, 修炼。

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My Yoga Teacher Training Experience in Bali Part 2

By the 4th day of my yoga teacher training I had learned ALL of the exact names of the postures and benefits of those postures in the long obligatory prayer, as they were all the basic yoga postures with tremendous healing benefits.

As I was raising my arms mid motion on that fourth morning during the Long Obligatory Prayer, from standing (Tadasana Mountain Pose) to my hands raised to the sky (Utthita Hasta In Tadasana, extended mountain pose), I realized exactly what I was doing, and how the physicality of the yoga postures had a DIRECT link to the Baha’i Writings, and the magnitude of it dawn on me like a massive wave. 

With my arms still raised up to the sky, I continued with the prayer with tears running down my face, being so very grateful that I didn't have to wait so long into my training to have ALL my questions and desires answered, for being given insight into the wisdom of these postures that I have been questioning and seeking as well as being obedient to. Asking for forgiveness for ever feeling ashamed of doing these postures and the level of ignorance I had prior to not knowing, PHEW, thank God that’s over!

The amount of imagery this came later by recalling other faiths, like Muslims, they have 5 obligatory prayers in a day, and each of them having postures, how much yoga do all muslims do without even knowing it? After my training when I began teaching yoga in the Singapore Botanical Gardens, in my first paid yoga class ever, I posed with my client who was muslim, with all the corresponding physical postures that were in the Muslim AND Baha'i Obligatory prayers and described their yoga postures names in an instagram post!

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My Yoga Teacher Training Experience in Bali Part I

I will never forget it, it was about Prakriti and Purusha - the ‘ever-changing’ & the ‘changeless’. 

Essentially, there was only two things in the changeless, which was God (although, there were no attachments to a particular name, the rest of the class we came up with other potential words that would describe IT, and among them were Allah, The Eternal, The Creator, The Source, The Force, Mother Nature etc) AND the life of the human soul. Considering that in the Baha'i Writings it says that the human soul is on this earth to progress, I wanted to know what the reference of that aspect was in Yoga. 

Immediately, the answer came shortly after the thought. 

The changing aspects of the soul were categorized under Prakriti, meaning the ‘ever-changing’, because in this life, the soul is transformed, it changes, it progresses, it perfects, it was mind blowing to also learn that the mind, thoughts, the changing/growth aspects of the soul, the earth, cycles, seasons etc, is ALSO always and constantly apart of the changing realm.

I was so very grateful that two of my questions were answered in the first day, nay first class. I felt confirmed that I had made the right decision :)

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How do busy moms hold space and develop a daily meditation practice?

According to the Yogic definition, meditation is as simple as having a single pointed focus. This single point of focus, could be just about anything. The requirements of the environmentcould be just about anything that allows you a conducive space to maintain that point of focus – this is different for everybody. 

For example, you could focus on the water running down from the tap when your washing your hands, on the water when it enters your mouth, on swallowing the water down your throat, each and all, are aspects of that single pointed focus that ones attention could be focused on. The object of focus, in this case, is thewater itself

Although water running from the tap is not a great example, cause we don't really want to be focusing for too long on it going down the drain, eh? Meaning with the whole being environmental friendly and conscious aspect, cause if the purpose of meditation is to build conscious awareness, the means of meditation itself, must of course, be coherent with the efforts of building that conscious awareness itself. 

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How I decided to become a Yoga Teacher?

Spending an entire month in Bali, Indonesia in July 2016 for a Yoga Teacher Training was life changing to say the very least. 

I don't think I knew what I was getting my self into, I was just super excited that it somehow happened to be ok for me to leave my full time job in academia for an entire month. The stars aligned that my boss also took a month off during that same month, and the rest was history.

One of my office mates was teaching yoga at the Public Health School in Singapore. For about a year, I was intermittently talking to her about her yoga teacher training, where she did it, how it was etc, as I had been thinking about it for the past 2 years. I didn't end up going to a single one of her classes UNTIL I had already agreed to take over her classes once she got pregnant - which is when it all started.

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Tablet of the Wondrous Maiden

"The hallowed Beauty shone resplendent from behind the veil.

How wondrous a thing, how wondrous indeed!

And, lo, the flame of rapture caused all souls to swoon away.

How wondrous is this, how wondrous indeed!

Rising up, they soared unto the blest pavilion ’neath the throne of heaven’s canopy.

How wondrous a mystery, how wondrous indeed!

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Warrior & The Little Boy 

Once a upon a time there was a young boy

Who lived in a (little) box that looked like a toy

Though embroidered with colourful patterns and flowers

The box unfortunately had no special powers

He fit perfectly in the box from his head to his toes

So compact and perfect and protected from foes

He was safe and sound as long as he stayed in the box

If he ventured around he could be eaten by a fox

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