Thursday, 17 December 2015

New classes beginning!

After a long break of moving to Bali and back again to Singapore and then getting pregnant and having another baby, I am now back teaching yoga again! 2016 promises to be a great year and I am now accepting new students and new classes. Please contact me for availability! yogawithcrystalsg@gmail.com or whatsapp me at 91881381

Apart from the regular yoga, I also teach pre and postnatal yoga and kids yoga.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Yoga and Bali and Baby

I recently spent a lovely, quiet, peaceful week in Bali with the husband and our baby. So am feeling restored and regenerated. Bali is like my drug. Whenever I feel depleted, empty, frustrated and at my wits end with being in Singapore. I go to Bali and slowly my cup gets filled again. The natural beauty of the land and the sea and the people helps me connect me back to myself.  And I can come back, my body and spirit radiating with the love and oneness I receive from my trip. Here are some asanas shots my husband took for me while on the trip. Not bad, while taking care of our 8-month old in one hand and trying to take nice shots in the other. Its nice to get back to the practice. 


Half Moon, Ardha Chandrasana

Reverse Warrior

Tadasana with a backbend
Wild Thing

Headstand, Sirsasana

Camel, Ustrasana

Uttitha Padangustasana 

Dancing Shiva

Pyramid, Parsvottonasana 

Crow, Bakasana

Upavista Konasana Sidebend

Mermaid


Three legged downward facing dog

Triangle, Trikonasana

Tree pose with baby

Uttitha Padangustasana with bub

Prasiritta Padotanasana 

Wildthing with baby

Not sure if this is a pose haha

Lotus with baby

Warrior 2, Virabadrasana B


Reverse Warrior 

Wild Thing

Downward Facing Dog

Three legged Downward dog


Friday, 22 February 2013

Yoga with baby

I'm back from my maternity leave and I now have the most darling almost 4 month old baby boy.
Contact me for private home practice, corporate classes, prenatal or postnatal available too.


Sunday, 14 October 2012

8 months pregnant and taking a yoga teaching break

Thanks for visiting my yoga teaching page. Being 8 months pregnant at the moment, I am currently taking a break from teaching yoga, and instead concentrating on my own prenatal yoga practice, taking classes getting ready for the exciting birth of our first born!

Me at 32 weeks (a month ago!) at the YM studio

So often, I feel incredibly blessed to have discovered yoga before getting pregnant and being ready for birth. Yoga has helped in countless ways. The awareness and mindfulness we practice on the mat brings so much awareness to my own body, feelings and emotions that I have been going through these past 8 months. The breathing (pranayama) practices on the mat has also aided in learning how to go into deep relaxation. And of course, my physical body has benefited so much from the core strengthening (we need a good strong core to hold the baby in our belly for so long and ideal for good positioning for birth), taking care of my lower back, strengthening my legs in case of a long labour, overall fitness and wonderful hip openers. But to really sum up the main benefit of yoga, is the learning the ability to go deep into oneself. shut the world out, and concentrate on your own body, what it's telling me at each stage of pregnancy and labour and how I can work with my body instead of against it. Yes yes yes, I'm raving on about yoga. As usual. But you can't keep a passionate yogi to shut up!

So my plan is for a natural, drug-free birth. I have prepared so much by taking hypnobirthing, antenatal and breastfeeding classes (I highly highly recommend), I've prepared a birth plan and all. And I am open to the possibility of a water birth (I am gonna request for a birthing tub in my delivery suite at Mount Alvernia). And really, am just hugely excited. I am lucky somehow, to not have any fear about the pain. It's not that I have a high pain threshold or anything, but I am a believer that nature had its reasons for us to go through this intensity of labour. And pain during labour is something my mom dealt with, my grandma, and all my maternal ancestors before me. Why should I be a chicken and deny myself of the privilege of going through this physical intensity that I believe can be refreshing, cleansing and will definitely release way more endorphins upon the birth, rather than a muted, pain-free delivery. Well, anyway thats my plan for now.

So thank you for visiting my page. I will be back in action early 2013 and will definitely make a post to announce that I'm back. Meanwhile, take care and keep practicing!


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A week of silence - Is a huge reset button

Meditation and silence has always been a huge element in my yoga practice and philosophy. Afterall, it was only after my first silent meditation retreat that led me on the path to becoming a yoga instructor. So I always fall back on it if I feel I am slipping in my practice. Or just slipping in life in general.


A few weeks ago, I went for my 3rd silent retreat in 3 years, with the same organisation, Bali Usada. In a nutshell, it was so many things. Because I had done it before, I was familiar with the schedule, what the discourses, even the surroundings and the food! But also because I had done it before, maybe I expected it to be not as difficult. I was quite humbled once again. It was hard work.

The retreat was 7 days, 6 nights. Each day starts with a 5am and ends at 9pm and there are 8 of these sit down on floor, no back support, eyes closed, 45-min silent meditation sessions a day. 8. These are interspersed with  2 talks/discourses and 2 simple exercises (blend of chi gong and tai chi) and wonderful 15 min breaks where we could make ourselves ginger tea and walk around the gardens of the lovely Saranam Resort and watch the local farmers tend to their padi fields. And of course, meal breaks. 


But like I said, it was hard work. Sometimes I felt like I was running a 7 day marathon. That thankfully had many breaks. Then again, it's meant to be hard work. Who said anything worthwhile in life was meant to be easy right? The pain in my back, the oh so familiar pain and ache that visited me every session about 2 min into the sitting was a thing I had to deal with. Then the constant wandering mind, reminded me how weak my mind had become living my everyday life. Why can't I just focus on my breath for 45 min? Why does it always want to be a monkey and go where ever it felt like? But of course, there were incredible lovely moments of clarity and bliss that came with it. Some sessions were generally better than others. And we were taught not to expect it all to be amazing. Just like life... we cannot expect everything to always be breezy and happy. 


On the 6th day at noon, we were allowed to break our 'noble silence' and were returned all our mobile phones and gadgety things. Back to 'normal life'. Immediately, my head felt overwhelmed with conversation and the intensity of the exchange of energy and words and activity was quite intoxicating. I had to lie down and breathe just to get over a one-hr lunch with our new friends. The difference was immediately felt. It's really amazing how our beings adjust to quiet and then needs to adjust back to noise. To have found the stillness in us and then feel it being rippled up again was a little disturbing, but I knew, we had to go back to our lives. 

We spent a few days on Nusa Lebongan, this small little island off the main Bali Island and we basked in post-retreat glow for a few days. We woke up at dawn and meditated with the sunrise. We spent the next few days still TV-free. It was a delicious time for my husband and I to talk about our experiences and discuss the future. I found, like all the past retreats I've had, that the weeks and months after were always different. It seemed like that there would be an acceleration in fulfilling life's deep and meaningful intentions. Like, everything fell naturally into place. It was as if, anything was possible. And I think it's got to do with the whole 'cleansing' our minds, our souls, our spirits with our usual nonsense, our usual baggage and self-limitations, and we are for a few weeks and months, more 'open' and we can read the universe's signs for us more clearly, we are simply filled with more potential to be creative, to be imaginative, to be whatever we want ourselves to be. I call it, a huge RESET button. A wonderful time to make intentions.  

I thought this is an important post on this blog. As a yoga teacher, we need to be reasonably filled up with inspiration and good energy to be able to teach and spread it. This retreat is not just for yoga teachers or seasoned meditaters. Its for EVERYONE. My husband and I chanced upon it 3 years ago while travelling around Bali. At that time, we had no experience or knew ANYTHING about meditation. We just did it out of curiosity, and also, we felt we needed direction in life. Boy did it sort things out for us. 

I recommend for all my students and friends and family to go try this. It is not expensive at all, compared to other typical retreats in Bali. It's a wonderful little program. Simple, non-pretentious, honest and just life-changing. They run English-language retreats about only 6 - 8 times a year from a 4 start hotel in the mountains in Bali, away from the touristy area and everythings very comfortable and easy. The schedule is on their website www.balimeditation.com. I thank life everyday for having chanced upon this. Because now I have an anchor to this ship, on this journey of life. 

Balinese healer, spiritual mentor, and good friend, Pak Merta Ada

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Yoga in the Park Singapore - Let's take it outside

For the next 2 Saturdays, 23 and 30 June, I will be teaching at Yoga in the Park Singapore as the lovely resident teacher Sabina Fernandez goes on holiday. Come join me as we connect ourselves back to nature via the practice of Yoga :) Here's a gorgeous promo video of what to expect..!



Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Studio classes at YOGA MOVEMENT



















I am super duper excited to be part of the teaching team of this awesome new yoga studio in Singapore!

YOGA MOVEMENT opens 6th May and really, it is the most unpretentious, down to earth, reasonably-priced, non-judgemental and non-pressure type studio you can find in down town Singapore (Clarke Quay).

I got to meet the rest of the teaching crew - Sophie, Yun, Jing and Kiki with the studio owner Alicia Pan (famous singer cum yoga instructor in Singapore) a few weeks ago and I am must admit how incredibly heartened I am to meet like-minded, gentle, yet fun and bubbly yoga teachers on this harsh, mean-old city state I live in.

We also did our little photoshoot at the lovely eco yoga apparel shop Touch the Toes in Arab street.

Here are some shots from the newly launched website. www.yogamovement.com.sg Thank you Alicia for this opportunity!

From left to right: Sophie, Jing, Me, Alicia, Yun & Kiki

Please visit the site , book a mat space and come support us.
Currently I am teaching 6 classes a week and they are:

Monday
5-6pm - Yoga Basics
7-8pm - Yoga Core
Tuesdays
9-10am - Yoga Zen
Thursdays
630-730pm - Yoga Zen
8-9pm - Yoga Core
Friday
1215-115pm - Yoga Basics

Here's an except from YOGA MOVEMENT About us page. I'm so proud to associate myself with it:


we’re not for the young
but for the youthful at heart
we’re for the big & the small
for the short & the tall
we’re for the weekend warriors
the after work & over worked
we’re for the yoga rookies
and the all-star levitating super yogi
our belief is your belief in your practice
take from it what you will…
one inch closer to touching your toes
a half a second deeper breath
a relaxing hour away from the kids
a step closer to your inner awareness
we have no locks or keys
no chains or whips
come as you please
our studio is your sanctuary
yoga is the movement

PS: Don't worry! I am still available for private and corporate hire