Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yoga for Scoliosis Talk with Viviane De Doncker

Do you find yourself having any of these problems?

• Shoulders are not level
• Prominence of one scapula
• Uneven hip level
• One hip more prominent than the other
• One side of the rib cage is more prominent
• Waistline is uneven
• Body tends to lean more to one side
• Unequal distance between body and arms
• Clothes do not “hang right”

If you answer yes to any of the above, you may be suffering from Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a general terms which describes lateral curves in the spine exceeding 10 degrees, often in combination with rotation of the vertebrae. These curvatures may be in the cervical, thoracic and lumber regions of the spine.

Come for the free Yoga for Scoliosis Talk with Viviane De Doncker at Beyoga on Saturday, 6th February 2010, Time: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm and find out how yoga can help to stabilize or improve your condition.

Viviane is a Senior Yoga teacher with a personal practice of 25 years. Over the years she become very interested in the physical transformation which can be achieved through Yoga and its effects on the spine. She has worked intensively and successfully with students suffering from back pain. Have experienced the benefits of Yoga on her own Scoliosis, she has been focusing on students suffering from this condition, for whom she developed specialized Yoga programs. The results she obtained working with Scoliosis have been very encouraging and have been confirmed medically. She has also offered workshops for teachers on these subjects.

If you are interested to attend the talk, please contact Beyoga at tel no. 03 7728 6182 / 03 7729 6182 to book your seat.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A fun-filled Beyoga Open Day

It was an event not to be missed! Beyoga Open Day last weekend was a fun-filled event, and I think everyone who was there left with a smile on their face whether it was from attending the free yoga classes with three great teachers; Azmi, Ninie and Lila, or winning a prize from the lucky draw, or accomplishing a 1-min headstand and winning a 1 month unlimited membership or just being there!

On Saturday, I attended the free Yoga Dance class with Lila where she led us to an energetic routine, dancing to heart-pumping music which gave us a good cardiovascular workout.

Before the class, there was a partner yoga performance by Azmi and Ninie followed by a lucky draw for Beyoga members. I did not win anything but my sister won a Adidas headband.

The big event on Saturday was the Yoga-ta Limbo competition where the person who did the lowest limbo without knocking the limbo bar down wins a 1-Year Unlimited Membership worth RM1,988. The greatest surprise came when the last person left in the competition besides Ninie was a stylist who was part of the shooting crew from Project Alpa. Everyone was cheering him on as Ninie was the only one left to protect the grand prize as well as salvaging the pride of the yoga teachers who were out of the competition after a few rounds going under the bar. In the end, it was Ninie who was the “last one standing” as she managed to limbo under the bar and set a Yoga-ta Limbo record at 0.51 meters.

Sunday was a very rewarding day for me as I managed to accomplish a 1-min headstand (half headstand which also counts!) with 17 other people in the same room. All 18 of us won a 1-month unlimited membership.

I also won a pair of Adidas shoes by Stella McCartney during the lucky draw for members (lady luck was shining on me, wohoo!)

Thank you Beyoga for organizing such a great event!

You can also read and see more pics at Jojo Struys Blog. Jojo is the host of Project Alpha Season 2, a collaborative project between Nuffnang and Kyanite TV.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Be Yoga Open Day

Be Yoga will be having Open Day events next weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 23 & 24 January 2010. There will be FOC yoga classes, partner yoga performances by Azmi and Ninie, 'Be Happy - Right Here, Right Now' talk with Master Vinaya, a Yoga-ta Limbo competition (lowest limbo wins 1-Year Unlimited Membership worth RM1,988) and an attempt to create Malaysia Book Of Records entry for Most Participants on 1-Minute-Headstand In One Room' (all successful participants win 1-Month Unlimited Membership worth RM288).

You can check out the itinerary and the details at Be Yoga Open Day on Facebook.

Hurry and pre-book your place for the FOC classes by calling 03 7728 6182 / 03 7729 6182 as each class is limited to 25 pax.

Yoga-ta BE there!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Free Yoga Sessions at Ikano with Beyoga

The theme of the classes are as follows:

January 10th
ADULT (11am): Yoga for Backaches
KIDS (3pm): Plant & Flowers Yoga Poses

January 17th
ADULT (11am): Yoga for Stress-Relief
KIDS (3pm): Land Animal Yoga Poses

January 31st
ADULT (11am): Yoga to Relieve Migraine, Asthma & Gastric
KIDS (3pm): Water Animal Yoga Poses

February 7th
ADULT (11am): Yoga to Boost Immune System to Fight Common Cold & Flu
KIDS (3pm): Furniture & Solar System Yoga Poses

The yoga sessions are free but donations of RM5.00 are appreciated as the money will go to a chosen charity organisation/orphanage. Yoga mats will be provided by Beyoga so just come in your sports attire and join the class.

However as space is limited to 40 pax for adults & 20 for kids yoga, pre-booking at 03-77286182/03-77296182 or is highly encouraged.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Beyoga goes to Ikano

Beyoga will be conducting free Karma Yoga and Kid Yoga classes at Ikano Power Centre every Sunday starting from this coming Sunday, 10 January 2010.

The schedule is as follows:

Karma Yoga with Azmi
Time: 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Kids Yoga with Ninie
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Venue: Level 2, Ikano Power Centre (in front of Barang Barang)

If you have always wondered how a yoga class is like, join the Karma Yoga class and get to know and do some of the poses and find out about their health benefits.

For those of you parents out there, why not let your kids join the Kids Yoga class while you do your shopping. They get to have fun while you can spend an hour of peace and quiet with your beloved or you can always stay and watch how your child is doing in the class.

Kids Yoga class at Beyoga

Beyoga is located at W-102 & W-103, Metropolitan Square, Damansara Perdana, Jalan PJU 8/1, Petaling Jaya. You can contact them at tel no. 03-77286182/77296182 or visit Beyoga website.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Half Headstand b4 Full Headstand

“What is the one pose that you have always wanted to do, but have not been able to do yet? This question was asked by Azmi to us during my first class at Beyoga for this year. Well, my answer was Headstand. Although there are still many poses that I am still not able to do which I could have chosen, I chose Headstand as I am still not able to execute the pose confidently.

After reading a reply in a forum about problems in headstands where a forum member wrote about building the headstand from the ground up with strength and control, I realize that my fear of falling is not the hurdle to my headstand.

The forum member had wrote about differentiating between “getting into headstand” and “being in headstand” and holding in the pose. I realize that all this while, I am just “getting into headstand”; there would be times when I would be able to lift my legs up but would only be able to hold the pose for just a very short while or if I use the wall as support, I would not be able to lift both legs off the wall at the same time.

I realize that in order for me to “be in headstand”, I need to gain proper form and confidence by building strength and awareness in the pose and I should listen to Azmi’s advice on doing the half headstand before attempting the full headstand.

So, for my next class onwards, instead of trying to do the full headstand, I will be doing the half headstand and hopefully, the day will come when I can naturally follow through to a full headstand.

"In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes" - Donna Farhi