A for Azmi Samdjaga
who is my favourite “Cikgu” whom I have been practicing since I started my yoga journey four years ago. Azmi’s guidance and encouragement has helped tremendously in my progress in the asanas. From him, I have gained a lot of insights on how to apply what I learned from the asanas into my daily life.
B for Blog
I started to write this blog after practicing for one year. My first blog post was about Yoga and Life where I wrote about how my approach to the asanas mirrored my approach to life. This blog has become an important part of my life as it documents my practice, my research on the poses as well as sharing of information with my fellow practitioners and bloggers.
C for Compassion
Yoga has taught me to be compassionate when dealing with myself as well as when interacting with other people. To learn to accept my own failings and as well as others. To think how my actions will affect the other person and not to react immediately but to always learn to listen first.
D for Daring
Yoga has made me more daring to face the challenges in life. Not to be afraid to fall down but to get up each time I fall and try again.
E for Excitement
The excitement of going to my yoga classes… the growing camaraderie between my fellow yoga practitioners and the enthusiasm shown in learning the poses makes going to class so much fun.
F for Foundation and G for Grounding
First, we learned to build the foundation to the pose, then we learned how to ground our foundation. A good foundation will ensure stability and keep us balance. “Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life. In whatever position one is in, or in whatever condition one is placed, one must find balance.” - B.K.S. lyengar
H for Headstand
Headstand is my challenge pose for 2010 and having accomplished the challenge before the year-end has given me the confidence to meet any challenge whether in doing the asanas or in life.
I for Inversions
Doing Inversions allows me to see the world upside down which teaches me to look at things from a different perspective .
J for Jump Back and Jump Through
Jump Back and Jump Through helps to keep the flow of an Ashtanga practice, maintaining the energy level for the endurance of the whole practice. I am working on keeping my jump back and jump through light and graceful.
K for Kicks
I am learning to kick up into handstand and although I am still not able to go into handstand by myself, I am kicking higher each day and I believe that one day I will be able to do so.
L for Lila Malaya Kasal
A teacher and a friend. She has taught me not only how to execute the poses but to see the light in every tunnel. Her enthusiasm and attitude towards life has been an inspiration to me.
M for Music for Yoga
Music is used to provide a soothing and relaxing background while we practiced our asanas. I love to listen to music for yoga while I am working and the station Anima Lumen on www.live265.com plays the best types of instrumental, new age and Celtic music which are suitable for yoga and meditation. I have the pleasure of attending a Kirtan session with Daphne Tse, a regular performer at the yearly Bali Spirit Festival and was introduced to this genre of music which involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments in a call and response manner.
N for Never Say Never
When I first saw photographs of people doing yoga poses such as Headstand and Tittibhasana, I was thinking there was no way I could ever do them. Now, I know that by using the 2Bs – breath and bandhas, I will be able to execute these poses and more.
O for On-going Journey
I embarked on my yoga journey four years ago and am enjoying each experience where there is no permanent destination but an on-going journey of self-discovery as I go through each phase of my life.
P for Posture
Before I did yoga, I used to hunch my back. Yoga has improved my posture due to increase body awareness.
Q for Quite Mind
Meditation has taught me how to quite my mind when my life is in chaos and to focus on things that are present and not let perceived thoughts affect me.
R for Retreats
This year I have gone to two yoga retreats. Being able to do yoga and enjoy the beautiful sights of Bali and Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) have been a wonderful and memorable experience.
S for Strength
Yoga has helped to improve my physical as well as my mental strength. The poses have helped to strengthen my joints and muscles and tone my body. By learning to stay focus during the asanas, my mental strength has also improved as well as greater attention through body awareness.
T for Teachers
To all the teachers who have taught me, I wish to thank you all for your guidance.
U for Urdhva Dhanurasana
Urdhva Dhanurasana, my nemisis pose. The pose that taught me about the virtue of being patient; waiting for the pose to come to me when my body parts are opened and ready for it.
V for Virtual Friends
Virtual friends in the form of fellow bloggers who share their passion for yoga by writing about their practice and sharing and giving comments to my blog posts. . Learning that someone else is experiencing the same problem that I am having when doing certain poses makes it less daunting.
W for Workshops
I have attended a few Yoga workshops this year for the simple reason that the workshops provide a more in depth instruction on specific yoga poses. I also met a great teacher and sister blogger, Michelle Myhre when I attended her workshops on Forward Bends and Back Bends in July this year.
X for X-hilaration
X-hilaration (exhilaration) after Savasana especially when you have the feeling of having "returned" from somewhere.
Y for Yin Yoga
Yin yoga for days when the body needs a relaxing and stretching workout. Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to balance my Ashtanga “yang” practice.
Z for Zealous
Yoga has shown me that being zealous about something is not wrong. It can only get better and better if you continue to pursue it.