2011 is a year where I find myself immersing into my yoga practice by going to a yoga conference and attending two wonderful workshops besides going regularly to classes.
My yoga journey in 2011 started with a hiccup in January where I had to stay away from doing the yoga poses that put pressure on my right elbow which was diagnosed with tennis elbow. Following the doctor’s advice, I did not go to classes and only did restorative poses at home.
After one month of sitting out the yoga classes, I went back to classes regularly and found a new awareness to my practice. I find myself more in tune to my body, feeling every sensation and pain and learning to ease off to avoid aggravating the injury. As my elbow healed after going through a needle scalpel treatment, my practice began to grow stronger day by day.
Going to the yoga conference in Hong Kong provided me with insights on the shortcomings of my practice besides being able to practice and learn from some of the best gurus in the yoga industry. It was an experience that I cherished and hope to go through again.
The workshops with Gianinna and Raymond Lim were fun and the sharing of energy especially in the partner yoga sessions brought forth the importance of communication and learning to trust and support your partner.
Going regularly to the classes with Azmi Samdjaga at My Yoga Sanctuary has given me more confidence as I learned from him the techniques to go into the poses. I am also grateful to the replacement teachers, Viviane De Doncker, Raymond and Angie Teh for reminding me the importance of grounding and alignment in the poses.
I am now able to do a full headstand and have learned to control my bandhas to come down from the pose whereas previously I was crashing down from the pose. Bakasana (crow pose) has become easier as well as some of the arm-balancing poses like Eka Pada KoundiyanasanaII and Astavakrasana.
I have started to practice meditation on a more regular basis although it is just sitting in silence and listening to my breath for about 10 minutes.
2011 has been a very enlightening year in my yoga journey and I believe 2012 will also bring a lot of changes to my practice. I will be welcoming the new year sunrise on Sunday morning at 6.30 am with a group of practitioners doing the 108 Surya Namaskar at Taman Tasik Cempaka in Bangi.