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Find that "Sweet Spot" - Crane Pose

Find that "Sweet Spot" - Crane Pose | Beyond the Silence | Scoop.it

From the first time I attempted the crane pose or bakasana and failed to the time when I was able to do it successfully and hold it for a few seconds took about three years. Granted, it was the last two months that saw me dedicate myself to the effort. As my teachers have told me, this pose goes beyond strength. It's about concentration, focus and finding that spot where gravity works with the pose to keep it in balance. The finished product is liberation. This article gives you a pretty detailed step-by-step. Gotta keep practising. Relax. And keep at it. MM

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Yoga: Your Stealthy Muscle Builder | Men's Health Singapore

Yoga: Your Stealthy Muscle Builder | Men's Health Singapore | Beyond the Silence | Scoop.it

"A Yoga session isn't just an hour of stretching - it provides a total body workout that tones and strengthens your muscles. Check out these five Yoga disciplines and find out which is the right one for you."

 

When I began learning yoga almost five years ago, I was amazed at the variety of yoga classes out there. As an eager neophyte, I tried out as many classes as I could get into. There were some classes, which I liked instantly, such as hot yoga and regular hatha yoga, there were classes that took me a while to grow into, such as advanced yoga, Ashtanga and Bikram Hot Yoga. As my strength, endurance, flexibility and focusing abilities improved, the more challenging classes became easier and more enjoyable. To reap the benefits of yoga, it's important to keep an open mind, and to play to your strengths, while strengthening your weaknesses. In this article, which I wrote in Men's Health Singapore, I've included some of my favourite yoga classes. MM

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A First-Timer’s Guide to Yoga

A First-Timer’s Guide to Yoga | Beyond the Silence | Scoop.it

The best way to approach your first yoga class is to just go with it. As you are doing it for the first time, sign up for a beginner, gentle or level-one class. Teachers in these classes are usually more attentive and will be exercise greater care in guiding students through each posture. There will be other students in the class, who appear more adept than you seem to be; relax, they've been at it a while. You'll get there eventually. Use your first class to discover your own capabilities. It is a journey, so enjoy it. MM

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Meditation Made Easy: Spiritual Reality - Journey Within (Guide to Meditation)

As with other yogic practises, to become adept at meditation, one needs to practice it regularly. For the untrained mind, meditation is far from easy. The "noise" can just be to much to permit one to find stillness. However, it's not impossible to meditate even in the noisiest of cities. The secret is to "Just Do It!" and to take baby steps.

 

I find that using a countdown timer on my iPhone helps me to progressively lengthen the duration of time I spend in meditation. When it beeps or chimes, I'm done. Start with a manageable five minutes and work up to 10, then 15, then 20, and so on. Before you know it, meditation becomes a natural action for you.

 

The Spiritual Reality – Journey Within video has been a useful instructional resource, in that it gets down to the brass tacks of meditation. Both beginner and advanced meditators can benefit from the insights found in this video. The animation is pretty kickass too, I thought. MM

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Saturday Mornings at Yoga Ethics

Saturday Mornings at Yoga Ethics | Beyond the Silence | Scoop.it

At 9.30am on Saturday, I’ll board the 966 from a bus stop along the PIE just outside Toa Payoh. The journey to Still Road takes 10 to 15 minutes and the walk to the shophouse on East Coast Road where Yoga Ethics is located will take an additional five minutes. There’s a coffeeshop on the ground level, just under the studio. That’s where I will get two half-boiled eggs and a cup of hot, sweetened, black tea – power breakfast for a yogi who needs energy to last two yoga classes back to back.

 

The first class starts at 10.40 and is usually full, so it’s good idea to turn up 10-15 minutes earlier to secure a place. Dr. Venky takes the class through a series of asana, teaching his students to be mindful of the sensations in the body during practice and not to push beyond ones limitations – a useful philosophy for preventing accidents and injury during a class. This active mindfulness also helps in improving the experience of each class.

 

By the end of the first class, at 11.40am, I’m relaxed and energised ­primed to take on the second class. There are usually fewer people in the second class, which means more space to move. Dr Venky will introduce a different poses during this class for the benefit of those who had done the earlier class. After two hours of yoga, I am usually hungry and tired. I’m out of there by 1pm, onto the 966 to go home for lunch and a nap. There are few better ways I can think of to spend a Saturday. MM

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