fear

Living With Fear

Jul 18th, 2012 Yoga 2 min read

People are so afraid that something might happen. To them, fear is so much more important than their dream. Don’t be afraid that something will happen, be afraid that nothing will happen. –   Herman Zapp The feeling of fear is extremely interesting. The pulse quickens; the palm get slippery and wet; the brain cells seem to diminish; thoughts are scattered; and the tummy goes…

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Desiderata (Desired Things)

Jun 26th, 2012 Yoga 2 min read

Many of us who have access to the Internet are constantly faced with First World problems. We are seldom satisfied with the things that we have, be it the love from someone, friendships, luxury goods, personal achievements, and the list goes on. I chanced upon this prose this morning and it speaks volumes about the ways of living a contented life, and learning to appreciate…

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Failure: The Ups And Downs Of Life

Mar 14th, 2012 Yoga 1 min read

How many people in the world can say, “I’ve never tasted failure in my life — ever.” My guess would be 0.0000000000000001% of the world population can attest to this statement. That is to say, the other 99.0000000000000099% would understand what failure feels like. Truth be told, the feeling sucks. It leaves an extremely bitter aftertaste and sends shivers down one’s spine. No one loves…

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Embracing Change and Going into the Wilderness

Feb 25th, 2012 Yoga 3 min read

‎Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. – Mary Lou Retton Sometimes in the pursuit of finding our true self, we come to realize that certain parts of our lives would have to change. This single word “change” never fails to frighten me. It often requires an individual…

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Aham Prema

Jan 21st, 2012 Yoga 2 min read

Aham Prema is Sanskrit for “I AM Divine Love”. “The mantra Aham Prema affirms one’s divine love energy within. A grand inner transformation is invoked, creating one’s highest essence of love. This emanation enhances all situations, everyday, creating a wonderful foundation for whatever one desires to manifest.” (source daniellecrume.com) I chanced upon this mantra recently and was immediately drawn to the sound of it. It…

developingtrust

Developing Trust

Oct 21st, 2011 Yoga 1 min read

A new day brings new experiences. I opted to do a home practice for my fourth day of this yoga challenge, just to enjoy the serenity and solitude of practicing alone. As I settled into my cross-legged meditation pose, it took me sometime to settle my active mind. My brain was saying: “I’ve no teacher to guide me along today. Seriously. What lesson am I…

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Being Alive

Oct 17th, 2011 Yoga 1 min read

Today’s intention was: To feel alive, and to be thankful for that feeling. Throughout my practice today, I tried to find meaning in this intention. What does it mean to feel alive? The core of our survival on Earth is the ability to breathe. The simple notion of taking in oxygen and exhaling it sends warmth and calmness throughout the body, inviting clarity into the…

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Be Selfish, Don’t Fret

Oct 17th, 2011 Yoga 1 min read

I took a long hiatus from yoga earlier this year because I was bogged down with work and the ongoings of life. When I finally decided to step it up again and head down to the studio, it was one of the best things I ever did for myself. For the opening address of the class, the teacher shared a simple idea which resounded deep…

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Be A Dreamer And Never Give Up On Yourself

Dec 15th, 2010 Yoga 3 min read

“Never stop dreaming because it’s dreams that will carry you far” One of my high school teachers back in Singapore passed on that quote to me during one of my lowest moments in life. I was sixteen and had just received news that I was declined a chance at attaining a prestigious leadership award. The exact words of rejection still ring clear in my head:…