While I was in my 2nd set of 30 pumps in Kapalabhati, I heard a heavy breathing coming behind of me. As I turn over, I was totally surprised to caught my youngest daughter sitting in lotus position, eyes tightly shut, fingers tuck in chin mudra and she even follow the rhythm of my breathing.
…. but only cuter!
I can’t imagine how I look in kapalabhati, but for sure, I always tend to tensed my shoulder and frequently reminded myself to relax it. And that face expression too! Who in the h*ll wanted to caught looking like a donkey, huh?
Note: Kapalabhati is an exercise for the purification of the nasal passage and lungs. People who is suffering from asthma will find this very helpful as it clear up mucus and blockages in the chest. However, those who has high blood pressure should avoid doing it.
Short Talk – For people in la fitness maintenance means a lot. These are the serious consumers of fitness equipment. They are also the most frequent shoppers at vitamin shoppe and whether they are doing pilates or any other yoga form, they donâ€™t forget their supplements.
I have backache again. Yea, I did say “again” cos the pain will come and go. I’ve not been going for Yoga for the past one week cos I didn’t want to exaggerate my condition but to let it heal slowly or rather…. the pain will go off slowly by itself. I’ve thought of going for a good traditional massage to get rid of all the wind (or whatever you called it) but I’m a cheapskates. Dang!
And so they said Triangle Pose can help relieving back ache.
Sanskrit: Utthita Trikonasana
Short Talk – Around the onset of menopause, women should abstain from excessive intake of medicines to avoid the risk of unwanted drug interactions. Surgical measures like plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons should be postponed ideally. They should be doing regular yoga along with pilates.
Downward Facing Dog with Hip opening and Leg bend
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Fitball is also known as Swiss ball or Gym ball in some countries and yea, finally I attended my first fitball yoga on Sunday. What can I say about the lesson? Well, give a ball to any child and see the joy in them!
In Fitball Yoga, we uses a lot of core muscle strength and not forgetting, balancing. However, I do find that someone with a petite size like me should be given a smaller ball for better and easier grip. All in all, it is fun playing with the big ball.
At the mean time, no point talking so much. Will get myself a fitball to bounce at home. Woohoo!
Picture source at Google.
I will always be the first to go down and the last to come. The front view is too obscene, definitely!
Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)
However, I’ve observed few things while going down on this posture:
Lately I think my Pilates instructor a bit tau hong (crazy). I think he’s trying to kill us. In side plank, he make us reach out touching our toes for 8 times. I just touch my knee. Boh lat (no energy). He came over to me and whisper, “touch your toes!” Blueh…
Not only he kept us out of breath, last week, after all the panting and sweating, he concluded the class by saying, “today don’t have savasana.” OMG, I just wanna die.
Seated comfortably in a sitting position (Sukhasana) resting both hands on your thighs or knees with palms facing up and the tips of the fore finger and thumb touching, I always asked myself, why do our fingers has to be in Chin Mudra (as in pic) position?
So, this curious cat went and ask her teacher
for the sake of her blog!
“The hand positions are designed to help centre the energy in your body by creating a closed circuit for the energy to circulate.”
In a more simple words, by placing the forefinger and thumb together, the energy in our body will go round and round in our body without breaking. So powerful lidat.
Then again, I’m curious why our body need energy to circulate?
This happened few months ago during my first day in “Power Yoga” class under a male instructor. I tried very hard but can’t lift myself in Headstand. He tried to introduce other variations but I just can’t seem to adapt any. He then ask, “Are you a coffee or tea drinker?”
“Ah, by looking at your body, I can tell that you don’t drink any of it. Hmm… but you should be able to come up to Headstand.”
I just smiled shyly or rather embarrassed at his remark about me. I should have boasted to him, “Ya, I drink and addicted to it too!!!”
And last week, I heard him asking another Yogi the same question. I was like, wtf, so that is his pick-up line? This has became the gossip among a small group of us. I can’t believe my ears when they said, “Aiyah, he even said the same thing to me la.” *rolling on floor laughing*
On an unrelated topic, can anyone tell me what is the name for this posture?
My lengchai instructor used to utter ‘Jesus’. I do see some resemblance on the outstretched hand as the crucifix cross.
Deep Spinal Twist Variation
I have been haunted by hunch back since my schooling days. Whenever I am in Upavisthasana, I tried very hard to lengthen my back but failed miserably. Now matter how I roll and roll my shoulder, it just would not straighten. This is one posture that my Yoga Instructor constantly came over and corrected it by pulling my shoulder to the back. Ahh…. I feel good when she did that.
Ever since I took up Yoga, I would contantly reminded myself to walk-with-your-back-straight! But…but… hunching is so relaxing…. *puppy eye*
This post is by special request of a fellow friend of mine. The differences of Pyramid and Traditional headstand.
Left: Traditional Headstand. Right: Pyramid Headstand
And yes! During the photoshoot, I fell backward to the ground numerous times. Surprisingly, I felt myself like a feather. Gently falling down, gliding my butt on the mat, lastly my legs touching the ground instead of falling down like a log *TIMBER!*. Nothing breaks except for a sore neck the next day.
All well, ends well. Namaste, everyone!