Yoga – crow pose

crow-tara stilesSource: Tara Stiles

Arm balances have always been the bane of my yoga life. I couldn’t get into crow pose (pictured above) or do chaturanga, which is like a yoga push-up. I thought I didn’t have the arm strength. It was only until recently did I realise that I did indeed have the strength to do these things. It was a matter of technique – I was taught by Alicia how to shift my weight forward to get the balancing sweet spot.

On the other hand, my friend Barbara has always been very good at arm balances. Here is her crow pose. The difference between hers and Tara Stiles above is that her calves are not lifted as high.

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Anahata Yoga studio at Arab Street

Anahata Yoga studio is a small yoga studio tucked away in the back alleys of Arab Street. It was quite difficult to locate because it was not on the main street. Here is the entrance.

anahata yoga

I signed up for a two for $20 first time promotion, which allowed me the chance to try two power yoga classes conducted by Kiki. She came recommended to me by a colleague and I was told that she used to teach at Hom Yoga.

There were two studios at Anahata yoga and I only saw one of them because the other was meant for hot yoga. We were given mats and towels at the counter, which we brought into the small studio. I liked that the studio was small and could only house about ten students but the room didn’t have a mirror, unlike Yoga Movement, which meant that it was difficult to follow the teacher if you were right in front staring at the wall. The quality of the mats was also not as good as those provided by Yoga Movement or Hom Yoga; the material was less “sticky” and slightly harder to grip. Continue reading Anahata Yoga studio at Arab Street