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.

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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

Yoga – headstand

headstand yogaglo Source: Yoga Glo

The headstand was the first inversion I learnt in yoga. Well technically, the downward dog is also an inversion but this is the first inversion in which my legs were off the ground. The headstand is also known as the Salamba Sirsasana. This move requires some fearlessness, a straight back and some core strength.

headstand yoga

Alicia demonstrates her headstand here. Her body is not fully straight but actually you get a lot of stability even if you’re not ramrod straight. She goes into her headstand from a pike (i.e. with legs extended out) but that requires quite a lot of core strength. I found that the easiest way is to tuck your legs into your body first, like so: Continue reading Yoga – headstand

Yoga – warrior 1

After our weekly Sunday hot yoga class, Alicia got down to demonstrating the Warrior 1 pose. In the Warrior sequence, there are three poses. This is Warrior I or Virabhadrasana I.

Warrior 1

Her Warrior I pose is accompanied by a very deep backbend. It is not necessary to arch so far back but it’s a good practice for backbends. Similar to most yoga poses, this requires alignment of the hips – both of them should face forward. The back leg should be strong and not bent. The back foot can either be off the ground like what Alicia is doing or grounded at a 45 degrees angle. Continue reading Yoga – warrior 1

Yoga – dancer’s pose

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Source: Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev, one of my favourite actresses, is also apparently an accomplished yogini. Here is a recent photo of her (pictured on the right) holding a Dancer’s pose, also known as theĀ Natarajasan.

Now I’m not sure if being paleo has anything to do with yoga but I really enjoy practising yoga and have been trying to increase my flexibility for the longest time. I’ve been really lazy about it because it’s so painful to train. But for the past two years, I’ve been making new year resolutions to be flexible enough to do a split and have never reached that goal. I’ve gotten more flexible ever since I started yoga, yes, but the progress has been excruciatingly slow.

Dancer's pose

Here’s my Dancer’s pose. Terrible, I know. This pose requires both hamstring and spine flexibility, both of which I lack.

Dancer's pose

This is my good friend Alicia, who is also my yoga inspiration. Her Dancer’s pose is incredible as you can see. Her leg is nearly straight. I suppose she is even more flexible than Nina Dobrev! On a side note, Alicia’s sister Michelle has an interesting blog about travel and life in Singapore if you’re interested to visit.

I’m going to revisit this pose in a couple of months to see if I’ve made any improvements.