Namaste Yoga Festival in Jakarta – Nov 2013

A weekend of yoga with great teachers, amazing Indonesian food and relaxing hair spas – what more can I ask from a short weekend jaunt overseas?

In late November, I attended the Namaste Festival at Hotel Sultan in Jakarta. This was three days worth of workshops ranging from yoga classes to martial arts to recycle art. The yoga classes were the main attraction naturally. Because we signed up very early for the festival, we paid only S$130 each (it was a one-for-one deal) for the full festival pass. Barbara, who attended a similar festival in Hong Kong earlier this year, paid about S$500 for that event. This Indonesian one was a very good deal indeed.

The festival took place in downtown Jakarta at Hotel Sultan. We were fortunate that we were able to bunk in for three days with our Indonesian friend Rosiva who lived just 10 minutes away and didn’t have to waste money on accommodation.

The hotel grounds were humongous. All the tennis courts were converted into marquees for the yoga workshops. Here we posed at the pool.

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Yoga workshop with Briohny and Dice

Last weekend, I was convinced that I had developed visible stomach muscles after practising yoga for seven hours over two days.

“Look at them! I seem to have some muscles now!” I crowed, pointing to my non-existent abs. My friend Barbara wasn’t so convinced.

We were at a three-day yoga workshop conducted by instructors Briohny and Dice. This workshop was held at Pure Yoga at Ngee Ann City. It was going to consist of very strong poses, such as handstands, arm balances and various other athleticism. Actually, it was more like a slow gymnastics class rather than yoga, and that was the way I like my yoga.

Take a look at this picture below and you will know what I mean.

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Yoga – headstand

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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.

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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

Vinyasa and inversion workshop at Hom Yoga

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I took my first yoga workshop this Saturday at Hom Yoga. This is a boutique studio located on the 6th floor of Orchard Central (Somerset MRT) that specialises in hot yoga. The subject of this workshop, however, wasn’t hot yoga but vinyasa flow and inversions.

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