Backbend Demonstration by Kino MacGregor

Posted by admin on 25 Jun 09 - 1 Comment

A wonderful backbend series as demonstrated by Kino MacGregor. Covers advanced bow pulling, pidgeon, wheel and scorpion poses.

Please do not try this at home without professional guidance!

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The Best that you can Be at Beyoga

Posted by jean on 25 Jun 09 - 2 Comments

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KL Yoga speaks to multi-talented celebrity yoga instructor and entrepreneur, Ninie Ahmad, who is the Ambassador for Adidas in Malaysia, ex-Yogazone instructor and the co-founder of newly-opened boutique yoga centre, Beyoga.

Not a newcomer to being in the public eye, she has been a contestant on Fear Factor, a finalist for Nescafe Kick-start and published Malaysia’s first yoga magazine, Hati Yoga. Read on to find out what makes this yogapreneur tick.

How did you first get involved in yoga?
Ninie: Back in my school days, I used to be an avid athlete. Unfortunately, during my teens when I was studying at a boarding school, I developed serious asthmatic problems and had to be sent to the hospital almost twice every week.
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Yoga Block from O2LIFE

Posted by admin on 22 Jun 09 - 0 Comments

yoga-brickRemember all those Yin Yoga classes at YogaZone? And how you have to use those yoga blocks to help you stretch better? Look at what Taiwan yoga products company Orangestar came up with…

Their brochure says it is a multi-functional high density Yoga Brick which provides yogis with support in developing flexibilty.

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The alpha shape cut-out in the middle has a four-directional grip which provides stability while strenghening, stretching and aligning the body. For more info, download their brochure here or visit this website.

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Alright, it’s a little known secret that there is one ingredient in food that can help you to lose weight as you eat – its called “Water”.

Adults have to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day; more if you have an active exercise regimen.

An increase in water intake will not only help to suppress your appetite but also reduce fat deposits.
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Job Posting at Jasmin Yoga, Cheras

Posted by jean on 09 Jun 09 - 0 Comments

Attention aspiring yoga instructors! Jasmin Yoga is currently on the lookout for a yoga instructor who is also able to run the operations of one of her studios.

The applicant should meet the following criteria:

  1. Have at least 2-3 years yoga teaching experience (any type of yoga)
  2. Between the age of 25-35 years old
  3. Be able to teach 6 days a week
  4. Be able to take on the responsibility of running the studio which includes opening and closing of the premises, answering enquiries of students and taking charge of the studio
  5. Preferably living in Cheras as he/she is expected to help with opening and closing of the yoga centre in the mornings and evenings

The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to learn and train how to hone his/her skills, give demos and conduct classes under Jasmin Chan, the founder of Jasmin Yoga, who has over 20 years of teaching experience.

For enquiries, contact Jasmin via telephone at 012-281 3616 / 012-220 5616 / 9171 1616 or via email at jasminyoga@yahoo.com.

jasmin-yoga-jobJasmine Yoga (Studio 1) is located at 87-3, Amber Business Plaza, Jln Jelawat 1, Cheras, 56000 KL and Jasmin Yoga (Studio 2) is located at B3-12, Blok B, Plaza Dwitasik, Jln Permaisuri 1, Bdr Sri Permaisuri, 56000, KL.

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Fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga WorkShop

Posted by jean on 05 Jun 09 - 4 Comments

Learn the fundamentals of Iyengar Yoga with alignment, precision and coordinated breathing.

riana-a-singgihRiana A. Singgih is a certified Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher in Asia with more than 20 years of experience. She conducts international workshops and classes under the personal blessing of B.K.S. Iyengar. Riana regularly travels to Pune, India for continuous learning at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, headed by Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar and his children Geeta and Parshant Iyengar. All proceeds for the workshop will be donated to a charity in Malaysia that helps children.

Date: 21 June 2009

Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: Ojas Yoga (No.7-23-1, Aked Esplanade Bukit Jalil Commercial Centre, Jln 14/155B, Taman Bukit Jalil, 57000, KL)

Contact: 8994 9615 or 016-335 4773 (Felicia)

Fees: RM150

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Yin Yoga Training Course at Ojas Yoga

Posted by jean on 05 Jun 09 - 4 Comments

victorYin Yoga is a form of static yoga that is quiet and gentle, emphasizing on holding each posture for long periods to enhance muscle relaxation. Through this, Yin Yoga works deep in the connective tissues surrounding the joints, stretching them gently and helping create more space between joints, thus improving joint mobility and flexibility.

This 30-hour course will help you develop a complete understanding on the principles of Ying Yoga, the nature of your joints and its limitations, and teaching techniques to help you successfully conduct your own Yin Yoga class.

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Conducted by: Victor Chng, Singapore

Date: 17 – 20 Sept 2009

Time: 8.00am – 5.00pm everyday (Lunch break at 12.30pm – 1.30pm)

Price: RM 2200

Early bird price: RM 1800 (Before 31 July 2009)

Venue: Ojas Yoga (7-23-M & 1, Aked Esplanade Bkt Jalil Commercial Centre, Jln 14/155B, Tmn Bukit Jalil, 57000 KL)

Course Highlights:

The Theory & Practise of Yin Yoga

Learn about the practise of Yin Yoga and its relationship with Yang Yoga. Students will be able to practise different yin sequences and learn which areas to target in the body.

Understanding Joint Movements

This is a presentation on understanding the limits of movements of the body. Key discussions include: Tension vs Compression, Proportion vs Orientation

How to Teach Yin Yoga

Learn useful teaching techniques adopted by yin yoga teachers

Practicum

Students will be required to pass tests which include a written assignment on Yin Yoga, simple oral test on Yin Yoga and on conducting a real class.

For further enquiries, visit their website at www.ojasyoga.com.my or contact Felicia at 03-8994 9615 or 016-335 4773, or via email at inquiry@ojasyoga.com.my.

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Date: June 19-21
Time: 8:30pm on 19th and 20th, 3:00pm on 21st
Contact: yoga.dance.life@gmail.com
Venue: INDICINE -THE KUALA LUMPUR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (KLPAC)

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Gather the Energy is a semi-interactive ritual theater performance to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Participation is not required but it is definitely encouraged. In fact, by entry to the performance space you will already be participating!

Gather the Energy is something that must be seen to fully understand. Ritual Theatrics lie outside the written word, where knowledge beyond the word is conveyed. By using ancient ritual performance symbology, and combining that with cross cultural themes, a contemporary statement is made which has relevance to the audience in their daily lives.

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Studio W – Especially for the Ladies

Posted by jean on 25 May 09 - 13 Comments

Ladies have the luxury and freedom to wear and be whatever they want at Studio W, a fitness studio that caters to women only. KL Yoga speaks to Intan Suraya Hashim, co-founder of Studio W, on her fitness studio and her thoughts on yoga and spirituality.

Just For The Ladies

Classes in session at Studio W

Classes in session at Studio W

When Intan and Ikram first set up Studio W two years ago, their aim was to provide a comfortable environment where ladies could perform at their best without feeling self-conscious about the way they looked, a place where it didn’t matter if they were wearing a baggy-T or if they had no lipstick on.

As Intan explained, she had noticed that large gyms in the Klang Valley catered mainly to mixed genders or at most, allocated only a small separate section for women. There is also the constant pressure to dress up and look good at these gyms, which may be a hindrance to some.

Intan recalls a shocking incident when she overheard a crew member of a local gym refer to the ladies’ section as “the place where fat women exercise.” Strongly disagreeing with this “unhealthy concept where women are told they have to be a certain size and shape”, Intan was driven to provide a proper venue where women could feel confident about themselves and not be judged by their appearance. “By removing distractions, they can concentrate fully on their workout,” she said.

Intan energetically conducting a workout

Intan energetically conducting a workout

In addition to this, Intan wanted her studio to be friendly to all religions and cultures. At a ladies-only environment, muslim women could comfortably remove their head scarves for a good workout. The studio also conveniently provides a prayer room for muslim ladies who will not have to rush to or from their homes for Maghrib prayers.

Yoga and Religion

Studio W offers three types of yoga classes – Power Yoga, Flow Yoga and Alignment Yoga, which are conducted by her team of certified yoga instructors and on occasion, by herself. It was no wonder that Intan was taken aback when she received news that the National Fatwa Council had announced that yoga was haram in Islam on November 22, 2008 as it involved religious elements of Hinduism.

After much objection from the people, the issuance of a fatwa (Islamic ruling) prohibiting practise of yoga among muslims was later deferred.

Since then, Intan has been outspoken on the issue of yoga and religion. She appeared in a video for local news website Malaysiakini (http://www.studiow.com.my/press.html) and contributed a thought-provoking article to Shape Magazine on the controversial issue of yoga and Islam.

Classes in session at Studio W

Classes in session at Studio W

Intan believes that the whole debacle could have been avoided if only the Council had properly researched on and observed how yoga classes were conducted locally before issuing the Fatwa. “Yoga classes conducted in Malaysia do not have spiritual elements such as chanting or meditation, and are merely a form of exercise,” said Intan. She adds that,

Muslims in Malaysia are extremely grounded in their religion and do not attend yoga classes to seek out spirituality but for health purposes.

She has also clarified the issue with several yoga experts in the country who are of the opinion that yoga is not a religion, but simply a physical exercise. However practitioners may choose to incorporate their own spiritual elements into the exercise, though it is not compulsory to do so.

Intan encourages those who have concerns regarding yoga and spirituality to sit in some of the classes and observe the sessions for themselves before deciding to take up yoga classes.

The Business of Staying In Shape

Intan energetically conducting a workout

Intan energetically conducting a workout

Intan’s interest in fitness started in 2005 when she began attending Jazzercise classes to fill up her leisure time and to lose weight. For those who have yet to come across this form of exercise, Jazzercise is a cardio work-out with elements of dance, kickboxing, resistance training, Pilates and Yoga.

Seeing positive results through her weight loss, she was hooked. And since she had always desired to start her own business, it seemed natural that she would start her very own fitness studio with her partner, Ikram.

As she mastered Jazzercise, Intan would practise yoga on the side to complement her workout. Through her own self-practise, she found that yoga helped her become more aware of her body. “Yoga taught me to understand my body and respect my body’s limitations, and to progress through patience and proper breathing, without straining myself,” she said.

Classes in session at Studio W

Classes in session at Studio W

On the subject of the standards of yoga at her studio, Intan says she is particular about hiring experienced and quality yoga instructors as she believes that it is important for her students to learn the right techniques so as to prevent injuries. She also stresses on building long-term teacher-student relationships so that her instructors could better understand the needs and limitations of each of the students.

Intan certainly comes off as one who puts her students well-being above all else in Studio W. The spacious studio, located at Dataran Sunway in Kota Damansara, is a place not just for a great workout, but also where women can truly let their hair down, have a great full-body workout and build lasting friendships.

The spacious studio allows for large classes

The spacious studio allows for large classes

Studio W is located at 16-3, Jalan PJU 5/17 Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara 47810, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For further details, contact Intan at 012-324 5144 or via email at intan@studiow.com.my, or visit their website at www.studiow.com.my.

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A 30-hour pilates training course for professionals at Ojas Yoga, Bukit Jalil, will be conducted by Mike Leung (for instructor profile, look below).

Details are as follows:

Program: Pilates Mat Certificate
Course: 30 hours
Date: 16-20 October 2009 (5 days)
Time: 10am – 5pm (5 hours per day)
Venue: Ojas Yoga (7-23-M & 1, Aked Esplanade Bkt Jalil Commercial Centre, Jln 14/155B, Tmn Bukit Jalil, 57000 KL)
Fee: RM2,600
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