Kids Yoga

Posted by admin on 02 Dec 08 - 14 Comments

kids-yoga1Not many yoga centers in KL hold kids yoga classes currently. Actually some parents may not know that kids from ages 3 to 12 years old can learn yoga too. I only got to know about kids yoga classes when my yoga centre started offering the classes last two months.

I had paid a visit to the Kids Yoga class as I was curious what type of yoga they are their actually practicing. Surprisingly, the kids are doing poses similar to adults. They also do warm-up at the beginning before starting the actual yoga. However, the yoga they practice is mostly is a mixed version which involved a bit of hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, power yoga, relaxing yoga and others. It’s very interesting as it involves lots of movement.

When the teacher asks them to go back to their places to start the class, the kids run back to their own yoga mat. Then warm-up started. When they were asked to do the pose, they did it very easily and fast. Their body is very flexible to perform the poses accurately and easily. Yet they show less concentration in each pose as though it was quite boring and tiring, having to hold each pose for some time. I guess that’s why kid’s yoga combine lots of yoga types which makes it more interesting.

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Different Ways to Learn Yoga

Posted by admin on 24 Nov 08 - 1 Comment

Ill health and the stress are unavoidable problems. How to maintain good health is always a favorite topic for many. Yoga is one option that can give you a boost both physically and meantally. But what is the best way to learn yoga?

Let’s look at the pros and cons of some of the options.

Some people prefer to learn yoga by themselves as they feel they can carry out the yoga anytime at no cost. You can by VCDs taught by some well-known teachers in video shops and even hypermarkets like Tesco and Giant. There are many types of yoga VCDs available in the market teaching people to perform yoga at home. But most VCDs are designed for basic to intermediate yoga practice to cater for the mass market. If you are looking to take your yoga to a higher level, then you will need to look further.

Books are also great way to learn yoga, especially if you wish to blend practice with theory. Although you cannot listen to a voice to direct all the poses to be done, however there are pictures shown in the book. So you can follow those poses and do yoga in the comfort of your home. Good books are readily available in bookstores like Popular, MPH, Borders and Kinokunya. Some of the books only contain pictures with the name of the poses, whereas some with the explanation of each posses perform.

prenatal yoga
Prenatal yoga classes in Malaysia is an underserviced market. If you can’t find a suitable class near you, one way to learn is through books but if you wish to do this it is good for you to have some basic yoga experience first. That way you will reduce the risk of injury and harm to your baby.

The best way to practice yoga is to join a yoga class taught by a good teacher. You will have a real teacher to guide you through the poses step by step. All the poses that you do during the class are observed by teacher and it is important to have a caring teacher to show you the proper alignment, how to get into and out of the pose. If there is any question to be asked regarding the posing, you can ask the teacher after the classes.

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In certain poses such as the Triangle Pose, it is easy to make a mistake in your alignment, for example by collapsing your back to try to reach your feet. Practising with a teacher will help to do such poses properly so that you will benefit from it.

So, which way you prefer? Choose it already? Then, don’t wait anymore, get the first step and go YOGA!!!!!

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Benefits of Yoga

Posted by admin on 11 Nov 08 - 6 Comments

Nowadays, any matter concerning healthy lifestyle has become a norm in everyday conversations, in any age groups and in all kinds of communities. The only concern is how is one going to achieve that?

The food we consumed everyday and our daily physical exercises are important to determine whether we are pursuing a healthy lifestyle or not. However, try as we may, it is never an easy task to set a proper balance of what we consume nor how much physical workout can we do a daily especially when we have other priorities in hand.

Yoga benefits

At the end of the day, we could only be achieving a minimum improvement to our healthy lifestyle regime. Then it’s back to the question, how?

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Cancer Research Info

Posted by admin on 21 Oct 08 - 3 Comments

From John Hopkins University Cancer Research Center

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
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Power Vinyasa Flow by YZ Teacher

Posted by admin on 03 Oct 08 - 6 Comments

Here’s a flow sequence by one of the popular YZ teachers Gilbert Ng.

Check out the graceful sequence of moves which also include balancing postures, combining multiple variation of crane, headstand, handstand, scorption, astavakrasana and more.

Never knew he is on YouTube! Go Gil!

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Yoga v Gym

Posted by admin on 02 Oct 08 - 3 Comments

So what does Yoga have to offer that the fully-equipped Gym does not have?

It really depends on your personality and what you are comfortable with. I came across an article in The Star yesterday titled “Fitting the Right Gym”. Quoting Mark Davis of Triyoga:

“If you want washboard abs and the ability to bench press your own wait and run a six-minute mile, it isn’t going to happen with yoga. But if you want a strong, vital body that feels light, dynamic and pain free, an elegant posture and naturally healthy eating habit, and a calmness and inner radiance that has everyone thinking you’re in love, then sign up for a yoga class.”

Well said indeed. But let’s face it… none of us yogis get to feel that good by just signing up for one class. Do it 2-3 times per week for a couple of months, and you really get what Mark Davis is saying.

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Yoga Mind

Posted by admin on 23 Sep 08 - 2 Comments

yoga mind

Yet another YogaZone ex-teacher – Nanci Traynor – has decided to branch out and start her own studio.

Yoga Dance guru Nanci is founder of Yoga Mind, which offers a yoga and wellness practice set in a comfy and homey ambience in Bandar Manjalara (near Sri Damansara),

“Yoga Mind”, like its name suggests, is about harmonizing the body-mind-soul.

Practitioners are offered a variety of Yoga, Pilates and Dance classes to add zing to their wellness routine. The studio caters from beginner to advanced levels.
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Urban Yoga

Posted by admin on 12 Sep 08 - 23 Comments

Maybe that could be the new name of YZ Kepong and Plaza Damas when all the smoke clears.

I didn’t even know they had a website, but here it is now:

Seems that a couple of YogaZone teachers are still there: Jess, Jessie, Chaniel, Au Yong, Leric, Dr Ameen, Ken, Kim, Pari etc. Quite an impressive line up indeed.

Just a thought, why don’t some of the teachers get together, invest some money and get their own yoga business?

Running a Yoga centre is one of the lowest cost business to start-up. There’s no capital equipment unlike a gym, what you need is a nice environment (most YZ outlets are already fully fitted out and just needs a little renovation to move in). And great teaching quality. Read more »

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Yoga Instructor Ninie on YZ Failure

Posted by admin on 11 Sep 08 - 5 Comments

You would really have to feel for the Yoga Zone teachers who did not receive salaries for 3 months or more.

After a couple of weeks silence, Ninie Ahmad (Yoga Zone’s “celebrity” instructor) is now posting on her blog again.

Just last month, Ninie shared her deepest thoughts and emotions over the traumatizing period: She writes on her blog:

“… when your life saving is zeroed,
– when your credit card(s) reached its’ limit,
– when your utility bills are mounting,
– when you can’t even ask for personal loans from banks because apparently your supposedly-deducted-EPF-monthly and annual tax deduction have never even been debited,
– when you had to ask for advance rent from your housemates just so that you can feed your car, drive to teach and pay for parking, Read more »

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YogaZone Attacked Again

Posted by admin on 10 Sep 08 - 2 Comments

Not too long ago, YogaZone’s Taman Desa outlet was smeared with red paint with reports that employees were disgruntled over the center’s management. From the original yellow color, the outlet transformed itself into a soothing green color.

Some thought it was for feng shui purpose!

But no mistakes about it now. Once again red paint ruled the day… this is how the green outlet looked like as of yesterday 9 September.


Another sad sight indeed :(

I thought Yoga helps one to calm the mind and spirit. No excuses for such a shameful act…. is vandalism supposed to solve any problem? Who would have done such a thing!

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