How Yin Yoga Helps Me Through My Difficult Pregnancy

Last year, I purchased a 100-class card at a local yoga studio, good for a year.  It fitted my regular practice: besides my self-practice, I also attend formal classes at least 3 times a week.  Three months into the program, I was expecting my third baby.  Unfortunately, my yoga studio did not offer prenatal classes.…

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Maternity Shoot

Originally posted on Travel Tales of a Yogini:
Due to my pregnancy, I haven’t been able to travel this year.  During my first trimester, I was supposed to go to Singapore with my family.  But I was deplaned (with my little daughter crying because Mama cannot go with her anymore) due to threatened abortion arising…

Lord of the Dance Pose

Natarajasana or Lord of the Dance Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words nata meaning “dancer”, raja meaning “king”, and asana meaning “posture’.  Nataraja is one of the names given to the Hindu god Shiva in his form as the cosmic dance. This pose has always fascinated me because it represents events that may, at first, glance, be catastrophic.  Yet, just like the Shiva the…


Prenatal Backbends

I have never been a fan of backbends, particularly the deep ones.  As my pregnancy progresses, only a few remaining backbends are available to me.  These, I do not practice, as I prefer the gentle seated poses that stretch my hips and hamstrings.  Yet, during my maternal photo shoot, the most natural poses that occurred…

Baby Bump

Pregnancy Weight Gain: Being Mindful with My Diet

Carrying my third child has been very challenging for me so far.  During the first trimester, I was ordered bed rest initially for two weeks.  When I thought the risk of miscarriage has passed, two more episodes of spotting sent me to bed rest on and off until the end of the first trimester.  It was…

Triangle Pose

Modifications in Pre-natal Yoga

I totally stopped asana practice during my first trimester due to doctor’s orders.  As I entered second trimester, I restarted my practice, feeling weak and awkward.  There are a lot of poses that are no longer advisable and with the remaining asanas, modifications have to be adopted. I am now entering into my 3rd trimester…


Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

I started my daily yoga practice around two years ago and with my third child, I plan to sustain my daily practice with pre-natal yoga.  For now, I was advised bed rest, so any asana practice is off the table.  But with meditation and breathing, I still continue my yoga practice.  I can’t wait to…

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Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Originally posted on Travel Tales of a Yogini:
The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of ancient government buildings.  The center of civic and economic life in Republican times, the Forum also maintained an important role during the Imperial times.  Located between the small valley between the Palatine and Capitol Hills,…

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The Roman Colosseo

Originally posted on Travel Tales of a Yogini:
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.  Just east of the Roman Forum, the ampitheatre was the largest of its kind of the Roman Empire.  This is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and just one look at it, you will feel the enduring…

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The Roman Pantheon

Originally posted on Travel Tales of a Yogini:
One of my favorite sites of the ancient Rome, the Pantheon was built by Agrippa during the reign of Emperor Augustus. (27 BC – 14 AD) and rebuilt by the emperor HAdrian about 126 AD.[ Emperor Phocas gave the pagan temple to Pope Boniface IV in 608 A.D., who then transformed it…

Triangle Pose

Extended Triangle Pose

The triangle pose is one of the first asanas I have learned, yet, one which I find challenging.  Challenging in the sense that I find difficulty in creating awareness about how my body should be aligned in this pose.  I am quite flexible in my hamstrings and I have a tendency to just “hang” into…


My Love-Hate Relationship with Hip Openers

When I started my regular yoga practice two years ago, my hips were so stiff that I was wondering how my classmates could easily cross their ankle against the opposite leg, bend forward and squat. I could hardly cross the my ankle, let alone bend forward or squat!  Today, I tried the flying pigeon in my home…

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Visiting Malaysia’s Garden City

Originally posted on Travel Tales of a Yogini:
Seri Wawasan Bridge Putrajaya is Malaysia’s federal administrative centre where the seat of government shifted from Kuala Lumpur in 1999.  It is a planned city 25 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur.  In Sanskrit, “putra” means prince or male child, and “jaya” means success or victory.  The development of…