🎉Singapore Giveaway🎉 I've been using the Manduka Pro Lite mat for 4 years & it still looks brand new! There's a reason why it's the chosen mat many studios use world wide as their studio mats including Yoga Lab. -
Mat info _ Great cushioning & stabilty. Not foamy so no wobbles. _ Durable with lifetime gaurantee. _ No it's not sweat absorbent but personally I think that's more hygienic _ So no it's not the grippiest mat in the world & you do have to break the material in but this also trains you to not rely on mat grip which is what I like it for. If you're the kind that pours sweat this may not be the mat for you but if you're a moderate sweater or have mat towels or are just happy to wipe sweat away. This could be your jam. _
I was contacted to review this mat for @mandukasg but because I already own 2 of these I did not the see the need to do an actual review or have another in my possession so they've allowed me to do a giveaway & even better I was able to choose a super pretty limited edition colour! _
To enter this giveaway all you have to do is like this photo & comment below a form of "Yoga Class Etiquette" you wish you saw more of just to keep things interesting & also educational. _
Winner will be selected at random this Wednesday 17th of Oct. You'll have to be based in Singapore (so sorry rest of the world!) & be willing to do a self pick up. _ Love E 📸 taken successfully this morning by D ❤ (everyone also comment that he did a good job!)
Perspective The majority of the decisions, judgements & opinions we make is very much influenced by the choice of perspective we use. And yes. It's a choice. I once worked for a yoga studio where we were graded on sweat level, music, the use of the weekly "theme" in class. To each their businesses own! :) I have been to classes where I barely sweat, no music but damn that class was so good. I have also been to classes where I sweat loads, there was amazing music but the class was not to my taste. In the end though perspective is what made me judge these classes, what I believe to be a good class or not is dependant on what I at that given moment was looking for unless I was open to the idea of just letting anything happen & rolling with the poses. Just like this video, to some of you all you may see is my need to work on alignment, gaze or strength. But for me all I see & felt on that day was persistency & the willing to show up, get back up even when I fell. For me showing this in IG also shows that I am human, that even as a yoga teacher I cannot do everything and that is totally okay. You do not have to be perfect to teach. Or maybe in your perspective you do have to be?. Some people love a lot of space in a studio, some people love practicing near others (like me 😅I like being a sardine in a full class) some like to be adjusted, have savasana rub downs (and I don't, please don't touch me) some like to continuously flow (I actually don't 😅unless the flow has purpose) & some like classes to be more broken down (like me!!!). There are so many variables to what a good or bad class, a good or bad IG post, a good or bad teacher is depending on what they're looking for, what their perspective is. In the end we cannot please everyone we are not superhuman. But can we afford to be more kind? Always. Understanding? Always. Compassionate & empathetic? Always. So if you are a student or teacher and you're being hard on yourself or others these days. I hope this post gives a different perspective :) #yoga
YOGA TIPS: STEPPING ON OR OFF THE MAT This is not so much a tutorial but more an observation of what I see happen in class. Some of you may notice I've been highlighting this a lot lately 😅. . Whenever coming into lizard pose, easy twist or even wild thing & fallen triangle, do you feel like you shouldn't step off the mat? If so, nothing wrong with that feeling. But just know that there is nothing wrong coming off the mat 😉 . There is also nothing wrong with needing to possibly step on someone else's mat too. As much as I love yoga mats, sometimes I find we can get stuck within the rectangle. Sometimes I wish I could teach a whole class with no yoga mats at all. But they do provide good cushioning & student to classroom organisation. So such is life . But I guess what I would like to encourage is that the yoga mat isn't everything. You can do yoga without a yoga mat & you most certainly can step off the mat to help you get the best or of your practice. So when hear the instructions "knee to shoulder, place foot OUTside of the hand" it's okay, to legitimately step outside if the hand even if it means having the foot OUTside of the mat.
I always like to say in class: "you can move anywhere! The front, back, side I don't care, just maybe not outside of the room 😅". Or maybe I need to start thinking beyond the classroom? Who knows! #PotentialIdea . Again sorry this isn't exactly a tutorial but given my recent story poll ya'll want the tutorials back so I will start working on it #hustlin .
Nonetheless I hope you have found this somewhat useful 🙆🏻 Love E
I've only been doing CrossFit now for 3 months but I can already see such a difference in my body. To be honest yes I was scared of "bulking" but in the end, I am more proud of my body's capability than it's physical appearance. I personally know a few women who physically look so strong (and they are!) but every time I compliment their muscle tone or physique they shy away or say their muscles are too big. It's such a shame for both men & women to be stereo typed into how we should & shouldn't look which in the end may make us feel like our body is never good enough. Too much this or too little that. .
F* that S* .
You only have 1 body & 1 life. You might as well spend that one lifetime loving the body you're in & try to be thankful for the amazing things it can do. And then you know. Take a picture of it and put it on Instagram 😜 #hopethatwasfunny Love E
ACHEIVEMENT UNLOCKED! It's been a while since I've felt like I've "progressed" in my yoga practice. To some I've probably regressed physically but mentally & emotionally I have grown so much especially this year. Really this month. But back to the physical cause ya know. Skillz gained are still gains! Last week in @heebs class he got us doing Pincha press. Which I've always kind of told myself I can't do. I've always admired @saraweeyogic & @fitqueenirene 's super graceful pincha press but just never imagined it for myself. Like to be honest I used the yoga excuse "let it go". But with @yrc.yoga next to me & Hee Boon in front of me magic happened. I tried it again at home after class. It didn't happen 😭 I blame the coffee I had was weighing me down. Lol. But this morning I was so exhausted from CrossFit & disappointed from one of my worst work outs ever (snatches I'll get you!) that I decided to channel my inner @yogoskenz & do some post workout yoga. I had @adellbridges words in my head "I'll just do 5 Sun A, 5 Sun B" well I got to 3 Sun B & suddenly visualised this pincha press & here it is. I know I've just name dropped a poop load but this is truly what goes through my mind when I practice. I visualise my inspirations & try to believe in myself. So here it is my pincha press 💪🏻 cause it ain't legit if it's not in camera! #JokingJoking #ItsForMyFutureKidsToSeeIUsedToBeCool #FaceIsntTouchingFloor #MyFaceIsJustVeryFlat #PressPerks
I am:. A teacher A practitioner A partner A friend A daughter A woman But most importantly I am human And that means I'm just like you. I'm no more special because I have a teaching certificate, I'm no more special because I can do this pose, I'm no more special because I have this Instagram account. I'm just like you yet different yet it is difference that makes what's common between us. So don't doubt yourself. You got this. You can achieve anything you want. Believe in yourself.
Thursday's are my favourite. 730am @crossfiturbanedge & we lift heavy 💪🏻 915am @heebs Wall rope yoga 🤤 perfect way to stretch out after lifting heavy 1030am Hatha 2 with Hee Boon again & usually involves lots of inversions which I love as it's rare I get to practice inversions in a class setting & @yrc.yoga will be beside me who is serious motivation. 1230pm finally back home & I get to finally stuff my face 3-5pm I'm either watching YouTube or napping 615pm teach Yoga 101 @yogalab._ as always we do all the back bends ❤ 730pm teach Level 2 90mins & we also do all the back bends 10pm home, David has beer and chips ready. . A student asked me today if something good happened to me as I seemed super happy in class. To be honest although Thursday is my favourite day sometimes it's also my hardest, I question why I want to workout, why I take so many classes & sometimes I also question my teaching & if I'm giving enough to the class. But once the barbell is in my hands, everything goes away. I just "Grip it and Rip it". Once I'm in class & I feel my teacher's & friends presence. I know this is me time. I focus, connect to my breath. Once I start teaching all nerves go away & all I can think about is what we need to work on as a group, as a class. Thursday evenings I always come home tired but glowing. It's def part sweat, part Singapore humidity but truly I love CrossFit, I love practicing Yoga, I love Teaching & I love coming home to my partner. When I let go of my troubles & focus on the task ahead, how can I not be happy. I'm so grateful & I'm so lucky for the life I have. That's how I Power my glow. _ #poweryourglow#FreshLoveSg#teamglowfitness#sponsored
🍤🦐. That's how I see @shademaya I ask her to chinstand while I hollowback. I look back at the photo & realize I should go for Maya's class more often 😅 Thanks for class tonight Boss. My quads came alive tonight in ways I did not know existed. ❤ #thatswhatfriendsarefor #dontwaitjustdo
Forgot I even had this video 😅. I know my Instagram can paint a very pretty picture of my practice & life. But just want ya'll to know that - that is all it is. A video or a picture. You don't get to see the many fails, you don't get to see the 10-15 attempted shots before the perfect shots. Guess what I'm trying to say is, although so much of my Instagram is the "best" attempt of what I do, there is so much work behind the scenes. No magical pills, no secrets. Just good ol' hard work 💪🏻
I'm the kind that always wants to run before I get hurt or before I am to fail. I very often would rather only do things I am good at to avoid disappointment than to try and be a disappointment. But fear is a feeling and fear is temporary. I am always afraid of getting hurt, I am always afraid of failure and so I work so hard to be the best I can be to try and never let myself hear "you can do better/you've done wrong" I hate to be wrong. I hate criticism. But hurt is also a feeling and thus hurt is also temporary I realized this the most this year and am really trying to be more understanding and empathetic to myself and others (trying being the key word 😅). To always try to do the right thing and when I do wrong try to admit it and do better next time. It's okay to be wrong It's okay to be afraid It's okay to fail . It's okay. The ego may hurt but it always feels better to apologize & rise above.
I don't post no make photos often. Like super rarely & to be honest the only time I ever really put on make up is for either taking photos, events or date night. Many of you saw my makeup removal video & I can't explain how damn liberating it was to do that & receive so much encouragement & make up stories like mine. That video led me to sharing my skincare routine which has led me to working with Fresh in their newest campaign ❤ Who knew taking off make up on IG would have such effects!!. . So this month I am collaborating with Fresh who you guys know I love & I personally actually spend money on. So just a disclaimer cause you know #socialmedia I choose the companies I work for with care & thought. So if you guys wanna win some Fresh stuff here is how -
1. Over the next 3 weeks share with us how you Power Your Glow through fitness. 2. Make sure to tag:. #TeamGlowFitness#PowerYourGlow . 3. There are 2 other teams (total 3) & the team with the most tagged posts will win!. #DontSayBoJio which means don't say I dont share for non Singaporeans 😅 . So what do you win?. ⭐️ All participants in the winning team will win a GlowKit worth over S40 to be redeemed at Fresh Boutiques🌸 . ⭐️ 3 most creative and unique posts in the winning team will win a S500 shopping spree at Fresh! 🎉 . I don't do things like this often on IG. I really choose the companies I work for so I just wanna say thank you to you guys & #FreshLoveSg for being amazing sponsors & supporters of my work ❤
There's going to be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes. These moments will change YOU. Let them make you stronger, smarter, and kinder. But don't you go and become someone that you're not. Cry. Scream if you have to. Then you straighten out that crown and keep it moving. - Erin Van Vuren