Fitness

Why Yoga isn’t Yoga Anymore

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I don’t know how it all happened as I started to attend fewer classes of yoga at the gym and beginning to find the yoga sequence monotonous. It’s just another downward dog, more stretching in the hamstrings and chaturanga which I’ve never been able to perfect it. It is becoming more like a routine and slowly, I began to draw myself away from yoga which I’ve once fallen in love so deeply with.

The universe must have sensed the vibes I was giving off and that’s how I ‘reconciled’ with yoga.

I was at Saakalya about a week ago for their morning yoga at their studio located at the heart of Holland Village, a 2-minute walk from Holland Village MRT.

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The yoga instructor, Alexandra Schmutterer, who is also the founder of Saakalya, led us for a classic yoga class that focuses on breathing with awareness. It’s all about going back to the heart of yoga where you breathe along with the rhythmic movements of the body through a heightened sense of body awareness.

I needed a lot of focus and mental clarity while engaging in some of the simple yoga moves and it’s uplifting and peaceful. The jitters that have kept me feeling jumpy since I woke up was all gone.

I soon began to realize how sometimes the difficult yoga poses I attempted in class robs me of my freedom to feel relax and comfortable in my body. Instead of reducing stress and increasing clarity, I felt compelled to get into the pose and found myself comparing with others. Soon, yoga was simply all about getting into that perfect ‘Instagrammable’ poses and looking beautiful, tone and slim in these poses.

Where’s the REAL yoga?

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I guess Saakalya has helped me find back pieces of what yoga is really all about. It’s a personal journey within and it isn’t meant to make you look like Beyonce after practising it for months.

The morning yoga I did last Saturday warms up the body gently with slow but purposeful movements that exercise the joints in our body. Finally, I found myself again on this yoga journey towards peace, harmony and happiness.

Yoga should be about finding yourself and rekindling that close relationship between your body, soul and mind. And if you find yourself lost in this journey of pursuing yoga, just remember to slow down and be open to learning and receive knowledge from others.

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The space at Saakalya is inviting. It helps that there is a huge balcony with some greenery as a backdrop. There is also an element of wood in the studio with the sturdy wooden furniture. It’s calming, spacious and soothing. It’s like you’re in Bali.

Saakalya (in Sanskrit) = entireness and completeness


Saakalya is more than just yoga. It’s a lifestyle brand that combined different aspects of wellness under one roof. They offer yoga classes, holistic retreats around South-East Asia and a collection of furniture and other home decors which are carefully curated by Saakalya.

Until we comprehend entirely about the world and ourselves, we will still be in this state of imbalance.

That is why when we talk about conscious living, it should be more than just the food you eat but also  the way you act and think.

My heartfelt thanks to Alexandra for the rejuvenating yoga session that brought me back to the heart of yoga.

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Do check out the following classes and workshops conducted by Saakalya. 




Classic Yoga 
Venue: Sentosa Tanjong Beach
Day/Time: Sundays (6.00 pm – 7.00 pm)

Trataka 
Concentrated candle grazing
Day/Time: Wednesdays, (8.30 pm – 9.00pm)
Costs: S$15

Yoga
Day/Time: 7.45 pm – 9.00 pm
Costs: S$ 50 fee per session
S$ 320 fee per series

Also, check out these free workshops conducted at Saakalya.

Thursdays @ Saakalya (Free upcoming workshops)
Jamu workshop
Date: 9 June 2016
Time: 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Venue: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #03-48
Introduction to scientifically proven yoga techniques for successful management of personal and work-related stress
Date: 30 June 2016
Time: 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Venue: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #03-48
Admission to both workshops are free and to RSVP, email your name to info@saakalya.com.

Saakalya
44 Jalan Merah Saga
#03-48
Singapore 278116

For more information and registration, please visit www.saakalya.com/yoga or email yoga@saakalya.com.





A travel and lifestyle blogger based in Singapore.

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