March 2017: Island Immersion on Koh Yao Noi

Greetings from sunny and sometimes rainy island of Koh Yao Noi!

Immersing into this quiet and serene island has been really a grounding yet elevating experience.
No fanciful villas or tourist things. Just plain wooden kampong huts, simple thai food fare and the occasional authentic italian pasta and healthy organic cafe. 

The grounding tasks of doing administrative and manual errands, being in touch with the earthy elements balances with the uplifting element of deeper spiritual insight and development through the singing bowl experiences. 

The practice of karma yoga takes place each moment as I help out at Shima Healing.

When we humble ourselves to be of service with little or no expectations, we get to gain much more than we thought we would. I am thoroughly learning many life lessons and in a very compassionate, supported and mind-blowing way.

A Universe Made Of Strings. Everything is vibration and we are all really connected in one way or another. As they say. “ Your Vibe will attract your own Tribe” .. I see and experience it now how this works with the laws of nature in an intrinsic way :)


It is really beautiful to be surrounded by trees , flowers, plants all around the house. Maybe because I have lived in high rise apartments all my life I don’t get to experience the earthy elements of landed houses. 

Back home, I struggle with keeping plants as I always forget to water them and then they die. Boohoo....I’ve always wanted to build a small lil herb and veggie garden in the concrete jungle but lacked discipline in watering them everyday. 

Now, experiencing the beauty and abundance of greenery and herbs motivates me to become more attentive and appreciative to the relationship with plants. New goals to start small with taking care of smaller plants first. 

Plucking flowers, lemongrass/veggies to use for cooking makes me think why do I need to spend so much money buying them from supermarkets. 

It has been really a busy time with a gazillion errands to do each day but yet, the serenity and pace of life doesn’t make it stressful. It has been really inspiring and creating music seems a lot more in the flow! The people and villagers on this muslim island have also been friendly with their thai hospitality. 

I haven’t been using alarm to wake up as the morning roosters outside the room goes off at 5am-ish together with the prayers from the mosque across the road.  It feels really good not needing to snooze the alarm! 

I am thankful it is really cool at night and have been able to sleep without air-conditioning. 1 month on an island with no A/C could be one of the most uncomfortable factors for most city dwellers who needs a/c. But knowing me, I'm in the stage in life that I Enjoy Challenging myself in things I don’t like to do. Ha.

So… it takes roughly about 10 days for me to climatize to surroundings and be comfortable with the lifestyle. Ie. To live with insects flying every corner of your eyes each minute and the fear of them lessens each time I allow myself to Just Be. ( That also means to continually spray repellant like no one’s business!) 

I get to stretch out and have some yoga time each day.. but it’s so hot it’s just like hot yoga. Honestly, I have always thought Hot yoga can just be done without the heaters in asian countries; Just ventilate the room with a fan or 2 and the heat being built from within is a lot more powerful and meaningful than external heating factors. Save electricity !

Anyways, I’ll be here for another 2 more weeks before heading back home. Things are going to get really busy.. So much to look forward to when I get back . More super exciting news and updates to be released :) 

End off sharing a lovely card I picked that might inspire you to look within too. <3 

Take care, Stay Calm and Present and Be with your Heart.






February 2017: A Fiery Loving Rooster Year!

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A wonderful prosperous Fire Rooster Year to All!

This month is packed with travel, study and learning new skills in new environments. 

As I’ll be in Thailand for a month long as an apprentice with Shima Healing, some classes will be stalled for bit so I apologise for any inconvenience caused!

Things will pick up March onwards with new offerings, classes, workshops and events.


For the month of Feb, I’d like to zoom in an focus on the theme of Love, Light and Compassion.

Often, our relationship with ourselves is the same as our relationship with others. How do you nourish love for the self ? ( I hope it's not through validation from external sources in the material world!)  For the more spiritual peeps, Do you have a routine or meditation that allows you to draw love and inspiration from your various faiths? 

Regardless of faith , here is a really beautiful meditation I’d like to share about drawing and receiving love from Above while bringing your loved ones into the heart of it to bless, love and support them. Including yourself! 

I invite you to take some time after work or before bed, light a candle or incense and try this out:

Heart Temple Meditation


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  • Sit Comfortably
  • Bring awareness to the area of your heart
  • Imagine in your heart, a flame about the size of your thumb. Within this flame resides your heart temple
  • Notice this temple and the terrain that surrounds it. Gently sloping hills, gardens, trees, flowers
  • Notice the gently curving path leading to the entrance
  • Observe the details of the doors as you enter through it. This is your heart temple
  • Take in the layout, design, colours,the ornamentation
  • Become aware of the essence that presides over your temple. It may be Jesus, Buddha, Allah or any other supreme being that resonates with you. It may be something more abstract- the great spirit that moves in all things, universal consciousness, whatever to you feels like your connection to the Source
  • Take a moment to commune with this entity in a way that is nourishing and authentic for you.
  • Now, begin to welcome into your heart temple all those in your life you wish to bless,love and support. Your family, the children of your life, partners,friends, anyone you feel could benefit from this heart healing
  • As each person enters the heart temple, become aware of a light that radiates just above your head, like your own personal sun
  • Become aware of the other person’s radiating light, and as the two of you embrace your heart temple, feel these two suns merge. This person then communes directly with the entity presiding over your heart temple
  • Watch as this person is totally , and unconditionally embraced, merging light and love.
  • Experience this with each person you welcome into your heart temple.
  • Once you feel this heart blessing is complete for now, take a moment to bless the whole group as well as yourself.
  • As you feel ready, draw in a deeper breath and open your eyes.

Have you ever felt so big, happy warmth and happiness in your heart?

How about using that to connect to the people around us and help them in spreading the same feeling?

The world needs more Love and Unity even more during times of uncertainty and divide. May we be blessed with love, light, wisdom ,tolerance, compassion so we can bring this imprint out and heal the world. 


Love and Light,




January 2017: Happy New Year

2016 seemed to be really challenging for many, the world lost many talented and legendary music and movie icons, and in reflection, there had been lots of personal struggles along the way. 

I started the year with a lighted candle, taking a short silent meditation, compiling my wishes for the year for 2017 before blowing out the candle, allowing the wishes to be taken into the universe for it to resonate and manifest to the highest good of all. ( This happened after witnessing the Marina Countdown on FB as fireworks was choreographed to my band’s music. Surreal and grateful moment! ) 

I’d like to firstly thank you for the support through the year/s, whether a regular student, a pop in, or have come across any of my yoga and Sonic Flow™ classes and singing bowl workshops. I get inspired with each individual I come across with. 

This year is going to be interesting:

  1. Apprenticeship program starts for me at Shima Healing in Thailand. Yay! If you would like to know more about the Singing Bowl Courses offered here, hit me up! I'll be more than glad to help. 
  2. A lot more singing bowl workshops planned out with Shima Healing’s practitioners at Float Your Boat Therapy.
  3. Sonic Flow™ will commence again each month or bi monthly with some special collaborations this time round.
  4. I’ll be offering Self-Care Workshops that serve to empower you with accessible tools for daily self care through Yoga and Sound- Firming up the program and will be sharing the details in due time.
  5. I now provide private treatments with Singing Bowl Therapy at Float Your Boat Therapy. Check out  . You may book appointment through the website. 
  6. New class timings at Freedom Yoga


When I started blogging and sharing, I came with an intention to share more about lifestyle-ccentric posts that encompasses around holistic approaches and yogic philosophies with a monthly theme.  

I don’t fancy taking pictures much of myself or “selfies” /“poses” due to the introvert I am. When some people ask me why. It’s simply because it is not my liking to fuss around taking pictures whilst being a very private person. ( My family would know well that I hated taking pictures as a child. Lol ) 

Also, when I started my yoga practice 10 years ago in 2007, there wasn’t instagram and much social media to glorify yoga in a commercial and aesthetic way like it is now.
My learning experiences from Day 1 with yoga was more about internalising ,rather than exhibiting.

However I’d like to understand more about reader’s interests and choices for what makes them compelled to read further…so I’ve got a question for whoever is reading my blog or have been following:

What would you like to see me blog about?

You can reply in the comments below. I welcome any other question as well! 

I wish you much love, abundance, joy, happiness and contentment for 2017! 



December 2016: Tis' The Season..To Celebrate

Sunrise Yoga Class at Koh Yao Noi, November 2016.

Sunrise Yoga Class at Koh Yao Noi, November 2016.

I've been pretty swarmed with homework and geeky research so this would be quite a short entry for the final month of 2016. 

Seriously where did all the months go this year? 

I hope everyone had a fulfilling year!




Reflecting back, I am thankful and happy that I have made this year really productive. Doing Less ( being selective with what I’d like to get involved in) allowed me to have ample time doing More things that are meaningful and the opportunity to dwell deeper into various interests. 

Through these pursuits, I have met many many wonderful people from all walks of life that resonate and/or in similar journey. So many new beautiful friendships formed that are built on trust, love ,openness, support and spirituality . Whenever I feel a pinch of doubt or having a crappy day, I just think about all these connections I’ve made, and it does give that boost to push further. 

Maybe this is all about growing older and maturing or perhaps I just have an old soul. I value and enjoy engaging in conversations about wellness and the kinks on sound and yoga therapy. It’s just too mind-blowing not to share it with the world! So next time if we cross paths, do halt me if I am rambling too much! lol

Let's take a moment to celebrate all the achievements, struggles, tears, battles, frustrations and every little crazy or amazing thing that happened. Know that everything happens or not happens for a reason. Celebrate each baby triumphant step you take each day in your work, life and relationships. Self- assurance and acceptance is a start to many breakthroughs. Keep celebrating anyway!

Christmas is coming up and I love all the warming elements of the season . Eg. Warm spices, root vegetables, soups, scents etc.. 

So how about some citrus spice diffuser aromatherapy to fill your home this season?

2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

2 drops Sweet/Wild Orange Essential Oil

2 drops White Fir

Enjoy the aroma! Tis the season to be Jolly… Merry Christmas !!

May all your deepest desires and wishes come true and manifest abundantly in your life!



November: Slow Down With Thanks!

Slowing it down.....

Year ends are always a favourite time. The cool rainy weather sets in, perhaps travel plans are in the pipeline and more time to allow the years worth of activities wind down little. Although for some industries and individuals like myself, it can get busy! 

Either way, taking some time to allow our senses to quieten down brings us better perspective as we close the year in reflection.

What are some of the ways or activities that you can do to slow things down and be in Self-Care mode?

  1. Practise Yin Yoga ( I'll be teaching a Mindful Yin Class at lululemon duxton 11th Nov )
  2. Read an uplifting book
  3. Go for a massage
  4. Avoid jam packing schedules
  5. Take a leisurely mindful walk and breathe deep 
  6. Soak in hot tub with essential oils and relaxing music
  7. Live minimally- Less is More 
  8. 80/20 rule.  Plan to work wiser around chores/work/relationships and life. 20% of effort into whichever areas that leads to 80% success. I believe if you can grasp hold of the “ Less is More” concept and apply/Live it, this 80/20 concept becomes a lot more doable because one can already identify and recognise what are the areas that can be emphasised, which can bring most abundance or happiness. One can eliminate tasks or activities that don’t create enough value. Quality over quantity!
  9. Take time off each day and meditate on Gratitude for 5 mins!

One year ago I wrote about A gratitude practice “Count Your Blessings”......... 

How many of you actually count your blessings in daily life regularly upon waking and before sleeping? 

Gratitude and Love are really the highest forms of vibration that can shower us with much blessings and health. Though easier said than done. Stress is all created by the mind. When thoughts of gratitude takes place in the mind regularly, it can kick some ass by bringing light to stressful, negative thoughts. It doesn't make our problems go away for sure, but it allows us to see things from a different pair of eyes. It can give clarity and composure to our state of mind. 

Upon reflection in this past year with my personal gratitude practice, I’m really surprised how things, mindset and circumstances have shifted quite remarkably. Call it Law of Attraction.

New perspectives, opportunities have opened up in abundance. I have and am still working on letting go of some old false beliefs that prevented me from my life's journey. In the process of acceptance and letting go, comes freedom of being. 

Everything starts to make sense . Everything and anything isn’t by chance. Lessons are put in place for learning and growth. 

This month, I embark on a personal journey as an apprentice to my teacher/mentor Akiko at Shima Healing for the year of 2016/2017. I am thoroughly excited to be travelling to Koh Yao Noi, Thailand intermittently to learn and be of service to the healing centre, working on some programs and retreats, while helping out with her charity project on the island. I am really thankful to be fortunate enough to be creating life work through my passions. 

I will be also hosting more singing bowl workshops and sound sessions in Singapore with the Singapore team to spread this Sound healing modality with Tibetan Singing Bowls. 

Sonic Flow™ is picking up with the monthly pop ups at various spaces and I’m so happy and thankful that I’ve been working with people that resonate the same way! 

Last month was conducted at Palm Ave Float Club where some participants are able to try the float for the first time together with Sonic Flow. It has been so lovely hearing the feedback ! I've started experimenting with some sound recordings with the bowls, while on an intensive 22-week Audio Production course for Sound Healing with renowned recording engineer, David Gibson. 

The best of both worlds for me. Can't be more thankful than ever!


If you have not attended Sonic Flow™,  this month’s session will be held at the beautiful Yoga Seeds Green Room @Aramsa!  

May you have a wonderful November!


October 2016: Travel Wellness On The Road.....

Trying to fit in a yoga practice during travels can be challenging. What more during on tour in a band? 

There are many equipments and luggages to lug around!

I am responsible for 2 keyboards, 1 mixer bag, keyboard stand, personal luggage and a carry on backpack. That totals to 6 bulky and oddsize items. (Currently configuring how to downsize my setup for next year's tour!)

This is just part of our luggages/gears .

This is just part of our luggages/gears .

Although we all share the load, the constant shifting, pushing and lifting can take a toil on our bodies especially on our lower backs. While some in the band rely heavily on painkillers for an existing slipped disc issue, I offered up to be the in-house resident therapist/yoga teacher to ease up some discomforts on tour! Lol. 

Yoga Strap and Trigger Point Therapy Massage Ball are a wonderful add on for travels. Especially the ball! The ball is great on flights for the back, butt, hamstrings when on long haul /red eye flights and before going to bed.

Sitting on the ball for hammies, hips or sandwiching ball on the back of the seat and back muscle will do the trick. It is like accupressure massage on the go! 

Strap is great to stretch out the hammies and hips in supine position after long hours of sitting.
Place strap under sole of one foot, with hands firmly holding on to strap, pull leg closer to the chest with option to bend the knee if hamstrings are overly tight. Take a couple of breaths and relax. This can be repeated with hips rotated externally to stretch inner thighs or a twist to rotate internally to stretch the IT Band. Repeat on the other side.

Although I brought along my trusty Manduka eco-lite foldable mat and have sneaked in time to do a full hour practice , I know I would need to prepare for future tours that might not have luggage space for the mat or anywhere in the room for it.

So a practice can be adapted to just a hotel Hand Towel! Even Hostels, motels would have them so they are easily accessible. 

Here is a snapshot of a video I filmed for some daily instructional fitness activity that I sent to the band's groupchat ! hehe.

with both feet on the towel, stand in Tadasana, Mountain pose 2. Fold to Uttanasana, standing forward fold with palms at the side, 3. Engage core, and slide the towel back into plank, Hold a few breaths 4. With next exhale, use core and push arms down firmly, slide towel back towards palms.  5. Repeat 10 rounds. Note. Do not overly rely on quads to move, but rather transfer focus on to the lower abdominals. 

with both feet on the towel, stand in Tadasana, Mountain pose
2. Fold to Uttanasana, standing forward fold with palms at the side,
3. Engage core, and slide the towel back into plank, Hold a few breaths
4. With next exhale, use core and push arms down firmly, slide towel back towards palms. 
5. Repeat 10 rounds.
Note. Do not overly rely on quads to move, but rather transfer focus on to the lower abdominals. 

Working the plank with the towel this way works alot more on the lower abdominals .
It boosts energy, protects/strengthens the back from the heavy lifting and gets you fired up for performances!

I also attempted doing Sun Salutations with the variation of sliding the towel back and forth for a deeper core challenge than the usual way. 
The towel sliding method is widely used by seasoned practitioners working their way to sliding up into handstands and inversion stuff. 


Travelling is pretty much Vata ( Quality of Air in ayurvedic terms) by nature . I am very much a Vata person with some Pitta(Fire quality) as part of my Dosha (Ayurvedic term of body types) . I bloat very easily when I'm on flight and the gas built up gets really uncomfortable ( not forgetting various food allergies that contribute to that too). Having grounding elements like rice, potatoes and peppermint tea on flight helps for sure. The moving around cities, hotels, venues add on more Air into the experience and thus, it can make me feel "off" easily. Being able to have hot teas, nuts, snackbars, grounding scents help to ground and settle myself in better. 

Travelling to places like Australia and China challenges the dietary options I have. Having Gluten, Dairy and MSG allergy, I was always worried about the food. Antihistamines are always in my pocket as I would never know when an outbreak of reaction might occur. Chinese cuisine do have many Rice or rice noodle dishes but overladen with MSG and Oil !   I made sure I ate a hearty breakfast of oatmeal and porridge stuff to not only fill the tummy but to balance out the dry, vata energy with warm, earthy and healthy oil based foods. 

However, it was unfortunate that I caught a cold in between and took about a month to recover. I hated the feeling of drowsiness caused by flu meds and these natural remedies were really effective in managing the cold without the side effects on the road.

Doterra’s On Guard and Oregano oil are what I swear by. 

3-5 drops in an empty capsule goes alot easier on the stomach as oregano oil has a pungent and stingy sensation .

3-5 drops in an empty capsule goes alot easier on the stomach as oregano oil has a pungent and stingy sensation .

Oregano oil is

  • Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Microbial
  • Anti-Fungal .... and many many more

It contains carvacrol and thymol, which are two components that have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. They are nature's antibiotics! I have used them when I get sore throats, stomach issues and many more. 

On Guard is a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. 
It is similar to Young Living's Thieves blend. But personally I prefer On Guard due to its sweet scent of wild orange peel. A few drops on the soles of the feet or taking the capsules boost/protect the immune system along with some good quality Vitamin C supplements.


Other Must-Have ( tried and tested) Travel Essential Oils: 

Lavender oil: A drop on the pillow each night to help with sleep. (especially musty, dusty student hostel rooms in China!) Great for small cuts, wounds and burns too.

Peppermint oil: Bloating, stomachaches, clogged nose, nausea , headaches, rashes.

Balance blend: Blend of Spruce Needle/Leaf, Ho Wood, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. This is extremely pleasant and grounding blend I use on the road/flights often and using it like a perfume. 

Frankincense oil : A deeply grounding and protective oil for the vata nature of travelling. A short meditation/prayer in the room with Frankincense oil grounds, and also protects, from any eerie hotel room encounters ( We certainly encountered some in our drummer’s room. eep!)

I also brought my Zen Spray concoction to mist over rooms to make me feel like home.:) 

Hope this post inspires you to think about travel wellness and what you pack into your luggage the next time you hop on to your jetsetting adventures!

Although I have had many experiences of touring, I realise the body keeps evolving and changing, and of course, aging. I no longer have that high levels of energy in my 30s now compared to when I started touring in my late teens/early twenties. Late nights are exhausting and would rather retreat to rest or have a good soak in the tub before bed.

Each experience prepares me for the next, whether it comes from packing the luggage, wearing 1 pair of jeans for a week, downsizing my music set up, managing the day to day happenings, or figuring out how to sneak in a yoga sesh. It'll just get better. Being on tour can be tiring but I'd repeat this cycle over and over again because it is from these lived and shared experiences with a band of people who share and live the same goal, passion and drive that makes living worth living. Be here in the Now. And there were many NOWS that were lived with Rocking Greatness! 

When you have established a discipline to show up on your mat, you will naturally show up off the mat in your daily life. Yoga doesn't need to be practiced just on the mat, it doesn't need to be validated through instagram pictures,  it doesn't need to be showy, or overly focused on achieving a certain pose, it doesn't even need to be justified. Yoga is, Just Be, to be unified to each personal experience we have, to be taken along every and anywhere you go, with whomever you are with, however you interact with the world. It is a way of living life to the fullest moment in the present, in gratitude and contentment. =)

What is your Yoga? How do you take Yoga on the road with you when you are not on the mat?



September 2016: DIY Aromatherapy Recipes

Many have approached me after classes to enquire about the yoga mist I used during Savasana and what stuff is in there. :) So, because all good things must share, I shall reveal the heavenly recipe in this blog!

Aside from the Sound Therapy interest I have, I’ve been an avid Aromatherapy user since a tender age of 12, I loved geeking out at essential oil books , bought my first few bottles of essential oils at a shop in Tanglin Mall in 1996 called “The Essential Oil ” shop or something... 

By 16, my staple blend was Lavender, Bergamot and Geranium; A must have for those nights when burning midnight oil for O’levels. Bergamot was really one of the scents that kept me alert and focused due to its citrusy zing. Lavender kept the anxiety under control and Geranium balanced it out with its beautiful floral and nurturing notes.

Fast forward many years…..experimenting with various essential oils, my liking in scents matured, exploring woody, musky ones like patchouli, cedar wood, myrrh, Frankincense and sandalwood to name a few. 

It wasn’t until I took up an oil blending workshop with Alina of Abundant Earth, hosted by Little Green Dot that all of that love for EO came back. Armed with a better understanding of the oils, I have created specific therapeutic blends of massage oils, face oils, mist sprays, facial toner, aftershaves and shower gel! 

The blends are never-ending. I have various bottles mixed for, “Menstrual oil”, “Muscle and Joint oil” etc....
Check out for updates on The Art of Blending workshop by Alina. 
There are various DIY recipes available at by Militza too!

I haven’t used much commercial facial moisturisers for about a year and my skin has dramatically improved. ( Paired with a balanced and healthy diet of course!)
This simple easy and cost effective way is really great for those strapped with budget but would like naturally healthy skin without the effects of harsh commercial chemicals. 

About brands of essential oils.....

NOTE: Please only use HIGH GRADE Certified Therapeutic Essential Oils. 
Please consult your health doctor for any allergies in the safety of using EO's for therapeutic uses. 

After many years of experimenting and trying out various brands, it really is better to invest in a higher grade EO especially when you want to use it for therapeutic uses. iherb has some great offers on commonly known brands , but it really depends what you would like to use it for. Eg. I like using Rosemary EO from NOW to mix it with my all natural floor cleaner in the pail for extra antiseptic and cleaning purposes, but would most likely use better grade Rosemary EO for hair and skin use. 

I recommend supporting local brand, Abundant Earth or if you have more budget and like to explore deeper into essential oils and blends, try Doterra.

I have tried Young Living and Doterra with personal preference geared towards Doterra and its ethics more. I'm not big on the whole MLM thing but by being a Wellness Advocate, I get better deals with the oils for personal use. So these days I have a combination of oils from Doterra and Abundant Earth as part of my collection with some YL oils that I'm trying to finish. Robert Tisserand has been a long time favourite too. 

You can purchase Carrier oils like cold pressed almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil from They are much cheaper than if you are to buy them at the store here in SG. 
For the amber bottles, I get them at 
It comes in bulk purchase of 20 at a go so you can use them to create handmade gifts for friends/family! That's what I did last Christmas and everyone loved it. 


So here we go with the recipes!

Yoga Mist ( I called it 'Zen Spray')

60ml amber bottle with spray mist
15-20 drops Lavender EO
15-20 Drops Geranium EO  
5-10drops Peppermint EO
10 drops Frankincense EO

Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water until it reaches bottle neck.
Cover, roll bottle between hands to allow oils to blend and let it settle for a few days.

*Peppermint is strong and cuts through easily, so use it sparingly. 

Face Oil

15ml amber bottle with dropper
10 drops Geranium EO
5 drops Frankincense EO
15ml Grapeseed oil

Cover, roll bottle between hands to allow oils to blend and let it settle for a few days.

( Geranium for balancing , Frankincense for anti-aging) 

**This smells soooooo heavenly!**

Many years ago, I fell in love with Como Shambhala's Invigorate Shower Gel after discovering it at a hotel in Thailand. I secretly kept a few bottles, asking housekeeping to top up more because I had "used" them all. hehehe!
When I was more confident in the blends I made, I bravely attempted to make my own version of "Invigorate" Shower Gel at home! 

Invigorate Shower Gel

250ml Glass Amber Bottle with pump
250ml Unscented Castille Liquid Soap

10-15 drops Eucalyptus EO
10-15 drops Peppermint EO
20 drops Geranium EO
20 drops Lavender EO


Add all contents , give it a good shake and let it settle for a few days and voila, step into a shower spa in the comfort of your own bathroom!I am really satisfied with the blend! Feel free to tweak it to suit your personal preference. Just be more careful with the minty oils. Always good to start with smaller amounts first.


Happy Blending!



August 2016: Happy Hips or Not..??

I get really stuck when it comes to hips. It’s the biggest and most challenging physical thing for me to work on. I'm hyper mobile in every part of my body but the hip is at the extreme opposite. With a structurally misaligned, degenerative and elevated hip and irregular bumps on femur head , sometimes the simplest of movement or poses can be excruciating. 

I have extensively shared more about my hip issue and journey in my teacher training Blog. 
If you are curious and have the time , you can pretty much read all about my personal journey in yoga, healing, health and the gruelling, painful-but-pleasurable life changing teacher training here:


So....moving on..... I’d like to draw attention to the emotional nature of the hips. 

Deep pain and emotions we suffer from traumas and situations in life can get trapped in that area. When practising and working on these poses, bring patience, kindness, compassion and love to the area as we open ourselves to vulnerability. This is Ahimsa (non-violence), one aspect of Yamas, from the philosophical text of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga. When we approach our practice with non violent thought/emotions (  inner negative self talk, being overly harsh and judgemental about ourselves ), we will be able to move past the unnecessary and achieve certain breakthroughs faster. It can be a very empowering process through the release.

Aside from the emotional release, physical release of low back pain and tightness are being facilitated through the poses. There's also improved blood circulation to the pelvic and gastrointestinal organs which allows for better internal health. After all, our “second brain” is in our Gut, supported by the pelvis!


Here are some essential juicy hip poses to help with the release:

I wish you an Abundant August and keep those Hips Happy!






July 2016: Soulful Reads For Me-Time

You don't necessarily have to catch up on reading on a plane or at a beach holiday. I find it really therapeutic to read while waiting between commute, at a cafe, in between appointments and classes and before bedtime. The pockets of waiting time outside serves as great opportunity to dwell into books compared to being sucked into games and social media indulgence on the phone.

I am personally a non-fiction, philosophy and self help sort of reader. They aren't just about giving insights to knowledge and wisdom but also because they are so relevant , stuff that can be applied instantly to various situations. As a practitioner and teacher, these nuggets of wisdom from books are just going to remain as ideas and concepts until they are brought to life in experimenting and applying them to daily situations, classes I teach, people I meet and how I manage life in general. 

There seems to be a wave of people going through transitions, taking time off to reconfigure and recalibrate their direction in life, at major crossroads etc... I hope whatever juncture you are at, these book recommendations below may serve to your advantage should any of them resonate and inspire you in your own personal journey through life. I have read most of them and all have powerful messages within them. They have opened up my heart, mind and being, to new, compassionate ways of seeing the self, the world and the power we all infinitely possess and learn to harness it to wholeness and greatness!

May you be blessed with wisdom, love and joy with these books!


1. Light on Yoga - B.K.S Iyengar

A classic text for yoga practitioners and teachers. I resonate greatly with the philosophical wisdom of the late B.K.S Iyengar although I don’t physically practise the Iyengar style. 

Favourite Quotes: 
"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together."

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

“You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement. Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”

2. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

This book is such a magical read close to the heart. It took me places, inspired and transpired realisations and ideas into action that has since journeyed me to discover dreams and places I have never thought possible. I am so thankful for the wisdom of Paulo Coelho!

Favourite Quotes:

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

3. The Prophet - Khalil Gibran

Timeless, ageless book about freedom, tolerance, unconditional love.  Beautifully written .

Favourite Passages:
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.” 

“The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.” 

"Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' Say not, ' I have found the path of the soul.' Say rather, 'I have met the soul walking upon my path.' For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.” 

4. The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

4 Simple but challenging values in showing light about self-limiting beliefs that prevents us from living a wholehearted life .
Read more about the ancient toltec wisdom here: 

1. Be Impeccable with your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best

Favourite Quotes:

“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal.  Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves; it is why we don’t accept ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”

“God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, "I love you, God," is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, "Thank you, God," is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now.” 

“Also, go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth.”

5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,
   The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo

Before we can invite new opportunities and possessions into our lives, we have to clear out some clutter, make space for newer better things. The state of the physical space we live in reflects on our inner state of mind and emotions. When we are able to physically clear out material possessions, our minds seem to go through a cleaning process too, thus, eventually having more space, clarity and ease . I had such a merry time reading this book and so excited to jump right into the action.  I have always thrived on the motto of Less is More, and this activity reinforces this. Do we NEED that many shoes ? handbags? clothes? etc?? Are possessing material items a way of filling the gaps and emptiness of life? I am so happy clearing out dozens of thrash bags worth of clothes, misc items and donating them away. What's left are just the essentials. Never have I felt much "lighter" and clearer.

I have always harboured a morbid yet practical thought: what happens to my stuff if ever (touch wood) something happens to me at any point in my life? I’d visualise what conversations or scenarios could happen when loved ones pack and decide what to do with them. So I guess at the back of my head, I actually Do have it all planned out already. heh heh. Many items I currently possess are easily available for donation to the less fortunate. I have a wish to relinquish material and money things and contribute them back to the needy and/or organizations that need any form of support at that time. This is an easy a resolve for me as my life experiences has cultivated me to learn the art of detachment to the worldy possessions that most men thrived deeply in. It is the skill that one can learn to avoid the chains of bondage of over-reliance of material possessions. I believe the lesser stuff left behind at the deathbed, lesser worries to bring into the final rest, means more space to Live- enjoying the process of life and death. The only prized items are my musical instruments and singing bowls which need more thought to whom they will be donated or sold to eventually. Everything else are just necessities and disposables. Eg. I am happy living with just 2 pairs of slippers and 5-6 pairs of sneakers. Functional is the new Style, for me at least. How is your living space like? Are you a hoarder or a minimalist? 

This book is written in a simple and Kawaii japanese fashion so its really easy reading and enjoyable.

Favourite Quotes:

“Does this spark joy?”

“ When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: An attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

“Keep only things that speak to your heart”

6. You Can Heal Your Life - Louise L. Hay

We already know that many diseases start from the mind.  We have been thinking, fearing and feeling our way negatively to being in a state of Dis-ease. A line from the book states, “ All Dis-ease comes from a State of Unforgiveness” 

This is a book that helps us to understand the relationship between our bodies and illness through the mental patterns, belief systems, emotions that we hold to from years of conditioning. It comes with many exercises to work on so that by the end of the book, certain changes through awareness can already start getting shifted. There are a lot of affirmation-based work . As cliche as positive psychology can be, there are truths within it. The mind and human consciousness doesn’t define time and itself through past, present and future as we know of. So whatever we think in our minds, that will be what it holds for in truth for the moment. When we are able to connect the dots between our thought patterns that affect our moods and therefore our health, we would start being more mindful about how we treat ourselves from within. 

Favourite Quotes:

“Loving the self, to me, begins with never ever criticizing ourselves for anything. Criticism locks us into the very pattern we are trying to change. Understanding and being gentle with ourselves helps us to move out of it. Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” 

“We forget that we create the situations, then we give our power away by blaming the other person for our frustration. No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for “we” are the only thinkers in our mind. We create our experiences, our reality, and everyone in it. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our mind, we will find it in our lives.” 

“Your security is not your job, or your bank account, or your investments, or your spouse or parents. Your security is your ability to connect with the cosmic power that creates all things.” 

“Trust your Inner Guidance to reveal to you whatever it is you need to know.” 

7. Anatomy Of The Spirit- Caroline Myss

This is a more in-depth book about the connection of mind ,body and spirit. Healing doesn’t begin from outward in but inward out. Dr Myss brings together the universality of the 7 stages of 3 spiritual traditions: the Hindu Chakras, Christian Sacraments and Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. Reading with an open curious mind, I was wow’ed over by the synchronicities of the 3 traditions and in wonder of creation , the universal laws that brings us to one. Going deeper , Dr Myss explores the links between spiritual and emotional stressors that affect particular parts of the human body which illness manifests from. It gives insight to cultivating an intuition she calls ‘ symbolic sight’, where one can spot areas that are energetically unbalanced but hasn’t manifest into physical problems yet. I recently went for a Biofeedback session which the machine was able to pick out the information about the health of my organs , the health of my emotions and thought processes through gaining data from the informational field.
Like what these 2 books are about, it was able to spot the energetic imbalances of certain organs, which are caused by a certain emotion or thought pattern that vibrates at a lower than optimal frequency. It was a pretty accurate assessment thus, gaining a deeper understanding about my own internal , subtle health. Certain dietary changes are needed with more awareness of the inner work. Will definitely re-read this book to support and deepen my understanding and awareness of the anatomy of the spirit. 

Favourite Quotes:

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind” 

“your biography—that is, the experiences that make up your life—becomes your biology.” 

"Our goal while on this earth is to transcend our illusions and discover the innate power of our spirit. We are responsible for what we create, and we must therefore learn to act and think with love and wisdom and live in service to others and all life."

"When we harbour negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. It disables a person's emotional resources. The challenge is to refine our capacity to love others as well as ourselves and to develop the power of forgiveness. “

8. Mindful Relationships - Dr Richard Chambers & Margie Ulbrick

A must-have book that is valuable to be kept for reading over and over again. 

Relationships of any kind are about relating with people, communication is the medium to relating. Effective, loving and compassionate communication starts from the way we communicate to our innerselves. More often than not, our fears and insecurities are masked by the hurtful and insensitive words we speak (which comes from our emotions and thoughts) to ourselves and to the people surrounding us. 

What is mindful communication to you? 

Mindfulness in its notion is about taking a pause in the moment and be an observer of the present reality with non-reactivity, non-judgemental attitude. It is Definitely easier said than done. However the success in practising Mindfulness lies not within how good you are at it . Also, beating yourself up when you set expectations and then realise your thoughts are all over the place in the attempt to practise is also counter-intuitive. It begins with self acceptance and compassion, unconditional friendliness and love to ourselves, the moment and eventually towards the relationships we hold. 

It explores how parts of the brain ( Prefrontal Cortex vs Insula Vs Amygdala) function when we are on default mode vs mindfulness mode. It is possible to develop the “mindfulness muscle” in the brain and with regular practice, it will be strengthened and benefit us greatly. Neuroplasticity is what this process is. The brain has the ability to restructure itself with repeated practice of a certain habit or task. 

Favourite Quotes:

"Mindfulness starts with being. Only when we learn to quieten down and become intimate with ourselves and the world around us can we start responding appropriately. Prior to that, we are merely reacting. But once we learn how to be, we can discover how to bring that being into the world- into our work and play, into our relationships, families and communities."

"Mindfulness offers us the capacity to wake up.We begin to see the patterns that may have held us back and the ways in which we have been stuck or saying no to life."

9. Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking- Susan Cain

This is for the quiet warriors. 

“ How does the Introvert I am relate and stay relevant to the world that is dominated by extroverts minus the anxieties and awkwardness?
For many years, this nagging question was in my mind. I didn’t know where or how to seek an answer from. I often get misunderstood by people who think I appear snobbish, arrogant, or what locally we call "dao". But in reality, I am just shy, introverted, quiet, reserved, doesn't like talking much to people I don't know and definitely have low-zero attention seeking trait. ( But I can yak alot to close ones and it takes long time for me to warm up ). I am pretty selective but that doesn't mean unfriendly. 
A repeated comment on my primary and secondary report books were : " Amanda is a quiet and reserved student" " Amanda needs to participate more in class discussions" .
I do agree speaking up is always an issue I struggle with. So I challenged my intensed public speaking fear by well, becoming a teacher! I taught music to schools , 1-1 , and now yoga. Alot more can be done but I think the progress has been unbelievably evident. It's fascinating how a change in mindset coupled with readiness can spur changes that I never thought possible. Relieving and letting go of self-limiting beliefs has been one of the toughest battle I fought within. Still fighting!
I prefer solitude most of the time. Otherwise I don't think I would hang out with more than 4-5 people at a time as it really does drain me out. It's just the way I am wired perhaps. I won't usually be the one starting a conversation nor do I like to have small meaningless talk. So yes I can be socially awkward. Even more awkward during the days of being heavily involved in the media's limelight. I struggled with identity issues because being young and less skilfulI, I didn't know how to strike a balance between being comfortable with the introverted self within the overstimulating extroverted entertainment industry and its ridiculous expectations. I was feeling conflicted and socially awkward most of the time as I always felt displaced in any social situation. Being alittle under the radar now gives me space to be much more in my skin, and being confident of who I am. I've learnt to embraced the traits of what makes me, me with a little more TLC to the self. 

I am so happy to have discovered this book . A true godsent as the answers are all presented in there! Even better, there are tons of research done over the years, and so many case studies to relate with and learn from.
It starts with a historical insight to the transitional era of the Pre-1900’s ideal of Character as a virtue to the early 1920’s shift of Personality as a Virtue. Virtues like shardworking, loyal, honour, integrity now has been sidelined while charisma , fascination, dominant, attractive, energetic and forceful virtues have taken the place.

They say blame it on the media, and true that. 

To promote the charismatic personable ideal, people are encouraged to be more vocal, outspoken while injecting the hostility of the public eye unto the mass, and the extroverts thrived. This Extrovert Ideal became an anchor for humanity’s way of life up to now. In that era, the quiet, shy ones are considered a problem and the media perpetuates that with their advertising campaigns. 

A 1922 Woodbury’s soap warned “ All around you people are judging you silently”

Williams Shaving Company advises “ Critical eyes are sizing you right now” “ Let your face reflect confidence, not worry! It’s the “look” of you by which you are judged most often”

In the 1930’s, Lux laundry detergent run an advertisement featuring a plaintive letter written to Dorothy Dix, the Dear Abbe of those days.
“ Dear Mis Dix, How can I make myself more popular? I am fairly pretty and not a dumbbell, But I am timid and self-conscious with people. I’m always sure they are not going to like me…Joan G”

The rise of the competitive culture, hunger for social validation and media’s influence has obviously caused an epidemic of anxiety outbreak and self-esteem issues. What was even more shocking was the effect of this. A drug company, Carter-Wallace decided to cash in on this epidemic by releasing an anti-anxiety drug, Milton, in the 50’s, “ reframing anxiety as the natural product of a society that was both dog-eat-dog and relentlessly social…... Within a year, one of every 20 Americans had tried it. By 1960, a third of all prescriptions from U.S doctors were for Miltown or a similar drug called Equanil. “ Anxiety and tension are the commonplace of the age"  read the Equanil Ad. The 1960’s tranquilizer Serentil followed with an ad campaign even more direct in its appeal to improve social performance. “ For the anxiety that comes from not fitting in,” It emphasized. 

<I was churning in my stomach with disgust about these brainwashing madness. This piece of history speak volumes to the state of the prescription drug overdoses and abuses happening right now.  It basically gave birth to Big Pharma.  Being on Anti-depressants, Zoloft and Xanax for over 3 years to cope with my anxiety issues, the drugs nearly destroyed my life instead of saving it. It made the existing issue worse with side effects which needed other meds. It didn't make sense after a while and I started to realise the money making business within it.  At that brink, I had to cut it off and boycott prescription drugs altogether. They really ROBBED the life out of me , leaving me numbed and empty. I am so thankful for the yoga practice I had that allowed me to find some space to invite more love to the self and eventually felt more alive while adopting natural herbs and remedies to cope. >
Moving on from the historical accounts, it begins to unfold into data, statistics, case studies, stories that made me go “ Yes yes yes! That’s how it has been for me!” So insightful and reassuring. 

I am 2/3 into this book and I’d like to savour it really slowly. I begin to better understand the differences of the variants of extrovert-introvert types. We all possess a certain amount of degree of each, depending on what the situation calls for. If you have taken the Myer Briggs test on your 4 letter traits, If you are an “I” , this book serves as a great empowering resource!

Favourite Quotes:

“ Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe."

“Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling, said Jung, extroverts to the external life of people and activities. Introverts focus on the meaning they make of the events swirling around them; extroverts plunge into the events themselves. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone; extroverts need to recharge when they don’t socialize enough.” 

“Soft power is quiet persistence.” 

“a 2010 University of Michigan study shows that college students today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago, with much of the drop having occurred since 2000. (The study’s authors speculate that the decline in empathy is related to the prevalence of social media, reality TV, and “hyper-competitiveness.”)” 

10. The Chick The Parent The Wardrobe - Jacyln Chan

This book is special because the author, Jaclyn is my ex-schoolmate in secondary school. She reached out to me many years back to contribute a little piece of my story during the time I co-founded Thunder Rock School with some friends. Although I do not run the school now, I am happy my purpose was served during the founding days and watching it grow healthily under the care of the amazing team of musician teachers.  Here’s a snippet of it. 

This book is for the growing teenage girl, parents of teenage girls or daughters entering teens . It includes tips, advices, journalling activities and even letter to parents to allow them to understand what goes on in their kid’s mind during those awkward hormonal booming phase in life. A great gift to your female mommy friends or teenager !Do support her and grab a copy here:

To end the post, I'd like to share a beautiful spiritually grounding piece written by Reverend Jim Cotter, from the opening pages of "Anatomy Of The Spirit"- Caroline Myss. Thank you for your time in reading my nerdy soulful sharings! Feel free to share the list to people whom you think may benefit or in need of some inspirational reads. :) 


June 2016: International Yoga Month!

21st June was proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and founded by the United Nations as the International Day of Yoga

21st June was proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and founded by the United Nations as the International Day of Yoga

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. " In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Mr. Narendra Modi had said that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. "

Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru notes the importance of this day in the yogic tradition: “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.”
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I’ve had the honour in 2015 to facilitate a yoga session and a talk at SMU amongst 1000’s of instructors across the island/globe to be part of the First official International Yoga Day to spread the goodness of yoga! 

Sun Salutations/ Surya Namasakar



Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations consisting of 12 poses are pretty much the staple in most yoga practices/styles especially the vinyasa type classes. Different poses are sequenced in between various versions of Sun Salutations to make it a more dynamic and creative practice.

It is a great warm up and exercise routine while offering so much more benefits. When done slowly, it provides a great overall stretch for the body, when done at a faster pace, it can be a mild cardiovascular activity. 

Why should we practice Sun Salutations?

  • Improves blood circulation and heart health
  • Maintains healthy digestive and respiratory system, stimulating internal organs and facilitating maximum oxygen intake and removal of toxins
  • Build and maintain healthy strong bones, muscles and joints
  • Promotes flexibility, strength and stamina
  • Energizing
  • Balancing
  • Refreshes and Clear the mind 

A few rounds of Sun Salutations have the ability to shift the mood and energy from within.  It is traditionally practised at sunrise in the morning or in the day to energize the body and mind, when practised in the evening, it helps to unwind from the day. Sun Salutations are expression of gratitude to the Sun/Divine that gives energy and life to everything on the planet. 

The many benefits of Sun Salutations keeps the body, mind and spirit strong, calm and healthy from a regular practice and it is highly recommended to all yoga practitioners, young or old, beginner or advanced!
Roll out the mat and start flowing!


May 2016: A Gratitude Reflection + Sound Therapy with Tibetan Singing Bowls

A Gratitude Reflection

I am really blessed and thankful to have gained clarity through my personal and teaching experiences in enabling the process of Integrating all of my love and passion into One, unified purpose of Uplifting Humanity. 

It always baffles many, how my life revolve around many different things at seemingly extremes of the spectrum ( eg. being in a rock band vs being a yogi vs tibetan singing bowls), but actually, they all are quite the same for me. 

I draw many similarities within the layers of yoga and music, and music broken down to its fundamental is, Sound. 

After all, the world was created with word of sound.

I am very thankful to have met many teachers of various disciplines along my journey in life and in recent months, a deep shift started to happen after taking An Introduction to Singing bowl workshop with my Singing Bowl Teacher Akiko Igarashi of Shima Healing.

I bought one bowl at the end of the workshop and worked with that for 4 months in my personal practice and in yoga classes. The amazing shifts started happening. My personal practice reached more depth than before, I gained a new perspective of the world and experiences with a sense of clarity and calmness, people were smiling in bliss (even more) after savasana, not wanting to get up so soon. The calming wave settled the busy and stressed mind. 

The Learner trait in me got really curious about this transformational experience and the ancient wisdom of the bowls. I signed up for the Level 1 course in March for a week in Thailand and the experience just got deeper and deeper. I met so many wonderful people on the same path and glad to have found some Singaporean counterparts!  We now keep in touch and are planning for a really really exciting and meaningful event coming up in July!

I was able to be more attuned to my intuition in what we call “gut instinct”. I tested my gut instincts out on various occasions and I have had lessons learnt about learning to TRUST my instincts more. I have since learnt to hear what stories the singing bowls “sing” to me through developing a discerning ear and understanding the nuances and characters of the sound waves. This involves in hours of deep research and reading together with self experimentation, allowing the experiences to feed me with wisdom from within.
Having an extensive and thorough background in music certainly made the process really enjoyable and purposeful too!
The role of Music and Sound for me, has repurposed from an angle of entertainment, fun and self-fulfilment to a healing, therapeutic and educational angle to serve and uplift people and their wellbeing.

It is strange how even having Tinnitus and some degree of High Frequency Hearing Loss, this is actually opening me up to sensing and hearing on another level. The Ting Sha's have been helpful in managing Tinnitus specifically. I have also worked on some of my chronic pains with the bowls and it has miraculously reharmonized itself from pain level 9 down to a 2 !

Everyday is a learning experience to contribute back to the practice, teaching, learning, living. I am deeply grateful for the doors that opened up, the great big hearted loving people I have met, the wisdom and experience from the bowls, the students/clients that I have and people that matter to me who have been very supportive in this journey.

Sound Therapy with Tibetan Singing bowls + Sonic Flow™

For the first time ever, I am elated to introduce my newly created Signature, Sonic Flow ™

Sonic Flow™ is a signature that I have created that combines the 3 (Yoga, Music, Sound)  elements that interweave each other in a seamless fashion. 
This integration enables the body, mind, spirit to resonate in a healthy, happy manner. Aromatherapy infused, it inspires a multi-sensorial approach to the practice and experience, being able to draw a more conclusive connectivity to the entire self. It is designed to be versatile enough to suit a group or individual session.

For a group session, It is facilitated through mindful yin yang hatha yoga flow followed by relaxing sound meditation with the 7 singing bowls.

For an individual session, It is facilitated through yoga therapeutics suited for individuals’ area of concern followed by singing bowl therapy with placing bowls on or around the body during treatment.

Im pleased to be able to debut the group sessions in various events happening end of may and in June and have plans for workshops too. Look out for them!

I am also offering Individual Singing Bowl Therapy Treatment for those who want to skip the yoga and go straight to the soundwaves!

Please refer to the MENU for more description of each of them and book a slot with me today!



April 2016: Life in Balance

"The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life." ~ B.K.S Iyengar

"The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life." ~ B.K.S Iyengar

How often do we feel a harmony of balance with our body, mind and breath? 

Stress and anxiety, lack of exercise and various lifestyle habits may bring our bodies out of sync with our breath and mind. When our breath is imbalanced with irregular rhythmic patterns, respiratory issues arise, which would then bring about an avalanche of health ailments. 

Good breathing habits helps the respiratory and circulatory system to be charged up for optimal absorption of oxygen which contributes to healthy functioning of all systems within the body, voluntary or involuntary.

When we are able to harness the breath, it is a means to bringing a balanced mind-body connection into the present in harmony.

It is like riding the horse. If you are able to reign the horse with skilful control with ease , it would be a smooth ride. If you are unable to reign the horse appropriately, our breath and mind, like the horse, will be out of control. and sooner or later, you will be falling off the horse, falling out of sync with ourselves. The way one handle the reigns are like one is handling their breath.

Appropriate usage of breathwork into asanas can be challenging especially balancing asanas! Once mindfulness of breath control are applied while attempting the poses, one would move through success through the notion of effort vs effortless, precision, focus and determination. 

Approaching standing or arm balancing poses with light heartedness helps to lift the heavy cloud of self-expectation and over-achiever self off. When we try not to be overly serious about it and smile it off, joyfulness and lightness surface for this momentous experience.

Instead of going on about the world of balancing ( inversions, arm balances etc.. which I love to challenge myself with in my own time ), let's break it all down and start with the Breath. For without breath, we won't be alive to be executing the amazing poses anyway!

I live by the motto and belief that
Less is Always More. ( And it is Enough )

Balancing Calming Breath:
Nadi Shodhana ( Alternate Nostril Breathing )

- Calming and Centering
- Promotes balance between the two nostrils.
- Increases vitality
- Lowers stress and anxiety
- Beneficial for respiratory ailments
- Harmonises right and left brain hemisphere

1. In a comfortable sitting position, fold index and middle fingers of right hand towards the centre of the palm
2. Close right nostril with the thumb, Inhale deeply from the Left nostril.
3. Close the left nostril with the ring and pinky fingers and exhale deeply through the Right nostril
4. Inhale through the(same) Right Nostril, close the Right nostril with the Thumb and Exhale deeply through the Left nostril
5. This is One round of Nadi Shodhana
6. Repeat 6-10 rounds slowly .


What does a balanced life mean and look like to you? Are there any areas you feel out-of-balanced that you might want to visit, acknowledge and make some healthy changes to?

Approach with mindfulness, love and gratitude for each experience you encounter and enjoy the process!



March 2016: Speaking With Truthfulness

Ashtanga, the Eight Limbs of Yoga in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are essentially 8 steps that act as guidelines to be living a meaningful good life.

One of the Yamas, ( moral conduct on our behaviour ,ethics and sense of integrity) in the Eight Limbs of Yoga, is Satya ; Truthfulness.

What does being Truthful mean to you?

How do you practice truthfulness in your daily life from a place of love?

Staying True to your own purpose, your own voice and your own identity is a great starting point. 

It requires some courage, vulnerability and compassion to speak from a place of truth within ourselves, which then is communicated through the words we speak and how we speak it. 

We explore a few poses to stimulate and balance the throat chakra to seek and bring some balance to the way we communicate certain truths to ourselves and people around us.

Plough Pose 

- Stretches calves, thighs and hamstrings for leg flexibility
- Stretches spine and shoulders
- Relieves bloating and gas
- Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands,throat, lungs and abdominal organs
- Therapeutic for stress,insomnia, menopause, headaches

- Neck injuries
- Pregnancy
- Diarrhea
- Menstruation

1.   Inhale, raise the legs together slowly and gracefully without bending the knees to 45 degrees.
2.   Continue to inhale and raise legs further up to 90 degrees position and simultaneously bring the arms down placing them next to the buttocks.
3.   Exhale, raise the buttocks and the trunk without lifting the head. Support the back by the palms. Rest the elbows on the ground firmly to get better support to the back. Maintaining the legs parallel to the ground, straighten the trunk by pushing it up with the hands till the chin is well set in the suprasternal hollow. Inhale in this position.
4.   Exhale, bring down the toes further to touch the ground. Release both hands and rest the arms straight on the ground parallel to each other with palms facing the ground.
Maintain in this position for one minute with normal breathing.
5&6. Inhale, come back slowly step by step as 3,2,1 to rest he trunk on to the floor.
7. Now exhale and bring down legs to the ground.
8. Relax in Savasana.


- Similar to Plough pose
- Improves digestion
- Reduce varicose veins
- Tones legs, buttocks

- Pregnancy
- Menstruation
- Neck Injuries
- High blood pressure
- Diarrhea

1. From Plough Pose, lift one leg up with core engaged to steady the pelvis, lift the other leg up.
2.Bring both feet together and keep lifting tailbone up. 
3. Maintain thighs in line with the mid torso ,squeezing inner thighs more to lift.
4. Stay for 8-10 breaths.
5. Release legs back into plough pose and gently bring trunk and legs down to floor.
6. Rest in Savasana.

Fish Pose 

- Stretches hip flexors
- Stretches intercostal muscles around the ribcage
- Mood lifting
- Strengthens upper back and neck
- Stretches throat
- Relief throat and respiratory ailments
- Stress and anxiety relief

- Back injuries
- High or low blood pressure
- Migraine

1. Slide below the hips/buttocks, bring forearm and elbows tucked beside the torso.
2. Push down through the forearms and lift the upper back and bring crown of head touching the ground, gazing to the back.
3. Take 8-10 breaths.
4. Gently release the head and upper back down to the mat and rest in Savasana.

My favourite blue crystals! From Left, Blue Lace Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire bracelet, Blue Agate bracelet.

My favourite blue crystals! From Left, Blue Lace Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire bracelet, Blue Agate bracelet.

Blue is a colour of calm, creativity and communication. Surround yourself with all things blue or wear an accessory or two with blue elements to remind yourself about the creative communicative energy we intrinsically possess and learn to use it wisely to speak our own truth from within.

Till the next time!


February 2016: Loving Heart Openers

Start the month with Loving yourself right!

I believe in truly being able to love anyone in any kind of relationships, is to start loving yourself good as a starting point. 

How have you been loving yourself? Do you have more negative thoughts about yourself or positive ones? Do you get so hard on yourself with the crazy expectations and then get angry with yourself when things don’t go to what you expected?

Whatever is going on, is to have Self-acceptance of what your reality is. When we are able to be in a receptive mindset to Accept, we will be able to move along in being loving to ourselves, thus finding more ease and grace within our struggles. It is really easier said then done. We all have our own struggles and limitations to overcome but once we have cultivated this within ourselves, it can bring about powerful transformation. 

These Heart openers postures surely will ignite some lovingness to yourself and your practice, which will then translate to the people and experience around you. 

Heart openers are essentially back bends, that focuses on opening from the thoracic spine, just behind the heart! These will leave you feeling liberated, energised and having the posture of the heart ready for receiving greatness and lovingness.

Be sure to be creating space throughout the length of the spine. The lumbar spine is usually more flexible then the thoracic area so be sure to strengthen this area.

Practise a few rounds of Cat-cow to warm the spine up before attempting the poses listed below.


Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Benefits: Strengthens back muscles. Opens chest, shoulders, quads . Alleviates fatigue, anxiety, respiratory ailments. Energizing and mood lifting.
Contraindications: High/low blood pressure, serious back injuries, migraines

  1. Both knees on the ground, hip width apart, Hands on the hips. 
  2. Engage the quadriceps and bring hips forward, internally rotating the hips, drawing thighs to the centre. 
  3. Inhale and bring tailbone rooted towards the ground, creating space in the lumbar spine area and lift the ribcage out.
  4. Look up towards the ceiling and keep neck engaged.
  5. One arm at the time, swing it to the back ,catching on to each heel ( tucked toes for easier reach).
  6. Once both hands catches on toes, keep engaging hips forward, extend front side and breathe deeply for 5-8 breaths. Extend one arm out to the back for a deeper challenge.
  7. Slowly come back up with both hands on hips/lower back for support.
  8. Rest in Child pose for a few breaths.

Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)

Practice a few rounds of Bridge pose before attempting this. 

Benefits: Open and stretches chests and lungs. Strengthens shoulders, wrists,  arms, back ,leg and buttock muscles. Alleviates depression, back pain, respiratory ailments. Increases energy and mood lifting.
Contraindication: Back injuries, wrists injuries, High/Low blood pressure, heart problems

  1. Lie down on the back with both knees up, feet firmly on the ground hip width apart, keep heels as close to the sitting bones as possible.
  2. Bend the elbows and bring both palms face down to the sides of the ears beside the head.
  3. With inner feet firmly planted on the ground and palms down, lift hips up and gently bring crown of head to the floor, being mindfully to spread weight more towards palms and feet while staying lifted in the mid torso .Stay here for 5 breaths. 
  4. To move along to the full pose, gently press up all the way to wheel pose. Straighten arms , and turn inner thighs inwards. Take 5-8 breaths. 
  5. Slowly make your way down and gently bring both knees to chest and hug knees to chest for a counter pose and take child pose for a few deep breaths.

Regular practice will enable you to reap the benefits of the various poses in the long term.Stay focused, disciplined and be consistent in a loving manner!

I wish you all a Prosperous, Abundant and Happy Monkey year ahead and much more Love and Goodness in your life!



January 2016: New Year, New You - Setting Intentions


Happy New Year to Everyone!

I hope Christmas and New Year was a blast. 
The New Year has come and it is the best time to Reflect and Set Intentions for the year ahead.

This month's post will be short and sweet so as to start the New year with clarity, precision and ease!
You may write down the guideline below and keep in somewhere in view for daily reminder.

Let's start with listing our Reflections and Important lessons learnt in 2015, then list down Intentions you would like to set for yourself in this coming year. 

"Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.
Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.
Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.
Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. 

Stop being who you were, and change into who you are." - Paulo Coelho

List 5 Reflections/lessons of 2015

2015 was a year of :






List 5 Intentions for 2016.

2016 will be the year for:






Have fun with this process! Remember, we create our reality with the thoughts we have that will be translated into the world. 

Love and Light,

December 2015: Go Yin-wards and Celebrate!

Christmas Yinner Blessings To All!

Tis' the season to indulge in the year end festivities, parties, travels and gatherings. Focus starts to shift from work to home, friends and families. The weather also changes, from winter cold months in the northern hemisphere, and rainy, wet season in the tropical side of the equator.

As the weather cools down, there is a subtle shift within us as well. Amidst the activities, there is a need to start to slow down, unwind, let go of the year’s baggages and worries so we have space to receive what the new year is going to bring for us. Our bodies might feel lazier and perhaps find all excuses not to move around much even!

It is a time to go Inwards, find introspection, review what the year had been, and learn to let go of baggages no matter how hard it can be. Our inner intelligence is much more than what we think we are. We can start celebrating the small and big parts of ourselves, achievements ,set backs and struggles even , because what won't kill you will make you stronger:)

Yin yoga approach and its practice will serve us well in this season. Yes it is a slower, more inward approach of practicing poses. While to the impatient mind it can mean boring, there’s actually a myriad of benefits in holding to poses for about 3-5 mins.

There’s time to really get down deep into the connective tissues to release tension while the external muscle learns to soften itself out. This creates a wider range of natural motion within the joints.
Energetically, it can help the flow of Qi or Prana around the body and joints where energy can be stagnated.

Mentally, it allows you to learn and work around being comfortable with the discomforts that will arise, from the physical discomforts to the mental and emotional. When applying this to your daily life and struggles, you’ll notice some shifts in the way you manage things and you’d thank this practice for that!

Yin poses are Grounding, helps to Hold Space and to Relax into your being.

The pelvis plays an important role to determine the integrity of the poses, ie. More weight put on the pelvis, more grounding action is rooted .The longer length of time created and to hold space for yourself to allow whatever needs to be released and resolved.
More physical space = More emotional space!

By being soft in the muscles, we physically learn the action of letting go, moving from the stimulating sympathetic system to the parasympathetic system to help us Relax. The more we relax into discomfort, the deeper we can get into our system to release any tensions in all manner.

Once there’s integration in the approach, which I admit, may be quite uncomfortable to begin with, it’ll slowly grow on you. You may be able to start observing whats unnecessary and what’s important, and eventually let them go. There’s a huge power within ourselves if we only quieten down and Start Listening to ourselves from within in reverence, love and patience. 

3 Yin Poses




  • Decompresses Spine and relieves lower back aches
  • Hip opener
  • Great for the kidneys, and female/male organ functioning


  • If you have Sciatica, avoid this pose as it aggravates it. Elevate the hips with cushion if need be.

1.Sit on the floor with both knees bent to the side and soles of feet touching
2.Hold on to the toes with the hands and fold forward, allowing the spine to round.
3. Allow head to drop towards toes and Relax, Breathe deeply

***Cushion Knees/ankles if there’s pain/tightness performing it. Bring feet more forward.




  • Opens and lengthens the hip flexors, groin and back of thighs

***Cushion knees for additional support

  1. Come into a low lunge pose from Downward Dog and release knee onto the ground.
  2. Lift torso upright, place a palms on top of thighs and relax the upper body
  3. Sit and bring weight down towards hips.
  4. Breathe long and deep breaths for 3-5 mins
  5. Slowly get out and back into Downward Dog and switch sides.
  6. Repeat and then rest in child pose for a few breaths


Cinnamon is my all time fave spice to use in my daily smoothies, cereals and now Tea!

When boiled, the aroma brings about a welcoming and warming scent throughout the house, bringing a comforting smile on the face:) Its healing properties are also really a winner!

Here are 2 Tea Recipes to get cosy during this rainy season or winter, wherever you are. 


1.Hawthorn Berries, Rose Cinnamon Tea- Heart Warming and Calming.

Hawthorn berries are great for heart health,Rose opens the heart energetically and has anti inflammatory properties . Cinnamon is great for digestion and its anti inflammatory properties . The combination has a whole concoction of healing properties for various health ailments and immune strengthener for the system as well.


2-4 tablespoon of dried hawthorn berries
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon of dried rose


  • Soak dried hawthorn berries in water for 20 mins till soft.
  • Boil hawthorn and cinnamon in a pot of water for 10-15 mins.
  • Add dried roses into tea strainer in a teapot
  • Pour boiled goodness into teapot and let it steep in the dried rose for a few mins.
  • Pour out into cups , Enjoy the divine aroma and taste!

2.Orange Ginger Cinnamon Tea - Detox drink

If you would like more Oomph for the tastebuds and system, this is it! Zesty orange and cinnamon and zingy ginger for the digestive system, aids flatulence, detoxification and loaded with vitamin C :)


Orange peel of half of an orange, sliced into thin strips
1 Cinnamon stick
A thumb size of ginger


  • Put all ingredients into a small pot and boil for 15 mins or till orange and ginger aroma comes out.
  • Pour into cups and add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten and add some depth.
  • Enjoy the zesty warming drink !


Till the next one, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I wish you great health, more love and joy in your lives!

Love and Light,
Amanda Ling

November 2015 :Give Thanks and Get Twisty to Detox!

Begin and End each day with an Attitude of Gratitude.
— Amanda Ling

If you have been following my posts and/or attend my classes, you would have realised that I love giving themes to classes according to seasons, moon cycles and occasions. I resonate, and value the cyclical nature of life that happens all around us each day/night whether or not we notice it. I really enjoy planning my classes through researching and experimenting to bring a certain flavour to what I want to share each time. 

Following from my previous Halloween month post about identifying and overcoming fears from within, out from that dark side we come out of into a more light hearted November, a month filled with the spirit of Thanksgiving and sharing.

Although Thanksgiving is not as widely celebrated here in Singapore, it is a good time to reflect on all the experiences and lessons learnt this year thus far. Perhaps you have been caught up with work and life that you have little or no time to have a quiet moment on your own.

Now is a good time to show gratitude to ourselves, people around us and even our experiences before the year comes to a close.
Treat yourself to a nice meal, massage, holiday, cookout with friends/family, read an inspiring book, take up a new hobby( learning to make DIY skincare using essential oils is my new hobby. Pottery class might be next!)

I’d like to take this time to extend a cyber- Thank YOU! to All who are reading this, whom I taught/teaching/learned from, came across and even to those whom I haven’t met-but-could-be-future-collaborators/students/clients/teachers etc..hehe

Thank your for being part of this journey with me, I have learnt just as much from each and every of you the same as you would have learnt something I offered and hopefully be value of.
I am also deeply humbled that my mom made effort in attending some of my classes despite the aches and pains she's having. But that's why yoga is essential and therapeutic right!  I am grateful she is such a sport. It is a very special feeling to be able to be in a position of empowerment as a teacher to guide and assist a parent and family members towards better health and wellbeing! 

I have learnt a simple gratitude practice from my yoga and meditation teacher, Yvette Tee during her meditation workshop I attended some years ago. It is so simple to do but yet a challenging practice to keep up with as it requires the commitment to DO IT ON A DAILY BASIS.

It takes about 21-30 days to form a habit and stick with it. If you can get past a month, chances are, the practice becomes easier and more natural as time goes by.

We as humans tend to overload our minds with To-do lists,worries and issues from the time we wake up till we go to bed. Do you ever wonder what would be the ratio of positive vs negative thoughts we choose to input into our minds and the effects they have on us? Why not flood it with gratitude thoughts and give thanks to what we already Have rather than what we lack or not have enough of? 

What is this simple practice? *Drum roll*......... 3.........2...........1..........


When: Every morning when you wake up or before going to bed

How: List 3 things you are grateful for( could be what happened in the day, someone, situation etc...)
You could start by manually writing it down on a piece of paper or journal.
Feel free to list up to 10 or more if you want, the more the blessings, the better! You could also recite them in your mind.

Why: The practice of gratitude is known to help release dopamine in the brain, a hormone that makes us Happy! :)  :) :) 
Being grateful cultivates meaningfulness to our lives, which then contributes to Happiness!

If you want to take this practice further, getting a crystal bracelet of any stone of your choice can be a tool for this practice. Use the bracelet as you would with a Mala. Recite each Gratitude thought when your thumb runs through each stone bead, focus on the thought and feeling before moving on to the next one. You can apply it to the list or just repeat the 3 things till you have come full circle. Wear the bracelet throughout the day as a reminder and to keep those gratitude thoughts close to the heart.:)

Start your gratitude list now and keep it growing throughout life! Have fun with it and don't beat yourself up too much if you can't keep up initially. Keep going back to just 3 a day and start to feel the shifts within yourself.

Let’s Get Twisty!

Festivities, parties, holidays and food and drinks indulgence might be packed through to the end year, means foodies are going to indulge more than usual.(me included)

Moderation is the key paired with healthy nutrition and yoga poses to help with digestion in this season.

Here are 3 Twisty Juicy yoga poses you can incorporate into your practice or on its own.

What they can do:

  • Physiologically- to help with digestion, detox and maintenance in the abdominal muscles and internal organs.
  • Mentally/emotionally-  Twist out and let go of all the situations, emotions and things that do not serve you any longer
  • Spiritually- Allow the process to invite more Love and Joy through cultivating Gratitude to the Divine, Self, People around you, even your pets and environment! ( Don't we just appreciate clean air more these days?)

Revolved Chair Pose :
1. Stand Tall in Tadasana ( Mountain pose) and bend into chair pose
2.Palms together in front of chest , Extend the spine and twist to the right, 
left elbow touching the outsides of the right knee. 
3. Draw knees back to even out hips and put more weight towards the heels.
4. Keep abs engaged and take deep breaths. Focusing on twisting more with each exhale
5. Gentle release back to chair and switch sides.

Half Prayer Twist in Crescent Lunge
1. Start from simple crescent lunge with knees on the floor
2. Inhale, lengthen spine, palms to the chest and exhale twist to the right, left elbow outside of right knee.
3. Take 5-10 breaths
4. Release back to centre and switch sides.

Half Spinal Twist ( Ray of light pose)
1. Start in seated Dandasana, Staff pose with both legs forward.
2. Right foot cross to the outsides of the left knee
3. Right palms rest on the ground and lengthen few inches from the back
4. Cross Left elbow towards outside of right knee, fingers towards ceiling
5. Inhale to lenghten, exhale to twist to the right keeping gaze towards the back.
6. Take 5-10 breaths and switch sides

HOLIDAY FUN IDEA: Gather friends/family to play a game of Twister and incorporate these twisting poses as part of your move! Your game stamina might improve through practicing these twists. Game on?

**Did You know?**

Energetically, twisting poses move energy around the abdominal/hips which aligns and balance the Sacral Chakra (2nd chakra).

It relates to our creative energy,emotions, vitality, desires and dreams.
When we feel lack of energy, feeling unmotivated and down, working on this chakra through twisting poses can help uplift and inspire us, whereas if you are feeling too much energy in the head with frustrations and headaches, these will help to ground you in a balanced way.


The simplest, most effective detox drink:

Warm water with a slice of lemon each morning or throughout the day!

Optional: You want more oomph? Boil a thumbsize ginger water and squeeze some lemon juice and drink up:) Option to add honey if you like .

Drink up after a heavy meal and your stomach will thank you:)
Till next time, Happy November!

Love and Light,




October 2015: Overcome Fear and Embrace Change

The recent Super Blood moon Lunar Eclipse on 27th September, which was also the chinese Mid-autumn mooncake festival can be considered a powerful, significant and rare occurrence.

It is the 4th consecutive Blood Moon Total Eclipse in the past 2 years, ending the cycle Tetrad . It was also on my birthday weekend!

 If anything, it signifies the intensed built up energies that has led to this Full moon. It is the time of rising inner turmoil that has probably been unconsciously/subconsciously embedded deep in the darkness within us.  Situations in our lives are directed to this place of learning about this turmoil which could represent our old patterns, angers, frustrations and then to learn to let go of them. Change,transformation and a lease of new life will be facilitated from our deliberate, self-compassionate choices.


Full moons are known to facilitate the Letting go of things that don’t serve us. New Moons facilitate manifestation and what we want in our lives.


I am currently reading “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown and this cannot be more relevant a time. It directly addresses the heart of embracing, acknowledging our own vulneribility, working on our darkness, building resilence, and practising self-compassion, gratitude to overcome it so we could lead a happy, purposeful lives and contribute lovingly to our work, family and personal lives. I strongly recommend this book!

If you have some time , check out her TedX video:
The Power of Vulnerability

No one is perfect, and while some of us could be perfectionists by nature, it could well be great for some areas of lives, but it could short change the value of living in the moment and embracing contentment ie. When to know it is Enough.

Negative emotions and traits are often boiled down to just one word. FEAR. Fear of being not good enough, not rich enough, not good looking enough, of rejection, of not having something or Enough of something. The chase is perpetual. Ego and pride takes over and cover the fears through negative behaviours.  

This is a time of shift, to open up to our personal vulnerability , to acknowledge some hard truths we are not comfortable with or negativity we have that has been hurting us or people around.  Embracing vulnerability is Not Weakness. In fact, it strengthens you to be more resilient as you are making friends with it.

We need to build Courage to face our own demons, and OWN it. Own our stories, admit our flaws (coz no one is perfect) and lovingly ask the Universe/God to grant you strength and courage to overcome it.  Once we start putting blame on people and environment, we are regressing.  We make our own choices. And Change is being catalysed by progressively making choices into the direction we would want to head to.

It is a time of letting go and integrating our lessons learnt start to embrace changes.

Fear is going to be like the devils advocate once we are stepping out of our comfort zone . Fear of the unknown, unchartered territory as we are all programmed to be just living in “comfort” of a status quo.

Be courageous, take a bold step forward. TRUST THE PROCESS.

 “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” – Dr. Brene Brown

 It has been a very challenging year thus far in various aspects. I am deeply thankful how my yoga practice has always been the grounding force to my spiritual being. Lessons have been learnt and one of the most important aspect to embrace growth is Self Love and Self Compassion. When we are truly being compassionate and loving to our self, can be be authentically showing up to the people and world around us despite what is going on.

 “To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” – Dr Brene Brown

 What are some of the issues that are surfacing from underneath? What are the emotions and negative self talk saying? Perhaps, this a time to really face up to them, and not letting them hide under the carpet like before. Time to courageously seek out the darkness, and the light will come through the love that you can give.

 In yoga, we practice ahimsa ( Non-Violence) and Satya ( Truthfulness). Apply Ahimsa to the way we talk to ourselves, if we find any negative self talk, treat it with care and love. Be willing to accept the hard truths, stay true to your quest in your personal goals and when care and love is showered, Growth happens.:)


Here are some affirmations we can use daily to Amp up our courage!



As much as this is a serious post, I do encourage approaching it with Joy and Excitement in facing the challenges and discovering ourselves . We are constantly evolving so don’t be surprised what u used to think has changed. And what you think now might change next time too!



Love and Light,

Amanda aka Yogalingini


September 2015: Core Focus + Solar Plexus Chakra

Core Focus

The Core/Ab work fitness routine will always be popular no matter which era, discipline and background we come from.

Generally, most are motivated with achieving the “six pack” abs through crunches and spot training, which will only leave one with back problems, posture issues and compromising flexibility.

The deeper function of the core muscles serve to protect the spine and pelvis and provides flexibility around the torso. 

These 4 Yoga Core Poses + 1 Breathing Exercise strengthen the core, focusing on activating and strengthening the Transversus Abdominis, the deepest layer within the core.
Both dynamic movements and holding of these postures promote functionality, flexibility and strengthening at the same time.

1. Tiger Pose Variations

This is great for gentle core activation. The spine and hips get a nice stretch while toning the core and working on a balance.

Inhale to extend and exhale to bring knee to nose, keeping the breath and movement as synchronized as possible.  
Repeat 5 x on one side and repeat on opposite side. Rest in child pose after.

2.   Plank Pose


Easiest way to fire up the core. Endurance pose like this build willpower and inner strength!

Tip: Keep hands ,elbows and shoulders in a straight line, push hands down firmly onto the ground and round the upper back, spreading the shoulder blades apart. Draw the tailbone under and push heels back to engage thighs, lifting the core towards the spine. 

Take a few breaths, building up from 10 counts to more. Rest and repeat. 

* Knees can be lowered to the ground if you are still building strength but still engaged in the thighs and core.

3.  Boat Pose

One of my favourite poses! Not only does this strengthen the core but also the quads and back.

Tip. Bend the knee 90 degrees if back feels strained. Lengthen the spine and neck, open the chest and draw the core towards the spine. 

For static hold :Hold pose and regulate breaths for (10 counts) and release. Repeat a few rounds and progressively increase counts. 

For dynamic movement: Start in Half boat pose. Inhale, lower legs and back to low boat pose, Exhale, engage core and lift both knees up back towards chest into Half boat pose.
Repeat 8-10 rounds and rest. 

4.    Warrior 3 Pose 


As strong as a warrior we can be! This is great pose to build confidence, strength and endurance. It is a Strong pose with the challenge of balancing on one leg.
The belly is the central of this pose. Fire it up and engage it towards the spine to maintain stability and sustainability.

Tip: Be sure to engage the lifted leg, pushing it back while lengthening the arms forward in full engagement to avoid floppiness.

5. Kapalbhati Pranayama ( Skull-Shining Breath)


"Kapal" means Skull and "Bhati" means Shine in Sanskrit. The skull is illuminated through this cleansing breath. It helps in keeping the brain alert. It is a detoxification and purification process for the mind and respiratory system to promote calmness of the mind. ( This is great to detox the lungs from the current Haze situation in Singapore!)

The diaphragm and abdominal muscles are directly engaged in this breathing, helping to tone the muscles. 

Contraindications: Not recommended for people with severe respiratory issues, cardiac issues, hernia, spinal issues and high blood pressure.


Solar plexus Chakra

What are Chakras?

“Plexus”, is a centre, where a whole connection of nerves, arteries and veins interlace and meet.

Each Chakra controls and have a function over a each part of the body

These centres run along the spine and control all systems and functions of the body .These are subtle centres of vital energy( Prana, Qi).

There are 7 main chakras within the body.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is situated below the sternum. It is where personal power/ will power and self-identity resides in.

It's main characteristic is the Fire and energy to manifest our desires (from the Sacral chakra below). It puts mental Will to Action and where our "gut instincts" come from.

Yellow is the colour the represents this chakra.

When this chakra is Out of balance:

Under-reactivity presents low self esteem issues, fears of taking risks, lack of energy, lack of will, unworthiness etc..
On the extreme side, Over-reactivity presents arrogance, the need to control, obsession, self centredness, bullying traits etc

Physically, stomach ulcers, indigestion, chronic fatigue and low energy can manifest if its unbalanced on either spectrum. It directly affects the health of internal organs around the abdomen.

When this chakra is in Balance:
There is harmonious action within the physical, emotional and metaphysical state:    

-  Confidence with humility
- Joyfulness
- Able to express anger and sadness appropriately
-  Purposeful
-  Able to follow “gut instincts”
-  Have the sense of personal power
-   Accepting responsibility
-   Having a clear sense of Identity

Try this simple meditation of affirmations that empower and balance the Solar Plexus. 

More about this meditation here  

More about this meditation here


With Love,
Amanda, Yogalingini







August 2015: Beat The Heat with These 2 Cooling Pranayamas and Thirst Quenching Tips

Feeling drained from the heat? Or Feeling agitated and heaty?
It is no doubt when it comes to this part of the year on the sunny island of Singapore that we depend a lot on air conditioning and cold drinks to cool us down.

In the chinese TCM terminology, the body gets Heaty and in the Indian Ayurvedic terms, the Fiery element of Pitta is more prominent during this time of the year.
Tension headaches, heat stroke, fever, cold, mood agitation would probably be high on the list now , keeping you on the edge as stress levels rise like the heat.

Here are 2 cooling pranayamas thirst quenchers to keep cool and carry on

1.     Sadanta Pranayama

  • Start in a comfortable sitting position
  • Let the upper set of teet touch the lower set of teeth
  •  Keep the tip of the tongue just behind the teeth
  • Inhale through the crevices of the teeth and slowly feel the cool air moving slowly and continuously into the mouth, down the throat and into the lungs. 
  • he warm air is exhaled out slowly through both the nostrils. Feel the warmth of the exhaled air.
  •  Repeat 8-9 rounds to experience full benefits. 

Remember those days when we were young and we liked to challenge each other in who could roll their tongues ?

Well there’s finally a use of it!

This is a little more challenging cooling breathwork to have fun with.

  Sitali Pranayama

  • Start in a comfortable sitting position
  • Curl the tongue so it resembles the beak of a crow and partly out of the mouth.
  • Slowly inhale air through the beak and feel the cool air passing down the throat into the lungs
  • Slowly exhale through the nostrils, feeling the movement of warm air all the way up from the lungs through the throat and nasal passages.
  • Repeat 8-9 rounds to experience full benefits


There is a multitude of benefits of the above pranayama practices.

Muscular relaxation and overall cooling effect
Sooth eyes, ears and purify blood
Quench thirst ,manage hunger
Sensitising of taste buds and mouth


  •  Prolonged practice can help with allergies associated with cold.
  • educe tension,stress and induce mental tranquility
  • Reduce Blood pressure and acidity in stomach
  • Helps with indigestion

Avoid if you have low blood pressure, cold or sore throat.
People with sensitive teeth, missing teeth or dentures should avoid.
Generally avoid this practice during winter or cooler climates.

2 Nutritional Thrist Quenchers!


 I’m in love with the COCO!
Coconut water craze is on. It is nothing new on the shores of this tropical island.
Times have evolved from serving coco water in whole coconut to easily assessable cartons on the go. 

I remember as a kid and the fever came, my mom got me to drink coconut water, aside from barley ( another cooling drink) . All I knew was that it would take down the heat. 
Now being a wellness and nutritional geek, there's so much to celebrate about with the benefits we can get out of Coconut water!

Here are the top 3 benefits!

1.     Boosts Hydration, the natural way.
It contains electrolytes ( less sodium and more potassium than sports drink). Therefore a great go-to drink to replenish minerals in the body on a hot day, after workout, and even after episodes of diarrhoea.

2.     Cardiovascular Health
Studies have shown that the high potassium and lauric acid in coconuts  help in regulating people with high blood pressure, and promoting the increase on the good cholesterol (HDL) which help in maintaining good cardiovascular health

3.     Anti- Aging
It contains cytokines and lauric acid, which has significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic properties to keep cell production and growth healthy and minimizes skin aging.

 The next Thirst quencher is none other than Chrysanthemum Tea! It is widely consumed in the chinese culture, typically served in chinese restaurants or as a herbal drink with other concoction at a Chinese medical hall.

You can buy them off the chinese dried goods section at any supermarket. Boil some water and steep a handful of them and drain the flowers out.
Drink it on its own hot or cold. Or add honey :)

Here are top 3 benefits of Chrysanthemum tea

1.     Natural coolant
Widely used since the ancient chinese days of chinese medicinal science, it helps to lower body temperature during heatstroke fever or headaches.

2.     Relieves head colds and sinuses
It has high amounts of Vitamin C and possess anti viral properties to help in relieving colds and sinuses resulting from a viral infection

3.     Detoxification
It detoxifies the liver and helps reduce high cholesterol.

Hope this gives great tips on the convenient ways to keep us cool in the hot and humid weather. Till next post!

With Love,
Amanda, Yogalingini