Satya Yoga

True to Oneself

We believe there is no shortcut to Yoga — perseverence, focus, and practice provides healthy body and mind. Yoga is a journey of a lifetime and commitment is the key ingredient. At Satya Yoga, we offer a wide range of Yoga styles to help meet your goals:

Adeline Lum and Shirly Oh are certified Yoga teachers and healers.
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Sessions can be conducted at various studios island wide or at the comfort of your home. We also hold special classes, workshops, and events at other suitable venues.

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  • Yogivist Series : I AM The Architect Of My Body by Wendy Wong

    By Satya Yoga | March 23rd, 2014

    Wendy shares how yoga has helped her to become more complete and whole – by listening to what her body (really) needs!

    I started to practice yoga because between work and raising a family, stress had become a ‘normal’ part of my daily life. I started to look around for a lasting and holistic approach for my health issues which leads me to yoga.  I find that yoga comprises of deep stretching, breathing and meditation. Most importantly, it emphasised ‘me’ , my whole self. My body is my temple which as an architect of my body I wanted to ‘build’ a strong self, mind and soul.

    Yoga has helped me to open up a new me! I am getting more fit and toned every time I practice yoga. Most importantly, I move with greater ease as yoga increases my muscular strength, flexibility and endurance. Yoga has helped me to deal with stress, ailments and the curveballs life tosses at me.

    I am inspired by Mr William J. Broad - “The Science Of Yoga”. In the book, he detailed out the risks and the rewards of yoga. The studies and experiments done on patients, practitioners, doctors themselves practicing yoga on certain asanas, the rewards are far more prominent.  For example, the sun salutation, if done rapidly and repeatedly has the elements equivalent to a cardiovascular workout.

    The biggest change for me since I started practicing yoga is I have learned to take a more calm and easy approach to life, things and situations happening around me. I ‘listen to my body’ go up to the point of resistance, but never beyond to avoid injury. Taking things and emotions step by step, in my stride, promoting inner calm in me. I’m more aware of myself and surroundings, at times, pausing to listen to birds singing and making my world a beautiful one instead.

    Being healthy means to have a better body and mind. I view these two as an important aspect of me as no point being healthy but deep inside, is a empty shell. I’m taught to be always mindful on and off the mat by my teacher, opening up my senses and feelings to my surroundings wholeheartedly. I can experience my whole self together with long deep breathing focusing on my inward to heal my body and mind.


  • Makes Those Muscles Tremble

    By Adeline Lum | March 23rd, 2014

    As the saying goes –  “ Do one thing that scares you everyday.”

    This does not mean that we have to attempt risky activities that will have the potential to injure us openly.

    Let me share with you the one thing I do everyday that scares me in many different ways.

    Every morning on the practice mat, I am facing those fears that popped up to surprise me. The fearful thoughts of falling over appear again and again.

    Sometimes even before stepping on the mat, I already dread the 75minutes of tough practice. “ Oh… how am I going to endure through this today!”

    Sometimes I entertain them; sometimes I simply ignore them.

    Nevertheless, they show up promptly at the pose that I tend to hesitate. It seems like these fears know me so well. 

    However regular my practice may be over the years, I still walk off of the mat with a body full of trembling muscles.

    My spine still feels like it is going to shatter into bits of Lego pieces.

    My hands shaking when I’m holding a mug.

    And even those wobbly thighs that make me feel like toppling down from the stairs.

    While many of the students think that yoga teachers have reached a level of pain-free practice and that we may not understand the physical agony they are going through.

    We know.


    Because fear never leave you and me.

    In the moment of unawareness and distractions fear sneaks in.

    While I used to think the element of fear is a bad thing – instead of allowing it to paralyze us – why not make it useful for us?

    Every time as the practice makes your muscles tremble it is also an indication that you are progressing.

    Over the period you will find yourself gaining more strength and able to handle more stuff than before.

    We tremble because we are walking into new ground, we are pushing ourselves into another new level of exploration. 

    Diamond does not appear mesmerizing just like that. It is a black rock covered with dust and grime when first dug out from the ground. It becomes a precious piece of jewel after burning it under high temperature and polishing over a period of time.


    When those doubtful thoughts arise, it is a good opportunity for us to ‘burn’ (learn) through them and become stronger.

    We will shine and become a good piece of jewel too.




    Quoting a verse from the yoga sutra:

    2:43 Tapas burns away impurities and kindles the sparks of divinity.

    Tapas, in this case can be suggest as our internal fire of self- discipline that we ignite by the practice of yoga – to burn and remove what is not part of us – so that we are able to reveal the pure joy within us. 

    While along the way in our life, we are being thrown at many perceptions and expectations of others.

    And unknowingly, we too mold ourselves to fit into these expectations – and we need the internal fire to blast out all the false beliefs and break any bad habits that we are engaged in – thus we can see clearly and know who we actually are.

    So, no fret that your body trembles after each practice, it’s good sign that you are getting some work done for yourself!


  • Tug of War : Body vs. Mind

    By Shirly Oh | March 23rd, 2014

    Which is stronger? The body or the mind? It is debatable depending on which way you are looking at it.

    The body can be easily controlled but the mind can wonder whenever it desires. Try to ask your mind to stop thinking of a white elephant, immediately it pops up in your head. Think of a lemon now, you begin to salivate.

    The body is a reflection of our mind. We are what we think.

    However, pure thinking is not good enough either. If you think you can, but you are constantly doubting yourself, chances are you can’t accomplish what you set out to do.

    So the key is CLARITY. Be clear about what you want. Be specific and laser in on your target.










    How can we apply this to our yoga practice?

    Your body is going into a posture and your mind is whispering – ‘I am stiff’, ‘I cannot do this’, ‘I am tired’, ‘My neck is hurting’, ‘My arms are too short’, ‘I am too heavy’ etc.

    Your body wants to do it, but now the mind is saying all these. Guess what happens? Confusion happens.

    Whatever you are telling yourself, your mind takes in the information and the body reacts.

    So the next time when you step on your mat – LISTEN quietly and intently. What is the mind saying and how is your body feeling and reacting? If you feel contraction or tightness, it is likely a false interpretation or self-sabotaging.

    Take a deep breath and keep the mindful practice of listening and feeling to your mind and body.

    “Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff.” – Krishna Pattabhi Jois

    Join our weekly Ashtanga Yoga class to develop a mindful yoga practice and experience a deep transformative process.

  • Build A Rock Solid Foundation

    By Shirly Oh | February 2nd, 2014

    After a few years into the practice I was feeling a sense of ‘dissatisfaction’ in the practice. Like something was missing. In 2012 I decided to search for the missing link and that led me to Ubud (Bali) to practice with Prem and Radha from the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Centre. From there onwards my practice took a radical shift. Through their guidance and sharing I have discovered a ‘new’ way of practice. They taught me a very important lesson. I needed to build a rock solid foundation to my practice. To some extent I had to relearn some of the ‘old habits’ and get the new ones forming.

    The foundation of Ashtanga Yoga stems from breath, gaze (dristhi), posture (asana) and bandha (root lock from your energy centre). When we engage all these four prongs together the practice changes. Amongst the four, bandha has been most talked about but rarely understood by many. You can hear the breath, see the posture, engage your focus but bandha is one that you have to feel. It is invisible in some ways and yet only the very experienced teachers can tell from your practice. When engaged correctly bandha can activate the most powerful part of the practice and makes the practice flow gracefully and effortlessly.

    For beginners, however, this can take quite some effort to master but absolutely valuable to transform the practice inside out.

    So how do we strive towards a rock solid foundation to the practice?

    The late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois famously said – “Practice and all is coming” and “Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory.”

    When you consistently and regularly commit to the practice, changes will follow. Your body becomes stronger, your mind becomes more quiet, your self awareness increases, your life changes in the most unexpected ways.










    Despite many writings and definitions on yoga, it (yoga) can only be experienced. That is why theory is just 1%, you need to practice to be present and engage in an uninterrupted daily practice. Whether it is 2 hours, 30 mins or even just the Sun Salutations, practice and all will be (is) coming.










    Join us for a two hours Ashtanga Yoga Immersion Series – where we will explore the basic fundamentals of the Sun Salutations and Standing Postures. Read here for more details.

  • Ashtanga Yoga Immersion Series: Sun Salutations + Standing Postures

    By Satya Yoga | February 2nd, 2014

    The Sun Salutation has the intention to warm up and prepare the body for the Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa sequence.

    The Standing Postures set the test of stability to ground both feet with firmness and integrity.

    The two work hand in hand to build a strong foundation in every series of the Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa practice.

    Join us in this two hours immersion where we will explore, experiment and zoom in on:

    - The entrance and exit of each pose focusing on proper vinyasa count and breath work
    – The knowledge of proper alignment especially for the more challenging poses (e.g. Reversed Triangle, Reversed Side- Angle Stretch, Reversed Prayer Forward Bend)
    – The involvement of foot work behind each pose that plays a huge role in the stability of the Standing Sequence.
    – Hands on practice and partner work!

    Date: 22 February 2014
    Time: 8.30-10.30am
    Venue: 8 Claymore Hill
    Energy exchange: $60 per practitioner

    We welcome all levels though it would be ideal if you have some basic understanding, or have been practicing for at least 6 months, of the Standing Postures to help you ease into the immersion series. If you are new to the practice and would like to join us anyway let us know and we will work out something for you!

    Limited to no more than 20 practitioners and currently there are only 12 spots left. Please email to reserve your spot!

    We look forward to see you at the immersion!