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 focus on teaching the Ashtanga Yoga method.

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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  • Urban Ashtangis – Real People . Real Inspiration : Corinne Lee

    By Satya Yoga | September 3rd, 2016

    From gentle private sessions to dynamic Mysore practice, Corinne has taken a bold step out of her comfort zone to understand the practice wholesomely.

    From countless falls to tripping over her feet this mild-tempered lady never stops trying.

    Rather Corinne always appears eager to struggle through difficult poses. From once a week, she decided to step up her game by scheduling another day of practice in her routine.  

    We say great effort Corinne! For every drop of sweat you squeeze, you deserve every bit of goodness!

    Corinne comes to our regular weekend practice with her mum and younger sis. How sweet! Isn’t it?

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    1. Do you have any physical routine before you started regular yoga practice?
    No I do not have a fixed exercise routine. I swim occasionally but that is very weather dependent. On days that I feel particularly unhealthy, I will go onto the stationary bike and cycle for half an hour.
    2. What is your favorite part of Ashtanga Mysore class?
    The end of the class! That’s not just because the “pain” is over but I feel satisfied whenever I complete the practice, no matter how bad or good the practice went.

    3. How long have you been practicing Ashtanga Yoga? What change have you observe in yourself over the period?
    (Oops I do not really remember when I started…) For a start, I managed to do a backbend, something I could never do for the last 30 years. It may seem slow, but I got stronger both physically and emotionally. I became more disciplined, and would look forward to the practices. Adeline once said that even if someone looks like he/she is executing a pose perfectly, we would never know what internal struggles they are facing. Although I may not always understand, and I am still learning to, I try to empathize more and judge less.

    4. What keeps you motivated on a regular practice?
    The muscle aches that would come after every practice and also feeling the tension slip away as the class progresses.

    5. What is/ are the poses you ( secretly) look forward to in the primary series?
    Janu Shirshansana A-C. I always feel taller after those poses.  (Haha)

     

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  • Be Stable In Your Practice

    By Shirly Oh | September 3rd, 2016

    The way you practice. The inner dialogue with yourself. Your breath. Your movement. How you handle your challenges. How you overcome the blocks and obstacles. The practice mirrors your inner reality.

    Some people feel limited by their ‘abilities’. They like to pre-warn others what they cannot do (keeping in mind that this is different from having pre-existing medical conditions or injuries) and often the practice is like going into a ‘battle-field’.

    Some people think they can do more than what they are given. They like to take on as many poses as possible because for them it is a sign of progression, never mind whether they are doing it correctly or not. More is better.

    Some people are perfectionists. They want to be perfect in every single pose. There is no room for ‘wrong’ alignment.

    Some people only want to practice because they enjoy the benefits from the practice. They are dedicated, committed, devoted and disciplined.

    Regardless what your mental state is, the physical struggle is the same. We all go through the same roller coaster – the emotions are different but the process is the same.

    How do we choose to deal with our inner ‘demons’ – the critics, the judgments, the ego, the stories, the lies, the ideology etc?

    The more you practice the more you learn to appreciate the sense of peace and inner calmness it brings you. Your body knows exactly what needs to be done but it is the mind that is constantly chattering away.

    Sharath mentioned during one of the conferences to practice dhyana (mindfulness and awareness) – to remain calm, focused, unaffected by external distractions – gossip, temptation, social media (unless it serves a good purpose).

    Regularity and consistency in the practice will help cultivate steadiness and stability in our modern chaotic lifestyle. Don’t take shortcuts if you want to improve your practice.

    Every obstacle you encounter on the mat provides you with an opportunity to overcome the physical and mental block. In a subtle way, it will also mirror back into your daily life challenges. Do you notice a similar pattern?

    Be steadfast. Be patient. Real yoga comes from within. True transformation often happens off the mat.

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  • What Are You Paying For?

    By Adeline Lum | September 3rd, 2016

    Have you ever asked yourself what are you actually paying for before committing to your yoga routine with a teacher or a studio?

    Or rather what do you want to pay for?

    I used to want to pay for the facilities and the comfort of the studio. I’m not reluctant to admit that I look forward to the relaxing lounge and the facilities in the restroom.

    A minor monetary satisfaction was from the attention and service I expect from the yoga teachers.

    Few years down the road before committing to another membership term, I asked myself – “What exactly am I paying for?”

    I figured out that after 3 years of pampering it was time to move on.

    Now if you ask me this question, I would say… I am more than willing to invest monetarily the time and effort for the teaching.

    The knowledge;
    The practice;
    The experience;
    The wisdom;
    The interest;
    The intentions and the effort the teacher carries through the years of self-practice.

    While everyone is at different stages of their learning journey, how we value something is a personal decision and it is transient.

    Keep questioning your intention and have an open mind to see where each question leads you.

    Self inquiry (jnana-vichara in Sanskrit) is the most efficient and direct method of realizing our inner awareness.

    Now I throw you the same question – “What are you paying for?”

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  • Urban Ashtangis – Real People . Real Inspiration : Shu Ping

    By Satya Yoga | July 11th, 2016

    “Yoga is for the old.” Really? Shu Ping, our long-time regular student will probably tell you otherwise.
    With an athletic physique, we first met Shu Ping while conducting a weekly in-house yoga class at her workplace. And she  later commits her personal schedule to a consistent practice every Sunday with us till today.
    This mild-mannered lady juggles her work, family, travels, friends and dive trips skillfully, including a 90 minute “me time” on the mat every week!

    1. How did you first started practicing yoga?

    My first contact with yoga was about 10 years ago when I attended my first Hatha Yoga class at a fitness studio. It was an unlimited pass to all classes at the studio’s gym. I ended up being hooked on yoga and used the pass for yoga classes only.

    2. What was your initial impression of this practice (Ashtanga Yoga) – let’s take reference on your first class?

    It was a strict practice, made you all sweaty but I walked out feeling ‘shiok’! Also not forgetting the little confusion (and struggle) I had when my teacher started the practice with the opening chant…

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    3. How long have you been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and how has this practice impact your lifestyle (or you personally) over the years?

    I started Ashtanga Yoga in 2010, so that’s about 6 years. The practice has impacted my ability to manage stressful situations. I often meet with stressful situations at work and I would find myself using the Ashtanga breathing technique to keep myself calm and focused to tide through difficult situations.

    I also remember the time when I was trekking in Nepal, I found that by keeping my breathing deep and steady, I was able to better manage the difficult terrains and overcame the breathlessness that came with the high altitude.

    ‘The practice has also taught me that good things (progress) will come to those with patience and determination.’

    4. What keeps you motivated on a regular weekly practice?

    Seeing all that perspiration pouring out of my body after a good practice and giving my mind a time to zone-in and just focus on the practice kept me motivated to a regular weekly practice.

    My body would ‘itch’ for a good stretch and workout whenever I missed classes. Some days the practice would feel different for me – the satisfaction comes when I complete my practice even though I am tired/down/lazy/distracted. Yoga always makes me feel better!

    5. Please summarise your Ashtanga Yoga practice in ONE word.

    “Always-in-progress”. Can this be one word? ;P

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  • What Does Your Practice Mean To You?

    By Adeline Lum | July 11th, 2016

    Some years back you finally decided to take a chance to attend your first yoga class.

    Over the years you somehow managed to juggle your busy schedule between work, family, social life and a yoga class.

    Today you are still standing on the yoga mat.
    Once a week at least.
    Maybe twice a week.
    Maybe even daily.

    You probably started to leave work on time.

    Maybe you begin to go to bed earlier; which means lesser days of staying up late with friends.

    I ask you why?

    Why make so much effort to get out of bed when you can choose to sleep through the weekends?

    Why would you want to face the same mental and physical limitations repeatedly?

    Why work so hard?

    I ask you?

    Practitioners define their practice differently. Every definition, however ridiculous it sounds, is valid.

    What meaning does your practice hold?

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