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 : 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…


    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?


  • Remember These Three Prongs To The Practice

    By Shirly Oh | July 11th, 2016

    Learning the poses (asanas) takes time and effort. The beginning of learning a new posture will be a struggle because the body and the mind are trying to adjust.

    Every pose works to purify, strengthen and enhance the flexibility of the body. Overtime the body adjusts and you will find less effort (and perhaps eventually effortless) in doing the pose.

    Sharath is often heard saying – ‘breathing with sound’. The sound helps to cultivate a sense of (self)awareness that we are breathing as we move between poses. Sometimes we may unintentionally hold our breath without realizing it. When we hold our breath, the body tenses up.

    The breath ‘should be’ steady and even throughout the practice. It helps to generate heat in the body, to remove impurities and purify the nervous system. For that same reason we avoid drinking water during the practice as it will cool down the body temperature and disrupt the flow of your breath and practice.

    Along with breath comes the anal and lower abdominal ‘locks’ or engagement (bandha) which is perhaps the most challenging and important element in the practice. It is this constant inner engagement that brings lightness, increased energy and strength to the flow of the practice.

    There are nine gazing point (drishtis): the nose, between the eyebrows, navel, thumb, hands, feet, up, right side and left side. When the drishti is stable, the practice becomes grounded and the mind tends to fluctuates less. Overtime this helps to build stability and focus in the practice.

    So remember the next time when you step on the mat, don’t rush through the practice – breathe with sound, be mindful about your abdominal engagement and keep your gaze steady. With regular and consistent effort, the practice will help you steady the mind and improve your overall physical well being.

    Ultimately this tristhana (three places of attention) method needs to work coherently to allow true transformation and benefits to emerge.


  • Urban Ashtangis – Real People . Real Inspiration : Lakshmi Kampli

    By Satya Yoga | June 1st, 2016

    Unassuming, humble and dedicated – Lakshmi has devoted her past 10 years to the Ashtanga Yoga practice. We have witnessed first hand how she coped with having young active Rishab in Mysore. She opens up in a very rare interview with us on her practice journey and struggles to come to the practice as a devotee, daughter, wife and a loving mother.

    1. How did you start practicing Ashtanga Yoga?
    As a child, I have always been intrigued watching my father and my maternal grandfather practice yoga asanas. I am grateful to my family for giving me a sense of understanding at a young age that yoga is way beyond asanas. It is a system of practice that my family approached for health and well being; for healing and spirituality; with joy and integrity day after day.

    I was sometimes mesmerised watching especially my grandfather expertly weave one asana into another effortlessly for hours to an end. He was a very kind and compassionate man. I was but forced to connect the dots and as I grew up this intrigue stayed with me.

    I was on an apprenticeship program in India via NTU during my Masters’ degree for a few months in the year 2006. At the time, one fine day there was a half page article in an Indian newspaper about Ashtanga yoga with a picture of Sharathji right in the middle of it all.

    In retrospect, it almost feels as if all of this cosmos arranged for me to read that article and I did. I was in Bangalore at the time and was fortunate to study with Sharmilaji – Sharathji ‘ s sister for a few short months before returning to Singapore.

    It was then that I met James at The Yoga Shala and continued my study in Ashtanga Yoga with him until 2007. I was working full time, but practice, as I quickly learnt, was what gave me the tools to face corporate rigour at the time.  And I was hooked before I knew it.

    2. How has the practice supported / changed your life?
    What the practice taught me from the beginning was a sense of purpose in whatever I did. It taught me to understand my strengths and limitations. It has taught me to choose the battles to fight and to not nitpick on small things that appear big enough to warrant attention.

    Also practice illuminates the urgent need for compassion and patience. I practice not because practice solves all my problems, but for the clarity that it brings to approach day to day situations which are all unique every single day. Be it as a mother, wife, friend, anyone.

    3. What are some of the challenges you faced over the years of practice?
    Being born in an Indian family brings with it the rigour of being a self imposed achiever of some sort. Soon after I found the practice a sense of lack of purpose over ‘achievements’ clouded over me. I was starting to look at things more holistically and there were shifts in my perspectives.

    It came as a natural family decision to give up the corporate job after the birth of my son. That made my practice transform in a big way. My duties as a wife and mother were in my view an important part in the path of yoga to create a nurturing and nourishing home.

    Even though my asana practice was on a mode of pause for several years after that  (until 2013), my miniscule yoga experience left lasting impressions in my mind. I couldn’t wait to get back on the mat after all those years again.


    4. How do you keep yourself motivated with the practice? 

    This one can be challenging – but one fine day realization dawned on me that I wouldn’t get along with me if I didn’t practice. What to speak of people around me!

    5. Can you share with us tips /ideas on how to sustain the practice?
    Having an all or nothing approach to practice, I have realized, makes it almost impossible in modern times in a nuclear family to keep practice alive, where we cook all meals from a scratch, clean, involve ourselves in our childrens’ school work and work on community projects.

    During spaces in time when life has an agenda, I have learnt to accept suryanamaskara (Sun Salutation) and finishing as nourishing enough to help me sail through the phase.

    We slot in 2 bonus questions as Lakshmi has just been given Level 1 Authorization by Sharath (after making multiple trips to devote her time to the practice.)


    6) How do you feel about being Authorised by Sharathji?
    In all honesty authorization was never an objective for me. Studying at the source became an integral part of the practice for me; providing me with experiences to deepen the practice. One day as I was leaving the shala Sharathji brought up the topic of authorization. It left me humbled and in deep reverence and gratitude for the practice and my teachers.

    7) How has the authorization impact you or your practice in any way?
    In my view every student I assist is my teacher too. I learn so much from each of them everyday.

    Lakshmi is currently apprenticing at The Yoga Shala with James and looks forward to continue her annual studies with Sharathji at KPJAYI for the years to come. For her the learning never stops. Being authorized is just the beginning of another new chapter to share her knowledge about the practice with other inspiring practitioners out there!

  • What Your Least Favourite Yoga Pose Can Teach You About You

    By Shirly Oh | May 3rd, 2016

    Anyone who practices yoga has likes and dislikes about certain poses. It is easy to like poses that you are good at. What is challenging is to like the poses you dislike because ironically these are the ones that will give us the breakthrough we need.

    When practicing our non-favourite poses we are being brought out from our comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. Most of the time it is because of the discomfort and pain that we experience.

    Why would anyone enjoy the unpleasurable experience when practicing (yoga) is supposed to make us feel better or so we think. Despite the saying ‘no pain, no gain’, we don’t have to push through the ‘pain’. Instead, yoga challenges us to work through these uncomfortable moments intelligently and wisely.

    When we dislike a pose it can translate into a deeper meaning.

    The inability to do the pose, the pain accompanying the pose and the discomfort of being in the pose. Sometimes the mere thought or mention of the pose itself can also create fear. Fear of falling, injuring yourself, breaking your bones and overstretching your muscles.

    The important lesson is to understand why. Why do you not like certain poses?

    Try asking yourself these few questions:
    Why do I not like this pose?
    What am I learning from this pose?
    How can I get better in this pose?
    Is there another way I can approach this pose?

    Whatever your reason is, learning to overcome this uncomfortable feeling or emotion can help us grow both in your practice and personal life. Sometimes the thing we dislike (to do) most is often the very thing we need to transform our lives.

    Life’s so ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence & absence to value presence. – Unknown