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 : Sheeling

    By Satya Yoga | October 24th, 2016

    Sheeling is a fervent ashtangi who enjoys good food and a glass of wine. She prefers lazy Sunday picnics over fancy Saturday brunches because she thinks it is imperatively therapeutic to lay down on the grass after a meal. She secretly enjoys clicking the camera just to hear the sound of the shutter which is how she found her passion for photography.

    As an animal lover, she strongly believes that dogs are created by God to show human beings what love is. Last but not least, Sheeling admires anyone who can bake because she is one of those people who can follow the recipe to the T and still burn a cake.

    1. How did you shift from flying (as a flight stewardess) to a traveling ashtangi?

    The shift came inevitably after almost 9 years of flying. The irregular hours and job demands have definitely made its toll on my health. The last few years of flying I was constantly ill. That was when I realised that if I’m serious about getting my health back I needed to quit my job. I never knew about Ashtanga Yoga back then. I did some form of yoga but it wasn’t a regular practise and certainly wasn’t as intense as Ashtanga Yoga. It wasn’t until I quit my job and moved back home that I tried my first Ashtanga Yoga LED class. I enjoyed it so much that I started researching places in Singapore that solely teach Ashtanga Yoga.

    That was when I discovered The Yoga Shala Singapore. I went for my first mysore session within a week and I have never looked back since. Although my flying career ended but my love for traveling certainly did not! I continued to travel while discovering different shalas and practised with various teachers during my travels.

    2. How has the practice of Ashtanga Yoga changed your life – e.g. the way you live, your priorities, your values etc.?

    Not to quote Richard Freeman’s “Yoga ruins your life!”. But it had certainly “ruined” mine! The moment I started to prioritise my practice first everything else either have to follow suit or fall apart. I think a big part of my lifestyle change has got to do with me becoming more aware and conscious about how I spend my time.

    I noticed myself withdrawing from my usual social circle, limiting to just family and close friends. Not that having a lot of friends is a bad thing but I just didn’t want to be around people who are there purely to absorb your energy. Through this priority shift, I have adopted a more simpler lifestyle. I gradually discovered that I actually didn‘t need a lot of things in life. Maybe also because I travel so much and I couldn’t afford to carry a whole house back!

    Human beings acquire things only because we want to live and get accustomed to a certain lifestyle. But once you realise that you don’t need to acquire things to lead a happy life then it becomes very liberating. Because it is only then you will see what are the things that truly serve you or they are just there to weigh you down.

    3. What inspires you to step on the mat each time?

    The mat is where my home is and my home is where my heart lies. After almost 2 years of travelling, I realised that it is important to find an anchor point that keeps drawing me back to the mat and is that feeling of homeliness.

    You don’t need a physical home to make you feel a sense of wellbeing, love and gratitude. It should come from within regardless of where you are, how the weather is that day or who is around you. Travelling is fun but is also brings uncertainty and stress. But just the fact that I can simply step on the mat, unwind and let the practise takes me where I need to be is simply amazing.


    4. You have practiced with so many teachers, what are the qualities you think that a teacher should have and why?

    I must admit I have practised with quite a few teachers. But only because I travel so much and each time I land somewhere I will find a Shala to practise in. I don’t actually advocate seeking out any particular teacher to practise with because in my opinion it is actually more detrimental for your practise.

    It’s really difficult to pinpoint what I look out for in a teacher. In the Ashtanga Yoga context is even more difficult. That is because the Ashtanga Yoga method is distinctly intimate. It’s a very personal exchange between the teacher and the student. Which is why I think having chemistry between the teacher and the student is the most important.

    You can have the best teacher in the world with years of experience and certified to the highest level to teach you. However if there is not even a slight bit of chemistry then it makes no difference for you to go to a gym and working out on an exercise machine.


    5. What is your biggest AHA moment on the mat and how has it affected / influenced the way you practice?

    The Ashtanga Yoga practise in its entirety is a never ending journey of self discovery. Even though it may seems like we do the same thing day after day but my practise still surprises me everyday . One of the biggest lessons I have learnt since I started practising Ashtanga Yoga definitely have to be the act of surrendering.

    On the contrary, it is not about letting go or rather it is simply about letting it be. Surrendering to what the practise entails and what the practise may bring. For me this is what serves me the most in my practise.

  • Yoga Off The Mat : Respect The Differences

    By Shirly Oh | October 24th, 2016

    Coming to Mysore has always been a reality check for me. To realise how little I need, how much there is for me to learn, what do I need to let go of and where do I move from here.

    At the start of the season, Sharath already made quite a few changes. He is more particular about practice timing, constantly reminding us not to turn up too early, no practicing on mats with the sacred OM symbol and no 3 stripes symbol on the yoga rug; and more controversially, the dress code during practice – no short shorts and sports bra.

    Whether you are for or against the new ‘rules’ the fact is he is implementing all the changes. Either you follow them or break them as long as you are willing to bear the consequences.

    Being back several times in Mysore (Gokulam) I am beginning to notice something which I have previously not realised. There may be a few more new cafes and malls sprouting up but the town remains conservative and reserved in its ways.

    Sharath has always reminded us that it is a different culture here. They (the locals) are not used to the western culture. We need to respect the culture and behave appropriately because we are the guests, we are the visitors. We cannot expect them to accommodate to us but instead we have to learn their rules because we are in their land.

    Back home in Singapore, t-shirts, shorts and flip flops are acceptable dress code for most casual occasions because the heat is unbearable. We are so used to dressing down and everyone accepts it as a local culture. We address strangers affectionately by ‘uncles and aunties’ as a common term which some may find it strange and awkward.

    Few years back I went on a mission trip to Myanmar and learned a valuable lesson. Coming from a first world country, we are quick and efficient in giving suggestions and ideas to what should be done for the locals. It was until a friend asked – ‘How would you like it if I come to your house and started (re)arranging your furniture to my liking?’ That was an awakening moment for me. Such a simple analogy that made total sense.

    Every country has their own unique culture and unspoken rules. Like it or not, it is definitely a personal choice as long as you are willing to accept the outcome of your choice. Yoga doesn’t starts only on the mat, it starts with our actions and thoughts.


  • 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?


    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)



  • 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.


  • 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?”