Svadyaya ~ Self Study

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali considered Svadyaya to be one of THE MOST important aspects of one’s practice. These blog posts are fragments of my self-inquiry, contemplation, discoveries and inspiration. I share them here in the hopes that you, too, would be inspired to cultivate a different kind of yoga practice.

Meditation, Yoga and Awakening Self

With the pillars of meditation and yoga, I could feel myself slowly coming home. A home that is inside me. Self-awakening is not actually about awakening. It’s more about walking back home. Most of us don’t just wake up and say “hey, I’m an awakened one.” Most of us spend our lifetime walking. Walking home on our own path at our own pace. That’s self-awakening.

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Is Yoga Workout/Fitness? ~Benefits of Yoga

I used to believe yoga is the cure for everything. Backache? Yoga. Hangover? Yoga. Bad breakup? Yoga. Feeling floppy? Yoga. Then one day, I was invited to go to a fitness studio. I had a feeling similar to watching someone eat a frog leg. I was most disgusted by the idea of “bootcamp.”

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On Pulau Weh

How to get here and where to stay 1. Arrival in Banda Aceh airport from domestic flights or international flights, take a taxi or a Bechak. 2. Head to Ulee Lheuh ferry port (Banda Aceh side of the ferry port). The ferry GENERALLY leaves at 10am and 3:30pm but the…

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I will fight for the men and women in the arena

I will fight for the men and women in the arena. If there was a belief I would fight to defend with my life would be Roosevelt’s “the man in the arena” speech. Everyone loves to sit out in the arena and shout out “c’mon do it this way!” or…

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On anatomy of yoga

Every yoga teacher training has (hopefully) an ample amount of anatomy lessons included. And I wholeheartedly support that. But if I tell you the truth, my first 200hr training I participated in, I was not keen on the anatomy sessions like other students. I felt lost, confused, and DISCONNECTED from…

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The best yoga teacher training

There is no doubt that there are oodles of yoga teacher trainings out there, everywhere in the world. It seems like every little tiny village has them. Where there is yoga, there is a 200hr yoga teacher training program. And that’s not a bad thing. More yoga teachers, more yoga,…

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How to choose teachers

One of my students asked me the other day, how I choose my teachers. There are several things I do to find these teachers. The most important of all is that I would only choose to trust teachers who are willing to honor their lineage. Who were their original teachers?…

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Panic Attacks Underwater

What is a panic?  Based on my personal, informal research, I’ve noticed that many of dive masters or diving instructors actually have had no experiences of panic attacks on land or underwater. Everyone seems have an experience of slight nervousness, anxiety or a bit of fear. But never a panic…

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The Yoga Sutras in Real Time. | elephant journal

**This article has been published by elephant journal previously, written by Tomomi Kojima. “I’m opening a yoga studio! Spread the word and follow my Instagram!” My acquaintance informed me this as an all too familiar feeling of jealousy arose and my confidence as a yoga teacher began to rot inside.…

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