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Beyond Yoga

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Yoga is always something I’ve wanted to try. However I’ve never got around to attending a class because I was unsure of what type was right for a complete beginner like me…


Yoga is always something I’ve wanted to try. However I’ve never got around to attending a class because I was unsure of what type was right for a complete beginner like me…bikram, antigravity, vinyasa, power…the list goes on and makes taking the first step to trying yoga, a confusing one. Out of the blue, as if answering my unspoken cry, Bianca King invited me to try Beyond Yoga.

 
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Situated all around the city, Beyond Yoga aims to “inspire you to go beyond the physical practice of Yoga and transcend into making it a way of life.” Which completely resonates with someone like me who leads a busy schedule but wants to carve out a bit of the day for some “me time” to reflect and focus.
 
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Our instructor Al Galang answered all of our initial queries and guided us through an hour-long session of Hot Primary yoga. Described as “Bikram Yoga 2.0”, we transitioned through multiple calming, yet challenging exercises within a heated room.
As a newbie I was expecting a sauna-like environment and started kicking myself for wearing a thick t-shirt and long pants but thankfully, the heat was only elevated enough to cause a mild sweat.
Throughout the session I, along with my fellow classmates worked up quite a sweat, but it felt quite detoxifying in a way causing my body to feel warm and nimble. I was pleasantly surprised with my capability and flexibility throughout the class – just a small example to show that you should never assume your capabilities without giving it a try!
 
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Afterwards, I felt amazing. Being sick at the time with a cold and sore sinus, throughout the whole session my runny nose ceased and my sinus cleared. Even though my flexibility and balance level is that of a beginner, the moves weren’t daunting or unachievable. Al guided every step through each pose, describing the perfect posture of each – so I experienced no injuries or pulled/overstretched muscles. 
The result? I loved it. And am planning to make it a part of my weekly fitness routine alongside my strength training with weights. The day after, I woke up with slightly sore and tight feeling muscles but in a good way – like they had a good workout. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to integrate a calming, conditioning aspect into their active lifestyle.
 
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Check out my Yoga Gym Bag Essentials post: here. Which includes goodies received from the Beyond Yoga event on behalf of Healthy Options Ph, Messy Bessy, Planet Sports and Skinny Juicery.

Outfit: Top by Adidas / Tights by VSX Sport                                            
 

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