People often ask me, “What is yoga?”. Well, there are so many types of yoga in existence today. Though it started in India and was practised by ancient men living in caves, forests and riverbeds, yoga has travelled far from its roots. Those ancient yogis would not recognise their art today if they stepped in a studio in London, New York or even Mumbai! Yoga has evolved, because it is now practiced by men and women who are not vegetarians, who do lot live in caves and who have religious beliefs.
The yoga we do at Sun Yoga is primarily a system of wellness based on principles of physical therapy and medical science. We spent a large portion of our training programme studying anatomy and physiology. Our main centre where we do teacher training course research is in Fairfield, Connecticut, in a medical centre! In USA, yoga therapy is billable to Medicare and Medicaid, and a chunk of our work is filling in medical claims forms.
Indeed, medical science is accumulating more and more evidence on the efficacy of yoga in treating various symptoms and ailments. Thus, yoga has been steadily moving into the realms of mainstream medicine, recommended by doctors to alleviate various symptoms such as stress, high blood pressure, anxiety attack, weight loss, to name a few.
Today, for example, we had a student walking in who complained about headaches and nausea. A visual examination of her spine showed a slight misalignment in the cervical vertebrae, which could cause compression and pinching of the nerves. Her elevated shoulder blades also indicated that she carried a lot of tension and stress in her head region. Thus, in class today, we did a lot of spine lengthening and relaxation of the muscles in the neck and shoulder area. The student left the class with a big smile, which is something that makes us feel that we are doing our job well.
Perhaps what we love most is our children’s yoga classes. Sun Yoga Kids began in the early 2000s in Hampshire, England, with the introduction of the British National Curriculum new subject, Personal Social & Health Education. We taught in UK schools and started training teachers to go back and teach in their schools. Sun Yoga Kids is 60 minutes of pure joy. At Sun Yoga Kids, children jump and stretch and sing and laugh and learn important things along the way.
So for me, as a Catholic mother and a medical doctor, that is what Sun Yoga is about: a system of wellness that is based on strong scientific principles and one that is suitable for all. Come and try.
Article courtesy of Dr. Jacqualine Koay
of Sun Yoga
Some says dream are impossible but some says just hold to your dreams, it will come true. What do you think? I always share my dreams with others and listen to their dreams too. Dreams are to be shared, understood and one day it can come true.
We have so many dreams, don’t we? and if one of your dreams achieved, you will achieve others too. Some dreams are achievable but need determination yet some dreams sound impossible but with the right connection, time and fate.. dreams can still come true.
I just realized i achieved another impossible dream. Since last year.. i have been looking at a billboard on the way to my office and keep on saying to my daughter.. “girl, one day mummy will study there”. This year i was given a scholarship which i thought i will never get but the impossible does happened if you believe. Today is just a beginning of my dream come true, its going to be sacrifices on time, money and many things. I need to challenge myself and determination to make this dream come true.
Never underestimate your dream, even if its impossible, if you believe in your dream, hold it. One day you will achieve your dream.
There are times i feel unfairness in some personal issues and the more i look at it, the picture bigger and clearer the picture are. Why me? i asked in my prayer but i never get any answer. I struggle with negative emotions, nothing is good, nothing i fine and i still wonder why.
Everything happened for a reason, and i am still thinking what the reason may be. I keep on asking questions but never get any answer so i decided to stop asking and questioning. Life is too short to wonder all the time, life worth enjoying and living. We don’t need to know what the reason is and why it is happening but what we need to know is how to handle the situation. I believe in every difficulties there are opportunities.
Why ask? perhaps God gives us the opportunity to understand our strength and weaknesses, allowing us to improve ourselves. So if you facing difficulties, don’t ask much but handle your situation with care because that is how we learn to live.
Wishing you all the best