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{ Yoga Teacher Training Course x Tirisula }

It’s currently my 2nd week of Yoga Teacher Training course
with Tirisula (3 more weeks to go!).
These 2 weeks have been such an eye opener for me.
I used to think that yoga involves very relaxing movements
But boy, was I wrong.
It’s an amazing combination of strength, endurance and flexibility.
It is extra challenging for me as I’m really lacking in the flexibility department.
Gotta admit that I have not been diligent in doing my stretches after workouts.
The first 2 weeks really tested my determination & perseverance on continuing with the course as each pose hurt like crazyyy.
My muscles are really wayyyyyy too tight for comfort. 

We were also taught on how to do handstands, forearm stands & headstands
in the first week
& needa aim to be able to do headstands in 4 days’ time!

Besides learning the various sequences, Sanskrit, poses & alignments for Ashtanga Yoga,
We were also taught the philosophy behind yoga itself.
This is something that I really enjoy  
As it really is a huge enlightenment;
Being reminded of my intention/purpose and
Learning the 8 limbs of Yoga.
This may be a common misconception but Yoga really doesn’t have anything to do with any religion. 
Yoga philosophy aside,
We had to learn the various systems of the human body (skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular etc.)
This wasn’t too much of a problem for me as
I’m studying Exercise and Sports Science.
Think learning the Sanskrit is much tougher
But I’m managing fine … for now.

We proceeded to learning the various inversions & arm balance poses in week 2.
I’m constantly wondering how all these poses came about.
I mean,
It’s insane (in a good way)!
Each pose is so beautiful & I’m def looking forward to the day where I can perform the various poses (firefly, crane, jump through & jump back etc.).

Will be sharing more on my progress with regards to my flexibility
& Hopefully,
performing various poses that I can’t do at the start
(like headstands, handstands, arm balances etc.)
at the end of my course!
Wish me luck!

Here's how our classroom looks like (Grabbed the pic from Tirisula) :

Love how they didn't include a single mirror in the room as they want us to focus on ourselves 
(instead of competing with others)
& mind-muscle connection 
(instead of relying on the reflection to check our alignments).

For those who are interested,
Here’s some information bout the course that I’m taking (sponsored by Tirisula):

Course Duration: 200hr (5 weeks)

Course Timetable (varies):
Monday-Friday; 7:30am-2pm
7:30am-10:30am – Practical
11:30am-2pm - Theroy

Location: 80 Arab St (199777)

1 Practical Exam
1 Theory Exam
*we will also be assessed on our teaching skills

1 Group Project Presentation
2 Videos Assignment (Group)
6 Written Articles

I really like how the way they assess us is very balanced out hahah
Will share another post bout my experience & progress
at the end of my Yoga Teacher Training.

Stay tuned!



{How to stay motivated}

I know it’s really not easy to stay motivated
& there will always be those days where you’re coming up with every possible excuse to skip the workout.
Whenever I feel like that,
I will usually take it as a sign that my body needs extra rest
& promise myself to come back stronger the next day.
What happens when you’re just procrastinating your workouts
For like forever?

It’s not so much about being/staying motivated for me.
It has always been more of a habit.
You will need to turn that motivation into a habit.
You can’t rely on motivation forever.
That being said,
I understand that it’s really tough to even continue the drive to workout regularly in the first place.

Here are some tips that may be helpful for some!

1.    Get a gym membership
Not sure if this works but the money you spend on your gym membership may provide you with monetary motivation heh
Who would wanna let their money go to waste huh?
I'm pretty sure this will not be enough to push you workout on a regular basis though :p 

2.   Having gym buddies/ workout partner
Working out alone can get boring for some.
Having someone with the same ideals may help in motivating & pushing you on those lazy days and during workouts.
Besides that,
You can also try out buddy workouts, which are super fun
&def kills the boredom.
It’s also important to have a gym buddy for safety purposes (esp when you are planning on lifting heavier than usual).

3.    Start your day with a positive/motivational thought
Remove all negative thoughts of yourself!
Remind yourself why you started this journey
&how far you have come.
Its not about perfection,
It’s about progress & determination to make a change for the better.
Remind yourself that you’re doing this for you,
To create a fitter, healthier & happier you,
&not for anyone else.
Start your day right :}
(I sound like some kinda health promotion commercial hahahah)

4.    Equip yourself with knowledge
It’s always good to know the basic exercises for various body parts & plan your workout before you reach the gym
So as to prevent you from wasting time figuring out what to do when you get there.
Not only that,
Knowing your workouts/ what to do at the gym will also prevent you from feeling disheartened when you see pros/ experienced people at the gym.
It is esp important to know the basic form to prevent you from getting injured.
Time to do a bit of research!

5.    Change up your routine once in a while
People usually lose motivation when they get bored with their workout
or don’t see any progress/ change in their body.
Changing up your routine &
Adding new exercises into your workout
Can aid in killing the boredom.
Your body will also learn to adapt to the workout if you continuously do the same routine/exercises over and over again.
It is good to get outta your comfort zone
& try out different kinda exercises.
When was the last time you tried out something new/
Added variations to your workout?
Time to challenge & shock your body a lil ehh?

6.    Watch inspirational videos
There are quite a few inspirational fitness youtubers who share videos that can really motivate you to get your ass off the couch to do some work.
One that I know of is Greg Plitt.
He was (and still is) such an amazing motivator 
&it is really sad to know that he has left us. 

7.    Have someone who motivates you
I guess having a person, whom you look up you,
Can really help in keeping you motivated.
Someone who you feel you can relate to,
Has that certain amount of drive to work even harder during each workout
& has your “dream bod”
can really help to create the impact in you to want to do the same.

8.    Have a goal in mind
Set realistic goals for yourself throughout your fitness journey.
It's not just about changes you can see physically
but mentally too.
Don't just set goals like "I need to get my body ready in 4 weeks for summer",
focus on how you can make a change permanently.
It's easy to feel disheartened or lose motivation to workout when you don't attain that goal in 4weeks.
Set goals like being able to hit more reps (using the same amount of weights you used 3 weeks ago),
being able to run a longer distance than the month before,
feeling mentally strong & gaining more self-confidence & self-worth,
cutting down the in-take of junk food/soft drinks.
I feel that short-term goals are as important as long-term goals!

Hope these tips helped some of y'all!
Today's my last day of term break
&on top of that, 
I'm taking up a yoga instructor course (sponsored by Tirisula Yoga)!
Really excited & nervous at the same time as I'm super new to yoga 
& I'm farrrrrrr from being flexible. 
March is gonna be crazy interesting & hectic for me as 
I'm basically attaining classes from Monday-Sunday from 7;30am -10pm D: 
Guess it's gonna be a huge challenge for me to juggle my school, the yoga course & my part-time PT. 
*Fingers crossed!*

P.S. Will be updating my blog with my experience with the yoga course 
so do stay tuned! 



{What to consider when selecting a gym}

This is a question that I have been asked quite frequently. 
I thought it would be good for me to share with y'all what I look for in a gym
&what makes a good gym to me. 
Will be sharing my opinions & experiences w y'all in this post.
(&Im sorry if this post may turn into a rant hahah)

So what exactly do I look for in a gym?

These are the various factors:
1. Price
2. Location
3. Equipments
4. Space
5. Environment
6. Gym Classes

I will be sharing with y'all based on my experience w
 the community gym, GymmBoxx & the commercial gym that I'm currently gymming at (not gonna share w y'all the gym's name...)

The cost of a gym membership/per entry is def a factor that many will look at.
Your spending power plays a huge role in which gym you will pick ultimately.
The community gym is the cheapest followed by GymmBoxx then the commercial gyms.
I guess it's true you get what you pay for.
The equipment in community gyms are pretty limited
&compared to the other gyms,
the space available isn't very big either.
Unlike the commercial gyms,
the community gyms don't have gym classes,
you needa bring your own towel
&there is limited variety to the equipment that they offer.
I started off gymming in the community gyms as it is the cheapest
&you can find a community gym in almost every neighbourhood.
Like I mentioned earlier,
There are very little equipment available
& the space is pretty small.
It can get quite crazy during peak hours :/
There is usually one squat rack & one smith machine in each comm gym.
I wouldn’t advice ya to gym there if you hate waiting around like me.
There is also little/ no access to cable machines (depending on the outlet you’re at).
They also have rules that I don’t really agree with.

1.    We are not allowed to bring our bottles with us
(needa leave them at the counter area).
I’m thinking the reason behind this is probably cause they are afraid that we might spill our drink…?
It can get quite a hassle to keep going to the counter to get my sip of water in between sets though.

2. We can’t bring dumbbells/weights outta the weights area.
Guess this is cause they don’t want the weights to damage the non-padded floor.
However, I’m still not allowed to bring the weights outta the weights area even though the other parts of the gym’s floor are padded too.
You must be wondering why I needa bring the weights outta the weights area. Its cause the weights area can be really cramped so it is really hard to find even a small area to workout in.

3. We are not allowed to bring external equipment into the gym.
I got told off for bringing my own resistance band & spike ball :/
They don’t offer resistance bands & foam rollers (no gym & BoSu ball either) so I thought I should just bring my own.
I usually use them for stretching and myofascial release.
Was kinda shock that I’m not allowed to bring them in.

4. No photo/videoing taking is allowed.

I’m sure they have their reasons for having those rules.
On the bright side,
Bet many of yall didn’t know that some of the bigger community gyms (eg. the Tampines outlet)
Actually has Ladies’ hour on certain days of the week!
This means that there is 1 or 2 hours whereby only females are allowed in the gym.
I’m aware that some girls are uncomfortable gymming with guys around so this is def a great chance for you to workout J

The gym that I gymmed at next was GymmBoxx.
It was really refreshing I must say.
The equipment is newer,
No rusty weights/dumbbells,
Access to cable machines,
More free weights & squat racks
Plus they have gym balls, BoSu balls and foam rollers.
Needless to say,
It is also much bigger.
The downsides that I can think of are that
per entry fee is pretty ex & it can get really packed during peak hours.
It is much more worth it if you get a membership.
The Bishan outlet has a cafe so it makes it much more easier for those who are looking for healthy post-workout meals.
It is also open 24hrs!

Lastly, it’s the commercial gym that I have been gymming most frequently at recently.
Picked this gym cause it’s nearest to my place
& it’s membership fee is the cheapest outta of the commercial gyms in my area.

Been telling quite a few of y’all bout how I wouldn’t really recommend this gym &here are some of the reasons:

1. The equipment is pretty old & rusty.
I did placed a towel on the equipment where my body is gonna be at but my leg was exposed to the equipment.
I had rash on legs for the next whole week :x
(Gotta give it to them that they always keep the toilets really clean & tidy!)

2. They have this thing with going around asking people to share the contacts of their family & friends while they are gymming/ doing their set.

3. I actually told them that I will not recommend anyone there cause of this incident I had with them when I brought my good friend over to try out the gym classes.
We made quite a fair bit of calls the day before my friend drops by to join me for the classes to make sure that she brings all the necessary things needed
& that she is able to join the classes so long as she talks to the consultant beforehand.
We had to make quite a few calls cause they kept saying that they would get back to us.
It didn’t happen even though we wanted till the late evening.
My friend stays at Pasir Ris & we wanted to try out Pilates, which is at 8am.
She travelled to my place (which is in the central of Sg)
Only to be told that the consultant hasn’t reach yet
&that she cant get the free trial as she isn’t 21 yet and she needs her mum/dad to sign the paper for her(she was gonna be 21 in 2months’ time).
I understand that you have guidelines to follow
But couldn’t you have mentioned that bit when we called you yesterday?

4.    The only thing the consultant talks to me about is money.
(Pretty sure not all the consultants are like that though!)
He talks to me bout why I’m not bringing any family/friends along to the gym & when he found out bout (from someone else who recognizes me @ the gym) me on ig,
He asked for a photo with me so that he can show people who can considering to join the gym that I'm gym-ing there (his words, not mine).
he asked why I didn’t introduce people to join the gym
& why didn’t I blogged about it.

5.My friends warned me bout how the environment at this gym isn't nice. 
I decided to give it a go anyways cause how bad can it be?
heheh it isn't that bad uhh
just that there are some who like to roll their eyes at you/ give you the attitude for no reason whatsoever &
people who don't like to share equipment & tell you in the face bout it.
Unlike GymmBoxx & comm gyms whereby the trainers 
& the regulars will smile and greet you, 
the environment at this gym is almost the total opposite. 
There are a handful who are really nice though!
Just that overall its a kinda less friendly environment but still works for me as I just go there, get things done & leave heh

Each gym has its own pros and cons 
& I will usually advice people to try out GymmBoxx cause it has an affordable good membership with good equipment & environment. 
Hope this is helpful for those who are looking for a gym in Sg!
( Sorry if this turned out to be a rant >:| )