• Empowering Youth via Africa Yoga Project

    6 years ago, I embarked on a journey of making a change in my own wellbeing – contentment, health, and happiness.  Since then, yoga has been one of my wellbeing tools that helped me accept my limitations, recognize my strengths, and let go of my frustrations. Yoga gives me a more positive outlook while facing the unpredictability of life. Being an ambassador of Africa Yoga Project (AYP) gives me the opportunity to share yoga as a wellbeing tool with others, while giving back to the communities. Africa Yoga Project (AYP), based in Nairobi, has done an amazing job across Africa and its mission is to empower youth to step into their greatness as global wellbeing leaders and build…

  • Wearable Tech and Wellbeing

    Even though I work in the technology field, I am actually a Gen-2 adopter.  I got my first wearable tech 9 months ago, nearly 6 years after wearable devices first became mainstream for personal computing and fitness tracking in 2010s. I got Fitbit Charge 2  for wellness purpose, as I wanted data to analyze my wellbeing, such as daily steps, hours of sound sleep, calories burned from yoga practice and walks, and notifications when stress occurred.  However, after one month of consistently wearing Fitbit Charge 2 , I took it off and rarely wore it.  I found myself so obsessed with collecting my fitness and bio data, to a point that I felt my wearable was…

  • Yoga Sequence On-The-Go

    Whenever I am not traveling and working in Dubai, I practice Mysore 1 to 2 times a week at Ashtanga Yoga Dubai studio.  Mysore is very personal and special to me.  I practice at my own speed along with other yogis in the same space, and with senior teachers adjusting my form, I can go deeper and calmer in each pose (asanas). Being a vinyasa yoga teacher, keeping myself motivated to practice yoga constantly has been a learning journey, and to be honest, it isn’t easy. After months of searching and “crowd-sourcing”, I was finally able to have the right formula to keep my morning practice consistent while on the…

  • Creating a yoga practice space while traveling

    Since last year, I have been spending 50% of my time traveling for work.  Packing a week’s worth of daily necessities in a carry-on suitcase has become one of my super skills.  I am able to de-clutter my mind and sense happiness, with just the right travel yoga essentials by my side. One-third of my carry-on suitcase is now my yoga travel kit, Yogo yoga mat: the most compact yoga mat I have ever had.  The environmentally-conscious yoga mat folds up like a newspaper and is made of 100% recycled material. Yoga Buckle Strap: this cotton strap comes in handy, especially after a long flight. I use the strap to…

  • 10-Minute Yoga to Reduce Workplace Stress

    Every January, major magazines throughout the world publish stress-related articles with good intentions.  Often, they try to empathize the importance of well-being, and heavy costs that U.S. corporations are paying to address employees’ stress at work.  In 2015, Forbes estimated workplace stress are costing up to $190B in annual U.S. healthcare spending, because stress could lead to trouble with sleeping, headaches, and other health issues. At the mixed-level vinyasa yoga class I teach, I often target poses that help my students to relieve stress and re-align their spines.  In traditional yoga perspectives, stress can be reduced by slower-breathing and chest-opening poses that calm minds and stretch lungs. If you are feeling anxious or…

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    Yes, I Start Yoga … A Guest Blogger

    “That’s your thing.”  It was my continuous excuse for not taking her up on the invitation to do yoga with her.  It was the perfect response: it got me out of going, but did so by establishing that it was important that we have “her things, my things, and our things” when it came to activities.  I regret it.  I’m 35 and, although I’m not out of shape, I don’t feel like I’m in shape these days.  In March I broke my ankle; my first significant injury since high school.  Shy of a few pulled muscles, a jammed finger, and scrapes and bruises, I’ve been lucky.  Being casted and on…