Women’s Yoga

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As women, we have been cast into multiple roles in life; daughter, mother, sister, wife. And those are just roles put on us by others. Needless to say, we have our own ideas of what our roles should be; career woman, trailblazer, perfectionist, sporty, feminine, caregiver….you get the idea.

Whether we are in our 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s, those roles and expectations shift and change, along the way making us into the women we become. Very often we are either stuck in the past, thinking of what we could have done better or planning for the future and what we could do with it. Very rarely do we truly live in the present, enjoying the moment and soaking in the simple beauty of who we are.

Granted, as women, there is nothing simple about our bodies and minds. In our goal to meet expectations and obligations, we neglect to listen and look after ourselves in the present and the now. Sometimes, we even outright ignore when our body signals to us that there is something wrong and that it is in need of some TLC. In other words, we simply go through the motions.

Our introduction of the Women’s yoga class is to give you that time to listen to your body and give it that desperately needed TLC. It has been specially designed to focus on all things that makes us women. It’s all about YOU! Each pose works on tackling various common issues that we encounter from the dreaded ‘time-of-month’ discomfort to strengthening our overall digestive system and blood circulation.

It is about giving you time to just BREATHE and be in the moment. This 60 minute class will focus entirely on women’s issues and with regular practice will help to tone the body, ease the pain during those monthly visits and keep your body’s internal systems running smoothly so that you can live your daily life effortlessly.

Book a private class with me, Christine by dropping an email at info@hotyostudio.com 🙂

Acro Yoga Workshop

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Acro Yoga Workshop Kuala Lumpur
Over the Valentine’s weekend, Hot Yo Studio held an intimate Partner Yoga workshop taught by certified AcroYoga instructors Foo and Junko. Unlike the customary silence prescribed in most yoga practice, AcroYoga thrives on clear communication hence, there were sweat, smiles, laughter (and just a few grunts) all around.

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Acro Yoga Workshop Hot Yo Studio Kuala Lumpur

We understand that it takes a whole lot of trust to let someone else physically move you, let alone fly you in the air! With that in mind, we created a positive, safe and playful environment for AcroYoga that is fit for complete beginners.

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Regardless of your shape, size or experiences, AcroYoga is a partner-based practice that encourages you to take control by letting go. Due to AcroYoga intricacies, it is recommended to practice these acrobatic moves in a class setting with experienced instructors. Beyond teaching you the right techniques, the instructors are there to ensure that you are airborne when you fly and grounded when you land.

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Giving direction to your partner is literally easier said than done when you are flipped upside down. Reason being your UP is their DOWN and your LEFT is their RIGHT. Our participants wound up communicating with their partners compassionately in order to get through the class gingerly 🙂

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All in all, a workout that balances strength, flexibility, and laughter was a solid Valentines day at Yo Studio! If AcroYoga tickles your fancy, feel free to email us at info@hotyostudio.com so we can get you up in the air with the expert AcroYogi pair.

4 REASONS TO PRACTICE THE SAME YOGA MOVES

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One of the most common question asked by our students is “Why do we practice the same yoga sequence/moves in the 60mins Gro-Pro class?”. It’s an absolute legit question to be asking. In fact, that kind of curiosity is something that we encourage! 🙂 So let’s clear that one out shall we?

Comprehensive Practice
The sequence is assembled to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched

Development
The repetition offers you a clear vantage point from which to watch yourself grow, develop and keep track with your progression

Consistency
Practicing the same poses repeatedly is a powerful way to keep consistent with your practice, especially in the ever-glowing world

Balance
While the practice is challenging and invigorating, there is a balance between working hard and releasing after poses

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YO MUSIC : 04_YO ANTHEM

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Here we go – the first yo music of 2016!! We had ‘yoga’ in mind when putting this particular playlist together. Is it too straight forward? heh. We know it’s been tough to start up work again these past 2 weeks, so ifff you had to miss some yoga classes,we hope that you still have yoga on the brain, hehe. The clip by Baz Luhrmann is weirdly uplifting, so stay on and listen closely. Happy new year 🙂

♫ Spotify / Youtube
1. Yoga – Janelle Monáe, Jidenna 

2. Growing Up (Sloane’s Song) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

3. Free -Rudimental ft. Emeli Sandé

4. Dogs – Damien Rice

5. Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen – Baz Luhrmann

6. State Of Mind – Dizzy Wright

7. Yoga Pants – Timn Hawkins

YO FASHION : SIX YOGA ESSENTIALS

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Soooo, it’s workout o’clock. How do you switch from work/lounge mode to feeling motivated? Sometimes all it takes is just the right essentials. It’s easier to WANT to work out when you LOOK like you’re about to work out. Here are six things that you might want to switch around when you’re about to hit that yoga mat!

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SHOP the essentials :
1) grey basic t-shirt, ZARA
2)mesh tights, Lulu Lemon 
3) stainless stell drink bottle, Cotton On
4) caged-bra sports bra, Forever 21
5) seamless sports top, H&M
6) reversible yoga mat, Lulu Lemon

Yo Tips : 5 ways to motivate you to make yoga fun

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Hot Yo Studio Tips 6 Ways To Motivate You To Make Yoga Fun

I know it’s easy to be skeptical with the concept of yoga as it is fairly new to a big group of people. So for the ones that are still 50/50 on whether or not they should try it, how about we try to make YOUR yoga experience an enjoyable one with these scenarios. Hit it!

1) Tag along someone that you know will motivate or push you. This person could be your best friend who’s already on the fitness bandwagon, your partner; so that you can squeeze some quality time together, or it could even your mum!

2) Slowly inserting yoga poses as a pre/post-workout.  If you’re an avid runner, a few minutes of downward dog would be able to loosen out those leg muscles after a 5km run

3) If you know you’re going to be having a heavy dinner/get-together and you don’t want to deplete your energy by the end of the day by doing heavy lifting. (addes bonus : you’ll get a good glow from the hot yoga to last throughout the night. SCORE.)

4) If you’re anticipating for an event and you’re looking to whip yourself into shape. Wedding at the end of the year? College reunion next month? Now seems to be a good time to start taking control.

5) Taking yoga outdoors! Being around nature and feeling the breeze against your face is the quickest mood changer

6) Educating yourself and learning more on hot yoga. You don’t eat your vegg just for the fun of it right? You KNOW it’s good for your body, and that’s why you implement it in your daily meals. So once you know the many benefits of hot yoga, you’ll start to dwell on the long poses a little bit less.

You know what, if these tips STILL doesn’t excite you to do yoga, try attending a hot class. Force yourself to commit by locking in that 60minutes in a heated room with other yogis! Book your slot at info@hotyostudio.com everyday, except Friday.

YO MUSIC : 03_ACOUSTIC COVER

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How’s your Monday going? We’re sharing the perfect remedy if you’ve got the Monday blues. It’s a playlist that would go on and on (and on) if we let it. When one song is sung by 10 different artists with 10 different renditions, the list is limitless. Hope it’ll get you through the day before the Diwali holiday sets in tomorrow! AND with that note, for those celebrating, Happy Diwali!!

♫ Spotify / Youtube
1. Hotline Bling – Yuna

2. Ain’t No Sunshine – Selah Sue feat. Ronny Mosuse 

3. Fast Car – Sam Smith

4. Warisan – Narmi

5. Halo – Lotte Kestner

6. Chandelier – Kina Grannis

7. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Igor Presnyakov

8. Hideaway – Kiesza

 

YO MUSIC : 02_RASTA RHYMES

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Our second Yo Music playlist is up just in time before you hit the Friday evening rush hour. With the bad haze that we’re facing the past months, some beach holiday sounds like a goody right now. As much as we want to just drop everything and hop on plane, the best thing RIGTH NOW is to just fool our mind in thinking we’re there by the beach. You gadda do, what you gadda do!

 

Spotify / Youtube
1. Down On My Knees – Ayo

2. Is This Love(Montmarte Remix) – Bob Marley & The Mailers

3. Lagu – Bedroom Sanctuary

4. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy

5. Love Song – 311

6. I’ll Get Along – Michael Kiwanuka

7. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

 

5 ways to kickstart your morning

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We’ve made it easy for you to kick start your love affair with yoga by practicing these 5 steps for you to do righttttt after you wake up. Just take 5 minutes (10 max!) out of your morning schedule to calm your mind before the hustle starts 🙂

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1) CHILD’S pose (Balasana)
Calms the brain. Stretches the hips, things, ankles, lower back and shoulders.

Key Actions:

  • Sit on heals, Japanese style
  • Stretch fingertips forward
  • Relax forehead on to the mat
  • Sit hips deeper on heals
  • And just breathe…

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2) CAT/COW pose (Marjaryasana / Bitilasana)
Warms up the spine, shoulders, neck and stomach.

Key actions: 

  • Place hands underneath the shoulders, knees underneath the hips
  • Tops of the feet placed onto the mat
  • Inhale: Look up, belly down, tailbone up
  • Exhale: Look down, chin to chest, pull belly toward navel

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    3) PLANK pose (Dandasana)
    Increase upper body strength by developing arms and shoulder muscles.

    Key actions: 

    • Place hands flat below shoulders, fingers point forward, elbows straight
    • Straightened legs back, feet hip width distance apart, toes tuck under
    • Back straight, hips in line with shoulders and feet
    • Suck navel in and up and tuck tailbone under

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    4) SIDE PLANK pose (Vasishthasana)
    Improve core strength.

    Key actions- right & left side:

  • Rotate hip and torso up to the left, stack shoulders and hips
  • Lower right foot 90 degrees in front of the hips
  • Lift left hip up to the ceiling, straight spine
  • Press left hand down and lift right arm up

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5) WIND-REMOVING pose (Pavanamuktasana)
Stretches the back of the hip while compressing the front of the hip. Stimulates large intestine, lymph nodes in spine and pelvis activating the digestive system.

Key actions:

  • Place hands underneath the shoulders, knees underneath the hips
  • Tops of the feet placed onto the mat
  • Inhale: Look up, belly down, tailbone up
  • Exhale: Look down, chin to chest, pull belly toward navel

Practise it consistently and you will feel energized, refreshed, and motivated even before you take a shower!!

Contraindications: Please practice special care if you suffer from slipped disc, dislocated shoulder; spinal, hip and wrist issues.