50 places to celebrate the International Yoga Day (21st June) in Singapore

Come celebrate first International Yoga Day on 21st June 2015 in 50 centres across Singapore! Free yoga classes, talks on heathy lifestyle by experts and free goodies!! A great family experience to kickstart the fathers day as well 🙂

As many of you are aware, 21st June 2015, will be celebrated as the first ‘International Yoga Day’!

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that, “the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.”

Singapore will host the first edition of ‘International Day of Yoga’ on June 21 at about 50 locations across the country.  The objective of the event is to spread awareness of yoga as a holistic measure for attainment of a healthy body and mind. So come join the Yoga movement! 

The centres range from schools, polytechnics, universities to workers’ dormitories, Yoga studios, Community Centres, iconic malls like Ion Orchard to Changi International Airport. Free Yoga T-shirts, mats and healthy snack-packs would also be distributed to the registered participants. As a curtain raiser to the event, the High Commissioner of India, HE Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh launched a web portal for online registration of Singapore participants for the mega event. Please click here to register! http://idayofyoga.org/singapore.

The Yoga events would comprise conducting free yoga classes by the yoga experts followed by a talk on yoga and healthy living by the specialists. The event would start at 8.30AM and continue till 10.00 AM. You can join in the celebrations at any of the centres below! See you there!

Name & Address of the centres celebrating

  • Art of Living : 433, Race Course Road, Downtown Core, 218679
  • Botanic Garden : 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
  • Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre : Peace Hall, #03-00, 7 Hindoo Road, Singapore 209108
  • Bukit Panjang CC : 8 Pending Road, Singapore 678295
  • Changi International Airport : Terminal 3, Next to Check-in Row 11
  • Chong Pang Community Club : 21, Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 768677
  • DAV Hindi School : 113 Syed Alwi Road, Level 2, Singapore 207681
  • Geylang West CC : 1205 Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 387311
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Queenstown Campus : 1 Mei Chin Road, Singapore 149253
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – East Coast Campus : 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Balestier Campus : 51 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329154
  • High Commission of India : 31 Grange Road, Singapore 239702
  • Hindi Society  : Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, 3 Race Course Lane, Singapore 218731
  • Isha Foundation : Star Vista@, Buona Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green Singapore 138617
  • Isha Foundation  : JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
  • Isha Foundation : Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
  • Kolam Ayer Community Club : 3188 Geylang Bahru, Singapore, 339717
  • MES Group : Kaki Bukit Dormitory, 25 Kaki Bukit Road 3, Singapore
  • National University of Singapore : 101 Clementi road, Singapore 129790, Communal hall level 2
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic : 535, Clementi Road, Singapore 599489
  • Prabhu Yoga Club : 175A Bencoolen Street, Unit # 10-10, Burlington Square, Office Tower,Bugis,Singapore 189650
  • Siglap South CC : 6 Palm Road, Singapore 456441
  • Singapore Management University : Function Room 6-1, Level 6, Administration Building, SMU, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065
  • S.P.Jain School of Global Management : 10 Hyderabad Road, Off Alexander Road, Singapore 119879
  • Tampines Changkat CC : 13 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 529453
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Level 4, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 4, Ocean Financial Centre,Singapore
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Djitsun Mall, 5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2 #04-01 Singapore 569663
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Great World City Mall, 1 Kim Seng Promenade #03-14 Singapore 237994
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : China Square Central, 18 Cross Street #B1-26 Singapore 048423
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place #07-00 Singapore 048622
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Harbourfront Centre, 1 Maritime Square HarbourFront Centre #03-23/28 Singapore 099253
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-318 to 323 Singapore 038983
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road #07-15/17 Singapore 449269
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : NTUC Tampines Junction, 300 Tampines Ave 5 # 08-01/04 Singapore 529653
  • Vivekananda Seva Sangh (Singapore) Ltd : Yuhua Community Club, 90 Boon Lay Way, Jurong East, Singapore 609958, Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil Service Club, 60, Tessenshon Road, Singapore 217664
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil service club, 91, Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, Singapore 659206
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil service club, 2, Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503
  • Westlite Dormitory Pte Ltd : 28 Toh Guan Road East, #02-01, Singapore (608596)
  • Yew Tee CC : 20 Chua Chu Kang Street 52 #01-01, Singapore 689286
  • Yoga Kalari Gardens : 11A Lichfield Road, Singapore 556831
  • Yuva Bharati International School : # 3 , Hu Ching Road, Jurong West, Singapore – 619 651
  • Kembangan Community Club : 5 Lengkong Tiga, Singapore 417408
  • Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) : 2A, Starlight Road, Singapore 217755
  • One Wellness : 164A / 166A ,Rochor Road ,Bugis village , Level -2 , On top of KFC Singapore -188440
  • Sahaja Yoga : AZ Building, #07-15, 140 Paya Lebar Road, Opposite Macpherson MRT, Exit A Singapore 409015
  • Sree Narayana Mission Singapore : Multi-purpose Hall on level 2 12 Yishun Avenue 5 Singapore 768992
  • Ramakrishna Mission, Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir : 179 Bartley Road, Singapore 539784
  • OM Healing : Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple Hall @Floor 2, Timings 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 19 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429613
  • Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation : LHK3 Building # 05-03, 8 New Industrial Road, Singapore 536200

5 Yoga Poses To Boost Digestion

If you frequently feel irritated, heavy and bloated after eating a meal, if you experience acidity,

shutterstock_64176445-300x200If you frequently feel irritated, heavy and bloated after eating a meal, if you experience acidity, heartburn, flatulence, or indigestion often, these may be the waring signals from your body to check your digestive health. Ayurveda associates a healthy digestive system with a healthy mind and body. Even modern science has linked the root cause of most diseases to ineffective digestion.  The function of the digestive system is digestion of food, absorption of nutritive elements and elimination of wastes and toxins from the body. Regular practice of yogasanas naturally boosts digestive health, massages the digestive organs and improves overall health by boosting metabolism. Here are 5 Yogasanas that can help relieve your digestion-related problems.

1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

  • Take a deep breath and while exhaling, bend your body to the left, sideways.
  • The center of your left heel needs to be in line with the arch of right foot.
  • Stand straight. Place your feet about 3-4 feet wide apart.
  • Triangle-poseTurn your left foot out by 90° and right foot in by 15 deg.
  • Balance your weight equally on both the feet.
  • Try to touch the floor with your left hand keeping the waist straight.
  • Do not over stress your waist, legs or hips in an attempt to touch the ground.
  • Bend till you are comfortable.
  • Your right hand is to be stretched straight up, pointing towards the ceiling.
  • Both the hands should be in a straight line.
  • Turn your head to the right and gaze into your right palm.
  • Stay in the position for 1 minute, take a deep breath and keep your body steady.
  • While inhaling, return to normal standing position.
  • Repeat the asana on the other side.

Triangle pose stretches the shoulders, chest, spine, hamstrings and calf muscles and strengthens the arms, legs, ankles and knees. It also opens the hips and groins. It improves digestion, eases constipation and stimulates appetite. It improves the mental and physical stability.

seated-forward-bend-300x1522. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

  • Sit straight with your legs stretched forward.
  • Inhale deeply, and hold your toes with your hands.
  • Exhale and bend your body forward.
  • Try to touch the knees with your forehead or bend till your body permits.
  • Make sure that your heels, knees, calves and thighs are firmly touching the ground.
  • Keep your spine straight and breathe normally.
  • Relax the body and concentrate on your breathing.
  • Stay in this position till you are comfortable.
  • Slowly come back to the normal sitting position.

Seated Forward Bend pose reduces stimulates the abdominal organs thus balancing the hormonal secretion, improves digestion, relief constipation and refreshes the mind and body. It also stretches the spine and shoulders.

wind-relieving-pose-mywellness3. Wind Relieving Pose (Pawanamuktsana)

  • Lie down on the floor.
  • Lift both your legs up towards the ceiling at 90 degree.
  • Bend the legs from knees and press the thighs against the abdomen.
  • The legs should be joined together from knees to the ankles.
  • Clasp the knees with both the arms.
  • Lift your head and touch the knees with your chin.
  • Stay in this position for about a minute.
  • Breathe normally.
  • Slowly, bring your head back to the floor, remove your hands and slowly unbend your legs.
  • Repeat the asana for three-five times.

Pawanamuktsana relieves unwanted gas from the digestive tracts. This pose compresses the abdominal organs, improves blood circulation, and efficiency of internal organs. It improves digestion, and provide relieves from acidity, gas and constipation.

???4. Camel Pose (Ushtrasana)

  • Sit in the kneel-down position.
  • The knees should be hip-width apart.
  • Inhale, and put your hands on your waist.
  • Exhale, and arch back.
  • Look up to the ceiling.
  • Slowly bring your hands back and hold the heels with respective hands.
  • Don’t put your weight on the hands. Use them only for support.
  • Your weight should be shifted on to the knees.
  • Feel the stretch on the abdomen and chest.
  • Lower your head backwards.
  • Stay in this position for about 30 seconds.
  • Exhale, and slowly return to normal position.

Camel Pose stretches the abdominal organs, stomach and intestine thus creating space in the stuffed torso. It provides relief from abdominal cramps, constipation, bloating, gas and acidity. It is a good exercise to do if you have overstuffed yourself in a party.

spinal-twist-mywellness5. Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

  • Sit straight with your leg stretched out.
  • Bend your left leg and with the help of your hand, placing the heel of left leg below your right buttock.
  • Cross your right leg above your left thigh and place your right foot firmly on the ground.
  • Keep your spine straight.
  • Twist from your waist and turn your body to your right as much as you can.
  • Place your upper left elbow on your right thigh and your right hand on the ground behind for support.
  • Look over your right shoulder without overturning your neck.
  • Stay in this position for up to 8-10 breaths.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Repeat the posture on the other side.

Spinal Twist massages the abdominal organs, vitalizes the large intestine, detoxifies the digestive tracts, and provides relief in constipation. It stimulates gastric juices and improves digestion. The twist squeezes the most important detox organ i.e. the liver, thus hastening the cleaning process. Gall bladder, kidney, spleen and bowels benefits immensely from this pose. This pose also regulates breathing, accelerates blood circulation, prevents urinary tract infection and calms the mind.