Every week, I try to hit the hot room at Bikram Yoga City Hall. Try is the word, not exactly successful but that was one of the reasons why I checked out the 4th Annual Singapore Regional Yoga Asana Championship last weekend for some inspiration.
If you don’t know what Bikram Yoga is, it’s a series of 26 postures with 2 breathing exercises practised in a room heated to 105ºF (40ºC) in 90 minutes. Each posture in the sequence is designed to safely stretch and open the body in preparation for the next posture.
This must have been taken a long time ago (when I’d black hair!), when Beatrice (her first time) & I swung by BYCH. I should really visit soon I know!
Every year, BYCH takes the lead and initiative to organize the annual championship in hope to use it as an ideal platform to increase awareness of yoga, and promote it as a holistic form of exercise suitable for people from all walks of life. Only into the 3rd year, Singapore has already produced 2 world champions. Yograttan Dev Kapil won 2008 Men’s title in 2009 and this February, Madeline Lu won 2009 Youth title in the International Yoga Asana Championship Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup (click here to watch).
It rained so we moved from Willow Stream Spa to Bikram Yoga City Hall’s studio to complete the Championship.
Such beeeauuutiful poses!
Mark Mead (Men Division, First Place):
Marcus Tao (Men Division, Second Place):
Teresa Wing (Women Division, First Place):
Gloria Suen (Women Division, Second Place):
Aisha (Youth Division, First Place):
Madeline Lu (World Yoga Junior Champion 2010):
Bikram Yoga City Hall instructors demonstrating some of the 26 postures:
This is the Triangle Pose that I’ve been having problems with. It’s not as easy as it seems here!
Remember Bikram always says “Never too old, never too late.”