10 Things I Learned from Yogatique’s 30-Day Yoga Challenge – By Casey O’Connell

 It is hard to believe that we have been open for six months!

We have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people over the last six months at the studio, people passing through, yoga teachers, people who live in this great city. It has been a wonderful experience filled with diverse personalities and diverse yoga. To celebrate the New Year, we organized an event that we thought would bring our growing community a little closer and to extol the virtues of establishing a regular yoga practice.

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Casey is a young lady that comes all the way from across town to practice with us. We first noticed her a few months back, her sunny personality and strong practice made her stand out. When she signed up for The New Year – New You 30 Day Yoga Challenge we were excited, as yoga studio owners, she is exactly the kind of yogi that you love having in the studio.

Casey rocked the challenge!

Then she sat down and wrote about her experience.

Casey we appreciate your words, not only the kind things you say about the studio and your experiences in it, but how participating in the challenge effected you and your yoga practice. When we set out to organize the event, we hoped that perhaps one person would walk away feeling like you have.

Maybe, Yogatique rocked the challenge too!

Namaste Yogis Bears!

Do you have a Yoga Challenge experience that you would like to share?

Drop us a note at yogatiquebangkok@gmail.com

Things Your Yoga Teacher Wants You To Know

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I am certainly not the first Yoga teacher to write something like this and I know I won’t be the last, but at the start of a new year and with lots of new faces in the studio, I thought it would be a good opportunity to add my own perspective to the subject.

We are all capable of much more than we realize: We see the look on your face when we make our way to crow, headstand or some other challenging posture. We have all had the same look on our face at some point in our own practice. That voice that tells you ,” l can’t do that! ” Don’t listen! It will take time, but with effort, willingness and an open mind, you can surpass your own expectations.

When you come to class, you are supporting a community: You probably don’t realize it, but by being in class you inspire others, including your teacher. We enjoy seeing you in class.  A yoga class is a group experience. We are blessed when you take energy from the class, but also share your own energy with the room. Community is such an important part of a practice. We love seeing you connect and make friendship with other students. This is how communities are born, grow and even thrive.

Know that none of us remembers all this yoga stuff, all the the time:  All of us struggle with self doubt. We all have days when it is hard to focus. We all have to remember to keep breathing. We all struggle with postures.  You are not alone, so dont get caught up in the feelings. You are no less of a yogi for having these feelings. We are all students of the practice and we appreciate that you share your practice with us.

Sometimes less is more: We can see you getting stronger, your hard work and dedication is awesome! Keep in mind that you don’t always need to practice at ” full power” often when we pull back a bit in our practice, we can often move a little deeper, seriously…try it. Effort and ease are of equal importance in a practice.

Consistency is the key: Practice and all is coming. Pattabhi Jois was right. You will get more out of your practice if you do it at least 3 times a week.

We don’t get to practice Asana as much as we would like: Sad but true. So much of our energy goes into your practice. Many of us have other full time jobs, spouses and kids, just like you. We would all love to practice more and often we make sacrifices in other aspects of our lives to do so.

When you can take the things you learn on your mat, off your mat and into the other parts of your life, the messy, complicated, emotional, human part of your life, you are really practicing yoga. 

Can’t wait to see you all on your mats!

A New Year- A New You – 30 Day Challenge – The Yoga, Meditation, Lifestyle Edition

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Beginning January 10 we will be holding our first 30 day challenge. This is not about cramming thirty yoga classes into a month. It is about creating healthy new habits. The goal is to make a series of small changes to our daily lives for thirty day…you know what they say, “make a change for thirty days and it becomes a habit”.

There is an opportunity to collect plus points and minus points depending on your choices.

The Yogis with the highest points will be entered into a draw to win some great prizes (and we have some really good prizes, more on that in the near future)

The thirty days kick off with a fun Vinyasa class, followed by short discussion on the benefits of a healthy diet.

Each Saturday of the thirty days we will hold a mini yoga workshop.

We will also have several guest speakers after the Saturday classes to discuss changes we can make to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The thirty days will end with another fun Vinyasa class, refreshments and the prize draw. ( If you were here for our last open house you know that we can throw a good party)

Stay tuned during the month for updates on events and prizes.

Registration for the class starts Dec 10 and continues to the Jan 10.

There is an early bird special, so don’t miss out.

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Yoga is the Journey of the Self, Through the Self, To the Self -

Ying Yoga is the journey

นึกถึงโยคะ คุณนึกถึงอะไร คุณอาจจะนึกถึงคนตัวอ่อน นั่งสมาธิ ยืนกลับหัว บิดเอว บิดไหล่ ยืด ๆ เหยียด ๆ เบา ๆ …
การฝึกโยคะแม้จะนิยมกันมากในปัจจุบัน แต่แท้จริงแล้วมันคืออะไร ทำไมครูโยกี้ถึงเรียกว่า “ การฝึก “..บางคนอาจสงสัยว่ามันไม่ใช่ “การเล่นโยคะ” เหรอ
การฝึกโยคะ ในนิยามของแต่ละคนนั้นไม่จำเป็นต้องเหมือนกัน และไม่มีคำตอบใดถูกหรือผิด แต่ละคนให้ความหมายโยคะได้ตามประสบการณ์ของตัวเอง แต่สำหรับครูแล้ว โยคะ ไม่ใช่การเล่น เราไม่ได้กำลังเล่นโยคะ แต่โยคะเป็นการฝึก ฝึกเพื่อให้เกิดความเข้าใจในธรรมชาติ โดยเฉพาะ “ธรรมชาติของตัวเราเอง”
การใช้ชีวิตในปัจจุบัน บ่อยครั้งที่เราต้องรีบเร่ง ชีวิตมันสับสนวุ่นวาย จนบางครั้งเราก็ลืมที่จะให้เวลากับการทบทวนตัวเอง ลืมที่จะมีสติรับรู้ว่าใจ ความคิด หรือตัวตนของเราอยู่ที่ตรงไหน
การฝึกโยคะ จึงเป็นเหมือนกุศโลบายหนึ่ง ที่ให้ผู้ฝึกได้มีโอกาสใช้เวลาในการอยู่กับตัวเอง ดึงสติ กำหนดลมหายใจ พร้อมกับการเคลื่อนไหวร่างกายอยู่บนพื้นที่สี่เหลี่ยมผืนผ้า หรือเสื่อของเราเอง แม้ว่าจะมีเสียงครูนำการฝึก มีเพื่อนฝึกร่วมห้องอยู่มากมาย หรือแม้แต่มีการเคลื่อนไหวและเป็นไปของสิ่งแวดล้อมรอบกาย เราจะฝึกให้มีสมาธิ นิ่ง แต่รับรู้ถึงการเคลื่อนไหวได้หรือไม่
สิ่งเหล่านี้ อาจไม่เกิดขึ้นในครั้งแรกของการฝึก หรืออาจไม่เกิดขึ้นเลยก็ได้แม้จะฝึกมานาน ซึ่งไม่ใช่เรื่องผิดหรือถูกอะไร เพราะประสบการณ์การฝึกของแต่ละคนย่อมไม่เหมือนกัน ความคาดหวัง ความตั้งใจในการฝึกของแต่ละคนก็อาจแตกต่างกันไปด้วย
สำหรับคนที่ยังไม่เคยฝึกมาก่อน…มาลองฝึกกันดูไหม จะได้รู้ว่าประสบการณ์การฝึกของคุณเป็นอย่างไร.

Article by Ying
Photo by Wipoo Kaewruamwong.

Yin is In!

Woke up this morning to find this comment our inbox.

It made our day!

We love our Yin class and our Yin teacher too!

In a city where there is not enough Yin yoga…come on Bangkok, YIN IS IN!

“Comment: I really appreciate that Yogatique offers yin yoga, which is not very common in Bangkok. I learned about yin yoga at the beginning of the year and now it is an important part of my yoga practicei. I like yin yoga for two reasons. First because it provides a training for the mind as much as for the body, and second because it’s helping me become more flexible and better prepared for other styles of yoga. Both the instructor, Sareena, and the candlelight setting
contribute to making the yin yoga classes at Yogatique very relaxing and soothing.Cheers, Alberto”

What Books Have Inspired You and Your Yoga Practice?

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In the last few weeks one of the most common questions at the studio,has been a request for titles of books that have been inspirational to my yoga practice.

I’m a voracious reader, so for me this is a more than one sentence answer, then again most of my answers to any given question tend to be lengthy.

I am always a bit taken aback when anyone is seeking inspiration from me on any level. Always self deprecating and seldom serious, I have to remind myself that at 50 years of age and with a somewhat serious 15 year old practice under the waistband of my yoga pants, I guess I could be seen as having some wisdom.

With some thought I have compiled a list of books in no particular order, that over the years have shared some wisdom, useful information, inspiration, tips, guidance and even humor in regards to my personal yoga practice, both on and off my mat. I’m happy to share them with you.

Charlie, this is for you.
xoxo
Minh

The Soul of Rumi – Coleman Berks

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff

Hatha Yoga Pradippika – Swami Swatmarama

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama – BKS Iyengar

Downward Dogs and Warriors: Wisdom Tales for the Modern Yogi – Zo Newell

Eastern Body, Western Mind – Anodes Judith

Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga – Benjamin Lord

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice – Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey

Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude – Neal Pollack

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards – William J Broad

Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham

Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit – Ana T. Forrest

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice – TKV Desikacher

 

 

 

Unlimited Yoga Pass Card Sale Starts Today!

We would like to share our studio and community with the larger Bangkok Yoga community, so we are excited to offer the following deals for the month of October.

Come on down check us out and let’s do some Yoga!

One Month Unlimited Yoga – 2,000 Baht (regular price 3,500 Baht)

Three Month Unlimited Yoga – 5,000 Baht (regular price 8,000 Baht)

offer valid till October 31, 2014

Cash Only

Pass cards can not be used for the Sunday morning (10 am) Karma class