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It's Impossible To Not Get Fat During CNY - But This Yoga Studio Will Help You Shed That Extra Weight

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Ate too many pineapple tarts during Chinese New Year? Shed that extra weight at this yoga studio.

Unless you have an amazing amount of willpower, it’s pretty tough to not get fat over Chinese New Year. Who else agrees?

Think about it: If you celebrate Chinese New Year, you’ll probably have overindulged, and eaten one too many pieces of pineapple tarts. Even if you don’t celebrate CNY, you might have been café-hopping (and consuming too much waffles) with your friends, or binge-watching dramas (and stuffing your face with pizza) at home.

Now that Chinese New Year is over, it’s time to get back on track with your goal of staying healthy / being active / losing weight, and we know the perfect way for you to do so – by going for yoga classes at the Art of Yoga!

If you haven’t heard of them before, Art of Yoga is a cozy boutique yoga studio which is located at Upper East Coast Road. Running the place is Nadira, who’s been teaching yoga for five years, and practicing for 13.

Here’s what we love about Art of Yoga: this isn’t your typical chain yoga studio where you pop in for a quick class, and leave immediately after your session, without speaking to anyone. At Art of Yoga, it’s all about the community, and they even have a “café” space which runs on an honour system. (You’re free to help yourself to your drinks – but there’s no one manning the space, so you’ll just have to drop your money behind the counter on your own accord.)

Because the space at Art of Yoga is so inviting, and the community so tight, plenty of their students hang out at the studio before and after classes. There’s high-speed wifi available, so you can sit down, pull out your laptop, and get some work done whilst you wait for your class to start.

And whilst you might initially join Art of Yoga with the intention of keeping fit or staying in shape, Nadira shares that plenty of students end up becoming long-term practitioners when they realise all the emotional benefits that they get from yoga.

How does it work? In a nutshell, yoga helps us get in touch with ourselves. As you practice yoga, and work on your various yoga poses, your prana (energy) starts flowing more freely. This helps you unblock your energy channels and relieve emotional blockages, and you end up feeling liberated, and more at peace with yourself.

Art of Yoga offers a wide variety of classes, and they have an authorised Ashtanga yoga program, which was introduced to the world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This form of yoga involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures, and the process produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies your muscles and organs.

Of course, it might be intimidating to start practicing yoga if you’re comparing yourself to the yogis who are always posting pictures of their handstands on Instagram. Don't sweat it - just keep in mind that everyone starts somewhere. As Nadira says, yoga is about being devoted to your practice – and not the fancy poses or Instagram likes.

Want to take a shot at yoga, but not sure where to start? Here’s more information about the different classes offered by Art of Yoga, so you can pick one that suits you best:

#1. Hatha

Hatha classes feature more static poses, and plenty of holding. You’ll work on quieting your mind during these classes, as well as being present.

#2. Vinyasa

Vinyasa yoga is all about the “flow”. There’s plenty of moving on the mat, and you’ll definitely get your heart rate up.

#3. Ashtanga

Ashtanga yoga best suits go-getters and alphas –you need to work hard to master your poses, but it’s highly rewarding when you do manage to nail those poses. The more you practice, the stronger and more flexible you’ll find yourself becoming.

#4. Yin

Like Hatha, Yin yoga features more static poses. The goal is to truly melt into the pose so that you activate your meridians and chakra points, and stretch your muscles, bones and joints.

#5. Iyengar

Iyengar yoga is very alignment-based, meaning the way you position your body for each pose has to be spot-on. With Iyengar yoga, you’ll be making use of a lot of props to build your flexibility.

If you're new to Art of Yoga, you're eligible for their $10 trial class. Click here to purchase a class - once you do that, you can proceed to create an account and book a mat!

Yours sincerely,

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