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AcroYoga Q&A with Sasa Chien

Written by Fitology Malaysia on . Posted in Fitology News, Fitology Yoga Blog, What's New

What is AcroYoga?

DSCF1324AcroYoga is the practice of being in the moment and finding balance with the other. – Eugene Poku, Co-founder of AcroYoga Montreal, Canada

It is a playful blend of dance, asana postures and acrobatic movement with a yogic state-of-mind. Through my personal practice of AcroYoga, I am convinced that we are all craving for unconditional love and the sense of community through compassionate touch.

In my classes, I inspire practitioners to accept and love their body inside out, to nurture their creative expressions, and to instil courage through strength and tenderness.

What are the benefits of AcroYoga?

Physical benefits: Apart from becoming more centred and grounded through core activation, practitioners also learn to be agile and elegant. This will definitely bring your asana practices and other fitness regimes to a whole new level.

Soulful benefits: In AcroYoga we create a sacred space for learning about trust and connection, communication and a channel for healing touch, safe intimacy and community. The greatest reward is seeing the spark in every person’s eyes light up the room during a breathless “WOW!” moment.

What is the AcDSCF1335roYoga workshop about? What will we learn?  

This is an introductory workshop that is suitable for beginners, no matter what your fitness level may be. You can expect to learn the skills of “moving” and “connecting” with another person within the disciplines of AcroYoga.

This is going to be a slow steady immersion into a whole new practice. You will be introduced you to the basics of taking flight, solid basing and spotting. We will explore each person’s unique habitual movements through group games and partner work. The goal is to be in the moment (breathe) and to find balance with your partner (action), You will learn to ground through your shoulders, hips and legs in Locust pose, Upward Bow pose, Chair pose, and Downward Dog, just to name a few.

How did you get into AcroYoga? How long have you been practicing it? Where did you learn it from?

In 2009, I was looking for a way to integrate my experiences in dance, yoga and acrobatics. The practice of AcroYoga seems to offer that unique blend of physical and mental challenge. I was first introduced to it in a Yoga Conference in Hong Kong and have been practising vigorously for the past 4 years.

Here is a short video of a basic AcroYoga move

DSCF1316Who can do AcroYoga?

Anybody can try AcroYoga. This class is catered for anyone aged 18 and above, who has an open mind and heart. The perfect acroyoga type body comes with a mindset that respects its body’s strengths and weakness and is willing to explore these strength and weakness safely with another human being or two.

Am I too heavy to practice AcroYoga?

You can still practice but you might end up being a base until you can find someone your size or heavier to fly you. You can also try exploring distributing your weighton a smaller base on different ledges of the body, not just the hands and feet.

My muscles are very stiff, am I still able to do AcroYoga?

Tightness in the hamstrings will affect L-basing, but you can place a wedge or blankest underneath your sacrum to alleviate that. A consistent yoga practice will help you to increase your flexibility and learn to disengage the muscles that are not needed when doing yoga asana, or acroyoga body balancing.

I’m very flexible does that mean I will be very good at AcroYoga?

Yes and no. acroyoga at times can be very core-centric. If you have the strength to support your flexibility then you will be fine. If you are overly flexible then your challenge will be to focus on reining in your flexibility so it becomes an asset and not a burden. A consistent yoga practice that focuses on stabilizing all the core muscles of the shoulder and hip girdle and the trunk will bring more balance to your body.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable clothing which does not reveal too much anatomy when you go upside down, bend over or spread your legs. Also avoid wearing any jewellery that can get tangled, cut skin, or get caught in the bases feet or hands. Avoid wearing heavy perfumes.

 

About Sasa:

A self styled “student of life”, Sasa is the first AcroYoga Montreal-certified instructor in Malaysia. She is also a Manasa 200-hour Certified Teacher.

An accomplished dancer, Sasa has been using Ballet, Street Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Aerial Dances, Latin Dances, Capoeira, Contact Improvisation and Yoga, as a form of expression since 1999.

When she is not teaching, dancing or practicing yoga, she feeds and rescues stray animals on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. She also offers Reiki healing energy and Thai Massage in exchange for koala hugs and raw chocolates.

Sasa believes that the practice of AcroYoga can be a powerful tool for effecting change in people. Her classes are always challenging yet refreshing, empowering yet caring. Those who attend them often discover new things about themselves, the world around them, and the beauty and joy that is AcroYoga. This unique experience enriches our soul and brings life to our breath.

Throughout her life, Sasa has continuously drawn on her personal strength and playful attitude to seek out adventures and overcome challenges. This is why she is drawn to AcroYoga and what makes her a vivacious instructor.

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Workshop: Introduction to AcroYoga & Enhance Your Yoga with Healthy Eating

Written by Fitology Malaysia on . Posted in Fitology News, Fitology Yoga Blog, What's New

Reconnect with your inner self and have fun at this introductory workshop in Fitology Yoga!

Crafted for individuals of all fitness levels and experience, this workshop will explore the skills of “moving” and “connecting” with another person within the disciplines of AcroYoga.

Acro-Workshop-Flyer CoverParticipants will be introduced to the basics of taking flight, solid basing and spotting. In addition, we will explore each person’s unique habitual movements through group games and partner work.

The goal is to be in the moment (breathe) and to find balance with your partner (action).

In this three-hour workshop, you will learn to ground yourself through your shoulders, hips and legs, while experiencing basic yoga moves such as the in the locust pose, upward bow pose, chair pose and downward dog pose.

There will also be an educational session on what sorts of food will enhance your Yoga practice.

Get centred and delight in this experiential afternoon out! It is perfect for those looking for some “me” time or partnered time with a loved one/friend.

 

WORKSHOP RATES*DSCF1320

Early Bird rate:
RM200 (Book from now until Nov 9, 2014 to enjoy this early bird rate)

Regular rate:
RM250 (Bookings from Nov 10, 2014 – Nov 29, 2014)

Same Day Signup:
RM280 (On Nov 29, 2014,)

*Kindly note that workshop fees are not refundable nor transferable

 

PAYMENT METHODS
We accept payment by cash, bank in/transfer and credit card.

Bank in/transfer, kindly make payments to Fitology Sdn Bhd (Alliance account no: 14167 0010 022 607). Kindly email your proof of payment to yoga@fitology.my.

Cash and credit card payments are accepted at our premises at Fitology, 9, Jalan Riong, off Jalan Maarof, from 9 am to 10 pm, Mondays to Saturdays. For more info, kindly call us at +60 3 2201 4311 or email us at the address above.

For a Q&A about AcroYoga, click here.

 

ABOUT SASAAcroYoga Sasa
A self styled “student of life”, Sasa is the first AcroYoga Montreal-certified instructor in Malaysia. She is also a Manasa 200-hour Certified Teacher.

An accomplished dancer, Sasa has been using Ballet, Street Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Aerial Dances, Latin Dances, Capoeira, Contact Improvisation and Yoga, as a form of expression since 1999.

When she is not teaching, dancing or practicing yoga, she feeds and rescues stray animals on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. She also offers Reiki healing energy and Thai Massage in exchange for koala hugs and raw chocolates.

Sasa believes that the practice of AcroYoga can be a powerful tool for effecting change in people. Her classes are always challenging yet refreshing, empowering yet caring. Those who attend them often discover new things about themselves, the world around them, and the beauty and joy that is AcroYoga. This unique experience enriches our soul and brings life to our breath.

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Seven Essential Movements in Personal Training

Written by Fitology Malaysia on . Posted in Fitology News, Trainer's Blog, Uncategorized, What's New

By Errol Fung

Oftentimes when we think about exercise and going to the gym, we think classes, machines and free weights. Most gym-goers visit the gym to train aesthetics and work on a single muscle group. Common goals are to get bigger biceps, toned triceps and a bigger chest.

A major downside to training aesthetics, or what some call “vanity muscles”, is that this kind of training often does not help to increase your quality of life by making everyday activities easier.

On the flipside of aesthetic training is what the fitness industry calls functional training. This means, training your muscles to do what it’s supposed to do, and working more muscles in compound movements. In simpler terms, getting more results with less work.

There are seven primal movements that your body was made to do. These are:

Push

The muscles involved in pushing are the triceps and chest. These are common vanity muscles for the ladies and gents alike.

What is it good for?

Toning fUntitledlabby arms, firming up the chest and provide some lifting effect. Time to perk up those babies, you hold the power girl!

Pull

Pulling is a very common everday movement. If you know how to push, you must know how to pull. Pulling works your legal guns (biceps. Just in case you didn’t know) and back muscles.

What is it good for?

These are fantastic for your posture from a long day behind the desk. It also works wonders for your confidence!

Squat

My oh my! Squats, squats and squats.. The squat should be staple to a workout as handbags, shoes and shades are to the Malaysian woman. Apart from working the thighs, think how amazing a round and firm butt would look in those tight designer jeans!

What is it good for?Pic 2

That Kim K. or the J. Lo look. Well, perhaps, not as bodacious but, you catch my drift.

Lunge

A close partner to the squat, the lunge is another important movement that we need to master. In order to be fit and healthy, we need to be able to get up from the floor and stand with minimal limitations. This exercise helps the body to stay limber into our golden years. It also helps to kick up those hamstrings and force the cellulite away for a more toned look.

What is it good for? Maintaining movement and strength in the lower body and ensuring your thighs look as hot as your round firm butt!

Twist

This is one of the easiest and most natural of the seven movements. I have had clients who didn’t even know that they could twist! Our desk-bound existence has made us forget what its like to use our body. Twisting actively fires the core muscles and promotes our underlying physical stability.

What is it good for?

Maintaining balance when we are active, it also helps to tone your abs!

Bend

To bend may also mean to lift, and it is another fundamental movement that is used in our daily lives. When we bend, this helps us work that toned back that we all dream for, but beware how you bend it involves the integrity of our spine. Many a time, injuries like slipped discs or prolapsed discs happen due to a weak back or a bad bend form when lifting things.

What is it good for?

Preventing spine injuries and giving you a nice toned back!

pic 3Walking, running and jumping

How many steps do we take a day? 1000? 2000? More than 2000? It is estimated that the average desk jockey usually takes anywhere from 3000-6000 steps a day. The walking movement is critical as it is the most commonly used of all the movement patterns in our daily lives.

What is it good for?

Healthy and strong joints, to ensure that stay moving and pain free into your old age. It also keeps your cardiovascular system in check, helps burn fat and keeps you breathing right!

 

Do you have questions regarding any of the seven movements? Send us a message on our facebook page (fb.com/fitology) and we will get back to your questions as soon as we are able!

 

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