Planet Yoga April Workshops

March 28, 2010

WORKSHOP 1

Posture Correction & Body Alignment

Instructor: Aakash

Duration: 8 hours

Date: Apr 10, 17, 24 & May 1 (Sat)

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Club: CWB Club

Course fee: HK$1,600

Description:

It’s time to re-shape that body. Over time gravity takes its toll and of course those sinfully delicious snacks do as well. This yoga class will show you many effective ways to shift and reduce stubborn fat deposits from your waistline, buttocks and thighs. Many of the killer moves you learn will help tighten, cut and redefine your body for even greater sex appeal.

Tightening your body and tweaking weight distribution will also give you better posture and overall health.

This class is perfect for women who are looking to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back!

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WORKSHOP 2

Yoga for Inner Peace

Instructor: Sumit

Duration: 3 hours

Date: April 17 (Sat)

Time: 16:00 – 19:00

Club: TST Club

Course fee: HK$750

Description:

With just six simple steps, this yoga class will help you reach complete and deep relaxation. A relaxed mind and body leads to stress release, better concentration and an overall peaceful mind. And a mind at peace can help decrease tension, insomnia, anger and frustration.

Take on your world feeling relaxed and at one with yourself, able to solve the problems of your daily life.

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WORKSHOP 3

Yoga and Living Foods

Instructor: Moises

Duration: 3 hours

Date: April 25 (Sun)

Time: 11:00 14:00

Club: CWB Club

Course fee: HK$450

Description:

In yoga philosophy, food is an important part of our holistic being. It is called, “AnnamayaKosha”.

According to Kosha philosophy, different aspects of our person (emotions, mind, spirit, etc.) make up the layers of our being. To complete our being, our Annamaya Kosha must also be made strong as well.

In this workshop you will learn the approach of using veganism and raw food as a way to detox your body and become more healthy. The workshop consists of 3 consecutive hoursof asana, pranayama, meditation and “living foods” demonstration.

This workshop will improve your flexibility, recovery time, yoga practice, health and overall life one meal at a time.

This class is not suitable for pregnant women.

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WORKSHOP 4

Yoga for Two

Instructor: Vanessa

Duration: 4 hours

Date: April 10 (Sat)

Time: 14:00 18:00

Club: CTL Club

Course fee: HK$600

Description:

When you’re pregnant you’re eating for two and living for two, so why not exercise for two?

In this workshop, you will learn about the cardiovascular and respiratory changes that affect exercise during pregnancy. We will also teach you the 7 common problems related to prenatal exercise, posture awareness, nutrition / weight issues, post labor information, a pre and postnatal exercise regimen, as well as practical yoga moves using props such as yoga block, fitball and thera band.

Stay fit during your pregnancy without putting you and your baby in harms way.

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WORKSHOP 5

The Art of Meditation

Instructor: Kapil

Duration: 6 hours

Date: April 24 & May 1 (Sat)

Time: 10:00 13:00

Club: CTL club

Course fee: HK$1,500

Description:

Unfortunately, meditation is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Certain techniques work better for certain people, making choosing the right technique very important.

In this 6 hour workshop, split into two 3 hours sessions teaching 9 meditation techniques each, you’ll discover the different benefits and science behind the various techniques so you can find the one that’s just right for you.

This is a guided class with instruction from a master yogi with short break periods between each 20 minute meditation sessions. A takeaway booklet will be given to help you practice meditation on your own.

It’s time to clear your mind and your schedule to learn the art of meditation.

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From Member to Teacher: Alvin of Planet Yoga gets Hong Kong flexible

March 26, 2010

One of our favourite teachers at Planet Yoga,Alvin teachers a special workshop titled “Yoga for the Inflexible” this March. With many dedicated members practicing with Alvin, this workshop is a guaranteed success. We speak to Alvin about why he wanted to host a workshop and how he won over such a following at Planet Yoga.


So Alvin, are you from Hong Kong?

No but it definitely feels like I am! I’ve been living in this city for 30 years now. I came here 30 years ago with a Hong Kong based-airline company.

Was your schedule quite flexible then? That must have given you a bit of free time to explore the city.
Yes definitely. We would get days off at a time when we were not flying and so I was able to try out lots of different sports. I love swimming, biking, scuba diving and rock climbing! Funny thing is,, I was always interested in yoga about but I never got around to it until much later!

Wow, you are very athletic! When did you start practicing yoga then?
Actually I started practicing about 5 or 6 years ago. I started as a member at Planet Yoga and after a couple of classes I was completely hooked. I started coming here everyday, going to classes and just talking to the other teachers. I would catch Master Kapil after class and just discuss about specific techniques and how I can improve my postures. I learnt very quickly at Planet Yoga because the instructors are so willing to help me after class or in their free time.

From member to instructor at Planet Yoga? No wonder it seems like you know everybody in this club!
Definitely, I made a lot of friends here in Planet Yoga as a member. I understand their point of view, what they like and how they wish to improve. That is the main reason why I wanted to host this workshop. I found that a lot of members were getting frustrated because they could not do a certain pose even after years of practice.

What are some common poses people had difficulty with?

Every body is built differently so our limits vary but backbends, splits and the butterfly is generally a bit more challenging for most people to practice.


Can you give us a little sneak preview of what the workshop would be like?

I wanted to include a mix of discussion, theory and practice into the workshop. Members at Planet Yoga can attend class any day of the week but not a lot of people have the chance to sit down and study or discuss specific problems they encountered in their practice. Also, it is a great introductory class for someone curious and new to yoga to gain some insight before jumping into a regular class. I will be teaching some very practical yoga poses that anyone can do just at their office or when they are sitting around at home.


Thank you so much Alvin for giving us an exclusive look into your workshop. So finally, can you tell us what Real Yoga means to you?

Real Yoga gives us the awareness to be present and in the moment.

Namaste.

Yoga for the Inflexible Workshop at Planet Yoga
Description:

Most people practice yoga to become more flexible,
but everyone’s body is unique. This workshop will
teach you the science of flexibility, helping you
understand your current level of flexibility and how
you can quickly improve on it. Asana Practice and
use of Yoga props (e.g. blocks, bricks, straps,
bolsters) will help you achieve.

This is a detailed class with a lot of personal attention.

What to expect during class

Discussion:

Date&Time: March 27 (Sat) 15:00-18:00
Club: Central Club
Instructor: Alvin
Level: All levels
Course Fee: HK $500

Practical:
-Asana practice
-Postures for stretching the whole body


Guinness World Record Holder teaches Yoga at Planet Yoga Hong Kong

March 16, 2010

If you haven’t attended a class with Yogaraj C.P of Planet Yoga yet, other members will gladly tell you what you have been missing! Just try to walk in to his Hot Yoga class on a weeknight and you will see about 50 people lining up to go into the steamy room.  Yes he is that good, and here is a glimpse why.

Hello Yogaraj! What is this we hear about you being in the Guinness World Records?

Yes, I am very honored to have represented my country and achieved the longest yoga marathon in the Guinness World Records.  Essentially, it was a yoga marathon that lasted for 28 hours.  I performed a total of 1,019 asanas positions!!

WOW, and here we thought your 90 minute Hot Yoga class was LONG. We were also told that you just came back form a Yoga Competition not too long ago?

Yes.  I just came back from the 17th International Yoga Festival actually.   I represented Planet Yoga in the competition. (see photos below).  I performed Agro Yoga, participated in a Group demonstration and won 1st place in the competition!  I am so honoured and humbled to be featured in top newspapers including Dinamani,  Dinamalar and Tamil Murusu and Daily Thanthi in Puducherry, India.

How long have you been participating in competitions?
Well, I started to practice Yoga at a very young age.  It started with my father demonstrating the walking Lotus to me–it is a very fun and entertaining pose and I do this with my students a lot now as a warm up. But then my father passed away when I was still young and I stopped practicing for a while. As I got older , i remembered that my father practiced  Yoga a lot in order to stay fit during his service in the Army.  He was stationed in a very cold part of India, up by the Himalayas. I picked up the practice of Yoga again when I was about 12 years old.  I won my first award— Best Demonstrator Award at the 5th International Yoga festival when I was 14.

It must be so exciting to travel around the world to participate in yoga competitions!

I truly love traveling the world and seeing how different people can embrace Yoga into their lives.  I loved teaching yoga in China and Taiwan because for a yoga teacher, it is so rewarding to introduce the practice to places where people don’t know as much about it and where it is still quite a new hobby and sport.

There is no question that you are a very experienced Yogi.  What are you looking to accomplish in the upcoming future?
I think I am most interested in teaching yoga to kids and youth.  I received my first yoga lesson (apart from demonstrations by my father) when I was about 12 years old.  I still remember very clearly how great I felt when I was able to do the walking handstand my teacher taught me.  I think that Yoga is an excellent way to inspire confidence and built postive self esteem. There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with being able to perform different Yoga poses and I think that it is something very important and valuable to instill in youth today.

Finally, What does Real Yoga mean to you?
Real Yoga, to me, means introducing traditional yoga to people. Whether it is the postures and practice itself or the philosophy behind it.

Thank you so much Master Yogaraj C.P for speaking to us. Namaste.


Exclusive Launch! Yoga and Dance Workshop at Planet Yoga Hong Kong! No membership required!

February 2, 2010

The Art of Being Beautiful

Date & Time:
Feb 19 (Fri) 15:00 – 16:30
Feb 20 (Sat) 12:00 – 13:30

Club: Causeway Bay Club
Instructor: Sumit

Level: All levels
Course Fee: HK$ 1,000

Description

Inner health makes you smile from inside an inner smile makes your body beautiful outside. Come, explore, learn and discover the art of being beautiful through special techniques chosen for you from the ancient science of Hatha Yoga specially by our Master Yogi Saadhak Sumit.

Yoga Workshop: Feb 6 and 7–Yoga for the Inflexible

Yoga for the InflexibleDate & Time: Feb 6 (Sat) 15:00 – 16:30 and Feb 7 (Sun) 12:00 – 13:30
Club: Causeway Bay Club
Instructor: Alvin
Level: All levels
Course Fee: HK$ 500

Description

Everyone’s body is unique, come to the workshop and learn the basic anatomy you need to fully understand your level of flexibility and how to improve it through Asana Practice and the use of Yoga props including blocks, bricks, straps and bolsters to achieve proper alignment, postures and whole body stretching.

Most people practice yoga to become more flexible, this workshop takes you into the science of flexibility so that you are able to understand your current level and the fastest route to become flexible. In the practical modular you will use props to achieve postures which you may otherwise not have believed you could achieve.

This is a detailed class with adjustments and personal care.
What to expect during class

Discussion
– understanding why you are inflexible
– Basic anatomy
-The roles of muscles, tendons and ligaments

Practical
– Asana practice
-Postures for stretching the whole body

New! Yoga Workshop: Achieve inner strength through Deep Stretching

Achieve inner strength through Deep StretchingDate & Time: Feb 6 (Sat) 11:00 – 14:00 and Feb 7 (Sun) 16:00 – 19:00

Club: Tsim Sha Tsui
Instructor: Yogaraj C.P.
Level: All levels
Course Fee: HK$ 1,000

A two part workshop

Join this creative, innovative and fun filled workshop to achieve the inner strength you need to be strong and flexible in all areas of your life.

Part I: Concentrates on Yang Yoga teaching you techniques and postures that energizes you, vitalizes you and makes you powerful. This is a power class focusing on developing core strength, muscle tone, balance, stamina and proper alignment.

Part II: Focuses on Yin Yoga postures which bring to a state of relaxation and rejuvenation through safe, deep stretches and careful adjustments.

Upcoming Workshop


Planet Yoga Guest Instructor Series Guest Instuctor Master Jack (Dec-Jan)

January 18, 2010

Guest Instuctor Master Jack (Dec-Jan)

Jack is a true inspired Indian dance Instructor, who also is a Master of Martial arts.

He has concurred Black belt 2nd don, “Tae-Kwon-Do”, 7-Gold, 2- Silver and 3 Bronze medals in National level tournaments in INDIA among a billion people.

He was selected and represented by the Indian Tae-Kwon-Do Federation for international level several times.

Currently he is the honorary secretary & Chief Technical Director Of jury in National tournaments in India.

Recently, under his direction Orissa state Tae-Kwon-Do program for “schools & Clubs” is a big success in India.

Professionally dancing and choreographed in Bollywood (the Indian movie industry) more than 15 years, conducting events with Bolly-Wood stars throughout INDIA, working in movies as director for 10 years, working experience for 4 years in BKK under CaliforniaWOW, making every show a success with new effects… Presently posted as dance coordinator BKK…

My moto is to make every single person HAPPY and HEALTHY.

“Enjoy each and every moment…. ”


Master Jack showing off a signature dance move at Planet Yoga Hong Kong


Special Guest Instructor Rahul visits Planet Yoga Hong Kong

January 18, 2010

Planet Yoga Special Appearance: Rahul

8-time winner of National Yoga Championship.

Rahul graduated in Yoga Praveen from Yoga Vidhya Dham Nasik Institute in 2005.

He has learned the Patanjali yoga sutras and worked as yoga instructor in several different institutions and schools .He has been teaching yoga since the past 7 years.

In 2003, he has been selected for inter-university yoga competition from Pune University state. He has experienced in various types of yoga (Rhythmic Yoga, Artistic Yoga and Rope yoga) and he was also selected for International Yoga Competition to perform yoga in Italy.

Rahul was kind enough to take time from his busy schedule and visit us at Planet Yoga Hong Kong for a special guest instructor class for Patanjali Yoga.

For photos of Rahul and our members trying out an exciting class, check our facebook photo album.

Special guest instructor Rahul visiting Planet Yoga Hong Kong from Thailand


Planet Yoga’s Master Naveen shares his experience in Hong Kong.

January 7, 2010


Master Naveen is the leading instructor at Planet Yoga central, Hong Kong. With seven years of practice and experience and a solid knowledge of yoga concepts, Naveen has a huge, loyal following at the centre.

How did you decide to come to Hong Kong and teach Yoga?

A couple of years ago, before all the other centres opened in Hong Kong, Planet Yoga was the only big studio. It is renowned in India that, all the experienced Yoga instructors would come here, if they wanted to be in Hong Kong. In fact, most of the directors of big yoga centres in Hong Kong now started at Planet Yoga.

That’s very interesting. Not a lot of people would know that. What lead you to become a yoga instructor?

Yoga is intricately tied into religious practices in India. As a child I was always involved in praying, performing rituals and meditation.

In my senior year in high school, my sister suddenly passed away. My whole family was devastated. Our family doctor saw how the tragedy had affected my father’s health and suggested a yoga retreat for him to go to. After my dad came back from the retreat he was a renewed man.

I watched him practice at home and I started doing yoga with him. It was our way to bond as father and son. Through yoga we healed from the sadness together. After that, I started studying yoga in University and have not stopped practicing ever since.

We are sorry to hear that, but it seems that you now practice what you preach because yoga has actually been life changing for you. You have worked in Planet Yoga for a while, do you see a change in the clientele or what their needs are?

A couple of years ago, most people came to Planet Yoga to exercise and have a good workout. Now I think that the focus has shifted and there is a new interest in meditation, detox, and yoga as a lifestyle. Kapil and I host information sessions (offered nowhere else in Hong Kong) every week and many of our members come in to listen and talk about the concepts of yoga.

Finally, what does Real Yoga mean to you?

Real yoga is internalizing and engaging all five aspects of yoga, the physical, mental, emotional, social and the spiritual.

Namaste

To see the full list of classes taught by Master Naveen, visit http://www.planetyoga.com.hk


Real Yogis at Planet Yoga Hong Kong

December 31, 2009

Planet yoga brings only real yogis from all over the planet.
Come in and meet them and receive a complimentary yoga class.

Master Kapil

  • Gold Medallist
  • Post Graduation in Yoga Psychology at Bihar Yoga Bharati, Munger India
  • Graduation in Commerce
  • Conducted Yoga camps and Shivirs in an around India including Indian Institute of Management, Joka Tata Consultancy Services, Salt Lake National Police Academy
  • Conducted Yoga classes for his excellence Mr. Viren J. Shah, Governor of West Bengal Conducted Yoga Health Management Courses and special camps for children.

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Master Ram

  • Championship title winner in Western Freestyle Dance and Millennium Freedom Competitions
  • First place in the Western Dance YMCA Competition
  • Has performed for international events like “Jam 2008” at Hong Kong’s International Music & Dance Festival
  • After studying and performing in India, Master Ram has been packing classes in Hong Kong with his high energy style. Classes include; Bollywood, Fusion, Modern Belly, Freestyle, and Salsa. He brings a fresh new energy and passion to his classes which has captured the hearts and rhythms of his students. “The Power to determine the direction of our life is not decided by life itself, but by us. Everything in our own hand, regardless of the challenges that we may face in the future, we should never give up on living out our dreams.“ Master Ram

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Master Naveen

  • Post Graduate in Yogic Science from Swami Vivekanda Yoga Anusanthana Samsthana, Bangalore, India
  • Certified Yoga Instructor and Therapist at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Ashram, Bangalore
  • Certified Yoga Instructor – Khusboo Welfare Society, Bangalore, India
  • Conducted workshops in Yoga and Meditation at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Chief Yoga Therapist at the NMP Medical Research Institute, Bangalore
  • Awarded “Best Teacher” in Yoga and Meditation, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
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Master Raj

  • Graduate in Yogic Science from Swami Vivekananda Yoga University, Bangalore, India
  • Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy, Swami Vivekananda University, Bangalore, India
  • Certified Yoga Therapist from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga University
  • Awarded “Best Yoga Instructor” at the AYUR Rejuvenation Centre, New Delhi
  • Certified Yoga Instructor – Acupressure and Acupuncture Practioners Welfare Association, New Delhi
  • Certified by the Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences University, Karnataka, India

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Master Vaibhav

  • Highly experienced in performing and choreographing performances in productions across India
  • Achieved highest rankings in over 30 state and national dance competitions across India
  • Studied, performed and trained Jazz, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Bollywood and Salsa under the guidance of renowned teacher, Pritpal
  • Classes packed with the latest in modern dance styles, fun, energy and nightclub ready moves are what you can expect from Vaibhav’s classes. His ability to bring his students to his level is what makes this instructor so unique and he is bringing it to Planet Yoga exclusively fresh from India.

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Meet Master Ram: Martial Arts influenced Dance hits Planet Yoga Hong Kong

December 31, 2009

Dance as exercise is becoming hugely popular and Master Ram sets the pace. A lifetime of dance and martial arts has made him fast and flexible. He uses his talents to design a range of classes from Bollywood to Freestyle. Having started teaching at 15 he is recognized as one of the youngest certified dance instructors.

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RY: As the Dance Director, you customize a wide range of classes–Bollywood, Freestyle, bellydancing specifically for Planet Yoga. What are you working on at the moment?

Ram: Right now, I am preparing for the new Master Classes at Planet Yoga. We are very lucky to have a lot of dedicated and eager dancers at Planet Yoga so these sessions are designed with them in mind. The choreography is meant for intermediate and advanced dancers who are looking for something a little more challenging.

RY: You are one of the youngest certified dance instructors in India. How did you become a dance instructor? Were you always a good dancer?

Ram: I was always very athletic as a kid–I studied Martial Arts for 7 years and became a Black Belt. I began training in dance at a very young age and started teaching classes when I was 15.

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RY: Who has inspired you most as a dancer?

Ram: My biggest idol, without a doubt, is Michael Jackson. Not just for his techniques but his innovation, his star quality and charisma. In my profession, it is easy to imitate others’ styles and techniques. It is important for me to create original choreography so that my students are learning something new and exciting, not something they have already seen somewhere else.
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RY: Some of these classes may sound a little intimidating –Bhangra Funk, Modern Belly Dancing. For someone who has little or no experience dancing how would you encourage them?

Ram: I always teach each of my classes with one goal in mind, and that is to help my students build self-confidence, have fun and raise their energy level. Some of the classes are more challenging than others, but ultimately, it is not about learning specific techniques or fancy moves, I want them to feel good about their bodies and health.

RY: Planet Yoga is known for having instructors that have real talent and great experience. What does real yoga mean to you?

Ram: For each of my classes, I try to create a unique experience. I listen to my students and give them lots of feedback. It is important for me that anyone who comes into my class feels that they are able to take with them something that is worthwhile. Real yoga for me is creating a personal experience for each of my students.

To join a class taught by Master Ram: Please call us at (CWB): 2525 8277, (CTL): 2525 8288 or (TST): 3165 8080


Babies love Mommies that love Yoga!

December 23, 2009
Expecting ladies listen up, it’s time you say bye bye to bloated body and sickness in the stomach by working it out. Mabel Mak, Director of Operations and Co-Founder of CWX Vietnam, shows us how you can have fun with the bun.
By Phuong Lien Get up and work it out

Reclining on a sofa, her face blushed with energy, Mabel eagerly casts insights on her seven-month-old pregnancy: “Being Asian myself and having lived in Hong Kong many years, I understand people’s concern and hesitation of being physically active during pregnancy. There are still many superstitions that are not backed by scientific evidence that people follow due to cultural pressures. I think one reason behind these beliefs is our instinct to protect the babies developing inside us. Furthermore, when one is pregnant, it’s hard enough to get up and get dressed everyday, while we feel bloated, and sick in the stomach.”

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Her fix? “Get up and do some work-out!” Mabel’s years of experience in the fitness industry informs her how a woman body would behave when she has to carry an extra weight for 9 months with all these changes in hormones and physical appearance: it calls for serious stamina. That and plus the energy to go into labor delivering the baby safe and sound.

“Thus is my stand on fitness during pregnancy! If you are not bed-ridden, or forbidden to exercise by your physician, fitness will bring the following benefits to your pregnancy: bring you more energy, help prepare you for the rigorous childbirth, reduce pregnancy discomfort, make the birthing process go easier, help you sleep better.” Mabel remarks. These are all results of a bodily system well-oiled to carry out the holy task of motherhood, and to some extent all mothers would love to follow a suitable pregnant program to better prepare for their special day if that’s all what it takes.

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But perhaps the most remarkable thing about stretching with your bump is the feel-good effect. It bestows generously on you, during and long after you hear the first crackling joy of birth. Not only exercising helps you sleep better, reduces stress and lifts your spirit (think endorphin, lots of it!), a few simple, coordinated movements a day to activate your body memory “will actually make it significantly faster for you to gain back your slim figure after delivery” as Mabel observes.

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Yoga is a mom’s best friend

It is believed that yoga is a marvelous form of exercise, especially for ladies who bundle. Mabel makes sure she has her yoga fix almost daily during her terms: “Yoga is great for pregnant women for several reasons. First of all, Yoga helps me breathe and relax, which, in turn, helps me to be well prepared for the harshness and the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Second, the stretching in yoga is a great way to tone up my muscles, making my body limber enough to prevent wear and tear in my joints by activating the lubricating fluid in joints.” Another aesthetic side to Yoga is that it can reduce bloatness, an annoying thing during pregnancy that turns you into a swollen onion. And what’s more, you can actually enjoy reading your favorite magazine in the loo because unlike other un-exercising moms-to-be, you won’t suffer much from constipation (which is very common with pregnancy) thanks to yoga-induced accelerating movement in your intestine.

Mabel has one-on-one yoga classes specially designed for her, as well as a tailor-made exercise routine. “My yoga instructor and personal trainer really made the difference. I believe anyone who is able to, should have a Personal Trainer and Yogi to work with them!” Her routine normally consists of: Yoga 3 days per week, with 15 minutes of breathing exercises – learning to control the breath, followed by 30 minutes of postures to strengthen the core and legs, and ending with 15 minutes of stretching.

Do what you love, and you will love what you do

“If your doctor says it is ok for you to exercise then I recommend those activities especially Yoga, for breathing and learning to concentrate & relax.” But Mabel believes the most important thing is to follow your heart. “Many women enjoy dancing, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, biking, or walking. My message to women is don’t let your pregnancy stop you from doing what you love!”

Mabel suggests a little orientation kit for an exercise-inspired mom-to-be. First a check-up with your physician to make sure what kind of activities you can enjoy: “Ask your doctor all the questions regarding your health, the fetus’ health, what you are allowed and not allowed to do, especially in term of fitness. If you are already exercising, you should discuss this with your physician as well. Tell him/her of what your plan regarding your fitness in the next 9 months.”


She notes: “If you have been active, then just keep doing what you like best, but don’t overdo yourself, don’t do activities which are strenuous. During pregnancy, avoid activities which involve bouncing, jarring (up and down movements), leaping, sudden changes of directions, or activities which risk abdominal injury. Don’t exercise if you are feeling fatigue, dizzy, sort of breath, or pain in your back or pelvis.”

With ladies who didn’t frequent the gym that much before but still want to do something to welcome a smooth delivery, Mabel suggests: “Start slow. Start gradually.”

“Even 5 minutes a day is a good start if you’ve been inactive. Add 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes. Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes and wear a supportive bra to protect your breasts. Drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration. Skip your exercises if you’re sick. Opt for a walk in an air-conditioned mall on hot, humid days. Above all, listen to your body and have good judgment.”

Mabel ends the conversation with a glowing smile: “The most important thing is to enjoy your pregnancy! It is quite beautiful!”

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