Working on the module 2

I am working on module 2 of 200 hours YTT.
There are four modules to complete and submit.

Each module has a few dozens of short answers about each definition.
Here are the list from the module 2.

Cardiovascular system
Muscular system
Skeletal system
Respiratory system
Digestive system
Lympahtic system
Endorcine system
Circulatory system
Nervous System
Peripheral nervous system
Autonomic nervous system
Sympathetic nervous system
Para-sympathetic nervous system
Transverse plane
Sagital plane
Frontal plane
Isometric contraction
Eccentric contration
Concentric contraction
Gogli tendon
Relaxation response
Stretch response
Proprioceptive Neuro Muscular Facilitation (PNF)
karma yoga
Herniated disc
Bulging disc
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
Heart disease
Adhyatmik(spiritual pain)
Adhidevik (natural/environmental pain)
Adhibhautik (physical pain)

Module 2 has huge focus on anatomy and mechanics of human body.
Aside from this, we have one big text book that fitness instructor courses will use.

I actually get off by learning about human body, so this module is not a chore for me.
I always had a huge passion to learn, partially because the extensive research I did when I was going through cancer treatment with my husband.

So the except the last three definitions, I am done on this piece.
I also have to do asana analysis for some common asanas in terms of anatomical focus, modifications, and energy focus.

The requirement text book included Back Care Basics.
This book is important for me to read as a masseuse.
Most of my clients have more or less back issues.
Reversing Heart Disease is also required to read and submit the book review.

The more I study, the more I believe in the infinity potential of yoga for us.



Started teaching Yoga

Om everyone.

I have been busy working on the module 1 for the YTT.
The module 1 from Atlas Studio Yoga Teacher Training contains a few dozens of Sanskrit terms that are essential to become a teacher. They includes such as dosha, Kosha, Prana, and many other.

Also asana analysis for basic asanas such as tadasana (mountain pose).
The asana analysis includes how to get in the posture and how to get out, what is contraindications and what are the benefits. What is energetic signatures is also important as we want to illuminate all the chakras.

The amount of research and reading required is almost as intense as that of university, I found.

I have been also teaching.
Yes, teaching. That is the most fun part of the entire course!

I have taught some samasa style, ashtanga style, and restorative.
This Sunday I am for the first time teaching Power Flow as well as Long Slow & Delicious.

I found restorative is the most challenging class to teach for me mainly because I myself takes more power style yoga myself like ashtanga and power flow. I found that students love when I give some Thai Massage push. As a Thai massage practitioner, that is something I am relatively good at, and as a yoga teacher that is a bonus skill.

I also found myself saying something like “gaze is to the heaven”, “surrender to the earth”, “reach your hands to the heaven” ..

I am pretty known to be a atheist, but lately I noticed I am more welcoming to the concept of the heaven.
What a difference I noticed! Yuumi is talking about Heaven!

I am now starting my module 2, which has intense focus on anatomy.
I have pretty good grasp of anatomy since I am a masseuse, and in general I love learning about body.

But the challenge is 40 days of meditation!

Remember I had to do 40 days of practice, and how much of chore it was to me.

Meditation is not something I like doing……
My Thai massage course required 20 hours of meditation in each level.
That was choreeeeeeeee.

Now I must look for (ideally nice and short) delicious meditation that I can do 40 days straight.


Confucius is teaching 2 simple ways to save money.

Aside from my Yoga Teacher Training, I am also studying Classic Chinese literatures like the Golden Mean and the Great Learning.

These books are among Four Books of Confucius teaches.
It is a long story why I am studying that, yet, it is actually pretty nifty thing.
I love the contents and it’s lesson. What a good idea, be a nice person, and I get to go to heaven.

In the main four classic texts of Confucius teachings, we just finished going over Great Learning.
It was roughly written, I believe, about 3000 years ago during Zhou Dynasty or may be later. Not sure.

Anyway, the book is about significance of the 5 virtues: benevolence, righteousness, proprieties, wisdom, and faith.

Basically, you will need to cultivate yourself to equip yourself with these virtues, and you will find your true self.

Among other lessons, one of the section is about money and the virtues.


Shēngcái yǒu dàdào, shēng zhī zhě zhòng, shí zhī zhě guǎ. Wéi zhī zhě jí, yòng zhī zhě shū. Zé cái héng zú yǐ.

The meaning of the sentence basically is that:
One who makes wealth works hard and use the money with wisdom.
If you use less than you make, you will accumulate the wealth.

It is to me, daaaaaaaaaaaah.
Of course, Confucius, what else is new. If you use less than what you make, of course you will save yourself some dough.

And it is pretty embedded common sense in Japan, at least.

However, I know that, from my life in Canada for 12 years, not many North American understands the principle.
I believe their intuition knows, but they cannot make that into actual practice.

Of course not. This is the country that the wealth is build upon nation’s debt.
Without national debt, the ministry is not able to print out cash. Literally.
I watched the documentary of how the system works.
The point I am making is that the socio-cultural norm of finance is that “use as much you can, and think about the payment later.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing the discourse of money here.
I am just stating my observation.

Then, in Asia, save money, use wisely, spend after earning, is something we get taught by our parents.
If, this Great Learning section about Money is first Financial guide for dummies in Asia, the contribution of the book is huge! The discourse is so deeply rooted in Asian society. The influence of the little book is still todays ongoing influence. Holy money!

I cannot help thinking “whoa” when I think about the history of the thought.

2 simple solutions to save money:
Use less than you make
And spend wisely.



Karma Yoga Project for Yoga Teacher Training. I have a wicked idea.

For my Yoga Teacher Training at Atlas Studio, I have to complete am assignment called Karma Yoga Project.

Basically, I am required to do something awesome to earn good karma.
Atlas Studio actually do not mind guiding people to the healthier life style through yoga without accepting money.
However, if we only offer and not letting the recipients (students) to pay us, they will be indebted to us in terms of karma.
You have to pay the karma by doing good deeds to clear your karma balance.
(And of course, as a business we do need revenue to keep going)
The director of the studio sincerely believes that no one should give up on their path to be healthier due to financial difficulty.

So the studio has the energy exchange program, in which people can give us a few hours of labour in exchange with yoga classes. The reason is not just the studio needs help but so the students don’t owe us their karma.

This philosophy is deeply rooted not only in classic yoga philosophy, but also in many spiritual guidance such as Buddhism.
The spirit of sharing is essential especially in this society where monetary value is the axis of the social circulation.

This assignment is for us to learn the system of karma.

So I have to come up with something good to do… So doing something good for community that does not necessarily gives me the favour back, and something that is outside of my comfort zone. (So me giving free Thai massage to people won’t do enough)

I thought bout volunteering for police, since I don’t really like police officers, and by trying to go beyond my comfort zone, I thought it is appropriate for me to serve pigs…. I meant police officers.

But my spirituality is not mature enough to embrace them… Actually.

I am now thinking to grow vegetable on our front yard for our community.
I will want to have tomatoes, herbs, and such for my neighbours to take home.

I will have a can that people can put donations of they wish to. Or they don’t have to.
I will use some of the money for the next year’s gardening plan and donate the rest to the local food bank.

My passion is in feeding people with healthy food.
I find myself not too generous.

So, that will be my plan. I think.

Grow vegetable for sustainable community.
I would serve for the community, their family, their health, and the earth.

(Now I have to convince boyfriend to give up on his front yard)


2014 resolution as a yoga student, as a holistic practitioner, and as nothing but myself.

Happy New Year everyone.

This holiday season was pretty good one for me.

My last new year with husband was a lot of fun as well.
We had a countdown party with friends and a bunch of kids.
I actually don’t really get attached to kids who don’t belong to me, so having many kids was a bit annoying, yet kids play with each other, so I was fine.

This year, I had a low key new year with boyfriend.
30th was our first annual turkey dinner with musician friends.
We jammed and had a blast playing music, which I’m sure my hubby is proud of me.

Then, had a case of polish beer and leftover turkey was our new year feast.

One draw back of the new year holiday this year was that I was the middle of 40 days commitment, which passively forced me to wake up early and do yoga. In retrospect starting my new year from morning yoga was not a bad idea, if I had the sort of new year special intention from the beginning, but I only noticed that during my final pose, shivasana in which I just lay down still.

I am not sure what can be my resolution in terms of my yoga performance.
My right leg is rotated outward and a bit awkward, but I am. to sure if it can be fixed in one year.
I believe my classmates and myself will start teaching community yoga this coming February, that will be interesting.
I would not mind trying head stand this year, I think that is a pretty reasonable and realistic goal for this year.

In terms of work, I would like to be more intuitive.
I have been enjoying making a narrative of my client’s body-mind-spirit.
I don’t diagnose, I read the narrative.

As a holistic therapist, I have to take everything in consideration.
I hear about one’s physical issues (pain, ache), I ask about his emotional dynamic, and I let him ask his own spiritual well being.

He may indicate constipation, sinus congestion, loss of energy, and feeling lost.
He may have tendency to hold on things (house is full of junks?), he may have had an issue with his father when he was five.
He may be wearing a white sweater, and he may have monotone speech.
He may be slightly underweight and have a dry lips.
He may be having a hard time with his wife, and he may wake up at 3am every morning.

They all are related and indicative to recreate an unique narrative of this person.
In 2014, I would like to be more intuitive to recreate deeper narrative of each client.
In detail, I would like to be more familiar with Ayurveda and traditional Chinese Medicine.

At the studio, I would like to see more traffic.
More students, more clients, more inquiry, more walk-ins.
The more people experience us, the more healthier people will be in Cambridge.

My personal resolution is still keep playing music as I promised with my husband.
2013 had major improvements in my ukulele skill.

Also I would like to take care of boyfriend a bit more.
We found out that husband’s childhood friend hangs around our neighbourhood quite a bit.
The more I think the more I come to believe that boyfriend was introduced through husband.
Not only that he is very good for me even though I don’t hide the fact that I am still deeply in love with husband.
If boyfriend can love me with my husband living in my heart, I would love both him and husband as my life time journey.

These are just bullet list of my resolution for 2014.

I hope 2014 is better than 2013 for everyone around me, everyone in the town, everyone who came to read this blog, and everyone in the universe.


Ayurvedic time, My time living on a boat with husband, and surrendering to the earth

Ayurveda – Living with the Sun Time

Obviously “time” that we dominantly thinks with 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, seconds in a minute is an arbitrary concept that implemented for the sake of convenience, precisely speaking for the train time table purpose.

Every 12 miles, there is an approximate time difference of one minute, so technically Toronto is one minute ahead of Cambridge Ontario. But Toronto and we have a same time because that has been set so.

Then, way before we had defined minutes and hours, our concept of time was embedded in the movements of the sun and the moon.

Ayurvedic time is in this sun time.

We need to find out the sun rise time and sun set time.

Today, December 14th 2013, the sunrise time was 7:46 am. Sunset is 4:46 pm (16:46). (Holy shit that’s early. No wonder,I’m a bit downee these days)

That gives us exactly 9 hours of day time.
9 hours divided by 12 (hours) is 45 minutes, which is technically how many minutes we have in day time hour.

Ayurveda put huge significance in timing.
There is appropriate time to eat, sleep, eliminate, and make love.

This time that we need to pay attention to is not the one we see on the clock, but the one based on the positioning of the sun.

Today, I am not going to go into the detailed description of what time you should go eat, take a crap and such.

The point I am making today is the importance of the connection with the earth.

When your day and time is governed by the movement of the sun and the moon, you are very tightly connected with the earth.
You will look up in the sun more often, you will pay attention to the shadow that you make on the soil more, and you will try to listen to the message from the earth more carefully.

In the Ayurveda class last week, we talked about how privilege that was, and how much we are missing on those little moments to connect with the earth.

Then, I thought. Like I always do.

I was living on a boat with my husband in Victoria BC.

So the nature is our next door, neighbour that takes care of us yet at the same time threatening being to us.

Our boat was not docked, but was anchored in the middle of river, so we had to take our little boat out to the shore and to come back to the home boat.

If the wind is too strong, that attempt was just impossible. (I almost got killed.)
If the tide is too high, tying our little dinghy boat to the beach was challenging.
If the tide is too low, again, the trip is challenging or even impossible.
We do certain things in the high tide time, certain things in the low time too.

We had a book of tide table, which got beaten up quite a bit at the end of the year because we flip through everyday.

I must say, our life was more governed by the nature, more connected to the earth, and more surrendered to the something absolutely above us all.

In retrospect, the period my husband and I spent together on the boat was priceless in terms of our connection to the environment, even though it was a rough life style, hauling woods for wood stove, gasoline for the generator, propane for cooking, water for drinking, and laundry, shopping etc

For that I thank him a lot (with the voice of Tosh)

Well, I thank him for everything anyway.
It was another thing I wanted to make a point so he would know I am appreciating him in every moment of my life.


40 days of Yoga commitment

Within the required assignments for Yoga Teacher Training, we have to do 40 days of Personal Yoga Practice.
We alternate 6 days straight and 1 day off ; and 5 days straight and 2 days off.
We also avoid strong practice on the full moon as well as during the heavy cycle of moon time.

We did posture analysis together.
We followed Structural Yoga Therapy book.
My issues are:
– Right leg outwardly rotated (long adductor and shorter outer thigh)
– Left shoulder slightly elevated
– Neck slight lay rotated to the left

To correct those alignment, I planed the following sequence:

4x Sun Saltation A
– Tadasana (mountain)
– Pike
– Uttanasana (forward bent)
– Chaturanga Dandasana (plank)
– Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)
– Adho mukha shvanasana (downward facing dog)

4 x Sun Saltation B
– Tadasana (mountain)
– Utkatasana (Chair)
– Pike
– Uttanasana (forward bent)
– Chaturanga Dandasana (plank)
– Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog)
– Adho mukha shvanasana (downward facing dog)
– Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)

– Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
– Trikonasana (Triangle)
– Shalabhasana (Locust)
– twist of any kind
– shoulder stand
– Shivasana (savasana) (closing)

I usually take at least 10 min of Shivasana time so my body can integrate with all the asanas.
So total duration is about 50 min.
It has a lot of flow in between.
I am quite happy with the plan.

I do morning yoga in Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
So really, I just need to do my personal practice on Wednesday, Friday and occasional Sunday.

The intention of the assignment is beyond the physical level.
The commitment, achievement, and metaphysical experience from committing 40 days of yoga practice is something.

I already wanted to give up this morning after late night from Downtown Business Association get-together.
But I toughed out.

We will see how I do during this holiday season!