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How Yoga Change my Life?

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How yoga change my life

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In this modern age, we all are strongly routine bound. Every single step is according to our everyday routine. There’s hardly any chance to get rid of it. Obviously, getting rid of it isn’t good for ourselves as we might lose our concentration and opportunity to shine in our life, right? Well, that’s not completely false. However, following such strict routine is never good for yourself. Such routine may help us in our career but not to us – our soul and our physical condition.

We all want to live safe and sound. We want mental peace, physical fitness and enjoy our life. Well, how’s that possible? The best way to achieve this stage is to take exercise regularly. Exercise is one of the best ways to keep yourselves fit and sound, physically and mentally balanced. However, it might take a good bit of time and thus, not compatible with our everyday routine, right?

I’m a typical person in the world with normal and typical everyday routine with tight schedules of everyday works. I didn’t enjoy a good health and most of the time was anxious about my future, my career and my life deep inside. I found that exercise would be the perfect remedy for me, but it couldn’t fit into my routine.

That’s when I started searching all over the internet and my community. Surprisingly, I found yoga the best thing for me. Yoga is one of the oldest types of physical exercise that involve a number of physical and mental condition that rejuvenates you physically and mentally. Yoga was invented around 5000 years ago, in the middle of Asia. Over days, it has evolved into one of the best assets of anyone’s life.

With yoga, I not only enjoy myself, but I was also able to change my entire life! Yes, yoga can tap you into a number of advantages and controls over yourself that can be really life-changing.

Yoga in my daily life | OrganicIsBeautiful
Yoga in my daily life | OrganicIsBeautiful

I was always fond of physical exercises because of their benefits. I went to the gym (a few times) and did yoga here and there, but didn’t grow up a habit of doing those regularly. I had a part-time job during my free time. My memory isn’t good at all, so I had to invest a lot more times in my studies. So, going to gym regularly was a hard goal to accomplish for me. About a year ago, my friend told me about yoga – how it could help me in my career. I thought, “Alright, I could afford a few moments to do some stretching!” The term “some stretching” was the most understatement of the year for me.

At first, I stormed the internet, watched YouTube videos and found a few good poses to do. It was tough at first, but as time went on, I started gaining more flexibility and all the other benefits yoga has given to me.

  • Physical Improvement

Yoga is a very old form of exercise that’s being refined and getting better day by day. It is one of the best forms to keep your body fit and healthy in every criteria. We might think of numerous types of workouts, but nothing is so easily sustainable like yoga.

For example, you start doing some simple, free hand workouts and determined to do it the rest of your life. In most cases, you hardly can continue it for a couple weeks! I tried doing so and the result is exactly what I told just now.

Posture issue can create back discomfort | OrganicIsBeautiful
Posture issue can create back discomfort | OrganicIsBeautiful

But in the case of yoga, I didn’t feel too tiring or boring. It was a very interesting feeling when I first did yoga and when I started continuing it. It’s a really good workout that can work on your fatigue, muscles, and flexibility at the same time. You’ll be able to enjoy the improved physical strength with a better, wider range of motion within a few weeks!

It may sound surprising, but yogaa can actually help you out with your skin! There are several poses in yoga that works on glowing skin. If you’re interested in yoga or doing yoga regularly, you might need these poses to enhance your skin care. Some of the poses are – Padmasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Dhanurasana, Halasana etc.

The main mechanism here is to supply more blood to your skin and stabilize your blood pressure under your skins’ vessels. That’s why I recommend doing yoga in an open place where there’s more oxygen density. For example, a garden, a park would be the perfect choice for these poses.

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  • Mental Improvement
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Emotional balance | Organicisbeautiful

This is, perhaps, the most important fact of yoga that it can improve your mental condition very easily. Yoga specializes in mental conditions and that’s the main reason yoga is so popular amongst people.

Yoga increases your body awareness, reduce muscle tension, strain, and controls over your uncontrolled emotions. Yoga consists of breathing exercises, poses, and meditation that are practically proved to be related to mental wellness.

In my case, I was always worried and stressed about my whole life – my career, my job and my family. If you’re a grown-up person, you already know how much pressuring these factors might be.

Yoga helps you free your mind | OrganicIsBeautiful
Yoga helps you free your mind | OrganicIsBeautiful

Specifically being reduced from most types of recreations was gradually increasing the mental pressure on me. Fortunately, I found yoga to release all my bad emotions. Within 1-2 weeks, I started to feel completely fresh and happy about myself. I’m now completely free from all types of depressions of my life! 

Yogaa can also work as one of the natural remedies as well. Our body mechanism is very complex and yoga helps it to get stronger and more flexible. That way, you’re less prone to diseases, especially related to heart and blood circulation. With yoga, your control over yourself will get you rid of all other types of mental disorders as well.

Since I started a regular yoga practice, I’m leading a better, more organized lifestyle. As my mind is always fresh, I’m even finding my studies a lot easier. For a better expertise on yoga, I’m currently training under a yoga club with my instructor. She’s teaching me a lot more new poses and ways to ease myself and my mind.

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Thread the Needle – Glutes Stretch | OrganicIsBeautiful

I’ve also earned some fans! A number of my friends were surprised to see my positive changes and wanted to learn the techniques from me. At first, I felt a little shy. But gradually, I felt confident about myself and expressed the effect of yoga on me. Many of them now do yoga regularly and none of them suffer from the burdens of life anymore.

That’s why I always inspire everyone to do yoga regularly. My story with yoga was to inspire you as well. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s a lot easier than you could ever imagine. Just get started. One day, you’ll have the feeling like me – a positive look towards the world.

Amanda

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Is More Always Less?

Minimalism has been around for awhile, it’s nothing new. The term may not be a household phrase; however, you’ll find it in media through different names.

Here’s a TED talk that I came across. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen in before. You know how you pick up on things throughout time and then one day they all come together and you’re like, let’s do this! Well, this is one of those videos. Graham Hill challenges for a life with a smaller footprint, more money, and ease in life. But I won’t say anymore about it. Take a look. Enjoy.

He’s pretty great right? He even started his own little business that you can learn more about.

Special thank you to Molly and her awesome blog.

As always, feel free to comment of follow!

Amanda,

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Trail Marathon in the jungle, who’s in?

How it all started

Marathon is a gradual challenge I could easily compare with starting my OiB blog. Daring to start, scaring to experience and amazing to see grow.

My hobby or no fun without pain. Simple
My hobby or no fun without pain. Simple

For most people, running marathon is synonymous with physical torture. It is a no brainer, a big no-no. Actually, when I say to people about my hobby, they politely say “whao, that’s fabulous!” and secretly think “OMG, this girl is fuc*** crazy”.

So, I started with no real plans, I guess I was in a feel-good mindset when I typed my debit card numbers to pay for my participation ticket. Smooth and short process that opened the door to experiment new opportunity in getting to know myself better.

I became my own boundary pusher.

I was not in need to loose weigh, or reshape my body tone. It was neither a way to cope with a specific work related stress, pragmatic lady as I am, I do OK in maintaining a sharp line between work and leisure.

 

Getting mentally & physically ready

Suprisingly, I found a large range of training program starting from 4 up to 18 weeks online. The goal I fixed myself: run, muscle up and repeat, ideally slowing down on Wednesday and Thursday ladies night drinks in Kuala Lumpur heart of night life, Changkat Raja Chulan,

Different apples type you can find in my fridge.
Different apples type you can find in my fridge.

At the beginning, I completely underestimated the value in becoming a runner while living in Malaysia, my new entertainment has aroused a set of healthy habits in my day-to-day life, I had to go back on my nutrition books and reread about proteins, glucides and…water!

When you’re not running, you’ll be thinking about running. Marathon training is totally addictive – you’ll finish a run, feel incredible, and almost immediately begin kicking yourself for not running faster or for longer.

Certainly, this hobby comes with a bunch of risks in terms of troublesome running injuries, nagging aches and pains that crop up and threaten to limit your ability to run altogether.

My physical pain level usually remains under 4. I keep the smile on! (Image Smadesimple)
My physical pain level usually remains under 4. I keep the smile on! (Image Smadesimple)

My trail marathon: 31/08/2014

The first marathon I joined was set in August 31st, 2014.

The TMBT trail marathon, the sport event gathered around 1000 participates, mostly locals men. It offered a fabulous trail discovery, a mixture of jungle hike, village crossing and deep sky-high landscape over Kota Kinabalu Mountain, the roof top of Malaysia, heading at 4, 096m altitude.

THAT finish line

TMBT | OrganicIsBeautiful
TMBT | OrganicIsBeautiful

Well, the kick you get when you cross THAT finish line is worthless.

You do not feel the pain in your legs and feets anymore, I did it! 

I feel happy, I feel proud, and mostly I feel invincible, like if I was wearing underneath my running gear WonderWomanCap with my name on it 😉

What I learnt?

The truth is that running is often a solitary endeavor. It is a me-myself and I solo trip to mastership. Because YOU set your own performance goal, YOU and only YOU can ultimately define the shapes and the colors of your journey to success. Endurance is one of the most important building block for marathon preparation and there is not short way. I am a solo runner, I usually hit the pavement with Spotify playlist in my ears, the bits keeps me going and takes away any short moment of weirdness. Spotify, as a running mate or/and inspirational voice that whisper: mooove faster!

And there is was, the Mount Kota Kinabalu.

Treadmill or outdoor track?

I am lucky enough to live in a pleasant condo with a –yet warmed off- workable treadmill. Hence, treadmill = morning, pre-work workout, a 30min express run and hop! I am ready to have a wonderful day. But, to be honest with you, to really to spice up my running routine, outdoor run is a must, like at the lake garden, a few minutes walk from KL Sentral station.

And ideally away from traffic jam and heavy nuisance.

Amanda 😉

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Ultra Rail in the jungle – Gallery & Learning

Volcano + Rain + Forest

I’m very pleased with myself, I finished my first ever 50km run last month. It feels like a massive achievement and I want to be able to look back on it.

I’m an ultra runner. Oh Yes!

The TMBT is a self-supported trail marathon set in Borneo, Malaysia by the Mount Kinabalu. You know that I love nature, and running across so much tropical wonders has made me realised how lucky I was.

Finishing the marathon becomes irrelevant, what I got to see, to experiment made the entire ultra-trail experience unforgettable. Here are some pictures I took during the race. If you want to know more about my feelings, learnings and tips, please check that article ♥ Link

The race starting at 7:45am on a sunny day. We were all cheerful, joyful, full of energy!

 

The first 10 km, oddly, was mentally almost the toughest – perhaps knowing how long there was still to go. But it quickly eased off, I had to found my own stride, a gradually steady speed, and the next 10 km seemed to go amazingly quickly.

And there is was, the Mount Kota Kinabalu.
And there is was, the Mount Kota Kinabalu.

I took this picture while running. If you look closely, you will get an idea of how far the Mount Kota Kinabalu is standing. Keep this in mind, and scroll down to check how closed I got to the Mount.

It took +-10hrs.

On the way, the scenery was magical. Yes, magical! I mean it! It is the only word that pop into my mind. Beside the weather (mostly sunny with some rain), the mud, the muscle pain, the mental struggle & Co, it was the best day of my life!

For my next marathon, I intend to buy a proper camera (any advice?), my old Samsung Galaxy has fallen to grab the purity of the landscape. Magical.

I know you want more, right? Below a few more pictures 😉

When I got back home and told my friends about my achievement, the questions I received the most was related to handling water management as well as food. Although the TMBT 2015 was a self-support trail run, every 10km (or so), a check point is set with staff. You can grab some food, water and also, if you wish, tell them that you wish to stop here and not go further in the race.

I have to apologize to you. The last 10km, especially the last 5km were though to the point all my energy was directed to cross that fu**** line, so I did not take any picture, silly me! This say, I arrived at the crossing line at around 9pm ish, in the full darkness of the Borneo island.

I started the race at 8am and finished at 9pm, 12hrs later.

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Running across Angkor Wat temples? Check!

Angkor Bat Marathon - Feedbacks on OrganicIsBeautiful
Angkor Bat Marathon – Feedbacks on OrganicIsBeautiful

1380 participants has signed up for the Angkor Marathon last August. And I was one of them! And today, I share with you my runner experience. Because, to say the least, it has always been in my must-do marathon since a while!

Imagine yourself running in the heart of an world heritage, the 8th World Wonder? The site has something mystical. Its stone carved creatures, its enormous size, and its aged temples are definitely a marvel worth visiting. And it is captivating enough to dare running along ancient temples sprinked with ancient trees.

The before

A 6am race start meant an early wake-up call.

Alarm set at 4:30am, quick breakfast and ready to go at 5am sharp. My tutuk was ready to pick me up at my hotel entrance.

My tutuk car that drove me to the marathon starting line
My tutuk car that drove me to the marathon starting line

After my 20min tutuk journey to the site, we arrived: it was still dark, quiet yet vibrant.  It didn’t seem like there were too many participants – until we got to the start. There is was: the others! The crowd! Very calm and mild athmosphere, I knew it would start to heat up when the race starts.

I was nervous at the start, relaxing was not on the road. As a runner, I get very results-oriented, it was unfortunately not the first time I found myself guilty of losing the perspective of what running is really about, and how lucky I am to be able to do this. It is my own Achille heels I need to overcome I hope to overcome by experience.

In an epic lapse in reasoning, I decided it would be better to deviate from my pre-race warming plan and find a quiet area away the crowds to breath and free my mind.

The beginning: 1-10km

On August 9th, I run 21km in 2hrs35min. Out of 2hrs35min running were a deep and one-way a 1hrs30 of mental talk.

What I love about marathon is that it basically forces you to confront weaknesses head on, exposing your limitations as well as your strengths.

There is no short cut.

The first 10km took me under 55min. I do not recall any particular pain or mental crackdown. My only distraction was the sightseeing I was deeply amazed by. I was running at a conversational path. A few words exchanged with fellows running, the usual “Where are you from?”, or “Good shoes”, and I was back on my solo run.

An amazing scenery

I love the sounds of my feet hitting the road, and the peace and quiet and solitude. It is here that I do some of my best creative thinking 😉

While running, it was simply impossible to be bored, I felt like a kid, astonished by the beauty of the nature. They were so much to see: the botanical surroundings, details the old temples. Trees, monkeys, dogs, local Cambodians were all part of the scenery. And monks.

The moment was brief. At km 12, the distance caught up to me. I realized how much my legs hurt and how badly I wanted to walk. I had been running nearly continuously up until then, minus a taking the few odds picture.

12 to 17km, that’s 5km.

One word: the humidity.

It sounds like a forgettable value now that I write this post, but at that time, it felt endless. Crossing the finish line was everything I dreamed about.

Dreaming of crossing the finish line
Dreaming of crossing the finish line

Those “5km” represents represents a slow and painful phase that I love to call “Keep running”. Do not think about:

  • The humidity
  • The humidity
  • The humidity
I dreamt of jumping in the Siem Reap River to cool down.
I dreamt of jumping in the Siem Reap River to cool down.

Even when wearing the appropriate high tech sweat running clothing everyone tolerates high heat and humidity differently.

Any runner will now about this situation. I had one of those moments where you see someone coming back to you and although sprinting hard already, wondered if I gave it EVERYTHING I could get past him, and indeed, if I really cared about giving it everything.

I got angry with myself for thinking about it.

Straight to the finish line

What made the difference? The crowd support. The scenery too. I gave it all. I am fully aware that I often grimace with effort during the race. Can’t help it! I can get a smile (or what I like to believe looks like a smile) when I see kids smiling at me along the way.

It took me 2hrs33min to run 21km. The result was amazing yet disappointing considering my past result. The Bali Marathon ended with a kicking 2h15min. That’s in 15min difference. A small and huge difference.


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The end

As soon as I crossed THAT finished line, I genuinely felt on holidays, just the sand beach and the coconut juice missing.

I was exhausted, but I could not stop smiling 😉 It was done, over and to be repeated soon. The big plus of the marathon, the after-care of participant. You could receive a massage (that they call “Therapy”?!), grab some coconuts, beers or even buy yourself some new sunglasses 😉 Why not?

I took one last picture of the temples and headed over to my tutuk, who was patiently chatting over with other drivers like today was just an ordinary day in both our life.

Thank you for stopping by, I wish you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed sharing my amazing experience in Cambodia with you

Amanda

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