When does Wellness become Important?

When you branch out of your comfort zone to try out a new activity; that your friends have been raving about or the internet keeps recommending to you, your perceptions of the activity are clouded by outside opinions.

I went to my first yoga class in my freshman year of college, entering the class with outside opinions directing my positive mindset into the class, but leaving at the end with no one else’s opinions but my own – that I had to come back to the next session.

You’re always faced with a concluding decision whether or not to continue an activity; sometimes the decision is hard when the positive and negative aspects balance out. Sometimes one outweighs the other. In my case, there were no negatives to steer me away from going to the next yoga session later that week.

Falling in Love with Practice and More

Thus, I started my journey with yoga. Oftentimes, practicing on my own and when I’m lucky, attending classes! I started yoga with the intention to collect my thoughts and carve out time specifically to reflect on the day, while stretching my muscles. Soon I realised practicing yoga was a great outlet for exercising too and I began exploring fitness through yoga, advancing my practice and challenging myself to hold poses longer.

From there on, a growing love for fitness allowed me to branch out to different means of exercising, allowing me to resume practicing yoga with the intention I started out with; as a reflective practice. Beginning my fitness journey with yoga helped me ease into exercising as a hobby, and built a habit of stretching before or after I exercise.

Yoga and the Cultivation of Healthy Habits

At the time, I didn’t know much about wellness, or that yoga was a practice of wellness. I simply enjoyed having a scheduled time to relax and think about, well, nothing. As I grow older, the idea of wellness plays a more important role in my life – not just through practicing yoga but to help build healthy habits throughout the course of the day. And, as they say, to strive to be the best version of myself – for myself and for those around me.

While I don’t often think concretely about wellness, I believe it is a mindset that has helped me act attentively and carefully. It inspires me to live a fulfilling life, and to care about my health and happiness. Over the years I have learnt to pinpoint when something obstructs my health or happiness, and carefully think of ways to reduce the noise to return to my regular state of mind, without worrying how long the process takes.

This Journal Post was written by Mira A.

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Dear friends and community, it wasn’t an easy decision to arrive to but alas, with so many changes happening to the world, reevaluations of 2022 and many decisions to make for the new year, we have decided to close Urban Yogis for now. It’s been quite a ride from our humble beginnings in 2013 from a basic pop up group in the Botanic Gardens to a vibrant collective of like-minded yogis invested in their health, connection and nature. It’s bittersweet for us to reminisce the good old times, especially during our pivot through the pandemic. We appreciate everyone who stuck by us through it all - changes to protocols, swabbing, check-ins, safe distancing - you name it! What a time! We’ve grown so much through it and have seen so many of you grow with us as well. There truly is a community of you, so willing to adapt with us through bad weather and ridiculous Covid-measures. For that, we are so grateful. Thank you for supporting us and for being our life-line during an unexpected time of our journey. At the root of Urban Yogis is learning and growing through the spirit of Yoga and Wellness. From immersive experiences like workshops and retreats, our mission was to help people find joy in self-inquiry and practice. We know that you will continue to do so and that makes our journey so worthwhile knowing that we played a small part in that too. Thank you for seeing us, believing us and showing up. We look forward to crossing paths with you in different ways. You can always reach out to Julie (IG: @julieyogatravel), Kathy (IG: @kathygabriel__) and the wonderful teaching team at Urban Yogis independently. For those of you who would like to share the last practice with us, we still have Suntec classes running through January 2023.
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