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Thursday, 4 March 2010

Vinyasa Yoga Workshop with Vincent Tam ( 10th Sat & 11th Sun April )

All levels are welcomed to join this workshop!!!

Vinyasa is a flow practice that integrates fluidity and strength , alignment and inner awareness , movement and stillness. To flow gracefully and effortlessly in and out of poses. It's essential to stay vibrant and grounded in the breath. This workshop is based on a study of the essential activity of mula Bandha and the strong grounding effect of practicing correct Ujjayi Pranayama

Saturday Date ( Apr 10th ) : 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Building the foundation : Learn the foundation of a solid practice through alignment , core awareness , and breathing techniques. Understand the basic principles of Sun Salutation A and B and how they are the cornerstone of every vinyasa practice. Discover preparation , inner cues and dissection of the fundamentals of standing poses, backbends , twists and inversions.

Saturday Date ( Apr 10th ): 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Flying High : Arm Balance within vinyasa requires focus , creates gracefully strength , and builds confidence. We will explore alignment of upper body in beginner and advanced version of arm poses and learn to " fly" while staying connected to the breath and spirit.

Sunday Date ( Apr 11th ) : 9:30am - 13:30pm

Upside Down World : Because of the way the organs of the heart and lungs are nourished , going upside down is an invaluable way to elevate one's spirit. We'll lay a stable foundation for students so they can build the confidence and self-trust to do inversions safely. We will then learn a sequence that incorporates inversions.

Sunday Date ( Apr 11th ) : 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Twisting Your Way : Twists and sidebends bring tremendous energy to the body and reduce asymmetry in the sacrum and lower back. We will emphasize supine , standing and seated spinal twists that have a wringing effect on the internal organs and promote abundant circulation of blood thorugh all the spinal nerves.

:OMPlace Studio

Address : A9 , First Floor , Bangunan Habza ,Block A , Simpang 150
Kampong Kuilap , Mukim Gadong , BSB , Brunei Darussalam

Date : 10th ( Saturday ) and 11th ( Sunday ) April 2010

INVESTMENT : BND $ 340 for the entire workshop. BND $ 95 per workshop

EARLY BIRD : BND $ 280 for 4 workshops
BND $ 75 per workshop

( Payment before 31st March 2010 )

Certificate of Attendance will be issued to participants who attend the entire workshop
Places are strictly limited , early payment ( non-refundable ) will secure a place.

or contact - William 8767019 / 8168930
Jacky 8734425 / 8118930

or visit Yoga Arts Association Brunei - www.yogabrunei.blogspot.com/

Brief Profile:

Vincent Tam has been studying yoga and qi gong since 1992. He started teaching yoga in 1995 while he was still studying Tibetan Buddhist Meditation at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Vincent's early success inspired him to further his yoga practice at the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania , USA immersing him fully in yoga and the yogic way of living.

Vincent , who is a graduate from the Yoga Arts of Australia, has studied under some of the world's most respected yogis and qi gong masters, including Simon Borg-Olivier, Louisa Sear , Edward Clark, Richard Freeman , Chang Yun Fang and Mantak Chai. He is alo an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher after having studied under the founder, John Friend , Desiree Rumbaugh and Amy Ippoliti. Vincent's own teachings are distilled from his vast experience of the different yoga schools and qi gong traditions he has studied over the years. His teachings harmonize the flowing movement-based practice ( vinyasa ) with postures ( asana ) that are held for extended periods.

Vincent is currently the Regional Yoga Trainer for Fitness First Asia and has conducted many teacher trainings , workshops and retreats in Asia. For more information
Visit www.vincenttamyoga.com

in Association with Yoga Arts Association Brunei

Monday, 1 March 2010

In Brief


Firstly ,with immeasurable gratitude, none of this would be possible ( throughout the year 2009) without the support , the love of all students. on the second of February ,OMPlace Studio blissfully celebrates its one year anniversary. heartfelt thank you ALL! Hopefully, OMPlace continues to carry on the tagline - " Breathe is Life , Life is Yoga " and serves the best it could in 2010.

Our classes cater for everyone, all sizes ,& anyone looking for an alternative wellness plan

from 3rd - 7th , I'v attended 30- hours Edward Clark's Tripsichore Yoga in Kuala Lumpur @ Vincent Tam owned - Jiva Yoga Studio. There 're a lot of Inversions and Arm balances practice and there's so much information / techniques to process. The training module covered the primary tools of vinyasa / asana practice - the Ujjayi Breathing and the Bandha ( the lock ) - Mula Bandha & Uddiya Bandha technique that are used to take one deeper into the experience of asana and to facilitate the evenness of vinyasa. Asana and vinyasa have radically different approaches to the same end.Both endeavour ro find a kind of extremity - stillness and movement. Edward and his Assistant -Nikki are simply phenomenal. They make most of advanced tricky poses so easy and flawless!

I like the creative sequence of Tripsichore Sun Salutations. They are catagorized with different series - Khuta , Deko , Khonundrum , Khogolexus and Advanced level Supreme. Each series is challenging. All transitions from one pose to another are connected in a dance-like choregraphy through the inversions - headstand , tripod headstand . Handstand , Arm balance and the backbend that makes his tripsichore vinaysa unique and fun practice.

Annei Eng and Cyarhine shared their food - Lau Sen and the Vegeterian Cake

Group Picture with Edward Clark

The whole workshop had lot of challenging inversions / arm balancing practice
The Wheel with single arm
Edward Assisted Annie in Arm Stand Scorpion Attempt


The classes @ OMPlace running as usual from Monday to Saturday. Please take note that Sunday 7:00am class has been canceled , effective in March.

This is the fourth year to run the outdoor morning yoga session @ Jerudong Park Medical Center. It is encouraging to see two of the longtime students grow from zero ,from stiff to limber. they 've been making satisfying progress to date. I also continue my service with the Empire Hotel & Country Club for the second year. Thank the Empire group for the beautiful wedding gift , and your lovely message in the greeting card - it goes like this " Marriage is like yoga , it becomes more flexible as the years go by". i will work it out!

The CCA progamm is also back to the Matab Sains School every Thursdays. The group for this year is formed by A- level ,Form 5 and two of Form 2 students and the chief teacher in charge - Ms Angela.

The Matab Sains School Group
The Jerudong Park Medical Center Group
The Empire Hotel & Country Club Group
The group with Alex 's Gita Yoga - Taiwan ( December 2009 )