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#42_December 2015 – Happy Holidays


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Happy Holidays

ASC would like to wish you a very happy holiday season! May your celebrations be warm, loving and peaceful; may you rejoice in the company of family and friends; and may you enter the new year with renewed energy and wisdom.

We would like to invite you to come join our last event of the year: a midnight yoga and meditation practice on New Year’s Eve – absolutely free, made possible by the generosity of our volunteers. So just come on down and welcome the New Year with like minded friends : )

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final Thoughts

Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking her own; for wheresoever we seek our own, there we fall from love.
~ Thomas A Kempis

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#41_November 2015 – Reflections

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Having our teachers Lama Marut and Lama Cindy here last month has been so wonderful and inspiring. Every time they teach, I find my practice and understanding open up in new ways and taking new directions. As the year comes to a close, I’ll be taking some time to reflect on these teachings and how I can really live in the truth of what I learned. I invite you to do the same, and if you’ve been inspired like I have, do join our sangha by becoming a member.

I’m also very excited to be presenting our last event of the year: a midnight yoga and meditation practice on New Year’s Eve. Check out details below or on our website. I hope to see you there!

With all best wishes,

“Two forces pervade human life, the Gita says: the upward thrust of evolution and the downward pull of our evolutionary past.”
― Eknath Easwaran

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Yoga in the Park

Soak in the beauty and richness of nature as you learn how to align your body, heart and mind through the practice of yoga. We have Tibetan Heart Yoga on the third Saturday of every month, 5pm to 6.30pm, at Botanic Gardens, with Jaki Fisher.

Bring your own mats. Classes suitable for all levels. Please see the registration form below for the date of the next class. 

By donation

To sign up, please fill in the form below. For more information, write to info@asc-sg.org.

Location details:

Botanic Gardens: We meet in the small paved area under the big tree near the Jacob Ballas’ Children’s Garden. More information will be provided via text message when you register below.

About the teachers:

(Rev.) Jaki Fisher originally learned Tibetan Heart Yoga while she was studying Tibetan Buddhism in Arizona. She lead these heart-opening series regularly in Singapore at the Botanical Gardens and has recently become inspired to share them once again with others. She is currently studying meditation with John Yates and has recently completed a two-year Buddhist chaplaincy program from Upaya Zen Center.

New Year’s Eve Midnight Yoga and Meditation

Midnight Yoga

Join us on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the start of 2016 the yogi’s way.  Enjoy a 2-hour yoga and guided meditation practice that will guide us into a deeper sense of acceptance and peace about the year gone by, and open us to the beauty and fullness of the year to come.

The session is suitable for practitioners of all levels.

Oasis Holistic, 10 Selgie Road, #01-50 Selegie House, S180010

31st December 2015, 10pm – 1st January, 1am

Yoga Asana: 10.30pm – 12mn

Meditation: 12mn – 12.30am

Please come early so we can settle in together and start the class at 10.30pm. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) to share after the meditation.

Cost: by donation

Please register by filling in the form at the bottom of the page.

For more information, please write to info@asc-sg.org.

Vaishali Iyer completed her 250-hour YTT in 2011, and has since been teaching Hatha Yoga and meditation in Europe. She believes in using yoga to work with the body, mind and heart; strengthening the body, stilling the mind and opening the heart to cultivate a sense of peace and wholeness. Through movement, stillness and breath, she encourages students to form deeper connections with themselves, and explore new, more conscious understandings of the life that is unfolding for them in every moment.

Charu Ramesh practices as a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide. She has studied Buddhist Psychology with Caroline and David Brazier and teaches regular dharma classes for ASC. She helps people work with relationships, transitions and the issues that life keeps throwing at all of us. The main thread that runs through her work is empowering people by helping them take responsibility for their lives.

Starting 12 Jan – The Eight Components of a Yogic Lifestyle


Starting on the 12th of January, this 4-week course will explore the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the foundational text of the yoga traditions of India. This course forms part of the Middle Way Centre curriculum and is based on Lama Marut’s translation of the text.

Charu will lead us through a selection of the 196 sutras (verses) in the text, drawing on her extensive study and deep understanding of the spiritual traditions of South Asia to help us understand the philosophy of yoga.

Dates: January 12th, 19th, 26th and February 2nd 2015

Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm

Venue: 51B, Temple Street, 2nd floor, (Chinatown), S58596

Cost is free, but registration is required: info@asc-sg.org

REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON! for April 9 to 13: Borobudur Retreat on Chapters 8-10 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life


Book now @ info@asc-sg.org

Watch Lama Marut invite you personally to the retreat in the video below:


About the retreat:Boro-Flyer-email

Lama Marut will lead this retreat on Chapters 8 to 10 of Master Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. This retreat will be the third and last in the series of retreats held since 2013 on this wonderful text. The final chapters of the text focus on the Perfections of Meditative Concentration and Wisdom.

We will be at the ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site of Borobudur, Indonesia, as we dive deep into the concluding chapters of the text. The temple of Borobudur, dating from the 9th Century, consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statuesBorobudur is built as a single large stupa and, when viewed from above, takes the form of a giant tantric Buddhist mandala. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. (-Wikipedia)

Save the dates and come along for a chance to experience 5 days of mind and heart-opening teachings, as well as daily yoga and meditation classes in this beautiful and sacred place.


Practical Information

Dates: Thursday 9th April to Monday 13th April, 2015 (Teachings commence on 9th April evening and end on 12th April evening, we leave very early on 13th April). Every day we will have time for yoga, meditation and personal reflection, and tours of the temple.

Cost: Twin share SGD$1,040/Single occupancy SGD$1,250  

Cost includes air ticket from Singapore to Yogyakarta, 4 nights accommodation, breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee, tea and teaching materials. Cost does NOT include visa cost, personal expenses and laundry and airport tax.
We have made a group booking for this flight by AIR ASIA:
QZ 659 Thu 9th Apr  SIN-JOG 11:15-12:25
QZ 658  Mon 13 Apr JOG-SIN 07:25-10:45

Hotel: Princess Mahohara Resort (the only hotel next to Borobudur temple)

Spaces can  be secured with a non-refundable deposit of SGD$300, or full payment. With limited space available in Princess Manohara Resort it is advisable to make your booking soon.

For more information and registration, please email: info@asc-sg.org

#28 October 2014 -Yoga and Me


Yoga and Me

One year ago, I decided to take a break from yoga. I didn’t love the practice any more despite developing a solid practice over many years. Of course I knew that yoga was good for me but my relationship with yoga had become one of ‘must’.  I needed to practice; I had to practice.

When I stopped teaching, I didn’t feel compelled to practice. I stopped attending workshops, and didn’t feel the pressure to keep it up. I rested as much as I needed and did only what I felt like. Some days, I felt resistance. Some days, I didn’t want to stop. But rather than telling myself ‘I must’, I asked myself whether I was truly tired or if I was making excuses. Am I as tired as I thought? Can I not do just one asana? Slowly, by challenging my underlying motivations I built up my practice again.

Working from the frame of mind of ‘must’ there was no room for query and for compassion. In letting go of ‘must’, there was room to gauge my feelings and energy levels. And that brought a more mindful and kinder relationship between my practice and myself.

Do I love the practice now? I am enjoying it and committed to it.

Poh Yen

A Final Thought

“If there ever comes a time that you forget where you came from, you’ve gone too far.”
― Comic Strip Mama

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3 Aug 2013 – Yoga and Meditation teachings from the Bhagavad Gita


The Bhagavad Gita

For Yoga and Meditation Practitioners 

– an introduction to Field Yoga with Malcolm Clark


Saturday 3 August, 4-6pm @ Oasis Holistic Blk 10 Selegie House


Throughout the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Yoga bible, there are directions for individual practise of Yoga and Meditation.

This event will point to some of the methods and practical disciplines found in chapters 13 and 14 of the Bhagavad-Gita. From these two chapters Malcolm Clark has developed a style of yoga called Field Yoga. This event will include an introduction to Field Yoga, especially for beginners.

Field yoga’s purpose is for gaining insight and development of spiritual values within the individual.

Field yoga starts with:

1. physical body culture,

2. moral and ethical disciplines,

3. includes physical postures,

4. breathing exercises (pranayama), and then extends to

5. concentration,

6. meditation, and

7. samadhic contemplation.

Field Yoga is a complete yoga style.

On Saturday 3 August there will be

  • a 50 minute talk to begin, 10 min break
  • a 50 minute practice session, for those who would like to apply and integrate the disciplines of posture and breathing and meditation – to see and feel how these work and fit together.
  • There will be time for questions and answers following the 50 minute practice session.
  • The event is intended to be ‘practical’ and to give the theoretical principles upon which the practices are based.
  • The event is open to all levels of practitioner, with a special emphasis on beginners.
  • Those who wish to participate in the physical practice are invited to wear suitable clothing applicable to asana/posture.

Malcolm Clark is Director of the Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre, Victoria, Australia, a centre dedicated to spreading, developing and extending the teachings of the great religions and disciplines of the world including the teachings of Eugene Halliday, Malcolm’s own teacher. Malcolm is currently teaching in Brasil, and will be visiting East Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore) en route from United Kingdom to Australia in early August.


Register online here or for enquiries contact info@aci-sg.org

Cost: Free, donations kindly accepted to cover rental




2 Jun 2013 – Absolute Infinite: opening your chakras with Cindy Lee

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A three-hour workshop with our visiting teacher Cindy Lee who will guide us on a journey though the chakras using movement, meditation and mantras. Bring a notebook, pen, open heart and willingness to take inner steps towards your Self!

WhenSunday, June 2nd
Time: 2:00 – 5.00pm
At: 7A Cambridge Road, Singapore
Cost: $40

Registrations & enquiries: singasatsanga@gmail.com

Hosted by Satsanga: http://www.singasatsanga.com/absoluteinfinite.htm