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Marichyasana F

Everyday I get on the mat with willpower, it’s been some 18 years since I commenced a daily practice and it’s still a lot of mental and body resistance. Yet my life would be in nowhere land by now if I have not stayed on the mat.

When I was younger, it stopped me going out late or drinking or eating bad food or hanging around wrong company as I knew the next day, practice would be a bad show.

It kept me straight then.

I start slow and see what shows up…it’s just one pose at a time. I no longer sequence like I once did. But I have an allocated time, an allocated space and as split routine of standing poses, floor poses or backbends after a series of daily asanas which are like my morning cup of chai.

When I’m ill, or very low in energy, I would do Restorative or Yin with long holds. There are 8 limbs of yoga, the first 2 are a matter of lifestyle, then there are the rest one can practice even if one’s body can’t move much. And having an Iyengar yoga background is that there’s never a time when you can’t be in an asana even when you can’t move because he created so many props and poses as best friends in need.

Creating a La Vie Est Belle bracelet

Om is forever close to a yogini’s heart

Adding my first Charm

The beginning of a great love affair

After a recent health scare and many painful dental and medical procedures in the last month, I decided to get myself a Pandora bracelet to remind myself that everyday is a blessing. Life is for living. To be alive is a celebration.

Youth Dew – a yogi perfume


I am so in love with this perfume….

Its a yogi perfume, incense, spices and mersmerising….

I apply just a little of this for yoga and meditation….

A little like 1 tiny spritz and the whole atmosphere took on a revered feel…..

If there is only 1 perfume I would take with me on a spiritual retreat, it would be this one….

Not to wear out, but to immerse in its scent when doing mantra or yoga….

Its one I will stock up….

Alien


As it is written, Alien spreads an aura, it captivates your senses….

Now and then, I get that haunting whiff of dusk jasmine from LouLou, another beloved of mine.

I have to be in the right moods and place for Alien…….Alien is demanding, it takes no prisoners….

Shalimar (Guerlain)


Shalimar, What can I say about you, my oriental Legend. You are so beautiful in that smoky, sultry, aloof seductive way. You dont care much for sweet charms and words. You are unique, strong yet subtle.

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Beautiful (Estee Lauder)

I love Loud perfumes, all the heavies from the 80s I adore, Poison, Opium, Hypnotic Poison, Obsession, Paris, Lou Lou, Coco Chanel….Life was BIG in the late 80s and 90s for me, as I came of age and partied well into the late 90s…

Perfumes was my veil, each one casts a different aspect of my personality

I had Beautiful then too, but I swapped for Opium with a friend…

Back then, it was too gentle and romantic for me…I preferred walking on the edge of the wild side with Obsession and Poison…..

But now, Beautiful is just glorious on my skin….its soapy but not screechy, its BIG floral….and long lasting….I use all but 1 big spritz and I am transported from my mundane, drag surroundings to a world of promises…

Thats the beauty of a scent.

No matter how bad a hair day I may have, or how dreary the work environment gets, I find such comfort in these little treasures….

I used to eat my pain away…now when the world gets dreary, a spritz of my selection of perfumes brightens me….I dont have to wear my food anymore….I just wear my scent instead….

For those who dismayed that the fav scents no longer smells the same on them, remember our diet and health affects our natural skin scent. Also, I find if I am overloaded with noise, visual distractions, etc etc, anything which overloads my senses, my ability to smell diminishes….

Then I know its time for a body or senses detox.

On a quiet Sunday lounging at home with a book, I can sniff a light spritz all day long, yet when I work in a noisy, loud, lots of going on environment, I would need at least 5 plus a re-spray after lunch……everyone else was senses overload, so no one complained……..

Cinnabar


I Love CINNABAR! So strong, I did a 1 large spritz at 12pm and can still going strong 3 hours later. Its similar to Opium, except Opium is sweeter, more floral.

Spice Queen