Shahda Yoga Techniques (Twists & Binds)
Level: Consistent Practitioner
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Namaste from Samui!
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bavhantu - लोका: समस्ता: सुखिनो भवन्तु
- may all beings be happy and free, may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all.
My name is Era and I am an international yoga instructor (E-RYT500, YACEP) and the founder and owner of Shahda Yoga Studio in Koh Samui, Thailand since 2016.
I was born in Malaysia, studied in Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, then worked in Europe, Indonesia and Singapore before settling in Thailand. Living abroad since eleven years old has enriched me with a diversity of cultural experiences and spiritual practices around the world. My health journey however took me into the depths of what would be come a deep dive into a holistic yoga practice.
My asana practice started in Singapore when I was recovering from an eight-hour abdominal surgery which removed a large and fortunately benign tumour. This took place in the midst of a successful but stressful corporate career in Singapore in 2013.
A year long internal bleeding ensued from the wound of the surgery as well as a deep physical pain whilst coughing, sneezing, walking and during just about any physical activity. The surgery remove a physical tumour however it did not remove the exhaustion caused by years of life-work imbalance. Post-surgery I had gained over ten kilograms, my energy level was dramatically reduced and I experienced consistent pain that limited my movement. In an effort to alleviate both the physical and mental sufferings I had to endure, I attended my first yoga class 8 months post-surgery. I felt positive changes from the first yoga class I attended which I am forever grateful being the catalyst to the transformation which brought me the liberation I experience daily today.
I continued to practice daily and completed 1,000 hours of consistent asana practice in 2015. At this point the internal bleeding stopped completely and my Annamaya Kosha renewed. Thus I began the journey to deepened my yoga practice in 2016 and completed a 200-hour teacher training with the intention to raise my awareness of the mind, emotion and energetic body.
To share my practices with the world, I opened my first boutique yoga studio, Shahda Yoga, in Bophut Fisherman's Village, Koh Samui, Thailand early 2016. I have since been teaching in Samui and around the world, where most recently, I taught five yoga masterclasses to students from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom and Israel in Austria. All yoga courses taught are accredited by Yoga Alliance and details of the Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and Programs can be found here.
Currently I have successfully completed 600-hours of Advanced Teacher Training with Dylan Werner who focuses intensively on integrating breathwork sciences with myofascia properties into medical based-anatomy asana practices. A training which has deepened my appreciation of the communication channels within the fascia and polyvagal network. Diving deep into Dylan's specialised knowledge from his days as a paramedic, lead to my development of Shahda Yoga Sustainable Practice Techniques Practice Programs. Aligning intentions with actions, my practice dissolves limiting beliefs, whilst creating space to deepened the trust of the natural effortless design of our body, the yantra.
I fell deep in love with yoga with each hour of practice. I experienced the incredible rejuvenating powers of combining ancient breathing techniques with beautifully crafted yoga asanas. Today I am today stronger than I have ever been, and more importantly today, I am happier than ever and living a more creative life filled with gratitude and bliss.
As a yoga student and instructor, I mindfully create yoga sequences to nurture as well as challenge both the Pranamaya Kosha and the Manomaya Kosha. As a witness, I am grateful to the evolution and transformations of my physical, physiological and mental wellbeing.
Love and peace is ultimately my essential self. I continue to ride the journey of life with a cheeky sense of adventure. Grounding from the core, dynamically flowing from strength to strength whilst embracing all of nature's magical gifts with humility and grace. Each day planting deep intentions towards unravelling the mysteries of the Vigyanmaya Kosha and the Anandamaya Kosha.
Whether you are an experienced yogi or yogini, or if you have never practice yoga before, all the classes taught are carefully sequenced for all levels of practice.
Yoga to me is a manifestation of the unconditional love towards oneself. There is no separation but only union with the Divinity that is within us all and the Universe around us all.
Join me at Shahda Yoga Studio, Koh Samui, Thailand where I teach every morning starting with Meditation at 7.00am and followed by a ninety-minutes yoga class at 7.30am. My class will inspire you to fulfill your whole potential and beyond. (Full class schedule)
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"Reading other reviews of Era’s classes and teaching style they are so spot on. Era can instantly assess one’s needs and adapt and customise beautiful sequences accordingly. I attended two classes during my 3 day stay in the area and wish I had done more. One of the best classes I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. Thank you so much Era - you took me beyond what I thought was possible and I am very grateful to you for it x namaste x"
"Yoga has always held a special place in my heart. And Era you have only made that place grow three times the size. The moment I walk into your studio I feel lightness and love.
Since you came back from your training your teaching has evolved into something even more educational, thought provoking, and just an overall masterclass.
My hips have offered you a great challenge - my classic line was “I’m just tight”. However, you took the focus to other parts of my body; abductors and adductors, even feet. The ideology of compression, now beautifully complimented with tension is going to take my practice, and your other students practices to new heights! You managed to create heat and energy thus more and more space in my body via new found asanas with the addition of lots of fun bouncing and movement to create lubrication. It’s been a week and my body is already thanking you.
And let me say this…you can recite every Yoga Sutra (chapter and number )and tie it perfectly into the practice. So not only am I walking away from class with an understanding of my body, I can take my practice off the mat and weave it into my daily living.
So thank you for being the yogic, philosophical, anatomical, mathematical genius that you are!"
Michelle Gregoire, BBA